What is the Moose?
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
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.
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: Salvation Army, Safe Surfin’USA Foundation, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, and St. Jude.
In our local Lodges, you will find a wide array of activities to participate in both as an individual and as a family. From holiday parties, dances, sports, themed dinners and live entertainment, the Moose has much to offer. Membership can mean different things to different people. You are the one determining what you want to get out of the organization, and what you want to give back.
Venice Moose Lodge 1308
We're open every day for the membership, serving outstanding food and member-only prices and a variety of drinks at our full-service bar. As you can see on the calendar the Lodge offers activities for just about every interest. The best part is that a member, or group of members, who has an idea for anew activity can ask the lodge to host it. If there is sufficient interest and a time slot, most requests can be accomdated.
This Lodge has won many awards from Moose International and our local community for our commitment to Moose principles: providing for children at Mooseheart and seniors at Moosehaven. In addition, we support many local charities.