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Grant Program Application Dates Announced

The Moose International Board of Directors approved two separate grant programs for the 2022-23 fiscal year in which lodges can receive money for marketing and infrastructure projects.

The Local Marketing Grant Program will open applications on Wednesday, July 6th and will continue to accept applications until the end of the Moose year (April 30, 2023) or whenever funds run out, whichever comes sooner. This program offers lodges up to $3,000 in grant money to promote themselves within the communities in which they operate. $500,000 has been committed to this popular program and the application can be accessed by Lodge Administrators through the dropdown menu on LCL.web.

The Lodge Grant Program will also open applications on Wednesday, July 6th, but applications for this program will close on Friday, August 12th. $1,000,000 has been earmarked for this program and if there are any funds left from the first application period, a second application period will be announced at a date TBD. This grant is intended to provide funds for lodge improvements to make the home more inviting for new and existing members, and again the application can be accessed by Lodge Administrators through the dropdown menu on LCL.web.

Please note: The main requirement for either grant program is attendance at the International Moose Convention in Orlando. To meet this criterion, lodges must have at least one member scanned into an official session of The Moose at the Rosen Shingle Creek Orlando.

For more details about each program, please click the appropriate Guidelines link:

Local Marketing Grant Program Guidelines
Lodge Grant Program Guidelines

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Ross Chastain, driver of the No. 1 Trackhouse Racing/Moose Fraternity Chevrolet Camaro, visited the Mooseheart campus on Thursday, June 2 at 5:00pm prior to representing the Moose in NASCAR’s Cup Series race, Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter, at the World Wide Technology Raceway near St. Louis on June 5th.

Ross discussed his spectacular 2022 racing season so far, including his first-ever Cup Series victory in Austin, TX and his win at Talladega in the Moose Fraternity No. 1 car in April!

Cheer on Ross during his next race at the Toyota Savemart 350 at the Sonoma Raceway in California and stay tuned for the No. 1 car emblazoned with the Moose Fraternity logo again on August 14th, 2022!

Progressive Changes Bring Positive Results for The Moose

The Fraternity shows a gain in membership for only the second time in 30 years!

Moose members, energized by recent actions taken on behalf of the Fraternity, made 2021-22 a year to remember for The Moose. For the first time since 2012, year-end records show a gain in membership. Lodge membership numbers ended at 852,356, up an impressive 5,120 members over the previous year.

Several factors played important roles in this inspirational increase.

First, members approved a General Laws amendment to ban smoking within the lodge homes in 2019, which encouraged non-smokers and younger prospects to revisit their decisions to avoid our facilities due to smoke.

Next, members voted in 2020 to make lodge membership open to all individuals, men and women alike, beginning with the 2021 fiscal year. That meant an influx of talent at a variety of leadership positions across the Fraternity, which in turn, produced more effectively run operations. This decision also resonated with a younger audience that looked to participate in an organization that more closely associated with their integrated upbringing.

Third, the Fraternity began a more aggressive marketing approach, utilizing NASCAR and driver Ross Chastain to reach a larger national audience that exhibited similar demographics as the current Fraternity membership. When Chastain won the Talladega race with the Moose Fraternity car, visits to beamoose.org quadrupled the previous single-day high for the site and lodges across the country reported race fans walking into lodge homes to apply for membership.

Finally, the Moose International Board of Directors approved over half a million dollars’ worth of local marketing grants that allowed lodges to become more visible in the communities in which they operate. By utilizing youth team sponsorships, community event participation and even local billboards, Moose lodges became much more evident in the towns and counties where they recruit new members.

And recruit they did! Moose members invited 163,703 individuals to become members this past fiscal year – nearly 29,000 more than the goal of 135,000 members set at the beginning of the year. While the Women of the Moose experienced a slight decline in membership, as expected when women joined the lodges, the Moose Legion gained nearly 2,700 members over the previous year, drawing from a larger pool of members.

“It’s exciting to see the changes we made translate into increased membership so quickly,” commented Moose CEO Scott Hart. “The energy we created when we integrated the membership, combined with our increased marketing efforts, proved we are on the right path. Our leaders and members should be proud that they took these changes and positioned the Fraternity to support our missions for years to come. Keep up that momentum!”

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Moose Community Mourns Sudden Passing of Paul Curtis

It is with deep sadness that we share news of the sudden passing of current Moose International Chairman of the Board, Paul Curtis.

A member of the Camas, WA Lodge #1042, Paul truly loved the Moose and served the fraternity in numerous ways. He was a member of the 175 Division of the Moose 25 Club and received the Fellowship Degree of Honor in 1991, the Pilgrim Degree of Merit in 1996 and the Moose Legion Elite Ring in 2018. Paul served on the Supreme Council/Board of Directors since 2013 and was instrumental in many of the major changes that the Fraternity has undergone in the past several years, including the transition to “One Moose.”  He was elected to his current office in July 2021 during the 133rd International Moose Convention in Cincinnati after having served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Supreme Jr. Governor, and Supreme Prelate.

He spent the last year traveling the country visiting different lodges and doing what he loved most – connecting with members who shared his passion for our missions.

