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Alton Moose 951 Administrator Max Robertson and Grand Supreme Governor Terry Walls present Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick with an award of appreciation on Thursday, Feb. 4. This was the first visit to the Alton Lodge by a grand supreme governor in the post’s history.
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Robertson and Walls present Jack Graham, a Twinco subcontractor and lodge member, with the Moose of the Year award for service to the lodge.
GODFREY — The Alton Moose Lodge 951 honored Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick, member Jack Graham and the TreeHouse Wildlife Center during a rare visit Feb. 4 from Moose International Grand Supreme Governor Terry Walls.
“Mr. Walls presides over the entire International Order of the Moose,” Alton Moose 951 Administrator Max Robertson said. “He’s on a world tour of Moose lodges and of roughly 3,000 lodges in Illinois, we are one of two that he is visiting. We had our awards dinner planned for tonight to honor Mayor McCormick, Jack (Graham) and the TreeHouse Wildlife Center, so it’s fantastic that Mr. Terry can be here to hand those awards out himself and meet the people who are being honored by our organization.”
The lodge honored McCormick in appreciation for his assistance in fundraising efforts for Greater Alton organizations and individuals.
“Mayor McCormick has been very helpful to the Moose and our many projects,” Robertson said. “He’s been a solid supporter, helped with permits for events and has been an all-around good man in our community. We appreciate all he’s done for us. Tonight he also became an honorary member of the Alton Moose 951. The dues for his first year have been sponsored and we hope he chooses to remain a member for years to come.”
Jack Graham was presented the award for Moose of the Year by Walls and Robertson for his service to the lodge. A subcontractor for Twinco, Graham has installed doors leading to a patio area, built a deck and an outdoor smoking facility.
“Any time we’ve come to Jack (Graham), he’s been willing to help,” Robertson said. “He’s done a fantastic job and when we feel we can’t ask anything more of him; he comes to us with something he’d like to do. I can’t say enough about him; we’re fortunate to have him as a member.”
A representative from the TreeHouse Wildlife Center could not attend to receive the award and $200 donation check but issued a statement concerning the award and donation.
“We could not be there personally, but we are so thankful to the Moose,” Director of Development Andrea Schnelton said. “We are completely supported by individuals and organizations like the Moose. We do not receive any state or federal funding. I appreciate all the Moose does for us. No one does the kind of work we do and what we do is important. We need all the support we can get. A big thank you to the Alton Moose.”
The Alton Moose is always seeking new members and former members who want to return. Members of the Loyal Order of the Moose must be sponsored by a current member and pass a background check. Yearly dues are $35 for men and $30 for women. A one-time application fee of $20 is due at the time of joining.
Robertson said one event that brings members back time after time is the fishing derby in the lodge’s private pond. Companies such as Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s get involved to make it an amazing event.
“It’s easy to see this lodge is very active in the community,” Walls said. “I love the facility; it’s clean and inviting for guests. The grounds are beautiful and this facility offers members a great place to come together. I’m very happy with what I see at the Alton Moose. If mayors are honored and members are giving back to the community, then this lodge is doing something right.”
Anyone interested in joining the Moose can contact Max Robertson at 526 E. Delmar Ave., Godfrey, 62035, or call (618) 462-1644. The Alton Moose 951 has a Facebook page and a website, www.mooseintl.org.
The Alton Moose has served Greater Alton for 65 years.
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