Supreme Moose Lodge Gov. Joe Koons will arrive in North Platte on Aug. 1. Members and guests are invited to meet Koons and his wife Connie at about 7 p.m. at the lodge on East Fourth. Members can meet and greet Koons and have dinner.
Koons is the chief presiding officer of the Loyal Order of the Moose. He was elected to the position in May at the 125th international convention in Milwaukee.
A roast beef dinner will be served.
Joe and Connie Koons live in Danville, Pa. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Koons joined the Moose in 1970 as a member of Danville lodge 1133, where he holds a life membership. He has several achievements, including membership in the 250 division of the 25 Club. He also received the Fellowship Degree of Honor in 1984 and the Pilgrim Degree of Merit in 1991.
Koons is retired and volunteers with many organizations. He enjoys golf, gardening and politics.
Koons will visit other lodges in the western Nebraska-eastern Wyoming area during is visit to the area.
Koons is expected to be on hand to congratulate Ben Thompson of the North Platte Moose Lodge (551), who has earned the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, the highest honor bestowed on a male member of the Moose.
Thompson and his honor will be recognized at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post, 2020 East Fourth.
Thompson had given many years of service to the local lodge, North Platte Gov. Mike Bellew said.
Thompson joined the North Platte lodge in 1992. He was enrolled the Moose Legion in 1995 and served on the lodge and the Wyoming-Western Nebraska board of officers. He was Governor of the North Platte lodge in 2006, and recruited many friends and family members into the lodge, Bellew said.
Thompson officially received the Pilgrim's Degree of Merit in May at a Legion Moose Fellowship gathering just outside of Chicago.
He is retired from Arrowhead Distributing and has a daughter, two grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.