November Message from Bob Neff

November 1st marked the half way point for our fiscal year.  This is a good time to evaluate what we have done, where we are and what our road map looks like for the balance of this term of office.

Have we as Moose Legion Directors, Ambassadors, Area Managers, Councilman, Past Presidents, Lodge Committee Chairman, Assistant Secretaries (and the list goes on)…led by example thus far to the best of our ability?  Were there missed opportunities to plan more diligently, to invite more prospective members to advance their membership, or to reach out to an expired member and encourage his renewal and to simply be considerate of others and be welcoming?

Have we attended Celebrations to help support the program and to help welcome in the new members who have applied for advancement?  Sure the price of gas is high.  Sure there will likely be a raffle or two and other opportunities to contribute to the cause.  But, after all – isn’t that why we are members of the Degree of Service to start with – but to give back and support our causes?

I often hear – it cost money to be involved.  Yep, it does.  But you know what?  I don’t know of much in this world that is worthwhile and free!  We would spend money doing something else (whatever that might be) if we were not being involved in such a great fraternal organization such as ours.  Thank God we have the opportunities to assemble as we do!

Of course, we are going to have fun doing it – as long as we attend and participate!  We get to spend time with other like-minded individuals and enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship of our membership with other men and ladies in the fraternity.  Ain’t it great?!

Our sincere thanks to every person who holds membership in this fraternity.  Of course those of us who are Moose Legionnaires (and our ladies who support us) are truly blessed by the additional opportunities we have to participate and help make a difference in the lives of others.  We have the ability to achieve so much when we work together for the common good and fulfill the concept of “one for all and all for one”.

Recently I was at an All State and some girls from the Illinois Home at Mooseheart attended.  They got to climb on a fire truck as we presented some Tommy Moose and got to ride a camel at the nearby orchard.  They also painted some rocks and we had a contest (members voted with dollars the students were to get to keep) as to who had the best painted rock before awarding additional cash prizes.

But guess what – the girls had a meeting and they essentially decided amongst themselves that the painting was a group effort and that they would share and share alike.  All would be equal winners of the cash prizes.  What respect one had to have for those young students of life.  What a lesson for all of us in attendance to learn from and share.

It reminds me of the story of the Golden Ball where the people of the depressed valley – through personal unselfishness – raised up just one child to be blessed and because of that unselfish act for just one among them – all in the valley were blessed.  Just think how our level of success might be enhanced if we worked more harmoniously together for the common good of all concerned.  Indeed success would surely crown our efforts.

Fraternally,

Robert A. Neff, PIP, Director
Ritual, Moose Legion & Higher Degrees