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It is mid-afternoon on July 4th 2017.  The Moose International Convention in Tampa is over.  There are lots of questions from members after this year's get together.  I am going to try to fill you in on what we know at this point.  At least for those that did not go!

On Saturday, July 1, 2017, the first vote for the Smoking Ban was held by a hand vote.  The vote was determined to be too close to call.  There was a paper ballot vote held on Sunday.  The result was announced on Monday at 1:00 pm.  Drum roll please... The result is that the motion failed to attain a majority of votes.  This means that the current bylaws will stay as is.  So, smoking will continue to be decided at the lodge level.  We don't have the rest of the bylaw results.  Please, stay tuned!

On Sunday, July 2, 2017, the Moose International Journalism Awards results were released.  Again, Virginia was really well represented in the awards.

Newsletter Division:

  • Lodges of 201 - 400 members:  2nd Place goes to Arlington Moose #1315's John Maria
  • Lodges of 401 - 800 members:  1st Place goes to Centreville Moose #2168's Dan Sullivan

Best Story Division:

  • 1st Place for "Youth Awareness News" goes to Winchester #1283 / #1367's Cindy Millard

Website Division:

  • Honorable Mention goes to Centreville #2168's Dan Sullivan
  • 1st Place for State Association websites goes to Virginia Moose Association!

And, our state continues to dominate the Moose Legion Ritual competition!

Moose Legion Ritual Competition:

  • 1st Place to Bull Run's #185!  Congratulations, way to go!

Many thanks to Bob Guest, Mike Cogburn, Jim Puckett, and Don Ridenhour for keeping us all updated on Facebook!  We hope you are all having a great 4th of July today!  Please stay tuned for more updates coming soon!  And, please stay safe tonight!

Note:  This information is unofficial until Moose International posts results on their website!

  • Notice: 6/14/2017 - The Sheraton Hotel is now full. Reservations made after this time if possible will be at a different rate.
  • Notice: 6/25/2017 - The start date of August 23 is for checking in of the executive board officer for their Thursday meeting.  The general membership is not expected to check in to the hotel no earlier than Thursday 6/24/2017.
  • Notice: 7/11/2017 - LOOM registration and Sheraton Norfolk parking information is now posted.
  • Notice: 7/13/2017 - WOTM registration information is now posted.
  • Notice: 7/24/2017 - The Mariott Hotel is now full. Reservations made after this time if possible will be at a different rate.
  • Notice: 8/4/2017 - The WOTM Conference Agenda is now available below.
  • Notice: 8/11/2017 - The LOOM Conference Agenda is now available below.

The Virginia Moose welcomes Moose International's "Kim Thompson" to this year’s 80th Annual VMA Convention on August 23 through 27th 2017.

Kim Thompson
Assistant Director of Membership for Moose International, Inc.
Home Unit: Batavia, IL #722
Olivia "Libby" Schmidt
Past Grand Regent Member, Moosehaven Board
Home Unit: Milford, DE Chapter #1949

Men's Headquarters

Men's Headquarters
Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel
777 Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA 23510
1-757-622-6664

 

NOTE 6/14/2017:  Reservations at the Sheraton Hotel have now been closed.

NOTE: The reservations link will be come active on June 12, 2017. Click here to make your Sheraton reservation at the special VMA rate. -OR- Call the hotel directly to make reservations and obtain a confirmation number. When calling the hotel, please be sure to mention the "Virginia Moose Association".  Please see the IMPORTANT BOOKING INFORMATION at the bottom of this article.

Hotel Reservations

Reservations for this hotel will be open on Monday, June 12, 2016

No reservations will be accepted before June 12, 2017

No reservations will be accepted after August 2, 2017

Room Rate will be $91.00 per night plus city, state and occupancy tax.

Parking Information

Convenient, covered and secured automobile self-parking is located at the Dominion Tower Parking Garage, adjacent to the hotel. Parking is subject to availability. The hotel will provide parking vouchers for all guests with the Loyal Order of the Moose Convention at check-in for discounted self parking of $5.00. Overnight valet parking is available upon request at a current charge of $22.00.

Men's Pre-Registration for the Conference

Please print and complete the Registration Form and return it to:

  • VMA Office
  • P.O. Box 4433
  • Lynchburg, VA 24502

No Hotel Registrations will be coordinated by the VMA office.

We look forward to your participation and to seeing you there.

If we can be of any assistance, don't hesitate to contact us at the VMA office at (434) 237-3006. If you have any problems with the hotel, feel free to contact Ron Watkin at 703-328-0680.

Loyal Order of Moose Agenda Information:

Women's Headquarters

Women's Headquarters

Norfolk Waterside Marriott
235 East Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
1-757-627-4200

NOTE 7/24/2017:  Reservations for the Marriott hotel have now closed.

NOTE: The reservations link will be come active on June 12, 2017. Click here to make your Marriott reservation at the special VMA rate. -OR- Call the hotel directly to make reservations and obtain a confirmation number. When calling the hotel, please be sure to mention the "Virginia Moose Association".  Please see the IMPORTANT BOOKING INFORMATION at the bottom of this article.

Hotel Reservations

No reservations will be accepted before June 12, 2017

No reservations will be accepted after August 2, 2017

The room-rate for Moose members will be $89.00 per night plus city, state and occupancy tax.

