The Loyal Order of Moose is a private organization. All activities and events referred to on this Web site and in the Moose newsletter are available to members in good standing and their qualified guests only. This Web site is for informational purposes with proprietary information intended for members only. General information is available to the public at large, but should not be construed to be a solicitation for membership. This Web site is an initiative of Bedford Moose Lodge No. 1897, and is not sanctioned by the Loyal Order of Moose, Moose International or any subsidiary thereof. All logos, trademarks, and servicemarks pertaining to the Loyal Order of Moose and/or its programs or degrees are copyrighted (c) by Moose International, Inc., Mooseheart, Illinois.
Who Are We?
In the early 1990s, the Moose organization decided to rethink the entire idea of what a fraternal facility and its programs need to be about in the 21st Century-de-emphasizing our Social Quarters, and placing greater emphasis on programs designed to appeal to every segment of our members' families in facilities called Family Centers. These members - responsible men and women and their children, make the Moose program strong and active in communities all across North America.
While our focus is changing to better serve the family at the Lodge, the commitment to the Moose fraternity's missions remain as strong as ever. Lodges and Chapters across the fraternity contribute to Moose-sponsored programs such as Mooseheart and Moosehaven, and also to people in their own communities through Community Service initiated by members of the Lodge.
What Is A Moose?
A Moose member is a man belonging to the Loyal Order of Moose, or a woman belonging to the Women of the Moose. These members, over 1.5 million strong, make up the two components of the fraternal organization known as Moose International. Their membership is held in any one of 2,000 Lodges and 1,600 Chapters throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain (for more on Moose in the U.K. see www.mooseintl.org.uk ) and Bermuda. Moose International headquarters is approximately 38 miles west of Chicago at Mooseheart, Illinois.
Men and women join the Order for a variety of reasons, including Family Activities, Community Service projects and member sports programs, just to name a few. While these activities offer each Moose member a valid reason to join, the main endeavors of the fraternity remain Mooseheart, the 1,000 - acre Illinois home and school for children in need, and Moosehaven, the 65-acre Florida retirement community for senior members in need. These residents, entrusted to the care and support provided by membership in the Moose, are constant living reminders of the humanitarian efforts of Moose members.
Sheriff Mike Brown, (Moose Member Lodge 1897, Bedford) and SRO Randy Smith hold a class on Internet Safety for the Moose International’s Youth Awareness Scholarship Program designed to enable active teens to utilize their leadership qualities and share their knowledge with young people aged 4 to 9 years old.
The Sheriff and the Moose Lodge 1897 hosted the program this year and had 36 high school students from around the state in attendance.
Each participant selects a topic and develops a presentation on that topic. They are then responsible for finding opportunities to speak to groups of children in elementary schools, scouting units, Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs, Sunday schools, the YMCA, etc., and hold “Kids Talks” sharing the knowledge of their chosen subject. After a minimum of three ‘Kids Talks” are completed by the end of February, 2012, written reports on their presentations are submitted for review to the Youth Awareness Student Council. “