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Tony Valdes Bonita Springs
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Frank Owen Merritt Island
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Richard Hammond La Belle
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From the Regional Manager..
Jerry Monk Regional Manager

This is going to be one of the hardest articles I have written since being named Regional Manager for the best Association in the fraternity. The reason, this is my last time to address you as Regional Manager. However I have been named the Liaison to the Association so I will continue to have an article in the Courier as well as on the web page. I will also be involved in the Conventions and Mid Years for some time to come. By now I am sure you have all heard of the restructuring of our staff. Rest assured nothing is changing with the Association structure. The Florida Bermuda Moose Association will remain the best by far. The Lodge Operations Department has been merged with the Membership Department to better serve our lodges. I am so proud to have served as your Regional Manager and equally proud of what we have accomplished together over the last few years. We have averaged over 1000 members per year added to the rolls for the last 3 years. As of this writing it looks possible for us to make it 4 in a row.

As we move forward with the new structure I will be serving as a Territory Manger for North Florida, South Alabama and South Georgia. While I look forward to working with those lodges in Alabama and Georgia I am going to miss working with those in the rest of our great state. Bolton Bunting will be serving lodges in South Florida and we now have two new staff members, Larry Cundiff of Palatka Lodge 184 has been named as the Territory Manager for Mid North Florida and Bill Birk of Venice Lodge 1308 has been named as the Territory Manger for Mid South Florida. Let’s welcome both and congratulate them on their new positions. This structure will help to better not only our association but the entire fraternity by allowing us to work with a smaller territory and less lodges. I will be assigned a total of 33 lodges. By being able to visit lodges more often we will be able to work closely with the officers and members to improve operations and fraternal programs. Tom Burke has accepted a position as a member of the React Team who will be assigned throughout the fraternity from time to time to work with lodges that need lengthy hands on assistance.

There will be many changes in our fraternity going forward and I hope you have all made your plans to be in Las Vegas to hear what is new and exciting. There will be a program announced that I know will be of great interest to our lodges. The proposed General Laws will be available soon for you to review. I have just returned from Mooseheart and I have been a rumor is that the campaigning for office has been removed and the 7 member board will be available only with dispensation. Make sure you are there to vote on these.

As you all know the Application Fee is back and the Never Pay Dues has gone away as of May 1, 2014. The Application Fee of $20.00 will be split between the lodges and Moose International. This gives the lodges an opportunity to use the $10.00 for membership promotion. Some lodges may also want to continue to have a similar program to Never Pay Dues Again. I overheard one officer talking about a 3 sponsor award giving a member the next year’s dues for sponsoring 3 in the moose year. Another was talking about making it a 5 member award. Think outside the box and come up with some creative membership awards.

Thanks for all you have done in the past and thanks for all you will do in the future and always remember one thing when it comes to supporting Mooseheart and Moosehaven as well as building this great fraternity or in whatever you do, “GIT ER DONE.”


From the President
FBMA President

First, I would like to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve you as President of our Association for the upcoming year. I am looking forward to a great year fulfilling our commitments, showing a gain in membership and retaining the members that we already have. I know with commitment from the Executive Committee, Lodges, Chapters, Moose Legions, Councils of Higher Degree and Districts we can get this done.

We have a lot on our plates for the upcoming year. We have our commitments to the computer class at the Mooseheart School, the resident bus and the IN2L program for Moosehaven. Also, the Student Congress will be held in Florida 2015. I would like to thank last year’s District Presidents and Association Chairman for the great job that was done this past year. I know this year’s District Presidents and Association Chairman will do a great job as well. I asked the District Presidents at the Annual Convention: What is the average number of members that attend their district meetings? The average was about 65 members per meeting. We have 28 districts, each holds 12 meetings per year totaling 336 meetings per year. The point is, we share too much valuable information to our members and need to have better attendance. If we could encourage new members, our lodge officers and committee men to attend this would help to build our attendance at our district meetings.

Here are some important dates to remember for the upcoming year: Florida Days at Moosehaven will be held March 23; Mid-Year Conference at the Rosen Plaza April 3,4,5,6; International Convention will be held in Las Vegas June 20-25. You can go online to make your reservations now. Our Annual Convention at the Rosen Plaza will be Sept. 4,5,6,7. I would like to thank Junior Past President Lynn Klein for the commitment and job he did last year for our Fraternity and Association. Good luck to you in your future endeavors.

I hope that everyone has a “Safe” and “Wonderful” Holiday Season. Remember to have fun while providing greater service to our Fraternity.

Richard B. Jones