Newsletter and e-mail
October 15 2014
Looks like summer is about to break out and some cool fronts are beginning to appear.
From a business perspective..... summer, from May 1st thru October were very slow. Our social quarters business was about 1/3 of the normal snow bird season. Throughout the summer additional funds saved from the winter were utilized to sustain the Lodge's financial responsibilities in the summer months. We welcome back the snow birds. The snow birds are our business.
The Lodge really needs our membership to step up to the "plate." Dinner meals, hamburger bar, lunches -- are totally supported by volunteers. If there are no volunteers - well then there are no meals. A healthy Lodge does not exist solely on candy bars and pop corn. I would like to thank Joe Ragen for his passionate support for lunches last season. Who is ready to help now?
It is difficult for a devote Moose member to understand some of the responses to a questionaiire recently completed by many of you. No food -- well no volunteers for the most part. No Saturday music -- well at a cost of $150 minimum -- we don't make enough additional revenues/profit to cover the cost of the music. The prices of drinks and beer -- oh my god....they are cheap. Is your loyalty to Moose about a quarter -- really? Food prices too high -- Kitchen sales are $28K for the past year -- food costs were $28,500.
Smoking -- About 1/3 of the folks on the survey want no smoking in the Lodge. As a smoker myself - I agree. This will bring on a big debate .. smokers are becoming a minority.
My final comments are basic. We need a profitable business. For 6 months we had to cut into savings to make our nut! Not a good thing. The machines are out of the Lodge because ATF claimed and in writing told us were in violation of gambling. There, ATF, claimed this is a felony. And if they returned to find the machines there -- we would also lose our liquor license.
More than ever, we need your help. Some days, I feel there is little support with in the Lodge. It is your Lodge, not mine, not the board of officers, either. We have Lodge meetings the first and third Saturdays of every month. No one has attended for 6 months.....
Francis W. Saul Jr