At the Moose

Greetings fellow Moose members. Here is a quick rundown of upcoming activities at our lodge. Rick Markleys crew will be running Buck burgers this coming Sunday, March 22, from 3 to 5pm. If you haven't already heard, Rick's crew is one of the top 5 Buck burger crews in the lodge, so come on out and taste their recipe, you won't be sorry.

Along with the meal this Sunday, the WOTM are having a big fundraiser. First, the ladies are asking for donation of baked goods, salads or desserts. Please drop off before 3 pm. 
Secondly and perhaps more importantly, Deb Tyler is running a silent auction for the W O T M. She is asking for used items that you are willing to donate. Anything that will fit through the door is welcome as long as it is in good condition and is an item that you think someone else would be interested in purchasing. This includes, but not limited to, household appliances, art work, tools, books, sports equipment ,musical instruments, pretty much anything. You can leave your items with the bartenders or with Debbie.

The W O T M have been tremendous contributors to many of our lodges past projects so please come out and support them. If you have nothing to bring cash donations to the WOTM are accepted.

Also as a reminder, the enrollment fee for new members has been waived through April, so let's sign up some new members!
A woman's enrollment is $25 and a man's enrollment is $40.
Great News
Our cookbooks are finished and in our Lodge.
They are GREAT.
The price is $12 and it is going to help purchase playground equipment.
Contact the lodge or Debbie Tyler or Mindy Schwarte and they will be happy to get you one. Or stop by the Lodge and pick one up.
This is a great project to help buy playground equipment.

WOTM 1684

You need to turn in
 your volunteer
 hours and mileage
for this year. 
This is for all members of the WOTM
To Karen Collins or Ilene Howard

Moose Family Center Children’s Fund

Monetary donations are used for fun activities for Moose member’s families. Several children’s parties are held each year, such as: Easter, Halloween, Back-To-School and Christmas. Other activities include: game day, craft parties and even rides in an restored antique fire engine.

Moose Family Center Building Fund

After years of faithful service the Lodge went through a much needed facelift this year. New windows, siding and roof have transformed our leaky building into the queen of Lake Manitou once again. New signage and a coat of paint on the retaining wall have added that final touch that should make all members proud. Now that the exterior is complete we have moved onto remodeling projects of the interior. With the roof repaired and no more leaks the Ladies restroom along with the Lobby Entrance and Administrators office ceiling have been repaired and redecorated. Please consider donating your time, supplies, expertise or monetary contributions to help further our ongoing quest to renovate this Rochester & Lake Manitou landmark.

Social Quarters Hours:

Monday-Thursday 11AM to 10PM
Friday and Saturday 11AM to 11PM
Open Sundays - 12 Noon to 8PM
Phone: 574-223-3914


The Moose Family Center #1107
is located on beautiful Lake Manitou in Rochester, Indiana

Local Lodge History by Jack K. Overmyer

The West Side Hotel in 1908

Manitou Lodge 1107, Loyal Order of Moose, was organized 93 years ago on August 30, 1912, at the Eagles Hall which was located on the top floor of the Zimmerman Brothers Furniture Store, southwest corner of Main and Sixth Street.

The lodge quite likely continued to meet at the Eagles Hall until February 20, 1917, when the Moose purchased for its home the second floor of the building at 116 East Eighth Street, now occupied by The Rochester Sentinel.

The second floor was bought for $1,600 from the Redmen Lodge which was becoming inactive after 12 years. In only four years of existence, the Moose had 187 members and was one of the city’s largest organizations.

On January 15, 1924, the Moose purchased the two-story Academy of Music building at the southwest corner of Main and Fifth Streets for its lodge home. A new heating system and electric lights for the entire building were to be installed.

The lodge paid about $5,000 to the estate of William Davidson who had built the Academy of Music in 1875. For more than 40 years it was the theatrical center of the city, hosting touring actors and entertainers. The lodge occupied the upper floor of the building, renting the lower floor to retail businesses. On October 25, 1941, the Moose purchased the Manitou Lodge building on the north shore of Lake Manitou from Mrs. Edna Foy and remodeled it for the lodge home.

Its location is the site today of the Jasper Dulin residence. In 1948, the West Side Hotel was put up for sale, having been a fixture on the lake for 70 years. Moose officials seized this opportunity to give lodge members a permanent home, which in fact it has become.