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National Moose official to speak in Williamsport Sept. 18

September 09, 2009

Liguori V. Saladin, supreme governor of the Loyal Order of Moose, will speak at Moose Lodge No. 2462, 119 N. Conococheague St. in Williamsport, at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, as part of his travels across the state of Maryland.

For more information about the event, contact the Moose Lodge office at 301-223-7072.

Saladin rose from the post of supreme junior governor to become the Moose fraternity's chief presiding officer May 25, elected by vote of supreme lodge delegates to a one-year term as supreme governor, at the organization's 121st International Convention in Chicago.

The Moose organization, headquartered at Mooseheart, Ill., consists of more than one million men and women in approximately 1,800 lodges and 1,650 chapters throughout the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Bermuda.

The organization owns and operates Mooseheart, a 1,000-acre community and school for youngsters in need, 40 miles west of Chicago; and Moosehaven, a 70-acre retirement community in Jacksonville, Fla. Additionally, Moose Lodges and Chapters conduct more than $90 million worth of community service annually (counting monetary donations and volunteer hours worked). Such community service can be tailored to local needs, but also takes the form of organization-wide programs - such as the Moose Youth Awareness Program, where the Moose annually bring together hundreds of bright teenagers for Youth Congresses in which they discuss the most effective ways to conduct "KidsTalks," communicating positive-life-choice messages to very young children, ages 4-9, in settings such as elementary and preschools, day-care centers, Sunday schools and the like. Moose-trained teens have given KidsTalks to nearly 250,000 youngsters across North America just during the decade of the 1990s.

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