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July 09. 2014 9:47PM

Former Claremont Moose Lodge seeking to reopen as Eagles aerie

CLAREMONT — About 50 former members of the Claremont Moose Lodge gathered at the former lodge building on Broad Street Tuesday night and voted to become Eagles.

The former Moose Club members are now members of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, but still need 21 more men and 13 more women to form an Aerie in Claremont.

“Instead of a calling it a lodge they call it an aerie,” said Howard Bowie, former administrator of the defunct Claremont Moose Lodge.

At least one hundred members, 50 men and 50 women, are needed to start, Bowie said Wednesday.

In June, Moose International revoked the charter of the Claremont Moose Lodge Family Center on Broad Street, stripping of its status of a Moose Lodge.

The Claremont Moose lodge had a dispute with Moose International over about $30,000 in past due liability insurance payments to Moose International, Bowie said.

“We have been a Moose Club for 102 years and the membership owned the building, Moose International didn’t own the building even though they tried to take it,” Bowie said.

At the time T. Michael Leuer, general counsel for Moose International, Inc. said, would only confirm that the Moose charter for the Claremont, NH Lodge 1201 had been revoked on May 29, based upon the Lodge’s intentional failure to comply with Moose International general laws.

At the time the charter was revoked, Claremont Moose Club had more than 400 members, most of whom have decided to remain Moose members and simply join another lodge, Bowie said.

They are starting smaller, but members of the recently closed Canaan Eagles Club have expressed an interest in joining the Claremont Aerie, he said.

Now that the building is affiliated with an established club, “We will get our liquor license back and our charitable gaming license back,” said Bowie.

An upside for women members, Bowie said, is that women are allowed to be full voting members in the Eagles club or auxiliary members only if they choose. Moose women could only be members of the auxiliary club and are not allowed to vote, he said.

Unlike Moose International, the Eagles do not require the Aerie to purchase liability insurance from the Eagles.The Aeries only financial obligation is to pay $4.50 for each member every six months. The remaining club funds can go to national and local charities, Bowie said.

The Eagles are very involved in advancements of fighting diabetes, Bowie said, so the Claremont Eagles will be looking to get involved at the local level at the diabetes clinic at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

mpierce@newstote.com


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