The Moose Legion Degree of Service and Leadership
All Moose Legionnaires feel an increased level of pride in membership. Opportunities to serve as leaders in the Moose fraternity and to provide additional support for the Order’s philanthropic causes in relation to Mooseheart and Moosehaven are recognized through additional fraternal involvement in this degree.
Each Moose Lodge is required, as per the General Laws of the Order, to organize a Moose Legion Committee. These groups hold various functions for the social enjoyment of their local members. And, by doing so, not only do the members enjoy their membership even more, but additional support is generated for the local Moose Lodge and the Fraternity in general.
Additionally, an area of lodge’s band together and unify efforts to form Moose Legion jurisdictions (such as a District within a Moose Association). These jurisdictions then host additional functions for Moose Legionnaires and their families as directed by the Boards of Directors and approved by the membership. We raise significant funds for support of Mooseheart and Moosehaven as well as general support of the State and Provincial Moose Associations and indeed the Fraternity itself.
The official regalia of a Moose Legionnaire is the maroon blazer featuring the official Moose Legion logo, with coordinating necktie, white shirt, black trousers and accessories. This official regalia may be worn at any function of the Order to show your pride in membership.
The Moose Legion is known as the “Degree of Service and Leadership” because of the many programs we support and the great leadership that we produce. We even have our own month of the year. January is always Moose Legion Honor Month. This is a great opportunity each year for every Moose lodge and our Fraternity can take time to honor the service and leadership as continually provided by the Moose Legion.
The Moose Legion may possibly be even better known as the “Fun Degree”. Our members definitely do like to enjoy themselves! Our mission is “To have fun while providing greater service to the Moose fraternity.” And, our motto is “To do some good thing for someone each day”. Now, you can understand why we are Proud Moose Legionnaires!
Membership is generally comprised of those who take an active role in building membership, serve on committees and volunteer their time and talents in service to Moose programs. Those who serve as Chairmen of various committees and as officers in the lodge, Moose Legion, district and associations are most often recognized and recommended for advancement.
November is Fellowship Honor month across the fraternity. The members of this degree are recognized for their services over the years through activities and programs. They also meet to discuss the possibility of recommending other Moose Legion members to be considered for the Fellowship Degree.
Recommendations are confidential until such time as the recommended Moose Legionnaire is selected and called by the Pilgrim Council to be conferred with the Degree of Honor. The opportunity to serve on the Lodge Fellowship Committee is one of the privileges of being a Fellow. This select group may meet as often as they like to socialize, raise funds for special projects or conduct other business beneficial to the Degree or to the Lodge.
The official regalia of a Fellow include a French-blue blazer featuring the Fellowship logo, coordinated necktie, white shirt, black trousers and black footwear. The regalia may be worn at any function of the Order and is symbolic of the character and strength that these men have provided to the Moose fraternal structure.
A Fellow is someone who has been a leader and is now often an all-important mentor to newer members helping to guide them along a fraternal leadership path towards enhancing our existing programs. They continue to serve in various ways to keep their fraternal units strong, often through positive efforts in membership recruitment and retention.
Pilgrim Degree of Merit
It is a great honor to be recognized as a Pilgrim of the Order. Only lodge members who have served their lodge, advanced to the Moose legion, and volunteered further are considered for this degree. Generally it is attained only by devoted members who have given many years of service to and for our program. They have volunteered to cook, clean, serve as an officer, mentored others, and been fraternal leaders along the way.
Like the Fellows, the Pilgrims are encouraged to meet and continue to perform good acts to assist our program at all levels of the fraternity. That includes helping to encourage and select good lodge officers, supporting programs of the districts and associations, and rendering what support they are able for our philanthropic cause of serving childhood and old aged.
The official regalia of a Pilgrim include a gold blazer featuring the Pilgrim logo, with coordinated necktie, white shirt, black trousers, and black footwear. It distinguishes them as men of meritorious service to the Order. The degree remains with them for life, as long as both their Lodge and Moose Legion memberships remain in active status.
I’m certain that all who attended the International Moose Convention in Tampa, Florida would it agree that it was an enjoyable time in spite of the heat, humidity and some occasional rain. There was a lot of information disseminated and a showing of some enhancements to our fraternal program. There has also been a bit of an upgrade within our Moose Legion program. Our Fraternal Service Award has had an overhaul to allow more for what is accomplished in many areas rather than be gigged for falling short in just a very few categories. More on this later.
