From the Territory Manager/FBMA Liaison

Jerry Monk Regional Manager


As I am writing this article I am sitting home recovering from major surgery. I am not sure if I am going to be at the Conventions yet, that is up to the doctors to decide when they will release me. Even if I am not there, have a good time, listen, learn and share with those who were unable to attend.

I do want to thank all for your thoughts, prayers and cards, it means a lot to Connie and I that you care.

I want everyone to remember that life is short and you never know what is around the corner at any given time. This hit me like a ton of bricks. It also has given me time to reflect and realize that I belong to the greatest fraternal organization in the world. It also makes me realize that holding grudges whether in or out of the Moose is just a waste of time. Just think if everyone felt that way. Forgive easily and move forward, after all we are all in this together and none of us are getting out alive at the end. Don’t let issues of the past grind away at your soul. I love you all and look forward to seeing you when I can.

Keep signing new and former members, keep contacting those in arrears and le’s ensure the growth and therefore the future of this great fraternity.

Thanks for all you do and God Bless Mooseheart and Moosehaven.


From the President

FBMA President

Hello Moose members, I am hoping this information is used by all lodges. Good luck to all the new officers in the lodges and chapters. Since I’m a little late getting a personal note to Joan for the Courier I have decided to inform you about a change to the “Honoring Community Heroes Program”.

Active Military/First Responders Promotion Extended and Expanded
The Moose Fraternity has adopted the theme “Honoring Community Heroes” for the 2017-18 campaign year. One of the three core missions of the Moose is to become the “Heart of the Community” and this year’s theme provides focus for these efforts as we recognize not only our own contributions, but those by others as well.

In January 2017, the Moose started offering first-year memberships at no cost to some core community heroes— first responders and active military members—on a limited trial. Because of the success of that initial offering, and the continued focus on community, Moose International has extended that program through the end of December, and has added two categories—National Guard members and border patrol officers—to the list of included responders. These individuals bring three things to the Moose that are desperately needed: a shared commitment to serving others; a youthful, energetic viewpoint that can reinvigorate our fraternal units; and the potential to step into leadership positions within our lodges, chapters and Moose Legions.

Keys items to note:

1. The promotional program has been extended to December 31, 2017;

2. All original categories in the Active Military/ First Responders Program are still eligible;

3. National Guard members and border patrol officers may be added AFTER May 1, 2017;

4. Make sure you are conducting orientation programs and inviting all new members to participate in lodge/chapter activities;

5. Don’t stop inviting qualified candidates in other fields to join the Moose. Even though fees and dues apply to these groups, adding members will make your lodge/chapter stronger.

Take the time over the next several months to identify individuals and organizations that step up in your community and invite them to join. The Moose cannot have enough members who recognize the benefits of giving to others and supporting causes purely because it’s the right thing to do.

Billy Catlow
President, FBMA


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