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.
Directors, as a group and individual,) are contributing thus far during this fiscal year with well over half of our Moose Legion membership production. In as much as we've recently complete 25% (May, June, and July) of our 2019-2020 fiscal year, let's credit those of our fraternal units that are going above and beyond in membership production. As of Sunday night, the following Moose Legion jurisdictions in our California and Nevada grouping are well above the 25% mark of their 2019-2020 membership production quota. They are:
7th place) @ 33.33%, Channel Islands #175
6th place) @ 34.41%, The Mighty #190
5th place) @ 34.78%, Central California #176
4th place) @ 40.00%, Desert #205
3rd place) @ 40.63%, Yucca #167
2nd place) @ 43.48%, Alacosta #70 and
1st place) @ 65.52% West Coast Central #214
Congratulation to all Moose Legion Directors within California and Nevada who are contributing to the membership strength of their fraternal unit (see attachment #2 above) by promoting new and former Moose Legionnaires. At the present time we have only 1 Moose Legion jurisdiction in our grouping that has qualified for the Moose Legion Director's Key Club. Congratulations again to The Mighty #190 Moose Legion jurisdiction for continuing to earn their Moose legion Director's Key Club, year-in and year-out.
It's interesting to note that the Mighty #190 (as of 05/22/19) is no longer the singular Key Club fraternal unit in Moose Legion International. They were joined during the month of July by Manatee, FL #58 (on 07/15/19) and Fort Dearborn, IL #33 (on 07/17/19). I'm just curious to see the competition of who's next and thereafter in California and Nevada, knowing that we each have an equal opportunity at making this happen. It just takes a proper mind-set by the Board of Directors to accomplish this goal coupled with a bit of effort. Who's next?
Just to let you know, I'll be without computer and phone availability for probably a week to 10 days staring this Wednesday, the 8th of August, very early in the morning. If there is anything pressing during my absence, please be sure to contact Area Manager Chuck Barber at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his cell phone at (650) 279-5310. I promise that you'll hear from me soon enough.
In the meantime, please continue to sign-up new and former members (Moose lodge & Moose Legion), work on retaining all of those members currently on our rolls (Moose lodge & Moose Legion), and support Moose Charities individually and through your fraternal units as you can. And please practice that 10-word ditty of 2 letters each, "if it is to be, it is up to me". Thanks for all that you do,
Moose Legion Membership Production 2019-2020
Ted Nelson July 13 4 pm Mckinleyville 208
Bill Thompson July 20 5pm Yuba City 1204
Jess Ramirez Aug. 3 5pm Rancho Cordova 2357
Doug Phillips Aug. 4 1pm Lodi 634
Chris Ante Aug. 18 1pm San Jose 401
Chuck Barber Aug. 17 5pm Sunnyvale 2049
Dave Emig Aug. 10 5pm Big Bear 2085
John Hughes Aug. 17 5pm Stockdale 2178
Marcell Podany Aug. 24 5pm Bellflower 796
Paul Blaisdell Aug. 25 1pm Torrance 785
Walter Henry Aug. 31 5pm Red Rock 252