Well, we are already beginning month #2 of the 2017-2018 chapter year! The days are just flying by now!!
If you have not yet, you will be receiving your 1st DROPPED and EXPIRED lists-Recorder’s, be sure to share this info with coworkers, so that they can help to make calls, visits, or send reminder notes out to coworkers in arrears. Be mindful of the advice given by College of Regents President, Peggy Shinn, to treat this and every month, as if it is April…and when that date comes up on our calendars, our membership numbers will be looking great. Membership, Membership, Membership, should be something we are all working diligently on all year. There are so many people in our communities, workplaces, and families who would love to join such an amazing fraternal organization as our MOOSE FRATERNITY, if only someone took the time to share with them who we are, and all of the great things we do! Do you remember the obligation we each signed on the application we submitted to be voted on for membership? “I promise to fulfill my two primary obligations of 1) increasing the strength of the order by proposing for membership qualified individuals of high personal character, and 2) giving of my energy and substance in support of Mooseheart and Moosehaven” are two of the promises we each made…so let’s keep true to our commitment, and invite others into our Order.
Chairmen…hopefully you have already met with the members on your committees, and are writing up those fundraising proposals so that you can begin planning successful fundraising projects this chapter year that will be “off the charts!!!” Let’s beat ALL records for membership and donations this chapter year, just because, “we know we can, coworkers”!
I truly hope our chapter meetings and activities are filled with kindness and compassion. Remember coworkers, kindness can be something as simple as a smile or an invitation to join a group in a social time after our meeting or at a chapter/lodge events. Being kind is contagious, and a coworker who is a recipient of your kindness, is more apt to be kind to others! ALWAYS make your coworkers feel needed and wanted while visiting your Moose home, and they will want to frequent events and activities and also invite their friends and families. Of course, we are all different, but different does not mean that any of us are any better or any more important than anyone else…we all have something unique and beneficial to bring to our chapter meetings, fundraising and community service projects and we all have interesting, innovative ideas on how to grow our membership and bank accounts. Be fair to everyone, and listen. We are all working for the same end result…the continued support and safety for our children at Mooseheart and senior members at Moosehaven. If we do not learn to treat others with kindness and generosity, we are missing out on the opportunity to make our Moose world and our world in general, a better place!! Performing acts of kindness for strangers, as well as each other, helps build cooperation, trust, and a sense of safety among us. It also helps us to see others more positively, and to understand some of the obstacles in our daily lives. Perhaps we could start a “Moose Kindness” day each week, inviting coworkers and brothers to participate volunteering in our communities, maybe at a local museum, library, or hospital. Or maybe we could donate our time for a cleanup day at a local park, beach or on stretch of highway, or serve a meal at a local “Table of Plenty” for the homeless and others in need. The ideas are endless, and being kind truly does come back to each of us even if it is only the good feeling it brings to our hearts, and the smiles to our faces knowing we have made the difference in the lives of others!
So…this is my last message and I would be remiss if I did not reach out to each of you with hugs, and shout “THANK YOU” for all of your “random acts of kindness” Facebook posts, support, thank yous, love, hugs and thoughtfulness, but mostly for your dedication, commitment and tireless energy and support for chapters, lodges, communities, and for our children at Mooseheart, and senior members at Moosehaven. For opening up your minds, hearts, and pockets whenever called upon. And, for all of the love and hospitality extended to James and me this year on each of our Moose journeys. It has been an amazing year, and we are so humbled and blessed to be a part of our wonderful Moose Fraternity. God Bless our great Fraternity and God Bless each of you! See you in Tampa!
Hugs, hugs, and more hugs!!!