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NORMAN — Paul William Brandt, a member of Norman Moose Lodge No. 1799, was summoned to receive the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of the Loyal Order of Moose.
The conferral was held in the House of God at Mooseheart, Ill. on May 25. The degree, currently held by less than one-half of 1 percent of the members of the fraternity throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Bermuda, is the order’s ultimate reward for exceptional devotion to the principles and ideals of caring for children and senior members.
Brandt will receive his gold blazer at Norman Lodge 1799 at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Lodge officials said it is earned only by members who have given years of ‘above-the-call-of-duty’ service to the Loyal Order of Moose and its principle philanthropic endeavors of Mooseheart, a city for children in need, located 40 miles west of Chicago, and Moosehaven, a retirement community for senior members, located on the banks of the St. Johns River in Orange Park, FL.
The Pilgrim Degree ceremony, traditionally held on the same day as the Commencement Exercises for Mooseheart High School, is conferred only inside Mooseheart's House of God, a multi-denominational cathedral built in 1950. Members receiving this degree are entitled to wear a much-coveted gold blazer, which is formally presented to the honoree during a special ceremony attended by other Pilgrims, members of the higher degrees of both the Loyal Order of Moose and Women of the Moose, family, friends, community leaders and other members of the order.
The Moose is an international organization of men and women dedicated to caring for children and seniors, bringing communities closer together and celebrating life. The organization operates over 1,600 Moose Centers throughout North America, Great Britain and Bermuda.