Loyal Order of Moose

Conventions & Conferences

Join us in New Orleans for the 2024 International Moose Convention from July 24th-27th, 2024!

New Orleans was named the #3 Top Destination for City Lovers in the United States in 2022. But Moose members already knew that. The Big Easy is one of our favorite convention destinations – a vivid nightlife, world-class dining, jazz, and all that history. New Orleans has something for everyone. From a stroll through the French Quarter to a unique visit to a haunted cemetery, you can find it here. Join your Moose brethren when we return in July 2024 and start our own adventure.

Please check back in December for more details, including registration and housing information. In the meantime, view presentations/transcripts from the 2023 International Moose Convention in Reno.


Mid-Year Conference Schedule
Association Annual Conference Schedule

Chairman of the Board

A Note from the Chairman of the Board

The lodges in our Fraternity are amazing!

Traveling across the country to visit the lodges in our Fraternity is an awesome experience! From East to West, North to South – the welcome Linda and I have received is nothing short of astonishing. Each lodge we have visited has a story to tell…a story of working together to accomplish goals that they once though were beyond their reach. It truly shows that “a burden heavy to one – is born lightly by many”…a story of a Proud Past in creating their Bright Future!

Our visits have been humbling…such as visiting the Flight 93 Memorial and standing on hallowed ground there to visiting the great Northwest to stand on the same ground as the early explorers of Lewis and Clark as they gazed at the Pacific Ocean. It has also been historical in visiting Colonial Williamsburg and having the opportunity to shoot a musket…much the same as our forefathers did centuries ago.

The same is the story of many of the lodges we have visited…from humble beginnings and struggles to succeed…into lodges which are now growing in membership due to hard work and by offering many activities for their members to enjoy. They have improved the appearance of their lodge homes to satisfy the needs of their members. They have reached out and continue to strive for their “Bright Future.”

Two of the major holidays our members enjoy are right around the corner…the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas.  With “thankfulness” and “generosity” our lodges will open their lodge doors to not only their members…but also to those in time of need. That should make each of us proud to be a member of this great Fraternity.

Linda, myself, and our entire family would like to wish each of you the happiest of the holiday season!

The Moose is Strong – it is Time to Belong!


John R. Sipes, Chairman
Moose International Board of Directors

Download: Chairman of the Board Bio
Download: Chairman of the Board Travel Schedule

Moose Legion & Higher Degrees


  • Pilgrim Degree - The Pilgrim Degree of Merit is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of the Fraternity. This degree, originally created on August 1, 1918, is conferred only in the House of God at Mooseheart, Illinois and comes as a reward to members of the Fellowship Degree for extraordinary service to the Fraternity.
  • Moose Ceremonies & Procedures - Ceremonies performed by members are varied in nature. They largely outline and facilitate how we conduct business and are primarily the meeting agendas that follow the orders of business for various purposes or aspects of our program(s).
  • Council of Higher Degrees - Pilgrims, Fellows and Moose Legionnaires of the Loyal Order of Moose, together with members of the College of Regents, Academy of Friendship and Star Recorder Degree holders of the Women of the Moose comprise groups within our Order known as the Council(s) of Higher Degrees. It is a unique setting where both men and women come together to plan and serve side by side for a common cause.
  • Fellowship Degree - The Fellowship Degree of the Moose Fraternity is an honorary degree. It was first created on August 7, 1918. To advance to this degree one must first be an active status Moose Legionnaire. This degree must be earned through service to the Lodge, Moose Legion, and or other entities of the Fraternity.
  • Moose Legion - The Moose Legion is a higher degree of the Loyal Order of Moose. Male members of the Order who have held membership for at least six months or who have sponsored at least one member into the Order qualify to advance to the Moose Legion.
  • Statistics - Check back weekly for updates on Moose Legion membership production and fundraising projects.
  • Monthly Messages - Check back for updates from Bob Neff, Moose International's Director of Ritual & Higher Degrees and the International Moose Legion President.


Moose Legion & Higher Degrees Forms/Documents