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

The following was copied from 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.


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.