International Open House Day


Moose International has designated Saturday, October 23, 2021 as “International Open House Day” for lodge homes throughout the Fraternity. This date corresponds closely with Founder’s Day (October 27th), which celebrates the birth of James J. Davis, the driving force who brought purpose and meaning to the Fraternity during its earliest stages.

All lodges and chapters are encouraged to conduct events that will bring friends, family and local residents in touch with the Moose, our lodge homes, and the work we do on behalf of children, seniors and our communities

The Compliance Office has issued a blanket dispensation for all lodges to hold events on that day that are open to the public, as long as the Moose’s general guidelines for public events are followed. Alcohol may or may not be served, based on the structure of the event, but cannot be sold to members or non-members during the event. Lodges should refer to Section 46.13 of the General Laws for guidelines to public events, such as Open Houses.

**Note, if October 23rd is unavailable to conduct an Open House, the blanket dispensation allows lodges and chapters to hold the event a week later, which is Saturday, October 30th.

Please check the Moose International website periodically for information pertaining to this coordinated Open House initiative at

Open House VS Open to the Public

In reference to the blanket dispensations issued by the Chief Compliance Officer to host an Open House Event PLEASE do not plan your event under the guidelines of having an Event “Open to the Public” – there is a major difference in these events. First and foremost –lodges should refer to the General Laws – Section 46.13 to understand Open House Events – the type event covered by the “blanket dispensation”. In this Open House Event the lodge will NOT be able to charge for any products or activities – so this is NOT an opportunity to produce income. The Open House Event is a great way to showcase the Moose fraternity and the offerings and good deeds of the local lodge.

If you are planning to host an Open to the Public Event, wherein you will offer products for sale and/or have a door charge to enjoy entertainment – then you will need to obtain a Dispensation from the Compliance Office. Please contact your Territory Manager should you have any questions.