Here we are in June already. Time sure flies when you have none to spare. Between a two-year-old, a seven-year-old, work, and the Moose, I have no idea where May went. All said and done, I would not trade it for the world.
For the first time in a long time, our numbers were not so bad at the end of May. We are somewhere around 180 members down. Compared to years past, this is a great start. However, we all need to continue to work hard on our retention programs. Let’s not wait until November to hold a “Retention Week”. This is something that all Lodges can and should do every month. If we are able to retain our current members, achieving our goal of being a “Plus 1” would be easy.
Between the Wisconsin Moose Association and Moose International, there are several Membership Programs out there. Use these programs to enhance your Lodge and District Membership Programs. By now, all Lodges and Districts should have a Membership Chairman and Membership Committee. These committees should be planning a membership program for their Lodges and Districts. It takes all of us working together to have an effective and working membership program. Amy and I had the privilege of attending the Mooseheart Graduation and meeting Wisconsin’s newest Pilgrims on June 3rd. This is one of the most memorable events a Moose member can attend. Not only seeing the Seniors get the diplomas, and the new Pilgrims walk the walk, we got to meet Moose members from all over the United States and Canada. After meeting so many new people, I realized how lucky those of us from Wisconsin are. Many of these Moose Members drove 15 to 30 hours just to attend the Graduation. We are lucky that we only have to drive a little over 3 hours to attend. With the Moose International Convention coming up at the end of this month, it looks like next month’s newsletter will not get out on time either. We will do our best, and thank God for my wife, Amy, pushing me along. But with so much going on, it seems that I am always late getting it out. Please be patient, as we do our best to juggle everything and make deadlines.
Until next month—
Michael Rynearson WMA President