Leitersburg Moose lodge disbands
LEITERSBURG, Md. - Lack of participation and interest by members of Leitersburg Lodge 2451 of the Loyal Order of Moose forced its closing just two years after organizing.
"We just didn't have enough interest by our members," said R. Wayne Taylor, governor of the former lodge.
The lodge started in December 1995 with 96 charter members and grew to almost 130 members.
But participation thinned and activities, like dances and dinners, were poorly attended, Taylor said.
Organizing and running the activities and meetings fell on a core group of members, he said.
The lodge officially closed at the end of December and turned their charter in to Moose International, Taylor said.
"It's too bad. We put a lot of hard work into it," he said.
The Leitersburg lodge met in rented space at the Knights of Columbus hall on Leitersburg Pike.
It was one of three lodges that sprung up after Hagerstown Lodge 212 was closed and stripped of its affiliation to Moose International in February 1994 for violating rules governing the organization's charter and because the lodge was having financial trouble.