Volume 14 | Issue 1
January 2020
Moosehaven News
Heart of the Community
Upcoming Events
  • The Hall Closet Resale Shopping Trip
  • JCS Clogging Team Performs at Moosehaven
  • The Clarke House Tour
  • Hobby Lobby Shopping and Lunch Trip
  • Movie Matinee at Moosehaven
  • Dinner Dance at Mandarin Lodge
  • District Meeting & Sports at Lakeshore Lodge
  • The Wizard of Oz at Island Theater
  • 109th Birthday Celebration at Lodge 455
  • Breakfast at Mandarin Lodge
  • Veteran's Social
Are We Getting Dumber or Just Lazy?
Have a Happy New Year...I'm sure there's an app for that.

So, like most of you, I have a smart phone. I have a smart stereo. I have a smart television. My car is smart. All of the technology we surround ourselves with is smart, but what about us? Are we letting that same technology make us dumb or just lazy?

Last year for Christmas a friend gave me a Bose radio. I've enjoyed it and would connect my phone to it via Bluetooth to listen to my 'playlists.' (I feel so hip when I say that) The sound quality is fantastic and I spent many hours listening to my favorite tunes while cooking, cleaning house and working at the many tasks there are around the house.

This year for Christmas, my son gave me an Echo Dot. Great, another speaker for my bedroom so I don't have to turn the Bose volume up to deafening levels. I plugged it in and it prompted me to install the Alexa App. Easy peasy. It took me through a few setup features and then I was all set. As I played with the app, I realized that Alexa could do anything! I set a weekday wake-up schedule, a weekend schedule, an evening schedule and set the type of news and weather reports I want to receive. I can ask Alexa anything and she will answer in the way I prefer her to respond.

This artificial intelligence is the stuff of sci-fi movies! I grew up in the 80's, in the age of Back To The Future and Terminator. Pardon me if I am a bit stunned by what this technology can do, both for us and to us. Yes, it is very convenient to have Alexa assist with finding my favorite recipe and tell me the weather, but what effect is it having on me?

Once I really started paying attention, I noticed that many people, of all ages, look to Google, Alexa, Siri or any other smart intelligence for an answer before anyone has a chance to reflect on what they know to be true or even access the information in their own brains. Why wait? Answers are instantaneous when you ask one of the 'girls.'

I believe we may be making ourselves dumber when we outsource thinking and rely on supposedly smart tech to micromanage our daily lives for the sake of cheap convenience.

The internet provides us with seemingly limitless data, prose, images, video and other raw materials that could in theory enhance our intelligence and enable us to become more knowledgeable, to be more skillful or to otherwise use actionable intelligence. Maybe we could improve our decision-making, reflect on our beliefs, interrogate our own biases, and so on. But do we? Who does? Who exactly is made smarter? And how? And with respect to what?   1   Brett Frischmann

Will we get to the point of not needing to learn anything because we can access it immediately and in more detail from the cloud of information out there? Will we eventually stop trusting what knowledge we do have in our brains? Where is this overabundance of instant knowledge access taking us?

Gives you something to think about when you aren't using your brain for anything else. Say goodbye Alexa.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!
Marina Mathews
Director of Communications & Events

