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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Opening for the Position of 1-Year Trustee
We will hold a special election to fill a vacancy in the position of 1-Year Trustee. If you would like to be considered, submit your name to any member of the Nominating Committee which will meet at 6:00 pm on July 13, 20, and 27. Nominees will be announced at the LOOM meeting on August 10, and the election will be held during the LOOM meeting on September 14. This term of office will run until April 30, 2018. No former officer experience necessary.

Nominating Committee members are: Mark Theall, Bruce Cranmer, Rick Ruggles, Rick Mullins, Daryl Conley, Leonard Garcia, Joe Lopez, Pete Padilla, Bill Edwards, Bill Laswell, Ron Golubski, Gene Barton, Ivan Padilla, Wayne Krack, Pete Carey, and Joe Carey.

Names must be submitted in writing and signed.
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Thursday, July 30, 2015
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Administrator's Message
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By Daryl Conley, Administrator -

I am excited to report that as of today, July 26, we have made our first PLUS-1 for the year!! We finished last year with 717 on April 30, and we hit 718 this month. If this keeps up, we will easily meet that first qualification for the Premier Lodge Award in 2017-2018. Remember to check your cards and if it is about due to expire send your dues in along with your renewal notice, pay it on-line with just your Moose ID# or bring them to the lodge and we will do it for you (cash, check or credit card.)

We had a great convention in Tampa. Several new topics were brought out. As you probably have heard by now, the proposed ban on smoking and tobacco use in lodges failed to receive the 2/3 majority vote it needed to pass, so lodges will continue to be allowed to make their own decisions regarding the use of e-cigarettes and tobacco products inside their lodges and social quarters.

A part of the New Moose Experience program was also unveiled. This will incorporate 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.

It was another banner year for Moose Charities and Community Service, with an increase not only in dollars donated, but the number of members involved and amount of travel and hours spent. During the March of Checks at the Moose International convention in Tampa, we presented a check for $6,000.00 toward the new Centennial Project at Moosehaven.

We also learned that our Director General, Scott Hart played "Undercover Boss" during the past year, visiting lodges, in disguise, to see which ones were the "Friendliest Places in Town." He visited several lodges in New Mexico, including ours. No one knows when he was here, as he was not recognized upon his visit. Some lodges got good reviews, some did not. We did not get a bad review, but we did not get an exemplary one either. The "Friendliest Place in Town" was awarded to Alamogordo Lodge 2016 and they got a $10,000.00 grant just for being nice. Deming Lodge 2088 got an honorable mention. I hope that you feel we are the Friendliest Place in Town. If not, please let us know about it. We want everyone to feel like the lodge home is their home, and they should be treated with respect and politeness and especially, not ignored. Everyone has been reminded to treat all members kindly and respectfully and we have begun to recognize our out of town members by giving them a white ticket when their card is checked at the door, which they can then turn in for a free beverage. This white ticket also alerts the social quarters attendant that this member is from out of town, then they can be welcomed accordingly.

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!!

We awarded several certificates and pins to our member veterans who self identified through the MI website. The next batch will come out in October, and we will present them in November. 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 have also been honoring one special member each month. In June we honored Jack White and in July we honored Will Fry. Please try to come celebrate with our Valued Veterans each month. These presentations are held on the third Saturday of each month.

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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