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.
Attached above is our California and Nevada Moose Legion membership production for this fiscal year, thus far; 05/01/18 thru 09/23/18. We’re rapidly coming to the halfway point of this fiscal year. In other words, all of our Moose Legion jurisdictions in California and Nevada should be closing in on, or surpassing, the 50% mark of their membership production quota. Obviously, we’ve got some work to do in the area of enlisting new and former Moose Legionnaires. Let’s not wait again this year to the final month in hopes of meeting our membership production quota and also becoming a Moose Legion Key jurisdiction. Let’s all please consider that meeting 100% of your membership quota as set by Moose International is a hopeful break-even point due to natural losses. Besides, the greater our membership, the better off we are in so many ways. Key Club status is important for various reasons. First, it certainly gives you some bragging rights throughout our entire Fraternity. Secondly, it’s a way of the Moose Legion Directors proving to the general membership that they are defiantly leading by example, This should hopefully encouraging all Moose members to follow suit by assisting in membership production. And, in addition to being “good business”, any Moose Legion jurisdiction in California and Nevada that elevates to Moose Legion Key Club status by the 31st of December (don’t wait, do it now!) will take advantage of a $100.00 gift toward the Mooseheart Moosehaven Endowment Fund for your Moose Legion jurisdiction as challenged by Joe Henderson, President for The Mighty #190 Moose Legion. Let’s all help President Joe spend all those $100.00 bills currently being offered. And remember, our goal should be at least $3.00 per capita for each of our Moose Legion jurisdictions for the Endowment Fund.
Membership retention has be our biggest problem, for all too many years. It’s not just in California and Nevada, but Fraternity-wide as well. We are naturally going to lose members due to death and transfers to other Moose Legion jurisdiction. However, those that we’re losing for non-payment of dues is another story. We must come to realize how or why some of our members (Moose Legionnaires and Moose Lodge members alike) have become disenchanted with our family, fraternal, and community service programs and make attempts at righting these issues. Sometimes, it’s just a slight misunderstanding between members that can be rectified with a phone call or a face-to-face if possible. More times than not, I would guess, that we not delivering what we promised. This can certainly be corrected especially since we have so much to offer our members, the entire Loyal Order of Moose program, and our communities. Please help in bringing back our former members and assisting in maintain the membership that we currently have. On behalf of Area Manager Chuck Barber, our International Moose Legion Ambassadors (Ben, Bill, John, & Rick), and myself, please contact us for any assistance that we can provide in membership production ,membership retention, Moose Charities, or anything for which you may wish information. Also please keep us up-to-date on your Moose Legion Celebrations and any additional Moose Legion social events and fundraisers that you’ll be hosting.
Thanks for all that you do,
Buster W Benner Jr # 2173
Rick Dandridge # 2217
Rich Marshai # 468
Jim Smith # 2173
Charles "Chip" Wilbur #1979
Ruffner B Gunn # 1846
Larry Lampert # 2067
Peter Katzmark # 1325
The Moose Legion Council is excited to announce a FUN Moose Legion weekend in Oklahoma City this November! We will have Ritual Competition, honor our Veterans, enjoy some fellowship, sightseeing, and just have fun.
This event promises to be a relaxing fun event for Moose Legionnaires and their ladies with minimal meeting structure buts lots of neat stuff to do. Come and have fun with us in OKC in November 2018.
7/28/18--Charles Wilbur Placerville Lodge1979
7/29/18--Rick Dandridge Grass Valley Lodge 2217
8/4/18--Jim Smith Stockdale Lodge 2178
8/11/18--Peter Katzmark Oceanside Lodge 1325
9/1/18--Buster Benner Mint Canyon Lodge 2173
9/8/18--Larry Lampert Atascadero Lodge 2067
9/29/18--Ruffner Gunn Delta Lodge 1846
9/30/18--Rich Marshall Vallejo Lodge 468
Our newest Fellows at the Annual CNMA Convention