So here I am flying above the clouds and reminiscing. I am in the sky somewhere in the mid-west, I have already told the person next to me (a Teacher) all about the Loyal Order of Moose, Mooseheart and Moosehaven. I am remembering this past week, the people I have meet, the friends I have seen and reminiscing. I am remembering the conversation I had with some people as we all gave an accounting of how we came to be Moose members. As I now relate to you the wonderful experiences of St. Louis, the things we learned, the awesome food, and the extremely friendly people. I can’t forget the fun night and the opportunity to see The Little River Band again, oh and they sang Reminiscing!
What was the highlight you may ask, the pinnacle of the past week? As always my answer is being able to share the story of Mooseheart. This past week I meet Dermon, a 31 year old Security Officer for Union Station. I answered his question “What is Moose”? When I finished telling him about the Moose and Mooseheart he said “Can I join?” I signed him up with the Overland Moose Lodge 1948.
The most important thing I learned while at International convention has to do with lodge development. Our nation is undergoing a change in the social structure, and if we don’t change with it we will cease to exist. I am not talking about anything major but we must be ready to receive the way younger people like to have fun. As a Moose lodge we must stay relevant in the community or we fade away through natural attrition. The young people today want to help in their community; they want to be a part of a group that takes care of other. This is why it was so easy for me to sign up Dermon. We never talked about the Social Quarters until after he was all signed up. If we are to continue to grow then we must be ready to change. We must be ready to entertain the younger people to keep the younger people. The reward for this is people that are ready and able to work for a great cause and to build a great community.
I hope you will all join me in making our lodge an inviting and vibrant place for a younger membership that we need to foster. One parting LRB reference, let’s not be the lonesome loser . . . He was beaten by the queen of hearts every time. Let’s embrace the future and be social winners!
Jack E. Bergeron Jr.—Administrator