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Look Who's Talking
Just John
John Capes, Executive Director
When I came to Moosehaven, there were many firsts. There was my first Moosehaven Board meeting, first Supreme Council, First OV visit - that’s a whole other story - and my first presentation to the International Convention. Frankly, those firsts were a little scary. Then there was the first building demolition (Ryan Hall), the first ground breaking (Brandon Place), the first dedication (Ohio Hall) and the first new facility (Katherine Smith Hall). Along the way, there were a few weather related firsts just to keep things really exciting, such as the first fire (Chancellors Hall) thanks to a lightning strike, the first building damage (Buckeye Hall and Michigan) thanks to a tornado and the first devastation (the pier) thanks to a hurricane.
Now, almost thirteen years later and thanks to my retirement, I’m experiencing many new lasts, such as; my last Fourth of July, last Moosehaven’s got talent, last Trick or Treat, last Thanksgiving, last Georgia Tree Lighting - one last after another. I haven’t been entirely sorry about some of those lasts but each brings me closer to the biggest last of all, my last day as Executive Director of Moosehaven. It’s been an amazing and wonderful time.
Life is really about firsts and lasts, so I know that in retirement there will be new firsts. Probably the biggest first for me will be that I have never “not worked.” Sure, there were some short breaks such as between military and work and also between jobs, but I’ve always worked. So, waking up and realizing I don’t have to go to work will be a major new first for me. I wonder how that will turn out. Another major first will be that it has never been just Tina and me 24/7. There was always the military, school, work and the kids – all sort of working as a buffer. I wonder how long of just her and me will last until she’s ready to clobber me. Finally, I have never “not had a solid clue” about what to do with the rest of my life. Sure, I’ve got some ideas about what I might do but that is truly in God’s hands.
I’d probably be really worried about these firsts except for two things. First, I know that God has a plan for the rest of my life just like he had a plan for me to come to Moosehaven. Second, I’ve got Tina and she’s my rock. While I don’t always agree with her, I love her and she has always been there for me. 
So, at the start of 2020 – not just a new year but also a brand new decade - and despite so many lasts and anticipated firsts, I am excited about the road ahead for Tina and me. I’m sure there will be some speed bumps along the way – there always are – but together and with God’s grace we’ll get through them just like we always have.
I do have one last thought, though. Earlier this week, someone laughingly pointed out that 2020 is a leap year. That means there is one extra day between now and my retirement. Are you kidding me?
I wish all of you a happy and blessed New Year.

For now and eternally, I am…
Just John

Bill's Board
Bill Tippins, Director of Operations
Happy New Year.
Here we are, ready to start 2020. The year of the Lakeshore Lodge or so say the Brothers at Lakeshore Lodge 2020. It will be a great year for Moosehaven Residents, and some employees, because we will be able to say we can see 2020 after looking at our calendars (It’s a vision joke for those of us who are bespectacled). This year begins a new decade filled with hope and promise. 2020 will see much that is new. This year will witness a new Executive Director being installed at Moosehaven after 13 years. This year will see the fraternity develop and vote on sweeping changes with the One Moose initiative striving to move us forward and strengthen our fraternity and our future. We can expect there will be political changes at the local, state and national levels like we have never experienced. We don’t know what those changes will be but we can feel the winds of change blowing at hurricane force.
2020 will contain many things that are new. Some have never existed before and other things have not happened in a long time. We like to talk about new things in very positive light, however for most of us new means change and change means stress. We just don’t like change, especially if we were comfortable with the way things are. We are comfortable with John as Executive Director at Moosehaven. Things have been good for years and we will miss him, what will happen with somebody else? The fraternity has a long and proud history, do we really have to change the way things have always been? What if it doesn’t work? Politics, well politics are just plain frightening now no matter which side you are on. New is good, change is scary. But they go hand in hand. Moving forward requires change, and change requires us to face the things that make us uncomfortable and work together. The change in decades reminds us that time moves onward and so must we.
We know we are going to get the “New” so we need to focus on putting the “Happy” into this year. Being happy is about contentment and satisfaction as much as it is about pleasure. Satisfaction is the feeling that you have what you want. Contentment is the feeling of being comfortable with your life and circumstances as they are. People who are content see things very optimistically. Pleasure is fleeting but satisfaction and contentment can carry us over time. To keep the “Happy” in this New Year here at the City of Contentment we will need to remain optimistic and work to embrace whatever changes come in a spirit of hope.

Happy New Year.
Bill Tippins  

Helen Taylor, Director of Resident Services, Chaplain

Happy New Year!

