The Herd Blog is a place to find fun information at the Lodge level with some International and Higher Degree information. If you are looking for information on Lodge Dances, Feasts, Moose Karaoke, Heart of the Community, Convention Info, Youth Awareness, or Community Volunteering opportunities this is your place!

Many lodges in the state of Virginia play the Queen of Hearts. The Queen of Hearts was approved the by the state of Virginia for play in our lodges. It is a fun game with sometimes huge pay offs. It is easy to play; you purchase a ticket and pick the number where you think the Queen of Hearts is hiding. If your ticket is drawn to pick, the number you wrote on the back of the ticket is pulled from the board. If we flip the card and it is the Queen of Hearts, you win! If not, it is progressive. The money rolls over into the next drawing.

Note: We try to keep up with all the drawings across the state. Is your lodge not getting updated? Please let us know what is happening in your lodge. You can send us updates directly to Jim Puckett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via our Contact Us page under About.

As we get updates during the week, this page will be updated. The most recent reporting lodges will be at the top of the report.  

Strasburg Moose Family Center #403
☏ (540) 465-9168
Held Mondays at 7:30 pm - last ticket sold at 7:15pm
each weeks winner receives $25.00, Joker and other Queens pay $50.00, .... must be present to win
Winner does not have to be present if Queen of Hearts is turned over
Eligibility Cards Remaining Current
Pot
Next Drawing
Open to all members in good standing 35 Cards $11,589.00 02/26/2018
Lynchburg-South Moose Family Center #1727
☏ (434) 237-4360
Held Fridays at 8:30 pm - last ticket sold at 8:00pm
each weeks winner receives $50.00, $100 if Joker is drawn
Eligibility Cards Remaining Current
Pot
Next Drawing
Open to all members in good standing

48 Cards

Pot $3,615.00
60% to the winner
$2,169.00
02/23/2018
Fredericksburg Moose #1655
☏ (540) 786-8963
Held Thursdays at 8:30 pm - each week's winner will receive $100 if present; $50 if not present and drawing a Joker will be a $100 bonus
Eligibility Cards Remaining Current
Pot
Next Drawing
Open to all members in good standing 31 Cards $19,093.00 02/22/2018
Portsmouth Moose #898
☏ (757) 487-1221
Held Tuesdays at 9:00 pm
Eligibility Cards Remaining Current
Pot
Next Drawing
Open to all members in good standing 47 Cards Pot $3,402.00
60% if present
40% not present
$2,041.00 or $1,361.00
02/20/2018
Hopewell Moose #1472
☏ (804) 458-1755
Held Mondays at 7:00, Tickets go on sale at 5:00 pm. Tickets are only sold on Mondays from 5-7pm.
$50.00 is given to the person whose ticket is pulled for a face card even if the queen is not turned over and $100.00 if a Joker turned over.
Eligibility Cards Remaining Current
Pot
Next Drawing
Open to all members in good standing.
Hopewell Moose1472 - Queen of Hearts total sales on 2/12/2018 was $520.00 card#1 picked was the Five of Hearts.
New jackpot $4,413.00

