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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Letter from the ex-gov
WELL I'M NOT SURE WHERE TO START, BUT HERE GOES.
ON JULY 25th I RESIGNED MY POSITION AS GOVERNOR OF THE
LODGE. AFTER 18 MONTHS OF WORKING TO MAKE MORTON MOOSE
LODGE A COMFORTABLE AND FUN PLACE TO BE, I MADE A TOUGH
DECISION TO LEAVE.

I HAVE SPENT COUNTLESS DEVOTED HOURS HELPING TO MAKE
THIS PLACE WORK. AFTER THE PAST ADMINISTRATOR LEFT US
BROKE AND BURRIED FINANCIALLY. A FEW OF US PULLED TOGETHER
AND KEPT MOVING FOWARD. AFTER WE STOPPED THE BLEEDING
AND THE SPIRALING DOWNWARD, WE STARTED TO SEE SOME DAY
LIGHT. WE ALL PULLED EVEN TIGHTER AND TURNED THE CORNER TO
A BETTER FINANCIAL SITUATION.

AFTER A FEW MONTHS AND A LOT OF HARDWORK FROM THE
BOARD OF OFFICERS, OUR GREAT STAFF AND A FEW MEMBERS WE
MADE IT. NO MORE BOUNCED CHECKS, PAST DUE NOTICES AND LATE
CHARGES. NOW WE HAVE SOME MONEY IN THE BANK! WE HAD A
GREAT BOOKEEPER, AN AWESOME CPA WORKING FOR THE LODGE,
AND WHOM WAS DOING IT FOR FREE! THINGS WERE LOOKING LIKE
WE WOULD BE ABLE TO KEEP THE DOORS OPEN, AND WE DID. WITH
HELEN, RITA AND MYRNA SERVING UP AWESOME FOOD AND DRINKS
WE BUILT UP THE BANK ACCOUNTS.

BUT MORE BAD NEWS KEEPT COMING, RON WAS STILL
SCREWING US, WITH THE STATE AND FEDS. BUT WE CUT CORNERS
EVERY PLACE WE COULD. THEN ALL HELL STARTED TO BREAK
LOOSE, THE TROUBLE MAKERS, THE ONES THAT NOBODY COULD PLEASE! BUT THEY HAD ALL THE ANSWERS? HMM, HOW
COULD THEY? SOME OF THEM HAD BEEN GONE FOR MONTHS, BUT
THEY WERE THE CATALYST FOR THE REST. THEY WEREN'T
THERE WHEN WE WERE AT THE BOTTOM. THEY DIDN'T HELP OR
OFFER TO HELP, OR SHOW UP TO THE MEETINGS. JUST BITCHED
ABOUT THE STAFF AND THE WAY THE
BOARD WAS RUNNING THE LODGE. AFTER ALL WE ARE THE FEW THAT
SAVED MORTON MOOSE LODGE, NOT THEM. THEN THE NEW
ADMINISTRATOR REPLACED OUR BOOKEEPER? AND OUR CPA
WALKED, DUE TO ALL THE HATE AND DISCONTENT? IT WAS WORKING
WHY SCREW WITH IT? OH PARDON ME, THATS RIGHT WE DON'T KNOW
ANYTHING AND THEY KNOW IT ALL.

WE ASKED THE MEMBERS IF THEY WOULD DONATE FUNDS TO
HELP WITH OUR PROBLEMS, AND THEY DID, WELL SOME OF THEM?
THE WORKERS AND THE MEMBERS THAT SUPPORTED THE LODGE ALL
YEAR, NOT JUST A FEW MONTHS OF THE YEAR, I THANK YOU. FACT,
THE LAST TIME BILL SUBMITTED A LIST TO ME ABOUT DONATIONS, NO
WHERE WERE THE NAMES OF ANY OF THE TROUBLE MAKERS OR THE
BITCHERS, EXCEPT BILL LYCKSEL. WHAT THE HELL? THESE ARE THE
PEOPLE WITH ALL THE COMPLAINTS AND ADVICE BUT NO SUPPORT! I
GUESS YOU CAN PLEASE SOME OF THE PEOPLE SOME OF THE TIME,
AND SOME OF THE PEOPLE NONE OF THE TIME.


IN CONCLUSION; I PERSONALLY WANT TO THANK ALL OF THE
BOARD, THE STAFF, AND A HAND FULL OF THE MEMBERS FOR ALL OF
THEIR TIME AND CONTRIBUTIONS. WITHOUT ALL OF YOUR HELP THE
DOORS WOULD NOT BE OPEN TODAY. NOW THE PART TIMMERS AND
THE BITCHERS HAVE BULLIED THEIR WAY IN, BY CREATING HATE AND
DISCONTENT BETWEEN MEMBERS, STAFF AND THE BOARD. NOW,
YOUR NEW ADMINSTRATOR HAS TAKEN SIDES WITH THEM. POOR
MOOSE LODGE, THIS IS A SAD DAY FOR MORTON. AS THESE PEOPLE
HAVE CREATED A PLACE OF UNCOMFERTABLENESS FOR THE
REGULARS, THE ONES THAT HAVE SUPPORTED THE LODGE. I KNOW
THIS WILL PISS OFF A FEW PEOPLE BUT I'M THE KINDA GUY THAT
CALLS A SPADE A SPADE. SO, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND YOU
CAN KISS MY BACKSIDE. I FOR ONE, WILL NOT BE THERE TO PICK UP
THE PIECES AGAIN. TO THE REST OF MY FRIENDS AND
AQUAINTANCES THAT I HAVE MADE AT THE LODGE, I WISH YOU ALL
NOTHING BUT GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING YOU INCOUNTER IN
LIFE.

