News

posted 6/03/2021


EVENTS


On June 16th from 9am to 12pm and on June 26th from 2pm to 5pm the Virginia Department of Emergency Management along with the Lynchburg Police Department will be setting up their mobile vaccination clinic in the Lodge parking lot. They have an agenda but I think it’s a first come type of thing.


Also, remember that the first or maybe second annual Car Show and Low Country Boil and Child ID event will be held on July 24th all day long. We will be taking all the volunteers we can get and please come on out and participate in the fun.


Don Doss is selling cash raffle tickets for a donation to several local animal rescue shelters.


The lodge is selling raffle tickets for a cash raffle to be drawn at the local State Annual convention. It will have 20 cash prizes of $1000 each !!! Both tickets are $10 each.


The new board of officers voted to change the meetings around a little bit. ( Kinda ) Meetings will be on the 2nd and 4th Mondays With no meetings on the 1st and 3rd Mondays.


The meetings on the 2nd and 4th Mondays will start with Officers at 6pm and Membership at 7pm. Any unfinished officers business will be handled after membership in the continued Officers Mtng. I hope this is not confusing and we hope it will help get people to run for office or committee chairman.


Thanks for reading ...


Scott Jacode

posted 6/15/2021


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Things have been crazy since the opening in August. We have been taking things slow and have not had much to report on and no music or karaoke to speak of. I was reminded that many of our members did not even know we had opened. I am very sorry for that. Sometimes we think that since we know something, everyone else knows it also.


If you have not already, please come in and check out your new lodge looks and join us in preparing for the next fifty years of fraternalism and fellowship to be enjoyed by members young and old.


We are doing many spur of the moment events due to the fact that things are very fluid and change often. If you are on facebook, check out our daily postings there or just call us at the lodge, we would be very happy to assist you in any way we can ...


Hope To See You Soon ...


Scott Jacode

updated 11/30/2020

Moose International Field Staff Report

Date Arrived: 11/14/2020 Time Arrived: 6:00 PM

Date Departed: 11/14/2020 Time Departed: 11:00 PM

Unit Name: Lynchburg Unit#: 0715 Unit Type: Lodge ST/PR: VIRGINIA

Visit Conducted By (Name and Title): Mike Rios – Membership Director

Primary Purpose of Visit: DB - Drop By

Findings and Recommendations:

The purpose of this (unannounced) visit was to observe operations and see the renovations conducted during the recent pandemic shutdown. Accompanied by my wife, Linda, we met two other couples there who we previously invited to join us. (They were also Moose members.)

As we approached the building, we were greeted by Jr. Governor George Haythe then Treasurer Greg Kirby who welcomed us to the lodge and provided a tour. Shortly thereafter we were joined by Governor Daniel Viar. Needless to say, the lodge was extremely impressive! Much planning, time and effort was expended to perform the upgrades. This is a great example/template for other lodges. The adjustable lighting was perfect, the decorations impressive and the work has been professionally performed. (A local college art student was commissioned to do the murals on the walls.)

After a short while, “Donna” greeted us and took care of us all evening. As a hostess/server/greeter she is a great asset to the lodge. She helped make the experience more pleasant for everyone. Her positive and upbeat demeanor is contagious! The Bar staff was also attentive and professional. They complimented each other as a team making sure that everyone was served in a timely manner.

Throughout the evening, I visited several tables and interacted with the membership. There were many couples from local lodges who chose to patronize this lodge to enjoy the food (steak night) and atmosphere.

Making a connection with the membership was especially satisfying. I met two members whose Fathers were former State Police Troopers as well and Linda connected with a couple of members who also graduated from the same local High School as her (although several years apart).

A wide variety of music was provided by (Treasurer) DJ Greg Kirby and was played at a comfortable level.

A particularly pleasant aspect of membership was to see racially diverse families enjoying a meal together and the entertainment included multiple genres, catering to those of all ages. (There were infants, toddlers, teenagers, millennials, parents, grandparents, retirees and seniors in attendance.) While discussing the demographic, I was assured by a couple of members that there are no discriminatory issues in this lodge (that seemingly plagues several others) and that they welcome all people into the lodge home. The interaction between all members was impressive. The atmosphere was very comfortable and (at times) festive and celebratory.

The nine ‘o clock ceremony was conducted as customary and they collected $76.00. I understand that this is performed on a regular basis.

I can’t say enough about this lodge. It will be beneficial to consider this lodge as a template for the recently approved lodge development pilot program. This atmosphere is conducive to families, young and old, and their aesthetics certainly welcome all members, especially those younger members that we are targeting for the future. Moose has a HUGE presence in lodge decorations. However, they are up-to-date and tastefully presented. The lodge (Bingo) hall has not been renovated but it still presents well and is a benefit to the lodge.

Much credit was given to Administrator Scott Jacode for his leadership and vision, especially with the renovations. It appears that the Board of Officers works well together and they respect and appreciate Scott’s leadership.

Only a couple of “older” members have complained about the renovations (as indicated on social media). However, the majority appreciates and welcomes the changes with the understanding that they are making the improvements for the future. Several photos of the lodge are attached.

TM Chris Roberson has been a great support for the lodge. Although challenging, the Board of Officers should understand that they are headed in the right direction and that they have the full support of Moose International as they work to grow their lodge into the future. Their efforts are greatly appreciated!

MR

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