Merritt Island Moose Lodge
3150 N Courtenay Pkwy,Merritt Island Florida
LOOM #2073 WOTM #1544








Moose Lodge #2073 Newsletter

Friday Night Dance

Letter from the Governor George Alden and the Board regarding the Friday Night Dance change.

HI GANG,
HOPEFULLY BY NOW PEOPLE HAVE CALMED DOWN AND EMOTIONS HAVE LOWERED. I WILL TRY TO EXPLAIN WHY THE DECISION WAS MADE TO CANCEL FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER/DANCE. THE BOARD WITH DEEP REGRET DID MAKE THIS DECISION. THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN NO SURPRISE TO ANYONE THAT THIS WAS COMING. THE FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER DANCE FOR YEARS WASN'T PAYING FOR ITSELF, YET IT WAS ALLOWED TO CONTINUE ON AT A LOSS. WHEN I WAS ASKED TO JOIN THE BOARD AS A TRUSTEE, TOM SIMON AND I WORKED TOGETHER TO BUILD A BUDGET, THAT IS WHEN WE REALLY FOUND OUT THAT FRIDAY NIGHT WAS A BIG LOSS. WE INFORMED THE BOARD, GRANT WAS THE GOVERNOR AT THE TIME AND HE SAT IN ON A COUPLE OF THE BUDGET MEETINGS AND HE WAS SURPRISED AT WHAT WAS GOING ON. TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT, TOM AND I TOOK IT TO THE BOARD. THE BOARD RAISED THE PRICE TO $12.50, EVERYONE SHOULD REMEMBER THIS, YOU ALL COMPLAINED SO MUCH THAT THE THEN NEW GOVERNOR, CHRIS PEDONE LOWERED IT TO $11.OO. NOW WE WERE HOPING TO BREAK EVEN OR COME CLOSE AT LEAST, IF IT STARTED AT $12.50, BUT AT $11.00 WE WERE BACK IN THE LOSS COLUMN. I WAS A LITTLE UPSET BECAUSE TOM AND I ALONG WITH A NUMBER OF OTHER PEOPLE PUT A LOT OF WORK AND RESEARCH INTO THE FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER DANCE. ALL THIS SO FAR HAS TAKEN A COUPLE OF YEARS TO DO, AND WE WERE STILL LOSING MONEY.
FAST FORWARD, I AM NOW THE TREASURER, I'M STILL LETTING PEOPLE KNOW AND ALSO GARY THAT THE FRIDAY DINNER DANCE IS NOT PAYING FOR ITSELF. OTHER MEMBERS ARE ALSO COMPLAINING THAT FRIDAY NIGHTS ARE COSTING THE LODGE MONEY. AT A BOARD MEETING, I PROPOSED TO RAISE THE PRICE OF THE DINNER DANCE BY $1.00, THERE WAS SOME DEBATE AND A VOTE WAS TAKEN AND DIDN'T PASS. GARY PROPOSED A $.50 INCREASE. THERE WAS A DEBATE, I EXPRESSED MY CONCERN THAT WE WERE LOSING MONEY, AND THAT $.50 WAS A WASTE OF TIME. I BELIEVE THAT WAS DONE IN AUG 2016. EFFECTIVE DATE OF INCREASE WAS NOV, 1, 2016, IT NEVER WENT INTO EFFECT AND BY THE WAY YOU WERE STILL LOSING MONEY. I ALSO, DID NOT VOTE FOR THE $.50 RAISE.
I RESIGNED FROM THE BOARD OF OFFICERS, BECAUSE OF FAMILY PROBLEMS. I FELT BAD ABOUT THAT BECAUSE I REALLY ENJOYED WORKING ON THE BOARD. IN THE FIRST WEEK IN DECEMBER I WAS ASKED TO MEET WITH A NUMBER OF PEOPLE FROM THE LODGE, THEY ASKED IF I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR. I TOLD THEM I WOULD HAVE TO TALK TO GARY AND I WOULD GET BACK TO THEM, I MET WITH THE GROUP, I TOLD THEM I TALKED TO GARY AND IF I HAD THE SUPPORT OF A GOOD NUMBER OF PEOPLE I WOULD RUN. THE REASON I AM TELLING YOU THIS IS BECAUSE THERE IS A LOT OF MEMBERS THAT DID NOT LIKE THE DIRECTION THE LODGE WAS GOING IN.
YOU HAVE A VERY GOOD BOARD, THEY ARE WORKING VERY HARD TO CORRECT PROBLEMS. THEY HAD TO STOP THE FRIDAY DINNER DANCE AND MONDAY LUNCH TO SAVE MONEY, AND BY THE WAY WE STOPPED LUNCH 3 WEEKS BEFORE AND NOBODY NOTICED. THE BOARD APPROVED A FRIDAY BINGO MOOSE CAF╔ FROM 5-10 AND ALSO SUNDAY QUEEN OF HEARTS MOOSE CAF╔ 4-7, FOOD LIKE HAMBURGERS, HOT DOGS, FRIES, ETC.
REMEMBER IF THE NUMBERS DON'T ADD UP, WE DON'T DO IT. WE LOOK FOR ANOTHER WAY. IT'S YOUR'S AND OUR MONEY WE ARE TRYING TO SAVE.
THE BOARD OF OFFICERS