Also, in regard to the Tampa International Convention, we all owe a debt of gratitude to The Mighty #190 and Hesperian #174 Moose Legions for representing all Moose Legionnaires from our 17 California and Nevada Moose Legion jurisdictions in the annual ritual competition. Even though they may not have scored as high as they’d have liked to, they were at least out there competing for us. Way to go guys! We’ll do better in Oklahoma City in November 2018.
Special recognition goes out to 4 of our Moose Legion jurisdictions (only a total of 15 throughout the entire Fraternity) who certainly distinguished themselves by earning this most prestigious Moose Legion Fraternal Service Award for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
#015 Golden Spot – a 5 time winner
#175 Channel Islands – a 7 time winner
#190 The Mighty – a 6 time winner
#214 West Coast Central – a 6 time winner
Effective the 1st of May of this year, this program has had a major overhaul along with a name change to now be known as the Moose Legion Award of Excellence. It appears to be a more rewarding agenda praising achievements and allowing for a greater amount of recognition for more of our Moose Legion jurisdictions throughout our fraternal program.
I’d also like to recognize The Mighty #190 for being our 1st Moose Legion jurisdiction in California and Nevada (as well as one of the first in our Fraternity) to attain 2017-2018 Director’s Key Club status. They’re off to a great start having signed-up 19 of their quota of 89 for this fiscal year by the 10th of July. And not to be outdone, one of our smaller Moose Legion jurisdictions, Central California #176 has already signed-up 17 of their quota of 22. That's a 77.72 percentage of their quotas also attained by the 10th of July.
Attached above are the membership figures thus far this fiscal year (May 1, 2017 thru the 16th of July) for our 17 California and Nevada Moose Legion jurisdictions. You’ll notice that I’ve made an addition to the Membership Production chart starting this year. In the Director’s Key Club column you’ll can see an asterisk for 9 of our Moose Legion jurisdictions. This represents those of our fraternal units that gained Director’s Key Club status in the previous fiscal year. Just a little more recognition for those that are leading in membership production by example. In many cases, earning the Director's Key Club garners almost full completion to 50% or more for your 1st membership quota in your Moose Legion jurisdiction. Of course you realize that there’ll be more to come regarding the Moose Legion Director’s Key Club and its benefits to all.
Here’s a shout-out to Golden Spot Moose Legion #15. Congratulation on earning the top spot for Endowment Fund donations during this past 2016-2017 fiscal year in the “Loyalty Division”. Donations of $6844.15 with a per capita rate of $18.01 is going to be a difficult task to beat this year except for the fact that Golden Spot is already geared-up top do better. I also want to recognize West Coast Central #214 for their Endowment Fung giving of $2587.3 with a per capita rate of $10.74 to earn 2nd place honors in the Fraternity’s “Charity Division”.
As I catch-up at work, I’ll try to get another mailing out later this week as to some of the changes and dollar values regarding our past, present, and future donations to Moose Charities.
I’ve attached the Moose International MLEC training schedule above. Please note that of all the remaining MLEC programs available throughout our Fraternity (and probably no others for quite a while), 2 are being offered within our Moose Association; one in the north and one in the south. If you are in need of being MLEC qualified as a Director, please contact the instructor immediately to avoid having your office in the Moose Legion revoked on the 30th of June for non compliance. This would also be a good opportunity for any Assistant Moose Legion Secretary, Moose Lodge Moose Legion Committee Chairman, or any other involved Moose Legionnaire desirous of greater Moose Legion knowledge and the workings of the “Degree of Service and Leadership” to attend such a worthwhile program. Whatever your position, please make contact with the MLEC instructor immediately to reserve a registration in your name.
Thanks for all that you do,
Gary Brown of Simi Valley Moose lodge.
Franklin Brown of Elkhorn Moose lodge.
Raymond Barajas of Manteca Moose lodge
Paul Grano of Anderson .Moose lodge
Perry James of Santa Cruz Moose lodge.
Chris Lubbers of Fresno Moose lodge.
David Maxfield of Apple Valley Moose lodge.
TC Moore of Mira Mesa Moose lodge.
Joseph Lucier of Bellflower Moose lodge.
Richard Russitano of the Pacifica Moose Lodge.
Joseph Zenkus of the Yuba City Moose Lodge
David Smith of the Red Rock Moose lodge.