The Roxboro Moose Family Center #2005 will host a visit from Harry Johnston, the Supreme Governor of the Loyal Order of Moose from Moose International at Mooseheart, Ill.
As he travels across North Carolina, he will visit the Roxboro lodge to address members and guests on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Johnston will be greeted by several Roxboro dignitaries and the Moose family. There will be a social meet and greet followed by dinner.
Johnston rose from the post of Supreme Jr. Governor to become the Moose Fraternity’s Chief Presiding Officer on July 15, 2018, elected by vote of Supreme Lodge delegates to a one-year term as Supreme Governor at the organization’s 130th International Convention in New Orleans, La.
The Moose organization, headquartered at Mooseheart, Ill., consists of nearly 1 million men and women in approximately 1,500 lodges and 1,300 chapters throughout the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Bermuda.
The organization owns and operates Mooseheart, a 1,000-acre community and school for youngsters in need, located 40 miles west of the Chicago; and Moosehaven, a 75-acre retirement community near Jacksonville, Fla. Moose lodges and chapters also conduct more than $60 million worth of community service annually (counting monetary donations, miles driven and volunteer hours worked).
Such community service can be tailored to local needs, but also takes the form of organization-wide programs. One of the programs includes Tommy Moose, where lodges and chapters have provided nearly 200,000 plush Moose figures since 2003, free of charge to emergency workers and hospitals to give to children in stressful situations. Also, the Moose Youth Awareness Program annually brings together hundreds of bright teenagers for Youth Congresses to discuss the most effective ways to conduct “Kids Talks,” communicating positive life choice messages to children, ages 4-9. Moose–trained teens have given Kids Talks to more than 700,000 youngsters across North America since 1990.
Most recently, Moose International has implemented a Veterans program. This program was put into place to honor veterans and those individuals serving the country. Moose International encourages local lodges and chapters to participate in community services projects which involve the veterans in their communities and state. Each year the lodges recognize a Veteran of the Year with a “Most Valuable Veteran’s” Certificate and they carry a special Membership card.
There are several other programs that are suggested by Moose International to engage and support, such as, Mooseheart, Moosehaven, Safe Surfin’and EZ Ident-a-Kid, Emergency Services, Youth Sports, Scouting, Salvation Amy, DARE, Red Ribbon, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Make-A- Wish Program.
The Roxboro Moose Family Center and Chapter participate in several local community projects. They continually support the Ronald McDonald House, Duke Cancer Patient Support Program, the Christian Help Center and local nursing homes.
Johnston’s visit is open to the public. Visitors may view the Moose website at www.mooseintl.org or visit the local chapter at the Roxboro Moose Family Center #2005 at 480 Burlington Road, Roxboro. For further information, contact Joel or Joyce Walker at 336-597-9291 or 336-504-0859.