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Chris Singleton Presents a Special Session of Unity and Forgiveness

At around 9:05 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, the Charleston Police Department began receiving calls of a shooting at Emanuel AME Church. A man described as white, with sandy-blond hair, around 21 years old and 5 feet 9 inches in height, wearing a gray sweatshirt and jeans, opened fire with a Glock .45-caliber handgun on a group of people inside the church during a Bible study.  On that evening in June, Dylann Roof shot and killed nine innocent African-American individuals. At the time, this was one of the two deadliest mass shootings at an American place of worship.

The morning after the attack, police arrested Roof in Shelby, North Carolina.  The 21-year-old white supremacist had attended the Bible study at the Church before he committed the shooting. He was found to have targeted members of this church because of its history and stature.  Roof espoused racial hatred in both a website manifesto published before the shooting and a journal written from jail afterward.

One of the victims was Sharonda Coleman-Singleton– a pastor, as well as a speech therapist and track coach at Goose Creek High School.  She was also the mother of Chris Singleton, a former minor league baseball player drafted by the Chicago Cubs.

Following the tragic loss of his mother, Chris made the difficult decision to embrace love and forgiveness, and not hate.  He became a nationally-renowned speaker with a message of resilience, forgiveness and unity.  He now shares his message with over 60 organizations annually and over 100,000 students and educators across the world. One of his children’s books, Different – A Story About Loving Your Neighbor, was a best seller in its category and has been featured by numerous outlets, including The Obama Foundation.

Chris’ overall mission when speaking is to inspire his audiences with his story of resilience and to unite millions of people with his belief that, “Love is Stronger Than Hate.”

“Ever since my mother was killed at my church back in 2015, it has become my mission to teach our young people to love one another despite their many differences,” said Chris.  “My mother’s life was taken away because of racism, but I promise to keep using my voice to put an end to it!”

Chris Singleton will be the featured speaker at a special presentation to the Moose Fraternity on Friday, July 1st at 4:00pm at the Rosen Shingle Creek Orlando.

MAC Construction On Schedule

Week by week, as construction of the Mooseheart Activity Center (MAC) continues, one of the famous spots on the campus nears a return to campus activity. For decades the site the of the Roosevelt Auditorium, the space that the MAC occupies will again be the site for much student activity.

The MAC, which will give students space to recreate and relax, is still on-pace for completion in Spring, 2022.

“To say we have escaped any setbacks would be false, but we have worked through the things that have happened, and none of the setbacks have been noteworthy,” Mooseheart Executive Director Gary Urwiler said.

The key to having the building fully-enclosed before the winter weather arrived has been to get roofing materials in-place and installed. Urwiler added that placement of the MAC in its historic setting was intentional.

“We wanted to recognize the tradition of the Roosevelt Auditorium. It is a beautiful area of campus and this is going to be a beautiful building. We are a tradition-filled facility and any time we have a chance to build something new, it adds freshness to the campus,” Urwiler said.

Some architecture to the MAC resembles that of the recent addition to Mooseheart school, which brings continuity to both facilities. “I always wanted something that would look contemporary and something that our kids would be excited to want to use. The MAC has done just that with our students – it’s created excitement,” Urwiler said.

Members have the opportunity to view the MAC ribbon cutting, which will take place in conjunction with Mooseheart commencement on June 4. Thank you to all members who contributed to this very exciting project.

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January Message from Cletus McManama

Greetings from the Grand Regent.

As we bid 2021 goodbye and welcome in 2022 may this year be our best year yet. We are now in our first year as One Moose, working side by side with our Brothers and Sisters. Maybe you are an Officer or Chairman for your Lodge; if so, I say thank you for stepping up to assist your Moose home, but let’s not forget our Chapters also need your leadership and guidance.

January is our time to set up our nominating committee.  This committee is one of the most important ones of our Chapter. This committee will select our leaders for next year. Make sure you are selecting the people who will lead us to a successful year, just don’t put people on the ballot because they are your friend or a warm body. Evaluate their qualities – will they put in the time and effort necessary to make sure we reach all of our goals?  Remember we cannot do the work we need to do for Mooseheart and Moosehaven, as well as all our others projects without dedicated members and effective leaders.  For more details please refer to the Women of the Moose General Laws beginning on page 52, Sec. 83.

Just remember a New Year means a new chapter.  I hope 2022 is everything you want it to be. Let’s always work together for the good of The Moose.

Cletus McManama
Grand Regent

Country Music Star Jimmie Allen Performing at Convention

Moose members are in for a special treat as we welcome Jimmie Allen, country music star and Moose member, to the stage during the Moose’s 25 Club/Fun Night Celebration during the 2022 International Moose Convention on Sunday, July 3rd.

Multi-platinum recording artist and songwriter Jimmie Allen has been blazing trails since the beginning of his breakout career. He made history as the first black artist to launch a career with two consecutive No. 1 hits off his 2018 debut album Mercury Lane – the first being his debut single “Best Shot,” which claimed the No. 1 spot on country radio for three weeks, and the second being “Make Me Want To.”

