It should come as no surprise that the fraternity that cares
enough about children to make Mooseheart a reality enters
the 21st century with protection of children who use the
Internet as a key concern.
The Moose entered into a partnership with the Safe Surfin
USA Foundation, a Virginia-based organization which has
been a leader in attempts to keep the Internet a safe place
for children to explore.
For more information:
Click: Safe Surfin Brochure or http://www.safesurfinUSA.org
Support our Military
We have local men and women who are serving in deployed units from Beale Air Force base as well as local Arny
units that would really appreciate a care package. Some local California/Nevada Air and National Guard Units are
deployed as well or you may know of a relative serving. If you have a relative or friend deployed, please share the
mailing address with us.
The following are suggestions on what to send and not to send and how to send - DO NOT send anything that will
melt, such as chocolate, jelly beans and other types of items that may not hold up to heat during shipment. All boxes
that are mailed are placed into cargo containers that may reach temperature of 120 degrees or higher during
transport. May take 2-3 weeks for items to reach destinations.
Troop’s like canned fruits, fruit juices, Beef Jerky, Microwave shelf life foods, CD movies, moist wipes, toothbrushes
and toothpaste, etc.
Use a Flat Rate Priority Mail box that can be obtained from Post Office to mail. Weight does not matter when using
these boxes. This really is the best way to send stuff.
Please place a note in the box indicating it is from the Yuba City Moose Family Center. Let them know you are
sending items as a show of our support and wish them a safe return home.
|Moose Community Service... Is all about taking
care of our Children, Seniors and our local
community. Every year we donated funds to the
Mooseheart Endowment Fund, Moose Charities
and a host of other very worthy events and
programs. During the year we put on an Easter
Egg hunt for hundreds of kids and we cook and
color over 12,000 eggs for the Counties Easter
Egg hunt. We support the Special Olympics,
Safe Surfin, the Tommy moose Program and
this past year we manned a Red Cross shelter
operation during flooding for 11 days. Twenty
five of our members supported the Relay for
Life and we cleaned up a portion of highway 99
every month. Through countless hours and
personal expenses, many Moose members
spend time supporting many worthy causes in
our community. We would just like to say thank
you to all of our Moose members who spent
time supporting our community and our kids
and seniors! You really make a difference.
|Raise Money for Moose Charities by searching the Web!!
Now you can raise money for Moose Charities just by searching the Internet at
You use GoodSearch.com like any other search engine - the site is powered by
Yahoo! - but each
time you do, money is generated for Moose Charities. Here’s how it works:
1. Go to http://www.goodsearch.com/
2. Type Moose into the “I support” box and click on “verify”
3. Select Moose Charities (Mooseheart, IL)
4. Search the Internet just like you would with any search engine
5. Since GoodSearch shares its advertising revenue with charities and schools,
every time you search the web at GoodSearch, you’ll be earning money for the
GoodSearch also has a toolbar you can download from the homepage so that
you can search right from the top of your browser.
You can keep track of Moose Charities estimated earnings by clicking on “amount
raised” once you designate Moose Charities (Mooseheart, IL) as your
organization of choice. The more people who use the site, the more money we’ll
earn to help support our many programs for the Moose,
so please forward this information to a friend.
|Community Service Volunteers
Please be sure to turn in all of the hours,
miles, and money you donate to help our
communities and Moose Programs. This
is an important part of our membership in
our fraternity and every bit helps.
|MOOSE – THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY. The Moose Community Service
program of today and for the next century challenges people to become
volunteers through membership in the Moose. It calls for capable and
inspired leadership and for a generous giving of thought, effort and time
according to the Moose Six-Point Community Service Program. Counting
hours worked, miles driven and dollars donated, the Moose contribute
between $70 million and $100 million worth of service every year to
communities throughout the U.S., Canada and Great Britain.
