VMA Communications

2/01/23 - VMA Official Communication from Communications Chairman, Judy Kennedy (Communication Connection February 2023)

01/13/23 - VMA Official Communication from VMA Moose Charities Chairman Don Ridenhour 

Brothers and sisters,

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and are gearing up for mid-year in Hampton! Attached you will find the latest Moose Charities Per Capita Giving report as of 12/31/22. Remember, this report includes everything your Lodge has sent to Moose Charities for everything except Safe Surfin'. This report shows what your Lodges need to send in in order to qualify for the Premier Lodge Award either by giving $1 more than last year or meeting the per capita amount of $6.51 per member. We already have 41 Lodges that have met one or both of these requirements but we want to see everyone make their goals! Remember Lodges also have to send in their endowment each month as well. Charles should be sending that report out soon so you can make sure your Lodges are fulfilling their obligations in this regard. Now remember, just because a Lodge has met their requirements it doesn't mean they don't need to send anymore! We still need to boost our per capita giving to work on the Top Association Award. Some Associations give over $9 per member and we can too if everyone pitches in. They can give to any number of programs at Moose Charities to help our children and seniors and should continue to do so.

I've also attached the latest Moosehaven AAA Project report. As of 12/31/22 we have given over $162,440.04 of our $400,000 pledge which is about 40.6% and outstanding given it is only about 6 months in to the three year project. Let's keep the momentum going and knock this thing out! We have 25 Lodges who have already met their three year goal but, again, they should not stop there since we have some Lodges who may not be able to meet their goals. Be sure to thank those who have given and remind those who haven't that "a burden to one is borne lightly by many" and to give what they can to help the cause. We can make this happen!

We'll be talking about these at mid-year so I hope to see you all there. Thank you for what you do and if you have any questions feel free to contact me at any time.


Fraternally,

Don Ridenhour

VMA Moose Charities Chairman

Moose Charities Board Member

540-353-4645

1/09/23 - VMA Official Communication from Communications Chairman, Judy Kennedy (Communication Connection January 2023)

1/06/23 - VMA Official Communication from Government Relations Chairman, Brook Archambeau

Charitable Gaming Update

12/06/22 - VMA Official Communication from Communications Chairman, Judy Kennedy (Communication Connection December 2022)

11/21/22 - VMA Official Communication from VMA Moose Charities Chairman Don Ridenhour 

Brothers and Sisters,

Attached are the AAA Project Report and the Moose Charities Per Capita Giving Reports. We have given a total of $148,555.40 (37%) to the Moosehaven AAA Project with 24 Lodges already reaching their three year goal! Let's keep the ball rolling and get the $400,000.00 commitment knocked out in record time!

For the per capita report we have 37 Lodges who have met their goals of $1 more, per capita of $6.51 per member, or both so that is great as well. Remind those who have already made it that they still need to turn in their endowment on a monthly basis to qualify for the Premier Lodge Award. Also anything given to Safe Surfin' does not count toward their total giving so they need to watch that as well. As we reach the halfway mark of the Moose year let's keep working to get everyone qualified for the Premier Lodge Award.

As we hit the holiday season I am thankful for the hard work each of you do for our great fraternity. Please be safe as you travel around this season and may God bless you and your families, Mooseheart, and Moosehaven.


Fraternally,

Don Ridenhour

VMA Moose Charities Chairman

Moose Charities Board Member

540-353-4645

11/02/22 - VMA Official Communication from Government Relations Chairman, Brook Archambeau

TO ALL - They have removed the 40% for use of proceeds on their demo form (that changed after the first training) and Menefee has assured me that if we lobby we can get that lowered, likely not less than 30% (hence my request below).  Please encourage district officers and lodge administrators to expressly mention the payroll piece of this, as they currently don't want us to be able to use any of the proceeds from gaming towards payroll.  I agree that we shouldn't be totally reliant on gaming for these purposes, but even Menefee conceded that he knows gaming is keeping the lights on in a lot of places, so maybe if we make enough noise about being able to use them for payroll (or at least a percentage of it), then we may get that changed.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO LODGES, CHAPTERS, AND VMA:

