Memo from Bob Neff, Director of Ritual and Higher Degrees
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