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Monday, July 24, 2017
Newport's newest Pilgrim - David Falls

Co-Workers and Brothers,
Congratulations to our newest Pilgrim, Brother David E. Falls. David was summoned to receive the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of the Loyal Order of Moose. The conferral was held in the House of God at Mooseheart, Illinois, on Saturday, June 3rd 2017. The degree, currently held by less than one-half of one percent of the members of the fraternity throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Bermuda, is the Order’s ultimate reward for exceptional devotion to the principals and ideals of caring for children and senior members, and is earned only by members who have given years of ‘above-the-call-of-duty’ service to the Loyal Order of Moose and its principal philanthropic endeavors of Mooseheart, a city for children in need, located forty miles west of Chicago, and Moosehaven, a retirement community for senior members, located on the banks of the St. Johns River in Orange Park, Florida.
This degree was originally created on August 1, 1918. The Pilgrim Degree ceremony, traditionally held on the same day as the Commencement Exercises for Mooseheart High School, is conferred only inside Mooseheart’s House of God, the magnificent multi-denominational cathedral built in 1950. Members receiving this Degree are entitled to wear a much-coveted gold blazer, which is formally presented to the honoree during a special ceremony attended by other Pilgrims, members of the higher degrees of both the Loyal Order of Moose and Women of the Moose, family, friends, community leaders, and other members of the Order.
The Moose is an International organization of men and women, dedicated to caring for children
and seniors, bringing communities closer together, and celebrating life. Jointly, these members
tirelessly volunteer their time and talent to assist people in need and make our communities better
places to live and raise our families. The organization operates over 1,600 Moose Centers
throughout North America, Great Britain, and Bermuda, providing members with wholesome
family, social, and sports activities. All Pilgrims of the Order are sent special recommendation
forms annually and may recommend a member of the Order who has attained the Fellowship
Degree of Honor, by submitting this form to the Office of the Director General.
Fellows recommended will then have their record of service evaluated for merit. Those attaining
the highest level of service will be presented to the Pilgrim Consistory – all living Past Supreme
Governors – for their review and possible approval. Once the list has been finalized, the
candidates receive the call to assemble in the House of God for the conferral. The call remains confidential until the Degree has been conferred.
Special Pilgrim Presentations are scheduled in the Lodges of new Pilgrims, David’s will be September 16th. This presentation is where the new Pilgrim is officially presented with his regalia and is coordinated with the Regional Manager or a Pilgrim Representative. Family, friends, community leaders, Lodge members, and other Pilgrims of the Order are invited to attend this fraternal tribute.
The official regalia of a Pilgrim is a Gold Blazer featuring the Pilgrim logo, coordinated
necktie, white shirt and black trousers. A Pilgrim is also entitled to wear the Pilgrim medallion
with gold cord. This regalia and medallion may be worn at any function of the Loyal Order and
is symbolic of the dedication, commitment and outstanding service that these men have provided
to the Moose Fraternity.
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