New Member Orientation

Derrick Schulze
New Member Orientation Committee Chairman

Chairman’s Message

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Derrick Schulze, and I am the New Member Orientation Committee Chairman. I am a member of the Rancho Cordova Lodge #2357, just outside of Sacramento. I have held many positions around the Lodge and am currently serving as Junior Past President of our Lodge. At the most recent California Nevada Moose Association Annual Convention, I received the Fellowship Degree of Honor.


I would like to thank the prior chairman, Larry Salem. His guidance has already been invaluable as I head into this new position. I hope to do as good of a job as he did, but I am sure he would say I should do better. I am excited to learn and grow within the role.


New Member Orientation, what does that mean to you? What it means to me, is one place of truth. This is where all new members can find out information on the specifics of the Lodge. We all have been in a situation where a new member asks a question and three other members in the social quarters near them give a different answer. To me, the goal of a New Member Orientation meeting should be to educate the new members on the specifics of their home Lodge, as well as the story of The Moose. Lodges all operate slightly differently. This is where the new member learns the ins and outs of the Lodge in a clear and concise manner, creating one place of truth. If you would like to have an effortless way to do this, Moose International has a great resource. The New Member Orientation Program guide, is a great place to start and build your own orientation program for the new members of the Lodge.


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.