Moose Raise The Roof
Brothers and Co Workers, we are beginning the second half of the Moose Year and I am asking for your help. Our membership continues to drop and we must turn this ship around before we run it aground. 4
We have children and seniors depending on us to keep their future bright. If we continue to decline in membership we will no longer be able to support Mooseheart and Moosehaven in the future. Our membership across this fraternity is at the lowest levels they have been in many, many years. Each of us took an oath and obligation to strengthen and maintain our fraternity and to support Mooseheart and Moosehaven with our energy and substance. The obligation to strengthen and maintain our fraternity means we all need to sponsor new members into our organization and to maintain the ones we have which is retention. Please take the time to ask your Administrator or Recorder for the list of those who are about to expire each month and contact them and give them that gentle reminder to pay their dues. Also ask for the list of those that have expired and do the same. Sometimes all it takes is a friendly understanding voice on the phone to convince them to pay and help our two great campuses.
Another way we can help to keep the members we have is to ensure our lodge social quarters is clean and friendly. Too often I am sitting in a social quarters and I hear members arguing and cursing and this is not what we are about. If we have differences with member or officers take the conversation outside of the hearing of others. People do not want to hear this and will more than likely leave and worse, may never return. Remember we are a Family Fraternity, brothers and sisters working for the common good.
I want to take time to remind everyone that November is the month we honor the Fellow of the lodge, but more importantly we honor our Veterans. I truly hope that every lodge is doing something special for the men and women that have served our country and sacrificed so much. Oh and the great month of December, the month we celebrate the birth of Jesus and celebrate the New Year. I know that there are members of other faiths and celebrate differently and I want them to enjoy in their own ways. Whatever faith and how and what you celebrate please be safe and if you do overindulge in adult beverages, please do not drive. During the holidays there is a safe ride home program so take advantage of that, we want you around for year to come.
Thank you for all you do.
Hello Moose Family,
I would like to thank and congratulate Fred Van Norstram on a job well done as President of the FBMA for 2015, 2016 year. With Fred’s leadership the FBMA reached its goals for Moosehaven, Mooseheart and The Florida Sheriff Youth Ranches. I personally want to thank Fred for mentoring me as I moved from Assistant Outer Guard all the way to President of the FBMA. Thank you Fred. I’m sure Fred will continue to mentor new members and those that wish to move up in degrees. Just as Fred has mentored Moose members along the way, is it possible you know someone that could use some help/mentoring to advance to a higher degree or just help them understand what the Moose is about? Think about it, when you received your Moose Legionnaire Degree or Academy of Friendship Degree there was someone there helping you along the way and I’ll bet you are friends now. As you climb to the next degree look around, it is more than likely someone there is waiting for someone like you to help them advance in the Moose. When you see someone in a Moose Legionnaire, Fellowship or a Pilgrim Blazar you can bet they had Mentors helping them along the way. It’s not likely they got there alone. As for the WOTM it’s harder to move up a degree, mentors are a big part and Co-Workers working together make it happen. Be a Mentor, it helps the Moose grow and builds strong leadership.
This past year the FBMA started a new fund raising project, The Moosehaven Centennial Project which is to construct a new building that will house all the traditional residents of Moosehaven in one place. This is good for the residents and the staff as well. The residents will all be housed in the same building making new friends. They will be able to eat, play together and receive better assistance from the Moosehaven staff. Our goal is attainable, let’s hold 50/50’s, Bake Sales, Car Shows or anything your imagination can think of to raise money. We all must remember “A burden heavy to one, is born lightly by many”. Be a proud Moose member and remember to have fun in all you do.
I thank you all for this opportunity to be the President of the FBMA for 2016, 2017. I will do my best.