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Thursday, July 3, 2014
Sailfish Moose Legion #197 Ritual President David J. Smith Crowned 2014 Grand Champion
Congratulations to Brother David J. Smith the President of the Sailfish Moose Legion #197 Ritual Team who was crowned as the 2014 Moose Legion Grand Champion Ritualist during the International Moose Covention held June 20th through the 24th in Las Vegas, NV, with a total score of 99.16666.

As a team our Ritual Team placed 9th with a total cumulative score of 592.88541 just 1.51043 points off the lead,

Brother August Prestano in his final appearance as a member of our Ritual Team placed 4th in the part of Orator with a score of 99.02084, in the part of Faith Brother Robert Paluga placed 13th with a score of 98.44791, doing the part of Hope Brother Robert Klaus placed 14th with a score of 98.41666; Brother Richard Beaudoin in the part of Charity ended in a three way tie for 2nd place with a score of 99.08334; and Brother Simon Smith doing the part of Loyalty placed 12th with a score of 98.75000.

There were 22 Moose Legion jurisdictions represented during this competitionfrom throughout the United States.

Congratulations to all of these Brothers and we just want to let you know that we are all very proud of our Sailfish Moose Legion Ritualists and each and every one of you represented us well and we thank you for your dedication.

Thursday, July 3, 2014
Successful Summer Celebration at the Jensen Beach Moose Lodge #1690
We would just like to thank the members of the Jensen Beach Moose Lodge #1690 for hosting another successful Sailfish Moose Legion #197 Summer Celebration at their lodge.

Our hosts put together an impressive program of events with their fantastic food program, and entertainment, as well as the visible co-operation between their Moose Legion Committee, WOTM Chapter, and members

Everyone was greeted at the registration desk by Senior Regent Rose Peterson who worked tirelessly for both days of the celebration and just made everyone feel welcome as did all of the other Moose Legionnaires from this outstanding lodge and their many volunteers.

We again would like to say what an outstanding job they did as hosts for this event and we will be looking forward to them hosting our group again in the future.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Sailfish Moose Legion Summer Celebration 2014
All Moose Legionnaries, Ladies , and Guests had a great time at our Summer Celebration held at the Jensen Beach Moose Lodge. We thank the Officers both men and women, and All the volunteers for making this celebration a big success.We also look forward to our Fall Moose Legion Celebration to be held at the Palm Beach Gardens Lodge in September. Please join me in wishing our new President Michael Gainer, and the rest of our new Board of Directors much success on their up-comming year !
Thursday, December 19, 2013
It's Offical
Yes, it's official Acting Sailfish Moose Legion Secretary Lee Singleton is no longer acting ! Lee was elected to this position at his home Lodge in Palm Bay this past December 7. This special election was held in compliance with the Code of Rules after our Board of Directors appointed Lee last June. Since then, Lee has done an outstanding job for Sailfish. His election is well deserved, and I am sure Lee will continue to serve Sailfish proudly. Come join Lee, and the rest of Sailfishes new Directors as they will be Elected, and Installed into their Directorships this March at our Spring Celebration in Satellite Beach. Thank You our members, for all you've done for Sailfish this year, and for what We will accomplish in the coming new year. Fraternally August J Prestano Sr. President .
Friday, August 23, 2013
Fall Celebration
Come One ! Come All ! West Palm Beach Lodge # 1461 is the location of Sailfish Moose Legions 2013 Fall Celebration. Governor Richard Meals, and his Board of Officers plan on a very entertaining weekend of fun and fellowship. So come on out and join us for great food, and truly great entertainment . You will not be disappointed. Your Moose Legion Board of Directors, are looking forward to seeing you there! ( September 21-22 2013 ). Don't forget our 3 P.M. membership meeting on Saturday September 21 in WPB. Check out our new Documents Section, for latest info from your Moose Legion.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Unexpected Change
It is with a heavy heart, that I announce that due to personal reasons our Moose Legion Secretary Bob Barbieri has resigned. Following the Moose Legion Code of Rules, our Board of Directors has appointed Lee Singleton as Acting Secretary. Lee will hold this office for 6 months, and we will then have a special election for this position. Any member qualified, will be eligible to run. Please join with me in giving Lee our full support. Thank You, August J Prestano Sr. President
Friday, March 22, 2013
New Moose Legion Ticket Chairman
We are proud to announce that Brother Bob Green has agreed to take over the duties as Ticket Chairman for the Sailfish Moose Legion #197.

