Someone once said, "Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose." And, I want our lodge to win and win big! So, I ask, is our lodge providing the activities and things you want to do? Do you want to see more members in our lodge on a daily basis? Do you want to help us?
I am here to ask for your support! We can use everyone's help. Maybe you can help check membership cards at big events at the lodge? Maybe help in volunteering to cook or clean during our once monthly lodge breakfasts or other food events? Do you have an idea for something you would be willing to volunteer for? The volunteering can be big, but small will do too! If you think you can help let us know! For your information, we will need members to help with the crab leg feast, balloon fight, Christmas party, and the campfire socials coming up!
Now, there is always turn over in lodge boards and committees! And, change doesn't always happen on a neat time table. You may have read that we have started a new Nominations Committee to staff the board position for Junior Governor. This is a very important position in the lodge. The Junior Governor supports the lodge by standing in should something happen to the Governor. It is also a voice to help move the lodge in the right direction during our meetings. So, we are looking for the best someone with a big MOOSE heart and excitement to help the lodge in moving forward in the right! If you think you might be the right person or are interested in helping the lodge in some other way, big or small, now is the time to let the board know. We are accepting nominations now!
The workaround the lodge never really ends. This last month, we made another donation to a great charitable organization that helps to heal and lift up those devastated by addiction and its effects on the addict. We also upgraded our lodge Wi-Fi and cable boxes. We have been working on the playground by painting and maintaining the horses and playset. We did maintenance on the kitchen lighting to make it brighter and more efficient by replacing old ballast styled lighting with LED lights. It is so much brighter! We even upgraded some of our Grover Gaming machines with new taller units. I could go on, but there are other things to talk about.
This last month your lodge attended the Virginia Moose Association's Convention in Roanoke, Virginia. We participated in the election of new Virginia Moose officers. Received our Moose International Premier Lodge award presented by Danny Williams from Moose International's Justice of the Supreme forum. We listened to the reports on the different topics presented. And, gained a new appreciation for all things Moose! I want to personally thank you for your continued support and membership to help the kids and seniors entrusted to our care at Mooseheart and Moosehaven and for helping our communities to be a better place to live and work! Congratulations to our newest State President Ken Kennedy! Over the last few years, I have gotten to know "MY BROTHER" Ken at the many functions and conventions. I have assured him that our lodge is willing to help in any way we can to make his tenure as the State President successful! At this year's convention, I was personally acknowledged as a member of the Moose International Communications Committee. I am still in awe of this honor. I am looking forward to the activities this entails over the coming year!
There are so many members to thank each month for the successes that we have. I want to start with what I consider is a many times overlooked and rarely thanked enough group our employees. I want to personally thank Carl Thomas, Sharon Chappell, Gwen Smith, Codi Smith, and Richard Pyle for the work they do day in and day out. You all help to make our members experiences in the lodge great. Thank you for all you continue to do! I also want to thank Mark Los, Bunky Clark, Chris Martin, and Garret Awkard for helping around the lodge with the many different events. You all helped to pull together a great Cajun Seafood Boil and Summer Island Luau party. If you missed the pictures from these events please check them out on Facebook. Now, as usual, I know there is going to be someone that I miss in thanking personally. I try to do this when you help. If I have missed you, please know that your help is not going unnoticed.
In conclusion, I have said to many that I have a lofty goal for our lodge, something that is near impossible, to gain two hundred new members in two years! As my last request for this message, I am asking for your help in attaining this for the lodge. Our lodge once had over 2000 members. With the non-smoking rule going into effect on January 1, 2020, please contact our former members and friends and see if they would consider checking us out again. We have so much going for us these days. I see good days ahead for our lodge!