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From the Territory Manager/FBMA Liaison
Jerry Monk Regional Manager

Moose – Honoring Our Community Heroes

Congratulations to the FBMA lodges for having a gain in active member for the 2016-17 Moose year. Thanks to a great deal of hard work and enthusiasm by many members w made it happen. The Chapters had a gain as well.

A new year and a new campaign from Moose International. Moose – Honoring Our Community Heroes. We also start the year continuing the Honoring our Heroes Promotion by waiving the Application Fee and Dues for first responders and to the delight of many National Guard and Border Patrol Agents have now been added.

We bagan a new year on May 1 and we will have to leave the past behind us and work toward our goals for the 2017-18 year. Plus 1 in active members, increasing our assets, decreasing our debt to Moose International, making our lodges the Heart Of The Community, all reports in on time and most of all making our Moose Homes the friendliest place it town.

Congratulations to all the new officers taking office for the ensuing year. I can tell you that you may have disagreements with your fellow officers but just remember the big picture; you were elected to lead and improve your unit, lodge, chapter or Moose Legion. Keep a cool head and move forward, and never give up. I know that it can be difficult but I have confidence you will do a fine job.

I hope to see many of you at the International Convention in Tampa. Let’s make sure we have every lodge and chapter represented and show the rest of the fraternity we are Moose Proud and Moose Strong.


From the President
FBMA President

Hello Moose members, I am hoping this information is used by all lodges. Good luck to all the new officers in the lodges and chapters. Since I’m a little late getting a personal note to Joan for the Courier I have decided to inform you about a change to the “Honoring Community Heroes Program”.

Active Military/First Responders Promotion Extended and Expanded
The Moose Fraternity has adopted the theme “Honoring Community Heroes” for the 2017-18 campaign year. One of the three core missions of the Moose is to become the “Heart of the Community” and this year’s theme provides focus for these efforts as we recognize not only our own contributions, but those by others as well.

In January 2017, the Moose started offering first-year memberships at no cost to some core community heroes— first responders and active military members—on a limited trial. Because of the success of that initial offering, and the continued focus on community, Moose International has extended that program through the end of December, and has added two categories—National Guard members and border patrol officers—to the list of included responders. These individuals bring three things to the Moose that are desperately needed: a shared commitment to serving others; a youthful, energetic viewpoint that can reinvigorate our fraternal units; and the potential to step into leadership positions within our lodges, chapters and Moose Legions.

Keys items to note:

1. The promotional program has been extended to December 31, 2017;

2. All original categories in the Active Military/ First Responders Program are still eligible;

3. National Guard members and border patrol officers may be added AFTER May 1, 2017;

4. Make sure you are conducting orientation programs and inviting all new members to participate in lodge/chapter activities;

5. Don’t stop inviting qualified candidates in other fields to join the Moose. Even though fees and dues apply to these groups, adding members will make your lodge/chapter stronger.

Take the time over the next several months to identify individuals and organizations that step up in your community and invite them to join. The Moose cannot have enough members who recognize the benefits of giving to others and supporting causes purely because it’s the right thing to do.

Billy Catlow
President, FBMA

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