We’re really proud of our awards. The Premiere Lodge Award is not easily attained. There are lots of requirements to achieve to attain this prestigious award. An award like this is a tribute to our amazing Lodge teams and their dedication to making sure every member has a great time at each lodge. Best of all, these awards prove that we have the best Lodges in this fraternity. So, please congratulate the following lodges for their hard work this last year!
|Suffolk VA Lodge 141|
|Tazewell County VA Lodge 198|
|Wytheville VA Lodge 394|
|Strasburg VA Lodge 403|
|South Norfolk VA Lodge 464|
|Woodstock VA Lodge 575|
|Woodbridge VA Lodge 583|
|Covington VA Lodge 610|
|Manchester Richmond VA Lodge 699|
|Williamsburg VA Lodge 757|
|Front Royal VA Lodge 829|
|Portsmouth VA Lodge 898|
|Callao VA Lodge 917|
|Appomattox VA Lodge 975|
|Rocky Mount VA Lodge 1053|
|Franconia VA Lodge 1076|
|Vinton VA Lodge 1121|
|Winchester VA Lodge 1283|
|Waynesboro VA Lodge 1309|
|Arlington VA Lodge 1315|
|Pearisburg VA Lodge 1338|
|Hopewell VA Lodge 1472|
|Staunton VA Lodge 1635|
|Fredericksburg VA Lodge 1655|
|Lynchburg South VA Lodge 1727|
|Bedford VA Lodge 1897|
|Sandston VA Lodge 1937|
|Richmond - East VA Lodge 1947|
|Chesterfield VA Lodge 1980|
|Dinwiddie VA Lodge 1993|
|Ashland VA Lodge 2099|
|Tappahannock - Warsaw VA Lodge 2133|
|Berryville VA Lodge 2139|
|Dale City VA Lodge 2165|
|Verona VA Lodge 2172|
|Buchanan VA Lodge 2182|
|Floyd VA Lodge 2300|
|Timberville VA Lodge 2335|
|Smith Mountain Lake VA Lodge 2346|
|Lancaster County VA Lodge 2527|
|Salem VA Lodge 2573|
A lodge Governor is always a contentious position. You are the leader of an important Lodge. Your words can make or break your Lodge. Your job is to make the best fiduciary decisions for those you watch over. The Virginia Moose Association wants to thank you for volunteering your time and effort in this endeavor we call the Moose. This honor could not be bestowed unless your Lodge worked really hard this prior year. Your lodge achieved the Premier Lodge award with many trying times because of your hard work. We call on all Virginia Moose members to give a warm thank you to our latest award-winning Lodge Governors for 2016-2017. Your continued volunteering makes our lodges and fraternity great!
|Gregory V. Cady||Arlington VA Lodge 1315|
|Kenneth D. Richmond||Ashland VA Lodge 2099|
|Ronnie Dodge||Berryville VA Lodge 2139|
|Gerald Balderson||Callao VA Lodge 917|
|Wakefield H. Foster||Chesterfield VA Lodge 1980|
|Bill Baker||Dale City VA Lodge 2165|
|Earl F. Burgess Sr.||Dinwiddie VA Lodge 1993|
|Joe Poole||Franconia VA Lodge 1076|
|Larry Manilous Mastin||Fredericksburg VA Lodge 1655|
|Raymond S. Jenkins III||Front Royal VA Lodge 829|
|Glenn A. Sydnor||Lancaster County VA Lodge 2527|
|Michael J. Stone||Manchester Richmond VA Lodge 699|
|William F. Foley||Portsmouth VA Lodge 898|
|Richard L. Harshman||Richmond - East VA Lodge 1947|
|Donald L. Riddle Jr.||Rocky Mount VA Lodge 1053|
|Robert Bateman||Sandston VA Lodge 1937|
|Gregory A. Orndorff||Strasburg VA Lodge 403|
|W. Carroll Hobbs||Suffolk VA Lodge 141|
|Alan Davenport||Verona VA Lodge 2172|
|Jeff Rohrbaugh||Waynesboro VA Lodge 1309|
|Alan Miller||Williamsburg VA Lodge 757|
|George R. Caylor||Winchester VA Lodge 1283|
Lodge Administrators have a hard job. They try to keep members happy while still being the one that pays the bills, orders supplies, sets employee schedules, takes minuets during meetings and more. The Virginia Moose Association wants to congratulate all the Lodge Administrators that won recognition in this year’s Moose International Lodge Administrator awards. The honor of this award goes beyond just the Lodge Administrator. It is predicated on the award of the Premier Lodge award with its own hurdles. So, without further stalling, please give a warm thank you to our latest award-winning Lodge Administrators for 2016 – 2017. And, thanks for all you do every day for our lodges!
