Congratulations to this year’s class of honored Pilgrims! Ceremonies are already being planned for around the state. To all honored Lodges and new Pilgrims, congratulations again!
One of our biggest, if not the biggest, charitable endeavors is Mooseheart. MOOSEHEART is a residential childcare facility, located on a 1,000-acre campus 38 miles west of Chicago. The Child City is a home for children and teens in need, from infancy through high school. The school was founded in July 1913.Read More
The Virginia Moose has a deep and rich history within the Moose fraternity. We were founded in 1936 and have volunteered and donated within our communities ever since. To read more click the button below!Read More
The Moose fraternity supports Moosehaven through our yearly dues and donations of support. Moosehaven is a senior retirement community situated on a wide expanse of the St. Johns River in northeast Florida, the 72-acre campus has been home to members of the Loyal Order of Moose and Women of the Moose since 1922. As a Continuing Care Retirement Community, Moosehaven offers independent living for seniors 65 years of age and older, and promotes an active lifestyle on a campus full of amenities and services.Read More
Camp Ross is recreational facility for the kids at Mooseheart. It is a place where the kids get to get away from the grind of school and learning and get back to the land. There is no internet, no television, and lots of trees. This is a time to enjoy nature on a 150 acre facility. Camp Ross is just a hour’s drive west from Mooseheart. Camp Ross continues to be made possible by the donations and hard work of our Moose Legion members.Go For a Video Visit
On June 23, WTVR6 reporter, Wayne Covil, aired a story about 9yr old Kierston Lee. Kierston's, 1 yr old, baby brother, had to have a liver transplant. Kierston's birthday was coming but she was more concerned about her baby brother and wanted the family, to use their money, for the medical costs, instead of her birthday. Kierston even took to YouTube, to help raise money, for her brother. As she put it " presents are a want, this is a need". Upon seeing this segment, the members of the Hopewell Moose sprang into action! After coordinating with reporter Wayne Covil and Kierston's mother. Members, of the lodge, met at Toys R Us, at Southpark Mall, and surprised Kierston, with a birthday shopping spree! Kierston and her baby brother were presented with lil Tommy Moose dolls, and the shopping began. A check was also presented to Kierston's mom, towards medical expenses.
As the June 25th headline read: "she asked for donations not gifts, then got a birthday surprise" Thanks to Hopewell Moose Family Center #1472
The Hopewell Moose Lodge has supported the 804 Heat Basketball for the past two years. Most of these kids would never have the opportunity to participate in a high level of completion if it were not for the generosity of the surrounding community. The Lodge donated $500 at the beginning of the season for uniforms and entry fee to defray the cost of entering various tournaments. Recently the Lodge donated $2,000 to allow the 10th grade team to compete in the Nationals in Myrtle Beach, SC. We also host the teams for their post season banquet.
The 804 Heat is a non-profit AAU basketball organization serving over 70 youth athletes ages 10 thru 16 each year. The 804 Heat consists of players from across the Colonial Height, Prince George, Hopewell “Tri-Cities” and surrounding areas.
The main objective of the program is to increase opportunities for young men and women in our community's. Teaching players the fundamentals of demanding work, dedication and sportsmanship on and off the court through a structured athletic environment. The organization aim is to develop teamwork and self-confidence, expressing the importance of academics in a family atmosphere.
Their goals are to give these young athletes the chance to play the best competition within the state and surrounding areas. This organization allows players the opportunity to showcase their talents and possibly receive scholarships to help further their education. The 804 Heat is led by an all-volunteer group of coaches and staff.
On the second Monday of each month the Hampton Moose Lodge opens its doors and its heart to 90+ Senior Citizens. These Seniors converge on the Hampton Lodge to play BINGO, but not just any BINGO, they come to play Senior BINGO.
