Thursday, February 9, 2017
February 2017 - March 2017 Newsletter
FROM THE GOVERNOR
Greetings my Moose brothers and sisters!
While winter has us in its icy grip, keep in mind that spring is only 40 days away. Hang in there!
I would like to extend a big thank you to all the volunteers who helped out with all the activities last year. Our volunteers are the driving force of the Lodge. Be sure to thank them for all they do.
Officer nominations are now taking place. Do you think you have what it takes to be a Lodge officer? If so, see a Lodge officer and let them know your interest.
And I know I keep bringing this up, but it is important for the health of the Lodge. We need more members and need to keep members in retention. It seems that for every new member who comes into the Lodge we have at least two members who do not renew their membership. If you know someone who does not plan to renew their membership, or if you know someone who hasn’t been a member for awhile, have a conversation with them about staying in the Lodge or rejoining the Lodge. Know someone who would make a good member? Please sign them up!
Kent Wilcox, Governor
Hope you all had a great Holiday season.
Some of the upcoming events sponsored by the Chapter are:
...Bake Sale: March 26
...Donations are always welcome.
...On February 11th, we have the spaghetti dinner and men’s fashion show.
...On March 10th is our all-you-can-eat cod fish fry for $9.00.
...On April 1st we are having a walleye dinner in conjunction with the Supreme Governor’s visit to our Lodge.
Come and support your Lodge and Chapter at these events!
Katie Parnell, Jr. Graduate Regent
CHAPTER BAKE SALE
SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017
9 – 11 AM
Donations of baked goods gratefully accepted.
FROM THE ADMINISTRATOR
Maybe some of you are unaware, but the roof has been leaking where the old building meets the new building (the north edge of the dance floor). We have hired Gopher Roofing to repair the expansion seam. There is three inches of ice where the repair needs to be done, so warmer weather is needed to continue.
At the last general membership meeting members voted in favor of new furnaces and air conditioners for the Social Quarters. We have received a $10,000.00 grant from Moose International towards the cost.
The Social Quarters is still offering double-up-for-a-buck during all NFL games (including the playoffs).
Happy New Year!
As we enter a new year, we still need to address membership. We had 22 members as of 1-7-17 who had not paid their dues by 12/31/16 expiration date. I would like to think it was because of the Holidays. I will be sending a friendly reminder notice to all.
Bring those back into the fold and signing new or former members should always be our goal. We can still be “plus one” for the year by April 30, 2017.
NEW SHORT TERM PROMOTION
From January 1st through April 30, 2017, Moose International will waive all first-year fees and dues for active military personnel and first responders.
Active Duty Military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Active Reservist.
First Responders: Law Enforcement, Firefighters (full time and volunteers), Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians
Not included at this time: Veterans, Doctors, Nurses, National Guard, Moose Multi-Members
Hope the New Year is going well for everyone.
To our Moose Legion members –we hope you are making strides towards being considered for your Fellowship Degree. See me, Tim Slabik or Bill Grams to go over goals you need to meet for that Higher Degree.
Our next meeting will be February 5th, due to a large event here on January 29th. Watch for the reminder postcard in the mail.
We will be doing burger and chicken tender baskets during karaoke.
Pat Parnell, Secy/Treasurer
CORN HOLE / BEAN BAGS
League sign-up forms will be posted at the Lodge.
Play will be Wednesday nights at 7 PM on the weeks opposite Bocce Ball.
Watch for signs at the Lodge, on the website and in weekly E-mails.
See Tim Slabik for further information.
Thanks to all who donated at the October blood drive; 25 whole blood units and 6 double red cell units were collected. Thanks also to those who donated their time for set-up, canteen and registration.
Our next drive will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, from 12 noon to 6 PM.
Call the Lodge office if you can be a donor and/or volunteer.
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
SUPREME GOVERNOR WILL VISIT OUR LODGE
APRIL 1, 2017
FOR AN EVENING OF DINNER AND FELLOWSHIP
Dinner and many activities are planned so come on out and we will show him how friendly our lodge is!
Franz “Fritz” Griswold serves as our order’s Supreme Governor. He was elevated to this position at the 128th International Convention in July, 2016. Prior he served as Supreme Jr. Governor 2015-16 and Supreme Prelate 2014-15. He served on the Supreme Council, the fraternity’s Board of Directors since 2007, and the Mooseheart Board of Directors from 1991 – 2007.
