A Note from the Chairman of the Board
Many people feel blessed by what they own or how much money they have. I on the other hand feel blessed by being a member of the greatest fraternity to be found anywhere. The kindness and friendliness shown to my wife and I during our travels so far this year has truly warmed our hearts and lifted our spirits. It is so rewarding to visit with many old friends that I seldom see as well as making many new friends for life. I am proud and humbled to be able to share time and break bread with each and every one of you. The spirit of all that we stand for is alive and well.
I am amazed at how quickly the “One Moose” concept has taken hold, proving once again that we are stronger together. Our Associations continue to be stronger than ever before, and our lodges continue to grow and prosper. Empty positions on the “Boards of Officers” for both the Associations and Lodges as well as Chairmen positions are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Qualified men and women are filling all the gaps with many more waiting in the wings. How long has it been since this has happened?
I have always said that Moose members are the most generous in the world. After donations dwindled during the pandemic for over a year, everyone is back with a vengeance. Financial support for Moose Charities continues to increase on a monthly basis allowing us to achieve many great things for our communities, our kids on the Mooseheart campus and our seniors on the Moosehaven campus. I thank each and every one of you for being who you are and doing what you do.
While we suffered in “Membership Retention” and signing new members last year due to the pandemic, many of those who did not pay their dues are now coming back and new candidates for membership is increasing steadily. I feel we will have a positive increase in total membership for the first time in many years at the conclusion of this Moose fiscal year.
This wonderful fraternity of dedicated men and women no longer are satisfied with how good we are as a fraternity, but now have set their sights on how great we can be. I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with each and every one of you. You are truly the best of the best. We are “The Moose” and we are truly “Stronger Together.”
I look forward to seeing each and every one of you during my upcoming travels. You embody what this fraternity is all about and I am grateful to have the opportunity to share some time with you. God bless Mooseheart, God bless Moosehaven, and God bless each and every one of you.