posted on Jul, 16 2004 @ 04:45 PM
Originally posted by phreak_of_nature
Just wondering. Didn't see any threads on it.
I have been invited to join my local moose lodge and I am wondering if anyone has heard of anything nefarious associated with the moose?
I know alot of the guys in it already, and they are just normal guys, but you never can tell.
The Loyal Order of Moose, like the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks is a "fraternal" society by the fact that they do have a (so-called) secret
initiation ritual, but it's an "induction" ceremony modeled in some ways after Freemasonry and other fraternal societies. They (like the Masons,
Knights of Pythias, Odd Fellows, Knights of Columbus, etc. etc.) are not a "Secret Society" (because their existence is quite publicly
known.....Secret Societies are that...SECRET. Those who need to know about them...know about them.
Most fraternal societies have their own personal charity foundation that they support and in the case of the Moose, Elks, Owls, Shriners, etc...they
generally have a "club house" with a bar and sometimes a restaurant, etc. Our local Elks Lodge has quite a few amenities for it's members
including a stocked lake where members can fish, a swimming pool a full restaurant (where several Civic Clubs like the Lions and Rotary meet during
the week) They also rent their banquet hall out for wedding receptions, family reunions, etc.