Moose Lodge holds mem­ber­ship drive

Record Observer - - News - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­

QUEEN­STOWN — Bay Coun­try Moose Lodge 831 in Queen­stown is spon­sor­ing a free mem­ber­ship drive for ac­tive duty mil­i­tary, ac­tive Re­servists, po­lice of­fi­cers, fire­fight­ers, paramedics and emer­gency med­i­cal tech­ni­cians. If you’re ac­tive in one of those pro­fes­sions, the Moose are of­fer­ing free mem­ber­ship for the next year.

“Nor­mally, there is an en­roll­ment fee for both men and women and also a year’s dues paid by our mem­bers,” said cur­rent lodge ad­min­is­tra­tor Tom Wil­lis, who is also a Queen­stown town com­mis­sioner. “How­ever, for this year, we’re drop­ping those costs for new mem­bers who serve our com­mu­ni­ties in those listed pro­fes­sions. If you don’t know all we do for the com­mu­nity or what we pro­vide our mem­bers as a fra­ter­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion, we in­vite you to call, come visit us here at the lodge, and see what we do.”

The lodge has many year-round ac­tiv­i­ties. It pub­lishes a monthly cal­en­dar of events, in­clud­ing weekly meal-deals, such as reg­u­lar Mon­day night steamed shrimp and 65 cent wings on Wed­nes­day evenings. Tail­gat­ing meals on Sun­day af­ter­noons and live mu­sic ev­ery Satur­day night are just a few more of the ac­tiv­i­ties.

Dur­ing the win­ter months there is a Thurs­day night pool league with com­pe­ti­tions be­gin­ning at 7 p.m.

The Queen­stown lo­ca­tion has a large so­cial hall with a huge kitchen, fre­quent- ly rented by lo­cal groups for meet­ings or cel­e­bra­tions, such as wed­ding re­cep­tions.

The In­ter­na­tional Moose mis­sion state­ment lists “an or­ga­ni­za­tion of men and women ded­i­cated to car­ing for young and old, bring­ing their com­mu­ni­ties closer to­gether and cel­e­brat­ing life.” The Moose or­ga­ni­za­tion was founded in the late 1800s, and ex­ists in more than 1,600 lodges across North Amer­ica. The clos­est Moose lodges to Queen­stown are in Cam­bridge and An­napo­lis.

Bay Coun­try Moose lodge has been lo­cated at 6154 Main St., Queen­stown, since 1979, and is di­rectly next door to the Queen­stown Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 296. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410-8277900.

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