By Daryl Conley, Administrator -
It is always sad when a Moose member dies. It is a loss not only to the family, but to the fraternity, especially one who made as much of an impact as Past Supreme Governor Jim Henderson. Jim lived in E. Mesa, Arizona and was the Administrator of that lodge. He was also the Moose Legion Ambassador for Arizona.
Jim joined the Moose in 1969, and over the years served every chair in his lodge, Moose Legion and state association. He is a Past President of AZ/NM Moose Association. He served on various committees at Moose International, sat on the Supreme Council, and eventually worked his way through the ranks, serving as our highest elected official, Supreme Governor, in 2012-2013.
Jim truly loved the Moose, many people called him "Mr. Moose." Jim never missed visiting Mooseheart every year at the Pilgrim Presentation; he himself received the Pilgrim Degree of Merit in 1986. He attended every state and international convention, he truly lived and breathed Moose. His Memorial Service of Tribute held at the east Mesa Lodge on June 20, had over 400 people in attendance, including three from Moose International - Director General Scott Hart, Systems Analyst Eric VonHoff, and Supreme Junior Governor Terry Walls. Supreme Governor Danny Albert, unfortunately had prior plans, but sent his condolences as well.
I had the opportunity to get to know Jim a lot better during his term as Supreme Governor. I was Deputy Supreme Governor for NM that year, and got to take him on a tour of the lodges in southern New Mexico. We visited 5 lodges in three days. Jim also set a record that will most likely never be beat - he visited 502 lodges during his term as Supreme Governor. And to top it off, he did it all in 11 months, as the 2013 year ended in May instead of June. The MI convention in Milwaukee was scheduled to coincide with the graduation at Mooseheart.
Jim had a very large family that will miss him, and an even larger family in the Moose fraternity who will miss him just as much. Rest in Peace Brother.
It's never too early to start thinking about membership. We hit a lofty goal last year, finishing at plus-12 for an ending total of 763; but we have since slipped all the way back to 736. In a related article, you will read that we have 1,095 people who were once members of this lodge, and for whatever reason, failed to renew. If we could get even 10% of those back, it would be 100 members added to our rolls. We can all be a part of this. I have the list in my office and will be glad to share it with anyone who want to send some letters, make some calls or whatever. You can even pick out those that you sponsored. Let's start on membership and retention now, not during the last two months of the lodge year.
If you know someone who has not paid their dues recently, PLEASE try to convince them to pay up. Remind them of all the benefits of being a Moose member, even if they don't come to the lodge. Come and get one or more of our Member Benefits brochures to show them. If you yourself have not paid please reconsider, come see for yourself what the Moose and our lodge has to offer. Let's not wait until April 1, 2016 to try to reach our goal of 764 - my nerves can't take it!!!
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.
Another issue that prevents people from joining or keeps them from renewing is second-hand smoke. Over the years we have addressed this issue numerous times by installing more smoke eaters, adding a fresh-air ventilation system and repairing non-functioning systems. We also began a no-smoking policy years ago in the dining hall during meals, and have recently added a no smoking section to our Social Quarters, near the entrance to provide adequate ventilation. While we have received both positive and negative response to this, we feel it is our duty to provide a comfortable environment for all members, non-smokers and smokers alike. So please, if you've quit us or plan on quitting us, give us a second chance and continue to help us support our community, our children at Mooseheart, and seniors at Moosehaven.
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.
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