A Word from our Administrator ~ Bruce Davis
Sorry for the delay in getting our SCOPE out this month but lots happening lately. Just returned from the Moose International Convention in Tampa Bay, Florida over the 4th of July week-end. Had the opportunity to visit a couple lodges always looking for new ideas. One of the best things about the conventions is having the opportunity to meet members from all over the country sharing thoughts and ideas in what makes each individual lodge a success.
One interesting fact that I picked up is we lose 5% of our membership each year due to death. Undoubtedly with our membership aging this percentage will certainly increase with time. Retaining membership and new members at this time is one of the most important issues facing our fraternity today. Each month when we learn about a delinquent member we call him/her and also send them a post-card reminding them their membership has expired. In addition to this we also notify the sponsor and ask them to give the member a call and possibly give them that little extra push that they might need. If you happen to get a sponsorship post-card please help us and give them a call.
Barb Scott, (WOTM) and myself will be starting a new orientation program for new members with-in the next month. All new members from January 1, 2017 will receive an invitation for dinner and a short program explaining what the Moose Fraternity is all about and the many different activities our lodge has to offer. So often new members are signed up without taking the time or effort to explain our Fraternity. Hopefully with this added touch we'll be able to build stronger and more knowledgeable members.
Something new for our Country & Western members, Friday night dances in our banquet room featuring Coyote Jay as our DJ. The next two are July 21st & August 4th from 6:30 till 10:30 PM. Dance instruction is available throughout the night for beginners. Come out and give it a whirl. Don't forget Moose-Fest August 25th & 26th. One of our best events dancing and enjoying good times under the stars in the Hamilton Street parking lot behind the lodge. This year 5 Guy Named Moe on Friday night and Strung Out on Saturday night, opening act each night will be the Sumthins.
A Word from Our Governor ~ Bob Harcar
Well, looks like summers finally here in full force. The grills are getting fired up, the grass is turning brown and vacation time is finally here. Summer time is typically our slow period at the Lodge so don’t forget us when you’re kicking back in the shade with a cold one! All summer long we’ll still have great food, great drinks, and great bands !
Lockport’s unofficial start to summer kicks off the 15th with Canal Days. Make sure to stop by the Lodge’s Corn Booth on Friday and Saturday and sit back with everyone’s favorite hot buttered ears of corn and a cold beer. If you haven’t signed up to help out for a couple of hours there still is time to get your name on that sign-up sheet. I’ll be looking forward to seeing you there.
The Lodge’s annual “field trip” to the Cub’s game was a huge success and a great time was had by all. Great job Randy !!! There’s nothing better than cold beer, good friends and a win for the home team ! Pssst- A word of advice, you may want to sign up early next year as those seats will sell out fast.
Don’t forget that we still have some tickets left for the cooler and the WOTM’s freezer raffles. I would suggest that you get your tickets today, they are really moving and should be sold out soon.
Now for some unfortunate news. One of the worst things that can happen to an organization is apathy. Attendance at our meetings of the Moose Legion have been very disappointing and have been continued to trend downward. As an example our last two meetings had attendance of four and 6 members respectively. As such, it was determined by the attendees that our next meeting in July will be used to decide the viability of continuing the struggle or to shift our efforts elsewhere. I would urge those Legionnaires to very much consider attending this meeting which will in no doubt decide the fate of the Legion at our Lodge.
Thanks and stay cool !
A Word from Our Moose Legion Chairman ~ Yet to be Appointed (Bruce Davis filling in)
The most important fund raiser for the Moose Legion is the Texas Hold'em that we sponsor four times a year at the Max complex in Mc Cook, IL. We have one coming up Friday July 28th, this will be the third one this year. Once again we are in need of volunteers to host the event. Very simple job basically just handing out cards but the hours are long from approximately 1 PM till 2 AM. We have a signup sheet in the social quarters so if you're able please help us with this. We need four teams of two volunteers on each shift.
The Moose Legion once again stepped up to the plate and donated $1785.00 for a new roll up door for the kitchen/banquet hall. Thanks so much it certainly helped our lodge out once again. Remember Moose Legion meets every 2nd Sunday at 8 AM and they even serve breakfast for two bucks, what a deal!
A Word from Our Senior Regent ~ Sherri Pierce
As the Senior Region and the WOTM we would like to congratulate Kim Galvan for receiving her Star Recorder and Dawn Viverito receiving her College at our international conference. Watch for up coming notification for the celebrations.
The WOTM will be having a meet and greet for our members to meet the new board and committee members on July 25th. Appetizers will be served @ 7 pm at the lodge, upstairs. Come get your name entered in the new raffles that the WOTM will be having for attending meetings. Come see how you can earn tickets for volunteering and helping increasing membership with $50.00 and $100.00 gift cards quarterly. Come learn why you joined the WOTM. See how you can help our community, Moosehart and Mooseheaven, while having a good time. Bring your ideas to help increase membership, raising money for our community and support Moosehart and Mooseheaven. Moose meetings are held on the first Tuesday and third Tuesday of every month (except holidays) starting at 7 pm. Julys meeting 11th and 25th.
The WOTM are going to be sending via email or mail a form to update your WOTM information. The WOTM want to make sure you know what we have planned for you and your family for the up coming year.
In Aug the WOTM will be at Moosefest. We are having a bake sale and raffle baskets. So make some bake good items and drop them off Aug. 25th or have something's for our raffle baskets contact Sherri Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop items off at the lodge.
Finally, the WOTM are re-launching the Wednesday night Bingo at the lodge. July 5th with giveaways, food, free coffee, new planned menu. Come see our guaranteed payouts and progressive jackpots. New raffles and new games. Come support the WOTM and volunteer your time for a few hrs. Or come to play. Spread the word and bring a friend.