By Daryl Conley, Administrator -
Has everyone gotten the e-mails that were sent last week? I have gotten a few responses back from some of you. I finally had to sign up with an e-mail provider in order to send mass e-mails to all members at the same time and so far it seems to be working pretty well. Count on seeing weekly e-mails from now on, keeping you up to date with lodge news and upcoming events.
Speaking of which, don't miss our hamburger steak dinner on Friday, April 29 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm, put on by our lodge past governors. We will also have our third and final drawing for cash for all sponsors of new members during the month of April. We have 13 sponsors who turned in a total of 17 applications.
Our second annual car show will be on Saturday, May 7. Last year was a great success, netting over $500.00 for our charity fund and we are hoping for an even bigger and better event this year. The show will start at 9:00 am and run until we announce the judge's choices at around 3:00 pm.
We are in the last few days of the lodge fiscal year and what should be close to the final number of members is in - 709, with an arrearage of just over 20%. That's a loss of 55 over the course of the past year and the highest arrearage since I took over this position in August of 2010. We need to all work harder next year; even though we accepted over 100 new members, we still showed a huge loss overall. Keep reminding and inviting your fellow Moose members to our weekly and monthly events and hopefully they will not drop out on us next year.
I will leave the rest of this article as is, for those who haven't had a chance to read it lately. Have a great month!!
The old "RETENTION, RETENTION, RETENTION" slogan has been modified to "RETENTION, RETENTION, RECOVERY." "Recovery" is getting our old members - those have dropped out over one year ago - to re-join. Our new AZ/NM President, Roy Austin has also issued a "Challenge Coin" membership recovery program. He purchased several "coins" that he will give out to any member who gets five former members to re-join. As of convention time, there were three in all of AZ/NM - one of which was he himself and I am proud to say I was one of the other two. So let's challenge each other - let's see how many and who can be the first (or second as it were) in our lodge to receive their own personal Challenge Coin. You will be doing your lodge and fraternity a favor and earning a nice token for your efforts. I have also posted a count board near the ATM so that we can track those members who sponsor a former member into the lodge.
Brand new this year is a Members Rewards program. Members can earn points by sponsoring new or former members, they earn additional points when their sponsored member renews their dues after their first year. We can earm points by attending training sessions and conventions, being elected into office, joining the Moose Legion and/or earning higher degrees of the order, and the list goes on. Once earned, these points can be redeemed for gift cards, credit at the Moose Store, payment of dues, or cash. Hopefully, this new program will provide incentive for our current members to go out and sign up new or former members while earning credits for themselves. To check on your points, go to www.mooseintl.org and click on My Member Benefits. Here you will find all your membership statistics, including number of members sponsored, last time you attended and officer's training, date you were enrolled, your original sponsor, etc. If you have never logged in before, follow the instructions and enter your Moose ID number as your log-in name then create your own personal password.
MI has also introduced several new ways and new programs where you can donate to Moose Charities. Remember that any donation to Moose Charities is tax-deductible. Check out the Documents section of this newsletter for downloadable applications and information.
Last year's campaign was Back to Basics. This year's campaign is Build our Foundation. It is time to start afresh, with the core values of our fraternity - an increase in membership and an increased knowledge and awareness of our two great humanitarian endeavors, Mooseheart and Moosehaven. MI has provided a new video that explains what the Moose is and how we support Mooseheart and Moosehaven and our communities. We show this during our orientation on the second Thursday of each month. You do not have to be a new member to see it; any and all members are invited to attend the orientation and view the video. It will give you insight and knowledge about our order. Knowledge is the key to selling a product. As members, we are selling the product of membership and fraternalism. You dan do this by passing on your knowledge to others and to prospective members.
If you know someone who has not paid their dues recently, PLEASE try to convince them to pay up. Remind them of all the benefits of being a Moose member, even if they don't come to the lodge. Come and get one or more of our Member Benefits brochures to show them. If you yourself have not paid please reconsider, come see for yourself what the Moose and our lodge has to offer. Let's not wait until April 1, 2016 to try to reach our goal of 764 - my nerves can't take it!!!
Remember, if you need to pay your dues, you can pay them at the lodge. If I am in my office, I will be glad to pay them on-line for you, either with cash, check or your own personal credit card. If you don't catch me at the lodge, simply pay the Social Quarters Attendant on duty (cash or check) - they will give you a receipt and I will pay it on-line as soon as I get back. I am normally in my office from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, except for lunch which I usually take from around 1:00pm - 2:00 pm.
Another issue that prevents people from joining or keeps them from renewing is second-hand smoke. Over the years we have addressed this issue numerous times by installing more smoke eaters, adding a fresh-air ventilation system and repairing non-functioning systems. We are furthering that mission by adding a new section to our building so that we can move the small meeting room and expand the Social Quarters. This new area will be non-smoking and will have a positive-air ventilation system to keep second hand smoke from entering the area. So please, if you've quit us or plan on quitting us, give us a second chance and continue to help us support our community, our children at Mooseheart, and seniors at Moosehaven.
Sponsors, once the application is filled out, your job is far from over. You should try to get them to attend an enrollment. After they are enrolled, you should call them periodically and invite them to join you at the lodge for dinner or drinks, and while you are here, introduce them to the officers and to other members so that they feel welcomed and not left out. Hopefully, this feeling of belonging will also prevent them from dropping out in the years that follow.
Have a great month!
Daryl Conley - Administrator