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