"MoosePages" is an Easy-to-Use
Template For Moose Websites--With Server Space Free from
Director, Information Systems
Ever since December 2009, Moose International has offered an answer to Lodge/Chapter, Moose Legion and Association leaders who either lack the funds to pay for assembly and server space for a Website, or who feel they have no one with enough "tech savvy" to assemble and maintain a site.
-a new Website content-management system, more than
a year in development from the Moose International
Department of Information Systems, and being serviced
through the Department of Communications & Public
With MoosePages, anyone with enough computer knowledge
to just click a mouse, and write and send an e-mail,
can maintain and update a simple Website for their Lodge/Chapter*,
Moose Legion or Association! There's no need to register
-or pay for-a domain name.
Your MoosePages site will allow you to draft and display
top news items, draft, post and update specific messages
from your top leaders; to update your Moose facility's
hours of operation, show and update your events calendar
several months into the future, and highlight upcoming
events; to upload, organize and display photographs;
and to get feedback from your membership through a "Contact
Us" feature. A left-side column will offer easy links
to www.mooseintl.org, www.mooseheart.org, www.moosehaven.org, www.moosecharities.org,
and www.GoodSearch.com --
the search engine that donates to Moose causes every
time it's used.
And perhaps best of all-it's absolutely free . . .
free to receive, pre-assembled and ready to fill; and
free to maintain-no monthly maintenance or server charges!
Give MoosePages a try with these simple steps:
- Have your Lodge Administrator, Chapter Recorder,
Moose Legion Secretary or Association Secretary send
an e-mail to Teresa Ehlert (Tehlert@mooseintl.org)
in the Moose International Department of Communications & Public
Affairs; in the Subject line indicate: "MoosePages
Set-Up Requested." The email text should indicate
full identification of the Lodge/Chapter, Chapter only,
Moose Legion or Moose Association for which the Website
is being established; and the name and the email address
(if different) of the Webmaster designated by the Lodge/Chapter,
Chapter only, Moose Legion or Association, as the case
may be. (We require that the e-mail come from an "@mooseunits.org"
e-mail address simply so we know that this is an authorized
request from that particular Moose Fraternal Unit.)
- We will establish the basics of the Website, including
placing the appropriate name/number at the top of its
- We will send a return e-mail, both to the Fraternal
Unit and to the designated Webmaster, informing both
of you of the Web address (URL) of the new site, your
username and password-and the notification that it
is now ready to be "moved into!"
That's all there really is to it! We think that in
most cases, and with most users, the MoosePages template
is sufficiently simple and self-explanatory to be able
to "fill in" and update on your own, going forward –
but if you have questions or problems during regular
business hours, do contact Teresa at Tehlert@mooseintl.org or
by phone at 630-966-2229!
(We should note here that of course, we're aware that
several hundred Moose Lodge/Chapter combinations, Moose
Legions and Associations already maintain their own independent,
previously-established Websites . . . and we need to
make clear that in such cases, you're under absolutely
no obligation to switch to a MoosePages site-but you're
certainly free to do so if you wish!)
Director, Information Systems
Director, Communications & Public Affairs
*-- As with
Moose newsletters, it is Moose International's strong
preference that a Moose Lodge and its affiliated Chapter
present itself to its membership and the outside
world with one unified Website. We will, of course,
establish and host a MoosePages site for those Chapters
of the Women of the Moose which carry no Lodge affiliation.