2017-09-06 / Front Page

Statesboro Moose Lodge to host poker run to benefit local 4-H

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor


This photograph shows members of the Statesboro Moose Lodge presenting a check last year to the local 4-H program for sponsorship of a local 4-H’er to attend summer camp. The Lodge will again sponsor local 4-H’ers attendance at the summer camp through a Poker Run fundraiser to be held Sunday, Sept. 17th. 
(Photo contributed) This photograph shows members of the Statesboro Moose Lodge presenting a check last year to the local 4-H program for sponsorship of a local 4-H’er to attend summer camp. The Lodge will again sponsor local 4-H’ers attendance at the summer camp through a Poker Run fundraiser to be held Sunday, Sept. 17th. (Photo contributed) Some local 4-H club participants will have the opportunity to attend 4-H summer camp, thanks to a fundraiser hosted by the Statesboro Moose Lodge.

On Sunday, Sept. 17th, bikers will suit up, jump on their motorcycles or other vehicles and hit the road at the Statesboro Moose Lodge for a Poker Run that will start in Statesboro and then proceed to Millen, Metter, Portal and back to Statesboro and the Moose Lodge. A poker run is an organized event where participants, usually using motorcycles, visit five to seven checkpoints, drawing a playing card at each one. The person who has the best poker hand at the end of the run is declared the winner.

Registration starts at noon at the Moose Lodge with the first biker out at 1 p.m. The last biker should arrive by 4 p.m. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be enjoyed after the Run.

“The Statesboro Lodge sponsored a local 4-H’er last year that would not have otherwise been able to attend 4-H summer camp. This 4-H’er had a great time at the Jekyll Island camp, met people they would not have met and made life-long friends. We greatly appreciate what the Statesboro Lodge did last year and are doing again this year,” said Elaine Lanier, 4-H Program Director.

The origin of Moose Lodges can be traced back to 1888 and founder, Dr. Henry Wilson, who successfully established the first Lodge in Louisville, Kentucky. In the early years, the Moose served a modest goal of offering men an opportunity to gather socially, to care for one another’s needs and celebrate life together. Since then, the fraternal organization has expanded to include valuable service to communities, care for children and teens in need at Mooseheart Child City and School, a 1,000-acre campus, located 40 miles west of Chicago, and care for senior members at Moosehaven, a 70-acre retirement community near Jacksonville, Florida.

With a combined membership of over 1 million members in the Loyal Order of Moose and Women of the Moose, the Lodge’s presence is felt in over 1,500 communities across all 50 states and four Canadian provinces, plus Great Britain and Bermuda. The Moose organization contributes between $75 to $100 million worth of community service (counting monetary donations, volunteer hours worked and miles driven) annually.

Riders in the Sept. 17th Poker Run are expected to arrive in Millen around 1:30 p.m. at the Jenkins County Recreation complex. Local citizens are invited to come out at that time and show their support for the event.

The Statesboro Moose Lodge has several local members.

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