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.
As the dust settles on our 2016-2017 fraternal fiscal year, I offer you the final figures as attached above on the “Members & Money” chart for that time frame. We have many many positives and a few areas that require a bit more attention.
While we as a group realized almost 83% of our membership production quota, there were 5 of our California Moose Legion jurisdictions that hit 100% or better of their individual quota. We also had 9 Moose Legion jurisdiction within our group that attained the prestigious Moose Legion Director’s Key Club awarded for a complete Board of Directors when acting in concert in promoting membership production (2 new or former members each) and thereby, leading by example.
You’ll also notice that we, as a group, donated $46,967.12 directly to Moose Charities for many of their various programs. We know that as Moose Legion jurisdictions and Moose Legionnaires that we’ve given to Moose Charities beyond this figure through countless other collections in our Moose Lodges and all other levels of our Fraternity.
A specific area of Moose Charities that I’d like to share with you is the Mooseheart Moosehaven Endowment Fund. This portion of our financial gift giving should be of importance to every Moose Legionnaire. After all, it was us that created what is now a massive program, over 100 year ago, originally as “The Penny Fund”. Congratulations to us all for such great contributions toward the support of our twin cities; Mooseheart, the “Child City” and Moosehaven, our “City of Contentment”.
A word of caution regarding the figures on the Endowment Fund chart. Please realize that the per capita giving for the International Divisions are only through the 31st of March. All figures as shown for our California and Nevada Moose Legion jurisdictions in the 2nd attachment above are for the entire fiscal year. You know that Moose International is holding back public knowledge of the Endowment Fund giving for the month of April so that nobody can truly understand who the finals for the top givers in each of the divisions are as will be revealed in Tampa, Florida at International Convention. We’re certainly pulling for Golden Spot #15 and West Coast Central #214 with astronomic dollar donations and incredible per capita stats. No matter what, both are number one in my book.
While we can bask in the warmth of our many accomplishments, let’s realize that we’re already completing our 3rd week of the 2017-2018 fiscal year. New and former members aren’t going to write themselves. We have to be ever receptive to bringing-in new and former members. We also have to more cognizant of maintaining that which we already have by continual use of membership retention programs. The keys to our success will surely come through membership promotion, membership production, and membership retention.
By the way, “Moose Legion -Honoring Community Heroes” is our 2017-2018 membership production campaign. Read all about it in the 3rd attachment above. Read it - understand it - promote it. We all stand to win through additional members in good standing in our Moose Lodges, in our Women of the Moose Chapters, and in our Moose Legions.
Thanks for all that you do,
I’ve attached the Moose International MLEC training schedule above. Please note that of all the remaining MLEC programs available throughout our Fraternity (and probably no others for quite a while), 2 are being offered within our Moose Association; one in the north and one in the south. If you are in need of being MLEC qualified as a Director, please contact the instructor immediately to avoid having your office in the Moose Legion revoked on the 30th of June for non compliance. This would also be a good opportunity for any Assistant Moose Legion Secretary, Moose Lodge Moose Legion Committee Chairman, or any other involved Moose Legionnaire desirous of greater Moose Legion knowledge and the workings of the “Degree of Service and Leadership” to attend such a worthwhile program. Whatever your position, please make contact with the MLEC instructor immediately to reserve a registration in your name.
Thanks for all that you do,
Gary Brown of Simi Valley Moose lodge.
Franklin Brown of Elkhorn Moose lodge.
Raymond Barajas of Manteca Moose lodge
Paul Grano of Anderson .Moose lodge
Perry James of Santa Cruz Moose lodge.
Chris Lubbers of Fresno Moose lodge.
David Maxfield of Apple Valley Moose lodge.
TC Moore of Mira Mesa Moose lodge.
Joseph Lucier of Bellflower Moose lodge.
Richard Russitano of the Pacifica Moose Lodge.
Joseph Zenkus of the Yuba City Moose Lodge
David Smith of the Red Rock Moose lodge.