Wow, what a stressful week. We are really happy to say that all Vienna Moose employees tested for COVID-19 have tested negative. And, we are ready to re-open the lodge! The lodge will re-open tomorrow at Noon, just in time to televise all sports games.
I am assured that we will be having some great food specials along with the coldest beer in town! While you’re here make sure you get your “Cash Vault” tickets. The Cash Vault started September 1, 2020, with a $2000 dollar value. You can collect 3 tickets each day for just doing the things you normally do here. You can collect tickets for just showing up, a ticket for purchase of food, and for playing one of our Grover gaming machines. With your tickets, you will be entered for a weekly drawing on Saturday at 6 pm. If your number is drawn then you get a chance to try your hand at picking the combination for the Cash Vault. You must be present to participate in the drawing.
Just to let you know while closed, we had new electricity run in the main hall to accommodate the new gaming machines. This means you will have many more machines to choose from while you play!
Again, we want to thank everyone for the good wishes for our employees during this health scare. We look forward to seeing you all soon!
We hope you, your family, and extended families have been safe during this trying time. We know this has been hard for all of you. We are pleased to have not heard of any lodge members stricken by this virus. We have heard many stories of friends and other families that have not been so lucky. At the beginning of this pandemic, we made the decision to furlough all paid employees until times were safe to start again. We want to thank all the amazing volunteers that continued to help the lodge pay the unending bills during our Grab & Go meal services. Without their help, we would be in an even bigger hole.
Meanwhile, the nation's leading infectious diseases expert warned Americans that the nation is still "knee-deep" in the first wave. With all the states around Virginia showing an uptick of new infections and hospitalizations, the board of officers made the hard decision to continue our closure until Tuesday, July 28, 2020. As you know many of our lodge members are of an age and have underlying medical conditions that make them more at risk than the general population.
Our current plans (that are subject to change based on future information), we will be opening the main hall as the temporary Social Quarters. We will be abiding by all CDC, State, and Fairfax County regulations on functioning during a pandemic. Face masks are not optional, if you cannot wear a mask please stay home. If you need a mask we have one for you. We have been rearranging the Main Hall to include the movement of the gaming machines downstairs.
We cannot stress the value of our volunteers during this time. We also want to thank all the members that came in and made a purchase of any size during this time. Because our volunteers were getting tired, we also decided to give them a break. We will not be holding Grab & Go’s until we re-open.
Finally, we started holding our General Membership Meetings outside in the pavilion the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7:30 pm. At the last meeting, we announced to the membership the slate of board officers running for the 2020 - 2021 year. Below is the list of candidates. We invite all members to come out for our election on July 16, 2020.
As we get more information, we will be reaching out via our website, Facebook, email blast, and text messaging. Meanwhile, please be safe! We want to also let members know that we will be holding the Bull Run 185 Celebration on Sunday, July 26th. We will be posting the schedule soon.