Monthly Messages

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

January Message from Gloria Petrea

Welcome 2021! A long, awaited New Year. Now, we kick off the last four months of our Moose year.

We jump right into things with January. This month brings the beginning of our Nomination and Election procedures for the 2021-2022 Chapter year. Our new Election Handbook is on the Moose International website in Forms & Documents. It is important for all to carefully read this handbook. We sincerely want our chapters to have a smooth Nomination and Election process and the information in this handbook will be most helpful.

January is a good time for a review of the chapter. Are any 114’s still waiting to be submitted from the meetings held May through December 2020?  Have the fund raisers thus far been completed and reported/submitted on the 166 forms? Did the chapter either make or submit the 2020 Annual Conference donations? Are your members aware of the requirements for earning the Award of Achievement? Make sure to share this information with the co-workers and let them know where the chapter stands in meeting these requirements. A review now could make a difference in the outcome of the 2020-2021 chapter year.

Our chapters and lodges continue to weather the Covid-19 pandemic.  Due to virus exposure or state and local mandates, many of our units have dealt with numerous closures throughout the last 10 months. Yet, our members still carry on. During the holidays our members have provided assistance in their communities with clothing and gifts for children and multiple meals for families. Some partnered with charities, or local agencies, to see their efforts go further in providing as much as possible for those in need. Thank you for showing others what being a Moose means.

In our Moose Homes we have seen members looking out for other members. Not only are members checking in with each other more, but many are doing whatever they safely can to help the members who become ill. Simple things like providing hot soup or picking up items from the store make a difference to a member that is ill. Thank you for living Moose.

I wish the best and brightest to all for the New Year before us. Let us do our part to make it a great year.

Sincerely yours,

Gloria D. Petrea
Grand Regent

Holiday Message from the Grand Chancellor

The reason for this letter could be no other than the holiday season, the wonderful time of the year that fills our hearts with joy and renews our hopes for a better world. What a crazy year this has been! So much of our world has changed and, with that, our view of the world itself! If ever there was a year for
us to count the blessings we already have, this is that year. So many of our Moose units have been challenged – Lodges and Chapters have been open
and closed, then open only to close once again. What a testament this has been to the perseverance of our Chapters and members. They have prevailed with increased donations to Mooseheart and Moosehaven and continued growth in Membership! What a commitment! Thank you.

We are very grateful for your loyalty and renewed commitment to our programs. We are looking forward to our new One Moose initiative which takes effect May 1, 2021, and the exciting changes this initiative will bring to our members! Please continue to visit our website, share correspondence from our office, and read the Moose Magazine and Moose Leader for updates regarding One Moose. We look forward to the positive changes this initiative will bring to our Co-Workers and the Fraternity in general.

From all of our hearts to yours, we wish you a very joyous holiday season and we are all looking forward to a better 2021! We hope the new year brings you and your family much happiness and prosperity and that in time the world will be a safe place again.

Happiest of holidays to you and yours!

Barb, Denielle, Rhonda, Mary, & Deidre
Women of the Moose Staff