GLOVERSVILLE-The Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge No. 351, celebrated its 100th anniversary Saturday.
There was a large turnout for the celebration. The event included dinner, music from Kevin Tomlinson and Jeanette Haner of "Whodunit," a disc jockey/karoke duo from Caroga Lake, a speech from the governor of Lodge 351, Robert Renus and a $25 gift certificate to Lanzi's on the Lake.
The lodge opened on Oct. 4 1910.
The Leader-Herald/ Jamie Curtis
Howard Ehmke, left, and Robert Bates are shown at the Gloversville Moose lodge’s 100th anniversary dinner on Saturday.
"There's a lot of history in this building," said Howard Ehmke, who has been a member of Lodge 351 since 1996.
Ehmke also is the endowment chairman.
"There are a lot of nice people. You can come in anytime, there's always someone to talk to. The genealogy's also interesting," Ehmke said.
According to the mooseintl.org, The Loyal Order of the Moose for men, was founded in 1888 in Louisville, Kentucky. Women of the Moose, was established in 1913. Today, there are Roughly 2,000 lodges in the United States, Canada, Bermuda and Great Britain, and total membership of nearly 1 million. Women of the Moose membership exceeds 500,000 in more than 1,600 chapters.
There are also special communities for children and for seniors. They are known as Mooseheart and Moosehaven.
The Loyal Order of the Mooses' international headquarters are located in Mooseheart, Illinois. The Loyal Order of the Moose is a family oriented, community service based fraternity. The organization donates money to local fire departments, libraries etc. Membership is mostly by invitation from someone in the organization. There is a $20 application fee and $40 annual membership fee for Lodge 351.
"With the economy the way it is, it's hard to get new members," said Lori Mathewson, the lodge assistant to the administrator. "We're not just a fraternity or club here, we're a family. If something happens to one person, it happens to all of us."