Thanks, Marvin
$4,413.00 02/19/2018
Altavista Moose Family Center #1433
☏ (434) 369-6945
Held Mondays at 8:00 pm - last ticket sold at 7:30pm
Eligibility Cards Remaining Current
Pot
Next Drawing
Open to all members in good standing 52  Cards remain
Dinner Specials each night of Queen
Pot $4,980.00
60% to the winner
$2,988.00
02/19/2018
Arlington Moose #1315
☏ (703) 820-9345
Held Fridays at 7:30 pm
each weeks winner receives $25.00, $75.00 if Joker is drawn
Eligibility Cards Remaining Current
Pot
Next Drawing
Open to all members in good standing 22 cards pot to winner  =  $4,918.00 09/08/2017
Tappahannock-Warsaw Moose Lodge #2133
☏ (804) 443-1217
Held Wednesday at 7:00 pm, also 50/50 each night
Tickets only sold night of drawing, Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm
Ticket pulled gets $25.00, Jokers recieves $100.00, .... must be present to win
Eligibility Cards Remaining Current
Pot
Next Drawing
Open to all members in good standing
All membership cards checked
8 Cards
(10,20,27,28,39,40,46,49)
$13,080.00 08/23/2017
Waynesboro Moose #1309
☏ (540) 942-9234
Held Thursdays at 8:00 pm
Eligibility Cards Remaining Current
Pot
Next Drawing
Open to all members in good standing. 30 Cards $13,163.00 08/03/2017
Lynchburg Moose #715
☏ (434) 385-5203
Held Thursdays 8:30 pm - last ticket sold at 8:00pm
Eligibility Cards Remaining Current
Pot
Next Drawing
Open to all members in good standing 35 cards $6,474.00 07/13/2017
Centreville Moose #2168
☏ (703) 385-4403
Held Wednesdays at 8:00 pm - last ticket sold at 7:30pm
each weeks winner receives $25.00, $100.00 if Face Card or Ace is drawn, $200 if Joker is drawn
Eligibility Cards Remaining Current
Pot
Next Drawing
Open to all members in good standing 29 Cards Pot $4,647.00
60% if present
30% not present
$2,788.20 or $1394.10
06/28/2017
Warwick Moose #1711
☏ (757) 930-1166
Held Thursday's at 8:00 pm
All membership cards will be checked
Eligibility Cards Remaining Current
Pot
Next Drawing
Open to all members in good standing ?? Cards remain Pot to winner $10,314.00 06/15/2017
Winchester Moose Family Center #1283
☏ (540) 667-8284
Held Thursdays ..... Ticket sales, (1.00 per ticket), stop at 7:00pm and the drawing is a few minutes later.
You do not have to be present to win. If not present and ticket has no Card # written on it then the game committee will choose a card for the ticket.
Winning tickets not claimed by the owner with the matching coupon will be hung in the Lodge for 60 days.
The other 3 Queens and 2 Jokers Win $100.00.  $25.00 to the ticket winner for any other cards turned over and you are present at the drawing.
Eligibility Cards Remaining Current
Pot
Next Drawing
Open to all members in good standing 54 Cards Pot $17,368.00
60% to the winner
$10,420.00
05/18/2017
Front Royal Moose #829
☏ (540) 636-6355
Held Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
Eligibility Cards Remaining Current
Pot
Next Drawing
Open to all members in good standing 11 Cards

Pot $72,000.00
60% to the winner
$43,200.00

05/10/2017
Caroline County Moose #2610
☏ (804) 448-2993
Held Friday s at 8:00 pm
Eligibility Cards Remaining Current
Pot
Next Drawing
Open to all members in good standing 46  Cards Pot $4,296.00
60% to the winner
$2,577.00
04/14/2017
Vienna Moose #1896
☏ (703) 281-4370
Held Thursdays at 7:30 pm - last ticket sold at 7:15pm
each weeks winner receives $25.00, $50.00 if face card is drawn, $100.00 if Joker is drawn - both Jokers remain
Eligibility Cards Remaining Current
Pot
Next Drawing
Open to all members in good standing. 17 cards 6,954.00 10/06/2016

 

Roanoke Moose #284
☏ (540) 384-7172
Held Fridays at 8:30 pm
Eligibility Cards Remaining Current
Pot
Next Drawing
Open to all members in good standing 52 Cards 1,150.00
60% for winner - $690.00
5/20/2016
Manchester Moose #699
☏ (804) 794-4318
Held Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
Eligibility Cards Remaining Current
Pot
Next Drawing
Open to all members in good standing 36 Cards $4722.00 04/13/2016

 

The V.M.A. Karaoke contest was held on Friday January 19th. 2018 @ 7:00 pm in the Sheraton Ballroom in Norfolk, Va. The participation was fantastic with Nine (9) people competing. They were: Mike Tyson, Shelly Reid, Alex Bedont, Shellie Coe, Chris Williams, Willie Glidden, Kara Clark, Martha Cole, & Jessica Campbell. They all sang one (1) practice song in order listed as above. Then they all sang a First (1st) song to be judged in the same line up order. We took a small break so everyone could stretch a little and then went back to judging a second (2nd) song in the same line up of singers as done before.
The judges were: Judy Calaway, a ''Collegiate" from Hampton Chapter #349 and a music major from “Swiss Music College in Ohio" and past state pianist for the W.O.T.M. in Va., Gary Easter, "Past Governor from Colonial Heights Lodge" and a Karaoke D.J. for over 20 years, Jo Ann Spain, ''Lady in waiting" from Manchester-Richmond #1078, Current State pianist for the W.O.T.M. for the past Five (5) years and "Voice graduate" of East Carolina School of Music. The contest was a very hard contest to judge as there were so many talented people performing. The songs ranged from ''Country to Show tunes to Jazz and Blues and Religious Music". The talent in that room was amazing and enjoyed by everyone. The crowd got a little loud from ''Time to time” (as large crowds tend to get with many conversations at one time) however when asked to ''Please show respect to our singers as they would be representing the state of Va., they “FINALLY” remained quiet and enjoyed the show.
Jim Jordan, (V.M.A. Director of Activities), had all of the music lined up in perfect order with the D.J. and the show went very smooth. All of the contestants were amazing and after a very hard decision, we three judges made our announcement of the winners. First place (1st) was Chris Williams, Second place (2nd) was Alex Bedont, and Third place (3rd) place was Shellie Coe.
This contest was very enjoyable and everyone seemed happy with our decision. It is always a hard job to decide who wins or loses, but in this case all of them were Awesome, Talented and very much professional.
Thank you for your trust in us three (3) judges, we are honored and humbled.