Parking Information

On-site parking fees: $1 hourly or $14 daily. Valet parking fee is $26 a day.

Off-site parking fees: $1 hourly or $14 daily. All parking owned and operated by the City of Norfolk.

No Hotel Registrations will be coordinated by the VMA office.

Women's Pre-Registration for the Conference

We look forward to your participation and to seeing you there.

If we can be of any assistance, don't hesitate to contact us at the VMA office at (434) 237-3006. If you have any problems with the hotel, feel free to contact Ron Watkin at 703-328-0680.

Women of the Moose Agenda Information:

IMPORTANT BOOKING INFORMATION: For each Virginia Moose Association convention and mid-year conference, the Association works with contracting hotels to book blocks of rooms based on prior usage. If you as a member are using online methods or a phone to make reservations and are quoted a higher rate and you accept the higher rate, you are responsible for payment to the hotel. Rates change; it is not responsibility of the Virginia Moose Association to correct these issues. Please use due diligence in booking a room. The posted rates are for a limited time. Please book early to get the best deals!

The annual Moose International Convention is an opportunity to gain knowledge, inspiration, know-how, and new ideas. For these reasons, every Lodge is required to send its Governor and Administrator, who are the Lodge's official representatives. However, any active Lodge member selected by the Lodge may serve as an alternate representative in the event the Governor or Administrator is unable to attend.

The procedure to have an alternate is as follows: when an alternate has been voted on in a general membership meeting, he shall bring with him a statement on lodge letterhead to present at the registration desk at convention. The letter shall state that John Jones, MID #________ was selected at a general membership meeting on (Date) 00/00/0000 to be the alternate for the Administrator or Governor at the Moose International Convention.

This letter is to be signed by both the Governor and Administrator, with the lodge seal applied (if available).

With the Mid-Year Conference, well on its way, the Virginia Moose Association welcomes and announces Moose International's Kim Thompson and the Women of the Moose Guest Speaker as this year's annual VMA Convention official visitors. With all the transformational information coming out about the Moose fraternity, we look forward to hearing about all the great things the Moose has planned for the coming years.  We will be updating this article as updates become available.

If you are looking for hotel room or pre-registration forms information, please visit our website at Virginia Moose Association, Moose Conventions for everything you need to help in planning to attend the conference. If you find something is missing, please contact the Virginia Moose offices as soon as possible for help in finding the information you need. As always, we look forward to seeing everyone for what is turning out to be a great and fun time!

Kim Thompson
Home Unit: Batavia, IL #722
Assistant Director of Membership for Moose International, Inc.

WOTM Guest Speaker
To be determined

If we can be of any assistance, don't hesitate to contact us at the VMA office at (434) 237-3006. If you have any problems with the hotel, feel free to contact Ron Watkin at 703-328-0680.

IMPORTANT BOOKING INFORMATION: For each Virginia Moose Association convention and mid-year conference, the Association works with contracting hotels to book blocks of rooms based on prior usage. If you as a member are using online methods or a phone to make reservations and are quoted a higher rate and you accept the higher rate, you are responsible for payment to the hotel. Rates change; it is not responsibility of the Virginia Moose Association to correct these issues. Please use due diligence in booking a room. The posted rates are for a limited time. Please book early to get the best deals!

Virginia Moose Association
80th ANNUAL STATE CONVENTION
August 24th - 26th, 2017

Men's Headquarters
Sheraton Norfolk Waterside
777 Waterside Way
Norfolk, VA  23510
1-757-622-6664

Women's Headquarters
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
235 East Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
1-757-627-4200
1-800-228-9290

NOTE:    This initial posting is to inform members of the dates and location of the upcoming 80th Annual VMA State Convention.  The posting, ' Does Not Imply ', that Reservations are currently being accepted.  NEITHER PROPERTY IS ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS !! at this time.

We look forward to your participation and to seeing you there.  If we can be of any assistance, don't hesitate to contact us at the VMA office at (434) 237-3006.  If you have any problems with the hotel, feel free to contact Ron Watkin at 703-328-0680

It is almost that time again.  The Women of the Moose is getting together for another Mid-Year Conference and Academy of Friendship session.  We hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year and now is the time to get back to work.  We are attaching the meeting agenda for the January 19th though the 22nd 2017.

Highlights for this meeting include:

  • Friday 20th:  Opening address by Senior Regent Jeannette Logan
  • Saturday 21st:  Training and Information Workshops and a talk by our official visitor
  • Sunday 22nd:  The Academy of Friendship Conferral Ceremony and more

This mid-year conference is always a lot of fun.  We hope to see you all for a weekend of fraternal fun!

We know you have all been clamoring to get your hands on this.  The Virginia Moose has just released the Mid-Year Conference’s Agenda for January 19 through 21, 2017.  There is lots going on during this convention.  Things not to miss include:

  • Thursday, January 19:  Lodge Leadership / House Committee training starting at 8:30 am.
  • Friday, January 20:  The Welcome and Opening to the LOOM session with Artie Ransom
  • Saturday, January 21:  Different Workshops with speakers like Calvin Green, Kurt Wiebe, Neil Blankenship, and others.  And, Artie’s Quiz of Useless Information too!
  • Sunday, January 22:  Exit Meeting Breakfast

If you have not signed up for the Convention there is still time, even if you come and sign up during the convention.  Early sign-up preferred, but not necessary!  We hope to see you all for a great time!