Committee Chairperson
Bob Criss
(530) 713-4545

Hi everyone,


What a great way to end the old year and to start the new fiscal year. Membership within the Moose Fraternity went above and beyond, with membership being the best since 2012. What a great accomplishment.


California Nevada Moose Association (CNMA) ended the fiscal year with 52,402 members, and an increase in membership of 4,507. The membership committee met their goal, and we are happy about these numbers. We had 78 Lodges that increased their membership totals for the year by at least one member. Congratulations to each of you. Now let’s keep it going.


The CNMA new membership incentive started on May 1, 2022 and will continue through September 30, 2022. If you sponsor 3 new members in this timeframe, you will receive a blackout Flat Magnetic LED Flashlight, making it perfect for a nightstand or even in a lady’s purse, making it handy for her safety at night. Sponsor 5 new members and you will receive a 22 oz aluminum sports water bottle with carabiner, making it easy to carry if you’re biking or hiking, but it’s great for anytime you need to carry water. We think all of you will like both items. So, get out there and sponsor some new members for your Lodges.


Membership is the core of our Moose Fraternity and maintaining your membership numbers will actually save your Lodges money on the amount they are required to pay the Association, so let’s make a difference this fiscal year and retain our current members in addition to sponsoring new members. There are so many things a Lodge can do to retain their members, but none bigger than your Lodges hosting events that draw your members to your Lodge. Use social media to get the word out to your members in addition to a newsletter for your members to stay up on the activities your Lodge is doing. A happy member will remain a member. Make your calls or send cards to your members whose dues have expired. Let them know that you want them as part of your Lodge. Everyone wants to feel welcome.


For those who earned their membership incentives from the previous year, don’t lose your faith in us as your incentives will be sent as soon we validate the year-end membership information.


During the current incentive program, we will be distributing the membership incentives at the Annual Convention in Sparks, NV in September. Come to the membership table for your awards. We hope to see you there.



Bob Criss

CNMA Membership Chairman


Every lodge should be vigorously pursuing ways to bring new members into the lodge. Membership is the life blood of the lodge. Financial success depends on membership growth.

Membership promotion starts with the Lodge Officers, the Membership Chairman and their Committee! This is a team effort. The Membership Committee should have long term and short term membership programs going at all times within the lodge. These programs can be seasonal, fit the environment of the area and/or it’s membership likes. The don’t have to be expensive.

Membership Programs that fit the times can be a huge success. Use the short term ‘Turkey and/or Ham’ program around the Christmas Holiday’s. There are many programs that could be highly successful in a lodge. It just takes a little imagination, promotion and work on the Membership Teams part to come up with a program that will work. Reward your sponsors.

The Membership Campaigns from Moose International and your own California/Nevada Moose Association are supplemental membership promotional programs to the Lodge Membership Program. For best results, keep all programs first and foremost for all members to read, see and hear about. Get them motivated in promoting membership and sponsoring new and former members. While you are promoting membership, don’t forget to recognize the Sponsors!

A good membership team that knows the Moose program can do wonders. Moose International and the California/Nevada Membership Committee are always available to answer questions, furnish information and help! Use all resources available to bring success to your lodge!


  • know the importance of gaining new members into your lodge and keeping current ones?
  • know and are they reminded of the “Membership Departments” award program?
  • know and are they reminded of the “California/Nevada Moose Assoc. award Program?
  • have the opportunity to see these programs by way of the advertisements sent to your lodge?
  • know about “Member Benefits” well enough to share this info with their prospective candidates?

And, most importantly, is your lodge doing anything to recognize your sponsors by way of:

  • Sponsor awards “presented” at enrollments.
  • Sponsors names in your newsletter alongside the name of their new member.
  • Or by just making a “big deal” over your members willingness to be a SPONSOR. Remember that each new member that enrolls in your lodge and spends a little over $10. a week will mean an extra $600 a year to your social quarters. If your board of officers would CONCENTRATE on enrolling and getting 2 new members actively involved in your lodge, it would mean an additional $14,400 in revenue each year. “Just 2 new members a month.”

Don’t tell US that the combined forces of your Board of Officers and a good Membership Committee couldn’t work together to make this a goal.
It is very workable and should be the focus of every lodge.


Tool to Help You Sponsor Members!

Open Information


Does my lodge have an active Membership Committee that is always promoting membership within the lodge to attract your members to sponsor new and or former members? Yes or No!

An active Membership Committee working hand in hand with the Board of Officers will in most cases eliminate many problems when a lodge is struggling.

An increase in membership brings in financial support, but it does’t stop there.  You need to keep your members active and coming to the lodge.

Your Membership Committee needs the help of an active Family Activities and Sports Committee. They are needed to promote programs and activities for the whole family (All ages) to enjoy. When we joined the Moose, we heard of the many fun things we do in the Moose. Does your lodge have fun things to do?

Just enrolling a new member does not keep them coming back. In many cases they drop out at the end of the dues year. Get them involved! You need to also close the back door of membership loss!

Make your lodge the”Friendlest Place in Town!”

Also make sure your lodge is clean and bright. A dirty and dungy lodge is a Turn-Off to many people.

Remember – Membership Growth And Retention Starts With The Board Of Officers.