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Organization News
Here you will find the lodge and fraternal operational news.

We wanted to keep the membership up to date with our current membership drive.  Wow, we have signed up 51 new members in the first five months you are doing fantastic with the recruitment of our newest members.

This year's membership quota for this 2020-2021 year is 53 new members.  We are well ahead of our previous year's new member rate at this point.  But this is not to say we should slow down now.  So, do you know of a worthy friend, family member, or maybe someone you meet at a local restaurant or bar that might make a wonderful Moose member?

Virginia Moose Association Membership Info

To everyone that reads this, thank you for all you do to support this lodge, Mooseheart, Moosehaven, and our community.  You always make us proud to call you members/friends/family!

 

September brings the start of cooler weather at the lodge and with it brings lots of changes too!  Our reorganization is going well.  We managed to welcome a lot of new faces to the lodge and not just to the board of officers and committees.  I want to personally thank all the members for stepping up during this reorganization.  It is you we must thank for the continued success of the lodge.  Going forward I am sure there will be some more hiccups to overcome.    But the one thing I can say for sure, we are back open for business.

My list of members to thank is long please bear with me as I go through some.  Thanks to my new board of officers and committees.  I do also want to say this list is not all-inclusive because there are so many new members to thank.  Just know we are so thankful for all your help!

Our New Board Officers

  • Vice President: Bruce Chappell
  • Treasure: Robert Vilardo
  • Chaplin: Scott Flesch
  • First Year Trustee: Roger Chang
  • Second Year Trustee: Kurt Kohls
  • Third Year Trustee: Andrew Jennison 
  • Our appointed Sargent at Arms: Alan McClelland

Our New Committee Chairs

  • Activities: Steve Torregrossa
  • Application Review: Sharon Chappell
  • Financial Review: Looking for a chair
  • Communications: Daniel Sullivan
  • Heart of Community: Looking for a chair
  • Government Relations: Chris Oskuie
  • Loss Prevention:  Looking for a chair
  • Membership/Retention: John Dearing
  • Moose Charities:  Looking for a chair
  • Moose Legion: Mark Los
  • Ritual: Jeff Sargent

Now, I know many of you knew the former board of officers and our former administrator, while they are no longer with us, it was my pleasure to work with them.  They worked tirelessly for years to move the lodge forward in the right.  The one constant in life is change.  I can only hope that those of you that continue to stay understand too and help the lodge in moving forward to a more harmonious fraternity and financial success.

In conclusion, we are still in need of some committees to be formed, but I see that happening soon.  I am overwhelmed by the support of our new members.  Please keep up the great work and stay tuned for new member activities being planned right now.

Our dear brother Stephen Peal received his heavenly reward on Monday, August 30, 2021.  Stephen was born on December 31, 1975.  He has been a member of our lodge for many years and helped this last year by volunteering to help cook during the pandemic.  People that knew him enjoyed his calm demeanor and unique laugh.  Brother, we hope you finally found the peace that you often sought.  You will be dearly missed.

We are unaware of any funeral arrangements at this time.  If we receive information we will pass it on.

Dear Vienna Members,

This is to notify you that the lodge will be closed for the next two weeks starting on August 16, 2021, for re-organization.  The lodge will be holding a special meeting on Monday, August 23, 2021, at 6:30 pm.  This meeting will be for the purpose of finding interested members who wish to run for the board office and new committees.  This meeting is very important for moving forward.  Please plan on attending.  This meeting is open to Vienna Moose members only.  We will be checking cards at the door.

The Seafood Boil scheduled for Saturday, August 28, 2021, at 5:00 pm will be rescheduled for a later date.  If members want their funds back, they can ask for a refund after the lodge reopens.  We are sincerely sorry for this delay.

Finally, we want to thank all the members for their understanding during this time.  As we look forward to coming out stronger after this reorganization, if you have any questions please bring them to the special meeting on Monday, August 23 at 6:30 pm.

 

We hope your summer is going well. I've just returned from the annual Moose International Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio with information about our great fraternity. Members of the Moose gave $6 Million to support our charities last year.  Plan to attend our Lodge meeting Thursday, July 15 so I can share the information. There are many events planned at the Lodge and hope you plan to attend - see the event schedule below.  Keep in mind, food prices are changing daily which makes it difficult to set prices until we are closer to the actual events.

Vienna Moose would like to re-start a WOTM chapter. We need 25 women & officer slots filled to apply for the chapter.  If you know any interested women, please let us know.

