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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.

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FMA Convention  

September 16-19, 2021,

For those planning on attending the upcoming September Convention, please be aware the Rosen Plaza Hotel usually fills up well in advance of the event. Therefore, if you intend to stay at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, it is suggested to reserve your room ASAP! 

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      July 2021                           

To my Brothers

What a time it was to be on the grounds of Mooseheart, June 4 & 5, 2021, to witness the promotion and graduation ceremonies of our 5th and 8th grade children, then our seniors’ commencement, and the groundbreaking of the “MAC Building”. I hope everyone stopped and looked hard at the Mooseheart homes and buildings. These grounds are second to none! Every member in our fraternity should be proud of what their time, energy and substance has accomplished to provide a home, safety, love, and education to a child at the most needed time in their lives.

Our great association then witnessed 23 of Florida’s finest be conferred to the Pilgrim Degree of Merit. Congratulations! These men worked many years, always giving to their lodge, Moose Legion, and fraternity to promote the cause of caring for children, seniors, their lodges, chapters, Moose Legions, communities, and each other. Thank You! But the Moose did not stop there; we headed to our Moose International Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. What a Convention, we witnessed men being conferred to the Fellowship Degree of Honor, Ladies being conferred to the College of Regents; congratulations to all. Let us not stop there but keep working for our causes and building “The Moose”. Our very own FMA State Secretary Dan O’Neal was elected as the Moose Legion International President! Congratulations for your hard work and achievement.

I hope each member who attended, the Moose International Convention, will go back to their Lodges, Chapters, Moose Legions and Councils of Higher Degrees and apply that knowledge to help grow our loving fraternityLet us all welcome our three new committee chairpersons appointed this year to the FMA Board: Ms. Lois Myers / Credentials, Ms. Ginny Gage / Heart of the Community, and Charlie Titheridge / Emergency Relief. With new blood comes new ideas; let us all help them to promote our Association and grow our membership as we have fun doing it.

Last Moose year the Ladies kicked the men’s butt in membership, obtaining over a thousand plus members. The men were down by less than 700 members from being a plus. It is the time for all to come together as one and work Retention. I hope at the end of our association year, September 30, 2021, we will be a plus one in total membership!

FMA ladies, go to the Florida Moose web page for information and to register to attend the first “Florida Chapter Rally Days Celebration” at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey in the Hills. Ladies this will be a fun and educational time for you; please plan to attend.

2022 will be an exciting year! The Moose International Convention will be in Florida and FMA will be hosting “The Youth Awareness Congress”. These young people come from all over our fraternity to compete for college scholarships awarded by Moose International. FMA is the host of the event and needs each Moose Lodge, Chapter, Lodge Moose Legion, Moose Legion Association and Council of High Degree’s financial help. Lodge Administrators should have already received the request for donations. These donations help to pay for housing, food, travel and needs of these young people while here in Florida under the direct care of Florida Moose Association. With all of us as one, we will meet this goal and provide these young adults an educational, safe, and fun environment, one that they will let others know what “The Moose” is about! See you at a lodge soon, God Bless

Buddy Dugger

FMA President   

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Larry Cundiff Regional Manager July, 2021

Greetings to all members of the Moose: Moose International has decided to rotate the responsibilities of FMA liaison to give field staff members an opportunity for additional service. That being said, I’m thrilled and honored to have been chosen to serve in this position in one of the most prestigious State Associations in the Moose Fraternity. I’m looking forward to the upcoming FMA annual convention with hopefully little or no restrictions in attendance. I think we all would like to take this opportunity to thank Larry Cundiff for his years of service and the excellent job he has done. I also want to thank him personally for all his help during the transition.

I know it will take a little while for me to settle in and find a rhythm for this position. We have all found ourselves at that point in our lives when we are suddenly given a new set of responsibilities and tasks to undertake. It can be a bit overwhelming. Many of you have done that this year in your lodges as we moved to the Moose. We have lots of new officers and committee chairmen. We will be bringing in new District Presidents and FMA board members and appointed officers at the upcoming FMA Annual Convention.

Anytime we find ourselves in these areas of unknown, we can take solace in the fact we are not the first to be here or to do this. Look back on your time in the Moose and think of all the mentors you have had. I personally have had too many to list. I also continue to learn from them every day. We need to take time to appreciate those that have helped us and pass this on down.

The next generation of officers’ committee chairmen for your lodge, the State Association, or maybe even Moose International may be someone you signed up and mentored. So please be patient with me as I get settled in and be patient with all the new State and lodge officers and committee chairmen. Reach out and help all you can. Remember: We are The Moose, and a burden heavy to one is borne lightly by many.

Roy Rawlings, FMA Liaison

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 July 2021

It’s hard to believe that my year as Deputy Grand Regent of Florida is coming to an end. It’s true, this will be the last article in the Courier with my having the title of the DGR. Having this opportunity has been such an honor and experience that I will always treasure. In December 2019, the thought of me being appointed as a DGR had never really crossed my mind because I knew there were many other qualified members that had been involved prior to me. It was a shocker when I received the invitation and it definitely put a smile on my face. Guess this is where one must say - things happen for a reason. Well, whatever the reason, I was happy to accept and honestly it has helped me grow as a person and as a Moose Member.

This year has been a year of change; we made history as we joined together to become One Moose. Going forward there will no longer be Deputy Grand Regents, so I was fortunate to have been selected when I was. I have enjoyed visiting lodges throughout the state and meeting many wonderful Moose members from all over. I am thankful to all that have encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone and for supporting me along the way. It has been a pleasure working with each of you and I am always here to help if needed. I know that my Moose journey will continue—not sure in what capacity or in any position, but my membership and service will be for a lifetime. I am proud to belong to the Moose Fraternity. I am proud of what we do for our children, seniors and communities. I am proud to call each of you family.

In closing I would like to share a few personal things that I feel are important. I feel some of the best traits a person can have are: a good heart, not forgetting where you come from, staying true to your own self and finally helping others when possible. Remember it’s better to give than receive, and I will always give my hand to you in friendship. Be the best Moose Member you can be. ❤ Love you all 

In Friendship,

Rhonda Shockley

Deputy Grand Regent


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