| 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
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.