We would like to give a big THANK YOU to Brother Ed Arens for his years of service to our Moose Legion District and offer our appreciation on a job well done.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Spring Celebration at Jupiter - Tequesta Lodge #2237
A great time was had by everyone who attended the Sailfish Moose Legion #197 Spring Celebration held on Saturday and Sunday March 16-17, 2013 at the Jupiter - Tequesta Moose Lodge #2237.

There were 15 new Moose Legionnaire candidates from the around the district that were enrolled and we want to give them a big welcome and congratulations on joining us as members of the Degree of Service. We are confident that these new members will be a great asset to their Lodge, Moose Legion, and Fraternity in the coming years.

We also had the Installation of our new Board of Directors for the 2013 - 2014 term of office. We also welcome and congratulate these Brothers on their election to their respective offices.

President - August Prestano (Palm Beach Gardens Lodge #2010)
Vice President - Mike Gainer (Port St. Lucie Lodge #513)
Chaplain - Robert Stoll (Jensen Beach Lodge #1690)
Past Moose Legion President - Bob Green (Sebastian River Lodge #1767)
Fraternal Director - Ron Materoli (Stuart Lodge #1282)
Sgt at Arms - Eddie Heltzer (Ft. Pierce Lodge #248)
Asst Sgt at Arms - Dick Foreman (Okeechobee Lodge #1753)

We are confident that these Brothers will serve us well and that we will grow and prosper in the ensuing year.

On behalf of all of the members of Sailfish Moose Legion #197 we would also like to thank the members of of the Jupiter Tequesta Moose Lodge #2237, the Boards of Officers of both the Lodge and the Women of the Moose Chapter #1690, and the members of the Lodge that volunteered their time and energy to put on another succcessful Moose Legion #197 Celebration.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Sailfish Places
Your Sailfish Moose Legion Ritual Team made us all proud, by taking 2nd place in the FBMA Moose Legion Ritual Competition held in Orlando. Each staff member earned a Medal. This staff is right on the cuff of taking it all in Milwaukee. See you all at our Spring Celebration on March 16 and 17th in Jupiter/Tequesta.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Nominations Are Now Closed
The Nominating Committee held their meeting on Sunday January 20, 2013 and we are pleased to report that the following Moose Legionnaires names were accepted for nomination for the Board of Directors for the 2013 - 2014 term of office.

President - August Prestano (Palm Beach Gardens Lodge #2010)
Vice President - Mike Gainer (Port St. Lucie Lodge #513)
Chaplain - Robert Stoll (Jensen Beach Lodge #1690)
Fraternal Director - Ron Materoli (Stuart Lodge #1282)
Financial Director - Richard Meals (West Palm Beach Lodge #1461)

Sgt at Arms - Eddie Heltzer (Ft. Pierce Lodge #248)
Asst Sgt at Arms - Dick Foreman (Okeechobee Lodge #1753)

Voting will take place at the Saturday March 16, 2013 General Meeting at the Jupiter - Tequesta Lodge.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Moose Legion Application Status Report
As of January 4, 2013 the Florida - Bermuda Moose Association is leading the Fraternity in new Moose Legion Applications with a total of 697 apps our closest competitor is the California/Nevada Moose Association with 275 new applications.

As far as within our Association Sailfish Moose Legion #197 with 83 applications we are second only to Manatee Moose Legion #58 who has 159 applications, that is only a difference of 76 applications which split between the 16 lodge committees within the Sailfish Moose Legion #197 district comes out to 4.75 applications per lodge.

With a little bit of effort on the part of every current Moose Legionnaire we can close that gap and maybe surpass Manatee to show everybody in the Florida/Bermuda Moose Association and the Moose Fraternity that we the members of Sailfish #197 are "PROUD MOOSE LEGIONNAIRES".
Monday, January 7, 2013
Memo from Bob Neff, Director of Ritual, Moose Legion and Higher Degrees
Moose Legion Honor Month

January is Moose Legion Honor month. We traditionally see Lodges set aside a day or a weekend to honor the members of the Degree of Service within the Lodge. It may be in the form of a membership challenge to see who sponsors the most members and the winners are treated to a meal served by the rest of the group. It may also be a more formal program recognizing the members who have advanced to the Moose Legion.

