Memo from Bob Neff, Director of Ritual and Higher Degrees
Moose Legion - Back to Basics
Two Months into the current Fiscal Year
We have two months under our belts for the 2014-15 fraternal year. It may be time for a little early evaluation of where we are, what our goals are and how we might achieve them. No - it is not too early to be thinking along the lines of the big picture for the year. Indeed - it is exactly the time we have in front of us that counts.
You see, what is done is history. We cannot change that. However, we can plan and engineer positive efforts going forward. That is just what we need in each Moose Legion jurisdiction. You probably just had or will shortly have a celebration and conferral of candidates in your respective Moose Legion jurisdiction. How does production look for the year? Do you have a local campaign in place? Are you promoting the international campaign?
At the end of June Moose Legion membership stood at 59,257 - just 38 short of our six year high starting number of active members for the year. But alas, June is a larger dues renewal month and many did not renew timely. On July 1st we slid to 56,362n or 2,933 behind our starting number. As we talked about repeatedly at the conference in Las Vegas - retention is a critical need if we are to not just maintain but build and have yet another increase this year.
Moose Legion - BACK TO BASICS
Back to Basics Moose Legion Campaign sponsor pins are being sent to each Moose Legion for presentation to first time sponsors for the year. Those lapel pins should be presented to each sponsor and thank him for bringing in member applications. Sponsors, be sure to attend your Moose Legion Celebrations to help welcome your sponsored Lodge members into the Moose Legion and to be recognized and receive your campaign pins. Also a reminder to sponsors of (new) Moose Legion applicants...You get one Moose Legion membership unit credit when the application is reported and accepted on LCL. You also get one more point for those new first time Moose Legionnaires when you help assure they attend a conferral and then get reported as enrolled as required to complete their membership. Please be a good sponsor and attend with your candidate as he takes his Next Step in Fraternalism - in attending the conferral and help welcome him into the Degree of Service.
Moose Legion's next 100 Years
With our first century behind us, we begin our next one this year. As we work together and get Back to Basics of fraternalism, of caring for others, of supporting our philanthropic endeavors of Mooseheart and Moosehaven and yes serve our Lodges and communities, we have great opportunity to have pride in our accomplishments. What will the history books say about our time in service to this Order? To be sure they will say what we make of our opportunity to lead this fraternity to be better, stronger, fraternally caring for our own and others and most likely then even bigger as a result. We can each play a role. If it is to be it is up to you and me to make it so. Please get onboard and join us in moving forward with positive momentum into the future through basic and real actions towards our fraternal ideals and principles.
It is truly great to be a Moose and we have terrific pride in being Moose Legionnaires!
Cordially & fraternally,
Bob Neff, PIP & Director