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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

Annual Membership Campaign

Membership campaigns are created and implemented by the Membership Department at Moose International. Annual Membership Campaigns typically run from May 1 to April 30 and have a unique theme each year.

This year’s Annual Membership Campaign is “Make It Happen,” which runs from May 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023. For the first time in several decades, The Moose is on track to generate an increase in membership, all because you believed that we could Make It Happen. We are telling the world what we are about as a Fraternity, and our missions of helping children in need, our senior members, and the communities in which we operate, are resonating with the public.

Our 2022-23 campaign slogan is not only a statement but it is a challenge. Our members make things happen by helping others and showing what it means to be a Moose. To be successful we need to write down our vision and address it every day. Dream the dream, have a plan and Make It Happen!

Campaign ads to use in your Lodge/Chapter newsletter can be found in our Forms/Documents section.

One Moose a Reality

During the 132nd Meeting of the Supreme Lodge, delegates voted favorably to pass a set of General Law Amendments that would essentially create a new and unified Moose membership where all members, male and female, would have equal opportunities, rights and privileges within the Lodge. Nearly, 77% of the delegates voted in favor of moving to a unified Moose membership, easily surpassing the 67% majority necessary for adoption.

For a brief rundown, check out this handy FAQ Sheet that we have put together.

The changes are scheduled to go into effect on May 1, 2021 and will impact the membership in the following ways:

For the Supreme Lodge:

  • The “Supreme Lodge” and any references to “the Order” will now be referred to as “The Moose.”
  • There will be individual title changes for what was previously referred to as the “Supreme Council;” now the Board of Directors. Women will be allowed to serve on the Board beginning May 1, 2021, however, no terminology change will be necessary to make this happen.
  • The Board of Directors shall consist of not less than nine (9) or more than thirteen (13) members, including the following five (5) officers, who shall serve on the Moose International, Inc. Board of Directors during the terms of their respective offices: The Chief Executive Officer (Director General); the Junior Past Chairman of the Board of Directors (Jr. Past Supreme Governor); the Chairman of the Board of Directors (Supreme Governor); the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors (Supreme Jr. Governor); and a Director/Chaplain (Prelate).
  • “The Moose” shall be composed of Past Chairmen of the Board of Directors; members of the Moose International, Inc. Board of Directors; officers of The Moose; committeemen of The Moose; Past Lodge Presidents; Past Senior Regents (having received the honor prior to May 1, 2021); and representatives of the member Lodges. Each member shall be entitled to one (1) vote, and except as otherwise defined herein, the majority shall rule.
  • No changes at this time to the men’s or women’s higher degrees.

For Associations:

  • The ability to incorporate chapters into an Association is no longer applicable as this function is no longer needed in the “One Moose” Lodge structure. All Moose Lodges (as well as the entirety of their membership) will automatically be members of their local Associations.

For the Lodge:

  • Women will become members of the Lodge automatically on May 1, 2021.  Women may become elected to the Board of Officers beginning May 1, 2022; however, qualified women may be eligible or appointed to open positions on the Board or to committees beginning May 1, 2021.
  • Individual title changes will occur for the lodge officers, including “President” for Governor; “Vice President” for Junior Governor; “Chaplain” for Prelate and “Past Lodge President” for Past Lodge Governor.  Any member, man or woman, may serve in the new positions as long as they are a member of either the Moose Legion or the newly structured Women of the Moose, or join within 60 days,
  • All previous honors will transition seamlessly to the new integrated Moose. i.e. Any member receiving the honor of Past Lodge Governor shall enjoy all the rights and privileges of any Past Lodge President of The Moose.
  • The revised Laws for Moose Social Quarters and Homes (Section IV) eliminates the House Committee; those duties will now be performed by the Lodge’s Board of Officers.
  • An Executive Session has been added to every Board of Officer’s meeting, if necessary, to discuss confidential topics (i.e. personnel matters, legal matters, etc.), including issues previously handled by the House Committee.
  • The minimum proposed dues amount for the Lodge will be $38, although Lodges have the option to set higher dues amounts.

For the Chapter:

  • The Women of the Moose will be structured similarly as the Moose Legion; as an affiliated unit of the new Moose lodge.
  • The WOTM will maintain all honors, charitable focus, lower dues and influence.
  • Chapters will retain their current assets, without turning monies over to the Lodge.
  • The minimum proposed dues amount for the chapter is $15, although Chapter dues are waived for the first three years of the transition to the One Moose lodge structure.
  • Stand Alone Chapters will need to be chartered as a new Moose Lodge although the current WOTM Chapter will still exist.
  • Similar to the Moose Legion, women have the option of joining the Lodge without having to join the Chapter.

Additional information regarding the changes to occur May 1, 2021 will be distributed in the coming months to aid in the transition.

Moose “Heart of the Community” Scholarship Program

The R. Robert Dale Scholarship program has been modified and renamed as the new “Heart of the Community Scholarship Program,” because R. Robert Dale funds were expended years ago, and the program is now being supported solely by the Moose Fraternity. We believe this more accurately reflects the fraternity’s commitment to supporting youth in the community. Read about more specific program changes here.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Brian Schimek either by E-Mail or at 630-966-2257.

Cincinnati Convention | Ritual

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Ritual competitions will be held during this year’s International Moose Convention in Cincinnati, OH. The Lodge Ritual Competition will take place on Thursday, July 1st, 2021 and the Moose Legion Ritual Competition will take place Friday – Saturday July 2nd – 3rd, 2021.

To enter competition, the following items must be submitted:

  • Team Entry Form and $60.00 team entry fee
  • ALL competing Ritualists must be registered for the International Convention.
  • Entry form and fee must be completed and sent with check for payment to Moose International

Lodge Ritual Entry Form | Legion Ritual Entry Form

QuickBooks Online Video Tutorials & Reference Materials

These tutorials, designed for you by lodge administrators, chapter recorders and Moose Legion secretaries, include quick, task-specific videos as well as a more in-depth video introduction to QBO. The reference materials include a Training Job Aid that provides step-by-step instructions for frequently used features of QBO, instructions for editing your Intuit Persona, and much more. There will be additional video tutorials and reference materials available soon; be sure to check back often. Good luck and enjoy this wonderful, new program.

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Reference Materials: