As we enter the Holiday Season, we are all going to be missing one of the most amazing events for the Moose Association.  WISCONSIN TREE LIGHTING!  I was so looking forward to going this year as I had not been down to Mooseheart for a couple of years.

I still remember my first Tree Lighting in 2003. I drove down with friends and it was the most enlightening trip ever.  There were opportunities to visit the different buildings on the grounds.  We also had the opportunity to visit the Wisconsin Home and meet the house parents and visit with the young men living there.  They were gracious and gave us a tour of their rooms and offered drinks and cookies that they had helped bake.  Next came Baby Village. The children were all dressed in their finest with boys so cute in their shirts and ties.  Some were bashful and others were eager to show you their rooms.

The best of all was the House of God where we were treated to a delightful Christmas program put on by all of the kids.  You know they practiced for hours and the smiles on their faces showed their pride in their participation.  After the program, we all went outside and the switch was flipped by the current State President and Deputy Grand Regent to light the awesome trees that stand at the corner of the House of God.  For me, that started the Christmas Season.

A few things have changed since then as we now have the opportunity to have lunch with the graduating Seniors, present them with their portraits, and hear a little about themselves and their dreams for the future.  A future that we as members of this AMAZING ORGANIZATION helped provide for them, but that they have also had to work forAs we enter the Holiday Season, we are all going to be missing one of the most amazing events for the Moose Association.  WISCONSIN TREE LIGHTING!  I was so looking forward to going this year as I had not been down to Mooseheart for a couple of years.

I still remember my first Tree Lighting in 2003. I drove down with friends and it was the most enlightening trip ever.  There were opportunities to visit the different buildings on the grounds.  We also had the opportunity to visit the Wisconsin Home and meet the house parents and visit with the young men living there.  They were gracious and gave us a tour of their rooms and offered drinks and cookies that they had helped bake.  Next came Baby Village. The children were all dressed in their finest with boys so cute in their shirts and ties.  Some were bashful and others were eager to show you their rooms.

The best of all was the House of God where we were treated to a delightful Christmas program put on by all of the kids.  You know they practiced for hours and the smiles on their faces showed their pride in their participation.  After the program, we all went outside and the switch was flipped by the current State President and Deputy Grand Regent to light the awesome trees that stand at the corner of the House of God.  For me, that started the Christmas Season.

A few things have changed since then as we now have the opportunity to have lunch with the graduating Seniors, present them with their portraits, and hear a little about themselves and their dreams for the future.  A future that we as members of this AMAZING ORGANIZATION helped provide for them, but that they have also had to work for.

They have also added a drive-thru tour of the grounds with hundreds of the most amazing lighted Christmas displays that are set-up by the students and I am sure dozens of volunteers.

This year for some the Holidays will be different than years past.  Our Lodges and Chapters may not have their annual Christmas party.  We may not travel as far or see as many family and friends but know you will be in their thoughts as they are in yours.

I wish you all a safe, healthy, and Merry Christmas.

In Friendship,

Linda Wren

Deputy Grand Regent

They have also added a drive-thru tour of the grounds with hundreds of the most amazing lighted Christmas displays that are set-up by the students and I am sure dozens of volunteers.

This year for some the Holidays will be different than years past.  Our Lodges and Chapters may not have their annual Christmas party.  We may not travel as far or see as many family and friends but know you will be in their thoughts as they are in yours.

I wish you all a safe, healthy, and Merry Christmas.

In Friendship,

Linda Wren

Deputy Grand Regent