By Daryl Conley, Administrator -
Jan 2 - I was just looking at the membership numbers and - OUCH! - we dipped all the way down to 666. That means a bunch of members did not renew on 12/31/16. Moose International is closed until later this week, so hopefully those numbers will come up once they re-open for business and transmit updated information. If not, we have a lot of work to do in the next four months, as our goal for the Premier lodge award is 711, that means we need to retain 45 more members by April 30. I know that these numbers would be even worse were it not for the efforts of Bruce Cranmer and Ken Burns making monthly calls to expiring and expired members. Each week we get at least a few who renew over the phone or come to the lodge. Thank you Brothers for all your efforts!!
We had a grand New Year's Eve party this past weekend. We sold out on our dinners, despite the fact tat we bought more steaks the day of the party. If you missed out, be sure to get your tickets early next year!! The Social Quarters also brought in almost $2,000.00 in sales which will surely help the bank account, especially with our annual liability insurance of $7.096.00 due this month. I hope everyone had a good time - we tried something a little different this year; one of which was serving posole instead of breakfast. That, combined with a good deal we got on NY Strip steaks meant we could sell the tickets much cheaper than in year's past and the result was positive, we sold a total of 80 and could have sold more if we had known to have more steaks available.
We have lots of events coming up this month and the months to follow so be sure to check your calendar in each newsletter. If you normally get this via postal mail, I need your name and address once again - I had a computer melt-down in December and had to reload my LCL.net. Unfortunately, I lost all my saved information including my newsletter mailing list, and there is no way to retrieve it so I am having to start from scratch. So if you are reading this and want your newsletter mailed, or know someone who does, please contact me at the lodge.
Have a safe and Happy 2017!!
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!!
Two years ago, we went "Back to Basics," and re-established the reasons for being a Moose member, supporting our children and our seniors. Last year we "Built our Foundation," attempting to strengthen our order and providing a good foundation from new and current members to build on. This year the campaign is "Raise the Roof." Moose International's goal is to raise the roof on membership, and provide more benefits that will appeal to all member types, both current and new. What happened to the 'walls' you might ask. WE, the members, are the walls that provide stability between the foundation and the roof. When one of us leaves the Order, another piece of the wall falls to the wayside and the walls become weaker. BE THAT WALL and continue to support our Order and your lodge by remaining a true and loyal member.
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.
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.
Remember, once you have given than 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