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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Kids' Dinosaur Show September 16
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! We have a very special treat for the children of our members being held at the lodge on Saturday, September 16. We will have a "live action" dinosaur show and educational program at the lodge. The kids can get "up close and personal" to a live action T-Rex and other dinosaurs. There will also be a fossil museum display and a baby dino hatching form its egg. They will also be able to create their own fossils and have their faces painted like their favorite dinosaur.

The fun will begin at 2:00 pm and the total show will last approximately two to three hours. This event is open to families of Moose members only, so bring the kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, etc. to enjoy this extraordinary event!!
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Thursday, July 30, 2015
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Administrator's Message
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By Daryl Conley, Administrator -

WOW!! Three months in a row we have been over our membership goal!! We finished at Plus 1 on July 31, with 719 members, on August 31 that number went up to 721, and as of last night's enrollment (Sept. 14) we jumped up to 724, which is 6 ahead of our goal for the end of the year. I can't remember a time when we this far ahead this early in the year. Hopefully this trend will continue and we will have no problem finishing the year on April 30 with more members than we started with. What a relief to be able to report such great news.

Moose International has issued a blanket dispensation for the month of September to all lodges to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Harvey, and will no doubt extend that to include victims of Hurricane Irma. Our outdoor cookout on the 7th took in $729.00 and we have promises of more donations which will raise that total to $1129.00. Carl and Rita Andree also donated $100.00. The lodge will kick in any additional money needed to bring that total to an even $2000.00.

On Sept. 23 we will be doing a bake sale to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Irma. Please make a donation of some type of baked good that we can sell. all proceeds for both Hurricane relief programs will be sent to the Salvation Army for distribution as instructed in the Moose International blanket dispensation.

Moosehaven took a pretty heavy hit from Hurricane Irma. There was some roof damage to several buildings, several downed trees and branches, but worst hit of all was the fishing pier which was completely destroyed by the storm surge that came up he St. John's River. Fortunately, though all the residents are safe, and no injuries. Many lodges in Florida, especially those in the Keys suffered minor to major damage also. For an update on the status of the lodges and Moosehaven, go to the Moose International website at www.mooseintl.org.

Check out the update information on the New Moose Experience program on the Moose International website. This new program will consist of new facilities known as "Lodgic Everyday Community." These facilities will provide work stations for the mobile worker, day care centers, cafes and juice bars, and social areas. They will be designed to accommodate the on-the-go workers and working parents and will be open to the public. They will not replace Moose lodges, rather this is a new avenue of Moose-oriented programs. For more information go to www.mooseintl.org or direct to www.Lodgic.org.

Don't forget - 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!!

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.

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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