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Moose Lodge 2045 Newsletter, July 2017

I hope all of you had a safe, enjoyable July 4th. We have had a busy, service-filled July.

Our 4th - specifically Billy Noah, Leonard Tatum, and mine (Norm Rose) - was spent at the annual International Moose Convention in Tampa FL (6/30/1 - 7/3/17). It was scorching and humid there; but the really "hot news" is that our Lodge achieved the Moose International Premier Lodge Award. The award is given for charitable giving, community service, and membership recruitment/retention (Our Lodge has the highest retention rate in NC.)

As we've said many times, thank you for making "Great Things Happen at the Greater Durham NC Moose Lodge."

At the convention, we each attended several meeting sessions, one in particular was about Mooseheart. Recall that Mooseheart, dedicated in 1913, is our residential childcare facility, located near Chicago. The "Child City" provides home-like residences and top-notch education and training for youths, from infancy through high school, whose families are unable to care for them.

One of the 30 group homes there - the North Carolina Residence - is directly supported by the NC Moose Lodges.

We were particularly impressed by one of the guest speakers, recent-graduate Leslie Ramirez-Tapia, who came to Mooseheart in 2013 at age 13. Leslie told almost 2000 people in the audience how she came to be at Mooseheart, from a hard life with no hope for a decent future. In her words:

[Before Mooseheart] I wasn't hanging out with the best groups ... My grades were going down and I started rebelling against Mom. I thought I knew what I was doing, but a lot of my friends were already using drugs and my mom didn't want me going down that path.

[At Mooseheart] They told me that once I got privileges, I'd be able to walk from place to place on campus. I thought, "You can do that without getting shot?" I was pretty impressed with how organized it was, because I needed that in my life ... There, I learned to make the right choices.

Leslie said she had wanted to be a song writer and a musician, neither of which was possible before. She spoke from her heart, as though speaking to each of us personally, holding nothing back, as she told how the people at Mooseheart turned her life around and why what we do to support Mooseheart as members is so important. Following a standing ovation when she finished speaking, Leslie sang a song she had written especially for the convention, telling how Mooseheart had changed her life. She accompanied herself on the guitar. Song writer. Musician. Debuting in front of a live audience of 2000. Many moist eyes that day. Mooseheart changes lives ... from little or no hope to a bright future! (http://mooseheart.org/)

While I was in Florida my wife and I also visited Moosehaven (http://moosehaven.org/), serving senior members of the Loyal Order of Moose and Women of the Moose. Suffice it to say, we were both "blow away." Total care, from independent living to assisted living to skilled nursing - at no cost. Everything provided, even down to shaving cream, as our tour-guide resident informed us. As one of the residents playing pool in the recreation facility commented to us, "It is the best kept secret about Moose." We aim to make it less of a secret, but there is so much more to tell in this month's newsletter that I am going to wait until the next issue of the newsletter, in August, to describe what we discovered there.

In July, there were three major community outreach projects:

1- on 7/15, members held another "EZ Kids' ID" event, this time at Freddy's in Holly Springs (https://freddysusa.com/store/holly-springs/). Twenty-six children were ID'd, bringing our year-to-date total to 171.
2- on 7/19, our Lodge again hosted a luncheon for veterans participating in the VA's Gerofit program. (http://www.va.gov/geriatrics/gerofit/gerofit_Home.asp) Gerofit is a supervised exercise program for older veterans, developed in 1986 at Durham's VA Medical Center. A documentary about the program is on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egAwYYhqDug
3- on 7/22, we hosted our second first responders appreciation luncheon. Members from the Durham Fire Department, NC State Troopers, and Duke University Security dropped by to feast on grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, homemade chili and slaw, potato salad, chips, and vanilla & chocolate custard provided by Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers. (Be sure to patronize Freddy's. They are a great supporter of our Lodge's events, especially the Safe Surfin' "EZ Kids' ID" program.) All received Tommy Moose dolls, which are used to help children de-stress in emergency situations. We plan to hold several of these events during the year to show our appreciation to these community servants.

There are some important dates coming up, so please mark your calendars.

- Dinner meetings, August 4 and 18. Serving begins at 6 pm; officers meeting is at 6:30, with the general meeting to follow at 7 pm.
----- Menu, August 4: Homemade spaghetti sauce & pasta and salad.
-----Remember: We serve dinner each Friday, beginning at 6. Cannot beat home-cooked meals - and all we ask is a donation to support our charities!
- Sunday, August 6 - NC Moose Legion District 11 meeting, to be held at Roxboro Moose Family Center #2005. All Moose members are invited to attend. Breakfast will be at 9:00 AM and General Meeting starts at 10:00 AM.
- Saturday, August 12, Cary Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, 11 am - 3 pm, @ 1705 High House Rd, Cary, NC 27513
- Aug 17-20, North Carolina Moose Association Convention, Greensboro. Members Billy Noah, Leonard, Tatum and Norm Rose will be attending.
- Fall date: Military Appreciation Luncheon, September 9, 11 am - 2 pm. We are expecting over 250 attendees this year, so will need your help to welcome, register, and help in the serving line.

As last year, the Friendly City Civitan Club, with Ray Easton, President, will again join us in honoring our area military. Last year's event, when 156 attended, exceeded our seating capacity at the Lodge. So, with an expected attendance this year of 250, we will be holding the luncheon at a larger venue - Rose of Sharon Baptist Church, 4109 Guess Road Durham, N.C. 27712

At the military luncheon, remember that we want to continue the tradition of reserving a front seat, flanked by a flag, to recognize the many who have served and gone before us. At the reserved seat, we honor one of our Brother's family members who served in the military, displaying a photo and a description of his/her service. If you would like to honor your family member's service, please let us know by responding to this email.

Until August ...

Norm Rose, Governor
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