Committee Chairperson
Robert Leon
(408) 772-3584

Greetings my Moose Fraternal Family,

It is with great pride and honor that I have accepted the position of CNMA Membership Chairperson. I personally thank those individuals who strongly suggested my name. I hope in time many of you will have an opportunity to greet and meet me and share some ideas for membership building.

I have believed for a long time that Sponsors are at the core of our membership drives and what better way to honor them than with our NEW campaign entitled: “I MAKE A DIFFERENCE!” Sponsors should not only be recognized for the number of members; but, the quality of those members. The old adage I used to hear in my Moose infancy and I use today is “Sign someone up you would want in your own house; but, if you don’t want them in your house, please don’t bring them to the Lodge.” Sounds corny, out of date, mean you may think; however, now more than ever our Lodges need good people who are ready to contribute and perhaps even lead your Lodge and Chapter to success. Heck, if you’re reading this message that contributor could be: Why not YOU?

At this time, I do not have numbers for CNMA Membership; however, I do know there are many Lodges working diligently on building up their membership. These are Lodges and Chapters who have not given up hope. By having more Fraternal activities for families, honoring Valued Veterans, Senior luncheons, honoring their Degree holders, Community events with Scout Troops, blood drives and more; these are all opportunities to show what your Lodge or Chapter is capable of and a good time to talk Moose! Let’s work together to build a better foundation and future for our current members and those that have not turned 21 yet.

I have traveled across this wonderful country of ours and have visited many lodges and have met many amazing members and some that are still trying to figure it out. All I can suggest is when you see someone new walk into your Lodge, extend the hand of friendship, you never know, they could be a potential candidate or your future Lodge President or Senior Regent, it might even be Joe Henderson????

Our International Moose campaign is “Make it Happen” and it’s happening all across the Moose Fraternity, please do not be one of those at the end of the campaign “Wondering what happened?”

Our “I MAKE A DIFFERENCE!” campaign will run until April 30, 2023 and I truly hope to be along with this awesome committee, handing out many of the Sponsor incentives throughout the campaign. If you are interested in being part of the Membership Committee, please reach out to me and be excited about membership.

On a final note, and I apologize because even I am not into numbers games; however, the numbers matter in the long run. One final and not so difficult way to ensure our Lodges and Chapters grow and succeed is by ensuring we do not lose members because we aren’t trying. Find out why by being part of your Lodge and Chapter retention committee and call those members in arrears. Someone thought they were special and signed them up as members, let’s make them feel special enough to keep them by reaching out and asking “What can we do to help keep you as a member?”

Fraternal Regards,

Robert Leon


CNMA Membership Chairperson


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.