  • Saturday, Moose Legion Conferral Centreville Moose lodge 11 am. Contact Jeff Sargent to become a Legionnaire. 
  • Saturday, July 31, 12 pm Celebration Of Life for past governor & pilgrim C.M.Bunky Clark
  • Thursday, Aug 5 board meeting 6 pm Lodge membership meeting 7 pm
  • Saturday, Aug 7 starting at 3 pm Grover Gaming tournament
  • Thursday, August 19 VMA conference no Lodge board or general meeting
  • Saturday, August 28 seafood broil (tentative based on seafood availability) Final pre-season game Washington Football Team vs Baltimore Ravens 6 pm.
  • Sunday, Sept 12 NFL regular season begins. We would like to open the Lodge however we need at least ten people to justify staying open.  If you are interested in watching the games with your brothers & sisters let Carl or me know.

Vienna Moose Members,

I hope your spring is going well. We at Vienna Moose are happy to re-open the social quarters in our normal location, We continue to sanitize the lodge & follow all state regulations concerning COVID-19. We will continue adding events of interest for our members but need your support. Please mark your calendars for the following:

  • June 9, 630 pm lodge town hall meeting
  • June 19, 6-9 music by Koolaiders w/Josie & Terry 
  • July 10, 11 am district 4 board meeting Manassas Moose, any member may attend & learn what's happening in our moose district
  • July 24, Moose Legion Conferral 2 Centreville Moose, if your not a Moose Legion member contact Jeff Sargent & we'll sign you up
  • Breakfast most Sundays & daily food specials watch our phone text messages & web site www,viennamoose.org 
  • Saturday, July 31, 1 pm Moose Pilgrim ceremony & celebration of life for our beloved past Governor Pilgrim C.M. Bunky Clark Jr. @Vienna Moose Lodge. 
  • Sept TBD seafood feast

We've had many great ideas to increase lodge participation. My brothers & sisters this takes volunteers, your board can't do it alone. We need your help, please pick an activity and help run with it.

Consider becoming a member of the inner circle for Moose Charities, For only $10 per month join your President Jeff Sargent in supporting Moose Charities for Mooseheart & Moosehaven. Brothers & Sisters this is our core value of being a Moose member. Contribute by going to  www.mooseintl.org clicking the Moose charities link.

Please consider attending a lodge meeting on the 1st & 3rd Thursday (new start time) at 7 pm, Board of officers needs your support & help. This is your lodge come assist & contribute to your lodge.

The membership application fee is waived until July 31.  "Moose One" includes men & women that can become members of the Moose family fraternity. Sign up your friends, family, wives. girlfriends and any other friends who meet qualifications to join this great fraternity.

I highly encourage you to visit Moose International web site  www.mooseintl.org and Virginia Moose Association website www.virginiamoose.net to stay up to date on the Moose Fraternity. 

Fraternally Yours,

Jeff Sargent
President 2021/22
Vienna Moose 1896

Vienna Moose Members

I'm very humbled, proud & excited to become your new lodge President (renamed from the Governor) for the 2021/22 lodge year. Myself & the board will do our very best to create activities & great fellowship opportunities. I will do my best to communicate with the membership via email, phone text & Vienna moose website.  Myself & Board can't do it alone and need your help. We have a number of committees & opportunities that need volunteers to step up & assist, Listed below are some of the needs. 

Committees needing volunteers:  Entertainment, Membership, Community, Moose Legion, Loss Prevention, Moose charities 

We have 3 hall rentals in May & could use volunteers to assist the staff.

Sunday Breakfast always needs volunteers 

Our Lodge meeting 1st & 3rd Thursday each month, **New Starting time 7 pm**. Come attend & assist the board with running our lodge.

Moose International bylaws have been updated reflecting moose one changes. Printed booklets will be available in the summer. I have a pdf version I'm happy to forward via email should you desire one.

Moose One started midnight May 1, women are now regular lodge members of the moose fraternity. Recruit your wives, girlfriends, family members, and friends. The application fee has been waived May 1-July 31 2021 $45 & application all required. This is a great opportunity for the Vienna Moose Lodge to grow.

Feel free always to reach out to me via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (ph)703-209-0591

Fraternally Yours,

Jeff Sargent

President 2021/22

Vienna Moose Lodge

This vote will happen on Tuesday, February 5, 2021.  To find out how to contact your representatives and ask them to VOTE NO read on!

To All Moose Members,

We have a major problem in the Virginia General Assembly. Senate Bill 1127 would harm charities who do gaming as we do in our lodge and with bingo. The bill, introduced by Senator Bryce Reeves, would do the following:

  1. It STOPS churches and certain other charities from being involved in charitable gaming.
  2. It mandates all charitable gaming in SOCIAL QUARTERS be licensed and the charity MUST operate bingo in order to have gaming their social quarters.
  3. ALL charitable gaming, INCLUDING what is done in the social quarters, could only be done THREE days a week and ONLY while bingo is being conducted.
  4. The portion of the tax for charitable gaming kept by the state would TRIPLE.

