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July Message from Charles Barber

As my year as International Moose Legion President comes close to its end, I would like to share some of my observations. First, however, let me extend my gratitude to all Moose Legionnaires for overcoming a deficit in membership greater than 2,600 in just 30 days and ending the year plus 303 members, giving us a three-peat in membership gains. Also, thanks to your generosity, we funded not one, not two, but three separate goals in the Moose Legion President’s Project, providing Moosehaven with a tractor, a woodchipper, and gardening tools. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  1. The Moose Legion is full of talented and dedicated members accomplishing great things, sometimes despite having little or no help.
  2. Everyone has problems, and they are the same everywhere; however, successful jurisdictions find constructive ways to overcome these problems.
  3. Our biggest struggle continues to be “Failure to Communicate.” So, let us make it our top priority in the 2024-2025 Moose Legion year to TALK and LISTEN to each other. So many problems will never occur if we follow this one small piece of advice.

So, let us overcome our problems; help each other so talented members can create events, functions, and promotions that help the Moose Legion get to the next level; and effectively communicate with each other so we can find ways to “Embrace our Communities!!” Hope to see you in New Orleans.

 

Fraternally,

Charles Barber, IMLP

Moose International Lodge Grant Applications Now Open

Applications for the Moose International Lodge Grants (infrastructure and improvements) opened Monday, July 8th and will remain open until Friday, August 9th. The grant application can only be accessed by the lodge administrator through a drop-down menu on LCL.net. $1.5M is available to be granted, up from $1M the past two years. Grants are obtainable up to $25,000 per lodge.

Applications for the Local Marketing Grants and the Sign Grants will not open until Tuesday, July 30th, following the International Moose Convention.

Requirements for all of the grant programs remain the same:

  • At least one member of the lodge is required to attend the International Moose Convention in New Orleans in July.
  • At least one member of the lodge was required to be attendance at the lodge’s 2023 Association Annual Convention in the Fall; and at least one member of the lodge was required to attend the lodge’s 2024 Association Midyear Conference in the Spring.
  • Lodge must be in good standing and run as a fraternal operation.

Information on all the grant programs can be found here.

LEARN MORE:  Two grant workshops will be conducted during the 2024 International Moose Convention in New Orleans.

Convention Badges Have Mailed

If you have pre-registered for the 2024 International Moose Convention in New Orleans, keep on the lookout for your convention badge in the mail. All pre-registered attendees in the U.S. have had their badges mailed in advance, while Canadian members will have to pick up their badges on-site in New Orleans. Make sure you bring your badge to New Orleans! You can pick up a badge holder and program in the Great Hall Foyer of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center beginning at noon on Tuesday, July 23rd.

Overtime Collison Ends Chastain’s Bid for Victory in Nashville

Moose Fraternity driver Ross Chastain went from a chance to win last Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway to wrecked in the event’s first attempt at overtime. Chastain led for 45 laps and appeared ready to battle for victory in the ALLY 400, but as he was racing with leader Denny Hamlin, contact from Kyle Larson sent the No. 1 Chevrolet hard into the wall, ending his race.

The NASCAR Cup Series returns to the streets of Chicago on Sunday, July 7th for the second running of the Chicago Street Race. Last year’s event was the first-ever NASCAR Cup Series street race in the sport’s 75-year history. While successful, the first attempt at a race in downtown Chicago was saddled with rain from the start, with Chastain finishing 22nd and teammate Shane Van Gisbergen taking the checkered flag. Chastain vows to be more prepared in 2024, “The streets up there will have changed and we’re all honest with each other that the race simulator is a tool. At least I’ll have that to go off of though. Last year, I’ll be honest, I didn’t put enough stock in the simulator prep, but this year I definitely have.”

Members can watch the race this Sunday, July 7 at 4:30PM ET on NBC.

Moose Legion Conference | Program Book Ads

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Half-page ad (landscape orientation; printable area is 7.25” wide x 5” high) – $75.00

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Patron pages are also available. Simply click here to print the template. Recommended donation is $1.00 per line.

Ads should be provided in Word or PDF format and emailed to Nina Wells.

Checks for ads should be made payable to PMA and be sent to

Nina Wells
237 Scenic View Drive
Tioga, PA 16946

Deadline to receive information is October 9, 2024.