|We raised $7,300 for Relay for
|The "Proof of Our Value":
COMMUNITY SERVICE - HEART OF THE COMMUNITY
The Moose fraternal organization was founded in the late 1800s by Dr. John Henry Wilson with the modest goal of offering men
an opportunity to gather socially. It was reinvented during the first decade of the 20th century into an organization of men and
women that could provide protection and security for a largely working-class membership. For a quarter-century the Moose had
directed its efforts almost completely toward Mooseheart and Moosehaven. With discharged WWII Veterans driving Moose
membership to nearly 800,000 members, Moose International Director General Giles set out to broaden the organization's
horizons. In 1949 he conceived and instituted what was to become the third great Moose endeavor of the modern era, the Civic
Affairs program (later renamed Community Service and now Heart of the Community). Giles explained his rationale: "Only three
institutions have a God-given right to exist in a community, the home, the church and the school. The rest of us must be valuable
to the community to warrant our existence, and the burden of proof of our value is on us."
The kaleidoscope of all that is Moose Community Service was organized into a “Five-Point Program” in the early 1990s, then
expanded in mid-decade to the “Six-Point Program” with its familiar logo at top. The Community Service program has since
flourished into a myriad of humanitarian efforts on the local Lodge level, as well as fraternity-wide projects including the Moose
Youth Awareness Program, Tommy Moose Program, and Youth Sports. The Moose International Six-Point Program covers
service and donations to Special Olympics and the Virginia based Safe Surfin' Foundation which seeks to safeguard our Children
from Internet Crime and educate the public about Internet crimes against children.
The Moose International Department of Fraternal Programs recognizes outstanding community service efforts by individual
lodges. During the latter part of May each year, the International Community Service Committee meets to judge all lodges that
have earned four "Superior" ratings during the recently completed fiscal year. The top Lodges are recognized as recipients of the
annual awards and a plaque of appreciation indicating the Lodge name and number and the level of award achieved.
Community Service is a vital part of our organization. Not only is it important to our Lodge, but it is important and meaningful to the
ones that we help. Even the smallest of things we do such as driving an elderly person to the doctor or volunteering to cut their
grass or doing repairs, counts as community service and the Lodge gets credit with Moose International. So remember to let the
Community Service Chairperson, or the Lodge office know of any service or volunteer work that you do or have done. The basic
information that is needed is the number of members involved, number of miles driven, and the number of hours spent on the
|A MOOSE INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
R. Robert Dale served as Secretary/Administrator of St.Charles, IL Lodge 1368. He was devoted to the Moose fraternity, its precepts and
endeavors. He never married; never became a father. His sister married into a modest degree of wealth, but she never had children either.
Following the death of her husband, she and Robert named each other in their wills.
Robert survived her, but only by a few months. Robert Dale died on August 15, 1983 leaving an estate of more than $2 million, to be divided
equally between the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home and the Loyal Order of Moose, both for the purpose of providing scholarships.
Robert wanted to do a beautiful, unselfish, and divine act. In 1985, Director General Paul O’Hollaren and the Supreme Council approved that
the interest from the Dale Scholarship Fund was to be used for Moose members children who had graduated from high school, to further their
higher education, and the R. Robert Dale Scholarship Program was created.
As of spring 2007, some 1,188 high school seniors, living in households headed by a member of either the Loyal Order of Moose or Women
of the Moose, have benefited from Dale Scholarships totaling $1,188,000 since the programs inception.
Applicants for the program must be high-school juniors with a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. They are eligible only if
their mother, father, or legal guardian is a member of the Moose in good standing. (One eligible application per student).
Any state or provincial Moose Association with 15 to 45 or more eligible applicants (based on Association membership) may draw for at least
one R. Robert Dale Scholarship winner. A Moose Lodge and Chapter can also win a bonus Scholarship for one of their eligible students on
their own combined list, if they reach 25 eligible applicants. The Scholarship may be used for tuition, books, and fees at any accredited
vocational or academic institution the winner chooses to attend.
There is no better way to help the youth of our Fraternity than to offer them the opportunity to further their education and that is exactly what
the R. Robert Dale Scholarship is all about.
