From the Territory Manager/FBMA Liaison

Jerry Monk Regional Manager

MOOSE- HONORING COMMUNITY HEROES

Wow!! Here we are in January 2018 already, time sure flies when you’re having fun. I trust all had a great and safe holiday season and Santa brought you everything you asked for.

As we move forward through the last four months of the Moose year we must do all we can to ensure that each of our units has a gain in active members on April 30, 2018. We must be proactive in contacting members who are about to expire and encourage them to pay their dues. We must also be contacting those members who have already expired and do all we can to get them back on the rolls as dues paying members. Remember we all took an oath to strengthen our order, this not only means sponsoring new members but helping keep the ones we have. We all have that responsibility.

Something that we all must do a better job of is involving the community in events at the lodge. Every lodge should be planning and holding events involving the public for a local charity our charitable event to shoe that we are more than the corner bar. Many of our lodges do a great job throwing money at charities but little to involve them in the events to raise the funds. We do have several lodges that do a great job holding these type of events and I want thank and congratulate you for doing so. I would also suggest that during these events you include Moose Charities to help increase giving. Partner with a charity to do these events. These events will double your exposure by you and the other organization advertising. Plan one event at least each quarter. Events can be such things as a car show, battle of the bands, dinner dance or other types of events. Be creative and just do it. Public events will let the community know that you are more than the local watering hole behind closed doors. I can speak from personal experience that these events do help the lodge’s status in the community and will also help increase membership.

The registration and housing should be up and running on the Moose International web site by now for the convention in New Orleans. The preliminary schedule is posted and you will note that it is not being held over the 4th of July this time. Make you plans now to be there. I am sure it will be a great time and there will be some fun events.

Let’s finish the year strong with a gain in active members in the LOOM, WOTM and Moose Legion. I know we can do it because we are “Second To None” and “A Cut Above the Rest.”

Thanks for all you do and God Bless Mooseheart and Moosehaven.

Fraternally,
Jerry

From the President

FBMA President

2018 is upon us, our goals are set… Let us show the world, we are the Heart of the Community!

Centennial Project’s $800,000 commitment: Our focus has been on completing our 3-year commitment this year. It is within our reach! Our membership has been generous even with the challenges of Irma. We are not there yet, but I am hopeful to be there by the time we reach New Orleans.

The Moosehaven Bus $125,000 Commitment: We are struggling to earmark funds for this venture. As we go forward, a new focus will bring this goal to fruition. Members will for the first time be able to make a donation while registering on-line for the Mid-Year Conference. I challenge each District President to form a committee and fundraise for the Moosehaven Bus Project.

Special Olympics of Florida: As Moose International has decided not to continue to sponsor the National Softball Tournaments, we changed our focus to our own Florida programs. I challenge each of you to go out and support the thousands of volunteer coaches and athletes by volunteering at events, or just cheering from the stands. If your lodge and chapter would like to donate funds, you can still send the money to the FBMA earmarked for Special Olympics and the FBMA will forward them.

The Florida Sherriff's Youth Ranch is again right in our own backyard. During our Full Board Meeting at Moosehaven in January, I was proud to hand Chairman Frank Kenny a check for over $22,000 to cover the cost of t-shirts for the kids that participate in the FSYR Summer Youth Camps. This would not have been possible without the efforts of our membership and especially our Moose Riders Activity Groups.

As we strive to be the Heart of the Community with donations and volunteerism, we all know there is strength in numbers. Our Membership Team has been hard at work and we are approaching a milestone we have not seen in many years. As of January 31, the FBMA sits at 74,656 Active Members. Chairman Fred Scott has made it known our goal before April 30 is to be over 75,000. We are so close. Just a little effort with the expired and some new member production and we should be able to reach that goal. As we honor our community heroes, First Responders get their first year’s dues for free. Make those phone calls, keep the members we have, invite new members and let’s hit that goal!

And finally, FLAMINGO ! Florida Day is set for March 25, at Moosehaven. It would be awesome to see some of the over one hundred Flamingos at the Florida Building for a photo opportunity. The Flock should meet up around 11 AM. After the picture the birds can travel home and be displayed at Lodges or members’ homes. If your bird cannot make the trip, share pictures with me on Facebook. “W Scott Duncan”.

Proud to be a part of the Florida Bermuda Moose Association

Fraternally Yours, W. Scott Duncan, 2017-18 FBMA President


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