The public comment and input for the new gaming regulations/forms is currently online.  Many have already received the link and left valuable input, but please put this out to all lodges and chapters immediately.  The form closes at 11:59pm on Wednesday, November 23, 2022.  Please keep the following in mind when posting commentary:

1.  VDACS is requesting input on the forms/reporting regulations only.

2.  Use of proceeds - We would like it to be no more than 30% of net proceeds for electronic gaming.

3.  Restrictions on what we can use proceeds towards will tremendously inhibit our operating capability.  The proposed regulations prohibit using proceeds for payroll.  Please reiterate that we rely on these proceeds for light bills, payroll for those operating the social quarters, and keeping our lodges open.

4.  Please be sure to list your name, title, and lodge number.  ALL BROTHERS AND SISTERS are encouraged to offer commentary, not just lodge/chapter officers.

Here is the link:   https://townhall.virginia.gov/L/comments.cfm?stageid=9804


Brooke Archambeau

Government Relations

11/02/22 - VMA Official Communication from Communications Chairman, Judy Kennedy (Communication Connection November 2022)

10/20/22 - VMA Official Communication from VMA Moose Charities Committee Member Charles Carter 

The Endowment Fund for the month of September received from Moose International


Thank you

Charles Carter 

10/19/22 - VMA Official Communication from VMA Moose Charities Chairman Don Ridenhour 

Brothers and Sisters,


Attached you will find the latest per capita report for Moose Charities Giving. There has been some confusion about this report so let me explain it in simple terms. This report shows how much you have given to Moose Charities up until the date of the report. This total does not include anything given to Safe Surfin' since that does not count toward your Premier Lodge Award. This report also shows the total you need to give for the entire Moose year, 5/1/22-4/30/23, based upon the Moose Charities per capita rate of $6.51 per member or $1 more than you gave last year. The total given also includes money given to endowment, to the AAA Project, and other gifts or projects, in other words every check you send to Moose Charities counts. This money does not have to be paid all at one time and can be divided into monthly amounts. The last column on the report shows the easiest amount you need to pay to qualify for the Premier Lodge Award but is by no means all you need to give if you are able! So far we have 29 Lodges who have met the per capita or $1 more amount which is outstanding! Remember that you still have to send in endowment each month as well to qualify. We had some Lodges last year who would have qualified but missed too many endowments so don't let this happen to you! If any of you have any questions about this report fell free to call me any time and I will try to answer them if I can!


Now for the first AAA Project report! We are off to a great start so let's try to keep up the momentum. All together the members of Virginia have given over $130,000 to the project so far. We have 20 Lodges who have already given the entire three years worth we asked for so far. The total number requested from each Lodge is based on their enrollment on April 30, 2022 and a per capita number of $2.36 per member to reach the $400,000 goal in three years. This allows a reasonable amount for each lodge, large or small, to work with each year. Like any other project they should do fund raisers to reach these goals. Even in these difficult times, if we all work together, we can get this project done. Not only are we taking care of our seniors with this project but it may be something we ourselves may be using down the road! Also, remember that money given to this project counts toward total Moose Charities giving and your Premier lodge Awards! Again, if you have any questions feel free to call me any time!


Thank you for all you do!


Don Ridenhour

VMA Moose Charities Chairman

Moose Charities Board Member

540-353-4645

10/05/22 - VMA Official Communication from VMA Heart of the Community Chairman, Chris Mcfaden 

Brothers and Sisters,


As I have been watching the news like all of you, I am in shock and heartbroken for the people of Florida. They have lost so much and it will take months to recover from this horrible disaster. We as Moose need to help these people. This is the time to really think about what the Heart Of The Community stands for. The Virginia Moose Association would like all lodges to give to the Florida Moose Association to distribute to all the areas affected. Our giving is vital to the recovery of the state of Florida and its people. Please send your checks to the VMA office. Make check payable to the VMA and ear marked to the “Florida Disaster Fund”. The VMA will collect all money and send one check to the FMA. Please help in any amount you can. All  donations big or small will help people in need.


