Larry Salem
Committee Chairperson
Larry Salem


Membership Application Cover

Orientation Committee

Terry Gough, Rancho Cordova Chapter 1941
Keith Robinson, Garden Grove Lodge 620,
Debbie Bodzsar, Carson City Chapter 2453,


Recruiting a new member is awesome, but to retain them they need to be informed about our Moose Fraternity and that is where an orientation of our new members come in. It dramatically helps your retention and participation in your events!

Help our new members... Many of us forget that new members really know very little about how the Fraternity, or for that matter, how an individual lodge operates. People want to believe that they joined an organization with a higher purpose, as well as one that celebrates life through activities and friendships at the local level. Use the materials below to supplement the information you will be providing at the local level. Make sure you discuss those areas that are most important for the new member, stay on-point, and make your presentation as interactive as possible.

Your Lodge must hold an Orientation/Lodge enrollment a minimum of every two months during the year to be eligable for the Premier Lodge Award.

New Member Orientation

 Orientation is the beginning of what we hope will be a fun and long lasting adventure in our Moose Lodge. This is the best time to tell our new members what we are all about, and a brief history of our Fraternity, which can be traced back to 1888 where our founder was Dr. Henry Wilson, who successfully established the first Moose Lodge in Louisville, Kentucky. The Moose Lodge was to serve a modest goal of offering men an opportunity to gather socially, to care for one another’s needs and celebrate life together. Look how far our Fraternity has come in 133 years.

  • Welcome all our new members and introduce the Orientation staff.
  • Orientation should be informative, but keep your program relaxed where your members can freely ask questions throughout your program.
  • Your Orientation program may get more new members to attend if you include an incentive, such as a free meal before, after or during your program. You might consider the same incentive for the new member’s sponsor.
  • Your program should begin by telling your new members about how we became The Moose beginning on May 1, 2021. Where men and women belong to the Moose Lodge and everyone can attend the General Membership Meetings and where all have a chance to be elected as a member of the Board of Officers. Both men and women have a voice in the direction their Lodge is going. In the past, the meetings could only be attended by the men members. We feel we are “Stronger Together” as we move forward.
  • Discuss the Board of Officers and their positions.
  • When the General Membership meets
  • The requirements to be elected to the Board of Officers

Men must be a member of the Moose Legion or become a member within 60 days following installation to be eligible to run for an office.Men can sign up to be a member of the Moose Legion as soon as they receive a Moose Identification number. You must be a male person and the dues are $20.00 per year in addition to the Lodge dues. Each member must attend a Moose Legion conferral in order to be considered a member of the Moose Legion.Women must belong to a Women of the Moose Chapter or become a member of a chapter within 60 days following installation to be eligible to run for an office.Chapter members must be a female person and the dues are $15.00 per year in addition to the Lodge dues.Explain the Higher degrees available to male members and the Higher Degrees available to female members.

       The mission of The Moose.  We strive for excellence in four areas:

    • Provide a family environment and education for children in need in residence at Mooseheart
    • Provide for the needs of senior members at Moosehaven
    • Provide a fraternal program and community service within our Lodge system known as The Moose
    • Promote Membership Growth

        In the early 1900s the life expectancy was much lower than today. When the man of the house died in his forties or early fifties, it left his spouse and children without a money source which caused many families to become destitute.

 James J. Davis had the vision to take care of the spouse and children who were in such peril. His vision was to create a place where The Moose would build houses and take care of these children. In 1913, James J. Davis’ vision became a reality and Mooseheart was born. Known as the Child City, Mooseheart is located 38 miles west of Chicago, Illinois and is a 1000-acre gated community and a home for children and teens, from infancy through high school. Mooseheart cares for youth whose families are unable, for a wide variety of reasons, to care for them. Some have lost one or both parents; others are living in environments that are simply not conducive to healthy growth and development. Whatever the reason, the men and women of the Moose, through unparalleled generosity and volunteerism, furnish the resources necessary to care for children in need. The children live in one of thirty residences designed like a spacious single-family residence. Each is home for six to ten children. The heart of the program is Family Teachers – providing a consistent, systematic method of care, with emphasis on social-skills development – skills essential for success in later life.

 The school system is much the same as what we are used to. Beginning at age 3, children begin their education in Nursery School. The elementary school serves students in kindergarten through fifth grade,  Middle School is for students in grades six through eight; Mooseheart High School for grades nine through twelve. There are usually fewer than 15 students per class. Mooseheart teaches vocational skills in addition to academic skills.

 During the summer months, students often visit with relatives, but when on campus there are many opportunities to attend camp at Mooseheart’s Camp Ross, a 150 acre “wooded paradise” located 70 miles northwest of the main campus. Camp Ross was developed and is maintained by the Moose Legion.  Mooseheart is an amazing place and it’s all possible because of you, the members of our Fraternity.

 For our seniors, a 72 acre community, called Moosehaven, the City of Contentment, is located in Orange Park, Florida along the St. John’s River. Moosehaven is just 15 miles south of Jacksonville, and provides the peace of mind for our senior citizens who live in this paradise. To qualify for residency, you must be at least 65 years of age and have been a Moose member for 15 consecutive years. Years ago we promised our seniors that we would take care of them in the sunset of their lives. Moosehaven became a reality in 1923.  When thinking about what we have accomplished for our children and our seniors, it brings a smile to my face each and every time. The residents have a large private pier that extends into the St. John’s River where the residents can walk to the end and enjoy fishing, BBQs and just plain have fun together. What a place to be. Again, this too is an amazing place and it’s all possible because of our members in this great Fraternity. Isn’t it great to part of the Moose Legacy?

  • The 9:00 Ceremony
  • Explain what the ceremony is and when it is done. You don’t want your new members to be caught off guard. The more they know, the better they are prepared for the Moose ways. Explain how we fold our arms (right arm over left) and bow our heads. You can pick out the members that have not attended an Orientation program by how they fold their arms and bow their heads.
  • Explain why we face toward the East
  • Walk them through the ceremony including the use of your chimes.
  • Explain why we collect an endowment fund and where it goes.
  • Discuss your Moose Membership:
  • You are either a Member or you are a guest.
  • Spouses of members are qualified guests and can enter the lodge home with their spouse an unlimited number of times, however they must sign in each time and can’t purchase anything. Only the member can make purchases.
  • Potential members can only be signed in twice as guests and after that they are expected to fill out a membership application to join.
  • Children or youths under 21 can come until they reach 21 years old then they must become a member.
  • Guests can’t purchase drinks in the social quarters or buy merchandise (Shirts, hats, etc.) only members can purchase items.
  • Guests must have a sponsor when coming to the lodge.
  • When the sponsor leaves, the guest must leave at the same time.
  • The sponsor is always responsible for their guests.
  • What is the Social Quarters and why do we call it that?
  • Where adults and children can play Pool, Darts, Shuffleboard and where adults can purchase and drink adult beverages or soft drinks.
  • Only members can purchase drinks. Present your Moose card to the bartender to show you are a member and that your card has not expired. Always be proud to show your membership card.
  • Children are not allowed to sit at the bar, but can sit at the tables in the social quarters with parental control.
  • Profanity is not tolerated in the Moose Home. Overly loud behavior is frowned upon.
  • A dress code is established by each lodge and must be adhered to.
  • The Social Quarters is a place to come and relax, have a few drinks with your friends. We want your visit to be a positive one.

Discuss things that pertain to your Lodge.

Discuss Volunteering within your Lodge.

Discuss the things that your Lodge does for your community.

Answer questions that your new members have concerning your Lodge.

Thank your new members for coming and being a part of the Moose Fraternity!



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