Fritz joined the LOOM in 1978 at Dansville, NY Lodge 1130 where he holds a Life Membership. He held many chairs of the Lodge including Administrator for 22 years. He is a Life Member of Moose Legion 61. He is very active in the New York State Association, holding several positions. He is a member of 350 Division of the 25 Club. Fritz earned his Fellowship Degree in 1983 and his Pilgrim Degree of Merit in 1991.
He enjoys golfing. Fritz and his wife Beth reside in Dansville, NY.
CHAPTER WALLEYE DINNER
SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017
...Deep Fried Walleye
Call the Lodge office (651-776-2830) or stop in to make reservations.
CHAPTER SPAGHETTI DINNER
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2017
4 – 5:30 PM
All-you-can-eat Spaghetti and Meatballs
(Additional plate – 1 meatball)
Starring the “Lodge Belles”
$10.00 for dinner and show.
A small cost for a fun time!
CHAPTER ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT FISH FRY
FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017
5 – 7 pm
...KATIE’S DEEP FRIED COD
FEBRUARY 4TH, 2017
NOON TIL GONE
SOUP: $50 cash prize for best. Bring a large crock pot- the more soups, the better! There can’t be too many!
BAKE SALE: Donate goodies
BOOK SALE: Movies and music too. Donate used; buy new for you.
KARAOKE with Bob!
**$5 for soup – try one, try all and vote**
MOOSE LODGE 963 FIELD TRIP
MN TWINS 2017
The Twins front office contacted me about bringing a group of 25 or more members to attend a Twins baseball game. The tickets will be discounted for our group.
I need to find out if there are enough people interested, preference on weekday or weekend, and seating preferences, and which game to attend.
I realize nobody will agree on everything, but let’s try and make this work. There are also packages that would include concessions. There is a sign-up sheet and information on the glass wall separating the dance hall from the Social Quarters.
If you have questions call me at the Lodge office, or put it in the suggestion box outside the office.
Gary Lenart, Administrator
SICKNESS & DISTRESS
LOST LOVED ONE
Scott Rossow Brother
Don Giesel Sister
Dan Fischer Mother
Gary Anderson Stepfather
Dennis White Father
LOST LOVED ONE
Barbara Anderson Brother
Barbara Trobaugh Mother
WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS
Bruce Stewart Sr
SPORTS CLUB/HORSESHOE REPORT
Sports Club breakfasts: Feb. 26 and March 26 from 9 AM to 11 AM.
Darts: Mondays at 7 PM.
Bocce ball: Alternate Tuesdays at 12:45 and 6:45 PM.
Cribbage: Wednesdays at 7 PM.
Start thinking about your teams – old and new - for horseshoe. Horseshoe meeting April 24 at 6:30 PM. See Don Heinn or Brian Radman for further info.
FARIBAULT INDOOR HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT
SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017
FEBRUARY 3, 2017
See flyer in Social Quarters for further info.
NEEDED ** NEEDED
Attention all Lodge and Chapter members, young and old. The Lodge is in need of persons to help with your gambling events at your Lodge: selling pull tabs, meat raffles, Bargo, Lucky Buck and maybe bingo in the future. Also people who are willing to learn about the paperwork and reporting to the State of MN Gambling Dept.
Please talk to any Board member or the Lodge office.
We need your help for the betterment of your Lodge.
Lodge Board of Officers
HEART OF THE COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Is replacing the R Robert Dale Scholarship program. There are several changes and additions.
Scholarship amount will be $5000.00.
Have father, mother, step-parent, grandparent or legal guardian who is a current member of the Moose in good standing.
GPA of 3.0 or higher on 4.0 scale.
Must have participated in:
In-School/Extra-curricular activities: (sports teams, band, chess club, theater)
Out-Of-school activities: employment, scouting programs, music lessons, non-school related sports, etc.
Volunteer on behalf of a fraternal unit of the Moose Lodge, Chapter, Legion).
The activities must be verified by an official of the particular activity.
Application and instructions can be found in Members Area of www.mooseintl.org, Heart of the Community link, or at the Lodge office.