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!

The Moose Journalism Awards program seeks to encourage and motivate editors of all Moose publications towards the achievement of consistently high journalistic standards in their newsletters and, through such achievement, to enhance communication and shared information between Moose members and their Lodges, Chapters, Moose Legions, Higher Degree Councils, and Associations.

Entries are now being accepted for the 56th Annual Moose Journalism Awards, to be announced at the 2018 International Convention in New Orleans, LA. Participants can download entry/informational forms for both the publications and website portions of the contest at the following link (s):

2018 Publication Entries
2018 Website Entries

The deadline for website submissions is 4:30pm CST, Friday, February 23rd, 2018. The deadline for publication submissions is 4:30pm CST, Friday, March 2nd, 2018.

Lodge/Chapter publications are eligible for the Moose Journalism Awards competition ONLY if they hold a valid Moose Publication Permit (per requirement of the General Laws), UPDATED with EDITOR’S E-MAIL ADDRESS, or have sent a completed Publication Permit application to the Moose International Communications office that has been received by January 31, 2018. If you’re unsure whether your lodge holds such an UPDATED permit, call 630-966-2229. Association, Moose Legion and Higher Degree Council publications do not require a permit, but are required to follow the permit requirement of mailing one copy of every issue of the publication to the Dept. of Communications, 155 S. International Drive, Mooseheart, IL 60539-1174.

Good luck to all the participants!

 

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.  

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 27 Cards Pot $10,560.00
60% if present
40% not present
$6,276.00 or $4,184.00
08/22/2017
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 34 Cards remain Pot $12,670.00
60% to the winner
$7,602.00
08/21/2017
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. 39 Cards
Total sales $375.00 number 13 was picked, it was the Nine of Spades. The Lodge decided to increase the Jackpot to increase participation. New Jackpot $5000.00
Thank you
Mark
$5,000.00 08/21/2017
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 38 cards remain Pot $9,620.00
60% to the winner
$5,772.00
08/18/2017
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 5 Cards $48,596.00 08/17/2017
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 14 Cards $21,711.99
60% to the winner
$13,027.19
08/14/2017
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
11 Cards $11,040.00 08/09/2017
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
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 32 cards pot to winner  =  $3,078.00 06/16/2017
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

 

Brothers,

We are just days away from the Virginia Moose Convention in Norfolk, Virginia. And, I have some great news! We have collected $489,221.65 of our $500,000.00 goal! This is truly amazing. When our association took on this goal (a three year project), we had no idea we would be so close this soon into the project. We are just 20 months into this and we have collected 97.84% of the goal. We are just $11,000 dollars away! Please get the word out and let’s try to get the remaining before the convention starting in just 11 days!

Many thanks to everyone that has really taken this project to heart! Brothers, we are so close we can almost taste it!

We slipped a little last month but we are still above the 91% mark with 79 lodges reporting. Please thank the lodges who got their reports in on time. The following Districts had 100% reporting and should be congratulated, Districts 1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, and 13.

Please contact the following Lodges and find out why they sent no Endowment Funds to Moose Charities:

  • District 2: Williamsburg 757 (Last report 6/30)
  • District 4: Vienna 1896 (Last report 6/13)
  • District 5: Leesburg 1041 (Last report 3/8); Woodstock 575 (Last report 6/19)
  • District 6: Staunton 1635 (Last report 5/30)
  • District 10: Farmville 968 (Last report 6/30)

We still have 73 Lodges who have reported every month and 10 who have missed only one month. I have been sending out an email reminder on or around the tenth to see if that helps. Please look at the spreadsheet and contact those Lodges who have missed two months and remind them they have no room for error if they wish to qualify for the Premier Lodge Award this year.
Thank you for all that you do and keep up the good work!

image of Moose International's Texas HoldEm TournamentAccess to online registration for the 2018 Texas HoldEm Poker Tournament is now available on the Moose International website at www.mooseintl.org, under:  Programs & Events - Sports - Texas Hold "Em".

The tournament will return to the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will take place from January 14 – 17, 2018. Players will arrive Sunday, January 14th, play in the tournament between January 15th-17th, and depart on Thursday, January 18th.

The deadline to register is Monday, December 4, 2017. Members may opt to mail in a physical registration form, which is downloadable in the same location on the website. Please note that all mailed entries must be postmarked no later than December 4th to be accepted.  Please share the attached registration information with your membership so they have an opportunity to take advantage of this fun event that has become an annual tradition for so many of our members. Also, please encourage members to register early; seats in the popular morning session of the tournament go fast, and will be given to registrants on a ‘first come first serve’ basis.

Have you been to the Centreville Moose Shrimp Feast in the past?  If so, you know that it is totally awesome.  If not, we would really love to see you.  Anyone is welcome to attend (members and qualified guests).  We promise there will be tons of food, door prizes, and good times!

The Women of the Moose (WOTM) will host their 15th annual Shrimp Feast on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 from 2 pm to 6 pm.  The menu includes: Steamed Shrimp, Hush-puppies, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Chili, and more.

Advance tickets will be available in the social quarters starting in August; these will be $20.00 per person (age 13+). Tickets can be bought the day of the event for $25.00 per person (age 13+). Children 12 and under will be specially priced. Each ticket holder will probably receive two beverages.  This event is open to all members and qualified guests!  So, bring a friend!

Do you take pride in your dart play?  Well if you do, now is the time to register for the Virginia Moose Associations' 27th Annual Steel Dart Tournament to be held at the Richmond-South Moose.  This event will start on Friday October 13th 2017 and continue all weekend until the 15th!  Members are encouraged to enter early as the deadline is on September 21st, 2017.  There are no late entries allowed.  To enter, please download the forms from our website and mail back in!  This event is always a lot of fun.  We are looking for an extremely large turnout! For more information please click on the link below.

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