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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
4th Annual Car and Motorcycle Show May 5
May 5-6 is Fiesta Weekend and we will once again be having our car and motorcycle show at the lodge from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Admission is free for spectators and this is open to the general public. The Social Quarters will be open to all members and their qualified guests. The WOTM will be serving breakfast burritos from 9:00 am - noon, and hamburgers and hot dogs from noon - 3:00 pm. Judging will begin at 10:00 am and winners will be announced and trophies presented at 2:30 pm.
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By Daryl Conley, Administrator -

UPDATE, MAY 1 - Well, we did it. I didn't think we were going to have a problem this year or any last-minute meetings for application approval. We finished the year yesterday with 723 members which is an increase of 5, or 4 over our goal of 719. This will make us eligible for the Premier Lodge Award again this year.

I want to thank Mark Theall for his two years of service as Governor and for the path he has taken us on, most importantly, widening our scope on community service. Anyone can write checks; but getting out into the community and making ourselves known is the key to making the general public aware of who we are and what we do. Our incoming Governor Bruce Cranmer has already stated that he would keep us on that path. I congratulate him for taking the position o Governor and hope we have another successful year for the lodge. I know he will work hard toward that end.

Today marks the start of another lodge year, but that doesn't mean we should all sit on our laurels and relax. Every day of every year is important when it comes to membership, community service, and financial gain. I hope the new officers will be willing to put in that extra effort to make our lodge successful in all of these areas.

You will be hearing about the non-smoking issue in the coming months. Many lodges are voluntarily going non-smoking in their hall and Social Quarters, even though it is not the law of Moose International or their community. I know of several of them right here in AZ and NM where smoking in private facilities is still allowed by state law. The board of officers are aware of this, and we will be discussing ways to make our lodge smoke-free, yet providing a comfortable area for those who choose to smoke, so that no one should feel segregated or not welcome. Your input is important to us, so start attending our monthly membership meetings and let your suggestions be heard.

You may also start hearing more about public functions being held in our lodge. During the AZ/NM mid-year conference, a lot of emphasis and information was put out about having public functions in the lodges to raise funds for the lodge (or chapter). I am not in favor of turning our lodge into a public-use facility, but we have been tossing around some ideas about holding some public functions in the parking lot or lodge hall a couple times per year. The Social Quarters would, of course, be open to members and qualified guests only. It gets a little more difficult each year to keep up with the bills - insurance and utilities being the biggest factors; perhaps a few public fund-raisers could help build up the bank account. One such event is our annual car show which we will have again this year, on Saturday May 5.

You may have noticed we've changed the entertainment in our Social Quarters. Many members have been asking for different, or more of a variety, of music, so we have been brining in some new bands to try out. Watch your calendar for our Friday night entertainment schedule.

And now, we return you to regularly scheduled article........Have a great month!!

Remember, we have started our 3 in 3 campaign again. From now until April 30, any member who sponsors three new members in any three month period - or less - will get their dues paid for one year. After that, they will receive $20.00 Moose Bucks for any additional three members sponsored during a three month period.

Have you signed up for 'Auto Pay?' This is a new program, introduced in 2018 where you can sign up to have your dues automatically renewed every year!! No more dues reminders, no more expired cards, your dues will be paid 60 days in advance and you will automatically receive your new card in the mail!! To sign up simply go to 'My Membership Record' in the Moose Internatioal website and click on 'Auto pay.'

Don't forget - Moose International has extended the First Responders program until April 30, 2018. AND - To recap, this program is for any active military or first responders (police, fire, EMT, National Guard, Border Patrol 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!!

Be sure to self register as a Valued Veteran if you served or are serving in the military. In November, we will be honoring all military veteran members with a special ceremony. You will also receive a specially designed Valued Veteran Moose card and lapel pin for registering. 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. We also do a monthly Valued Veteran of the Month presentation to a member or members at the lodge. On October 11, we will be honoring God Star Mothers who are members of our Chapter.

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!!

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.

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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.

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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