Council Higher Degrees

Hope all of your holidays were wonderful,


Now it is time to get things going. I have been working with Lodges in my area and memberships are moving forward. If you have any questions I am always available.


I hope you are all having orientation, so these new members know what we stand for.


The Councils are still working and helping with retention when they are asked to help.


If you have any questions I will be in Costa Mesa. I love talking to members and the hugs are great also. We are a great organization and do good things.


From my house to yours be safe and healthy.


See you in Costa Mesa,


Frankie Wysocki
CHD Chairman
(661) 747-4345

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The Councils’ main responsibility and goal is to aid the Lodges, Chapters and Moose Legions in the retention of active dues paying members through personal contact. Our Council members run various social programs and do a fair amount of fund-raising as well. Support of Moose Charities initiatives and our fraternity in general is often rewarding as done by these groups. After all, they are made up of past and current leaders who believe in our cause and know our needs and how to fulfill them. Additionally, the Councils normally have an annual banquet and/or other events to honor those new degree holders who have advanced in the past year. These events recognize the individuals and offer a chance to publicly thank them for their service among their peers. This in itself promotes benevolence and charity among all members. These groups, as members of the Higher Degrees, are generally in the forefront of support and promotion of Moose programs and lead the cause of fraternalism by example. These groups, at the Chapter, Lodge and Moose Legion level, may meet as often as desired to socialize, work towards building membership strength, raise funds for Moose Charities and help with various other fraternal endeavors.

Angeles Desert Council of Higher Degrees

President Art Sorem (310) 213-0004
Secretary Gerilyn Walsh (310) 343-1167

CA North State Council of Higher Degrees

President Linda Huber (916) 531-1220
Secretary Linda Savely (916) 743-6699

Gold Coast Council of Higher Degrees

President Robert Leon (409) 772-3584
Secretary Ann Cooke (831) 27-4320

Surf & Sand Council of Higher Degrees

President Bonnie Trejo (562) 260-6079
Secretary Linda Ethier (562) 833-3626

Official Logo

The official logo of the Council of Higher Degrees is the standing Moose overlaid on six (6) interlocking rings representing the degrees of the Order. The color of the rings denote the degrees: Pilgrim is gold; Fellowship is French blue, Moose Legion is purple, College of Regents is black, Academy of Friendship is blue and the Star Recorder is green.

Composition Of Higher Degrees

The Council of Higher Degrees consists of:
Members of the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, the Fellowship Degree of Honor, the Moose Legion Degree of Service, the College of Regents, the Academy of Friendship and the Star Recorders.


Council is a separate and autonomous unit of the Order. The purpose of the Council of Higher Degrees is:


  • To be actively involved in the retention of Lodge, Chapter and Moose Legion members.
  • To promote and support the programs of Moose Charities.
  • To honor all newly elevated members of the higher degrees.
  • To honor the memories of deceased members of the Council of Higher Degrees.
  • To promote the programs of The Moose and Women of The Moose.
  • To encourage fraternal and social unity, benevolence and charity among all members of the Order.


If you want to keep your members

R is for: Realizing that members need to be Reminded of their worth.
E is for The extra effort make members feel welcome.
T is for: Thinking about and listening to members concerns and ideas.
E is for: The Elemental Enjoyment and understand of the moose family.
N is for: The nucellus part of the moose in each lodge to grow solid ( in this case the officers need to reach out to all of their co-workers.
T is for: Tapping the talent in each lodge, to make the Moose Home more welcoming.
I is for:  Including each member  in each function and meeting.
O is for: Overcoming Obstacles so you may work and plat together.
N is for: Nuking the needless negativity floating around the lodge home.


I know you all love the moose as I do so lets start working together and get  our members back.


Remember: Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they have the heart.


Frankie Wysocki