Have you ever asked yourself: Am I enjoying my life? Is there anything special about it?
Have I made a difference? Is there a better way to find new friends and get together with
them to do the things we enjoy?
Add these questions to that list: Am I doing enough for my family? Am I doing something
for people who really need help? Am I giving something back to society? Am I making any
difference in the world?
Maybe you haven't asked these questions in so many words, but we'll bet you've had
some of these thoughts. Why do we raise these issues? Because we've been helping
people answer questions like them with a powerful 'yes', ever since 1888.
We are known as the Family Fraternity, over a century old and nearly a million strong -
networked throughout nearly 2,000 Moose centers in the United States, Canada, Great
Britain and Bermuda. We'd like to tell you a little about ourselves because we may be
exactly what you've been searching for.
Let us take a moment to acquaint you with the who, what, where, when and how of the
Loyal Order of Moose.
WHO WE ARE…………….
We are a million men - young and old, urban, suburban and rural, working and retired,
single and married, some with kids at home and some with kids grown and gone.
We make our living in business, industry, government, agriculture, medicine, law,
education and more.
We especially cherish our families, our children and our community.
We enjoy each other's company; looking forward to the activities we share and supporting
firmly the beliefs we hold.
We are a family in the way we come together, bond together and grow together.
We are people whose first thought isn't "What's in it for me"? Rather, it’s "What can I do to
From WHAT' have we grown……………..
In 1888 our founder, Dr.. John Henry Wilson of Louisville, Kentucky, formally established
us as a largely social organization.
In 1906 James J. Davis of Elwood, Indiana, became the 247th member, and with his
enthusiasm, transformed a small fraternity into a dynamic social force which, within seven
years, boasted 1,000 Moose homes and more than 500,000 members.
|In 1913, Davis - who also served as Secretary of Labor
under three Presidents, and as a United States Senator for
15 years - committed the Moose to the service of humanity
by establishing Mooseheart.
MOOSEHEART CHILD CITY & SCHOOL is a residential childcare facility, located on a
1,000-acre campus 38 miles west of Chicago. The Child City is a home for children and
teens in need, from infancy through high school. Dedicated in July 1913 by the Moose
fraternal organization, MOOSEHEART cares for youth whose families are unable, for a
wide variety of reasons, to care for them. Some have lost one or both parents; others are
living in environments that are simply not conducive to healthy growth and development.
Whatever the reason, the men and women of the Moose, through unparalleled generosity
and volunteerism, furnish the resources necessary to care for children in need. The
Moose fraternity provides children with a wholesome home-like environment and the best
possible training and education.
Children live in one of thirty residences designed like a
spacious single-family residence. Each is home for six to
twelve children. The heart of the program is Family
Teachers — providing a consistent, systematic method
of care, with emphasis on social-skills development —
skills essential for success in later life.
|In 1913 the Women of the Moose was launched. While they operate their
own unique philanthropic programs, these 500,000-plus members are
an indispensable part of the Moose family.
|Also, in 1913, it was realized that there are Moose members who gave
extra effort and deserved special recognition, and so the Moose Legion
was born. Members can make application for membership in the
Moose Legion, which has always been comprised of 10% - 12% of the
Moose membership and takes pride in it’s own leaders and programs.
In 1918 the Order created the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a
member by the fraternity. This honor, known as the Pilgrim Degree of Merit,
is conferred once each year, in the magnificent House of God at
Mooseheart, traditionally on the same day Mooseheart holds its annual
commencement exercises. The few members selected to receive this
honor each year have achieved the pinnacle of dedication and service. Only
about 4,000 men currently are members of this elite group.
In the mid-1920s the Pilgrim Council concluded that there was a need
for a 'waiting area' for the ultimate Pilgrim Degree, and so the
Fellowship Degree of Honor was created. This honor is annually
conferred upon qualified members of the Moose Legion, bestowed at
both the International Convention, of the Loyal Order of Moose and the
annual conventions of the state or provincial Moose Association to which
the member belongs.
In 1922 Davis realized that the needs of the elderly also
called out for aid, and so he was instrumental in the
creation of Moosehaven, the "City of Contentment".
Located in Orange Park, Florida, just south of Jacksonville,
this 63-acre retirement community on the St. John's River
is now a sun-kissed, beautifully landscaped and
well-appointed community of fun and care for members of
the Order who have reached the age of 65 and have at
least 15 years of continuous service.
From the beginning, much of the work necessary to keep Moosehaven running has been
done by those who live there. And still today, as they are able, residents serve as their own
gardeners, housekeepers, kitchen helpers, mail carriers, dining room helpers, and
With land purchases, Moosehaven essentially grew to its current acreage by the 1960s.
Since World War II, all of the original buildings have been replaced; during the 1990s most
residential facilities were again thoroughly renovated or rebuilt - notably by the Ohio and
Florida/Bermuda Moose Associations and the Women of the Moose. The physical plant
today consists entirely of modern buildings designed and built to provide pleasant and
comfortable accommodations, recreation, and care.
Each of the buildings in which Moosehaven people reside is a self-contained home with
its own sleeping and living rooms, kitchen, and dining room. The $16 million Life Care
Center, completed in 2002, and designed and equipped for the needs of senior care,
provides space for 170 beds and has its own therapy department, x-ray, laboratory, and
pharmacy. It also boasts six day rooms, a chapel, library, beauty salon and barbershop,
and arts and crafts room. It is a four-building, interconnected, 130,000-sq.ft. complex
offering state-of-the-art assisted-living care at various levels.
Thanks to the New York State Moose Association, Moosehaven residents also enjoy the
fully equipped New York Exercise Center, completed in 1997, with indoor pool and bowling
lanes, and worship in their own beautiful New York Chapel, built in 1972 at the center of
campus. The bright, gracefully designed house of worship is served by Moosehaven's own
Catholic and Protestant chaplains.
Celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2002, Moosehaven, the "City of Contentment," makes
every effort possible to provide security, comfort, and peace of mind to qualified Moose
men and women of retirement age.
In the late 20th Century the Moose leadership initiated a nationwide modernization. The
"Supreme Lodge of the World, Loyal Order of Moose" and "Women of the Moose" became
part of one Order, known as Moose International. A comprehensive modernization of the
Mooseheart campus took place, as did an expansion of its admission policy, allowing
Mooseheart to accept applications from any child in need. Moose Lodges began the
change to Moose Family Centers, and the fraternity undertook the enormous task of raising
$16 million to construct a state-of- the-art Life-Care Center at Moosehaven. This new,
120,000 sq. ft. complex, is designed to address the needs of the elderly in a 21st Century
fashion, including assisted living care, skilled nursing care, and the latest in programs and
technology for dementia care - all for Moose members and their spouses only!
WHERE families go to enjoy…………
The heart of our activities pulsates within each Moose Family Center.
Indoor recreational activities can include cards, darts, pool, bowling, air hockey, Friday
night fish fries, dances - pretty much whatever each local membership finds fun and
Outdoor recreational activities may include golf, horseshoes, fishing, hunting, barbecues,
chartered buses to special affairs, plus whatever else is fresh and enjoyable for the
Holiday parties such as Halloween, Christmas, Easter, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, New
Year's Eve and St. Patrick's Day are favorites among many of our members.
The calendar of year-round events triggers lasting friendships among the adults and
provides 'keep-them-off-the-street' fun for the children.
Moose Family Centers are designed for today's busy people who need a place where they
can enjoy affordable recreation, come as families, and bond as colleagues, and feel safe
and secure among the best of friends.
HOW we reach out to others……………
Being part of the Moose family also gives us a chance to be of service to others; from
simply contributing to worthy causes, all the way to rolling up our sleeves and making a
difference with our own hands.
Every year Moose Family Centers choose to work with such community efforts as blood
drives, and meals to shut-ins, plus fund- raisers for Muscular Dystrophy, the Salvation
Army, Arthritis Foundation, Little League Baseball and so much more.
Family Centers also become involved with Moose International's many community service
programs such as Youth Awareness, Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps, Scouting
and Veterans' Hospitals, just to name a few.
One of the proudest examples of Moose service to humanity is, of course, Mooseheart,
where thousands of children in need have been provided with shelter, food, clothing,
education, recreation and emotional support by loving caregivers - all taking place within a
gorgeous 1 ,200 acre, self-contained community that is unique in all the world.
Moose membership means becoming a participating part of a growing, and continually
evolving, something-for-everyone organization.
Moose membership means entering whole new worlds of adventure, all within your own
Moose membership can mean more time with family, with friends and with community.
Moose membership means not only fun and fulfillment, but also compassion and
commitment - truly becoming a better person.
Moose membership enables you to leave your mark in a needy world.
Moose membership offers you a sense of belonging in something greater than yourself.
Moose membership lets you do all this for pennies a day.
And finally, members contribute to numerous local community efforts for the betterment of
their own communities and the enrichment of the lives of others. Whether it's the local D.A.
R.E. Program, food pantry, Red Cross, Cub Scouts, little league, or virtually any other
community service effort, Moose members are known for "being there" when a need
arises. Through volunteerism, financial contributions, or any other way a member can
help.. we are there day in and day out.
As Moose members, we enjoy a variety of family activities at our Lodges, including sporting
events, family dinners, live musical entertainment and so many others. All are priced
affordably, well below what one would expect to pay at typical restaurants and
Moose is a private organization and welcomes all applications that are submitted by
members in good standing who are sponsoring a friend or family member. You may very
well already know someone who is a Moose in your community. Consider talking with him
or her about Moose if you are interested in learning more.
If all this sounds like an invitation to participate in something very special, very now, and
very cool … you're absolutely right!
|Listed below are some of the
famous people who are or have
been members of the Moose.
Lodge affiliations listed if known.
President Theodore Roosevelt
President Warren G. Harding
Galion, OH Lodge 889
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
New York City Lodge 15
President Harry S. Truman
Entertainer Danny Thomas
Indianapolis, IN Lodge 17
Oscar-Winning Actor James Stewart
Indiana, PA Lodge 174
Boxer Gene Tunney
Cincinnati, OH Lodge 2
Boxer Rocky Marciano
Chief Justice Earl Warren
Oakland, CA Lodge 324
Holder of the Pilgrim Degree of Merit)
Baseball Manager Cal Ripken Sr.
Aberdeen, MD Lodge 1450
U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd
Beckley, WV Lodge 1606
Astronaut Eugene Cernan
Bellwood, IL Lodge 777
Oscar-Winning Actor Ernest Borgnine
Junction City, OR Lodge 2238
Baseball Player Bill "Moose" Skowron
River Park, IL Lodge 2578
Golfer Arnold Palmer
Latrobe, PA Lodge 95
Running Back Gale Sayers
Elkhart, IN Lodge 599
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
Juneau County, WI Lodge 1913
THE ARKANSAS MOOSE ASSOCIATION
"The Family Fraternity"
|In the Moose you’ll meet,
work, and socialize with
some of the nicest people
you’ll ever call
|Our list of accomplishments
continues to grow because
of the contributions that
will be made by new
members in the weeks and
months to come.
Perhaps your name will be
among the contributors
of the future.
|Your Moose Family
Center is a place that
can be all you want
it to be.
|In a sometimes cold,
Moose membership means
an anywhere, everyday
chance to touch the
lives of others.