Our Lodges, Chapters, and Legions must rally to fight this bill and we need our members to help fight this. You can use the link http://www.myvavote.com/ to find more information on this bill. Also, the attachments here explain things and give you ways you can get involved. The bill has been amended several times to get to its current form.

The bill is moving forward and we need it to die. This would hurt the Lodge in serious ways and we need your help. Please call your Virginia Senator (the ones who meet in Richmond) and ask them to vote NO on SB 1127. You can also email the letter attached to them after you add their contact information and your signature or just copy and paste the language into your email. If you do not know who your Senator is, you can go to  https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/ to find out.

When you call them, use their "Capitol Phone" number as they are in those offices now and this is listed on the site when you find your Senator.  Regardless of if you get a staffer or leave a message, make sure you say something. A message can be left and it still helps. Please use the following: 

“Hello, I am (insert your name here) and I live at (say your address here) and I am your constituent. I oppose SB 1127 because it hurts charities and I ask you to vote NO on SB 1127.”

Your support on this important issue is greatly appreciated.

We Must Unite and Oppose SB 1127! 

SB 1127, as introduced by Senator Bryce Reeves, would do massive damage to charitable gaming used by charitable organizations in Virginia. Some major highlights of the bill include: 

  1. Ends the ability of some types of charities to use all approved forms of charitable gaming. This includes 501(c)3 charities like churches and education groups who are banned from using pull-tab games, both paper and electronic (Line number 78-79 of the bill). 
  2. All charities would be required to conduct bingo in order to conduct any other forms of charitable gaming (Line number 271-278 of the bill). 
  3. No charity can conduct any form of charitable gaming more than three days a week, down from the current seven days, and this includes both public pingo and private social quarters (Line number 277-278 of the bill). 
  4. The tax collected by the Commonwealth, in addition to the audit fee, will TRIPLE (Line number 339-340 of the bill). 
  5. Mandates a minimum Use of Proceeds rule at 10% of the gross revenue and ends the exemption of certain portions of this revenue from being used in the calculation meaning it will likely not be affordable for charities after prizes are paid (Line number 127-128 of the bill). 
  6. Prevents charities from finding space away from major competition, like Rosie’s and Casinos by returning a rule mandating charitable gaming operations in the locality or adjacent locality of where a charity is located (Line number 267-269 of the bill).

Brothers and Sisters,

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that brother John Roughton has passed on January 29, 2021.  As John was our Lodge’s Governor from 2016 – 2017, many of us have fond memories of him at our lodge.  It hurts to know that John has left this world too soon.  We pray for his family in their time of need.

The Centreville Moose at 3529 Chain Bridge Road is holding a Celebration of Life on March 13, 2021, from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  They invite all members to celebrate the life of John (FootPeg) Roughton.  This will be a cash bar event, and the food is provided by the Centreville Moose Lodge.

Again, we ask that you pray for his family and friends.

Dear Moose Members,

With the passing of our beloved Governor C.M. Bunky Clark, Bruce Chappell has been appointed Governor for the remainder of his term. We look forward to Bruce carrying on the leadership left from Bunky.

As the pandemic has caused us to lose loved ones, businesses to close, and many good people to lose their sole source of income, we hope and pray your families are staying safe and healthy during this time. The lodge like many restaurants and businesses is suffering financially.  The lodge continues to operate with some expenses that cannot be cut back and with a very limited income.  If our lodge is going to survive, we need every member to help. We have created a safe environment with our social distancing of tables and gaming machines.  We have a mandatory mask-wearing policy with individual disinfectant stations spread throughout the lodge.  We are also wiping down tables, machines, and doors regularly. You might be asking how can I help our lodge? Here a suggested list of ideas. You can still assist if you are unable to attend the lodge.

  • Have a meal or order a Grab & Go at least once per week
  • Order Sunday Breakfast
  • Play our gaming machines
  • Make a cash donation to the lodge for operating expenses

Grover Gaming has continued to update the current machines with new and exciting games.  Have you tried College Rivals Football?  We are having some really high payouts on these and other games.  We also relocated the ATM to the new social quarters too.

If you decide to make a cash donation to lodge operating expenses, please ask for a receipt.  Many members give to their favorite charities, consider making one to your Moose lodge.

In closing, if our lodge is going to survive, we need your financial support. If you have ideas please let the Board of Officers know as soon as possible. 

If this situation doesn't change our lodge WILL NOT SURVIVE.

Thank You for all your support and consideration. Have a very safe and joyful holiday season.

Your Board of Officers

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