Monthly Messages

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

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

November Message from Cletus McManama

At this time of year, we are reminded of how much we have to be grateful for and appreciate all that we have.

We are thankful for our Sisters who have stepped up during these very trying times and kept our Chapters going. Continue to do the work for Mooseheart and Moosehaven, never faltering in your duties.

Let’s make it a priority to stay in contact with our members. As this is Membership Retention month, consider spearheading a telephone committee. Let’s reach out to our delinquent members and bring them back into the fold. We need to remind them how important they are to our Chapters. Their participation will help us have a successful Chapter year.

May we always be thankful for friends and family, including our Moose Family. The friends I have had the pleasure of meeting along my Moose journey have shaped my life. Chapters are so vital to our Moose Organization; we need to share our experiences and explain to others how chapters assist our members, our communities and those in need.

Let us appreciate all that we have and never take the small things for granted. Maybe the smile you shared with a stranger brightened their day. It may be the cheer they need this holiday season, which may be difficult for some. We are truly blessed: it only takes a moment to make a difference in the life of someone.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and may God bless each and every one of you.

Cletus McManama, Grand Regent

October Message from Cletus McManama

Well September is over and hopefully everyone is ready for October. It’s my favorite time of the year. Give me a cozy corner, a good book, a cup of hot chocolate, apple pie, the first fire of the season. And a place to watch the leaves change with a  magnificent burst of color.

Have you started October off with the Cradle Fundraiser? Think of some fun ways to raise funds for our children and seniors. Be sure to share your ideas and post pictures on Facebook.

Let’s not forget Christmas in October. We need to remember our Children and Seniors as the Holiday Season quickly approaches. Hopefully all Chapters are getting ready for the Christmas Walk; why not bake and serve Christmas Cookies to get everyone in the holiday spirit? Maybe play some Christmas music or put up a small giving tree in your Moose home.

November will soon be here and so will membership retention week. Do you have plans in place for a fun filled week? Consider connecting with those members are on the expired list, thanking active members for paying their dues, offering special events to encourage members to stop in your Moose home. Now more than ever we need to reach out to all of our members. Every phone call, every effort to reach out to our members is never in vain. Appreciation and a ‘Thank You’ go a long way in preserving membership. We need all members to continue to be a success. Remember we are Stronger Together!

Yours in Faith, Hope and Charity,
Cletus McManama

May Message from Gloria Petrea

A new beginning. The start of a new Moose year. It is an exciting time for our new Senior Regents as they begin a new adventure in their Moose journey.

Holding an All Committees meeting will start the year off on solid footing. This is a great opportunity for the officers and chairmen to get to know each other better and to plan chapter activities for the year. What fun events is your chapter planning to hold? I bet there are some awesome event ideas filling calendars around the fraternity.

This month we hold our Annual Memorial ceremony to remember and honor our departed members. These members paved the way for us, held our hands through tasks we undertook, and still watch over us today from Moose Heaven. Attending and participating in this memorial ceremony is a way of showing our gratitude to these departed members.

A new beginning. We are The Moose. Congratulations to all WOTM members currently serving on Lodge boards. You are each a ‘first’ and we wish you a successful term and your lodges a successful year.

We are The Moose.

Gloria D. Petrea
Grand Regent

April Message from Gloria Petrea

April has slipped away as quickly as the Easter Bunny. At the very least it got away from me.

Spring has arrived and lots of outdoor activities are being planned and are underway. Craft Fairs, fun runs, yard sales, and picnics. And these are just a few. There are so many ways to have fun and activity in our Moose homes and to attract new members. With the temperatures warming and people looking to get outside, it is a great time to request dispensation to hold an event open to the public. This provides opportunity to share information about the Moose with others.

The final month of the year and our chapters are working diligently on membership retention. Each call is a step to saving a member. Each contact is a chance to let a member know they are remembered, wanted and needed. The more our chapter members know we care the more likely they are to renew. Keeping working, there is still time.

Congratulations to all our new Academy of Friendship members conferred at the Mid-Year Conferences; and to those being conferred at special Conferrals being held in some areas. This is your first Higher Degree, but hopefully not your last. I encourage you to continue learning and growing in the Women of the Moose.

New chapter officers are being installed this month for the 2021-2022 year. I congratulate and applaud those who stepped forward to lead your chapters into our first year in The Moose. I also thank you for your dedication to your chapter and our WOTM programs. I wish you each a success year.

In Friendship,

Gloria D. Petrea
Grand Regent

March Message from Gloria Petrea

One year ago this week, across the fraternity, we all went into shutdown and lockdown. Hard to believe it has been a year, since we thought April and May 2020 would never end. It has been a year we will never forget. As Moose members we have shown our resilience and ingenuity, and continue to do so.

Our chapters are in the midst of our annual Nominations and Elections procedures. Many are right on schedule and about to hold their election. Some chapters are still securing officers for the new year. Our Nominating Committees have a very important job in our chapters and I applaud their commitment to their tasks. It is their responsibility to select, and place on the ballot, qualified co-workers to lead the chapter in the WOTM program. I extend my thanks to these committees across the fraternity and also to the co-workers who step forward to hold office. We could not continue the work we do without you.

Now is the time to put our retention efforts in high gear and finish out the year strong in membership. Get all involved. Personal phone calls can work wonders on the expired list. Also call members who have renewed and thank them for their continued support of Mooseheart and Moosehaven. The calls are an excellent time to share a reminder of upcoming chapter events and ask for volunteers.

The leprechauns of March are out and playing. Have you seen any of them? They are working to turn things green and to liven up chapters and lodges. They may even be spreading some magic around. St Patrick’s Day is a big celebration no matter which Moose Home you enter. Fun decorations, good music, great food and fellowship among our members will keep the leprechauns from playing tricks on you. Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Your Grand Regent,
Gloria Petrea