Message from the Deputy Grand Regent of Michigan,

Hello Co-workers

I was privileged to attend Founder's Day at Mooseheart in October. I have been to Mooseheart at least 6 times over the last 13 years.  Three trips were for Moose Computer training and the other trips were for International convention.  This trip was like no other!  

If you have never been to Mooseheart, this is the weekend to go.  If you have been to Mooseheart, Irecommend attending Founder's Day weekend to really spend some time with your Mooseheart kids.

My husband and I arrived at the hotel around 4:30 on Friday, October 25th.  We changed into warm clothes and headed to Mooseheart for the pizza party and sock hop from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.  The kids were having a great time singing and dancing to the music.  Even though they probably went through some very hard times before coming to Mooseheart, they all seemed so happy and well adjusted.  They were very polite and respectful, also, but we just could not believe how happy they seem.

After the sock hop we attended the Mooseheart Rambler's football game.  It was very cold and the Ramblers lost, but we had a great time. After the game, we headed back to the hotel to stuff 260 trick or treat bags.  All of the attendees from Michigan help with this each year.  

Saturday morning I was privileged to present a watch to a Mooseheart senior in the House of God.  Every senior was given a watch from the Michigan Moose.  Ohio presented the seniors with their letter jackets.

Only Michigan and Ohio participate in Founder's day weekend.  After the presentations at the House of God, we found out that we had more attendees from Michigan than Ohio for the first time.  That was great!

Next, we were off to the Michigan House to present the wish list items to the 10 teenage boys in that house. There were a lot of people there for the presentation and the boys were so thankful for each and every item. If your chapter, lodge, district or legion donated items or money for the wish list, a big THANK YOU to you from your Michigan House boys!

I was given a tour of the house by one of our students.  The house was very big with more than 12 small bedrooms. How they keep the house so clean and organized with 10 teenagers living there is beyond me, but even the bedrooms were pretty neat for teenage boys!

After the Michigan House visit, we were off to do reverse trick or treating.  This is sponsored by Michigan.  We go the the door, yell "Trick or Treat", but the kids get the treats!  This was my favorite part of the weekend.  We were always greeted with a hug or handshake and each child introduced themselves. When we were leaving, they all thanked us for visiting. The 5 little 6 year old girls at the Alabama house even posed for pictures. They were just too cute!

Michigan also sponsors the haunted house. This is not for the feint of heart.  I went through and some of the Mooseheart kids were in costume and scared the crap out of us.  You should have heard the girls screaming! The older kids got to experience the haunted house while the younger kids were able to decorate pumpkins for the first time this year.  They were provided with markers, paint, beads, and even feathers to decorate the pumpkins.  They were so cute in their costumes.

Next on the agenda was Scott Hart's Pilgrim Robing.  Scott's family greeted us as we entered the fieldhouse.I did not realize Scott and his wife have 6 kids!  No wonder he is so comfortable at Mooseheart.  There was a very nice ceremony followed by dinner.  After dinner we were able to listen to the Mooseheart band perform.  They were great.

After the ceremony, we headed back to the hotel to relax and socialize with our friends from Michigan.  Weall agree that this was a great experience and we would be back next year with more friends.

Sunday morning we attended a Blueberry Pancake breakfast at the fieldhouse.  Most of the breakfast items were also donated by Michigan including the blueberries.  The little ones were so cute in their 3 piece suits and dresses.  They were off to church after breakfast. What a great end to a wonderful weekend.

So take just one moment with me to feel very PROUD of everything you do for your Mooseheart kids.  You keep these kids safe, happy, healthy, well educated, and give them so much more.  Let's all do our best to sign up new members and retain the members we have.  These kids are just too important to let down.  Speaking of retention, we have another member retention week coming up Feb 23 to March 1st.  Let's put this to good use.  I heard a great idea at the State board meeting - Send a letter to expired or dropped members and offer to send them $10 in Moose Bucks if they renew.  This was very successful in one area AND it gets the members to the lodge.  

I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday Season with family and friends.  Happy New Year to all and I will see

you in Frankenmuth!

Debby Wallaert

Deputy Grand regent

The Women of the Moose, founded in 1913, is a unit of Moose International, with more than 400,000 women in approximately 1,600 chapters in all 50 states and four Canadian provinces.

 Along with other units of Moose International, the Women of the Moose supports the operation of Mooseheart Child City & School , a 1,000-acre community for children and teens in need, located 40 miles west of Chicago; and Moosehaven , a 70-acre retirement community for members, located near Jacksonville, FL.

 Additionally, Women of the Moose Chapters conduct more than $20 million worth of community service (counting monetary donations and volunteer hours worked) annually..