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Joe Rigazio
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. 

I joined the Moose Fraternity in 1990 into the Campbell Moose Lodge. I am a 25 club member in the 75 division with 88 members signed. I received my Fellowship Degree in 2005 and my Pilgrim Degree in 2015 and Ca/Nv Association President in 2017.

While at the Campbell Lodge for 17 years I was: An Officer for 16 years, Rookie of the year, Moose of the year, Legionnaire of the year, Bartender, Bingo worker and chief cook and bottle washer. While part of District 10, I was a District President for 2 years and for the Moose Legion # 10, I was an officer for 3 years.

Transferred to Fernley Moose Lodge in 2007 with the thought of retiring and taking it a bit easier so I was an Officer for 7 more years, the Moose Legion Officer for 5 more years, Sports Chairman, Moose Legion Chairman, Community Service Chairman and Youth Awareness Chairman.

Since 2005, I have been part of the California/Nevada Moose State Association, on Credentials 1year, Inner Guard for 2 years and Sargent at Arms for 6 years and Executive Board for 4 years now. In 2011 I was appointed International Moose Youth Awareness Coordinator for the state of Nevada, In 2012 I was appointed Moose Legion Ambassador, In 2013 I was appointed Deputy Supreme Governor and 2017 your Ca/Nv Moose President.

Since 1990, I have fully believed in the principals of the Loyal order or the Moose while enjoying the Fraternalism of the LOOM and WOTM. The friendships that my family and myself have enjoyed have never been forgotten and never will. This ensuing year I will be visiting many Lodges in my travels and hope to meet many more friends while pushing for an increased Membership and Retention in our Fraternity.


Joe Rigazio

Ca/Nv Association President



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