The New Year is a great time to reflect on the year gone by, but more importantly on the year ahead! I prefer to look ahead because I can’t do anything about 2019, it’s done, it’s over, and it’s gone for good! But the good news - we can look forward to 2020, a new decade!   
Philippians 3:13 instructs us to forget those things which are behind and reach forward to those things which are ahead!  N o doubt there will be new opportunities, challenges and disappointments ahead for each of us. We are in a constant state of change, no matter who we are or where we live.  Nothing stays the same. Some people find that troubling, but it is true just the same. 
It’s exciting opening a brand new Calendar - a fresh start!  The days are blank, yet filled with wonder of the possibilities that each new day may bring. It’s a good time to open up the windows of our heart and look inside, not just for the things we need to change, but for the possibilities and potential. There’s uncharted territory ahead!
What changes will 2020 bring for you and me? That’s a biggie, isn’t it?  Do you remember asking your parents a question and they answered by saying, “you will have to wait and see.” Well, this is one of those wait and see answers.
When we look back at 2019, things happened that we’d have never guessed would, some things didn’t happen that we thought for sure would. I don’t think 2020 will be any different in that respect. No matter what your thoughts are on this, may we acknowledge it’s a time to celebrate all of our experiences from 2019 and to welcome 2020, the start of a new decade, with hope and optimism. 
I hope you enjoy these New Year quotes and may they inspire you to be all you were meant to be!
  • Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous New Year by believing. Sarah Ban Breathnach
  • Tommorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one. Brad Paisley
  • Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. Helen Keller
  • With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each year find you a better man. Benjamin Franklin
  • You will never win if you never begin. Helen Rowland
  • Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Henry David Thoreau
  • Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over. Guy Finlay
  • If you're brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello. Paulo Coelho
  • Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. John D. Rockefeller

Happy New Year!
Simply Helen   

Up Close And Personal With Bob Shay
Rachel Meierdierck, Admissions Clerk
This month we get up close and personal with Bob Shay. He was born in Crawford County, Pennsylvania where he lived most of his life until coming home to Moosehaven. Bob is about to celebrate his 5 year anniversary living in the “City of Contentment”.
Bob’s parents were Dorothy and James. His dad was in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Bob’s sister Patricia and her husband, Ed, live in Florida.
During high school Bob was on the wresting team and made it to Regionals. After school, he worked in a drug store performing custodial duties and as a server at a barbeque restaurant. The restaurant was a drive in so Bob served directly to the cars. He worked until about 10pm every night and generally walked the 2 miles home. Bob did earn 3 college credits at Penn State taking a Public Affairs course. He has always had an interest in government and politics.
Bob married once to Ruthann, who everyone called “Banny”. In their 27 ½ marriage they had 3 children, Robert-“Bobby”, Tammy and Mark, who all still live in Pennsylvania. Between them there are 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren!
Bob’s career was with the Crawford County Government. He worked doing electrical wiring and maintenance, retiring in 1995. He even did the electrical wiring on 2 of his own homes.
Bob says his aspirations originally involved public office, yet something dramatic happened that diverted his plans. On August 18, 1973 Bob was involved in a terrible auto accident that left him in a coma for several months. He was in and out of hospitals for 3 years and remembers nothing of the incident. His doctors did not think Bob would ever recover to full functionality. Bob says “I guess I’m stubborn” as he grinned a little. He recovered completely.
Bob joined the Loyal Order of Moose in 1998. He explained he is a very social person and unquestionably likes to dance. The Lodge gave him the opportunity to be around people. As well, to make new friends and enjoy time with the ones he already had.
Bob believes his active role as a Moose Member helped guide the Moose in the proper direction because he encouraged Moose Members to come to meetings and be involved.
Bob’s hobbies include maintaining the flower beds in front of his building. He says he’s earned the nick name “Flower Boy” as he gives another little grin. Bob walks one mile each day and he for the most part, follows a vegetarian diet. He maintains the gym equipment in the New York building, so you will see him there on occasion. He can also probably assist you in some workings of the buttons and such. Bob’s eyes light up when he tells me this one particular hobby... MEETING NEW FRIENDS .
Bob did not have Moosehaven in mind when he initially joined. He did come for a tour with a group and enjoyed it. Bob never considered it so seriously as when the apartment building he lived in was devastated and destroyed by fire. He lost everything. EVERYTHING. He says it’s the sentimental things that are irreplaceable that hurt the most.
Coming home to Moosehaven, for Bob, has meant happiness . “Without Moosehaven, I don’t know where I’d be. I didn’t want to be a burden on my children.”
Bob's advice to the next generation, "Vote when you’re eligible and be active in local politics. Take care of your health, be a good family person, stay in school and DO NOT USE DRUGS!”

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