Questions on the R. Robert Dale Scholarship Program can be addressed by calling (630) 966-2228.
|Did You Know ? A Historical Summary of Mooseheart
" THE CHILD CITY "
James J. Davis - who later would serve as Secretary of Labor to three Presidents, then
14 years in the U.S. Senate - agreed late in 1906 to take on the job of recruiting
members into the then - faltering Moose organization, on the basis of eventually using
members’ pooled resources to create a home and school where dependent widows of
Moose members could take their children.
Within five years the organization had grown to membership of nearly 200,000, and
Davis, now carrying the title “Director General,” recommended that Moose leaders begin
seeking the right parcel of real estate to set about establishing the so-called “Moose
Institute.” On Dec. 14, 1912, the leaders decided to purchase a 750 acre dairy
operation known as Brookline Farm, 40 miles west of Chicago, plus adjacent acreage to
the west and north, 1,023 acres in total. Final purchase took place in February 1913
totaling $264,000. At a joint meeting of the Supreme Council and Institute Trustees
unanimous approval was granted to Congressman John J. Lentz’s proposal to name the
new home and school “Mooseheart.” "This," he said, "will always be the place where the
Moose fraternity will collectively pour out its heart, its devotion and sustenance, to the
children of its members in need."
Dedication of Mooseheart was set for Sunday, July 27, 1913. Thomas Marshall, then
newly installed as Vice President of the United States, first balked at Supreme Governor
Ralph Donges’s invitation to speak at a ceremony for what he viewed as an
“orphanage.” Donges responded that “what we are planning will not be an orphanage at
all. It will be a home and school for the children of our deceased members". Vice
President Marshall, in his July 27 remarks, said: “Thank God, here in this Middle West,
here on this most sacred day, humanity has again proved its right to be called the
children of the Most High; has again reached out its hand in love and loyalty to the
needy brother, and has disclosed not only the right, but the duty of this great Order to
exist.” On its dedication day Mooseheart featured a large farmhouse dubbed Aid Hall, a
few other ramshackle buildings, and a huge circus tent rented from Ringling Bros. for
the occasion, to shield the gathering from the summer sun. Several thousand Moose
men and women, (for the Women of the Moose received formal recognition that year as
the organization’s official female component), gathered under the rented tent and
placed the cornerstone for Mooseheart. Most importantly, there were 11 children
present who would be the first to call Mooseheart home.
In August 1913, Supreme Secretary Rodney Brandon moved from Anderson, IN, where
Moose headquarters had been located, to Mooseheart, to serve as the community’s first
Superintendent. Under Brandon’s direction, the future design of Mooseheart began to
take shape. James A. Young, city forester for nearby Aurora and owner of a nursery
there, contributed landscape design services on a part-time basis. It was Young who
also drew basic plans for a Mooseheart street layout, which he made roughly in the
shape of a stylized heart. In 1918, on Mooseheart’s fifth anniversary, Vice President
Marshall returned to speak at a dedication of a new Auditorium named for former
President Theodore Roosevelt, recalling five years before: “Let me tell you that when I
spoke, there was a reservation in my mind . . . Thank God that today . . . the age of
miracles has not passed. All that I hoped for, longed for and prayed for on that
interesting occasion five years ago has come to pass at Mooseheart.”
The Great Depression hit the Moose fraternity hard; membership plummeted from
600,000 to less than 250,000 in just seven years. Meanwhile, Mooseheart bore the
responsibility for the largest population of children and teens it would ever have, flirting
with the 1,400 mark throughout the 1930s.
