Moose Legion Messages

July Message from Chuck Barber

IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL COME

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!

Fraternally,
Charles Barber IMLC

June Message from Chuck Barber

HEY,HEY,HEY REDUX

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!!

Fraternally,
Charles Barber IMLC

May Message from Chuck Barber

THERE IS A DESTINY…

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!

 

Fraternally,
Charles Barber IMLC

April Message from John Prough

Hello again everyone. Yes, the month of March is still upon us, but just wanted to give everyone a Pep talk to help motivate us to get moving on making that gain in membership we all desire. Are we attempting things outside the box to get those in expired status active again?

If you can’t reach the expired member reach out to their sponsor. They might be able to contact the individual and trust me it would be a lot easier for the sponsor to get him to pay his dues than a stranger doing a phone call.

St. Patrick’s Day has just passed. Hopefully your Lodge did something to celebrate this holiday and it would have been a great time for the Lodge Moose Legion committee to do something fun to raise a little money for the Lodge.

We have April Fool’s Day coming soon so try and do something fun in your lodge home to celebrate. Invite some prospective members to participate or even some expired ones and when they see the fun the Moose Legion is having they will want to be a part of the celebration.

Of course, we can’t forget Easter is right around the corner. I know many Lodges will be having huge parties and Easter Egg hunts for the kids. Well I might suggest the Moose Legion committee set up an Adult Easter Egg hunt. Of course, you might do it with a flashlight to make it interesting.  Let me tell you, our Lodge has done this and it was a ton of fun.

Well I am sure each of you can see my point with what I have written. I hope you understand the Moose Legion isn’t just about meetings and work. It is about having fun and if we don’t have some fun no one will want to pay their dues.

I cannot stress this any better than to say that we have to give the members what we promised in the ritual and that is having fun. It is our recipe to finish the year strong!

Thanks for all you do.

John Prough
International Moose Legion President

March Message from John Prough

Hello everyone.  Man, how time flies when we are having fun. It seems like just a short time ago I was giving my new President’s speech and we were talking about my favorite sport College Basketball and shooting for 3.

Well as we all know we are still under the grips of Covid 19 and our goals haven’t been easy to make but many Moose Legions have qualified for the Key Club and made their quota and that is outstanding as both are challenging to earn in a normal year. Congratulations to each Moose Legion jurisdiction that have earned one or both of these accomplishments and be proud.

I have been thinking long and hard about how we can all achieve our ultimate goal of increasing our membership by at least 1. Well let’s go back to my speech and let’s call it March Madness if you will. We can’t sit back in a zone defense.

We must use that Full Court Press meaning we all have to work all of our tools possible meaning recruitment of those new members, especially those that have just became members of the Moose, contacting those on the expired list, reaching out to those on your dropped list, especially those men who hold a higher degree such as Fellowship or Pilgrim.

And lastly making sure we get every eligible candidate conferred. If we can’t get them enrolled at a regular celebration then please get a mini-enrollment in their lodge and either ask your ritual team to perform the ceremony (great practice for ritual competition). If this isn’t possible use the You Tube Video ceremony. It works great when needed.

I am sure if you use all the plays at our disposal in March, we can enter April on a positive. Then we just might Roll into Cincinnati as a plus for a change and this would make me ecstatic.

Lastly, as I am sure you are all aware, with not being able to have regular celebrations our Endowment donations are down. We are looking at not having a plus on this in many years. So please, ask your Moose Legion Committees to take a collection at all their meetings and send it in. Maybe even have an extra raffle or 2 to help keep us on our winning record and have an increase this year.

As my year will soon be over, I do have some empty weekends in May and June if anyone would like me to come in for a visit.  All it costs the jurisdiction is my room and food and I would love to come.

Thanks for all you all do and let us get it done.

John Prough
International Moose Legion President