Why do we need to show our Membership Card?
How many times have you been bothered to show your Membership Card? “Why do I have to show it?”
“You looked at it the other day.” “Again?” “You’re just picking on me.” How many times have you heard this? Have you ever wondered why we need to show our Membership Card? By showing your card, you maintain our rights as a private organization and can literally save the Lodge from financial ruin.
Do you complain when the receptionist at the doctor’s office asks to see your insurance card? How about Sam’s Club, BJ’s or COSTCO? Does it make you see red when you have to show your ID card to save an extra 10% at the store? By showing your Moose card, you are saving a lot more than you think.
Allowing unqualified non-members to make purchases can expose our lodge to a court determination that we are a public, not private accommodation. This jeopardizes our right to select our own members, organize our own activities, and establish our own rules and regulations. Allowing non-members to make purchases could make our Lodge a place of public accommodation, subjecting it to payment of taxes imposed on those of public facilities. Non-members using the lodge facilities or participating in activities’ could increase our insurance cost. Allowing non-members to make purchases jeopardizes the status of the Lodge’s liquor license as a private club. When you show your card, you are exempting the Lodge from paying royalty fees when playing music. When you show your card, it says that you are a member of a fraternity, it shows you are a person who enjoys the company of others and a person who stands ready to help a fellow human in need whenever you can.
It says that the holder of this membership card is someone who holds a special place in their heart for children in need. Through our Moose membership we provide a better life for the children at Mooseheart.
It says that the holder is ensuring that when they reach retirement age without adequate savings, they can enjoy a secure, dignified retirement without being a burden to either family or society, through Moosehaven in Florida.
By showing your card, you show that you support your community.
By showing your card, its shows that you stand ready to make a difference in someone’s life.
By showing your card, it shows that you have made that difference.
By showing your card, it shows that you stand tall with all your Brothers & Co-Workers.
So you see, there is a lot more going on with that small plastic card than you thought.
Ed Frankiewicz, Administrator