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From the Territory Manager/FBMA Liaison
Jerry Monk Regional Manager

“Moose – Build Our Foundation.” We have just finished our Mid Year and what a great time it was. Our two Official Visitors were great and we all had fun. If you missed it I’m sorry and hope you will make the convention in September.

Congratulations to Everett Goodwin and Angie Clark for being selected as the Lifetime Achievement Award winners for Florida. Congratulation to South Florida Moose Legion Ritual team for its first place finish in the competition. For the first time I can remembers the team had a clean sweep. Every member placed first in their individual parts.

During the time we were there we lost one of our most valued members. Past Supreme Governor Robert “Bob” Bullock passed away on Friday April 15th. Bob will be truly missed at our meetings. He was a true fraternalist and a great leader in our fraternity.

As I am writing this prior to the end of April I am confident that we will have a gain in active members in the Lodges, Chapters and Moose Legions. All I can say is if we don’t it won’t be for a lack of trying. I know the many of our units have worked diligently to do so and big thanks goes out to all that have helped.

As we prepare for the Moose International Convention in St. Louis just a reminder to bring your bells and make some noise whenever you here a Lodge, Chapter, Moose Legion, Member or the Association named for anything. Make sure you find a seat Front Left (FL) as you are facing the stage. We want to make sure the folks back here in Florida that can’t make it to St. Louis hear us loud and clear.

As we wind up the Build Our Foundation campaign and begin the Raise The Roof campaign we must be sure that every unit has a plan in place to ensure growth during the 2016-2017 year. Every unit must have a local campaign and must recognize your sponsors. The awards for sponsoring a new or former member do not have to be expensive. A simple award such as a free drink or a free meal will help promote sponsorship. The sponsor should also be recognized in the newsletter, on the web page on Facebook and at meetings and events at the lodge.

Thank you for all you do for our children, seniors, your Lodge, Chapter and Moose Legion and your fraternity.

Fraternally,
Jerry

 
From the President
FBMA President

The last quarter is upon us; we need to give this time more effort to address retention and recovery. We seem to do a good job signing new applicants, but fail to keep them. There are some Lodges that are exceptions. You all see the numbers when your Territory Managers send them out. Maybe, perhaps, send an e-mail to one and pick their brain and ask what programs they're running that are working so well for them. Most important though, you must do something.

The Nominating Committee should (by now) be hard at its task to identify and nominate the best qualified candidates, men that will be the Leaders of your Lodge. Again I say check your Membership numbers, your finances, Endowment fund giving, monies owed to International, and get familiar with what it takes to make your Year End Premier Lodge Award.. Don't wait until the last minute.

March 20th is Florida Day at Moosehaven. If you haven't been there you really need to visit so that when asked to make a donation you'll know just how important it is because you were there and you saw the work the Moose does here.

Mid Year Conference is at the Rosen Plaza in Orlando, April 14th to 17th. I would love to see a bunch of new attendees. It's close enough for a lot of us to come up for just a day. You'll get a lot of firsthand information.

Thank you for what you are doing and what you will do.

Remember "Do Your Very Best in Every Situation."

Fraternally,
Fred Van Nostrand
President, FBMA

 

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