Lo­cal Moose lodge wel­comes supreme gov­er­nor

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Bay Views - By KRIS­TIAN JAIME

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.

PHO­TOS BY KRIS­TIAN JAIME

Supreme Gov­er­nor Harry John­ston of Moose In­ter­na­tional speaks about his per­sonal jour­ney as Moose mem­ber dur­ing his visit.

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