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Friday, December 21, 2018
Why Do We Ask You To Show Your Membership Card?
I have walked into many, many Moose lodges during my years as a member. Every time, I have been proud to reach into my wallet as I entered, to fulfill the requirement of displaying my Moose membership card.

Even though showing a Moose membership card every time a member enters a lodge or makes a purchase says many positive things about a person, I know that this requirement has been a big point of irritation among many Moose. “Fifteen years I’ve been a member here; why in the world should I have to show my card every time I walk in the door?”

Consider this scenario: You walk into your lodge’s Social Quarters on a busy Friday afternoon, the door opened for you by a polite smiling younger man you don’t quite recognize. Inside the lodge, the server, recognizing you - and knowing how much it irritates you - decides not to ask for your card. You request and receive a beer. Then, not wanting to offend the young man who held the door for you who is now standing next to you, the server also draws a beer for him without asking for a card.

Then, at the next month’s lodge meeting, this nightmare: you Administrator’s trembling hand holds an invoice for more than $90,000 in back federal income taxes, interest, penalties and fees. The invoice has been presented to him that day by that same pleasant young man you stood next to at the bar that Friday afternoon! He was the regional IRS agent - and you had been right there when he witnessed the lodge operating as a public accommodation!

This scenario has actually happened to more than one Moose lodge. Their officers and longtime members didn’t want to be “bothered” with having to show their membership cards and subsequently paid a substantial price.

Let’s put the IRS and the income tax issue aside for a moment. Fraternal lodges such as ours enjoy special rights as a private organization, including the right to choose who will associate with us. This does NOT mean we afford ourselves the right to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, etc. in choosing our members.

However, we lose all the rights that a private organization enjoys, if we don’t conduct ourselves as a private organization! We cannot have it both ways. When a lodge chooses not to check membership cards, and essentially opens itself up to the public (with the exception of approved Community Service activities), that lodge puts itself and the entire Fraternity at risk of losing its right to operate under our won rules, and losing the right to choose our own members.

Showing your card may be a slight inconvenience, but it is worth it to protect our Mooseheart kids and Moosehaven seniors entrusted to our care.
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Dear Brothers and Co-Workers,

First, a few thank you’s: To those who helped out with the Kid’s Halloween Party: Malinda Deniz, Tony and Liz Ramirez, Billie McCullah and Bonnie Jean Trejo (who got all the adults involved). A special thanks to Herb & Billie for their generous donation to fund the event.

To those who helped out with the Adult Halloween Party: Malinda Deniz, Bonnie Jean Trejo, Debbie Eaton, Tom Fitzgerald, Donna Ridout and Mark Klein (who really knows his way around a kitchen).

A little update: You might remember a while back that our walk-in cooler went out. Luckily, our insurance policy covered the mass majority of repairs. And even though we had a $1,000 deductible, the insurance company picked up just over $3,100. What a relief that was!

For those of you who attended our Valued Veteran program—thank you. It was a great night and we honored some very good Brothers. Thank you for your service.

On Sunday, Veterans Day, we gave away free breakfasts to all veterans. Following that, the Chapter had their College of Regents night, in which Bonnie Jean Trejo received her red tassel. Congratulations and thank you for all that you do for this Fraternity.

Thank you to all who donated to our Thanksgiving Dinner, Natalie who washed pots and pans afterwards and a big THANK YOU to Malinda Deniz for cooking and pulling it all together for us. We had a packed house: the food was good , followed by fun and fellowship with Years of Service pins were given out by the Chapter at the end.

We have a Pala Casino Bus Trip coming up in January; it’s a fundraiser for the Lodge. They generally fill up fast, so sign up now.

We wish to thank all of you who have contributed to our canned food and toy drives so far. There’s just a little more time left. Please give.

We still have some officer positions open: Junior Governor, Prelate and 3 Year Trustee. If you’re interested in serving on the Board, just let Governor Joe know. I can’t think of a better time to be an officer than now. Just look at all the great strives we’ve made so far.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year!

Ben Pendleton

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