As I type this letter I am reminded of a quote that one of our founding fathers James J. Davis said. “A burden heavy to one, is bourn lightly by many”.


Fraternally,

Chris Mcfaden

Heart Of The Community Chairman

Virginia Moose Association

10/05/22 - VMA Official Communication from VMA Moose Charities Committee Member Charles Carter 

Hello Everyone,

I'm excited to be an active member of the State Moose Charities Committee. This opportunity will give me a chance to learn the duties and responsibilities of this very important committee. Thank you Don for the opportunity to serve on this committee.


Thank you

Charles Carter 

According to MI records the following lodges did NOT make a contribution to the Endowment Fund for the month of August

Newport News 1119

Berryville 2139

Waynesboro 1309

Ashland 2099

Powhatan 1840

Altavista 1433

Montgomery County 1470

09/30/22 - VMA Official Communication  - From the Office of Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs 

The Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs will be conducting regional training at 7 locations across Virginia during October and November 2022. Training will include an overview of recent legislative changes along with instruction on completing the revised Quarterly and Annual Charitable Gaming Financial Reports- Form 101 & 102.

To register, please complete the attached form and email to finreports.assistance@vdacs.virginia.gov or fax to 804-255-2666.

It is strongly suggested by the Executive Committee of the Association that Administrators/ Government Relations Chairpersons/Bingo Managers and office staff that completes mandatory forms attend this training program. 

09/28/22 - VMA Official Communication from Communications Chairman, Judy Kennedy (Communication Connection October 2022) Attachments below

09/23/22 - VMA Official Communication from VMA Moose Charities Chairman Don Ridenhour 

Brothers and Sisters,


I've been getting some calls lately concerning the per capita amount for Moose Charities giving this year. For future reference the amount can always be found on Moose International website HERE  The per capita this year is $6.51 per member. The amount you need to make for Moose Charities giving this year is that number multiplied by the total members on roll on April 30th. The attached report shows the numbers your Lodges need to make for the Premier Lodge Award either through per capita or $1 more giving. The total in the last column is the easiest amount to achieve the award. Although that number could be for $1 more we would like to see everyone make the per capita number if possible. And don't let that number stop you from giving more if you can!  This total does not include anything given in September. If the Lodges take that number and divide it by the remaining months it will give them a goal to reach each month and perhaps make it a little easier. Also remind them that even though they may make this goal they still need to send in endowment each month. 


I also need the names of some of your Moose Charities Chair people. I've sent out a couple of emails in this regard and have gotten limited response back. Remember it is always easier to get the job done if we get more people involved in getting the word out. 


On a final note, remember that October is the month for Lodges to participate in the Cradle Fund. Let's see if we can't get more participation and top the total from last year ($12,449) and rock this thing! Also talk up the Virtual 5K Rudolph Run that can be found HERE or have them donate to my team "Duck Duck Moose VA" by going to the Moose Charities website. Let's put Virginia over the top on Moose Charities giving and show the rest of the Associations who has the biggest heart when it comes to Mooseheart!


Thank you for all you do and keep up the good work!


Don Ridenhour

VMA Moose Charities Chairman

540-353-4645

09/15/22 - VMA Official Communication from Higher Degrees Chairman, Mark Marshall Sr.  - Virginia Council of Higher Degrees Membership Drive

The Virginia Council of Higher Degree is moving forward on a statewide membership drive. By now you should have a Chairperson in place for your District and Lodges. This Charter Membership Drive is for 90 days October 1, 2023 until December 31, 2023. Membership in 

Central Virginia 

Northern Virginia 

Western Virginia 

will begin January 1, 2023

See attachment for more details. (Application)

Please print a post on your bulletin boards. (Flyer) I will be at the Chili Cookoff with Applications and Flyers. 

P.S. the train has left the station.

