August/September/October 2004

Feature Articles:

A Look at the Past, Present and Future of our Fraternity

Members of the Mooseheart Brass Ensemble earned thunderous applause from proud Moose men and women as they played “Mooseheart the Happiest” during the Convention Premiere.

The 116th International Convention and the 91st International Conference of the Women of the Moose, held for the first time ever in North Carolina’s “Queen City,” opened with more than 4,000 members singing our three national anthems and the posting of our nations’ colors. That was traditional, but what followed was not: “Convention Premiere—The Past, Present and Future,” featured the announcement of a single, unified 2004-05 theme for the Loyal Order of Moose, Women of the Moose, and Moose Legion: “It’s Up To Me!”

Three Mooseheart graduates made eloquent statements on that theme and on Mooseheart’s impact on their lives, current Mooseheart students played a role in the ceremony and the new membership theme, “It’s Up to Me” was unveiled. The premiere closed with a presentation on “Coping With the Challenges of Change,” by guest speaker Vicki Hitzges.

“I Began Believing in the Me I Could Not See (at Mooseheart)”

Mark Penzkover
Class of 1984

Gary Urwiler
Class of 1987

Darell Hammond
Class of 1989

T hree Mooseheart graduates who learned to believe in themselves after entering the Child City following some tragic turns in their lives all told the 4,000 assembled Moose men and women in the overflowing Grand Ballroom of the Charlotte Convention Center it truly is up to them to keep the fraternity—and Mooseheart—thriving through the 21st century.

Mooseheart alumni Mark Penzkover (Class of 1984), Gary Urwiler (’87) and Darell Hammond (’89) each challenged the 1.4 million men and women of the Moose to embrace the spirit of the newly announced 2004-2005 campaign theme: “Moose Momentum-It’s Up to Me!”

“When you go back home, please ask all of the Lodge and Chapter members to look in the mirror and say: It’s Up to Me,” Penzkover urged his audience during the Convention Premiere.

“I learned at Mooseheart . . . if I wanted to turn a vision into a reality, I needed to look in the mirror, and say to that person: ‘It’s up to me.’ I knew that I needed support from others, but also knew that nobody was going to do it for me,” Penzkover added.

Urwiler, who returned to Mooseheart last August as Superintendent of Education, recounted how his father dropped dead of a heart attack right before his eyes when he was five. Urwiler said he became increasingly rebellious and unmanageable; finally, his mother sent him to Mooseheart in 1981.

“At the age of 12, I entered the gates of Mooseheart, at which point, I learned something that has stayed with me for a lifetime. If I was going to change my life, be successful, and reach my goals, it was going to be up to me,” Urwiler said. “When I came to Mooseheart, I began believing in the me I could not see.”

Hammond strode to the lectern in golf shirt and shorts directly from the airport, his flight into Charlotte having been delayed by weather. “Fortunately, the men and women of the Moose have always accepted me as I am,” he declared, drawing an ovation. Hammond, in just the last nine years, has founded and built a nationally famous nonprofit concern named, KaBOOM, that has raised more than $30 million and built more than 700 children’s playgrounds as far away as Africa, involving the services of more than 200,000 volunteers. Hammond said that he developed his belief in “It’s Up to Me” while at Mooseheart.

“Qualities such as spirit, purpose, disciplineand pride—these I learned in getting through my seventh-grade math class at Mooseheart,” Hammond said.

Hammond’s infuential admirers include U.S.Sen. Hillary Clinton; and a positive relationship with Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream has recently resulted in a new flavor: “KaBerry KaBOOM!”

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Charlotte-based U.S. Marines posted American colors at the start of the ceremony.

Grand Chancellor Tonie Ewoldt set the tone for the 116th International Convention, telling Moose men and women that it’s time to tackle problems by resolving, “It’s Up To Me.”

Supreme Councilman George W. McCullough III beamed with pride as he welcomed Moose men and women, from all over the continent, to his hometown of Charlotte, NC.

“What a difference these Mooseheart graduates have made in the lives of others,” said Director of Membership Bill Airey —and reminded that it is only through members’ continued support of Mooseheart Child City & School that such success stories can be repeated in the future.

A Coast-to-Coast Education

2 Presiding Officers Recap a Year of Learning from—and Laughing with—our Members

> Closing out their 2003-2004 year as chief presiding officers of the Women of the Moose and the Loyal Order of Moose, respectively, Grand Regent Waneta Tyler and Supreme Governor Thomas Hatcher both took time at the Convention Premiere lectern to offer their thanks for Moose members’ support, encouragement and laughs over the past year.

Tyler said her goal during a year as Grand Regent was simply to “be dedicated.” Tyler encouraged Women of the Moose members to remain dedicated in attitude, motivation, communication, in leading by example when necessary, in sponsoring candidates and retaining members.

“We all need to be dedicated in our Orientation Programs, and need to give our prospective members information about Mooseheart and Moosehaven (see pp. 38-39 for details on new videos to help do just that), and what we do to assist those in need through Community Service, ” Tyler said. “We also need to let the members know how the Moose can personally benefit them by explaining our Member Benefits program” (see pp. 35 and 47 in this issue, as well as pp.38-41 of the May/June/July issue of Moose Magazine).

The past year constituted an incredible honor, Tyler said, to be able to meet with Moose men and women across the continent. The tour affirmed her belief, she said, that Moose men and women are the “salt of the earth.”

“There are no better friends than your Moose friends,” Tyler said. “They are with you to celebrate your good times, your sad times, and to be there in your time of need. After all, isn’t that what being a friend is all about?”

Hatcher’s account of his year included an unforgettably “wet” visit to Speedway, IN Lodge 500.

Hatcher said he noticed both a beautifulfountain and a “welcome” sign in Speedway 500’s lobby. He wanted a picture of the banner, and as he framed his camera to get his photograph he took one step backward too many —and ended up in the fountain.

An enrollment of new members was about tostart and Hatcher—who of course was slated as the featured speaker!—looked like “a duck in the rain.” He gamely proceeded, only getting “thrown” for a moment when he arose from his chair to address the class—and noticed he had left a puddle on the chair!

After the enrollment Lodge officerspresented a $2,000 check for their Mooseheart project—but with a condition:

“Now, everyone wanted a repeat fountainperformance, so they could get a picture. I agreed—but only if they would present another $2,000 check,” Hatcher joked. “I’m sure I left a lasting impression on the Speedway Lodge. I know I will never forget this visit, because Audrey (Mrs. Hatcher) won’t let me!”

Hatcher expressed a special pride in theoverwhelming success of “Tommy Moose,” the Community Service project he took from Connecticut to the entire fraternity in ’03-’04.

“They say timing is everything. I feel veryfortunate that one of my pet projects came to life . . . I am proud to tell you this is the most successful Community Service project in the history of the fraternity. We are proud to announce to you today, that—because of your efforts—we have distributed approximately 30,000 Tommy Moose,”Hatcher said to a cheering ovation.

Tommy Moose is simply a cuddly stuffed Moose which Lodges and Chapters have purchased for $75/dozen to present to grateful police and fire departments and ambulance crews for use in helping console small children in traumatic situations. Tommy Moose “is an ongoing community service project and will continue after my term of office expires,” Hatcher said. “It is a win-win scenario; the Lodge and Chapter both receive favorable and valuable recognition, and we aid children. That’s what we do best!”

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‘There are no better friends than your Moose friends. They are with you to celebrate your good times, your sad times and to be there inyour time of need.’
—Grand Regent
Waneta Tyler

‘I am proud to tell you that (Tommy Moose) is the most successful Community Service project in the history of this fraternity.’
—Supreme Governor
Thomas Hatcher