Moose Legion Messages

October Message from Dan Gooch

As we approach the halfway point of our fiscal year at the end of this month, we see an increase in active membership. This is great to see, but can we do better? Yes we can! While we are signing members at a fantastic rate, we need to work on our retention efforts. You may say we only need to worry about that in April. Not so – we need to think retention the day we sign someone into the Moose Legion. Every day is the day to make those calls or have personal contacts. Continue to keep that Moose Legionnaire interested and involved. Give them a reason to keep up their membership. Listen to THEIR ideas. Let them help. They say, “Never turn a volunteer down.” Put them on a committee, ask them to help with a fundraising project, anything to keep them interested. Any Moose Legionnaire can help. Get a list from your jurisdiction Secretary and start making calls. I am sure he would appreciate your help. “Let’s Make It Happen, Because We Care.”

Hope to see everyone in Jacksonville for a fun-filled weekend!

Dan Gooch – International Moose Legion President

September Message from Charles Barber

“A Laurel Wreath is a symbol of triumph and is worn as a chaplet around the head, or as a garland around the neck.”

Moose Legionnaires, you certainly are entitled to feel triumphant after a year during which we have realized the first year over year gain in membership since 2014 (2,696 to be precise, a whopping 5.4%.) And while you may be deserving of a pat on the back or a Laurel Wreath, be careful where you are wearing those Laurels. Quite often, we humans are guilty of “resting” on our laurels, ignoring the hard work that is required to maintain this triumphant status. In our case, it refers to one simple, yet seemingly so very difficult task, namely membership retention. Each and every year seems to bring the same dilemma; namely, we wait through summer, fall, and winter before spring brings with it a renewed urgency to reach out and work membership retention. Junior Past President, this is your committee and responsibility to get busy. Form your committee, work the phones, and work with the Council of Higher Degrees and the Lodge Moose Legion Committees in your jurisdiction to retain the momentum we gained in 2022, so that when we get to Reno in 2023, there will still be Laurels to wear. And remember “If you are resting on your laurels, you are wearing them in the wrong place.”


Charles Barber
Intl Moose Legion Vice President

August Message from Dan Gooch

It was great to be in Orlando just a few weeks ago. It was a time to reconnect with old friends and form new friendships. As a fraternity, we were definitely “Stronger Together.” We had a gain in membership in the Fraternity for the first time in years.

The Moose Legion saw growth last year. We saw an increase in Membership and an increase in the Endowment Fund. We had 156 out of 157 Moose Legion units attain a level in the Moose Legion Award of Excellence. Thank you Moose Legionnaires! Dan O’Neal led us through this great year, and I express my appreciation for his hard work. His Presidents project, The Courtyard at Moosehaven, was completely funded and then some.

So as we come away from a great convention feeling renewed and ready to hit the ground running, we need to look back but keep building for the future. The Moose Legion is known as being the “Degree of Service” because of the many programs it supports. We have some great opportunities for this year. First, my Presidents Project is to purchase a Tree Chipper for the Mooseheart campus. If you have taken a ride through the campus you have noticed limbs and/or trees down that need to be removed for the safety of our students and staff. I look forward to the support of all Moose Legionnaires.

Second, we have the Moose Legion project of refurbishing the Moose Museum. This will be a multiyear project. The magnitude of this project is still in the preliminary stages. The scope of work is being discussed so we can tell the story of the Moose. We want to preserve the past and highlight the historic changes we have made as a fraternity. The estimated total cost will come at a future date.

The Moose Legion is better known as the “Fun Degree.” Our members do like to enjoy themselves! Our mission is: “To have fun while providing greater service to the Moose fraternity.” Our motto is: “To do some good thing for someone each day.”

Speaking of FUN!  Have you made your reservations for the Moose Legion Conference and Ritual Competition? Moose Legionnaires will be gathering together from November 10th through the 13th. We will be at the Southbank Hotel Jacksonville-Riverwalk in Jacksonville, Florida. Our Host Legion will be Seminole #81. It will be a weekend with few meetings, and a lot of fun. Friday evening a game night has been planned. Saturday will be the Annual Chili Cook-Off at Moosehaven. On Saturday evening, enjoy the Moose Legion Awards Banquet. We are looking forward to seeing you there.