Lynchburg Moose Lodge # 715

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THE MOOSE FRATERNITY

An International Organization of Men and Women Dedicated to Caring for Young and Old, Bringing Communities Closer Together, and Celebrating Life.

Fraternity a Necessity

Even aborigines before lived the days together of civilization in tribes and the clans. It is unnatural for man to live by himself because there is a natural desire inborn, a gift from the Creator, for man to seek companionship. Fraternal Organizations make this natural proclivity easy of accomplishment. Men do not join Fraternal Organizations merely for the benefits derived but require and look for fraternal companionship.

The Loyal Order of Moose and other Fraternities of like character, embrace the opportunity of doing more than simply giving men the privilege of association with their fellow men. Lessons are taught which cannot fail to influence the lives of those who attend Lodge meetings. Our Order impresses upon its members the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man, teaching the duty which all men owe to the Divine Father and to each other as sons of the Creator. We seek to teach our members to crush out selfishness, having thought always for the feelings and well-being of our Brothers. We teach Patriotism, love of Country, good citizenship, and honesty of purpose.
The three great cardinal principles of our Order teach our members Purity of Thought and Purity of Word and Deed, in our association with others. Aid freely given to our members not only in times of sickness and sorrow, but during every day of our busy lives, “Doing some good to someone each day.” Progress in that we will be ever alert to increase the value of our Order to its members. The establishment of Mooseheart is a splendid exemplification of our Progress. Caring for our boys in the service of their Country, at home and abroad, is another example of our Progress.

The United States of America has fostered and encouraged fraternal organizations since its very beginning, until today it is estimated that 17,000,000 men are members of Fraternities. When we consider the lessons taught by these Fraternities, we can feel assured that these members are better men, better husbands, better fathers, and better citizens, because of their membership. Then may we not claim that Fraternities have had much to do with the development of the United States of which we are all so proud, and does it not follow that Fraternity is a necessity ?

Cordially and Fraternally,
John W. Ford
Supreme Dictator  -    1917-1918

NINE O'CLOCK CEREMONY


At the hour of nine o'clock p.m., wherever Moose are gathered in the name of the Order, they are requested to stand, face toward Mooseheart, fold their arms across their chests, and for a moment bow their heads in silent prayer, repeating in concert the words of the Nine O'clock Ceremony. At a regular meeting the Governor should call for the ceremony as close to nine o'clock as possible.)

The Nine O'clock Ceremony gives members the opportunity to reflect upon the value of Mooseheart and serves as a reminder of the principles of our Order. The Nine O'clock Ceremony shall be performed, and an endowment fund collection conducted, whenever members of the Order are assembled (including meetings, the social quarters and during other social functions). Each lodge should maintain one or more appropriately marked containers in the lodge home and social quarters to collect contributions for the endowment fund.


Members are reminded they can make Endowment Fund Contributions on-line, which are credited towards your primary Lodge or Chapter's total giving for the year and also goes towards your total Donors Circle Donations.


Link to secure donation page .....  https://tinyurl.com/yxtph7es

The Loyal Order of Moose is a fraternal and service organization founded in 1888, combining nearly 800,000 men in approximately 1,800 Lodges of the Loyal Order of Moose and more than 400,000 members in roughly 1,600 Chapters of the Women of the Moose, in 49 states and four Canadian provinces, plus Great Britain and Bermuda.

The men and women of the Moose support the operation of Mooseheart Child City & School, a 1,000-acre community for children and teens in need, located 40 miles west of Chicago; and Moosehaven, a 72-acre retirement community for its members near Jacksonville, FL.

Moose Lodges conduct between $70 million and $100 million worth of community service (counting monetary donations, volunteer hours worked, and miles driven) annually. Additionally, the Loyal Order of Moose conducts numerous sports and recreational programs, in local Lodges and Family Centers, in the majority of 44 State and Provincial Associations, and on a fraternity-wide basis.

The Loyal Order of Moose is a private organization. All activities and events referred to on this Web site are available to members in good standing and their qualified guests only. This Web site is for informational purposes with proprietary information intended for members only. General information is available to the public at large, but should not be construed to be a solicitation for membership. This Web site is an initiative of one member of the Moose Lodge, and is not sanctioned by the Loyal Order of Moose, Moose International, or any subsidiary thereof. All logos, trademarks and servicemarks pertaining to the Loyal Order of Moose and/or its programs or degrees are copyrighted © by Moose International, Inc., Mooseheart, Illinois.

The following was copied form the third paragraph of the General Laws of the Loyal Order of the Moose


The purposes of the fraternal and charitable lodges, chapters, and other units are to:


  • Unite in the bonds of fraternity, benevolence, and charity, all acceptable persons of good character.
  • Educate and improve their members and the families of their members, socially, morally, and intellectually.
  • Assist their members and their families in time of need.
  • Aid and assist the aged members of lodges, chapters, and their spouses.
  • Encourage and educate their members in patriotism and obedience to the laws of the country in which the lodge, chapter or other units exist.
  • Encourage tolerance of every kind.
  • Render particular service to children in need by the operation of one or more vocational, educational institutions of the type and character of the institution now called "Mooseheart", and located at Mooseheart, in the State of Illinois.
  • Serve aged members and/or their spouses at one or more institutions of the characte and type f the place called "Moosehaven"  located at Orange Park, in the State of Florida.
  • Create and maintain foundations, endowment funds, trust funds and subsidiary or related corporations, whether nonprofit or for profit, for the purpose of carrying on, aiding and assisting the charitable and philanthropic enterprises heretofore mentioned.