From the Territory Manager/FBMA Liaison

Larry Cundiff Regional Manager

MOOSE ON A MISSION

The Mid-Year Convention was a lot of fun and very informative. I think we all came home with ideas on how to improve our Operations. We will start a new year in May and I hope the new Officers have members in mind that will take Chairman Positions to improve the Operations of their Units.

We reached the Stretch Goal at the end of March with 75,755 LOOM Members. We dropped 3,300 at the end of March but we are coming into the strong part of year for membership growth, so I am confident we will overcome that loss. The key to our year end success lies in our Retention Committees. If every Lodge does the best they can do, we will reach our goal.

We still have families in the Panhandle suffering from damage of Hurricane Michael. There are still thousand that are homeless from the storm. We need to keep those in our prayers that lost their personal property and for the families that lost Love Ones. Funds we collect should be forwarded to the FBMA earmarked for Emergency Relief Fund. Last year after the hurricanes this fund was responsible for supporting several Lodges that kept them operational. This is one of the primary principles of the Moose in “Helping One Another”. No one knows who will be the one that needs help recovering from the next disaster.

We need to keep focused on what we do and remember why we do it. We need to do only things that support Mooseheart, Moosehaven and our Communities. If we do that our Fraternity will grow.

Thanks for all you do in support of the Lodges, Chapters, Moose Legions, Council of Higher Degrees and our Fraternity. Never lose sight that our efforts are for the Support of Mooseheart and Moosehaven. God bless Mooseheart, Moosehaven, the Moose Fraternity and most of all you.

Larry R. Cundiff Territory Manager/FBMA Liaison

From the President

FBMA President

First, I want to thank every single member of the Florida Bermuda Moose Association for your continued support. As we begin a new year I am so excited to represent you as your association president. We (Bobby & Debbi) look forward to visiting every lodge in Florida during the upcoming year. Yes, that’s right every lodge!! I attempt this as a way to support “Moose on a Mission”. I will be contacting district presidents to conduct a weekend event in conjunction with their meetings. I would like to come and support that event while raising money for FBMA projects. It is something that I have been planning for a few years and with a little bit of luck, and some help from our great members we can pull this off!!

While raising funds for the FBMA projects are important, we must address membership. Brother Fred Scott, Brother Jim Pershing, and all the area and district membership personnel have been doing a wonderful job for the past years. But the membership\retention committee says we can make 75 thousand members this year. While this feat is attainable it will take 110% effort from all of us. As long as I can remember once the FBMA has set a goal, we have made it most of the time exceeding that goal. We finished last year with 72420. With a big push from your retention campaigns and a continued effort to sign new members we can do this.

The most alarming numbers that were reported at the convention was that fraternity wide there was 337 thousand members that have never signed a new member. While this is an alarming number it is also an untapped market. Let’s encourage all our members to find someone that would enjoy the benefits of membership and sign them up. Lodge enrollments\orientation are great ways to spread the word about this great fraternity. Let’s don’t keep this a secret. I recently had dinner with some very knowledge moose members with years of experience. One of them stated to me it has been the same for years………. The only people that know about the Moose are Moose members. As I thought about what that meant, he said only members get the Moose Magazine, newsletters, and information about lodge, association, and international functions. In other words, get your message out there. There are so many avenues out there that no one should not be aware of the good we are doing.

In closing, by the time you read this the dedication of our new Moosehaven Centennial Building will be don and hopefully residence have begun the process of moving in. While I thank every moose member across this great fraternity for all their donations, I especially want to thank the members of the FBMA for this huge undertaking. When Brother Bill Norris said we would take on 850 thousand we thought that was not possible. But once again the Big Green has come though. Thank you and continue to watch social media for updates on my travels. Until next time…….Sign up one a new member and renew and expired member.

Fraternally,
Bobby Baker
President, FBMA


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