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.
Even though today’s my birthday and a holiday ( Memorial Day), membership production and membership retention should not be taking any time away from the road toward reaching our goals.
Attached above is our self-explanatory chart of member production thus far during our newly started 2019-2020 fiscal year. And, as you can see, some of our California and Nevada Moose Legion jurisdictions have taken up challenge. And some have yet to get involved in producing new and former Moose Legionnaires. Please don’t allow the time to pass whereby it’s a mad rush toward becoming a “quota buster” fraternal unit and a recipient of the Moose Legion Director’s Key Club.
Speaking of the Key Club, I told you last week that I expected The Mighty #190 to earn this honor in the very near future. However, I was very pleasantly surprised to learn that in addition to this achievement, they were the very 1st Moose Legion jurisdiction throughout our Fraternity to be so recognized. Our hardiest congratulations to the combined efforts of all the Directors of The Mighty #190 Moose Legion on this terrific accomplishment.
Remember that being a “quota buster” Moose Legion jurisdiction and becoming a Director’s Key Cub recipient creates points in our 2019-2020 Moose Legion Award of Excellence program. Not only will you receive points toward a financial discount, you get the bragging rights of a top notched fraternal unit while leading by example.
As always, please remember to include me, Area Manager Chuck Barber, and the International Moose Legion Ambassador that services your fraternal unit in your communications and notices. We’re only a phone call or an e-mail away. We each want to be in a position to assist you and share in your successes.
Thanks for all that you do,
Moose Legion Membership Production 2019-2020
Ted Nelson July 13 1pm 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