Moose News

Moose International Holiday Hours

The offices of Moose International will close at 4:30PM Central Time Friday, December 23, 2022, and reopen at 7:00AM on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 to enable our employees to spend time with their families, friends and loved ones at this special time of year.

Our offices will also be closed on Friday, December 30, 2022 and reopen on Monday, January 2, 2022.

Please keep in mind that some employees may have taken extra time off around the holidays. We appreciate your patience and understanding if there is some delay in responding to messages and voicemails.

Upcoming Moose Events

 

Wisconsin Tree Lighting at Mooseheart

Join us on the Mooseheart campus on Saturday, December 3, 2022 for the annual Wisconsin Tree Lighting Ceremony.


Georgia Tree Lighting at Moosehaven

Stop by the Moosehaven campus on Saturday, December 10, 2022 for the annual Georgia Tree Lighting Ceremony.


Pancake Breakfast with Santa at Mooseheart

Join us on the Mooseheart campus on Saturday, December 10, 2022 for a yummy breakfast and visit with Santa. (remember to bring your camera for pictures!)

Presale tickets: $8 per person (Children 3 & under eat FREE)
Tickets at door: $10 per person (Children 3 & under eat FREE)

*All proceeds will go toward new uniforms for our athletic teams and school clothing for students.

For more information click here.


Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament

Are you going to be the next Moose International Texas Hold ‘Em Champion? Join us at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas from January 8-12, 2023 – registration now open.

For more information click here.

2022-2023 Moose Journalism Awards Open

The Moose Journalism Awards program seeks to encourage and motivate editors of all Moose publications towards the achievement of consistently high journalistic standards in their newsletters and, through such achievement, to enhance communication and shared information between Moose members and their Lodges, Chapters, Moose Legions, Higher Degree Councils, and Associations.

Entries are now being accepted for the 61st Annual Moose Journalism Awards, to be announced at the 2023 International Convention in Reno, NV. Participants can download entry/informational forms for both the publications and website portions of the contest at the following link(s):

2022-2023 Publication Entries
2022-2023 Website Entries

Website entries are due Feb. 24, 2023. Newsletter entries due  March 3, 2023.

Questions about the contest can be directed to the Moose International Department of Communications at (630) 966-2229.

Good luck to all the participants!

In-Person Moose Training Classes

The new Basic 2-HOTT Class is now available as an in-person, instructor-led class. The new version has been shortened to a one-day class with two sections, making it more convenient for members to attend. The Basic 2-HOTT Class is intended to train administrators, assistants to administrators, Chapter treasurers and Moose Legion secretaries.

There is limited class availability across the country at this time, as instructors are just starting to schedule sessions in their areas. Please check the Moose Training web page beginning next week for the initial class schedules; however, there will be more classes available in the next few months.

If you take the class within the next few weeks, please be advised that this is a class that will be utilizing new practice scenarios, and you may be asked to notify the instructor in the class if something in the software does not work correctly. Please have patience with the instructors as the reporting could take extra time in the class.

Materials for the new Administrator School training are currently being reviewed and the new in-person sessions are anticipated to begin being scheduled in the middle of October. The shortened two-day course will feature new learner guides and scenarios.

Please go to the Moose Training Schedule to find classes in your area!

We hope to see you in a Basic 2-HOTT Class soon!

Moose Magazine Online

Moose International is happy to announce a more user-friendly version of Moose magazine for mobile devices – perfect for members who are busy and on-the-go! The new and enhanced version features flowable text and adjustable font size so you no longer have to struggle to read stories from your phone or tablet! In addition, the contents view makes it easy to see all the stories/features at once so you can jump to your favorite section much faster, while still being able to see the traditional/page view if you desire. A tutorial is also offered to walk you through all the features/benefits of the new platform at the beginning. We hope you enjoy this new enhanced version of Moose magazine, making it easier for those of you on the go to stay connected! Check it out for yourself here!

International Open House Day – October 22nd

Moose International has designated Saturday, October 22, 2022 as “International Open House Day” for lodge homes throughout the Fraternity. This date corresponds closely with Founder’s Day (October 27th), which celebrates the birth of James J. Davis, the driving force who brought purpose and meaning to the Fraternity during its earliest stages.

All lodges are encouraged to conduct events that will bring friends, family and local residents in touch with the Moose, our lodge homes, and the work we do on behalf of children, seniors and our communities.

The Compliance Office has issued a blanket dispensation for all lodges to hold events on that day that are open to the public, as long as the Moose’s general guidelines for public events are followed. Alcohol may or may not be served, based on the structure of the event, but cannot be sold to members or non-members during the event. Lodges should refer to Section 46.13 of the General Laws for guidelines to public events, such as Open Houses.

*Note, if October 22nd is unavailable to conduct an Open House, the blanket dispensation allows lodges and chapters to hold the event a week earlier, which is Saturday, October 15th.

Check out this helpful PowerPoint on Conducting Proper & Frequent Open Houses.

2023 International Moose Convention Dates

Join us in Reno for the 2023 International Moose Convention from June 20th-23rd, 2023!

The Opening Session will take place on Tuesday, June 2oth and the Installation of Officers will take place on Friday, June 23rd. Auxiliary meetings, training, etc. may begin beforehand starting on June 17th.

Hotel and registration information will be available in December. Please check back then for more information.

In the meantime, view presentations/transcripts from the 2022 International Moose Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Convention Updates

Moose International would like to thank all of the volunteers who contributed their time and efforts to make the International Moose Convention in Orlando a success. The annual meeting is a huge undertaking and many members stepped up to help things run as smoothly as possible. We couldn’t do it without you, so please know your efforts were appreciated. See you next year in Reno!

Annual Reports:

Awards:

New Appointments:

  • Chairman of the Board: Bruce Masopust
  • Grand Regent: Cathy Funkey
  • Moose Legion President: Dan Gooch

Speeches & Transcripts:

  • Not yet available

Audio & Visual:

Grant Program Applications

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 – Click Here
Lodge Grant Program Guidelines – Application Period Now Closed

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!”