Saturday, February 20, 2016
This is the Loyal Order of Moose lodge in Ocala.
The LOM got it's start in 1888 as a fraternal and service organization. That is still their mission. While fraternal organizations seem to be a thing of the past, there are still many active groups. The LOM consists of 2400 lodges in the U.S., plus four in the Canadian provinces, involving over one million people,and they also appear in the Caribbean and in the UK.
They provide many sports and recreational programs for the members and their families. They support the Mooseheart Child City & School for needy children and teens which is located just west of Chicago. They also operate Moosehaven, a retirement community near Jacksonville, Florida.
You can see that little moose hiding in the shadow of the building.