Our fraternal organization provides valuable service to our communities, care for children and teens in need at Mooseheart Child City & School , a 1,000-acre campus, located 40 miles west of Chicago and care for our senior members at Moosehaven, a 70-acre retirement community near Jacksonville, Florida. With a combined membership of over one million members in the Loyal Order of Moose and Women of the Moose, our presence is felt in over 1,500 communities across all 50 states and four Canadian provinces, plus Great Britain. The Moose organization contributes between $75 to $100 million worth of community service (counting monetary donations, volunteer hours worked and miles driven) annually. Moose Charities Inc., is a registered nonprofit, charity, charged with the primary goal of providing the necessary resources for the continued support and maintenance of the Mooseheart Child City & School and the Moosehaven retirement community.
From the President November 2020
To my Brothers
Here we are in the last six months of our Moose year and the beginning of the Holiday Season! This is a year many of us will be glad to see gone and have hopes that 2021 will be much brighter, joyful and safer. We pray our Lodges, Chapters, Moose Legions and Higher Degrees will grow in membership and strength while supporting our Children and Seniors.
Now is the time for all of us to stop and remember our friends and fellow Moose who are no longer with us. Let us stop and reach out to their family and friends and let them know we are thinking of them. That one visit, card, letter or phone call will mean the world to them and brighten their day and Thanksgiving.
Let us not forget our Seniors at Moosehaven and Children at Mooseheart send them a card or letter letting them know we care and love them all. While we are unable to visit because of the Virus there are things we can all do to make their Thanksgiving great.
Is your Lodge, Chapter, Moose Legion and Higher Degree planning activities for Retention Week? If not, why not? Our membership is down in the thousands from last year! This is the time to reach out, call those expired members and let them know not only do we need them. but want them back! It is up to each of us to rebuild our membership to the level we had before the Virus. Yes, we can do it if we work together as ONE! As One Moose we can do anything!
We all know our past President Charlie is cheap with the money! Charlie even grabbed the bag and ran off with it! Now we all must “Chase Charlie”! During Retention week we can show him your coming after that bag of money! By bring those expired members back and being placed into the drawing for Charlies Money! Let us all get together and have fun working Retention Week! But then work Retention 365 days of the year!
After looking at Facebook, I see my counterpart: DGR Ronda is kicking my butt with her visits to lodges, that will not last long! After surgery, I will be coming after her record! I plan to visit and see you at your lodges soon. With all jokes aside it is great to be working with the ladies and look forward to a great year for the FMA!
God’s Speed be with all out Seniors, Children Moose Members and their families.
Have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving, see you at the Lodge.
Create Our Future One Moose - 10/17/2020
At our 73th FMA Annual Convention in September we had the Honor of presenting 53 Ladies with their Green Caps and 54 Moose Legionnaires elevated to the Fellowship degree of Honor.
We missed many of our Moosehaven Residents that were not able to attend the Convention because of the COVID-19, but they were able to participate through the streaming link that was provided.
Our Lodges are open at limited capacity recommended by the CDC and continue to struggle with reduced participation which equates to lower revenues. The Leadership of our Units continues to find ways to generate activities to create interest. We appreciate their Leadership Ability and know they will continue to be “MOOSE STRONG” The FMA will come out of this pandemic as leaders of the Fraternity.
We are six months away from the implementation of the ONE MOOSE Concept and FMA continues to lead the way. We had Seven Districts where WOTM Members stepped up and were Elected to the position of District President. What an exciting time in this History Making change in our Great Fraternity. We know there will be challenges, but we will stay Strong in meeting those and working together for the good of the Fraternity.
We need to keep focused on what we do and remember why we do it. We need to make sure we make every Lodge and Chapter the best they can be. We need to do only things that support Mooseheart, Moosehaven, Lodges and our Communities. If we do that our Fraternity will grow. God bless Mooseheart, Moosehaven, the Moose Fraternity and most of all you.
Larry R. Cundiff
Territory Manager/FMA Liaison
Since November is a month where we are reminded to give thanks - I would like to start off my monthly message by saying thank you to each coworker/member that has reached out to me offering congratulations on the DGR appointment and/or wishing me a Happy Birthday. Your friendship means the world to me.
I promised I would keep this message shorter than last month’s so let’s get down to business. In October we had the Christmas in October Monetary Gift Walk at our chapter meetings, and then the Cradle Fundraiser which ran from October 1 – 30, if the chapter has not yet submitted those donations, please do so by deadline of November 15, 2020.
So far in November we have had Membership Retention Week and we hope each chapter has had some luck when reaching out to coworkers in arrears. Please be sure to review the membership reports that are sent out weekly, we may be down at the moment, however I have faith that Florida will finish with a gain in membership by April 30, 2021.
November is also when we honor all Collegians in a special open chapter meeting that ALL members are invited to attend. To all Collegians, I would like to say thank you for all the hard work, time & dedication you have given to your chapter. You have shown your leadership skills and it’s our hope that you will share your knowledge with those coming up through the chapter. When asked to raise your right hand, please keep in mind the words of the Declarations of Devotion & Loyalty – to aid & support Mooseheart, Moosehaven & all Moose charitable endeavors, to be loyal to your chapter, to encourage the officers, and to offer your heart & hand in friendliness.
I ask that when requested – you wear your regalia properly & proudly. Try to get out and support others in your area by attending their special meetings. We are all family so let’s do our best to celebrate each other’s accomplishments together. We often share flyers of upcoming events held at our lodges - inviting coworkers/members from other lodges to attend. Well it’s a two-way street, if you want them to support you, then it’s only fitting that you support them.
One last thing – Please send any chapter articles & pictures that you would like to be considered for the Courier Magazine to Joan Fedora @ email@example.com. Deadline for next issue is November 15, 2020.
I wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving, be thankful, eat plenty of food and take naps when needed.
In Friendship, Rhonda Shockley – DGR of Florida 2020 -2021