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Silex Moose earns Lodge Premier Award

Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 4:54 pm

Lincoln County Moose Lodge 2599 in Silex has received the Lodge Premier Award. The Lodge was honored with the visit of the Supreme Governor Harry Johnston of the Loyal Order of the Moose. From left, Harry Johnston, Dottie Ford, Becky O’Neal, Kevin Creech, Richard Hotchkiss.

Lincoln County Moose Lodge 2599 at 109 Main Street in Silex, has received the Lodge Premier Award for the past two years. This year, Lodge Governor George Copenhaver was awarded top governor of the year, and  Administrator Kevin L Creech was awarded top administrator of the year out of 16 lodges in the state of Missouri.  With this, the Lodge was honored with the visit of the Supreme Governor Harry Johnston of the Loyal Order of the Moose.

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.

Johnston is a past State President of Colorado State Moose Association and also served as Deputy Supreme Governor. Also a member of the 75 Division of the Moose 25 club, Harry received the Fellowship Degree of Honor in 1993 and the Pilgrim Degree of Merit in 2000. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Colorado State University and is a General Manager for Loveland Ford-Lincoln in Loveland, CO. He and his wife, Linda, have 10 children and 10 grandchildren.

The Moose organization is headquartered in Mooseheart, IL,  and 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 young people in need, located 40 miles west of Chicago, and Moosehaven, a 75-acre retirement community near Jacksonville, FL. Additionally, Moose lodges and chapters 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 these 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 “Kids Talk,” a program in which teens are trained to give positive life choices and messages to children ages 4 to 9. Moose-trained teens have given Kids Talks to more than 700,000 youngsters across North America since 1990.

During the visit of the Supreme Governor, Lincoln County Moose Lodge 2599 donated Tommy Moose to three  local organizations. They are the Silex Police Department, Mercy Hospital, and the Lincoln County Health Department.

If you are interested in more information about the Loyal Order of Moose, contact Kevin Creech (636-295-6008) of Richard Hotchkiss (573-384-5826).

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