With great regret I announce the loss of one of the fraternities most
valuable families - Mr. & Mrs. Someone Else have moved away, and
the vacancy they have left will be hard to fill. The Someone Else’s
have been with us for many years; they have done far more than their
share of the work about the Club. When there was a job to do, a
position to fill, or a meeting to attend, their name was on
Everybody's lips: "Let Someone Else do it"
Whenever a committee was mentioned, this wonderful family
was looked to for inspiration as well as results: "Someone Else will set
up the event and get it done. " And when there was a trip to take,
Mr. & Mrs. Someone Else were thought to be the best transportation:
"Let Someone Else take them. " When a job needed doing, everyone
thought/knew that Someone Else would take care of it.
The Someone Else’s are wonderful people, but they are only
human. They could spread themselves only so thin. Many a night I
have sat up and talked with the Someone Else’s and heard them wish
aloud for more help in the Club. They did the best they could, but
people expected too much from them. We have to face the fact that
there were just not enough Someone Else’s to go around.
And now that the Someone Else’s are gone, we're
wondering what we are going to do without them. They have
left us a great example to follow, but who will follow it? Who is
going to do the things that Someone Else did?
We originally hoped that the Nobody's would take over.
The Someone Else’s always said that if they did not take care of
it, Nobody would. Unfortunately the Nobody's have never really
helped out at all, always, we suspect, because they knew that
Someone Else would take care of it. Now with the Someone
Else’s gone and Nobody stepping up to help out, it looks like we
are faced with a situation where nothing will get done and
everything will fall apart. Without the Someone Else’s around,
and Nobody to fill their shoes, the Club cannot function.
It would be great if there were more Someone Else’s out there,
and fewer Nobody's, but Whoever is always reminding us that we
do not live in a perfect world.
With this said, on behalf of the Lodge, and our dear
departed Someone Else’s, I would like to extend an invitation to
all you other Someone Else’s out there to step up and offer
some help. Any help will be appreciated. No amount of help is
too little or will be turned away. Young, old, male or female are
all welcome. We really, really need Someone Else to help out in
whatever ways he or she can.
There are still lots of things that need to be done, especially now that
Someone Else will not be able to do them. If you cannot attend, but
want to help out in other ways, please contact us and let us know. We
are very accommodating.
We believe the Someone Else’s always got more enjoyment out of the
Club that the Nobody’s by virtue of their participation. We know that
Everybody knew and appreciated them-they developed so many
friendships and relationships; and had such a great experience
contributing their time. We can only hope that new Someone Else’s will
volunteer to help out. PLEASE COME OUT AND JOIN US.
                             Yuba City Moose Family Center Profile on Pilgrim Bill Thompson
Bill joined the Moose in 2004 and became a Trustee of the Yuba City Lodge in his first year with the moose. He went on to serve
as Prelate, Jr. Governor, Governor 2007-2008 and Jr Past Governor. Because of Bill’s accomplishments and dedication he was
selected as the Rookie of the Year in 2005-2006. He has served on the nominating committee for the last twelve years. He has
been the Lodge Moose Charities Chairman seven times; Moose Communications Chairman six times and in both positions built
an exceptional team improving our operations and money raised. He has also served as Retention and Membership Chairman
with successful years. He originated, developed and implemented the Lodge/Chapter Website and has been its webmaster for
the last 10 years winning multiple Moose International awards including Second Award for 2017-2018.
During his year as Governor we replaced the floors in the hallway, offices and Social Quarters. We extend the bar by six feet,
added seating and replaced the bar top and cushions. We replaced the floors in the kitchen and completely refurbished the
Fellowship bar. We painted the entire outside of the building and we replaced the emergency lights. We refurbish the kitchen
island, repaired and replaced kitchen walls and refurbish the stoves and ovens. We replaced the 30 year old linoleum in the
kitchen, social quarters, ballroom, and Fellowship Bar with a commercial grade tile. We repair the walk-in ceiling, added freezer
storage space and even replaced the kitchen sink. We filled the potholes and resurfaced the entire parking lot while increasing
membership and improving the financial picture of the Lodge. In all over $45,000 in improvements were accomplished and every
penny was raised through functions and donations during his year as Governor. During his Governor year the Lodge was
selected as one of the top 5 Lodges in the entire fraternity by Moose International and chosen to host the Supreme Governor.
Bill took over the Membership Chairman responsibilities part way through the year while Governor and achieved the quota of 132
new members turning around several years of a declining membership base. Because of Bill’s leadership the Lodge received
the Premiere Lodge Gold level Award. He developed and created the Yuba City Moose Riders and our Camping Club where he
served as President and Vice President multiple times. He has been selected as the Super Moose many times for the Lodge
because of his dedication and significant contributions. He was selected as the Moose Legionnaire of the Year for 2008-2009.
