|Manteca Moose Lodge #1815|
|1185 N. Main St.
Manteca, CA 95337
The Moose was founded by Dr. John Henry Wilson and a group of his friends in 1888 in Louisville,
Kentucky, as a social and drinking club to rival the Elks. While it remains essentially an American
club, it changed it's name to Moose International in 1991.
The basic unit is the Lodge, which follows the pattern established by Masons. The Moose confer
an initiatory degree, and after six months membership, the member becomes eligible for the second
degree, Moose Legion. A third degree or Fellowship Degree is awarded for service to the fraternity.
The fourth and highest degree, that of Pilgrim, is honorific and is awarded to few Moose.
Why the Moose? That's a question that really consists of two parts: First, why was this particular
animal chosen to represent a humanitarian fraternal order, and secondly, why would a person or a
family seek to become a member of it. The first answer is fairly straightforward. The Moose is a
large, powerful animal, but one which is a protector not a predator. We think it was perhaps said
best in our former enrollment ceremony:
"He takes only what he needs, nothing more... yet for his great size and strength he lives in peace
with other creatures. The moose uses his size and power not to dominate but to protect, not to spoil
but to preserve. He is a fierce protector, a loyal companion, and a generous provider who brings
comfort and security to those within his defending circle."
It is these characteristics of the moose in the wild - the protective instinct for it's young, and
for the old and infirm in it's herd - that the human members of the Moose fraternity have, for
decades, modeled, in the establishment and operation of Mooseheart, the organization's community
and school for children and teens in need; and Moosehaven, the retirement community for Moose men
and women; as well as in service to it's communities.
The Loyal Order of Moose is a private organization. All activities and events referred to on this website and
in the Moose News newsletter are available to members in good standing and their qualified guests only. This
website is for informational purposes with proprietary information intended for members only. General
information is available to the public at large, but should not be construed to be a solicitation for membership.
This website is an initiative of the Manteca Moose Lodge No. 1815, and is not sanctioned by the Loyal Order of
Moose, Moose International or any subsidiary thereof. All logos, trademarks and servicemarks pertaining to the
Loyal Order of Moose and/or its programs or degrees are copyrighted © by Moose International, Inc., Mooseheart,