However you do it in your Lodge, we simply want to join you in thanking all those who have stepped up and gone that extra amount in our fraternal world to give a little more. Some Moose Legionnaires give a lot more – but all certainly give some, simply by maintaining their membership. We say thank you for doing that! Moose Legion January Membership Campaign.

As a thank you to Moose Legion Degree members who help us build our degree, a special incentive award is being offered. Each member who sponsors two reported Moose Legion applications will earn a Photo-vision Clock calculator. You can see and print a poster with a photo of the award at www.mooseintl.org (go to Higher Degrees – Moose Legion – Membership Promotions).

This campaign started December 15th. You have until February 15th to get
applications reported by your Moose Legion Secretary. Of course if you have not already done so this year – two apps now would also earn you free Moose Legion dues for a year added to your current membership. Please invite a Lodge Brother to advance his membership today. Do not delay and miss this opportunity.

No Application Fees until April 30th!

To assist with securing applications, a special has been approved that began on December 17, 2012 and will run through April 30, 2013. All application fees have been waived for Lodge, Moose Legion and Chapter applicants during this time, provided they are reported by 10:00 pm CST on April 30, 2013 and then get reported as enrolled prior to 10:00 pm CST on May 31, 2013.

Now is the time to create some interest in our annual “Heard of Moose – Legion” campaign. This is the opportunity to offer a discount to prospective future members and secure several applications for your fraternal unit and credits for your personal sponsor record as well. Simply collect the annual dues for the fraternal unit (no application fee), with the signed application form and get it submitted. Working the program, we can build our membership. Please extend that hand of fraternal friendship and invite someone today!

Renewal of Memberships

As important as securing new applications is – the renewing of our own personal membership and encouraging others to do the same is also vital. We can only build if we keep the base we have on solid footings. Each of us makes up that footing.

Please check your membership card and be sure you are paid up in advance so that your membership is not in jeopardy. With just your Moose ID number and a credit card – you can securely go online at your convenience to renew anytime you wish. You can even renew up to ten years’ worth of dues at a time on any or all the Moose memberships you
may hold.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Moose Legion Application Fee has been waived from December 17, 2012 through April 30, 2013

There is no application fee that will be required for any Moose Legion membership application transmitted to Moose International between 12:01a.m. (CST) Monday, December 17, 2012, and 10:00 p.m. (CST) Tuesday, April 30, 2013 (provided the application received date is on/or after December 17th.) Completed applications must be remitted with full first-year dues of $15.00. Additionally, applicants must be reported as “enrolled” by 10:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013, otherwise, the fraternal unit will be retroactively billed for all applications reported during the $0 application fee incentive period, but not enrolled prior to May 31.

It is time to invite qualified individuals to join you as Moose Legionnaires with the Moose! And remember, members that sponsor two applicants between May 1, 2012 and April 30, 2013 will receive FREE DUES for one year, provided these applicants are reported as enrolled by 10:00 p.m. (CST) on Tuesday, April, 30, 2013.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The Sailfish Moose Legion #197 2013 Spring Celebration at Jupiter-Tequesta Lodge #2237
The 2013 Sailfish Moose Legion Spring Celebration will be held the weekend of Saturday & Sunday March 16 & 17, 2013 at the Jupiter-Tequesta Moose Lodge #2237. There will be a meeting of the Board of Directors,General Membership, and the Election for the 2013 - 2014 Board of Directors beginning at 3:00 p.m. with the Moose Legion Dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. and music to follow.

On Sunday March 17th , PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT ALL INCOMING CANDIDATES ARE PRESENT BY 9:00 A.M. for their Orientation. The Election for the 2013 - 2014 Board of Directors will be held during this meeting.

