By Daryl Conley, Administrator -
April 7 - I am usually a positive person who sees (or at least tries to) the good in everyone, and I don't like having to write comments like this, but we have had some disturbing things happen in our lodge recently. We had two signs torn from the wall and one defaced. Granted they were only laminated paper, but they were put up for a reason, and whomever did this defaced and/or destroyed lodge property. I cannot imagine why any Moose member would want to deface or damage their own lodge home. But we will find out who is doing it and we will take disciplinary action. We have recently installed cameras throughout the interior of the building - something else I never imagined we would have to resort to - so that person or persons will be caught on video.
We have also had some incidents with members who seem to think they don't need to follow the same rules as everyone else. They will be dealt with also. This is a family home, and everyone needs to respect each other just as you would treat them in your home, or expect to be treated in their home. Negative actions by just a few can convince other members not to return and that is not fair to them or to this lodge.
We want everyone to have a good time, and have fun, but not at the expense of others. Remember, that this is a family center, and even though we have a curfew of 9:30 for children, we all need to control our actions at all times. That includes derogatory, defamatory, or inappropriate language, proper dress, sexual or inappropriate actions toward another, or anything that might be considered offensive to someone else, rather directed at them or not. There is a reason we have to be 21 to be a member; we are all adults and should know how to behave as one.
Let's move on to membership - it's crunch time folks!! We only have roughly three more weeks to reach our goal of 712 to qualify for the Premier Lodge Award, and we need your help!! We did great in February and March, finishing at 716 and 723 respectively. However, we currently have 45 members who did not renew on March 31 which knocked us back down to 677 as of today. That's 35 members we need to make up by April 30. If your dues expired March 31 or before, please pay them by April 30 so that we can show you as active and help us reach our goal. If you know someone who did not renew, please call them, or go visit them and try to convince them to not miss out on all the great benefits of being a Moose member. If you know someone who is ill or financially unable to pay, let us know and perhaps we can pay their dues for them to help them out and allow tem to remain a Moose member. We can do this, but it is going to take you, the members to get it done.
Hopefully this article will be all good news next month. Have a great one!
If you have not paid your dues for over one year, you can fill out another application and either re-instate by paying two years dues, or re-enroll by paying the application fee and one year's dues. The advantages of re-instating is that you will not lose your previous years of service. The disadvantage is that your dues will not start over, they will still expire on the same date as your old card, plus two years. For example, if your dues expired on Sept 30 2015 and you re-instate, you would expire again on Sept 30, 2017. Also it is more costly, $90.00 for two years dues. The advantages of re-enrolling is that it is cheaper $65.00 for application fee and one year's dues and your dues will be paid for one year from the month of your enrollment. The disadvantage is that you lose any prior years of service. This can be important if you had any prior degrees or are planning to live out your retirement at Moosehaven. But the choice is strictly up to you!!
Our members have been actively seeking first responders for Moose International's Local Heroes sponsor program. We have enrolled eight so far. If you are a first responder - police department, sheriff department, EMT, etc including volunteer firefighters; or if you are in the military, you qualify for this program. Moose International will pay your application fee and first year's dues!! Just be sure an note your field under the occupation portion of the application and we will take care of the rest.
Once again, thanks to Ken Burns and Bruce Cranmer for diligently making phone calls each month to expiring and expired members. Their efforts have truly paid off. (Note - if you don't wan them to call you, pay your dues early!!!
Don't miss our kids Easter Egg Hunt and party on Saturday, April 15. The egg hunt will begin at 10:00 am, with games, contests, and prizes after. We will also serve hamburgers and hot dogs for the whole family from 11:00 - 12:00. This is a family event for Moose members, not open to the public, but you can bring your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, step children, foster children, etc. and let them have a great time.
We have lots of events coming up in March and April, be sure and check the calendar each month, either here, or in the lodge entryway!!
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.
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 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