When Tim Nulton decorated his yellow 2008 Chevy Cobalt in a moose motif for the Wyoming Valley Veterans Day Parade last November, he never dreamt the car would win him a trip to Las Vegas.
But he fired off a digital photo to the Moose Membership Campaign Car Contest anyway. In December, he put the car in the Pittston Santa Parade.
“I was sitting in the car waiting for the Santa parade to start when I saw a Facebook message that my car took second place in the world,” Nulton said. “It was quite an honor.”
His prize is a trip for him and a guest to the 2019 Moose International Convention in Las Vegas in June.
Nulton admits when he was sponsored into Moose Lodge 1207 membership by Bill Goldsworthy three years ago, he took it as an invitation to hangout at the social quarters without really getting involved, which he did for the first year.
“The second year I wanted to do something, so in the summer of 2017 I volunteered with fellow Moose brothers and organized volunteers from my church, Pittston First Baptist, to help the American Red Cross on free smoke alarm day, installing smoke alarms throughout Pittston,” he explained.
In 2018, he embraced Moose on a Mission, an initiative to raise the profiles of Moose Lodges in their communities and took to heart the Moose family of services — Mooseheart, a residential facility for teens and children in need in Illinois; Moosehaven, a retirement community for Moose members in Florida, and Moose Charities.
Nulton, 59, lives in West Pittston. He’s single and an empty nester with two grown sons living out of the house.
“With the kids grown, I wanted to get involved in something,” he said. “So I got involved in the Moose on a Mission campaign to raise awareness in the community.”
To that end, he volunteered as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army holiday Kettle Campaign and was appointed the lodge’s sergeant-at-arms.
It was a Moose license plate he was given after being elected to that post that spurred him to decorate his car. The rules of the membership campaign’s car contest stipulated the car had to be a daily driver. Starting with the plate and a Tommy Moose doll, Nulton added a moose headdress, magnets he ordered online with moose images and other touches, such as an “I brake for Moose” bumper sticker.
Nulton works full time at Golden Technologies in Old Forge. He’s also active in the First Baptist Church in Pittston. He videos the church’s Sunday services for a YouTube channel. As much as he can, he devotes time to raising the profile of the Moose Lodge and the good works of Moose International.
He said he knew next to nothing about the Moose before he joined the local lodge headquartered on Exeter Avenue in West Pittston.
“A lot of people don’t even know we’re here,” he said. “I’m on a mission to spread word.”