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Governor's August 2020 Message
On Saturday, August 1, 2020 we resumed New Member Orientation. This first session after a long hiatus went well, and was attended by five new LOOM members and sixteen new WOTM co-workers. Special thanks to Chana Speir, our Senior Regent, for taking the lead on the orientation presentation. I had work commitments that I thought would preclude me from being at the orientation, but in the end I was able to be there. Next New Member Orientation is scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 4:00 pm. Orientation is generally held on the first Saturday of each month. Due to conflicts with other activities, we are not planning to have Orientation in September.
Next LOOM meeting is on August 17, 2020 at 7:30 pm. LOOM meetings are generally held on the first and third Mondays of each month.
I would like to direct your attention to the next Florida Moose Association District 6 meeting at the Melbourne Moose Lodge on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 12:00 pm. The new board of officers for FMA District 6 will be elected at this meeting.
Our Lodge continues to navigate local government coronavirus restrictions while working toward resuming normal operations. As always, exercising care and common sense with regard to cleanliness and distancing should help to minimize the impact of coronavirus.
We are adding some small-scale events in the Social Quarters and on the Patio to the calendar. The August 2020 Calendar is available on the moose2073.com website and is linked below. It is also posted on the Merritt Island Moose Lodge #2073 facebook page
For Moose members that have not yet seen the newly remodeled Social Quarters and Patio, I invite you to come check it out! I'm sure you will be amazed by the changes!
Remodeling of the Hall continues in earnest. Looking forward to its completion and hosting meetings, parties and events once the time is right!
One Moose has passed! For those who may not know, One Moose will merge much of the men's and women's organizational structures while preserving the traditional degrees of service that have been part of the Moose for for many years. This is scheduled to go into effect on May 1st, 2021.
Thank you for your membership! Along with having fun, you are helping the children at Mooseheart, the seniors at Moosehaven, and our local community!
Sr. Regent’s Message for September 2020:
Thank you for allowing me to delay my monthly letter but I wanted to wait until after the Florida Moose Association MidYear Conference to share new information I learned.
The conference was held at the Rosen Plaza in Orlando, September 10-13. Due to the Annual conference in May being cancelled, this was the first conference where the LOOM (men) and WOTM (women) attended sessions jointly. As you may know, Florida Moose Association is now a joint association meaning the men and women are now all eligible to hold district offices and to vote on district and state initiatives.
Last month, District 6- made up of Merritt Island, Cocoa, Melbourne, Satellite Beach, Palm Bay, and Sebastian River- held elections for their offices. I am proud to say that the 2020-2021 District 6 Board is all women, except for the sitting President, Chris Pedone, who was re-elected. And even more exciting for Merritt Island- we have three co-workers on the board!! Arlene Owens, 1st Vice President; Barbara Pedone, Prelate; and Chana Speir (that’s me!), Secretary. I look forward to the incoming board working together, respectfully and productively, for the good of the district and, ultimately, the good of The Moose.
Back to the conference- Due to the current global pandemic, the conference sessions attendance was limited to Sr. Regent & Recorder (WOTM) and Governor & Administrator (LOOM). We had several other co-workers and brothers attend the conference and watch the Zoom live stream from other locations in the hotel.
I am pleased to share that Merritt Island Chapter was named in the Top 5 Chapters for the state of Florida (we were #4). The criteria for this award are based on maintaining a full and active board of officers and chairmen, annual giving to Moose Charities, completing all requirements for submitting reports to Moose International, community service projects, and co-worker participation. While this honor goes to our current Jr. Grad Regent, Wanda Speir, for her leadership in the 2019-2020 chapter year, I was proud to represent her in the meeting.
On the topic of our Jr. Grad Regent, Wanda received her Green Cap on Sunday. The green cap is a step in the process of earning the College of Regents degree. Green Cap is an honor earned by Jr. Grad Regents for a successful year as Sr. Regent.
A few upcoming events:
September 22 at 6:30PM- WOTM chapter meeting
October 3 at 4:00PM- New Member Orientation (WOTM & LOOM new members are invited to attend)
October 10 at 1:00PM- No Sew Blanket making (save the date but more information coming soon!)
I hope you are all staying safe and healthy. Keep wearing your mask, social distancing when possible, using hand sanitizer, and washing your hands. Together, we can keep each other healthy!
YOUR Senior Regent
Merritt Island #1544