|Edward Rest||Callao VA Lodge 917|
|Ronnie L. Bennett||Chesterfield VA Lodge 1980|
|Leslie Lawson||Covington VA Lodge 610|
|Robert A. Agnew Sr.||Dale City VA Lodge 2165|
|Joe Vancil||Dinwiddie VA Lodge 1993|
|Benjamin F. Kern||Franconia VA Lodge 1076|
|Robert P. Guest||Fredericksburg VA Lodge 1655|
|Charles B. Auterback||Front Royal VA Lodge 829|
|Artie M. Ransone||Lancaster County VA Lodge 2527|
|Robert E. Lee Jr.||Manchester Richmond VA Lodge 699|
|Robert L. Knight||Portsmouth VA Lodge 898|
|Robert L. Blankenship||Richmond - East VA Lodge 1947|
|Jerry E. Gwaltney||Sandston VA Lodge 1937|
|Phillip Georganzis||Staunton VA Lodge 1635|
|Jesse E. Byrum||Suffolk VA Lodge 141|
|Keith K. Carpenter||Tappahannock - Warsaw VA Lodge 2133|
|Gary W. Carnahan||Timberville VA Lodge 2335|
|Guy W. Landrum III||Verona VA Lodge 2172|
|Ernest G. Rea||Waynesboro VA Lodge 1309|
|Joe Roney||Williamsburg VA Lodge 757|
|Lawrence E. Sullivan||Winchester VA Lodge 1283|
|Kenneth R. Head||Woodbridge VA Lodge 583|
|Daniel D. Biertzer||Wytheville VA Lodge 394|
Hello. My name is Tim Gowdey, and I am the new Chairman of the Ritual Judging Committee. I am honoured and humbled by this appointment. When I think of the many excellent ritualists and dedicated fraternalists who have held this position in the past, I know I have some mighty big shoes to fill. But I also know that I will have a lot of help from my fellow International Ritual Judges, and I hope, from you, the "Fraternity within the Fraternity"—the Ritualists.
How can you help us?
In the weeks and months leading up to the 2018 International Convention in New Orleans next July, and the Moose Legion Conference in October of 2018, it is up to all of us to prove to the rest of the Order that;
We all know the benefits of having a healthy and vital ritual program. It is up to us to encourage all Ritualists, the former ones, the current ones, the new ones, and especially the potential ones, that their time and efforts are appreciated and will not be wasted.
I am going to thank you in advance, because I know that Moose Ritualists are some of the most ardent fraternalists we have. Take a look at the leaders at every level of the Loyal Order of Moose. From your local Lodge, through the district, the Association, the Moose Legion and all the way to the Supreme Council, you’ll find Ritualists. They might not be on a team right now, but with a little coaxing, who knows?
I do know that you, my Brothers, believe too strongly in our program to let it wither and die on the vine.
Ps: As we are gaining new Ritualists and getting new staffs ready to compete, we will need new members of the International Ritual Judging Committee. If you are interested in a place on the committee, please contact Bob Neff. Remember, you will have to attend a school and qualify, and we will be setting up that school at a time and location to be determined in the near future, depending on interest and other logistical considerations. Once more PLEASE, push the ritual program, both Lodge and Moose Legion, and thank you.
Many aviators have been at 2000 ft. AGL (above ground level) taking a peek at the ground watching the vehicles that look like matchbox cars go about their daily routine. Sometimes it is a good thing to stand back and look at what we have been doing. We need to analyze if our promotions and programs to see if they have brought about their intended outcomes.
Our International Moose Legion membership numbers were off by just 204 at Convention from April 30th which is not terrible, but still in the wrong direction from our intended growth in active membership. Even with the slight decrease in active members our donations to the Endowment Fund were up from previous years. This means our members are more determined to help build the Fund and get the job done. Our guys always step up to the plate and we are all proud of what we do.
Co Pilot Tommy is going on his first flight and is looking for the members of the Moose Legion to help by getting behind the President’s Project to fund the Camp Ross bunkhouse siding project. The bunkhouse also needs windows and doors and as any contractor knows, doors and windows need to be installed immediately after the old siding comes off and before the new siding goes on.
The siding project has a price tag of about $30,000. The windows and doors add another $15,000. Hopefully the other incidental damage from the water damage over the years doesn’t get too devastating. As is often said “A burden heave to one is borne lightly by many”. With 54,000+/- members it is less than $1 each to get this project finished and the rest of our Camp shining again.
I would like to invite all Moose, Women of the Moose and Moose Legion members to visit our camp and see what you have been doing over the past few years. Without your support many of the buildings would be in very sad condition.
It had been 25 years since the last major renovation and only critical repair had been done. Now the original section of the camp is a very nice relaxing environment for kids, staff and members. The new playground is assembled and the kids love it. It is a great addition to the overall feel of the facility. Thanks to the Moose Legionnaires in CA and FL for this great bonding tool.
We are looking at a brave new year with some of the same hurdles and some new ones. But we shall go “Above and Beyond” our expectations always looking out in front, around to the sides and where we‘ve been to see what we have to overcome to make our Fraternity the best it can be.
International Moose Legion President, Mike Hauf
District 9 has just updated us with its next meeting will be on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the Caroline County Moose Lodge #2610. We invite all members of the district to come see what District 9 does for our lodges. The officers meeting starts at 11:30 am with the General Membership meeting starting at Noon.
We look forward to seeing everyone for a productive meeting.
District 8 announces that its next meeting will be on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at the Hopewell Moose Lodge. We invite all members of the district to attend. The officers meeting starts at noon with the General Membership meeting starting at 1:00 pm.
We look forward to seeing everyone for a productive meeting.