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August 23, 2011 > Special Life Events: Women of the Moose

Special Life Events: Women of the Moose

By Simon Wong

Hayward residents Anna May, DeeDee Ligibel and Maryann Gonsalves were recently sworn in as members of the Hayward-Castro Valley Chapter 934 Women of the Moose (WOTM). May is a realtor and former Hayward City Council member; Ligibel, a Program Analyst with Visa's Global Corporate Real Estate Team; and Gosalves, a Supervisor for teachers at CalState University, East Bay.

The WOTM is the female branch of the Moose organization and was known originally as the Women's Loyal Moose Circle when it convened its first annual conference in 1913. In 1931, it became independent with its first chief executive, Katherine Smith, and was renamed Women of the Moose.

There are more than 1,600 Chapters in the United States and Canada, with a combined membership of approximately 400,000. Each Chapter promotes the principles, ideals, and philanthropic purposes of the fraternity, Moose International, which consists of Lodges.

WOTM support an activity program organized by committees. The funds raised by each committee, and the efforts of other units of Moose International, help support Mooseheart Child City & School, a 1,000-acre community for children and teens in need, near Chicago, and Moosehaven, a 70-acre retirement community for members, near Jacksonville, Florida. Members participate and support Meals on Wheels, blood drives, visits to nursing homes and hospices, walkathons and give comfort and hope to those in need.

Each year, WOTM Chapters contribute more than $20M of community service (financial donations and volunteer hours).

Although WOTM sponsors many Mooseheart and Moosehaven projects, Chapters are recognized nationwide for their local community service work and their commitment to helping realize the Moose fraternity's vision.

For more information, write to Hayward-Castro Valley Chapter 934 Women of the Moose, PO Box 2387, Castro Valley, CA 94546 or visit the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1491, 20835 Rutledge Road, Castro Valley, CA 94546 or call (510) 537-0830. For information about Moose International, visit

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