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2018 International Open House Day

Founder’s Day

October 27th, 2018


Why should lodges and chapters conduct Open Houses?


It allows the public to see what your lodge/chapter and the Moose is all about


It gives you the opportunity to create relationships which may prove beneficial to your fraternal unit


You just might get a few new members as a result!


The General Governor’s office has issued a blanket dispensation allowing all lodge homes to host an Open House on Saturday, October 27.


If there is a scheduling conflict

on Saturday, October 27, the blanket dispensation allows lodge homes to host the Open House a week earlier - Saturday, October 20.


Important notes:

Do not conduct any business on lodge property during the Open House

Make no sales to members or non-members during the eventPromote the event in advance!!


Once you have agreed to host an Open House

Schedule your Open House for a specific time and date. As an example:

Saturday, October 27 from 2:00 – 5:00pm


Prior to the event





Prior to the event

Yes, you may advertise your Open House in the local media

NewspapersInternet Sites

Weekly Flyers


Prior to the event

No, you may NOT solicit membership within an ad or any of your promotional materials


Prior to the event

Use your signage!


Prior to the event

Invite the local dignitaries


Prior to the event

It’s helpful to have

The Mayor


Police & Fire Chiefs

Other influential people

As members of your lodge/chapter


Prior to the event

Clean the Lodge!

Paint, repair and refresh


Prior to the event

Don’t forget outside


What you SHOULD do:

Organize a presentation that explains what the Moose Fraternity is and how the lodge/chapter fits in


What you SHOULD do:

Identify the presenter or presenters well in advance

and practice

Arrange for the presentation to be held several times throughout the Open House


What you SHOULD do:

Enlist the help of knowledgeable volunteers who can welcome visitors and provide tours

Provide complimentary refreshments


What you SHOULD do:

Have information and brochures available to distribute to non-members who attend

Collect names and contact information and follow-up with guests


What you SHOULD do:

Dress appropriately

It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed!


What you should


do:Open the Social Quarters

Sell items to members or non-members during the event

Solicit membership from the podium or in a group setting


Can I sign a new member during the Open House?

YES – On a one-on-one basis during the event, if a non-member expresses an interest in joining you may begin the application process


A final suggestion from the General Governor’s Office

There are many events that you can conduct that may be open to the public. Take the opportunity to speak about the Fraternity at any and all of these events as well.

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