The last quarter of the calendar year is always a wonderful time to enjoy our traditions and celebrate Nature’s beauty with the change of seasons. We have Halloween to entertain the kids (adults, too), Thanksgiving to share with friends and family, and Christmas to celebrate the birth of the Christian Lord. And, as the year finishes up, we come together in fun and fellowship to welcome in the New Year.
This time of year is also a great time to honor our Moose heritage. We recognize the establishment of Moosehaven in 1922 and its continued service to our Seniors…and don’t forget their Heart of the Community Halloween party that serves thousands. Mooseheart Founders Day on October 27 remembers the birth date of James J. Davis, who resurrected our fraternity and provided the vision that has sustained us.
November is Fellowship month and the lodges have the opportunity to recognize outstanding Moose Legionnaires by recommending their elevation to the Degree of Honor. November brings the season of Thanksgiving where we share the joy of living in a free countries with democratic style governments. We give thanks for each other and the privilege of being Moose members and serving childhood, seniors and the community.
The tree lighting ceremonies at Mooseheart (sponsored by Wisconsin Moose) and at Moosehaven (sponsored by Georgia Moose) are every year delights. The Holiday Lights program at Mooseheart continues to attract thousands.
The greatest and most noble tradition of this time of year is when the Moose reaches out to the needy, and provides baskets of food and children’s gifts for less fortunate families. That’s a special time when all that participate can be proud to be a Moose.
Rodney Hammond, Supreme Governor