Beginning at 12 noon the Enrollment Ceremony for New Candidates will begin.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The next meeting of the Board of Directors for Sailfish Moose Legion #197
The next meeting for the Board of Directors of the Sailfish Moose Legion #197 is Sunday January 20, 2013 at the Jupiter-Tequesta Moose Lodge #2237. This is also the deadline for the Nomination Forms for the 2013 – 2014 Board of Directors. Those wishing to run need to have attended an MLEC class. The next class will be held at the Stuart lodge on February 9th registration begins at 8:00 a.m. the class starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. All members of the Board of Directors, Asst. Secretaries, and Lodge Moose Legion Chairman should be in attendance.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Fall Celebration 2012
Our Fall Celebration in Sebastian River was a huge success. Nineteen Moose members became Moose Legionaires. Our Board of Officers wish to thank Sebastian River Lodge, and all their members who helped. I'm sure I speak for all of Sailfish Moose Legion when I say we missed our President Lee Singleton this Sunday and wish him a speedy recovery.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Sailfish Moose Legion Celebration
We just would like to remind all Moose Legionnaire members of the upcoming Sailfish Moose Legion Celebration that will be held at the Sebastian River Moose Lodge #1767.
This event will be held Saturday and Sunday Sept 15 & 16, 2012.


Friday, March 23, 2012
Sailfish # 197 Spring Celebration 2012
Nineteen Moose members entered the " Great Hall " at Palm Beach Gardens Lodge # 2010 this past Sunday. Where they pledged their Sacred Oath of Allegiance to the Moose Legion, and became the newest members of Sailfish. Thank you gentlemen for making our Moose Legion a much stronger unit........ In other news, Sailfish elected and installed a new Board of Directors Sunday as well. Your new Board is as follows:
President: Lee Singleton
Vice President: August J Prestano
Chaplin: Robert Stoll
Financial Director: Scott Ducan
Fraternal Director: Robert Klaus
This Board is set to take over May 1st. Please join me in wishing them the best of luck!!!!.......... Meanwhile, Supreme Governor Wesley Crowder criss-crossed Florida surprising many lodges with unofficial visits. Sailfish Moose Legion was Honored to have him officially visit two of our Lodges. Vero Beach Lodge # 1822,( 3-14 ) and Palm Beach Gardens Lodge # 2010.( 3-15 ) At the P.B.G. Lodge, District - 5 Ritual Team performed a candle-light enrollment ceremony in Honor of his visitation. Sailfish Moose Legion # 197 would like thank the Board of Officers, and the W.O.T.M of P.B.G. for all they did throughout the weekend!!!
Monday, January 23, 2012
Nominations and Election
Once again , a group of very Proactive Moose Legionnaires have been nominated for the Directorship of your Sailfish Moose Legion. The Election of these very dedicated men will be held on Saturday March 17 2012 at 3:00 P.M. , at the Moose Legion Membership meeting in Palm Beach Gardens Lodge. The Nominees are as follows:

President: Lee Singleton - Sebastian River
Jack Sanetti - Jupiter / Tequesta
Richard Meals - West Palm Beach
Michael Gainer - Port St Lucie

Vice-President: August J Prestano - Palm Beach Gardens
Chaplain: Robert Stoll - Jensen Beach
Financial: Scott Duncan - Palm Bay
Ronald Materioli - Stuart
Fraternal: Robert Klaus - Lake Worth