Allen won the 2021 Academy of Country Music’s (ACM) New Male Artist of the Year award and is currently nominated for the Country Music Association’s (CMA) New Artist of the Year award. His recent single, “Freedom Was A Highway” with superstar Brad Paisley, climbed through the Top 20 on country radio as he performed on Paisley’s Tour 2021 as his special guest this past summer.

The multi-talented Allen’s debut picture book, My Voice Is a Trumpet – a powerful story about speaking up for what you believe in, at any age – was published on July 13, 2021 with Flamingo Books.  Further, Jimmie was still competing as a celebrity on season thirty of ABC TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” as of the beginning of November.

Listen to some of  Jimmie Allen’s hit songs below and get ready to hear him live at convention!

Staff Changes at Moose International

It has been a busy few months at Moose International as there have been several staff changes in areas that directly impact our volunteers and members. Those changes are highlighted below:

Director of Moose Legion and Higher Degrees

Shawn Baile has returned to Moose International as Director of Moose Legion and Higher Degrees following the loss of long-time director, Bob Neff.

From 2006 – 2015, Shawn was responsible for a range of programs including the Moose Legion, Membership, and Activities/Heart of the Community. Shawn has continued to garner additional Moose-related experience since 2015, serving as Lodge Administrator and Secretary of the Pennsylvania Moose Association. Most recently, Shawn served as Moose International’s Outer Guard during the 133rd International Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio.

His contact information is Shawn Baile and by phone at 630-966-2260.

Director of Business Operations

Gordie Dailey has been promoted to the role of Director of Business Operations following the passing of long-time director, Charlie Palochko.

Prior to coming onboard at Moose International, Gordie served as a Lodge Administrator, President of the Mississippi Valley Moose Legion and as the Iowa/Eastern Nebraska Moose Association’s Secretary.

Beginning in 2014, Gordie served our Fraternity first as a Territory Manager and then Regional Manager in the Great Lakes Region.  In December of 2017, he accepted the duties associated with the Coordinator of Activities and Heart of the Community position.

His contact information is Gordie Dailey and by phone at 630-966-2230.

Coordinator, Activities and Heart of the Community

Will Harrison has been selected to lead the Activities and Heart of the Community programs for Moose International.

Will joined the Moose Fraternity in 1999 in Duncan, Oklahoma.  As a member of Duncan, Ok Lodge 2202, Will has served as both the Association’s State Sports Chairman and Membership Chairman.  He is a Past President of Sooner Moose Legion 147 and of the Oklahoma Moose Association.  Will was honored with the Pilgrim Degree of Merit in 2016 and served as Deputy Supreme Governor in 2020.  Since 2015, Will has served as the Administrator for the Duncan, Ok Lodge No. 2202.

His contact information is Will Harrison and by phone at 630-966-2214.

Chief Compliance Officer

Rick King has been promoted to the role of Chief Compliance Officer.

Rick has served as Senior Compliance Officer for Moose International, appointed to this post in August of 2019. Prior to this position, Rick served as Territory Manager and Association Liaison for Oklahoma/Southern Kansas, Texas, Louisiana after serving the Iowa/E. Nebraska and Missouri/N. Kansas in the same capacity from 2015-2018. Prior to this, he served as a Lodge Administrator for 11 years, Association President for Oklahoma-Southern Kansas, and was a Moose Legion Ambassador from 2011- 2012.

His contact information is Rick King and by phone at 630-966-2222.

Senior Compliance Officer

Bethany Bowser has been promoted to Senior Compliance Officer.

Bethany has served as a Compliance Officer for Moose International since February of 2019. Prior to this position, she worked in the Moose International Purchasing Department as a Purchasing Clerk.  Bethany has served the Mooseheart Chapter of the WOTM as Senior Regent, Junior Regent, Junior Graduate Regent and as Community Service and Activities/Sports Chairman.  She and her husband were also Family Teachers with Mooseheart Child City & School.

Her contact information is Bethany Bowser and by phone at 630-966-2207.

Training Manager

Chris Maher accepted the position of Training Manager and has transitioned over from the Membership Department where he served as a Financial Review Specialist.

Within Chris’ employment history are 13-years as a Divisional Instructor with the American Red Cross as well as a background of Moose-related positions that include Lodge Administrator, Territory Manager and Financial Review Specialist. He is a member of the 50 Club, a recent Fellowship Degree recipient, and a former Moose of the Year for his lodge, Buena Park 1945.

His contact information will be Chris Maher and by phone at 630-966-2294.

Risk Manager

Mike Leuer, Moose International’s current General Counsel, will absorb additional responsibilities within the area of Risk Management following the departure of long-time Manager, Ann Price.  Mike already had oversight of the Risk Management program, but will now deal more directly with our partners and lodges.

His contact information is Mike Leuer and by phone at 630-859-6634.

December Message from Cletus McManama

Greetings to my Moose Family,

It is the most wonderful time of the year! Don’t you just love this time of year when we can believe in the magic of the season? Everything seems possible!

