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.
Florida Governor Executive Order to Reopen Phase 1 April 29, 2020 See Highlighted Sections CLICK HERE
Due to the cancellation of the FMA Mid-Year Conference,
here is the One Moose PowerPoint presentation video that would have been delivered.
Academy of Friendship Registration Form Click Here
FMA Golf Cancellation Information CLICK HERE
From the President May 5, 2020
My Brothers and Co-workers,
I hope this message finds you and your families in good health.
As we begin the month of May it looks as though we may be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel in fighting the COVID-19 virus. Governor DeSantis has relaxed some of the rules concerning the hospitality industry and certain retail stores. I am well aware that all our Lodges are more than anxious to reopen and if you plan on doing so I would check with ATF to make sure your lodge fits the criteria. It isn’t worth a fine or suspension of your liquor license. Hopefully as we get further into the month there will be more easing of Governor DeSantis directives and we can all start getting back to some sort of normalcy in both our lodges and our daily lives.
The rules pertaining to “social distancing” have not changed therefore we will continue to follow the standards set in late March until further notice. All educational classes have been canceled until at least June but you can take them on the Moose International web site.
Moose International has set up a monetary relief program for our lodges and the FMA Executive Committee is also working on a plan to assist those lodges that are in need of help in order to pay recurring bills. There will be more on this subject once it is finalized.
Although we fell short of being a plus one in membership I want to say thank you to all those on the Membership Committee and lodge committees for your efforts. Under the circumstances of the last 2 months I think you did a great job. To the WOTM I say congratulations on your being on the plus side and thank you for a job well done.
I ask all our members to continue to check the Moose International web site for news about the “virtual Convention” and to make sure all delegates register so they can vote on the “One Moose” proposition.
In closing let us all remember that COVID-19 is still with us and we should do whatever it takes to keep ourselves and our families healthy and safe.
Stay strong and “One Moose” Fraternally
Create Our Future One Moose - 4/17/2020
Three months ago I do not feel any of us would have been able to anticipate the conditions we are having to endure today. Our basic Lodge Operations are suspended. We are using virtual media to hold meetings, complete Training Requirements and perform other job functions to keep the operation functioning.
The International Convention will be held this year through the virtual medial portal. There will be further information on how this will work coming through Official Communications early in June.
We have suspended class room training through May 3, 2020, but this is an opportunity to use the On-Line Modules to complete the required training. By completing your training you will be able to do a better job in the operation of your Chapters and Lodges.
In these trying times we continue to see how many people are stepping up with unsolicited acts of kindness many of these are Moose Members. Moose Members continue to work in Health and retail positions and a Special Thanks goes out to those for what they do. We continue to hear stories where our LOOM and WOTM Members are working to clean and renovate their Lodges. When this pandemic is over these Lodges will be ready to open to better serve our Members.
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 and our Communities. If we do that our Fraternity will grow. Mooseheart and Moosehaven need your support through these trying times more than ever.
Thanks for all you do in support of the Lodges, Chapters, Moose Legions, Council of Higher Degrees and our Fraternity. Never lose sight that our efforts are for the Support of Mooseheart and Moosehaven. God bless Mooseheart, Moosehaven, the Moose Fraternity and most of all you.
Larry R. Cundiff
Territory Manager/FMA Liaison
Greetings Coworkers and Brothers,
I pray you are well and in continued good spirits. Since many have been staying inside, this is a great time to check out the informational sites of our Moose fraternity. Moose Charities, Mooseheart and Moosehaven have web sites and Facebook pages, as well and many Lodges and Chapters. You could spend hours on social media but be sure to take breaks. Maybe read a little, review the General Law Book and Officers handbooks. All can be found on the Moose International web site along with important communications and updates.
As we know, sadly, it was necessary to cancel our Mid-Year conference and International convention. No problem because we are Moose Strong. All the videos that would have been shared at these events are (or will be) available on the MI web page. I suggest that when we return to meetings you share them with all your coworkers. Any checks that have been prepared for the Mid-Year march of checks should be mailed to Women of the Moose Headquarters. Association Special Project checks send to FMA Secretary.
I want to thank all the Chairman, Coordinators and my Host Chapter. We know you all worked so hard on the planning and preparations. Not to worry’s though, we are now ready to move forward to September Annual Conference. Get ready because we are going to do it ‘Moose Proud’. Hang on to those Derby hats! Our plans are going to carry over with the same theme. I will use the same host chapter. We will still have our Derby moose races and parade of hats. I hope you all called the hotel and told them to move your hotel reservations to September 10,11,12. You don’t want to miss this one! Congratulations to all the Green cap matriculates who will be honored that weekend. And to our new Collegians and Friends, congratulations and thank you for your commitment.
**Good news for our Academy of Friendship matriculates! I have been in contact with Sharon Kraulus, AF Conferral Coordinator. Orlando Lodge 766 has agreed to host our Academy of Friendship ceremony on July 11th at 1pm. Information on registration and local hotel accommodations will be send out email and posted on the FMA web site shortly. You will honor your AF matriculates in a special chapter meeting after they receive their honor. NO, they cannot be honored just because they have a call card. They have to attend an official ceremony. Please send in your AF forms and checks as per WOTM handbook and general laws. Even if your meeting is canceled. Don’t panic over timelines for honors. Our Grand Chancellor is kind and fair and will talk everything into consideration when presenting the Award of Achievements. Watch for communications on the conferral's that were to take place at International Convention. I’m excited to attend the Moose Virtual Convention (at this time, tentatively) June 25th and 26th. If we are back in our lodges, we can plan a big event for all to attend. Think of all that will attend that were not able to go to Milwaukee. It could be huge!
Remember how important you are. Your well-being should be your number one concern. Take precautions and take care of yourself and your family. Check on your friends and coworkers. My prayers are with you.
In Fraternal Friendship,
Laurie Nelson, FMA DGR 4/26/2020