First off, I’d like to thank the out-going Board of Directors for the outstanding job they did. And the great job they did/do becomes more apparent as I travel to other jurisdictions and observe them. Because of planning ahead and paying off our special project commitment early, the Board saved the jurisdiction 20%, almost $100. And as a result of earning the Key Club (signing up two members each), we’ll be receiving 5% off next years commitment. I believe that’s true leadership by example.
This past year, the Board planned many programs, events and fundraisers along with having a quarterly newsletter and Celebrations. In conjunction with the International Moose Legion membership campaign, Southern California Moose Legion 6 ran it’s own (something else I didn’t see during my visits with other jurisdictions).
I’m truly proud of the strides our Moose Legion jurisdiction is taken and will continue to take. And I’m sure that the new Board will be carrying on this strong tradition that is developing. But we know that it’s not all because of the Board of Directors—it’s because of you, the loyal Moose Legionnaires who support our events and fundraisers. And let’s not forget the Women of the Moose who have also supported our endeavors. Thank you all so much!
But we need to ask you to assist us in one more effort before the year ends. Membership production is important, but just as important is membership retention. A list of expiring, expired and dropped members is emailed to all the Board members, along with each Lodge’s Moose Legion Assistant Secretary. Please contact them and volunteer to assist us in getting our members to keep their dues current. With the amount of money Southern California Moose Legion 6 donates to Moose Charities, we no longer consider them dues, but as contributions. So work with your Lodge Administrator and Moose Legion Assistant Secretary and get a list of those members who are currently in arrears. Call them, visit them, send them a letter—do whatever it takes to communicate with them and remind them of the good the Moose and Moose Legion does. Sometimes they just overlooked their payment, or maybe they got confused thinking by sponsoring two members into the Lodge also got their Moose Legion dues paid for free, or maybe they just want to hear from us and know we care. Whatever it is, they need to be made aware.
It is truly a pleasure to serve as your Secretary and I look forward to seeing you at the next Celebration/Installation of Directors on Sunday, April 7th at the Rosemead Lodge: start time is 2:00 p.m.