Please come out to support our Moose Legion and Vote !!!!!
Monday, October 3, 2011
1st Annual Moose Legion Fun Day
President Bob Green announced, a Pig Roast at the Vero Beach Lodge will be held, to commemorate our 1st annual Moose Legion Fun Day. This event will be held on Feb 26th 2012. Food prices are $6.00 for members, $5.00 for Moose Legionnaires. Draft beer $1.00 for members $.75 for Moose Legionnaires. There will be a hole-in-one contest, a raffle for a basket of cheer, and a membership drawing. Also on the agenda a wet tee shirt contest featuring your Moose Legion Directors. Any other idea's for activities please contact any Moose legion Director. Please come out and show your support for our Sailfish Moose Legion.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Moose International Golf Tournament
Golfers from all parts of our Fraternity decended on PGA National earlier this month, to participate in the 47th Annual Moose International Golf Tournament. Palm Beach Gardens # 2010 was the host lodge for the event. The weather cooperated and all had two fun filled days on the links. Our thursday night karaoke brought in singers from all across this Great Fraternity. Friday night's fish-fry was a sellout. Saturday's lunch was extended 2 hours so we could provide meals and cold beverages to our Fraternal guests. Saturday night Sailfish Moose Legion #197 provided a wonderful steak dinner, we served 160 plus meals! Afterwards music and dance were provided for our visiting Fraternal Family. Sunday we put together a Buffet Brunch, that lasted well into the afternoon. The Board of Officers and members of PBG Lodge wish to thank all who attended, and all who helped make this a truly memeorable weekend !!
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Moose International Ritual Competition at Anaheim July 2011
Our Sailfish Moose Legion Ritual Team has made us all very proud, and our FBMA! Our team finished 4th overall, collecting 3 metals in the process. Our newest member on the team, Bob Klaus finished 15th in the part of Hope. He'll be a force to be reckoned with, the next time out! In the part of Faith Steve Caraccio placed 8th, and it wouldn't surprise any of us, if Steve takes it all in Tampa next year! In the part of Charity Richard 'Bo' Beaudoin placed 5th, he's ready to "shock the world". David Smith our President, metaled with a 2nd place finish. David is Sailfish's best Ritualist, and in Tampa "WATCHOUT". Our Moose Legion Secretary Bob Barbieri did "shock the world", by comming in 1st in the part of Loyalty. Way to go Bobby! I August Prestano, with the help of my team, and coaches constant critique, placed 1st. Let us all thank the efforts of our Sailfish Moose Legion Ritual Team, and Support Them on all their future endeavors!!!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Summer Celebration 2011
Port St Lucie was the venue for our summer celebration, and fun was the theme. Our host Lodge not only had a golf outting, they also held a pool tournament. Fun was had by all the whole weekend. Saturday nights dinner was delicious,and the band was fantastic! We would like to thank all the volunteers who made our celebration 'FUN' and successful. We would like give special thanks to the lodges Moose Legion Activities Committee Chairman Dick Martin, and Assistant Secretary Mike Gainer.You are the men who got it done! We now have 5 new Moose Legionnaires, to join with us in 'Doing some good thing, for someone each Day'. Thanks guys for stepping up, and getting more involved.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Florida Shines in 2011
Earlier this month, ten of our FBMA's Fellows entered the the 'House of God' at Mooseheart. Where they were bestowed upon the highest degree of our Order "The Pilgrim Degree of Merit". Congrats to all ten, and a very special 'shoutout' to Sailfish's very own, FBMA Vice President David Smith. Congratulations David, on a very much deserved Honor!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
New Board Set To Take Helm
A great time was had by all, who attended Sailfish Moose Legions Celebration, this past weekend! Okeechobee was our host lodge,for this years Spring Celebration. While the fun and festivities continued all weekend,our board of Directors did take care of some important business. The election of the 2011-2012 Board of Directors, which is as follows: President - Robert Green of Sabastian River. Vice President - Richard Meals of West Palm Beach. Chaplain - August Prestano of Palm Beach Gardens.Financial Director - Lee Singleton of Palm Bay. Fraternal Director - Robert Stoll of Stuart. I'm sure you will join me, in wishing our New Board the "Best of Luck", in our upcoming year !!! Also on our agenda, was the Conferral of five new Moose Legionnaries. They have now taken their place, along side other members of "The Degree of Service". Thank You Gentlemen, for stepping up !!!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Moose Legion Awards
Although, originally scheduled for Sunday morning April 24 at the Mid- Year Conference in Tampa. The FBMA Moose Legion Ritual Awards Presentation, will be held on April 22 at the Moose Legion Luncheon. It will be held in the Wyndham at noon so please attend in force, to show your support for our "Degree of Service".
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
7 of 11
Seven of Eleven Moose Legions,in the FBMA sent staffs to our Annual State Ritual Competition. Held this year on Feb 26 at the Orlando Lodge. Your Sailfish Moose Legion #197 sent a full staff to compete. Although, Sailfish did not win, place, or show as a team, three of our Ritualists did earn individual awards for their efforts. In the part of Faith, with a 3rd place finish Steve Caraccio. In the part of Loyalty, finishing in 1st place Bob Barbieri. In the part of Orator also finishing in 1st place Augie Prestano. It seems this is a team to be reckoned with, when they travel to Anaheim this July for competition at International.. Good Luck Sailfish Ritaulists!!. Go to www.floridamoose.org for complete Ritual results.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Up and Running !
Sailfish Moose Legion #197,now has its website Up & Running! Please send articles and photos, for all your Moose Legion Activities to augie33411@yahoo.com.
Fraternally August Prestano