MILTON - Tom McCormick of Milton, a longtime administrator of the Milton Moose whom current Governor Dave Daniel calls the ubiquitous go-to guy for all things Moose, was awarded the lodge's most prestigious honor of a Moose Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday at the lodge's Member Appreciation Day.
McCormick, who served as club administrator from 2002 until 2011, helped orchestrate the club's move to its Quonset hut location near the Milton Post Office several years ago and then in 2008 from the Quonset Hut to its current location in the former Spinelli's Restaurant on White Mountain Highway across from the Milton Veterinarian Clinic.
Once inside its current home "Tom was responsible for remodeling and transforming the building into a comfortable, useful refuge" for the membership, Daniel said on Tuesday.
McCormick, a former Marine and retired postal worker, over the years has run several private fraternal clubs in the Portsmouth area, including the American Legion and the Elks.
Known for his humorous banter and dry humor, McCormick is the go-to guy to find out "where something is, where things came from, and the various nuances of Moose regulations and protocol," Daniel added.
McCormick lives in Milton with his wife, Sandy.
He is the third winner of the Moose 1298 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Former winners include Roger Sargent and Chip Edmonds.
The Milton Moose and its members are a fraternal charitable organization that benefits many local causes including recently renovating the baseball field at the Milton Town Beach and aiding renovations to the residence of the Loli family of Milton in retrofitting their house to allow aneurysm victim Angelo Loli to return home.
The club also helps support Mooseheart, a home for youth in Illinois; and Moosehaven, a retirement home in Florida.