Hope your new year is off to a good start. Lodge 898 has started it off with a bang. On the 17th the Boosters “Christmas in January” dance with the Bigger Dream band was a success. Everyone who attended seemed to have a wonderful time. Then on the 19th we held the first “movie night’ in the social quarters. There was a good turn out for “Gone Girl”, an action packed thriller.
Then the VMA Mid Year Conference in Norfolk where the State karaoke contest took place. Lodge 898 was well represented with three of the sixteen contestants. David Herrin, Donna Steely and Billy Gunderson did a great job. The competition was very close with only two points separating the top three finishers. David and Donna tied for second place and had to have a “sing off” to determine second and third place. In the end, David finished second ($100 prize) and Donna third ($50 prize). Billy got the whole crowd involved with a great up-tempo, current hit song. I’d like to congratulate everyone on an amazing job.
I’m looking forward to February. The Super Bowl party on 2/1, Poker League Dinner 2/7, WOTM Game Party 2/8, WOTM Jitney 2/12, Valentines Sweetheart Dance with the Rhondels on 2/14, Legion 199 Winter Celebration 2/19-2/21, and Moose Riders breakfast 2/22. Also, let’s not forget bingo on Wednesday and Friday and each weekend with DJ and/or karaoke.
Although we just came of a busy two months of giving to our community, Mooseheart and Moosehaven, let’s not forget why we are here. We need more members to continue our regrowth. The information about membership numbers that was shared with us at the Mid Year Conference is very disappointing. I’d like to challenge each Brother and Co-Worker reading this newsletter to sponsor one new member in the next thirty days. If that would happen, Lodge 898 would meet its yearly goal for membership. Tell them the Moose story, get them excited about helping others who are in need. These new members will also bring to our fraternity their skills and talents that might help us in our many projects to continue our commitment of service and support for the kids and senior that we have pledged to care for.
In an effort to curb the cost of the Lodge’s monthly newsletter, “The Leader”, we are going to deliver it by email to as many members and co-workers as possible. By March 15, 2015 each of you will need to notify the Lodge with your chosen delivery method. Send your email address to email@example.com, call us at 757-487-1221 or send us a letter. If you have any questions please contact us.
Bob Knight - Administrator