Moose Magazine Online

Moose International is happy to announce a more user-friendly version of Moose magazine for mobile devices – perfect for members who are busy and on-the-go! The new and enhanced version features flowable text and adjustable font size so you no longer have to struggle to read stories from your phone or tablet! In addition, the contents view makes it easy to see all the stories/features at once so you can jump to your favorite section much faster, while still being able to see the traditional/page view if you desire. A tutorial is also offered to walk you through all the features/benefits of the new platform at the beginning. We hope you enjoy this new enhanced version of Moose magazine, making it easier for those of you on the go to stay connected! Check it out for yourself!

Moose Membership App Update – Latest version 2.0.0

We’re pleased to introduce a new update to the Moose Membership App, packed with improvements to enhance your user experience. The next time you go into the app, it will send you to the store so you can download the update.

New in this update:

  • Added the following information to the Member Info screen.
  • All active Membership information, including enrollment dates, dues dates, sponsor name and ID and the ability to opt out of receiving a physical card.
  • Key Dates
  • Moose Reward Points
  • Sponsor History
  • Added access to Chapter and Moose Legion Online Applications.
  • Members will not be allowed to change their name using the app. Name changes must be made through My Membership Record or by contacting your Lodge/Chapter/Moose Legion or Moose International.
  • Screen shots within the app have been disabled.

It’s A Threepeat! Membership Grows For 3rd Straight Year

For the third straight campaign, Moose membership increased, and by a whopping 30,292! Overall, Moose membership has eclipsed 905,614 in a further sign of stability for the Fraternity in the “Proud Past, Bright Future” campaign, which ended April 30.

“Our efforts to increase membership started in the first days of the 2023-24 campaign and never wavered. There was never a month where we weren’t outperforming the previous year, and the previous year was a year in which membership had increased. It was a great effort by the men and women of our great Fraternity,” Director of Membership Mike Rios said.

Helping solidify the Fraternity’s membership gain were the retention efforts by members. Moose have signed new members in droves in the past but lost more than they signed. Rios said strong retention efforts reflect the daily work done by lodges across the U.S. and Canada to help members have positive experiences.

“Retention starts the day we sign a member. If we want to keep them, we have to value them. I always say that if a member doesn’t feel that he or she’s getting value from their membership, they won’t stay as members,” Rios said. Moose Legion and Women of the Moose membership also increased, by
303 members and 4,023 members, respectively. In a further sign of stability for the Fraternity, giving to Moose Charities reached record numbers as well.

“The phrase we used to say all the time was ‘members and money.’ The Fraternity thrives if it has more members and our support of Mooseheart and
Moosehaven are strong only if our members have giving hearts. What this says to me is that not only are we signing more members, we are signing the right kind of members, people who are making our Fraternity stronger through their membership,” Rios said.

Rios added that there is nothing keeping the Fraternity from a fourth straight increase in the current “Embrace Our Community” campaign, which started May 1 and ends April 30, 2025.

“If we continue to do things the right way, sign members and tell them what we support and work to retain those members, we can absolutely do it. It’s going to take hard work, but we can do it,” Rios said.

Grant Programs Provide Boost for Lodges

Without members and lodges, the Moose Fraternity would be powerless to provide the level of assistance necessary to support children in need, our seniors, and initiatives within our communities. With that in mind, the Moose International Board of Directors initiated a series of grant programs ten years ago intended to put money back into our lodge homes to make them more functional and attractive to new and existing members. Over time, these programs also came to include local marketing grants to promote ourselves within our communities; and in a time of need, pandemic relief grants to keep lodges from closing during the COVID-19 shut downs.

Over the past ten years, over $10M has been redirected back to the lodges through these grant programs, and the Board recently announced plans to not only continue those programs, but to raise funds available to the lodges and introduce a new program into the mix.

Beginning with the new fiscal year starting in May, the following grant programs will be in place:

  • Lodge Grants (infrastructure and improvements) – $1.5M available to be granted, up from $1M the past two years. Grants are available up to $25,000 per lodge.
  • Local Marketing Grants – $500,000 available to lodges for the third straight year.  Grants are available up to $3,000 per lodge.
  • NEW – Lodge Signage Grants – $1M available to update, replace or refurbish lodge signs. Grants are available up to $3,000 per lodge.

Requirements for all of the grant programs remain the same:

  • At least one member of the lodge is required to attend the International Moose Convention in New Orleans in July.
  • At least one member of the lodge is required to be attendance at the lodge’s 2023 Association Annual Convention in the Fall; and at least one member of the lodge is required to attend the lodge’s 2024 Association Midyear Conference in the Spring.
  • Lodge must be in good standing and run as a fraternal operation.

2024-2025 Local Marketing Grant Guidelines
2024-2025 Lodge Grant Guidelines
2024-2025 Lodge Sign Grant Guidelines