Friday, April 28, 2017
Member News - April 2017
As I write this newsletter, I am reminded that a new Governor, installed on the 23rd, will soon be writing to you. Let me just say, I thank all of you who've been a brother and friend to me these past 3 years.
April has been jam-packed with activities, starting with a birthday party for Chef Leonard (4/13) and continuing with two EZ Kids' ID events, held at the Burlington Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers and at the Emerald Pond Retirement Center's Kids' Day. The 2 events garnered an additional 30 ID's to this years total. That makes our year-to-date total 145. We are well on our way to exceeding last year's total of 265.
This month we were also asked to write up last month's EZ Kids' event (3/18/17) at Durham's Toys R Us® for the North Carolina Moose Association newsletter. Recall that the Lodge's Governor, Billy Noah (the chairman for Central NC's Safe Surfin' Foundation - https://safesurfin.org/), coordinated this big event. Besides the seven Moose members who participated, several other organizations were also present, including representatives and vehicles from Safe Kids (checking car seats), the Duke Trauma Center's Home Safety, the State Highway Patrol, Durham County Sheriff’s Dept, UNC Campus Police, Duke Campus Police, a Durham City EMS Ambulance, a police K-9 Unit, and a Duke Hospital Emergency Medical Air Transport Ambulance.
Toys R Us/Babies R Us has already asked us to do the same for next year and, given our usual bigger-next-time-around events, we expect even greater community participation.
Speaking of bigger-next-time-around, just to get this on your radar, our third annual veterans' appreciation luncheon will be held 9/9/17. This past year, so many military attended - and we are expecting more than 250 military to attend this year's - we had to find another larger venue for it.
This past Sunday, the 23rd, our Lodge held the training session for new area officers in the Central NC District. Leonard Tatum, NCMA State Training Coordinator, was the instructor. Afterwards our new officers, elected at the meeting held 4/7, were installed. (Terms begin May 1st.) Our new officers: Rick Crabtree, Trustee; Mark Huffstetler, Treasurer; Billy Noah, Junior Past Governor; Norman Rose, Governor.
The first meeting for Governor Norm Rose will be May 5th. Chef Leonard is planning a special meal, so we hope you will make plans to enjoy the "feast" (the menu will be sent in a later email) and to welcome the new governor.
A final word from Billy ...
Serving these past years as your Governor has been an honor for me. Not only have we renovated our Lodge, inside and outside, we have expanded our community outreach to include events, many of which were actually covered by the media.
To continue to grow, of course, we need your participation, not only at the planned events, but at the meetings, held on the 1st and 3rd Fridays each month. At these meetings, we decide the future of our Lodge. Your participation ensures we have a future as a Lodge.
Together, we'll make "Great Things Happen at the Greater Durham NC Moose Lodge."
Billy Noah, Governor
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