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 July 1, 2020
To my Brothers and Co-Workers,
Finally some great news to start off the month “ONE MOOSE” has been passed. We have moved into the 21st Century and now it is the time to move forward by working together on unifying our Lodges and Chapters for the sole purpose of being THE MOOSE.
After the virtual convention there are so many congratulations to go around, first congratulations to Gloria Petrea our new Grand Regent an honor so well deserved. Her work with the WOTM during the course of her career is a big factor in their success. Congratulations to Dan O’neal on becoming Moose Legion Vice President. Working with Dan as FMA Secretary and seeing his dedication and diligence to that office assures me that the Moose Legion will be in good hands for quite awhile. Congratulations to International Board members Fred Scott Loss Prevention, Joan Fedora Communications and Dawn Mackland Moose Charities on their appointments to their respective Boards. Congratulations to Scott Duncan on winning two awards for his writing. What’s next a Pulitzer? The state of Florida is well represented at the Moose International level which is a compliment to the leadership qualities of our members.
As of this writing the Academy of Friendship is still on and I say congratulations to those receiving this honor and please continue your good works for the Fraternity.
Lastly, Congratulations to Rodney Hammond on his term as Supreme Governor. His leadership here in Florida and at the International level is a quality that can’t be measured.
In late June a new edict from the Department of Business concerning the sale of alcohol was enacted. I read it as the same as the Phase I plan. That is my opinion.
You all know the news on COVID-19 so be careful, and stay safe
Stay strong and “One Moose” Fraternally
Create Our Future One Moose - 7/01/2020
The first ever Virtual International Moose Convention was held on June 25th and 26th and the Delegates of that Convention Voted to unify our Fraternity into One Unit regardless of gender. What a Historic Event for our 132 year old Fraternity, but this is just the beginning. May 1, 2021 is the effective date of this change and it feels like it is a long way off, but it will be here in an instance.
We have a lot of work to do in the next 10 months. We continue to face setbacks, the latest being the Department of Business and Professional Regulations suspension of alcohol sales in the Emergency Order 2020-09. As we always do many of our Units established activities for our members that do not require the sale of alcohol. As we have done for the past 132 years we meet every obstacle with a solution.
Our first order of business is to build our membership. The Supreme Council has provided us a tool by waiving the application fee for new members of the LOOM, WOTM and Moose Legion through September 30, 2020. Our job is to provide activities that will make our current members renew their dues and to sign new members. The WOTM joined the FMA in September 2019 and many of the Districts have embraced this concept and many Ladies have stepped up to fill positions on District Boards and as Chairpersons for the Districts.
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