“I can’t think of anyone who loved the Moose as much as Paul,” said Moose CEO Scott Hart.  “I was shocked and saddened when I heard the news of Paul’s passing.  He was such a positive and compelling person who gave all his time and efforts to make this Fraternity stronger.  I am comforted to know that he was doing what he enjoyed most, touching the lives of members across the nation who looked to his leadership for inspiration and direction, when he passed.  He will definitely be missed.”

Please keep his wife Bonnie, their children and grandchildren, and all his loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.

As more information becomes available, we will be sure to share.

NASCAR Driver Ross Chastain Secures 1st Place Finish

#1: Ross Chastain, TrackHouse Racing, ONX Homes / iFly Chevrolet Camaro

The Moose Fraternity and Trackhouse Racing Team driver Ross Chastain finished FIRST in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas!

Some highlights from the race:

  • Chastain stared 16th and quickly moved to eighth in the opening laps. He finished 13th because he pitted with three laps to go in the first stage to better his starting spot in the second stage.
  • Chastain continued to show speed taking over the lead but choosing to pit in the stage’s closing laps and finished eighth.
  • He started the final stage in third and took over the lead on lap 33 and led nearly every lap the rest of the way outbattling AJ Allmendinger and Alex Bowman on the last lap that included contact and a few lead swaps.
  • It marked Chastain’s first career Cup Series victory in 121 starts.

Next Race: Toyota Owners 400 in Richmond, VA
Sunday, April 3, 2022 | Broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET on Fox

Moose Board of Directors Extends Moose Rewards Program

At its February meeting, Moose International’s Board of Directors voted to extend the Moose Rewards program an additional two years, with a new targeted end date of April 30, 2024.  Members may continue to earn points through the program simply by doing activities which will strengthen the Fraternity, such as signing new members, participating in training programs, and renewing their dues.  Members may also redeem points for things such as dues renewals, convention registration, donations through Moose Charities, and gift certificates for the Moose Gift Store.  All members are enrolled automatically and earn points as they complete activities without having to submit any forms.  For more information about the program, please go to www.mooserewards.org.

Chris Singleton Presents a Special Session of Unity and Forgiveness

At around 9:05 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, the Charleston Police Department began receiving calls of a shooting at Emanuel AME Church. A man described as white, with sandy-blond hair, around 21 years old and 5 feet 9 inches in height, wearing a gray sweatshirt and jeans, opened fire with a Glock .45-caliber handgun on a group of people inside the church during a Bible study.  On that evening in June, Dylann Roof shot and killed nine innocent African-American individuals. At the time, this was one of the two deadliest mass shootings at an American place of worship.

The morning after the attack, police arrested Roof in Shelby, North Carolina.  The 21-year-old white supremacist had attended the Bible study at the Church before he committed the shooting. He was found to have targeted members of this church because of its history and stature.  Roof espoused racial hatred in both a website manifesto published before the shooting and a journal written from jail afterward.

One of the victims was Sharonda Coleman-Singleton– a pastor, as well as a speech therapist and track coach at Goose Creek High School.  She was also the mother of Chris Singleton, a former minor league baseball player drafted by the Chicago Cubs.

Following the tragic loss of his mother, Chris made the difficult decision to embrace love and forgiveness, and not hate.  He became a nationally-renowned speaker with a message of resilience, forgiveness and unity.  He now shares his message with over 60 organizations annually and over 100,000 students and educators across the world. One of his children’s books, Different – A Story About Loving Your Neighbor, was a best seller in its category and has been featured by numerous outlets, including The Obama Foundation.

Chris’ overall mission when speaking is to inspire his audiences with his story of resilience and to unite millions of people with his belief that, “Love is Stronger Than Hate.”

“Ever since my mother was killed at my church back in 2015, it has become my mission to teach our young people to love one another despite their many differences,” said Chris.  “My mother’s life was taken away because of racism, but I promise to keep using my voice to put an end to it!”

Chris Singleton will be the featured speaker at a special presentation to the Moose Fraternity on Friday, July 1st at 4:00pm at the Rosen Shingle Creek Orlando.

MAC Construction On Schedule

Week by week, as construction of the Mooseheart Activity Center (MAC) continues, one of the famous spots on the campus nears a return to campus activity. For decades the site the of the Roosevelt Auditorium, the space that the MAC occupies will again be the site for much student activity.

The MAC, which will give students space to recreate and relax, is still on-pace for completion in Spring, 2022.

“To say we have escaped any setbacks would be false, but we have worked through the things that have happened, and none of the setbacks have been noteworthy,” Mooseheart Executive Director Gary Urwiler said.

The key to having the building fully-enclosed before the winter weather arrived has been to get roofing materials in-place and installed. Urwiler added that placement of the MAC in its historic setting was intentional.

“We wanted to recognize the tradition of the Roosevelt Auditorium. It is a beautiful area of campus and this is going to be a beautiful building. We are a tradition-filled facility and any time we have a chance to build something new, it adds freshness to the campus,” Urwiler said.

Some architecture to the MAC resembles that of the recent addition to Mooseheart school, which brings continuity to both facilities. “I always wanted something that would look contemporary and something that our kids would be excited to want to use. The MAC has done just that with our students – it’s created excitement,” Urwiler said.

Members have the opportunity to view the MAC ribbon cutting, which will take place in conjunction with Mooseheart commencement on June 4. Thank you to all members who contributed to this very exciting project.