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Thursday, January 15, 2015
Issues that Affect our Members
By Administrator Daryl Conley, and the Lodge Board of Officers

Abraham Lincoln once said, "you can please most of the people some of the time, and you can please some of the people most of the time, but you can never please all the people all the time." I'm not sure if that is exactly how he said it, but it's pretty close, and brings me to the point of this article.

We recently segregated a small area of the Social Quarters to be designated as Non-Smoking. This was in response to several members who were bothered physically by the presence of second-hand smoke by those sitting next to them. As a courtesy to our non-smokers, the board approved three tables and one section of the bar near the entrance to be non-smoking. This is not something we've never done before. Several years ago this area was non-smoking; it's just that somehow, over the course of the past few years, it hasn't been adhered to or labeled as such.

As with any change, you are bound to get positive and negative response, and such is the case here. While we have had numerous members compliment and thank our efforts, there are also numerous members who want to see the non-smoking area removed.

Moose International has not taken a stand on whether to allow smoking in Moose Lodges, they have thus far left it up to the lodges to handle on their own. However, the Moose International by-laws do state that each lodge should make an effort to establish non-smoking areas within their interiors. It's a fact - we lose members every year (in our lodge and nation-wide) because they feel we do not do enough to alleviate second-hand smoke or provide a non-smoking area. Others have called or written to Moose International complaining, and those complaints come right back to us and we are asked what we are going to do to deal with the situation.

Even though the non-smoking is not always full or sometimes even empty, there are also times when it is full to capacity. For this reason, and those stated above, the board of officers has decide to leave this area as non-smoking. Whatever your feelings regarding our decision, please understand that we are trying to do our best to make it comfortable for all members, smokers and non-smokers alike.

Another issue that has caused some problems is the RV parking. When the RV parking was first completed, it was agreed that it would be a "first come, first serve" basis. It's main intention was to service those out-of-town and out-of-state members that come through our town to entice them to visit the lodge and spend a few days in T or C. Bearing that in mind, it was an "unofficial' policy to give preference to visiting members.

At some point in time, we began to allow members to "reserve" their RV space, days, weeks, even months in advance. This worked fine for a while, but eventually we wound up with more "reservations" than we could handle, and in may cases, had all spaces "reserved" which meant there were none left for the passers-by or wayfaring traveler. We have also had some members that had a space reserved, but found someone else there when they arrived.

What started out as a courtesy to our members, has ended up causing animosity, ill-feelings, and name-calling, something we obviously never meant or wanted. So, it will now be our policy - actually we are just reinforceing the original policy - that we will no longer reserve RV spaces. You will need to just show up and take whatever space is available. And as always, if we are full, and an out-of-towner stops by, we would ask those who are able to (self-contained) to park off to the side and allow the visitor to use the space.
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By Daryl Conley, Administrator -

What happened to October?? Matanza, then Legacy of the Moose, then Halloween -- as you probably noticed, I forgot to send out a newsletter for November during the last days of October. Before I knew it, November was already here!! I have added some photos of my Pilgrim presentation and matanza, and am updating the calendar to get ready for December. There are lots of events still to come before the end of 2014, including Kids Christmas with Santa on December 7, Higher Degree banquet in Las Cruces on December 13, and of course our annual New Year's Eve bash on December 31.

I will going to visit my daughter in Portland, Oregon on December 19 and won't return until the 28th, but I will stry try to remember to get your January newsletter out to you as soon as I get back!!

We need to work on membership, both in the lodge and chapter. We are each around thirty members down from where we began the year. With the year already half over, we need to get busy. Every month, no matter how hard we try, we always lose several members for non-renewal. some of them do end up paying their dues later on, and some re-join years later, but we can't rely on that to happen. PLEASE, if you know someone who has not renewed or is thinking of not renewing, convince them otherwise. Hopefully, you are planning to stay with us, so tell them why they should stay too.

Don't forget to remind them of Moose Benefits - if you need a brochure (or more than one) we have plenty at the lodge. Members can save money on auto, home, and health insurance; eye surgery; hotels and motels; shopping; catalog subscriptions; and lots of other things as well JUST BY BEING A MEMBER. And don't forget to always carry a Moose Member application in your pocket (and a Moose Legion application if you are a Moose Legionnaire) - you never know when an opportunity will arise to sponsor a new member also. If you can't come to the lodge or don't want to wait until your next visit, these are also available on the Moose International website at www.mooseintl.org.

I am going to leave the remainder of this article as it was last month, as I feel there is some very important information and reminders here...

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.

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.

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
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