By Daryl Conley, Administrator -
We are off to a bit of a slow start in membership for 2014-2015. Our first two enrollments had no one present to receive their orientation. Although no longert required, it is important that new members try to attend, as they will receive vital information about the history of the Moose, its ongoing endeavors and precepts; and what their lodge is doing fraternally and locally as well. Sponsors, it is up to you - once the application is filled out, your job is far from over. You need to contact that new member and let them know when they should attend the next enrollment ceremony. 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.
As of July 30, our numbers stand at 735, down 16 from where we started (MI has us finishing with 751 on 4/30/14, not 750 as I had previously reported). We need to get those numbers back up, as July marks another turning point, when we used to pay quarterly, and we have a large number of members whose dues will expire on July 31. If you know someone who has not renewed, or is thinking of not renewing, please call them up and try to convince them otherwise.
August 1 marks the beginning of cross-sponsorship, whereby men can sponsor women into the chapter, and women can sponsor men into the lodge. This means that if you are bringing your boyfriend/girlfriend in as a guest, and they are over 21, they will be limited to a two-time visit, their third visit must be to attend an enrollment. This also applies to sons/daughters over the age of 21, no matter which parent brings them in. Legally married spouses are exempt from this rule.
People have their right to their own opinion, but I believe it will do two positive things: make it easier for our Social Quarters Attendants, because now any guest over 21 can only come in twice; and it will get more poeple to join. After all, why should a guest get all the benefits of membership without having to pay dues like the rest of us? Besides, becoming members will entitle them to other benefits such as motel and hotel discounts, car rental discounts, insurance discounts, and shopping discounts, just to name a few.
As always, we can make exceptions for visiting friends or family members who are only here for a short time, such as the holidays. Please check with the House Committee regarding temporary visits.
New members will be receiving some additional information starting this year. Their new card will come with a phone number for them to call to activate the card. While doing so, they will hear a brief message highlighting the accomplishments of Mooseheart and Moosehaven. A new 30-minute long Orientation video is also available. It relates the history of the Moose, Women of the Moose, Moose Legion, Mooseheart and Moosehaven, and contains interviews with our children nd seniors. Erik Estrada of CHiPs and Safe Surfin' fame stars and narrates the video.
Here's another incentive to get that prospective member to join. We have instituted a program for the entire year where we pay half their application fee. So all they need to do is bring us $10.00 plus another $40.00 for their first year's dues. Everyone likes to save money so why not get them now?
We are currently the third largest lodge in Arizona/New Mexico. Second place belongs to Glendale, AZ with 856 active members. I would like to see us take over that spot, and we are less than 60 members away. I think we can do it, don't you?
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.
Moose International has added some features to the My Membership Record portion of the site. Now, you can review your history as an officer in the Moose or Moose Legion, as well as training dates, which became mandatory for all officers a few years ago. As always, you can also check your dues renewal date, dates you joined the Moose or Moose Legion, received degrees, and your sponsorship history. To access our own membership records, go to the Moose International website and click on My Membersip Record. You will need to create a username, which is your Moose ID number, and a password of your own choosing. Check it out!
Have a great month!
Daryl Conley - Administrator