Loyal Order of the Moose 138 is ‘closed up’

WICHITA — A year after moving to a new spot, the Loyal Order of the Moose 138 has closed.

“The lodge was dissolved,” says administrator Tom Chendorain.

Members met last week to decide the fate of the lodge, which Chendorain says suffered a “lack of support of the membership.”

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.

Last year, the lodge moved from its home of 20 years behind Club Rodeo on East Kellogg to 3130 W. Central near Central and Zoo Boulevard.

Chendorain says the move had nothing to do with the closure.

“No, it was just a matter of poor membership support over the years.”

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“The members are getting antsy, but I can’t give them a specific date yet.”

– Lodge administrator Tom Chendorain, who hopes to reopen the Loyal Order of the Moose 138 at 3130 W. Central in early December

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“It will be bigger than the last one, so that will perk some eyebrows up.”

Tom Chendorain on the 3,600-square-foot dance floor at 3130 W. Central where the Loyal Order of the Moose 138 is moving if it can get proper zoning

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.

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