As Moose members, we are always working on things within our lodge and often forget that we need to have fun while we are working. Christmas is a spirit that we find ourselves giving, without thoughts of receiving from others. It is happiness in seeing the joy in people. It is making time for others rather than thinking of yourself. It is putting aside differences and coming together in the spirit of the Holiday Season.  These are all values we find in the Moose everyday. It is a time to enjoy each other and spending time with our Moose Family. Many times it seems as if the holiday season speeds by and we do not have the chance to really enjoy it. As we attend parties, dances, and gatherings with our Lodge Brothers and Sisters, enjoy the moments and make memories to share . 

We hope your Christmas is filled with Love, Laughter and special memories.....

The Officers of District 4 wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and wishes of a very Happy New Year

This Saturday is the day for us to lay wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. If you want to be a part of this Community Service event, the directions are simple. Our truck will be by sections 54, 55, and 56. Look for people with Moose gear on and handing out wreaths.  Gates open at 8am. The best way to get to cemetery is to park at the Pentagon or take Metro into the Pentagon. The walk is fairly easy from there.

If you have never done this....it is a very humbling experience. A time of remembrance of those who have sacrificed for our freedoms and our country. 

The District 4 Chili Cook Off was held in Vienna on April the 6th. There were 6 chili contestants and all 6 chili's were different. Our judges had a difficult time choosing the one they liked best. The winner of the cook off is slated to compete in the State Chili Cook Off this fall. Our first place winner is Tom Oderwahl from Arlington. Second is Jerry Thomas from Manassas. If the first place winner is unable to attend the state cook off, the second place winner will take his place.

Congratulations to the winners and we will see you this fall!

 
 
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Arlington Lodge # 1315, will be the host of our District 4 Picnic. The Picnic is for every member in District 4. Arlington as host, will supply the meat for the picnic and we have asked the lodges to bring the sides. Chapters are supplying the desserts!  We would like to see the Moose Legion officers there as well. Bring your family and have soome fun! The Picnic is planned for after the District 4 meeting on July 13th from noon to 4. The idea of the picnic is to get to know each other a little better. The District Board would like to recognize those that stepped up to the challenge of being an officer or chairman. They would also like to thank those who have served this past year. See you in Arlington!

 

You and all your friends are invited to the 2nd Annual District 4 Chili Cook-Off.  We had a great time last year with this event.  This year is going to be even bigger.  This event will be on Saturday, April 6th, 2019, starting just after the District 4 meeting at 1:00 pm.  If you need something to print for your lodge or home refrigerator please print the attached image.  We cannot wait to see everyone!

Contestants are asked to bring a crock pot of Chili to be judged. We will have 5 judges from around the district. They will sample the chili and rate it. We are looking for Best All Around.
  • Entry fee is $50.00.
  • Winner will represent District 4 in the State Chili Cook-Off in September.

The Moose has different districts all over the state of Virginia. These districts help in the everyday running and distribution of great ideas for our fraternity. We invite all members that wish to contribute more to our fraternity to attend our next district meeting! Below you will find information on District 4 meetings. We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

District Meetings
Meeting Date Meeting Location
April 18, 2020 Stafford #2215
July 18,2020 Warrenton #1695
October 17, 2020 Woodbridge #583
   
   

All officers meetings start at 10:00 am with the regular membership meeting to start at 11:00 am.

What exactly is Membership Retention and why do we have a week dedicated to it? Our members are the heart and soul of our organization. As a fraternity, Moose is one of the leading fraternities nationwide as well as in our local communities. Everyone wants to be a Moose member!   -well they might if they really knew what the Moose is all about....or if they felt like they were welcome or were asked to help with an event or fundraiser. 

Many of our members are in name only. Many have fallen of our rolls. How can we as a fraternity keep growing if we keep losing members? New members are always good - but what about our current and expired members? Are we working as hard to keep them as we are working to get new members?

Membership Retention week is an opportunity for all of us to take a hard look at the reasons our members are not renewing their membership. Could it be that they don't like the people at the lodge they joined? Were they never asked to join in with others when they came to a function? Have they grown older? or has something happened in their lives to make it hard for them to get to the lodge? A simple phone call or visit with them may help us to better understand their choosing not to renew their membership.It seems so simple for us. We love our lodge and we know what we are expected to help with- did their sponsor take the time to tell them about their membership and the value it has for them? Were they invited to an orientation? Do they know about Mooseheart and Moosehaven?

Take a moment over the first week in November to help with Membership Retention Week. Your lodge should have things planned for the entire week that revolves around members and working to retain them. If you haven't seen anything on Membership Retention Week, ask your Administrator or Board of Officers how you can help. By volunteering to help you may have a better understanding of how others see your lodge. It never hurts to have a second opinion of things.

 

Virginia's Newest Pilgrims

June 1, 2019

Mooseheart, IL

 

(L-R) Doug Thompson - Floyd #2300, Jerry Ayres - Portsmouth #898, Harold Embrey - Woodbridge #583,  Jim Jordan - Hopewell #1472,  Jack Lancaster - Lynchburg South #1727,  Roger Toney - Tazewell #198,  Walter McIntosh - Berryville #2139,  Freddie Hipes - Waynesboro #1309, Billy Snodgrass - Washington County #1966

 

Congratulations to all for their new achievement. It is an honor to know that in our district, Woodbridge has a new Pilgrim. Harold Embrey has been a member for many years. He and his wife Mary now reside at Moosehaven - but I am sure we will all see our old friend very soon. As details become available for Pilgrim Celebrations we will post for you to make your plans to attend.

                           

 

This years annual campaign is Create Our Future. The campaign runs from May1,2019 to April 30, 2020. This year we focus on the future of our fraternity. By sponsoring family and friends, we will continue to grow. As members of the Moose, we made a pledge to continue to provide for our children at Mooseheart and our seniors at Moosehaven. To continue this obligation, we must commit to signing new members. Just as important though is retaining the members we are losing. Remember the future is in our hands!

In November, Moose International will be hosting a “One Moose” Town Hall Meeting in Orlando, Florida to discuss the idea of establishing a single membership model that will provide enhanced opportunities for all members of the Fraternity. Register now to be part of this historic event that will explore in detail the opportunity of women and men joining together to create One Moose membership. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2wiNLoK

 

This historical event, will change the face of the Moose Fraternity as we now know it. Many States have already voted to merge the two associations, Loyal Order of the Moose and Women of the Moose, with great success.The slogan this year for Membership is Create Your Future.... What better way than to look toward the future and work together for our children and seniors. By working as one team, we can devote all of our knowledge and resources to the future of Mooseheart and Moosehaven.