A Note from the Director General
Who’s ready for the Roaring Twenties? So a new decade has begun and the dawning of a new Moose era is here. We have taken a bold step forward in moving tobacco use outside our Lodge homes throughout our entire fraternity. Wherever you travel for business or pleasure, your next visit to the nearest Moose Lodge won’t have you guessing if it is or is not a smoke-free environment. You may wonder how membership is doing overall. Well, with less than four months to go until we close the books on the Moose fiscal/membership year, the Women of the Moose are showing a gain in membership versus same time last year. The Loyal Order of Moose and Moose Legion are making headway and are insight of being Plus One – we all need just a little more effort on Retention. If your Lodge just went tobacco-free, then you have an incredible new opportunity to reconnect with many former members!
During 2018 and 2019 we heard more and more members expressing the opinion that women and men needed an equal voice, vote and leadership opportunity within the Lodge. Would Moose International be so bold to create a new Moose organization and by-laws that allowed for this equal representation? The answer is a resounding “YES”! As a first and separate step towards this end, 32 of 43 Associations will be holding Mid-Year Conferences with men and women working hand-in-hand, as Chapters are now an integral part of those Associations. In November we held a special International Town Hall meeting to discuss becoming One Moose. Over 600 members attended and made their voice heard. We opened up a Straw Poll voting website and had over 3,300 members give us direction on whether or not we should pursue a One Moose fraternal organization. 74% of Loyal Order of Moose members participating in the Straw Poll voted in favor of unifying our fraternity. 92% of the Women of the Moose members participating gave their thumbs up to unify. The path is clear and so we head in that direction together!
There will be General Law Amendments sent out to all Lodges prior to the International Convention in Milwaukee and delegates will take a historic vote once onsite at the Convention. We urge you to get your Convention registration completed and to make your hotel reservations now. You won’t want to miss a moment, especially since we will spend the day with our children at Mooseheart on Saturday, May 23rd.
Thank you for making all things Moose possible. We are stronger, more compassionate and more loving with you as a key member of our Moose family. 2020 is set up to be an amazing year for the Moose. Remember, the best is yet to come!
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