As the California-Nevada Moose Association celebrated their mid year conference, hundreds of Moose Members assisted to this fellowship to learn and share knowledge and experiences. As well as to master knowledge about the Fraternity of the Moose Association. This memorable event took place at the Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno Nevada, on March 17/20, 2016.

Our trip to Reno, from Richmond, was on Amtrak train, Fellow Moose members Tony and Brenda also came along to the Convention.
Our trip to Reno, from Richmond, was on Amtrak train, Fellow Moose members Tony and Brenda also came along to the Convention.
Dinner Time. At center, Charlene Gonsalves, from Chapter 566.
Dinner Time. At center, Charlene Gonsalves, from Chapter 566.
WOTM Rosalina Contreras, Chapter 566.
WOTM Rosalina Contreras, Chapter 566.
Close up view of some WOTH carrying Blankets to give away to needy people via agents of the Law.
Close up view of some WOTH carrying Blankets to give away to needy people via agents of the Law.
Partial view of the room full of WOTM!
Partial view of the room full of WOTM!
GREETINGS TO ALL.
GREETINGS TO ALL.
Honored Guests to the Convention to receive the Blankets for the less fortunate people from the WOTM.
Honored Guests to the Convention to receive the Blankets for the less fortunate people from the WOTM.
Fire Chief, Police Chief, First Respondent Chief, and Tommy Moose Chief.
Fire Chief, Police Chief, First Respondent Chief, and Tommy Moose Chief.

* 1) “The Loyal Order of Moose is a fraternal and service organization founded in 1888, with nearly 1 million men in roughly 2,400 Lodges, in all 50 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces as well as Bermuda; along with its female auxiliary, Women of the Moose with more than 400,000 members in roughly 1,600 Chapters in the same areas and the Loyal Order of Moose in Britain these organizations make up the Moose International. It is headquartered in Mooseheart, Illinois”.

This year, The Honored Guest-Honoree to the Convention were: Kurt Wiebe, Membership Director; Jan Fregulia, Executive Director of Moose Charities; and Andrew Taylor, Mid-Year Honouree. Also, from our Moose Lodge 550 Governor Melvin Davis and Fred Reichelt, Secretary to the Conference and Past Governor made their presence known. Andrew Boardley, California/Nevada Moose Association President 2015-16 in attendance as well. Larry Jordan, our Lodge Administrator was also at this most important Convention.

On the WOTM side we had Jan Fregulia, Executive Director of Moose Charities Inc.; From Fairfiel, Ca.,the host Chapter, Carol Allen, Deputy Grand Regent, among other great speakers: Kathy Rose, General Chairman; Mary Hagens, Registration Chairman; Robin Harper, Junior Regent. From our WOTM Chapter 566, we had Charlene Gonsalves, Star Recorder who holds Academy of Friendship and College of Regents Degree; Emily Walsh who is the Secretary/Treasurer,and your humble servant were present at all meetings and functions.

The Loyal Order of the Moose, LOOM, is a “separated” organization between the Men, who are the original members, and the Women Of The Moose, or WOTM. Because I am a WOTM member and a “ woman” did not attend any of the men’s meetings and some functions. Note: The WOTM originated in 1913 under the name of Women of Mooseheart Legion.

During the busy three days of 9am to 4pm schedules, the meetings were colourful; full of energy and great words of wisdom from the speakers. Among the quotes I took at the meetings, the most notable were: “Don’t give anyone Power over YOU”. “Give each other Respect”. “Don’t be a Bore at Meetings”. We also got an advise to the Men of the Moose: “Treat and give the women the support and respect we deserve, do not be one to stand in the way of our future”. Powerful words!

“Let’s have fun at our meetings”, was one of the themes touched. For fun: Plan a “mystery trip” which is a local trip but do not tell where it’ll be. Members will pay their fee (accordingly to expense) and will travel to an unknown destination. Fun will be awaiting. Also an exotic restaurant or an event can be scheduled. Possibilities are endless.

We also talked about women with great skills but who do not want to commit full time to a committee, don’t disregard her. Say yes, and make sure she’s happy doing what she can. Figure out a plan to get workers involved in something they like.

But not all was fun; we also covered everything from General Laws; “Mooseheaven” which is a retirement home for seniors and “Mooseheart” a home to help orphans and children and guide / house them through the school years from kindergarten to 12th and grants through college; the use of the Website, and how to get to the main person handling a committee, or event, or fundraising.

The Women Of The Moose handed out about 300 blankets as well as hundreds of “Tommy Moose” -which is a little stuffed toy moose- to the local Fire Department, Police, and First Respondents to deliver to individuals who have just been victims of fire or any other mishaps. These blankets are home made, with lots of love from our Moose women.

All in all, this was a nice full blast convention, high paced, entertaining, and a fulfilling experience.

* 2) “Notable Moose members
Presidents
• Warren G. Harding – U.S. President—Marion, Ohio: Lodge 889
• Franklin D. Roosevelt – U.S. President—New York City: Lodge 15
• Theodore Roosevelt – U.S. President
• Harry S. Truman – U.S. President (* 2)

* 1 and *2.(Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia)
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