Local Moose lodge welcomes supreme governor
said Johnston. “Their work is unconditional, and they just want to do good things for people. The members of this lodge are happy to get involved with the community, and it’s wonderful that they can be associated with other great organizations who want to do charity.”
Johnston also said he hoped the real legacy of the organization was one where any group can call and receive support. During his address to the nearly 40 members, Johnston underscored the need to reach out to the public to not only spur membership, but become more visible as a whole.
The goals outlined included educating the community on the numerous charitable projects completed throughout the year and his personal journey as member as later as the leader of Moose International.
“It’s very humbling that our supreme governor would visit us when there’s so many bigger lodges,” said Tom Willis, administrator for Bay Country Moose Lodge 831. “We support the Grasonville Volunteer Fire Department, the Queenstown Volunteers, Bikers Against Child Abuse, and the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Department, and that’s why we’re giving them donations today.”
Aside from the basket of stuffed animals for children for each of the groups, a monetary donation was also given to financially support their efforts.
Johnston was also the recipient of a formal proclamation and financial donation by the local chapter to help fund the larger initiatives by the Moose International.
“We hope that more people will come to see what we’re about. We’re a publicminded organization who strives to help a variety of groups. I’ve been a Moose member since 1980, and I intend to stay that way until I’m no longer able to do so,” Willis said.
With a combined membership of more than 1,000,000 members in the Loyal Order of Moose and Women of the Moose, the organization exists in 1,500 communities across all 50 states and four Canadian provinces, plus Great Britain and Bermuda. The Moose organization contributes between $75 million to $100 million worth of community service, counting monetary donations, volunteer hours worked and miles driven annually.
Additionally, programs like Tommy Moose aid in helping children overcome fears and anxiety during times of stress. Donated to law enforcement, fire fighters and other emergency workers, Tommy Moose plush dolls are presented to children in various traumatic situations.
The external focus of such service is directed toward many national charities, like Special Olympics North America, Salvation Army, Safe Surfin’ USA Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and St. Jude to name just some.
More information on Moose International and local chapters like the Bay Country Moose Lodge 831 is available at www. mooseintl.org.
Chris Marvel, left, Jason Anthony, center, and Matt Coursey, right, of the Grasonville Volunteer Fire Department receive a donation and toys for children on their calls.
From left, Wizard, Crusher, Crazy Frog and Glo are better known as Bikers Against Child Abuse and receive toys and a check for their work.
Supreme Governor Harry Johnston of Moose International speaks about his personal journey as Moose member during his visit.