Moose International files suit to claim Claremont lodge
“They don’t have a dime in the building,” said lawsuit defendant and former Claremont Moose Lodge Administrator Howard A. Bowie Jr. “If they own the building, why aren’t we paying them rent, and why aren’t they fixing everything in the building?”
Earlier this month, former members of the Moose Lodge gathered at the 209 Broad St. building and voted to become an Eagles Club.
In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Concord on July 10, Moose International of Mooseheart, Ill., claims the Lodge Hall is the rightful property of Moose International.
The Claremont lodge agreed to make payments, but this year asked Moose International for a new court-negotiated payment agreement because of the high interest rates Moose International was charging, Bowie said.
At the time, T. Michael Leuer, general counsel for Moose International, Inc., would only confirm that the charter had been revoked May 29, based upon the Lodge’s intentional failure to comply with Moose International general laws.
The building was assessed at $301,100 in 2013, according to the lawsuit.
Named in the suit is the Claremont Lodge No. 1201, Loyal Order of Moose, and the five former board members, Bowie, his son Howard A. Bowie III, Kevin Blaine, Patrick McCann and Harold Hall.