Pendleton, Ben 2014
Ben Pendleton
Association President


Ben Pendleton Resume

Ben Pendleton joined the Norwalk Moose Lodge 1739 on January 23, 1997.  He signed his first member in April of 1998 and became a member of the 25 Club in April of 2001.  In 2002, he became a Life Member of the Order. 

Ben served his Lodge in several appointed and elected positions, serving at Governor twice.  The first term 1998-99, he received the Governor’s Bronze Gavel Award.  In his second term as Governor 2005-06, the Lodge received the Lodge Merit Award.

On October 11, 1997, Ben was elevated to the Moose Legion Degree of Service and joined Southern California Moose Legion 6.  He served two terms as President and is currently serving as Secretary.  He’s been Moose Legionnaire of the Year for his jurisdiction twice; 2008-09 and 2011-12.  In 2011-12, he was also Moose Legionnaire of the Year for California/Nevada and a Shining Star nominee with Moose International. 

Ben worked his way through the chairs of HUB District 18 and served as President in 2000-01.  He served as District Picnic Chairman for over 10 years, making it his goal to have a better and more profitable year than the previous.

From 2006 to 2009, he served on the California/Nevada Moose Association Youth Awareness Committee.  After serving as President of the Surf and Sand Council of Higher Degrees in 2010, he was asked to serve as Coordinator of the Councils of Higher Degrees for the California/Nevada Moose Association, which he did for two years.

At the International Moose Convention in May of 2012, Ben received the appointment of Deputy Supreme Governor.  In September of 2013, Ben began working his way through the chairs of the California/Nevada Moose Association Executive Board and is currently serving as President.

Ben received the Fellowship Degree of Honor in Palm Springs, California in September 2004 and the Pilgrim Degree of Merit in the House of God at Mooseheart, Illinois in May 2013.

Ben currently works at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California, where he has over 20 years of service.  Not only does he volunteer his time to serve on various committees, but is the advisor for the Student Veterans Club. 

Dear Brothers and Co-Workers,
I would like to thank all of you who attended our Mid-Year Conference.  It was a good conference and much information was given out.  If you didn't make it, be sure you attend your next Lodge/Chapter meeting to get an update.  Brother Bill Thompson, our webmaster, has been doing a great job with our website and we’ll be working with him to get the videos and PowerPoints posted on the CNMA website.  
There were many people who played an important part in making this a successful conference and I wish I could name them all, but you know who you are – Thank you!  A few committees who really shined brightly:  Convention Services, Credentials, Ways and Means, Heart of the Community, Special Projects, Merchandise Sales and the Moose Riders.  A special thanks to two administrators, Brothers James (Lodi) and Carl (Folsom) for their excellent workshops on “Protecting Lodge Assets” and “Utilizing ATM Machines.”  
Since becoming your President, I’ve traveled over 3,000 miles making visitations and meeting many great Fraternalists.  After Mid-Year, I’ll be going to Mooseheart for graduation and then off to Tampa for the International Convention.  Upon my return, I’ll be hitting the road again to see more California/Nevada Lodges. 
The weekend of March 10th, Mark Klein, Donna Ridout and myself had the honor of attending the Annual Mooseheart NJROTC Military Ball.  It was such a joy to see these young men and women in uniform and formals having a great time.  Seeing this just makes me want to do more for our kids.  Also, while we were back there, we took a trip out to Camp Ross.  We ran into Jon Call, the Camp Ross caretaker at the Mt Morris Lodge, where he’s also the Governor.  Because of the California/Nevada Moose Legionnaires, Camp Ross will soon have playground equipment in the tune of $10,000.00.  You guys are GREAT!
Membership is down and we really need to work on this.  We have a great program going, “Money for Members”.  For every new/former member you sign up, your name will go into a hopper.  Once a week, we draw a name and that Brother wins $50.00.  The more members you sign, the more times your name goes in, making your chances better.
We also have a membership retention program going.  If your Lodge can get its renewal rate to 90%, the Lodge will save one dollar per member on its yearly Association dues.  That’s a 25% savings.  Also, the Lodge with the highest renewal rate, the Lodge Officers (plus one guest each) will receive a steak dinner, cooked at their Lodge by the Association Executive Board.
And I have my own personal membership campaign going.  If California/Nevada can get its membership to 31,000 members by August 1, 2017, I’ll donate $500.00 to the Moosehaven Centennial Project.  Get it to 31,500 members and I’ll donate $1,000.00.  Let’s see if you can get my money.
With May right around the corner, I’d like to wish all the ladies out there, a Happy Mother’s Day.
Stay safe, healthy and spread the good news about the Moose to everyone.
Fraternally, Ben Pendleton


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