Bill became a member of the prestigious 25 Club in 2009 and continues to recruit new members with 47 to date.  
He was elected as the District 4 President and his leadership efforts brought the District from 24th (last place) to 6th place in
less than a year. He served as the District 4 Past President and has served as the District 4 Campout Chairman for 7 years. He
served as the District 4 Secretary for from 2014 through 2016 until The Association requested he take on the Webmaster Duties.
Bill has been running kitchen crews for the Lodge since he joined. He developed and implemented a weekly Tuesday night Taco
dinner to fill a dead night with revenue and provide extra value to the members. It took off and for years it has been serving over
400 tacos to our members each Tuesday. He did the same thing on Monday night when he developed Italian night which has
brought more people into the lodge on an otherwise slow night. He has been putting on specialty dinners called Dinning
Extravaganzas with over 40 menu items available for the last five years. He created and ran Alfredo Lover Dinners, Rib Dinners,
Seafood Lover’s Dinners, Tri-Tip Dinners for the last five years. These dinners raise money for Moose Charities and Lodge
projects. He has been part of the Birthday Dinner Dance crew cooking up to 240 prime rib/prawn meals each month for 11 years
and running it for the past couple of years. He originated and cooks the Holiday Dinners for the Lodge like Easter Sunday and
Father’s Day Dinners. Attendance continues to be outstanding and the Social Quarters has had the best Sunday’s in memory.
Created a fundraiser for the Elkhorn Lodge and raised over $1,000.00 with a rib dinner to help them get a kitchen.
Co-chaired a project to build a 24 foot long Moose BBQ Trailer from the ground up. Currently has two BBQ grills, a 3 foot griddle,
two freezers, two ovens, eight burners, is covered and has lights. Most everything is run on solar or propane which is plumed in
and it has been self-funded through donations and hard work. Currently in use each year by District 4 campout and the Mighty
190 Moose Legion Picnic as well as Lodge functions like the annual picnic. Bill has been transporting and cooking at each of
these events.
He received the Fellowship Degree of Honor in July 2011. He earned the 2011-2012 and 2014-2015 Moose International
Journalism Awards Honorable Mention for Lodge Websites and Second Award General Excellence – Lodge Chapter Websites
for 2017-2018. Bill was appointed as webmaster for the CA/NV Moose Association Website at the beginning of 2017.  He has
spent countless hours updating information, revamping, redesigning and optimizing our website. He received the Moose
Journalism Association Website General Excellence Honorable Mention Award for 2016-2017and 2017-2018 along with high
He wrote the grant application for the Yuba City Moose Lodge roof requesting $16,000 which is one third of the projects cost. The
grant was approved and he then co-chaired the fundraising effort for the remaining $32,000 needed. He built a team to raise the
money while creating multiple fundraisers, dinners, raffles, donations, etc. and pulled it off in 5 months.
He has been the Association Moose Charities Chairmen for California and Nevada for over eight years where his leadership
increased the Endowment Fund by 20% and Gimme 5 by 10% in his first year as Chairman. He also led the entire Moose
organization in referrals to Gimme Five. His team efforts have resulted in raising $17,344.43 for the Mooseheart Booster Club,
$26,621.17 for the Cradle/Rocker funds and $277,601.56 for the Donors Circle since May 1st 2012. He reorganized the
Committee creating assistants responsible for specific areas within Moose Charities resulting in improvements across the
board in money raised, member participation and improved communication in every year he has been Chairman. Three years
running the Association WOTM and LOOM have had a contest during the Rocker campaign to see who can raise the most money
in honor of our seniors. His leadership has resulted in winning all three times but more importantly the contest helped raise
awareness and significantly increased contributions.  His semi-annual Moose Charities convention presentations have received
very positive reviews. During the Annual Association Convention, he has participated/served on the Fellowship Committee for the
last five years and has run the Power Point/video/music for the LOOM conference for the last two years. He is also taking the
Association pictures publishing them on the website.
He originated, developed the prototype with another member and presented to the Director General the concept resulting in
Moose Degree aprons for the fraternity. He suggested and wrote up the idea of a Moose Charities Fundraiser in February along
the lines of the Cradle Fundraiser which was implemented as the Rocker Fundraiser.  Appointed and represented the
Administrator at the 2018 International Convention. Served as the Lodge Representative in the North State Council of Higher
Degree, retention participant and is the incoming President. Served as the Assistant Supreme Inner Guard at the 2018
International Convention and is serving as a Deputy Supreme Governor for 2018-2019.
Bill and Chris have been married for over 40 years and they have two children and a Grandson.