Brother Moose Legionnaires,
First, I’d like to congratulate and thank last year’s Board of Directors for an outstanding job they did. Not only did they achieve the Key Club, saving the jurisdiction 5% on this years annual project, but they met their goal of “plus one” on membership and an increase in Endowment contributions. We should be in line for the Fraternal Service Award. We’ll find out in Nashville at International Convention. The following members also need to be recognized for their contributions in membership production: Tom Fitzgerald, Joe Kindberg, John Savoy, Don Arnett, Ed Henry and Lane Griscom. Special recognition goes out to Ron Fox who is responsible for the final push in achieving the Key Club. Thank you all!
I’d also like to thank all the Brothers and Co-Workers who supported our fundraising efforts. Because of you, we’re able to stand out as one of the most successful Moose Legion jurisdictions in California/Nevada.
Back on March 20th, I represented Southern California Moose Legion 6, along with Moose Legion Area Manager Mark Klein and Donna Ridout, at Mooseheart’s Annual NJROTC Military Ball. This is the only annual event in which all the high school students participate. The gratitude and appreciation they expressed for our sponsorship was overwhelming. There was speeches, toasts, food and lots of dancing. We can all be very proud of taking this event on as an annual project.
Also while we were back there, we were able to visit Camp Ross. We received a personal tour of the camp grounds by John, the caretaker. He’s doing a great job keeping it maintained. But, he has many projects that need to be done and will hopefully be setting them up as “wish list” items. The Association Moose Legions will be considering picking up some of these projects.
The following weekend was the California/Nevada Moose Legion All-State Competition and Mid-Year Conference in Reno. Every year, we pay $1.00 per member to the All-State Competition. This assists in sending two teams to the International Moose Legion Ritual Competition and other projects. This year, we’re sending The Mighty 190 and Hesperian 174. Let’s wish them much luck.
One project the Association Moose Legion took on was sending each high school student at Mooseheart a purple T-shirt to be worn during January—Moose Legion Honor Month. On the front of the shirt was the official Moose Legion logo encircled by “California-Nevada Moose Legion”. On the back, all 18 Moose Legion jurisdictions were listed, including Sothern California Moose Legion 6.
Financially, we’re in good shape for this year. We’ll be paying off this year’s annual project early, saving the jurisdiction 25% (5% for achieving the Key Club and 20% for paying early). We went over budget last year, but that was due to picking up the NJROTC Military Ball, honoring Pilgrims Harry Began and Eddie Henry and other worthwhile projects. For this year, not only have those types of items been budgeted for, but the funds already raised. We still have a few obligations to meet, but with the support of you, we’ll have no problem meeting them.
We have goals set for this year: 29 new/former members; increase in membership; increase in Endowment Fund donations; paying our financial obligations early and more fun activities for the membership.
Don’t forget to attend our Going Green Campaign Prime Rib Dinner on July 11, 2015 at the Downey Moose Family Center. The cost is only $15.00 per person. This dinner will be held in Russ Hanson’s memory.
I hope to see you at our next Celebration.