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.
MOOSE Legion Fall Conference 2020 Cancelled
From the President September 2020
To my Brothers
As we look forward to the yearly Convention next week there will be a number of new items on the agenda as this will be our first “One Florida Moose” Convention. Combining both the WOTM and the Associations usual reports has created an agenda that is rather lengthy. These reports and rituals must be presented so I ask those who are preparing to make a presentation please be informative yet brief.
The Corona virus has put a damper on many of our Lodge andChapter operations and this Convention presents some of the same problems. With the health and welfare of our members our number one priority we will be practicing social distancing, masks will be worn, and we will be following the CDC and the hotels health guidelines to ensure every body’s safety.
We are not the only Association facing these problems so I ask you to be patient follow the guidelines and we will get through these troubling times as our Association always has.
Create Our Future One Moose - 8/01/2020
We have to admit 2020 has been a roller coastal ride. Our Lodges are open and then closed. The fixed cost of our Units continues except with reduced revenue. Many of our Staff Members have joined the ranks of the unemployed, but are eager to return to work. We are living with a multitude of interpretations of the Law from Various Employees of regulatory agencies. Because of the lack of consistency we stay in a state of confusion. We can only hope the worse is behind us.
We are planning an in person Annual Convention in September. The CDC Social Distancing Recommendations will limit our meeting participation, but the FMA Executive Committee feels this will be better than a virtual convention. We all miss the Socialization, Fun and Fellowship we experience at our Conventions and we are looking forward to September.
We are nine months away from the implementation of the ONE MOOSE Concept. What an exciting time in this History Making change in our Great Fraternity. We know there will be challenges, but we will stay Moose 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 and our Communities. If we do that our Fraternity will grow.
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
August 1, 2020
Dear Brothers and Coworkers,
This fraternity has touched my life and the life of my family in so many ways and it’s because of all of you and hundreds and thousands more across the US and Canada, who are dedicated to our mission. Although I was appointed to this honorable position, I am just a coworker, committed to the oath I took, just as each of you. This Organization depends on the dedicated, passionate men and women who believe in our mission to care for children at Mooseheart and our adult, children at heart, at Moosehaven and reaching out to our communities.
As my year as Florida Deputy Grand Regent comes to an end, I look back on this very unusual term and smile. As members of this great fraternity, during these trying times, we have continued to focus on our mission of caring for one another. Our Chapters and Lodges have worked hard to preserve our future and honor our commitments to our Twin Cities and our community.
To the Executive Board and Officers of our Association, I have developed great admiration for you and it has been a pleasure serving with you in our first year as a Joint Association, as crazy a ride as it’s been.
I have learned so much and grown in my passion and commitment. I am so looking forward to what the future has in store for me in my service to our One Moose. I hope you all share in my enthusiasm.
Be kind – Stay well – Stay positive and in quoting Grand Chancellor Barb “We’re in this together as One Moose, united in our compassion for others, and we will accomplish greatness on the other side of this crisis
In closing, remember to never underestimate the impact you may have on someone’s life. In a world full of people who couldn’t care less, be that someone who couldn’t care more. May you be proud of the work that you do, the person you are and the difference’s you make.
Thank you all for your hard work, sacrifices and commitment to the good work of our great Fraternity!
God bless Mooseheart, God Bless Moosehaven and God Bless you all.
In Fraternal Friendship,
Laurie Nelson, FMA Deputy Gran Regent