By Daryl Conley, Administrator -
I HATE TO BE THE BEARER OF BAD NEWS -- But for the first time in two years, we have finished the month at OVER 15% of our membership in arrears (dues not renewed). We cuurently stand at 729 members as of 02/23/15 - that is 22 down from where we started the year and with just two months to go, it is going to be a tough battle to reach our goal of 752 by April 30.
If we do not meet our goal of 752 members on April 30, we will automatically be disqualified from receiving the Premier Lodge Award. This will be the first time we have not gotten this award since 2010, and only twice that we have not gotten it in the last decade or more.
If you have not paid your dues - it is not too late!! You can still renew without losing any time up to six months after your dues expire. After that, you have the option of renewing your dues which means they will still expire at the same time as before, or re-join as a former member and re-pay the $10.00 application fee. Your dues renewal date would then be one year from the month you renew.
If you know someone who has not paid their dues, please call them, go visit them, whatever it takes to convince the to stay on as a member. We need them, Mooseheart and Moosehaven needs them, and we need you to help us get them back. And keep sponsoring new members into our lodge as well!
Remind them of all the benefits of being a Moose member - if you need a brochure (or more than one) we have plenty at the lodge. Members can save money on auto, home, and health insurance; eye surgery; hotels and motels; shopping; catalog subscriptions; and lots of other things as well JUST BY BEING A MEMBER. And don't forget to always carry a Moose Member application in your pocket (and a Moose Legion application if you are a Moose Legionnaire) - you never know when an opportunity will arise to sponsor a new member also. If you can't come to the lodge or don't want to wait until your next visit, these are also available on the Moose International website at www.mooseintl.org.
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.
August 1 marks the beginning of cross-sponsorship, whereby men can sponsor women into the chapter, and women can sponsor men into the lodge. This means that if you are bringing your boyfriend/girlfriend in as a guest, and they are over 21, they will be limited to a two-time visit, their third visit must be to attend an enrollment. This also applies to sons/daughters over the age of 21, no matter which parent brings them in. Legally married spouses are exempt from this rule.
People have their right to their own opinion, but I believe it will do two positive things: make it easier for our Social Quarters Attendants, because now any guest over 21 can only come in twice; and it will get more poeple to join. After all, why should a guest get all the benefits of membership without having to pay dues like the rest of us? Besides, becoming members will entitle them to other benefits such as motel and hotel discounts, car rental discounts, insurance discounts, and shopping discounts, just to name a few.
As always, we can make exceptions for visiting friends or family members who are only here for a short time, such as the holidays. Please check with the House Committee regarding temporary visits.
New members will be receiving some additional information starting this year. Their new card will come with a phone number for them to call to activate the card. While doing so, they will hear a brief message highlighting the accomplishments of Mooseheart and Moosehaven. A new 30-minute long Orientation video is also available. It relates the history of the Moose, Women of the Moose, Moose Legion, Mooseheart and Moosehaven, and contains interviews with our children nd seniors. Erik Estrada of CHiPs and Safe Surfin' fame stars and narrates the video.
We are currently the third largest lodge in Arizona/New Mexico. Second place belongs to Glendale, AZ with 856 active members. I would like to see us take over that spot, and we are less than 60 members away. I think we can do it, don't you?
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.
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