From the Administrator….
We are now almost half way through our summer. So far, this summer reminds me of the summers 7, 8 and 9 years ago. We have made some changes, which we feel will add to the ambience of the lodge. After many years, entertainer and karaoke master, Rick Brown has returned. Rick will be doing his show at the Spaghetti dinner on the 2nd Monday of each month. He will also be doing his show at Wing’s n’ Thing’s every Wednesday night.
Governor Bob Lewis and I attended the Moose International Convention in Milwaukee this past May. I now understand why some of our snowbirds hesitate to return to their homes up North. Highs were in the 50’s and it rained and the wind blew. We now have new and young leadership at Moose International. Scott Hart is our new Director General, and to listen to his talks and vision for this fraternity, is to be enthused yourself. There will be changes coming as our fraternity has to remain viable and welcoming to change, to attract the younger members and keep this fraternity thriving.
If you see Bob, congratulate him as he was awarded the Fellowship Degree of Honor at the Convention. This is the 3rd Degree of our Order and is a honor many strive to achieve. This is only achieved after much work and one has to be recognized by his peers, the Fellowship Council, to be recommended for this honor.
This is the year to look for new members for our fraternity. Moose International has waived the $20.00 application fee for the year and the only cost to sign a new member is our $45.00 yearly dues. Also, those members that sign two new members receive one years dues paid. This is an ongoing program and theoretically, one can remain a member of the Moose by signing up two new members every year. Membership is an ongoing problem and having our members remain members has become harder and harder. We hope part of the problem is the economy, however, there are not many places one can go to and socialize, dine and dance more economically. We are trying new things to do to keep the interest of our members.
If you check your calendar, and like to play cards, we are having euchre on Saturdays, the first, third and fourth of the month, starting at 1:00 pm. There is also Bunco on the second Saturday of each month. We are trying new bands at our Friday night and Sunday afternoon dinners. Come on out and listen and dance to them.
We are always looking for volunteers to help. Many thanks to the ones we have now, that we rely on to get things ready for our dinners. If you want to see them at work, come by after bar bingo on Thursday night and see them cleaning and setting the tables for the Friday night dinner. We have members who continually donate their time and efforts to keep all our activities going. They are only noticed when they are sick or on vacation, and things don’t get done. I personally wish to thank them for what they do. They keep public bingo, bar bingo, all the dinners, Wing’s n Thing’s, Thursday night kitchen, Spaghetti dinners and other thing to numerous to mention going. Thank you again for what you do.