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 October 2020
To my Brothers
What a convention, You and the FMA made history and are leading the way with One Moose! Two female Chairman and six District Presidents, plus the ladies elected as district officers, Congratulations.
We have work that must be completed to grow and ensure our future. Before the Virus we were headed to be a plus in membership, but lost hundreds of members from nonpayment of due. Each of us can change this downward movement, by helping with retention by reaching out to those members.
Our endowments to Moose Charites are down, some lodges have not even remitted any donations. We know times are hard on everyone right now, but we took an oath to protect our children at Mooseheart and Seniors at Moosehaven, they count on all our members.
FMA last year took on a commitment to help fund the building of the MAC Building at Mooseheart for our children and the funding to remodel the Florida Moose Hall at Moosehaven. These two projects carry a $1,000,000.00 price tag. FMA has ask each Lodge, Chapter and Moose Legion to give to the 2,2,2 project for three year. This is only $2.00 per member yearly for three years. We need everyone help to complete this goal and not let our children and seniors down.
I am asking all our Chairman and District Presidents to go that extra mile to assure, our great fraternity grows and the financial support for Mooseheart, Moosehaven, Lodges, Chapters and Moose Legions will be stronger than before the virus came. We can do this as One!
Thanksgiving and Christmas is around the corner, let us remember those in need. Now is the time to start planning for a safe and happy Holiday Season.
In closing, Thank You for the honor of being your FMA President for the 2020/2021 FMA Moose Year. I look forward to serving you our members and helping in any way I can. Yes, we are Moose One and I look forward to working with our ladies as one!
Be safe and God Bless and see you at a lodge soon.
Create Our Future One Moose - 10/17/2020
At our 73th FMA Annual Convention in September we had the Honor of presenting 53 Ladies with their Green Caps and 54 Moose Legionnaires elevated to the Fellowship degree of Honor.
We missed many of our Moosehaven Residents that were not able to attend the Convention because of the COVID-19, but they were able to participate through the streaming link that was provided.
Our Lodges are open at limited capacity recommended by the CDC and continue to struggle with reduced participation which equates to lower revenues. The Leadership of our Units continues to find ways to generate activities to create interest. We appreciate their Leadership Ability and know they will continue to be “MOOSE STRONG” The FMA will come out of this pandemic as leaders of the Fraternity.
We are six months away from the implementation of the ONE MOOSE Concept and FMA continues to lead the way. We had Seven Districts where WOTM Members stepped up and were Elected to the position of District President. What an exciting time in this History Making change in our Great Fraternity. We know there will be challenges, but we will stay 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, Lodges and our Communities. If we do that our Fraternity will grow. God bless Mooseheart, Moosehaven, the Moose Fraternity and most of all you.
Larry R. Cundiff
Territory Manager/FMA Liaison
Happy Fall Y’all, my name is Rhonda Shockley from West Boca Raton Chapter #2273. It is an honor to serve as the Deputy Grand Regent of Florida for the 2020-2021 year. I would like to say thank you to all that have put in a good word for me and that I hope to make you proud.
Some have already asked, what are the duties of a Deputy Grand Regent? Well, they are to make arrangements & preside over our WOTM mid-year & annual conferences, the AOF session & the Green Cap Convocation. As with any other position, there are day to day things that come into play and one of those things is promoting the Moose, some may even say we are cheerleaders. Well, I am ok with that because I am proud to promote what I believe in. Who knows the Florida Chant which is often led by our friend Marcel Sablan------- WE ARE MOOSE, WE ARE MOOSE PROUD? I am happy to say that I am Moose proud, are you?
In September at our Annual Conference, our Grand Regent & Official Visitor - Gloria Petrea introduced me on Saturday night at the banquet. She mentioned that she looks forward to watching me grow. Well, I too look forward to growing within our fraternity but for anything to grow, it needs to be nurtured. Some friends have already started the nurturing process by offering me some simple advice such as: just be yourself, speak from the heart, be that person that coworkers feel they can approach and to encourage our coworkers to get I more involved. I have some of the best mentors & friends around and will always welcome any tips you may want to share. Take a look around you, who can you nurture & encourage?
Now days many of us are on FB - we may share pictures of events held at our lodges, conferences or how we help in our communities. Our family, friends and neighbors may see our post and say hey it looks like you are always having fun and doing good things to help others. When they speak those words, that is your que to say - Can I interest you in becoming a member? I say its kind of like fishing - If they are biting – Reel them in!
Something coworkers should consider if your finances allow, is the purchase of a Lifetime Membership. If a coworker purchases a lifetime membership by April 30, 2021, they would be issued BOTH a chapter life membership and a lodge life membership that would take effect on May 1, 2021. This might be something to consider giving as a gift or when you get your tax return back, so keep that in mind. It will save you money and ease your mind by not worrying about paying yearly dues.
Since we are now part of the Florida Moose Association, each chapter should have received 2 tickets from their District Presidents for the FMA – MAC Building Raffle to sell prior to our Mid-Year Conference. Our association has committed to raise $850K to help with the MAC Building project. If you need more tickets or details, please get with your District President. Good Luck to all.
Hopefully, all chapters have something planned for Membership Retention Week which is November 1-7, 2020. Please take some photos of the event or get together & send your article to Joan Fedora for the Courier Magazine.
I always enjoy spending time with Moose family so please feel free to send me an invite to something your chapter is hosting. I am sure I will not be able to make everything however I will do the best that I can to make something happen.
I look forward to May 1, 2021 as we become ONE MOOSE. We will go through some changes but this is where we need our coworkers to attend meetings & trainings so we can learn the correct process and to be well informed. So, let’s work together and make this a year, one to remember.
In Friendship, Rhonda Shockley – DGR Florida 2020 – 2021
Please note, at this time I am not the person to handle any WOTM issues, I would refer you to our General Laws Red Book or to our Chapter Analyst Gloria Petrea or the Session Leader in your area. Hopefully, chapter issues are minimal and can be resolved easily with some guidance from those mentioned.