Up through the early 1960s, the original admission policy to Mooseheart remained
largely unchanged, permitting only children of male Moose members who had died. As
society changed swiftly throughout the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, Mooseheart adjusted in
response, steadily accepting more and more children whose families were in disarray
due to divorce, substance abuse, severe economic reversal, or other reasons. Until
1994, however, admission generally required that there be a Moose member in a child’s
extended family. But that year, the Moose fraternity’s leaders voted unanimously to
expand the admissions policy to consider applications from any family in need,
regardless of whether a Moose member was a part of their extended family. Also in
1994, the Mooseheart campus took its first step away from full financial reliance upon
the Moose fraternity, when Mooseheart Child City & School was incorporated as a
separate entity, a registered 501[c]3 charity under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
In 2003, Mooseheart gained its youngest Executive Director since its first one, Rodney
Brandon, when 34-year-old Scott D. Hart assumed the post. Hart and his wife, Christie,
had been career Mooseheart staffers since coming to the campus in 1991. The new
Executive Director has served as a Family Teacher, Dean, and Assistant Executive
|Did You Know? A Historical Summary of Moosehaven
" THE CITY OF CONTENTMENT "
Moosehaven is a 70-acre community owned and operated by the Loyal Order of Moose for its members
and their spouses located on the banks of the St. John's River in Orange Park, Florida, 15 miles South
of Jacksonville, Florida.
After the 1913 founding of Mooseheart, the "Child City" for children in need, the fraternity turned its
attention to plans for a home for its dependent retired members. Before Moosehaven was established,
a limited number of elderly persons had resided at Mooseheart since 1915, but this was deemed an
In 1921 the Loyal Order of Moose purchased the riverside “Hotel Marion” as a nucleus for its new
complex, “Moosehaven”, and 26-acres of shoreline property just south of Jacksonville, Florida, at
Orange Park. The “Hotel Marion” was previously owned by Charles Albert Brown from New York State
who had purchased it in the early 1900’s and renamed it the “Hotel Marion” in honor of his mother. At
the time of Charles Brown’s purchase, the Hotel was known as the “Parkview” which was built in 1881
after the original hotel, known as the “Sparhawk”, had burned to the ground. W.G. Benedit from Boston
was the previous owner who formed the Florida Winter Home and Improvement Company in 1877 and
built the “Sparhawk” Hotel with the hope that northerners would flock to this sunny locale. The land had
many previous owners which was originally part of 1,000 acres purchased in 1803 by Zephaniah
Kinsley, a notorious slave trader, for starting his new plantation, called Laurel Grove, for the many
laurel trees in the area.
On October 3, 1922, Mooshaven was formally dedicated and on November 1, 1922, the “City of
Contentment” was opened with the arrival of its first 22 retired Moose residents who had been living at
Mooseheart. They set up house in the hotel which had been renamed “Aid Hall” from the previously
known “Hotel Marion”. During the first 20 years, Moosehaven was run essentially as a self-sufficient
communal farm, with much of the work necessary to keep the campus running performed by those who
In 1927, the Loyal Order of Moose, for expansion of the facilities, purchased the adjacent vocational
college complex known as the American Missionary Association and all of the Moosehaven facilities
were moved to the River Road campus in 1948 and the old college site was donated to the Town of
Orange Park for a civic center. The Town used the old college buildings for the Town Hall, Police and
Fire Stations and a library.
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. The physical plant today consists entirely of modern
buildings designed and built to provide pleasant and comfortable accommodations, recreation, and
The Administration/Auditorium building was originally a gift of the Moose Legion, and was significantly
expanded in 1989 by the Women of the Moose. It houses the offices of the superintendent and other
administrative staff, resident counselor, postal service, bank and community auditorium.
Each of the buildings in which Moosehaven residents stay is a self-contained home with its own
sleeping and living rooms, kitchen, and dining room. Pleasant recreational facilities, a library, game
room, gift shop and barber and beauty shops are provided in the Michigan Recreation Center, while a
fully equipped health club, bowling lanes and swimming pool are available in the New York
Healthplex, opened in 1997.
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 dayrooms, 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.
Moosehaven residents worship in their own beautiful New York Chapel, located straight ahead from the
campus entrance and at the center of campus. The bright, gracefully designed house of worship,
dedicated in 1972 and funded by the Moose of New York State is served by Moosehaven's own Catholic
and Protestant chaplains.
