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.
Courier fans: I wanted to update you on the status of the newsletter. On the Sunday of Pilgrim weekend I fell seriously ill and ended up in ICU in St. Charles, IL. for 5 days. Several days after we got home, I got sick again and spent more time in the hospital in Jacksonville, We were thinking we could make Orlando but for the 3rd time I ended up in hospital for several weeks. I finally spent 3 weeks in rehab, but was limited with what I could do. So needless to say, no August Courier. But don't worry, you'll get that extra issue if you subscribe and I'll give you that extra edition if you are a Booster. I hope to start working on the Sept issue soon and hope to see you in Orlando,--Joan Fedora
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FLORIDA MOOSE ASSOCIATION75th ANNUAL CONVENTION ROSEN PLAZA HOTEL - ORLANDO FL SEPT 8-11 2022
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President’s Message 7-5-2022
Hello my sisters and brothers of “The Moose”. What a great time to be a moose member. We had an outstanding Moose International convention! It was energetic, positive and full of hope for the future of this great fraternity. Every report reflected an increase of membership, donations and participation as we all worked together to create a stronger fraternity. Moose Proud as Florida hosted this well-planned convention. The 25-club night was off the charts with outstanding entertainment.
Thank all who could attend, as I was a proud member of Florida as the front left was jam packed. Congratulations are in order for so many in the FMA. From lodges receiving the Premier Lodge Award, top sponsorships by Lodges and individuals not to mention journalism awards. Also, congratulations also for all our MI appointments, our new Moose Legion Ambassadors, Joan Fedora as publication chairwoman and Shawn Esposito the chairwoman of the newly formed MI membership Committee. FMA Moose Proud.
Please bring all that excitement back to your lodges, chapters and moose legions and let us make it happen through this new moose year. MI gave us some more tools to work with, such as the return of the lodge improvement grant program and the lodge marketing grant program. They are there for us to maximize our efforts in support of Children at Mooseheart and our Seniors at Moosehaven. We also all can jump on the #1 Ross Chastain band wagon, a great Moose Ambassador.
All our Districts’ presidents should be conducting the election process for next year’s district boards. Attend your district meetings and support the process so we can all have good leaders in place to continue our success. Remember our Districts are the core of the “Big Green Machine” and your participation is the key to success.
In Closing, THANK YOU for all you do. The pride I felt this past week was bursting. It is such an honor to be Florida’s President. Terri and I hope to see you at a lodge as we continue to visit other lodges. God Bless Mooseheart and Moosehaven and a special blessing to all of you and your families.
Chuck Plourde, FMA President.
I hope everyone that was able to join us for the FMA MidYear enjoyed themselves. I know I always look forward to the chance to gather with members from all over the State-Renew old friendships and create new ones.
Please take advantage of the very unique opportunity to once again gather at the upcoming Moose International Convention right here in Orlando. Just a short drive for any of us, it’s right in the middle of our great state. Do not have the time or opportunity to be there for the entire event? Be sure to join us for a day. Attend a session and get to meet the Moose International leadership and hear them lay out their plans for the future of our great fraternity. Meet members of your fraternal family from all walks of life and from every corner of this International organization.
The last time we had it in Tampa we had the bragging rights of being able to say that every lodge in the state was represented. If you have ever been to an International convention you know that everyone from Florida sits to the front left of the stage and are expected to make noise. So let’s be sure that we get someone from every lodge there to not only make that noise with the pride of knowing that every lodge is represented, but also that every lodge will be starting the fiscal year with the knowledge that because they were represented they will have the opportunity to be a Premier Lodge. They will also be eligible for whatever grants that Moose International may be making available to lodges that were there.
Don’t call it a dream. Call it a plan.
As always, Thank You for working hard each day to make our lodges the best they can be.
Roy Rawlings, FMA Liaison