Sincerely, Jo Ann Spain, ….. Judge Co-ordinator

2018 Virginia Moose Association Karaoke Competition Results
Place Name
1st Chris Williams
2nd Alex Bedont
3rd Shellie Coe

Please find below summary of two bills, before the House and Senate of Virginia. Both of these bills would benefit the Association, as well as all other non-profit fraternal organizations!! It is very important that we act quickly on these bills, so that our voices may be heard. Everyone is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to contact their local legislators to voice your support of these two bills, and time is of the essence. Please ask all members of your lodge to join forces, and contact the legislators as well.
If you are unsure as to who your legislators are for your respective area, that information can be found on the Virginia General Assembly website.

HB 1509 Charitable Gaming Board; Texas Hold'em poker events.

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Charitable Gaming Board; Texas Hold'em poker events. Allows a qualified organization to conduct Texas Hold'em poker events in conjunction with its charitable gaming activities. The conditions under which a qualified organization may manage, operate or contract with operators of, or conduct Texas Hold'em poker games and tournaments shall be prescribed by the Charitable Gaming Board. The bill provides that the initial regulations adopted by the Charitable Gaming Board pertaining to the conduct of Texas Hold'em events shall be exempt from the requirements of Article 2 (§ 2.2-4006 et seq.) of the Administrative Process Act (§ 2.2-4000 et seq.).

SB 799 Virginia Gaming Commission; established.

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Virginia Gaming Commission; regulation of charitable gaming; administration of fantasy contest registrations. Establishes the Virginia Gaming Commission (Commission) and vests the Commission with the control and regulation of charitable gaming in the Commonwealth and the administration of fantasy contest registrations. Currently the control of charitable gaming and the administration of fantasy contest registrations is vested in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the charitable Gaming Board. The bill establishes the Virginia Gaming Fund as a special fund to be used solely for (i) administering and enforcing charitable gaming laws and regulations and fantasy contest registrations, (ii) educating charitable organizations and players, and (iii) promoting charitable gaming in Virginia. The bill also requires the Commission to revise the fees levied by it for issuing charitable gaming permits and supplier registrations, or renewal thereof, so that the fees are sufficient to cover expenses but not excessive. The Commission is required to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Department of State Police to provide for the investigation by the Department of any illegal gaming or gambling activity prohibited by Article 1 (§ 18.2-325 et seq.) of Chapter 8 of Title 18.2.

The Men and Women of the Virginia Moose Association are proud sponsors of 75 students. Thank you to some 20 Lodges and WOTM Chapters (not pictured). The time, effort and financial support has been very welcoming. Without you we (Manny, Kay and now Myssi) this would not be possible. Moose International has granted us 6 student representatives at the International Student Congress April 26th – 30th 2018 held in Boston Massachusetts. There, our 6 students will be competing for the $12,000, $8,000, $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 International scholarships awarded annually. Each 1 of our 6 representatives will receive a $1,000 Virginia Moose Association scholarship for giving of their time to participate. These students devote many hours preparing to compete. Please continue to support the youth in our communities and invite others to join us. Update to follow.

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The Board of Officers of the Eastern Virginia Council of Higher Degrees meeting on Saturday, October 28, 2017, set February 11, 2018 to have nominations and election for the Eastern Virginia Higher Degrees. Secretary and Treasures are for 3-year terms.

Meeting will be held at the Warwick Moose Family Center #1711

1711 Warwick Moose Lane
Newport News, VA 23605
(757) 930-1166

Board of Officers Meeting will be at 12:00 pm
Nominations committee meeting at 1:00 pm
General Meeting and Election at 2:00 pm

Meals will be provided for all Easter Virginia Council of Higher Degrees members in good standing.

