JAN - FEB MESSAGE
Well 2014 has come to an end. and West Sacramento Moose Lodge is still alive (barely) It has been a very trying year for your officers and a very small handful of dedicated lodge members trying to make ends meet and keep the doors open. It is very hard to come up with any rhyme or reason WHY a 60 year old lodge that owns their property and has thrived for so many years is in this kind of predicament. I understand that in past years that things were said and done by previous Administrations that hurt some feelings of a lot of members (both LOOM & WOTM) but in the last two years that I have been affiliated with this lodge I have seen the few remaining members, both men and women trying to bond together and recreate some of the enthusiasm and dedication that made this lodge one of the best in our area in its earlier years of existence. Why isn't it working? Why can't we make it work? #1 not enough people willing to step up to the plate. If WE are going to be at our 61st. Anniversary party next year things are going to have to change drastically. To have a successful lodge, you need three components #1 NEW BLOOD, signing up new members, hopefully the younger generation, we need the young people (this is a FAMILY organization). We need to have something to attract them. Sports/family orientated dinners, activities/kids parties etc. #2 BONDING, this means the men and women working together as one, also the old and young working together you can not have a successful operation when there is constant bickering and undercurrent. #3 A FULL CALENDAR, this means having something going on in the lodge EVERY DAY. How do we achieve these goals? Every member is going to have to do a soul search and ask yourself am I doing everything that I could be doing for MY LODGE? Or am I one of those naysayers still hurt from what transpired in the past? Do I really want to see my lodge go down the drain? Or am I willing to step up to the plate and do whatever I am capable of doing, such as volunteering to do a dinner or tend bar or join a cleanup/fix-up group once a week, once a month or four times a year; or if nothing else make a special effort to come into the Social Quarters just a little more often. YOUR LODGE needs YOU. Without YOU we won't have a Lodge. I am very sorry to have to vent negativity, especially at this festive time of the year, but I feel it is time you know what or get off the pot, what do you feel? Wishing all of you a very happy and hopefully prosperous New Year.
George Hannum Administrator