Mark Marshall Sr 

Higher Degree Chairman 

804-539-6275 

08/16/22 - VMA Official Communication from Communications Chairman, Judy Kennedy (Communication Connection August 2022)

08/11/22 - VMA Official Communication from VMA Moose Charities Chairman Don Ridenhour - Triple A Project

Brothers and Sisters,


As some of you who attended the International Convention in Orland already know we have a new three year project for Moosehaven called the "Triple A Project". This stands for "Always Active At" Moosehaven. This $10,000,000.00 3 year project is designed to replace the activity center currently in use that is residential building built in 1952. This is to be replaced with a building along the lines of the newly opened MAC project at Mooseheart. The new sports complex and amenity center will include a pool, gym, and multi-purpose room for exercise and dance classes. It will also include a bowling alley, indoor shuffleboard, cornhole, billiards, darts, a poker room, and a spacious social area. This project also includes a new 80X100 foot pavilion that will be built overlooking the St John's River.


Our Association's commitment to this project is $400,000.00 which is the same amount we raised for the Mooseheart Activity Center. I have broken it down on a Lodge by Lodge basis and included a spreadsheet for your use. The numbers are based on April 30, 2022 membership numbers and a per capita number of $7.07 for the entire three year period. I have listed a goal per year and a total goal for each Lodge. Since I used the per capita, the totals for each lodge are as close as I can come to making each Lodge responsible for an even share of the project based upon individual Lodge membership. As with the MAC Project some Lodges will give more than others based upon ability. All we are asking is for each Lodge to take it upon themselves to fulfill our mission of caring for our seniors to the best of their ability.


As of July 31 we have already collected $8200 with Sandston leading the way with a $5000.00 contribution. We are also looking for those Lodges who wish to make contributions to bring their checks to the banquet at our upcoming convention in Hampton. We would like to show out CEO Scott Hart how we get things done and make it happen in Virginia when it comes to fulfilling our mission. Have the checks made out to Moose Charities and earmarked "Moosehaven Triple A Project".


Thank you for all you do and I look forward to seeing you all in Hampton. If you have any questions feel free to ask and I'll do the best I can to answer them for you!


Don Ridenhour

VMA Moose Charities Chairman

540-353-4645

08/11/22 - VMA Official Communication from VMA Moose Charities Chairman Don Ridenhour - All Giving Report

Brothers and Sisters


Attached you will find the latest Moose Charities All Giving (per capita) Report. This report shows the money received by Moose Charities for the various programs you send money to at Moose Charities such as endowment, gifts at the International Convention, etc. This report does not show contributions to Safe Surfin' as they do not count toward the Premier Lodge Award qualifications as found HERE on the Moose International website.


Here is a column by column explanation of the report. It is really simple, the last column is the minimum amount you need to send to qualify for the Premier Lodge Award but is by no means all you should give!


Columns 1-3 are self explanatory with Lodge number, Lodge name, and District


Column 4 is the amount you gave to Moose Charities last year


Column 5 is the amount you need to give Moose Charities this year to reach $1 more in total giving


Column 6 is the amount given Moose Charities to date excluding Safe Surfin' donations


Column 7 is the number of members you had on roll on April 10, 2022 and is used to determine the total amount you need to give to make the per capita goal of $6.51 per member


Column 8 is total amount of your membership on 4/30/22 times the per capita number of $6.51 per member


Column 9 is the amount still needed to reach the per capita goal


Column 10 is the minimum amount contributed to Moose Charities needed to qualify for the Premier Lodge award and is based on the lesser number between the $1 more amount or the per capita amount. Our goal is for every Lodge to at least meet the per capita number but we realize this is hard for some Lodges so urge them to do the best they can.


Remember these are just target goals and should be exceeded to give yourselves some room for error. Also remember that it does no good to give the money if they miss more than two endowment reports. Give these numbers to our Lodges and help them set their giving goals. Let's make this happen so all of our lodges qualify for the Premier Lodge Award and show the rest of the Fraternity who truly is the Top Association when it comes to Moose Charities giving.


I'll see you all in Hampton if you have any questions! Thank you for what you do! Together we can make it happen!


