About the Moose

"A burden heavy to one is borne lightly by many"

You may have heard the saying, “A burden heavy to one is borne lightly by many.” This is at the core of the Moose organization and what makes us unique in our Lodges, local communities and charitable “cities” that we support. Our roots can be traced to 1888 and the founder of the Moose, Dr. Henry Wilson, who successfully established the first Lodge in Louisville, Kentucky. In the early years, the Moose was to serve a modest goal of offering men an opportunity to gather socially, to care for one another’s needs and celebrate life together.

Since those early years, our fraternal organization rapidly expanded to include valuable service to our communities, care for children and teens in need at Mooseheart Child City & School , a 1,000-acre campus, located 40 miles west of Chicago and care for our senior members at Moosehaven, a 70-acre retirement community near Jacksonville, Florida.

With a combined membership of over 1,000,000 members in the Loyal Order of Moose and Women of the Moose, our presence is felt in over 1,500 communities across all 50 states and four Canadian provinces, plus Great Britain and Bermuda. The Moose organization contributes between $75 to $100 million worth of community service (counting monetary donations, volunteer hours worked and miles driven) annually.
In addition to Mooseheart and Moosehaven, the Moose fraternity’s Heart of the Community effort is multifaceted with internally developed programs like Tommy Moose. Tommy Moose aids in helping children overcome fears and anxiety during times of stress. Donated to law enforcement, fire fighters and other emergency workers, Tommy Moose plush dolls are presented to children in various traumatic situations. The external focus of our service is directed towards many worthwhile national charities, a few of which are: Special Olympics North America, Salvation Army, Safe Surfin’USA Foundation, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, and St. Jude.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE:  The Loyal Order of Moose is a private organization.  All activities and events referred to on this Web site and in the Moose newsletter are available to members in active and their qualified guests only.  This Web site is for informational purposes with proprietary information intended for members only.  General information is available to the public at large, but should not be construed to be a solicitation for membership.  This Web site is an initiative of the Clearlake Oaks Moose Lodge No. 2284, and is not sanctioned by the Loyal Order of Moose, Moose International or any subsidiary thereof.  All logos, trademarks and service marks pertaining to the Loyal Order of Moose and/or its programs or degrees are copyrighted  by Moose International, Inc., Mooseheart, Illinois.