Willard R. Kitchens, the Supreme Governor of the Loyal Order of the Moose, will speak at the Winchester Moose Lodge No. 1977 at 2:30pm on April 27, 2018 as part of his travels across the state of Indiana. Kitchens was elected to a one-year term as Supreme Governor by vote of the Supreme Lodge delegates on July 3, 2017 during the 129th International Convention in Tampa, Florida. Kitchens will speak from 2:30pm to 3:30pm at the Winchester Moose Lodge before continuing on his travels.

    Founded in Louisville, KY in 1888 by Dr. Henry Wilson, the Moose was originally meant to give men an opportunity to gather socially, to care for each other’s needs and to celebrate life together. Since then the Moose has become a fraternal organization know for providing service to their communities, caring for children and teens, and caring for the elderly. To meet these goals, the Moose Lodge has established Mooseheart Child City & School near Chicago and Moosehaven, a retirement community near Jacksonville, Florida. The Moose is about celebrating life together, serving those in need in their own community, supporting children at Mooseheart, and standing by seniors at Moosehaven. The Moose also provides support to the Special Olympics, Salvation Army, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and St. Jude.

    The Winchester Moose Lodge maintains this tradition of service with its mission, “Take care of our youth and seniors,” and commits to providing scholarships to students in the community, participating in the “Coats for Kids” program, supporting law enforcement and first responders, and holding a variety of events from car shows to breakfasts throughout the year to raise funds for their service projects.

    During the visit from Supreme Governor Kitchens, the Winchester Moose Lodge will present the Winchester Police, the Randolph County Sheriff Department, EMTs, and the Fire Department with two dozen Tommy Moose plush dolls. This is part of the Moose’s Heart of the Community effort and is designed to comfort children during times of stress. The Tommy Moose plushes presented to Winchester’s first responders will be given to children in traumatic situations to help ease their fears.

    With more than 300 members, the Winchester Moose Lodge has many hands to make light work in their dedication to serving the children and seniors in our community. They work hand in hand with the approximately 200 Women of the Moose Chapter 1618 at the Winchester Lodge. The upcoming visit from the Supreme Governor is open to the public and will help highlight the community service done by the members of Winchester Lodge 1977. “Really, we do a lot of good for the community. That’s our goal is to be able to give back,” says Vicki Phenis.

    The Winchester Moose Lodge will be hosting a Comedy Night on April 21, 2018 at 7pm. Tickets are available at Lodge No. 1977, 181 North Middle School Rd in Winchester for $10 or through a daily drawing on the Moose Facebook page. Just share the post on Facebook to be entered in that day’s drawing for a chance to win tickets.

    They will also be holding a membership drive at Comedy Night. Memberships cost $45 a year for men plus a $10 application fee and $30 a year for women plus a $10 application fee. The application fee is a one-time charge and is typically $20, but the Moose is covering half that costs for new members right now, making this an ideal time to join an organization that works so hard to serve the young and seniors here in our community.