Moose Lodge sponsores special school

They came, they ate and they conquered- hearts that is. And now, after meeting the nine special guests that came to breakfast on June 5, the men and the women of the Upper Rogue Moose Lodge 2480 truly understand what their years of fundraising and sponsorship for the Mooseheart Child City and School were all about.

Without Mooseheart, the nine young ladies, Amber, Ashley, Cortney,
Kristen, Meagan, Mamie, Nanda and Robin, might not have bright futures
ahead of them. Mooseheart is a home and campus in Illinois for girls
and boys whose families are no longer able to care for them for a
variety of reasons including abuse.
The $20 million it
takes annually to run the school is raised through all Moose Lodge
membership dues, member donations and the Mooseheart Corporation,
according to Don Cotnam, a past Chair of the Mooseheart Board who
attended the breakfast with other Moose dignitaries. Cotnam organized
the trip for the girls who live at Mooseheart in Oregon House. (30
individual houses are each named for the state that built the structure
and not indicative of the children’s origins.)
The breakfast
was especially meaningful for the Women of the Moose (WOTM) headed by
Senior Regent Judy Hull. The women annually sponsor a child, said Hull.
Many of the women, however, have not had a chance to meet a resident of
Mooseheart or to visit the campus.
Member Juanita Scobie
recently was accepted into the College of Regents (the highest position
WOTM can achieve) and had the opportunity to visit the campus after
attending the 2009 national convention in Chicago where she was
honored. While in Illinois, Scobie and her husband Glenn, past Governor
of the lodge, attended the graduation ceremony for 25 students at
Scobie was impressed with the lifestyle, the
beauty of the campus and the graduation ceremony. Because ROTC is
mandatory at Mooseheart, the graduates marched in twos under an arch of
crossed swords with an honor guard.
At the breakfast in
Shady Cove, the young ladies were accompanied by Sara Nackers, a family
teacher and house parent at Mooseheart. Nackers said the approximately
250 children range in ages from 1 to 19 years-old. They are taught
family values as well as receiving an education.
All high
school age youth learn a vocation such as auto mechanics or perhaps
cosmetology. After graduation they have three options: college with a
full scholarship for 3.0 grade-average and above, the military where
they enter as officers or a vocational school. Nackers said, "A good
chunk go to college." Whatever their choice, they are assured the best
possible training and education.
The young visitors chatted
happily about their lives at Mooseheart. A senior and an ROTC
Commander, Kristen said, "It’s really nice and gives a sense of family-
being together and growing up together. And we don’t have to worry
about gangs." Meagan, a sophomore, said she likes Mooseheart and is
given an education she would not have had at home.
the hearty breakfast cooked by Lodge Governor Jim Paisley and Glenn
Scobie, the girls were on their way to Crater Lake with a key to Shady
Cove that was presented by Mayor Ron Holthusen and gifts in shopping
bags designed by Jodi and Bob Walsh.
The members of the
lodge were left with a sense of accomplishment. Lodge Administrator
Gary Endicott had a sparkle in his eyes when he talked about the girls
and the women could not say enough about their enjoyment of meeting the
nine visitors and witnessing firsthand the results of Mooseheart.
By Margaret Bradburn
Of the Independent   

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