YOURS TRUELY
RICH
PS: A SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO A GREAT FRIEND AND BOSS, THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP AND GUIDANCE TERRY






If you haven’t been to one in a while, you might be surprised at the swift pace of
most Moose meetings. You have opportunity for effective input without wasting
your time. And then you can enjoy an opportunity to relax with friends.

> Has your Lodge or Chapter ever scheduled a program or event you wished you could
have been involved with from the beginning? Have you ever wondered why it seems you
have no say in how your Lodge or Chapter operates?

More likely than not, you haven’t been attending the meetings of your Lodge or Chapter
recently. Making it a habit to attend those meetings regularly is obviously a plus for your
Lodge or Chapter. But we think you’ll be surprised how much you will come to see these
meetings as beneficial and enjoyable for you. Here’s why:

First off, as of the night they’re enrolled, every member of this fraternity has a vote—and
it counts! When you attend a meeting, you may be voting on the acceptance of new
members, the expenditure of Lodge or Chapter funds, or the election of officers.
By attending meetings, you’ll learn more about what various Lodge or Chapter
committees are doing—and who are the people working behind the scenes. If they’re
planning a special event for, say, Independence Day, why not ask if you can help out? By
getting involved, you can slowly work toward having more events of the sort that you
like—and that you think others would like. By lending a hand to carry them out, you’ll
know you did your best to ensure that they were a success.

As an informed member, you will know if the Lodge and Chapter officers are doing
everything they should to ensure a successful fraternal operation, including:
Making sure the Family Activities Committee fills the calendar with a variety of fun
events every month;

n Reviewing the quality of the food being served to members and their families;
Recognizing the birthdays of members by sending cards or mentioning them in the
Lodge newsletter;

Making sure that fellow members or co-workers who are hospitalized are being visited
and that their families’ needs are being met; and perhaps most important,
Assuring that members are made welcome when they visit the Social Quarters.
Whatever your reason for having joined your Lodge or Chapter, attending its meetings
regularly enables you to learn how it works, and what’s happening in your area of
interest.

Meetings are easy to follow, because they adhere to a strict agenda, following Robert’s
Rules of Order. Seven members constitute a quorum for a Lodge meeting—provided that
the Governor, Jr. Governor, Prelate, or a Past Governor (in that order) is present to
preside.

The Nine O’Clock Ceremony (you may remember it from the night you were enrolled) is
a tradition upheld at Lodge and Chapter meetings—and helps us all remember one of the
essential reasons our fraternity exists: our children at Mooseheart Child City & School.
Another reason to get out of the house and to the Lodge on meeting night is—fun. It
gives you an enjoyable change of pace from your usual day-to-day routine, offering you a
night out and an opportunity to patronize your Lodge’s Social Quarters.

As a legal corporation, the Lodge’s Board of Officers is required to hold meetings and to
keep minutes. Our by-laws require at least one meeting per month (two for a Chapter).
However, special meetings may also be scheduled for enrollment of new members,
installation of officers, changing day and time of regular meetings, proposed changes in
dues, transactions involving real or personal property of the Lodge, etc. The Board is
required to notify members in advance of all such special meetings.

So—what’s holding you back? Find out when the next meeting is scheduled. You do
have a voice in the actions, programs and decisions of your Lodge and Chapter—but only
if you’re there to exercise it!

What Are Your Responsibilities As an Officer: The Lodge
GOVERNOR

> The Governor is the President of the corporation that the Lodge legally exists as. He
presides at all meetings of the Board of Officers, all regular meetings, and any specially
scheduled meetings of the Lodge. The Governor’s primary objective is to promote the
fraternal operation of the Lodge. His major specific responsibilities include:
Maintaining order and decorum at meetings, ensuring that meetings are run according to
Robert’s Rules of Order.

Appointing certain designated officers and the chairmen of all standing and special
committees, except as otherwise provided in the General Laws; also to ensure the
continuing activity of committees by appointing replacements as needed.

Chairing the House Committee. He is NOT—and cannot be—the manager of the Social
Quarters. He has no authority over the Social Quarters, except when he is presiding at a
House Committee meeting.

The Responsibilities of The Chapter’s SENIOR REGENT

> The Senior Regent is the presiding officer of all meetings of a Women of the Moose
Chapter—including Chapter Night, Board of Officers, business meetings, and any other
special meeting of the Chapter.

Major responsibilities of a Senior Regent also include:

Appointing all chairmen of Chapter Development, Standing, and Special Committees, as
well as all Appointed Officers, the Ritual Director, and the Musician.
Signing the Secretary/Treasurer Chapter Minutes Book immediately after all minutes are
read and approved by the Chapter.

Dividing the entire membership of the Chapter, and appointing every co-worker to serve
on one of the eight Chapter Development Committees.

Note: A monthly joint meeting between the Lodge and the Chapter is encouraged, as it
improves communication between the two entities and strengthens the entire Moose
operation.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
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