Senior BINGO is like regular BINGO in many ways, except you must be a Senior Citizen to play and it doesn't cost you a cent, and as a matter of fact we'll even feed you! Once the doors open the Seniors have time to mingle with each other over coffee. Winners of the BINGO games receive "Gift Bags" that contain anything from a roll of paper towel, soap, canned food etc. Items that can help stretch their retirement check. At half time, it's lunch time. First is the prayer offering then our small group of volunteers, about 10, shop, cook, prepare, and serve the meals. Desert is always included! Our Women of the Moose are very clever in how they decorate the deserts! Once lunch is over, then the BINGO Manager, announces the monthly birthdays and hands out birthday cards. Once this is all complete then it's back to round 2 of BINGO! As for the volunteers, sadly it's time to start the chore of washing dishes! In case you were wondering, all these Seniors are fed on a budget of just $300.
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One of the tenants of the Moose is supporting Special Olympics. Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. We are helping to make the world a better, healthier, and more joyful place -- one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time. All lodges within the fraternity make regular volunteering and donations to this worthy organization.
On April 22nd, the Hampton Moose Lodge 1514 was recognized for its continuous support to Virginia Area 30 Special Olympics, and was award a plaque for its contributions. Included in the picture are 2nd Year Trustee Gary Adams, Hampton City Mayor Donnie Tuck, Administrator Ed Frankiewicz, Governor Mike Raiford, and some of the Olympians participating in the day’s event.
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Frances, mother of four, is preparing for another major surgery; esophagectomy surgery, her second one after more than 38 years of hospitalizations and invasive procedures. At the age of 18 months Frances ingested a lye based substance and suffered severe chemical burns in her esophagus. This led to a feeding tube and weekly procedures at Children's Hospital to stretch out the burned tissue in her esophagus. After 38 years, she continues to need surgeries to correct her issues.
In May 2017, it was brought to the attention of Suffolk Moose Lodge, the fight that Frances Knaack-Day was enduring. Seeing the need, the Suffolk Moose Lodge decided to donate to her cause. In the picture, Frances Knaack-Day stands beside Suffolk Moose Lodge #141 member Michael Ahmes, Lodge Governor Clay McGinley, Lodge Administrator Jesse Byrum, Women of the Moose Chapter 1315 Senior Regent Synde Terry and member Jeanette Ahmes. Knaack-Day is holding two checks, one from the Loyal Order of Moose #141 for $2,000.00 and the other from the Women of the Moose Chapter #1315 for $500.00. The Suffolk Moose Lodge continues to be a beacon of support and service within their community.
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Chris and Heather Strack are joining their church, Journey Christian Church, on a mission trip to Lighthouse Retreat in Destin, FL. At Lighthouse families battling childhood cancer are able to take a week off and reconnect the family unit. Chris and Heather will serve the families all week by cleaning their rooms, playing with the kids (can you say beach time!), getting to know the family, praying with them and for them, serving their meals, and the list goes on and on. One of the biggest ways we serve the families is through financial donations. The families accepted to go to Lighthouse Retreat don't pay a penny! That is where the Hopewell Moose Lodge come in! The lodge donated $750 to assist in their journey. The total cost is $5000.00 to send a family battling childhood cancer on this awesome retreat. The lodge offered to assist Chris and Heather with their travel but in true Moose tradition the couple feels it is their calling to burden the cost and vacation to provide relief for those in need. If you would like more information about Lighthouse Family Retreat go to lighthousefamilyretreat.org. and checkout the website! -- Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12
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The Hopewell Moose Lodge hosted our first ever "Kid's Karaoke Contest", on April 8th, 2017. As our Lodge continues to look for innovative ways to incorporate children and families; Dawn Ozmore, our Jr. Graduate Regent, suggested a kid's karaoke contest. During the planning phase, we decided "why limit contestants to just the Hopewell Moose Lodge?" Since we are ALL MOOSE, regardless of our lodge affiliation, let's ask other lodges to participate! The response was amazing. Four different lodges made the trip to participate. What an amazing group of talent! These kids sung their heart out and provided an early evening of "FAMILY" entertainment. Taylor Carter, brother of one of the contestants, said, "I thought it was just a bar. I had no idea these are the types of activities that go on behind these walls." That evening he signed up to be a Moose. The lodge looks forward to hosting another such event in the fall.
Special thanks to our judges: Sheryl Taylor Ross, Ryan Jackson, Sherry Taylor & Emily Guthrie. To our lodge staff & volunteers, DJ/Karaoke host Richard Nunnally, and most importantly- to all the parents, grandparents, family & friends that made this possible.
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