Lynchburg Moose Lodge # 715

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updated 11/30/2020

Moose International Field Staff Report

 

Date Arrived:  11/14/2020               Time Arrived:  6:00 PM         

Date Departed: 11/14/2020                           Time Departed:  11:00 PM

Unit Name:  Lynchburg    Unit#:  0715  Unit Type: Lodge   ST/PR:  VIRGINIA

 

Visit Conducted By (Name and Title):  Mike Rios – Membership Director

 

Primary Purpose of Visit:  DB - Drop By  

 

Findings and Recommendations:

 

The purpose of this (unannounced) visit was to observe operations and see the renovations conducted during the recent pandemic shutdown. Accompanied by my wife, Linda, we met two other couples there who we previously invited to join us. (They were also Moose members.)

 

As we approached the building, we were greeted by Jr. Governor George Haythe then Treasurer Greg Kirby who welcomed us to the lodge and provided a tour. Shortly thereafter we were joined by Governor Daniel Viar. Needless to say, the lodge was extremely impressive! Much planning, time and effort was expended to perform the upgrades. This is a great example/template for other lodges. The adjustable lighting was perfect, the decorations impressive and the work has been professionally performed. (A local college art student was commissioned to do the murals on the walls.)

 

After a short while, “Donna” greeted us and took care of us all evening. As a hostess/server/greeter she is a great asset to the lodge. She helped make the experience more pleasant for everyone. Her positive and upbeat demeanor is contagious! The Bar staff was also attentive and professional. They complimented each other as a team making sure that everyone was served in a timely manner.

 

Throughout the evening, I visited several tables and interacted with the membership. There were many couples from local lodges who chose to patronize this lodge to enjoy the food (steak night) and atmosphere.

 

Making a connection with the membership was especially satisfying. I met two members whose Fathers were former State Police Troopers as well and Linda connected with a couple of members who also graduated from the same local High School as her (although several years apart).

 

A wide variety of music was provided by (Treasurer) DJ Greg Kirby and was played at a comfortable level.

 

A particularly pleasant aspect of membership was to see racially diverse families enjoying a meal together and the entertainment included multiple genres, catering to those of all ages. (There were infants, toddlers, teenagers, millennials, parents, grandparents, retirees and seniors in attendance.) While discussing the demographic, I was assured by a couple of members that there are no discriminatory issues in this lodge (that seemingly plagues several others) and that they welcome all people into the lodge home. The interaction between all members was impressive. The atmosphere was very comfortable and (at times) festive and celebratory.

 

The nine ‘o clock ceremony was conducted as customary and they collected $76.00. I understand that this is performed on a regular basis.

 

I can’t say enough about this lodge. It will be beneficial to consider this lodge as a template for the recently approved lodge development pilot program. This atmosphere is conducive to families, young and old, and their aesthetics certainly welcome all members, especially those younger members that we are targeting for the future. Moose has a HUGE presence in lodge decorations. However, they are up-to-date and tastefully presented. The lodge (Bingo) hall has not been renovated but it still presents well and is a benefit to the lodge.

 

Much credit was given to Administrator Scott Jacode for his leadership and vision, especially with the renovations. It appears that the Board of Officers works well together and they respect and appreciate Scott’s leadership.

 

Only a couple of “older” members have complained about the renovations (as indicated on social media). However, the majority appreciates and welcomes the changes with the understanding that they are making the improvements for the future. Several photos of the lodge are attached.

 

TM Chris Roberson has been a great support for the lodge. Although challenging, the Board of Officers should understand that they are headed in the right direction and that they have the full support of Moose International as they work to grow their lodge into the future. Their efforts are greatly appreciated!

 

MR

Notice from

Virginia Moose Association

Secretary Artie Ransone



Notice from Virginia Moose Association Secretary Artie Ransone

Brothers and Co-Workers,Due to COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the State Governor’s Office, the Virginia Moose Association Mid-Year Conference scheduled for January 15th-17th in Norfolk has been cancelled.  We are working out details for a possible virtual/hybrid conference on Saturday, January 16th to be held at a lodge in the Richmond area.  Please keep this date available.

Our Virginia House Girls and Family Teachers at Mooseheart have expressed their desire to Executive Director Gary Urwiler to remain together until their graduations instead of transferring individually to other homes according to their age bracket.  The Girls are getting older and have outgrown the size of the Virginia Home.  Therefore, the Girls along with their Family Teachers have been moved to a larger home on campus.  Since the Virginia Home is a smaller facility, International plans to temporarily use it in a very vital role as they continue to bring new students to the Mooseheart Campus.  They cannot protect the staff and students already there without having a home where new students can be quarantined before entering the Mooseheart population.  The Virginia Home will temporarily become that home.  The Virginia Home will be instrumental in helping to bring in the students who are sitting on the waiting list – waiting for the opportunity Mooseheart provides.  The plan is to use the Virginia Home in this manner until the waiting list is diminished and a new set of younger students can be formed to inhabit the Virginia Home.

Please be assured that the Virginia Moose Association is continuing our Christmas tradition with the “Virginia Girls” and their Family Teachers, and keep them in your hearts and prayers during these unprecedented and trying times. 

Wishing everyone and their families a safe and happy Thanksgiving,

Fraternally,
Artie Ransone
VMA Secretary