Once members have self-identified, they are eligible to receive a specialized Membership Card, a Valued Veterans pin, and a Certificate of Appreciation. Pins and certificates will be presented at one of two annual recognition nights which will take place in November and April. Newly identified Valued Veterans can opt to receive a special edition membership card at their next membership renewal to be sent at no cost.
The Valued Veterans program also allows for nominations for the “Valued Veteran of the Year,” an award that brings special honor and recognition to one extraordinary Valued Veteran among the members in your Lodge and affiliated Chapter. The person selected should be the ultimate example of a Moose member serving others. Read or download the Valued Veteran of The Year Overview, Nomination Form, and Lodge/Chapter Voting Instructions.
Lodges are encouraged to form Valued Veterans Activity Groups to bring their own Valued Veterans more ownership of activities that are most relevant and enjoyable to them. This will foster more regular interaction among the veterans in the Lodge and create a built-in support system. A Valued Veterans activity group will be best equipped to identify activities that are most relevant to veterans in the Lodge. To form a group, complete the Activity Group Notification Form, and email to Cherie Mondrella.
Each year there will be two formal ceremonies in which Valued Veterans are honored at the Lodge. Moose International will provide program outlines and special Valued Veteran videos. At this time all newly identified Moose Valued Veterans will receive their pin and certificate of appreciation and the Lodge’s Valued Veteran of The Year will be honored with a special certificate and accolades.
Monthly “Valued Veterans Day”
In each lodge, fraternity-wide, Valued Veterans should be honored and recognized on the last Saturday of each month. This can be done in a variety of ways, whether through a special dinner, a fun activity, or even just a ‘Meet and Greet.’ The only thing that matters in choosing a “Valued Veterans Day” activity, is that the activity is tailored to bring Valued Veterans special recognition and/or support in ways that are most relevant and meaningful to them.
We emphasize that this will be an ever-evolving program, continually shaped with input from lodges, chapters, members, and the Valued Veterans themselves. Do you have suggestions as we begin our debut year? Do you have ideas for elements we can add to the website? Do you know of any specific organizations that help Veterans that we should feature? We want to hear from you! Send emails to Cherie Mondrella.