Fraternal Order of Loons -
Minnesota-based fraternal lodge founded in 1872 and featured on the situation
Hayden Fox, Fraternal Order
member and former High Loon
Because their mascot is a caged-loon bird, each member
wears a black feathered derby hat and greets each other by
flapping their arms and "Woooing" like a loon.
The leader of the lodge is called the High Loon. His hat is
shaped like a flying black and white loon with wings spread wide
as in flight.
The position of High Loon has no real power. He is
simply a figure head. The real power rests with the members of
the High Council, of which the High Loon is a member, but has no
vote. The High Council duties included cleaning up the lodge
after each meeting.
To confer over important decisions, three members of the
council confer by placing a blanket over their heads. This
process is very quick because the other members don't like
spending much time under the blanket with "Herb" a fellow High
When the High Council votes on who is to be the next High
Loon, they listen to their bird mascot who must squawk out loud
at the meeting.
Hayden Fox, head coach of Minnesota State University's
Screaming Eagles football team reluctantly won the honor of being the
lodge's High Loon, but he really didn't want the job. After Fox
won, loyal lodge member Howard Burly who really wanted the job,
protested and lost his membership but with the intervention of
Hayden Fox, Howard was reinstated.
To make sure Howard became the High Loon, Hayden ripped a few
tail feathers off the caged mascot who once again squawked and
by doing so officially consecrated Howard Burly as the lodge's
newest High Loon.
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