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Thursday, February 15, 2018
District Meeting Well Attended
Our lodge hosted the meeting of Black Range District 9 on Sunday, February 11. There 51 LOOM and WOTM members form the various lodges in attendance. Our lodge and chapter provided half of those who attended. The lodge had 14 members, including 7 officers; the women had 11 members, including 4 officers in attendance.
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By Daryl Conley, Administrator -
January 30 - Wow!! What a great time at our annual matanza!! Unfortunately I was unable to attend, but the reports I got were that everyone had a good time and the place was packed. It is so good to see (and hear) that our members are enjoying their lodge. Our filet mignon steak dinner on the 26th also did very well, thank you for coming out and supporting our efforts. Our volunteers work very hard to provide a good meal and fun activities.

I can't wait (although my wallet wishes I would!!) for our annual Sweetheart Auction on February 10. I always have a good time buying things! My wife Audrey is making some very special cakes and candy desserts that you will definitely want to bid on, so be sure to attend. As they say, 'bid high and bid often!' All net proceeds from this year's event will go to much needed repairs at our AZ/NM Home at Mooseheart.

Don't forget our pool tournament coming up on the 24th and 25th of February. This will be run very similar to the AZ/NM Moose Association tournaments we have hosted in the past. We also have two very nice cue sticks that you can buy chances to win. See Pete Carey for more details, tickets, and registration forms.

January 19 - I much rather enjoy beginning this commentary on a positive note, but sometimes I hear things that compel me to respond, even when it is not good news. My thoughts and response this month come at a time when we start thinking about new officers for the coming year so perhaps the timing is appropriate.

When you go into a business and are not happy with the product or service, you normally don't go back for a long time, if ever. But your lodge is different. You have a vested interest in your lodge as one of its members. Think of yourself as a stockholder in a company. If you were a stockholder in that business where you left unsatisfied, you would say something to the management wouldn't you? After all, if you're not happy, other customers may not be either and that is going to hurt the business of that company which will ultimately hurt you as a stockholder.

Moose Lodges are businesses - we work to support Mooseheart, Moosehaven, and our communities. Your dues and the money you spend go directly toward helping these causes, so you have a vested interest or "stock" in making sure the lodge succeeds. If you are not happy with the way your lodge is being run, or you don't feel you are getting satisfactory service, product, or atmosphere, you need to let the management - i.e. the Board of Officers - know your concerns. They are obligated to review all legitimate complaints or grievances and act upon them. You elected them - they are there for you.

Which brings me to my point. When you receive bad service at a business you are bound to tell others and it is only natural that this occurs when members are not happy with their lodge. However, you have the option to change that by getting involved, either running for office or attending the lodge meetings. During the past three months we have had zero members in attendance at the General Membership meetings - ZERO. If you want to make your concerns, complaints, or comments known, attendance at meetings is the best place to do it. You can even attend the House Committee meetings, by invitation, and make your concerns known.

Overall, membership is increasing which is a good sign. Our community service efforts are better than ever, and we are recognizing our members with activities like our Valued Veterans of the Month program, but there is always room for improvement. If you can help us with your constructive criticism or suggestions, we would like to know. It is our goal that everyone who visits our lodge is treated warmly and has a good time. I believe that we are doing a good job overall in this respect, but no one is perfect and there are obviously some members who do not feel they got what they wanted. If so, let us know so we can help fix that.

On March 24 - 25, we will host the Moose Legion 134 Celebration. I know I will be buying several "Get of Jail Free" cards. You can too, or take your chances!! We will also have plenty of other activities including Moose Races, and Broomstick Pool. If you are a Moose Legionnaire, you won't want to miss this, if not, now would be the perfect time to join - it's only an additional $15.00 per year and your annual dues pay for the upkeep of Mooseheart, Moosehaven, and Camp Ross - a summer camp for our Mooseheart Children. As one who has visited all three places, I can tell you it is worth every dime and then some.

And now, we return you to regularly scheduled article........Have a great month!!

Remember, we have started our 3 in 3 campaign again. From now until April 30, any member who sponsors three new members in any three month period - or less - will get their dues paid for one year. After that, they will receive $20.00 Moose Bucks for any additional three members sponsored during a three month period.

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. I would like to once again thank all the members who came in and helped us assemble and give out Thanksgiving baskets. Many of you have helped me with this for several years in a row. I recommended this program to the lodge back in either 1995 or 1996 and it has been going ever since. The first year we delivered 17 baskets. Within about five years that number grew to around 50 and soon became impossible to hand deliver each one, so we started having them come to the lodge. Soon after, that number grew to 100 baskets, then 150, and for the last several years we have given out around 200. This year was no exception, as we handed out 197 baskets, and about 20 or so were delivered to those who had no way of getting to the lodge. Thanks again everyone, and I look forward to doing this again next year!!

We have lots of events coming up this month, so try to visit your lodge and enjoy the holiday festivities. I hope everyone has a safe and joyous holiday season!!


Don't forget - Moose International has extended the Local Heroes program until December 31, 2017. AND - effective May 1, they are adding National Guard and Border Patrol employees to their list of qualified first responders. To recap, this program is for any active military or first responders (police, fire, EMT, etc.) including volunteer fire fighters. Their first year's dues are free and there is no application fee, so go get them and sign them up!!

Be sure to self register as a Valued Veteran if you served or are serving in the military. In November, we will be honoring all military veteran members with a special ceremony. You will also receive a specially designed Valued Veteran Moose card and lapel pin for registering. If you haven't self-identified yet, go to www.mooseintl.org, enter the members portal and click on My Membership Record. Check the box marked Veteran and that's it!! If this is your first time using this portion of the site, you will be asked to create a username and password, then a confirmation will be sent to your e-mail address. We also do a monthly Valued Veteran of the Month presentation to a member or members at the lodge. On October 11, we will be honoring God Star Mothers who are members of our Chapter.

I will leave the rest of this article as is for our new members and as a reminder to all...

If you know someone who has not paid their dues or is thinking of not paying; go visit them or call them up. Statistics show that the best persuasive advice is a face to face visit, the second most effective method is a phone call, especially from a friend or acquaintance whom they feel comfortable talking to. I also invite any member to come see me and I will print you a list of expired members or those about to expire and you can call or visit each one of them. We have got to focus on retaining our current members or we will continue to see our membership drop year after year. Let's all get busy - I know we can do it!!

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.

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Don't forget to keep track of your Members Rewards Points, You can earn points by sponsoring new or former members, then 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. Pamphlets are available that show how you can redeem you points or you can find the information on the Moose International website.

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.

Remember, once you have given that prospective member an application, your job is not 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
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