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.
After a whirlwind experience of attending the New Orleans International Moose Convention and our very extended personal vacation in Florida that included 3 days at Moosehaven, barely returning in time to attend the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Southern California Moose Legion #006 to include the annual “Mr. B Day” program (honoring Donna’s dad), and the next day an early morning flight to Sacramento to attend the Pilgrim Presentation of my friend and International Moose Legion Ambassador Rick Dandridge, I’m just about caught-up with all the e-mails, snail mail (US postage - bills & stuff)t, and everything else unattended to for about 4 weeks.
Attached above is the most current membership production available for our California and Nevada Moose Legion jurisdictions. I’m hopeful that there have been more new and former Moose Legionnaires submitted since this past Sunday, the 29th of July. We’ll find out on the report available next Monday. Please look to see that you have accomplished at least 25% of you membership production goal as we’ve now spent the 1st quarter of our 2018-2019 fiscal year. Remember that signing-up new and former members while achieving your membership quota will help to offset the losses during the even while working you retention program.
Also attached above is the cumulative 12-month chart showing our financial maintenance with Moose International. Great job! This is one of the lowest aggregate amounts owed Moose International that I can recall for a long, long time. It’s good business to be on top of your obligations and timely in making proper payment .Thank you.
Now for the import stuff. Congratulations to our friend and colleague, Chuck Barber. Brother Chuck has been singularly honored having been installed at International Convention to the position of International Moose Legion Councilman. That’s right, he’s on his way through faithful and diligent service to someday in the near future, serve us all as an International Moose Legion President.
Additionally, Brother Chuck accepted the Moose International position of Moose Legion Area Manager. What this entails is the full responsibility of the Moose Legion jurisdictions in the northern area of our California Nevada Moose Association plus the 2 International Moose Legion Ambassadors to assist him and those Moose Legion jurisdictions.
What this means for us all is that we have our Moose Legion service team extend to 6 knowledgeable, ready , willing and able members in a joint and united force to service our 17 Moose Legion jurisdictions
So, with the additions of Pilgrim Ben Pendleton and Pilgrim John Carlson as newly elevated International Moose legion Ambassadors, below is the so-called management team for our Moose Legion jurisdictions:
INTERNATIONAL MOOSE LEGION PAST PRESIDENT & MOOSE LEGION AREA MANAGER
Klein, Mark L. 1097 Via Colinas, Westlake Village, CA 01362-5055 cell (805) 630-4676 (Donna) MarkKleinRet@gmail.com
INTERNATION MOOSE LEGION COUNCILMAN & MOOSE LEGION AREA MANAGER
Barber, Chuck 1500 Lakewood Avenue, Apt. 163, Modesto, CA 95355 cell (650) 279-5310 (Patricia) email@example.com
INTERNATIONAL MOOSE LEGION AMBASSADOR
Carlson, John 2617 Stonehaven Drive, Sacrament, CA 95827 cell (916) 362-7086 (Nattaya) firstname.lastname@example.org Moose Legions 172, 190, 207, & 208
Dandridge, Rick 16554 Alexandra Way, Grass Valley, CA 95949 cell (530) 277-9569 (Ruth) email@example.com Moose Legions 15, 70, 174, & 209
Pendleton, Ben 15213 Allingham Avenue, Norwalk, CA 90650 cell (562) 712-9920 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Moose Legions 49, 168, 175, &176
Stukes, Bill 903 Calle Collado, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 cell (805) 405-2186 (Sherry) firstname.lastname@example.org Moose Legions 6, 163,167,205, & 214
Remember that we are in our positions to serve you, the Moose Legion members and jurisdictions. Ours is a labor of love for which our only payment is in the satisfaction and shared pride of your advancement and success. Please allow us to assist you and your Moose Legion jurisdictions.
Thanks for all that you do,
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