Yuba City Moose Family Center Profile on
Pilgrim Dan Johnson, Sr.
Dan joined our Yuba City Moose Lodge in 1970 and has been very active ever since. He was the Moose Call editor for 23 years and won
47 state and international awards while serving in that capacity. He also created "Willie the Moose" back in 1978 and he has been with us
ever since. Dan spent 35 years as a volunteer bartender in our Lodge and was the picnic raffle chairman for 12 years as well.
Dan served in all of the appointed and elected officer positions in our Lodge culminating in 1983 as a Past Governor. He received his
Fellowship Degree of Honor in 1976. Dan served as the Publicity Chairman for 17 years and was the Conservation Chairman numerous
years for our Lodge. He chaired our huge children' Easter egg hunt for 14 years and helped cook and color a lot of the 12,000 eggs each
year! Dan served on the Lodge Audit Committee numerous years making sure our Lodge assets were protected.
Dan earned the Shining Star Award in 1993 and became a Supreme Lodge Publication Instructor covering the Western United States for 7
years. He served as a Moose International Judge for 5 years. Dan worked hard to found the Northern California Council of Higher Degree
and became first chair. Dan was a charter member of Moose International Publication/Public Relations Committee where he served for 5
Dan received his Pilgrim Degree at Mooseheart in May, 1995. His impact in the Lodge and our Fraternity spans decades. While the list of
accomplishments and awards Dan has received is impressive what sets him apart is his continued wiliness to help, mentor and volunteer.
Dan’s participation during Birthday Night pouring Champaign or helping in the kitchen as needed or on the nomination committee and a
host of other Lodge events spanning 44 years sets Dan apart.
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|Yuba City Moose Family Center Profile on Fellow 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
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 praise.
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.