If you would like to turn your name in for the positions, please see one of the officers or nominating committee members before 1:00 pm on February 11, 2018.

Attracting new members, that’s what we need. Millennials, Baby Boomers, Retirees, PEOPLE – it doesn’t matter how old or young you are – it’s about service to others and commitment to something bigger than us!  It’s great to be a Moose member!

The Supreme Council has approved the extension of our “First Responder” initiative until April 30. The success of this program has been remarkable and we appreciate those who have signed and joined.  Now, we need to make sure that these new members continue serving their community by renewing their dues. What is your lodge doing to make sure that everyone renews their dues? This is only one of a few questions in this article.

What did you do for the Moose last year that made you proud?  How have you helped to spread the word about what we do and the benefits of membership?  If you have to think about it just remember, it’s never too late.

Many of our members don’t know about Mooseheart or Moosehaven, but they can quote the Social Quarters specials without thinking about it.  They may know the raffle jack pot or the list of bands for the summer but can’t tell you about our fraternal programs. Only you can change that!

When I first joined, I didn’t know about District meetings or the state Association or Mooseheart or Moosehaven. I was a “social” member until someone made me familiar and it touched my heart.  I didn’t seek a position on the board- I was asked to serve.  (Thanks, Brother Ron!) I didn’t “volunteer” to sponsor community service or fundraising activities, I was asked.  Now, I’m asking you; will you help?

Last year at a Pilgrim Celebration, a Brother explained that his journey in the Moose started when a member approached him in the Social Quarters and asked him to help.  In his words “the rest is history.”

Today, you can ask Brother Glen to do something and he won’t hesitate. Not because of what it can do for him but he truly believes in the Moose and what we’re all about.  Somebody touched his heart. When asked recently, a young Administrator explained that his fraternalism began with the Moose Legion conferral.  Somebody asked him to become a Moose Legionnaire.  What an awesome contribution he has made.  Something touched his heart. Not long ago at a children’s Christmas party for those in-need, a little girl exclaimed “I’ve never had a bike before” and started to cry tears of joy as she took possession of a bike donated by caring members of the lodge. It touched my heart. These acts define us. This is who we are!

In 2018, ask someone to help with a project. Today, call your Administrator/Senior Regent/Governor and ask what the lodge/chapter needs. Don’t wait to be asked, lead by example and start something! We need you and your ideas. There is POWER in asking. Use your powers for good!  As always remember – “it’s not all about us”!

Each year men and women Moose members from across the nation gather for a convention that celebrates what it means to be a Moose, to explore and teach new ideas, to be entertained, and to vote on new resolutions for the fraternity. It is something that each member should experience. This year is no different.  This year we will be meeting from July 11th through the 15th, 2018.

At this year’s 2018 International Moose Convention, we would like to announce that this year’s Annual League of Guardians Recognition Dinner location is the National WWII Museum! It is an amazing venue. The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. For more information, please visit the National WWII Museum official website.

Are you going and looking for places to eat or something fun to do in your free time while in New Orleans for the 2018 International Moose Convention? Check out the official New Orleans Guide to help plan your trip!

For More information on everything about this convention please visit Moose International's Convention portal.  It has information on lodging, entertainment and schedules.

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Upcoming Events

24Feb
02/24/2018 6:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Wine and Cheese Tasting at Hopewell
4Mar
03/04/2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
District 3 Meeting at Callao
14Mar
03/14/2018 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ODML Meeting at Callao
18Mar
03/18/2018 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
District 2 Meeting at Newport News
31Mar
03/31/2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
District 10 at Piney River
7Apr
04/07/2018 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
ODML Spring Celebration at Dinwiddie
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Christopher will soon be deployed as a corporal in the Unites States Marine Corp. Christopher was a student at Mooseheart for 17 years. In the video, he gives his side of being a student at Mooseheart and what it meant to him! Home is where the heart is!
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Eric starts this video; he is a teacher at Mooseheart. Eric talks about what a difference all the members of the Moose fraternity makes in the lives of the children at Mooseheart. But wait; there are a few others at Mooseheart that have some words too! The video ends with Kami Kolb who graduated in 2015. Kami is from Lynchburg Virginia.
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Are you a new member, thinking of joining, Scott Hart CEO of Mooseheart walks you through all the reasons why members join this great fraternity in this new member orientation video!
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