The countdown is on for the 132nd Annual Convention of the Loyal Order of Moose and the first ever virtual presentation of our fraternal gathering. The change in plans caused by the corona virus pandemic has created a new and complicated challenge for the Moose International staff to present a meaningful meeting for the membership. June 25 and 26 are the dates of the live-streaming effort and I urge all members to join in those days, and enjoy a different kind of convention. Everyone will also have the opportunity to view recordings of the sessions at a later date through postings to the Moose YouTube platform.
No one has to register to watch the convention, other than qualified delegates—current Governors and Administrators of record, and Past Governors—who must register to be able to vote. As in the case of other conventions, we’ll be nominating and electing officers, approving reports and voting on the General Laws Amendments. The choice to approve the One Moose proposals will give us the opportunity to become a united organization and will be the signature event of the convention. Delegates can register now on this website.
It’s encouraging to see lodges throughout the country beginning to emerge and reopen (often under limited requirements) and begin to serve our members and communities again. I’ve heard many, many stories of lodges cleaning and renovating facilities. Many maintenance items, along with repairs and replacements, that have been put off for years have now been accomplished. I encourage all members to visit their lodge homes, and I hope you’ll find some pleasant changes that make your facility more inviting and comfortable. Moose members and lodges have always been able to rise to the challenge of adversity, and I know we’ll be a major part of our society and country to overcome the virus and return full-bore to our commitment to helping children, seniors and our communities.
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The decision has been made to cancel the Supreme Governor’s upcoming visits to Lodges. Government recommendations and Executive Orders, meant to keep us safe as we fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, restrict social gatherings to less than 10 people. As Moose we want to follow these directives, and respect and safeguard the health of our Supreme Governor and that of our members. Supreme Governor Hammond sends his deep appreciation for the incredible efforts of all our Moose brothers and sisters during this unprecedented time we are living in. Stay well and stay Moose strong! Thank you!