What is the Ann Arbor Moose?
The Ann Arbor Moose is part of the Loyal Order of Moose, (Moose International) All activities and events held by the Ann Arbor Moose are available to Moose members and their qualified guests only; with the exception of Community Service events in which all are welcome. General information is available to the public, but we are not in any way soliciting to the public to join or become a member. The lodge is currently governed by the “Board of Officers”, which consists of; the Governor, Fred Pirschel; the Jr. Governor, Jim Whitley Jr.; the Prelate, Open; the Administrator, Bill Rowe; Treasurer, Bert Peterson; 1 Year Trustee, Jim Hart; 2 Year Trustee, Dennis Boggs ; and 3 Year Trustee, Bill Payne.
But What about the Women?
We also have the “Women of the Moose”, (W.O.T.M.) Charter #890. This chapter is currently governed by the Sr. Regent, Kathy Knapp; the Jr. Regent, Open; Secretary Treasurer, Linda Brown , Recorder, Karla Whitten and Jr. Grad Regent, Open.
Some History About The Moose
The Loyal Order of Moose is a fraternal and non-profit service organization founded in 1888, with nearly 800,000 men in roughly 1,800 Lodges, in all 50 states and four Canadian provinces, plus Great Britain and Bermuda. Along with other units of Moose International, the Loyal Order of 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 its members near Jacksonville, FL. Mooseheart Child City and School is a community and school for children and teens in need, located on a 1,000-acre campus, 38 miles west of Chicago. Over its 97-year history, Mooseheart has been home to nearly 12,000 young people, ranging in age from infancy through high school. Mooseheart provides complete home care, education and training for youth whose families are unable, for a wide variety of reasons, to care for them. Some have lost one or both parents; others are living in environments that are simply not conducive to healthy growth and development. Moosehaven, the “City of Contentment,” is 70 beautiful acres on the shore of the broad St. Johns River in Orange Park, FL, 15 miles south of metropolitan Jacksonville. Founded in 1922 by the Moose fraternal organization, Moosehaven has provided thousands of Moose members and their spouses with a secure, relaxed, and enjoyable retirement experience. Moosehaven residents enjoy their beautiful community without the burdens of home maintenance. Health care is comprehensive, and transportation is readily available — as are plenty of social interaction and activities. In fact, residents often find themselves so involved at Moosehaven, an oft-heard comment is, “We wish we’d moved here sooner!” Moose Lodges conduct approximately $50 million worth of community service (counting monetary donations and volunteer hours worked) annually. Additionally, the Loyal Order of Moose conducts numerous sports and recreational programs, in local Lodges and Family Centers in the majority of 44 State and Provincial Associations, and on a fraternity-wide basis.