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Robert Neff
Robert Neff
Director, Ritual and Higher Degrees

Mark Klein
BRUCE SNIDER
International Moose Legion President

   
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Robert Neff

Memo from Bob Neff, Director of Ritual and Higher Degrees
August 2014

Moose Legion - Back to Basics

Transitioning to the 2nd Quarter

Wow - our first quarter of the year is already history! By now each jurisdiction should have had at least one Celebration and hopefully conferred a several new Moose Legionnaires and set in place some plans for the balance of this year and beyond.

The next Celebration and conferral should already be planned and in the promotion stage. It may also be that some Mini-Conferrals would be appropriate to get additional applicants conferred to complete their membership requirements of advancement to the Moose Legion. Simply follow the guidelines and be sure to go through the President and Board of Directors to set them up.

As important as sponsoring and conferring new members is - retention is a critical need to maintain and build our membership rolls. Naturally our goal is to have yet another increase this year. Often a member who has not renewed simply needs a friendly reminder and a little encouragement to get them to renew. Each of us can make a difference in that effort.

Moose Legion - Moose Charities Projects

"Back to Basics" is our Moose Legion Membership Campaign this year. However, it is what our Mooseheart students will be doing this month as they return to school and continue to learn basic life skills. Our fraternity has raised funds to get the school renovation well under way. However, we have long way to go in completing the program at hand.

Even the naming rights that many (including the Moose Legion) have already achieved did not or does not completely fulfill the need of that portion of the school renovation. Indeed the need exists to continue to fund and finish what we started. The Moose Legion is doing its share by continuing the funding of the Superintendent's Office this year even though we achieved naming rights last year, because the need for our kids still exists!

Some of our jurisdictions have already contributed in full to this cause for the year and we extend a very sincere thanks! Many others are involved in fund raising now to take advantage of the early discounts offered. That is simply good business on their part. Those Boards of Directors are to be commended. Please support those fund raising efforts.

Additionally the Moose Legion jurisdictions have, for several years now, been funding the $30,000.00 in annual scholarships associated with the Youth Awareness program. Members can feel good knowing that a portion of their dues and contributions to events, raffles, etc., are helping take care of this need also.

International President Bruce Snider also took on as a pet project the Concert/Cadet Band Room at the school this year. He has asked our Moose Legions to support this effort during the current year. Naming rights come with just $25,000.00, but like other phases of the renovation - it will take more to actually complete it. I am confident Bruce will generate much support for this cause!

The Endowment Fund Competition between our Moose Legion jurisdictions continues on this year as well. This friendly challenge between like sized Moose Legions sees us crown the top producers on a per capita basis each year. No matter the amount - it all adds up to the betterment and very existence of the care we can provide. While all Moose Legions and Moose Legion members take pride in this accomplishment, it is the children and seniors in our care who are the benefactors.

Of course other fundraising efforts take place by our Moose Legion through the year. For instance, we fund student trips, support association funding programs, and in many areas have additional special projects our Moose Legions have obligated themselves too. Why? Because they are fraternal minded and they care about supporting our causes and our philanthropic endeavors.

 

Cordially & fraternally,

Bob Neff, PIP & Director

 

 

 

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Mark Klein

Memo from Bruce Snider, President Moose Legion
July 2014

I sat down to write my first article for the Moose International web site and was not sure where to start. But I got to thinking about how I got to the position of International Moose Legion President and the many people who have helped me along the way and to this I say “thank you!” I was thinking about what we have done to earn our Fellowship Degrees and our Pilgrim Degrees. These degrees are not handed out like candy. Moose members have to have had a great desire to serve the Lodge and their Moose Legion as well as the Moose Fraternity as a whole. But sometimes I wonder what would happen to our degrees if we had to re-qualify every few years.

When I received my Fellowship Degree (like many of you), you had to be an officer or a chairman for your Lodge. You had to have sponsored 10 members in to the Moose (lifetime) or sponsored 5 members in one year. You had to be active in your Moose Legion and were judged on what great things you had accomplished. When I received the Pilgrim Degree, it was for outstanding service to the Order at your lodge, your Moose Legion, your state association, etc.

Let us go back to the re-qualifying question. Fellows and Pilgrims, when was the last time you sponsored 5 members in one year? When was the last time you chaired a committee in your lodge or even helped on a special committee? Or more important, when was the last time you attended a LOOM membership meeting? When was the last time you attended a quarterly Moose Legion Celebration or sponsored a new Moose Legionnaire? When was the last time you attended a Lodge Moose Legion Committee meeting at your lodge? When was the last time you went to your lodge and help cook for the monthly fish fry or the monthly Moose Legion breakfast?

I hear many times this remark when I ask these questions. “I have done my time. I do not have to do that anymore.” Maybe we do not have to serve on the Board of Officers of our lodge or serve on the Board of Directors of our Moose Legions, but that does not mean we can not attend these meetings and functions. You, as Fellows and Pilgrims, could use your expertise and experiences to help guide and mentor our lodge officers and Moose Legion Directors. Just your presence in your Pilgrim jacket or your Fellowship blazer could help “jump start” a new or potential member in your lodge or Moose Legion.

Our theme this year is “Back to the Basics.” What is more basic than our Pilgrims, Fellows, and Moose Legionnaires leading the way? What is more basic than our degree holders being the members to serve on the retention committees in our lodges and Moose Legions? “Back to the Basics” means we are in need of focusing on service and membership. When you sit down in your “easy chair” tonight, pick up your phone and your arrears lists and make a couple of phone calls to past due members and find out why they have chosen not to renew their dues. Many may have just forgotten. Remind them that the Moose Fraternity has not changed it’s ideals since the member joined the Moose. If something has changed, more than likely it changed at their Lodge. You can help by finding out the problem and start the process of fixing the problem.

In closing, I would like to ask you to sit down and review your service to your lodge and your Moose Legion since you have received your Fellowship or your Pilgrim Degree. Have you continued to serve the Moose just like before you earned these degrees? If you had to, could you re-qualify to keep your Pilgrim or Fellowship Degrees? Start to re-qualify TODAY!

 

Fraternally yours,

Bruce Snider
International Moose Legion President
2013-2014

 

 

 

 
   
 

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