Now that the season of festivities is here and we plan our parties, craft shows, bake sales or maybe a tree decorating contest, let’s enjoy our time together with our Brothers and Sisters. Always remember to keep the true meaning of the holidays in our hearts. Also, consider reaching out to those members you haven’t seen in awhile. Maybe the season is a difficult one for them: holidays are not always happy for everyone, and maybe they just need a few kind words or a friendly gesture. The best gift of all is a caring friend. Isn’t that what being a Moose member is all about? Caring for one another.

May this holiday season touch your heart in a special way, and may all your wishes come true.

My wish for you and your family is health, happiness, peace and prosperity long into the New Year.

Cletus McManama
Grand Regent

July Message from Chuck Barber


This misquoted line is spoken by Ray Kinsella, played by Kevin Costner, in the film Field of Dreams, directed by Phil Alden Robinson (1989). While wandering in a corn field, Ray Kinsella hears a strange whisper: “If you build it, he will come.” Build what?

Moose Legionnaire’s, just like Ray Kinsella in this fantasy story there has been a soft and continuous voice over the years whispering to us “If you build it, they will come,” and just as he did, we ask “Build what, who will come.” The answer lies in the Moose Legion Jurisdictional President’s opening remarks at each conferral, “Our mission is to have fun while providing greater service to the Moose Fraternity.”

I know you get tired of hearing HAVE FUN, but let’s face facts, just like Shoeless Joe Jackson and the 1918 White Sox would have had no place to play if Ray Kinsella had not built that field.  Similarly, our Moose Legionnaires will have no place to bring their families if we don’t build fun activities and celebrations for them.

I remind you Jurisdictional Chaplains that, as Chairman of the Publicity and Member Relations Committee, you are responsible for bringing together a committee to provide Fun and Frolic for our members and their families. If you put some time and effort into this committee’s job to provide fun, then soon your members will be sounding just like Shoeless Joe when Ray Kinsella asked him where all those players came from:

Shoeless Joe Jackson: Where did WE come from? You wouldn’t believe how many guys wanted to play here. We had to beat ’em off with a stick.

So, remember “If you build it, they will come” and if you maintain it, they will stay!

Charles Barber IMLC

June Message from Chuck Barber


Many of us remember fondly the way a room would light up when Past International Moose Legion President Artie Shaw would stand and lead a rousing cheer of “Hey, Hey, Hey ain’t it great to be a proud Moose Legionnaire!!” Judging from what I see on Facebook and other places this cheer is still being used at Moose Legion celebrations with the same enthusiastic response.

Now the question is, do you suppose that PIP Artie Shaw was just a gentleman with an over active thyroid who was a life long teenager, or was he a Moose Legionnaire genuinely excited about the opportunity to serve that we all have, every day, in this organization. Moose Legionnaire’s when we get together for meetings, conferences, celebrations etc., it isn’t just a sense of duty that draws us or that ignited PIP Shaw’s joyous cheerleading.

We aren’t just robots mindlessly sending in our dues annually. On the contrary, each year we are privileged to provide $2.50 to Moosehaven operations, $2.50 to Moosehaven Senior Medical Fund, $1.75 for operation of Mooseheart’s Camp Ross, $3.25 for International Moose Legion operations; additionally, as an active member you then can donate to Youth Awareness, an annual capital project, fund Mooseheart student trips and an annual President’s project for Mooseheart or Moosehaven and other special supporting needs as they arise.

There is a tremendous sense of pride in all of this as we see the happy smiling faces of the students at Mooseheart and the seniors at Moosehaven safe and content in state of the art campuses provided, in large part, by the efforts of Moose Legionnaires throughout the Fraternity. So you know what, HEY, HEY, HEY IT IS GREAT TO BE A PROUD MOOSE LEGIONNAIRE!!

Charles Barber IMLC

May Message from Chuck Barber


Many articles have been written that include a reference to this line from a bygone and fondly remembered version of the Moose Legion Ritual; “There is a destiny which makes us brothers, none goes his way alone. That which we send into the lives of others will come back into our own.”

Now as we emerge from a year of shuttered lodges, unfulfilled expectations and, in some cases, disappointed members, into the advent of One Moose, let’s pause and reexamine this statement originally attributed to poet Edwin Markham.

While many of us have felt lonely and isolated as we quarantined at home and avoided our lodges and other fraternal gatherings in order to remain safe from viral infection, the work of The Moose has not come to a grinding halt. Our Mooseheart youngsters have been kept safe and are still learning and growing in our Child City.

Meanwhile at Moosehaven, our seniors have not reported even one case of Covid-19 and are safe and happy. On both of these campuses we are “adding years to their lives and life to their years.” Additionally, communities across our fraternity are benefitting from service provide by dedicated members of Lodges, Chapters and Moose Legion Jurisdictions.

While we may mourn the loss of the physical pleasures denied us these past months such as dinners, dances, meetings, picnics, sports and conventions we should also celebrate the fact that all these blessings that we have sent into the lives of others are on their way back unto us.

In the words of the writer of Ecclesiastes; “Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again.” Ecc. 11:1

So, might we suggest: Let’s quit crying in our beverage and start collecting that bread! We may indeed find that the best truly is yet to come!


Charles Barber IMLC