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.
Gentlemen, Attached above is our membership production as reported and documented by Moose International through yesterday, the 3rd of June. This is therefore, our memberships production for the very 1st month of our new 2018-2019 fiscal year. As we all start to get on this new years never ending bandwagon of membership production, let’s keep in mind a few related items.
First, the opposite side of the seeking out of new and former members to join with us in the Moose Legion (our Degree of Service & Leadership), always be concerned with the retention of these individuals by insuring that we are providing that which we offered them initially. We must have fun and fellowship while providing for Mooseheart and Moosehaven not only for them, but for ourselves as well.
While we’re accomplishing the strengthening of the membership in our fraternal units, keep your eye on the annual membership production quota as listed on the document attachment above. You’ll also notice a column on this document that shows a last application date. We must stay actively involved on a regular basis in producing those new and former members while cutting our arrearages of those in a nonpayment of dues status.
Another items of concern and prestige is the accomplishment for the Board of Directors for each Moose Legion jurisdiction to attain the distinction of being a Moose Legion Key Club recipient. You all know what it takes. And we, had 11 of our 17 Moose Legion jurisdictions in California and Nevada accomplish this significance during our immediate past fiscal year. Let’s see if we can’t set and achieve this goal as quickly as possible; especially before the end of the 2018 calendar year?
Having just retrned from a trip to Mooseheart, I have some great news. We now have an additional 8 new members of the Pilgrim Degree of Merit effective upon their conferral in the House of God on the Mooseheart campus this past Saturday, the 22n of June. It was truly a glorious day! These fraternal brothers so recently elevated (in last name alphabetical order) are as follows:
Buster Benner, Mint Canyon #2173
Rick Dandridge, Grass Valley $#2217
Ruffner Gunn, Delta #1846
Peter Katzmark, Oceanside #1325
Larry Lambert, Atascadero #2067
Richard Marshall, Vallejo #468
Jim Smith, Stockdale #2178
Chip Wilbur, Placerville #1979
Im sure that we’ll soon be hearing of the dates and locations of the individual Pilgrim Presentations that our new Pilgrim brothers will have hosted by their respective Moose homes.
As a final comment for today, I wish to remind all Moose Legion Directors that you have a responsibility of more than just being an officer of your fraternal unit and working together in harmony for the greater good. You each have a specific chairmanship with its very specifically outlined duties. Action is required. And, your involvement and accomplishments are to be reported regularly at all meetings of you fraternal unit as you individually and collective move your Moose legion jurisdiction forward. Thanks for all that you do, Mark
Buster W Benner Jr # 2173
Rick Dandridge # 2217
Rich Marshai # 468
Jim Smith # 2173
Charles "Chip" Wilbur #1979
Ruffner B Gunn # 1846
Larry Lampert # 2067
Peter Katzmark # 1325
The Moose Legion Council is excited to announce a FUN Moose Legion weekend in Oklahoma City this November! We will have Ritual Competition, honor our Veterans, enjoy some fellowship, sightseeing, and just have fun.
This event promises to be a relaxing fun event for Moose Legionnaires and their ladies with minimal meeting structure buts lots of neat stuff to do. Come and have fun with us in OKC in November 2018.
7/28/18--Charles Wilbur Placerville Lodge1979
7/29/18--Rick Dandridge Grass Valley Lodge 2217
8/4/18--Jim Smith Stockdale Lodge 2178
8/11/18--Peter Katzmark Oceanside Lodge 1325
9/1/18--Buster Benner Mint Canyon Lodge 2173
9/8/18--Larry Lampert Atascadero Lodge 2067
9/29/18--Ruffner Gunn Delta Lodge 1846
9/30/18--Rich Marshall Vallejo Lodge 468