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Thursday, April 27, 2017
We Did It - We Achieved Our Membership Goal and Then Some!!
We held a special membership meeting on April 28 to approve final applications for the lodge year, in accordance with a blanket dispensation issued by Moose International. The idea was to get the applications in by April 30 so lodges can make their Plus-1 in membership.

But guess what - we didn't have to!! By the day the meeting was called, we were already at 717 members, 5 ahead of our goal of 712!! Regardless, the applicants were voted on by the membership - a total of 8 - and they have now been added to this year's numbers to give us a jump start on the new year.
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By Daryl Conley, Administrator -

Yippeee!! We made our membership goal and then some!! We had called for a special membership meeting, in accordance with a blanket dispensation issued by Moose International, to approve applications and get them in by year's end. At the start of the week, we were still down by 4, but by Friday morning, the day of the meeting, that number had jumped to Plus-5!!

We still held the meeting and the members did vote to approve 8 applications, but they were added to this year's number to give us a head start on the new year. So, we finished 2016-2017 at 717 paid up members. As of May 15, we are down to 706, but hopefully that number will come up by month's end. Our goal for this year is 718 members by April 30, 2018.

As Yucca Council of Higher Degrees President I am happy to report that we had a majority of our lodges and chapters meet their membership goals - a slim majority perhaps, but a majority nonetheless. At our April meeting, I issued a challenge that I would have a door prize drawing for each lodge and chapter that made their Plus-1. At the time, only 1 lodge had made it, but by April 30, that number grew to three lodges of the four lodges and two of the four chapters. Hope you all enjoy your door prizes at the May meeting!!

Gaining just one member per year is not as easy as one might think. During 2016-2017 we had 20 lodge brothers pass away. During the year, we received 116 new, and 29 former member applications, plus 9 members who transferred in from other lodges (total = 154). If you do the math, that means we had 128 members that simply did not renew despite our best efforts to convince them to remain a member of our lodge. Now you can see why membership retention is a full-time effort, one that we must begin to work on from the very first day of the new year, to the very last day.

So when you get that phone call from Bruce or Ken reminding you that your dues are about to expire, or you get that letter from me reminding you that they have, please send your dues payment in right away if at all possible. You can bring them or mail them directly to the lodge and I will gladly pay them on-line for you. This method is much easier and quicker than mailing in your dues, especially if you do not have the renewal coupon sent o you by Moose International. If you come to the lodge at night or on a weekend when I am no there, simply leave your payment with the bartender on duty and they will give you a receipt for your payment. I will post your payment on-line on the next business day.

More exciting news - 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!!

We awarded several certificates and pins to our member veterans who self identified through the MI website. The next batch will come out in October, and we will present them n November. 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.


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.

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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.

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 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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