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Walter Meek receives highest Moose honor

Walter Meek of Grass Valley, a member of Grass Valley Lodge No. 2217, Loyal Order of Moose, has received 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 at the House of God in Mooseheart, Ill., on May 25.

The degree, currently held by less than one-half of one 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,” according to a press release.



It is earned only by members who have given years of “above-the-call-of-duty” service to the Loyal Order of Moose.

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 multidenominational 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.

Meek received his blazer at Grass Valley Lodge 2217 on Sunday, with leaders of the California – Nevada Association present to offer their congratulations.

The Moose is an international organization of men and women dedicated to caring for children and seniors, bringing communities closer together, and celebrating life.

Jointly, these members volunteer their time and talent to assist people in need and make their communities better places to live and raise families.

The organization operates over 1,600 Moose Centers throughout North America, Great Britain, and Bermuda, providing members with wholesome family, social and sports activities.


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