By Daryl Conley, Administrator -
Hopefully, I am done traveling for a while. Joe Lopez, our Deputy Supreme Governor for New Mexico this year, and myself traveled to San Xavier (south of Tucson) and Arizona City, AZ Moose lodges on October 10 - 11 for the Pilgrim presentations for our new Pilgrim Brothers Larry Phillips and duane Dauner; then we went to Hobbs and Alamogordo, NM for the Pilgrim presentations of Ellis Miller and Tony Edwards on October 23 - 24. Lots of miles, but well worth the trip.
The next few months will be busy ones at the lodge. We have our Kids Halloween party on October 31 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm; then, as we have in the past, we will open the doors to the general public for all our local trick-or-treaters from 5:00 - 6:30 pm. Audrey has added even more decorations and animatronics this year, including a quartet of witches, and a zombie nursery!
On November 14, the lodge will host a fund-raising dinner for Sondra & Chip Welty. We will be serving a brisket dinner for $10.00 with all proceeds going to the family to help pay Sondra's medical bills. This event is open to the public and we received dispensation from the General Governor's office to serve alcohol, so you can bring your drink from the Social Quarters or order one during your meal. Come on in and help support Sondra and Chip.
We will putting together and handing out Thanksgiving baskets for the needy on November 21-22. It looks as though it will be another big year, with lots of names. If you want to help, call me at the lodge. We will most likely need pick-up trucks to haul the pallets of food from Bullock's at 9:00 am on Saturday, and helpers to sort and assemble the baskets. Sunday is distribution day; if you would like to help deliver to those who cannot come to the lodge, call or show up at 9:00 am Sunday. Also, if you have any non-perishable food items you would like to donate, please do so.
Wednesday, November 25 is our annual free Thanksgiving dinner for our members - our way of saying thank you for all you do. This dinner is intended for members and their families, so please, do not bring other guests.
December 5 will be our annual matanza. We have already purchased the grand champion county bred hog at the Sierra County Fair and it is butchered and ready to be cooked. This is another free event for all our members and you can bring your guests to this event. We will serve at around 2:00 pm and we will have music and karaoke all afternoon and evening. Come on in and join the fun!!
Now, to the more serious notes. membership is still down from where we began the year. We are currently at 738 members, down 26 from where we started. I hope if you are reading this, that you have or are planning on renewing your dues; but if you know someone who is not, or has not, please try to convince them to reconsider. The Moose and our lodge has so much to offer, and we hate to lose even one member; each member is important to this lodge an our fraternity, each member lost is one more ounce of support for our children at Mooseheart and our seniors at Moosehaven, and a personal loss to this lodge.
I will leave the rest of this article as is, for those who haven't had a chance to read it lately. Have a great month!!
The old "RETENTION, RETENTION, RETENTION" slogan has been modified to "RETENTION, RETENTION, RECOVERY." "Recovery" is getting our old members - those have dropped out over one year ago - to re-join. Our new AZ/NM President, Roy Austin has also issued a "Challenge Coin" membership recovery program. He purchased several "coins" that he will give out to any member who gets five former members to re-join. As of convention time, there were three in all of AZ/NM - one of which was he himself and I am proud to say I was one of the other two. So let's challenge each other - let's see how many and who can be the first (or second as it were) in our lodge to receive their own personal Challenge Coin. You will be doing your lodge and fraternity a favor and earning a nice token for your efforts. I have also posted a count board near the ATM so that we can track those members who sponsor a former member into the lodge.
Brand new this year is a Members Rewards program. Members can earn points by sponsoring new or former members, they 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.
So let's not wait until March or April, or even January or February - let's all go out and try to sponsor a new or former member now - or try to convince that friend or acquaintance to renew their dues before they are dropped. Remember - we will pay half the application fee all year lodge, so a new or former member can join for just $10.00 plus $40.00 for the first year's dues.
The rest of this article I will leave the same as it was before for your information:
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.
Last year's campaign was Back to Basics. This year's campaign is Build our Foundation. It is time to start afresh, with the core values of our fraternity - an increase in membership and an increased knowledge and awareness of our two great humanitarian endeavors, Mooseheart and Moosehaven. MI has provided a new video that explains what the Moose is and how we support Mooseheart and Moosehaven and our communities. We show this during our orientation on the second Thursday of each month. You do not have to be a new member to see it; any and all members are invited to attend the orientation and view the video. It will give you insight and knowledge about our order. Knowledge is the key to selling a product. As members, we are selling the product of membership and fraternalism. You dan do this by passing on your knowledge to others and to prospective members.
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.
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.
Have a great month!
Daryl Conley - Administrator