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From the Territory Manager/FBMA Liaison..
Jerry Monk Regional Manager

Let me start by apologizing to Moose Charities Director Linda Mulligan. In the last issue I neglected to mention Linda’s appointment to the Moose Charities Board of Directors. Executive Director Jan Fregulia politely pointed that out to me in an email. Linda I am truly sorry that I overlooked you, see I am human and do make mistakes and I am also man enough to admit it.

We are 4 months into the new moose year and time is passing us by quickly. We are down in membership for the May 1st figure. I know that traditionally we suffer in the summer months in membership but we must continually be seeking those qualified members to join our lodges and chapters. Talk moose at every opportunity, share the good works we do in our communities and invite your friends, neighbors, associates and family to become members of this great fraternity.

“Back To Basics” is much more than a membership slogan, it is the Moose getting back to its roots. Taking care of children, seniors and our communities is what this fraternity was founded on and it is what will make us as strong as we were in years past. We are the best by far and we need to let the world know. Don’t be afraid to toot your own horn when you are doing something for a charity or an individual who needs a helping hand. We need to stop being the Best Kept Secret and become the Best Known Fraternity. Everyone knows what the Shriners do, everyone knows what the Lions do, many know what the Elks do, and so why is it that people always ask, what does the Moose do? We must change that to when you mention Moose the question is what does the Moose NOT do?

I want to thank all of our lodge and chapter officers for what you do. Many times our members don’t realize what it takes to run a lodge or chapter. You are volunteers that take your personal time and your effort to make your lodge or chapter the best it can be. I know what kind of dedication it takes to be an officer in a lodge. I also know that many of you spend hours upon hours doing what it takes to keep the doors open and the lights on. I also know that in most cases you never get the thanks you deserve. I myself have been guilty of not thanking you enough; well today I say THANKYOU, THANK YOU, and THANK YOU. If it weren’t for our lodges and chapters there would be no Moose. We must and we will continue to do the good works because there will always be men and women who care.

Let’s get “Back To Basics” and grow this great fraternity.


From the President
FBMA President

First, I would like to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve you as President of our Association for the upcoming year. I am looking forward to a great year fulfilling our commitments, showing a gain in membership and retaining the members that we already have. I know with commitment from the Executive Committee, Lodges, Chapters, Moose Legions, Councils of Higher Degree and Districts we can get this done.

We have a lot on our plates for the upcoming year. We have our commitments to the computer class at the Mooseheart School, the resident bus and the IN2L program for Moosehaven. Also, the Student Congress will be held in Florida 2015. I would like to thank last year’s District Presidents and Association Chairman for the great job that was done this past year. I know this year’s District Presidents and Association Chairman will do a great job as well. I asked the District Presidents at the Annual Convention: What is the average number of members that attend their district meetings? The average was about 65 members per meeting. We have 28 districts, each holds 12 meetings per year totaling 336 meetings per year. The point is, we share too much valuable information to our members and need to have better attendance. If we could encourage new members, our lodge officers and committee men to attend this would help to build our attendance at our district meetings.

Here are some important dates to remember for the upcoming year: Florida Days at Moosehaven will be held March 23; Mid-Year Conference at the Rosen Plaza April 3,4,5,6; International Convention will be held in Las Vegas June 20-25. You can go online to make your reservations now. Our Annual Convention at the Rosen Plaza will be Sept. 4,5,6,7. I would like to thank Junior Past President Lynn Klein for the commitment and job he did last year for our Fraternity and Association. Good luck to you in your future endeavors.

I hope that everyone has a “Safe” and “Wonderful” Holiday Season. Remember to have fun while providing greater service to our Fraternity.

Richard B. Jones