After 21 years, the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge is getting a new administrator.
William D. Perry has retired in order to make way for Brian R. Mitchell.
Mr. Mitchell, who is also the cafeteria manager at Ogdensburg Free Academy, said he hopes to build up the organizations membership base.
Twenty-three years ago when I joined this lodge we had 93 members, Mr. Perry said. Through the officers we have had we have grown to 440 [men and 260 women].
Mr. Perry said he is expecting Mr. Mitchell to expand on that growth.
The biggest thing is to improve on is to build membership, Mr. Mitchell said.
Mr. Mitchell is also hoping to expand on the lodges community outreach and hopes to host more weddings and birthday parties at the lodge, 609 Pickering St. Membership at the lodge costs $40 a year.
The administrator position will see Mr. Mitchell put in charge of the lodges finances, the bar and the kitchen as well as taking minutes at all the organizations meetings.
We worked diligently to find somebody to take my place. We decided Brian would be the person if we could talk him into it, Mr. Perry said.
The Moose lodge is also welcoming a new cook, Irwin W. Shaver Jr. This is good news for the lodge as it serves a daily lunch for its members as well as hosting a Tuesday night chicken wing special and a Friday night fish fry.
Mr. Perry said Mr. Shaver plans on preparing the fish fry entirely in-house.
Lunches at the lodge cost $4, except on Thursdays when they serve a $5 taco special.
And Mr. Perry said the lodge serves the cheapest beer in town.
The Loyal Order of the Moose is a service fraternity focused on helping children, families and people in need.