Don Ridenhour

VMA Moose Charities Chairman

540-353-4645

08/11/22 - VMA Official Communication from VMA Moose Charities Chairman Don Ridenhour - Endowment Report

Brothers and Sisters,

Attached you will find the Endowment report as of 7/31/22. We had 76 of 83 Lodges reporting for 91%. We need to get everyone sending their endowment in on time every month. Remind your Lodges that the money they collect for endowment is not Lodge money but is intended for our children and seniors. They do not have to wait until the end of the month to send it in as long as they send it in every month. We already have three Lodges that have missed two endowments and they can miss no more and still receive the Premier Lodge Award. Our goal is 100% reporting every month and it is a simple thing to do. Set a reminder on your phones, put a sticker on the calendar, pay it when you pay your other recurring bills like electric and water, just do it every month! 

If those who show as not paying have a dispute they need to contact Moose Charities directly with proof that they paid on a bank statement or a cancelled check. The check must be earmarked "Endowment" and sent to Moose Charities.

I look forward to seeing you all next week at Hampton. If you have any questions please bring them to me at the Moose Charities table and I'll be glad to answer them the best I can.

Thank you for all you do!

Sincerely, 

Don Ridenhour

VMA Moose Charities Chairman

540-353-4645

07/25/22 - VMA Official Communication from VMA Moose Charities Chairman Don Ridenhour - Endowment Report

Brothers and Sisters,

Attached is the Endowment Report as of 6/30/22. Please look over it and let me know if you have any questions. If one of your Lodges has a dispute remind them they need to contact Moose Charities with proof that they are wrong as I can't do anything myself to make corrections. Sorry it is so late but I had a computer crash and I had to do some scrambling to get it done! We have 13 Lodges who have already missed one Endowment. Please stress to them that they can only miss one more or they will be disqualified from the Premier Lodge Award. 

I'm still working on the per capita report for Moose Charities and as soon as I get that done I will send it out so the Lodges can set their goals for the year. I will also have something on the new three year "AAA Moosehaven Project" coming out soon so please prep your Lodges to begin raising funds for that project.

Just to let everyone know and to thank you for your efforts we raised $447,639.10 for the MAC project that was just completed at Mooseheart and exceeded our $400K goal.

Thank you for all you do for Moose Charities!

Sincerely, 

Don Ridenhour

VMA Moose Charities Chairman

540-353-4645

07/18/22 - VMA Official Communication from Moose Legion Ambassador - Eastern VA - Robert A. Benjamin (Moose Legion Report

06/22/22 - VMA Official Communication from Communications Chairman, Judy Kennedy (Communication Connection July 2022)

05/27/22 - VMA Official Communication from Communications Chairman, Judy Kennedy (Communication Connection June 2022)

05/06/22 - VMA Official Communication from VMA Activities Chairperson Chairman, Leslie Cudd 

Please find shown below the guidelines for hosting VMA Sporting Events.  Should your lodge be interested in hosting any events in 2023, please follow those guidelines for submission.   All requests MUST be received by September 30, 2022.  Please submit via email to lcudd1@verizon.net.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or the VMA office.

GUIDELINES FOR HOSTING VMA SPORTING EVENTS

1.     Requests to host sporting events must be submitted in writing to include signature of all current board members.  Deadline for submission is September 30 of the year prior to events.

2.     Lodges will submit a $350 hosting fee to the Association, due within one week of the conclusion of the event.

3.     Lodges wishing to host events must have participated in the event the year prior to hosting

4.     It is the responsibility of the host lodges to procure housing/hotel accommodations for the event, as well as any flyers, advertising, or information regarding the event for distribution or posting.  It is also the responsibility of the host lodge to provide any prizes or trophies to be awarded. The success of your event is largely based on “advertising” on Virginia Moose Association social media site, website, as well as bulk emails to lodges with details of the event.  The sooner you are prepared for your event, the sooner it can be promoted to increase participation and revenue. 


Fraternally,

Leslie Cudd

Activities Chairperson

Virginia Moose Association 

04/28/22 - VMA Official Communication from Communications Chairman, Judy Kennedy (Communication Connection May 2022)