Supreme Governor visits Milford Moose Lodge

MILFORD — The Moose Lodge in Milford welcomed special guests with a feast just for them before the holidays began November.

Supreme Governor, the chief presiding officer of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Franz R. ‘Fritz’ Griswold, and his wife Beth visited with members of the Milford lodge along with Delaware Senator Gary Simpson and Representative Harvey Kenton as an acknowledgment of the local lodge’s recent achievements.

Terry Bowden, an administrator for the Milford lodge, said the group earned the title of Premier Lodge this year, a title that puts them in the running for a visit from the Supreme Governor.

“It’s an honor to be selected for this visit,” he said.

Milford Lodge Administrator Terry Bowden joins Loyal Order of the Moose Supreme Governor Franz r. ‘Fritz’ Griswold and wife Beth, Deputy Supreme Governor and Seaford Lodge Administrator Bill Trice and Jim Lofland, junior governor for MIlford’s lodge, for a photo celebrating the supreme governor’s visit to Milford. The Chronicle/Jennifer Antonik

Mr. Bowden, Junior Governor Jim Lofland and other members of the club volunteer nearly every day to provide services around the Milford area, such as the recent Thanksgiving dinner for seniors, assisting social services with needs and supporting the food bank and Salvation Army to name just a few things on their plate.

They also work to raise money for services provided by the Loyal Order of the Moose like Moosehaven, a retirement facility in Florida, and Mooseheart, a residential childcare facility 38-miles west of Chicago.

“We were visiting outside and they were amazed by how flat the land is,” Rep. Kenton joked while helping to introduce the couple from New York to a crowd in the lodge hall.

Sen. Simpson, a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose himself, added that the distinguished pair now found themselves “in Central Delaware, the heart and soul” of the state.

Supreme Governor Griswold said he was impressed by the local lodge and the dedication of its members.

“I’m amazed by Delaware because of all the flat land and the chickens you guys produce. And this property is immaculate,” he said after a dinner offered by lodge volunteers.

Continuing to offer praises for members from the Milford lodge and nearby areas, he added in a plea for help.

“There’s a big problem in the Loyal Order of the Moose. We lose members on a regular basis. They have no idea what we stand for. The message is not being carried to new members,” he said.

“I believe when you get new members, that’s the time to start a retention program. You should thank yourselves for doing that. Everyone in here does a tremendous job in the community. You are great mentors.”

Just before ending an evening together, the group took a collection for Moosehaven following a prayer and recitation of the ‘9 o’clock ceremony.

“Who else is going to take care of those kids if we don’t? And the same for the seniors. We need to step up to the plate to get more people to do the jobs we do,” Supreme Governor Griswold said.

More information on Milford’s Moose Lodge can be found at http://www.milfordmoose.org/

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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