The men and women of Moosehaven are served delicious, well-balanced meals carefully planned for
their nutritional needs. They request and are delivered such personal articles as they need. Birthday
cakes are presented to those celebrating birthdays. While laundry services are provided without charge,
some of the residents prefer to do their own, and washing machines are provided for them.
For all but the very earliest of it’s history, Mooshaven admission requirements included that the resident
must be at least 65 years old, have been a Moose member for 15 consecutive years, and must turn over
all your holdings. Former Director General Donald Ross decided, nearly five years ago, to formulate a
new Mooshaven “Pay As You Go” arrangement. The Legion Residence, built in 1959, has been
designated a “pay-as-you-go” prototype town home apartment residence for members willing to pay the
entrance fee, and a monthly fee. Whether under the Traditional plan or Pay-As-You-Go, ALL incoming
residents must still meet traditional admission requirements: Age 65 with at least 15 consecutive years
of Moose membership.
In more than 75 years, the average age of a Moosehaven resident has steadily risen from early 60s to
around 80. Moosehaven residents, as they are able, are free to plant their own gardens and can work
for extra spending money as landscapers, housekeepers, food-service helpers, mail carriers, shop clerks,
maintenance crew helpers, and the like. More than 3,000 aged senior Moose men and women have
been admitted to the "City of Contentment." The present population at Moosehaven is about 300.
Moosehaven celebrated its 85th anniversary in 2007.
A copy of a 48 page booklet by Moosehaven Resident Robert T. Cottingham titled "History of
Moosehaven" is available by clicking here. This is a rather large pdf file so a high speed internet
connection is recommended.
A modest donation to Moosehaven is suggested for use of this article which can be sent to
1701 Park Ave.
Orange Park, FL 32073
Attention Ross Fleet
Moosehaven - set in a paradise environment just outside of Jacksonville, Florida - illustrates that this
fraternity not only cherishes its young, but honors its seniors. As you enter our fraternity's ranks, you not
only are helping to keep Moosehaven's lights burning brightly, but you are warming our residents hearts
as well. Through your membership, if you or your family ever have a future need, you are now able to
request the benefits and blessings of both Mooseheart and Moosehaven. These extra benefits of
membership are some of the most important dividends you will enjoy in this Fraternity. Always keep
your dues current, so you and your family are never without this valuable protection.
As you can see, the Loyal Order of Moose puts a priority on caring. The contributions made by all of us
to the Mooseheart / Moosehaven Endowment Fund, enable us to provide our Moosehaven residents
with the life they so richly deserve. What nobler commitment can there be?
Moose Ride 4 Kids Day is a Moose International supported, Moose Rider effort, hosting
motorcycle fund raising events across North America, kicking off each year with the
annual Mooseheart Bike Blessing & Run. The events may Include Poker Runs, Pledge
Runs, Raffle Runs, Hog Roasts, and Rides with Biker Olympics competitions, Timed Skills
Rallies, or any other motorcycle themed event that can be used to collect donations for
Mooseheart Child City & School and other legitimate children's charities that Moose Rider
Moose Rider groups participating in Moose Ride 4 Kids Day have an opportunity to
receive the annual Moose International Mark “Tiny” Metcalf “Big Heart” Award, which is
given to one Moose Rider Group in three different divisions.
|Yuba City Moose Family Center
Lodge 1204 and Chapter 1089
205 S. Walton Ave
Yuba City, CA. 95993
|Not only are we
ready but our
Center helped man
a flood shelter. We
take care of
members in need.
|HEART OF THE COMMUNITY
It should come as no surprise that the fraternity that cares enough about
children to make Mooseheart a reality puts protection of children who use the
Internet as a key concern.
The Moose have entered into a partnership with the Safe Surfinâ€™ USA
Foundation, a Virginia-based organization which has been a leader in attempts
to keep the Internet a safe place for children to explore.
For more information:
Click: Safe Surfin Brochure or http://www.safesurfinUSA.org and