Loyal Order of the Moose 138 to change lodge sites

WICHITA — The Loyal Order of the Moose 138 is going to be leaving its home of 20 years behind Club Rodeo on East Kellogg.

“It’s hard getting in and out of this place,” says lodge administrator Tom Chendorain.

The lodge has been in various places around Wichita since 1952. The international fraternal and service organization, which supports a number of charities, was founded in 1913.

Chendorain says most of the Wichita members are between ages 60 and 90, so he’s wanting a place with easier access.

Also, the group owns its current 12,800-square-foot building and is looking for something a little smaller that it could at least initially lease.

“The utilities are killing us – and taxes,” Chendorain says.

Still, not all members are happy with the upcoming move.

“A lot of them are sad because we have the second-biggest dancing floor in the city, Chendorain says.

Ballroom dancing is one of the group’s main activities. There’s also dance lessons and bingo and days that the lodge is open to the public.

Chendorain says the Moose members are counting on him to come up with a suitable dancing alternative.

“I have – I think.”

He says he’s about 75 percent sure a deal he’s been working on for new space will happen.

A buyer for the current lodge space is scheduled to close on it on June 20.

Chendorain says he’ll let us know more late next week.