Claremont Moose Lodge loses charter, eyes future
By MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent | June 12. 2014 9:29PM
“They took our charter,” said Howard Bowie, the administrator of the former lodge, of Moose International.
In an email Thursday, T. Michael Leuer, general counsel for Moose International, Inc. said: “I can confirm that the Moose charter for the Claremont, NH Lodge 1201 is revoked, effective May 29, 2014. The action was taken based upon the Lodge’s intentional failure to comply with the general laws, ie this organization’s rules and regulations for chartered entities.”
Because the interest rate on the past-due payments was so high, he said, there was no way the Claremont Moose Lodge would ever be able to pay it off. He said he tried unsuccessfully to negotiate with Moose International to lower the interest rate.
Members will discuss whether to open a restaurant or join the Eagles Club, he said. The lodge needs to keep its revenue from renting out the hall, so a liquor license is vital, Bowie said.
Unfortunately because of the interest rate on what was owned to Moose International, repaying that debt was impossible, he said, noting:
Because the lodge’s liquor license was associated with the charter membership, the lodge has lost its license, he said.
Members have considered forming a new club, the Claremont Sports Club, but according to state officials, the club would have to be at least a year old before applying for a liquor license, Bowie said.