Moscow Elks #249 representative in Regional Hoop Shoot Competition

Moscow Elks #249 representative in Regional Hoop Shoot Competition

Cooper Owen, a 13-year-old boy from Genesee, will compete today in the Regional Elks Club Hoop Shoot in Vancouver, Washington, with eyes on an even bigger prize.  If he wins his age group he’ll get to go to Chicago to compete in the Elks Hoop Shoot National Finals on April 27th.

Cooper earned this opportunity by potting 23 of 25 free throws on March 2nd in Nampa to claim the 12-13 age group at the Idaho State Elks Hop Shoot.

Representing the Moscow Elks Lodge #249, Owens is making his sixth appearance in the Hoop Shoot and qualified for State for the second time.  He is a state champ for the first time.

Good luck Cooper

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Members from BPOE #249’s 125 Years of History — Brigadier-General E. R. Chrisman

Brigadier-General Edward R. Chrisman

  • Organized University of Idaho Military Science Department, taught mathematics — 1894-1898
  • Introduced first women’s military program in the service
  • Sent to Cuba and the Philippines during Spanish American War — 1898-1902 — fought in the battle of San Juan Hill — 39 U of I students (out of 250 total student body) enlisted to join him
  • U of I Military Science Head — 1902-1906
  • Sent to the Philippines to fight Philippine insurection — 1906-1909
  • South Dakota State College Head of Military Science — 1909-1911
  • Posted in Alaska, New Jersey, Panama & Puerto Rico — 1911-1919
  • U of I Military Science Head — 1919-1939
  • Awarded Silver Star for actions in Spanish American War — 1934
  • After his death in 1939, at his request, his ashes were scatted over the U of I campus from an airplane
  • Chrisman Hall bears his name
  • died in 1939 — on BPOE #249 wall of remebrance
  • click here for additional information from U of I Special Collections


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GHIN dues & activation, Club Championship & Exalted Ruler’s Cup

GHIN dues & activation,

Club Championship &

Exalted Ruler’s Cup

Spring really will come – sometime.

Butch Fealy, our golf committee handicap chair, will be at the clubhouse Saturday morning, the 23rd of March for those who want to pay their GHIN dues and activate their handicap.  If you would prefer, you can also pay your GHIN dues during the Men’s Opening Day Breakfast, Sunday, April 28th or stop at the lodge office during office hours and pay them there.

The GHIN handicap is the official golf handicapping system used throughout the US, Canada, Mexico & scores of other nations.  With it, your handicap is recognized and your scores can be posted at any golf club.

Additionally, we use GHIN handicaps for field selection and seeding in our Club Championship.  The Club Championship bracket will be filled by seeding the low 24 GHIN handicaps into the competition.  The net play Exalted Ruler’s Cupwill have a random draw of all GHIN handicap holders and competition will utilize GHIN handicaps.

To be included you need to have a valid GHIN* as of noon on April 29th and be up to date on your lodge dues.  Brackets will be posted online ( and in the lodge tournament room at 2:00 PM that day.  There is no cost for participation — all prizes are paid with GHIN funds.

For more information on what we are planning for next year click here — tentative golf schedule for 2019 .     — Please remember — Anything planned for a golf course on the Palouse is always tentatiave. —

*If you have a GHIN through another club, please notify the lodge so we can access your GHIN and include you. 

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Golf Schedule for 2019 Season

 Golf Schedule for the 2019 Season*

*Always subject to change as necessary

  • MHS golf practices — Friday @ 3:30 PM — 3/22 – 5/17
  • GHIN activation — Saturday @ 8:30 AM — 3/23
  • MHS JV Golf Tournaments — Wednesday @ 10:00 AM — 4/10 & 3:00 PM — 5/1
  • Golf committee meetings — Monday @ 6:30 PM –4/15, 5/6, 6/3 7/1, 8/5, 9/9 & 10/7
  • Opening day breakfast — Sunday @ 8:00 AM — 4/28
  • Exalted Ruler’s Cup pairings posted — Monday @ 2:00 PM — 4/29
  • Club Championship pairings posted — Monday @ 2:00 PM — 4/29
  • Tuesday league — Tuesday @ 5:30 PM — 4/30 – 6/25 & 7/9 – 8/27
  • Thursday league — Thursday @ 1:00 PM — 5/2 – 6/27 & 7/11 – 8/29
  • Exalted Ruler’s Cup — Saturday @ 2:00 PM — 5/11, 5/25, 6/8 & 6/22                                      — Sunday @ 2:00 PM — 7/14 & 7/21
  • Ladies’ league — Wednesday @ 5:30 PM — 5/15, 5/29, 6/5, 6/19, 7/10, 7/17, & 7/31 –        8/21  — Monday @ 5:30 PM — 5/20, 6/10, 6/24 & 7/22
  • Net Skins & Sole Survivor Qualifying — Sunday @ 8:00 AM — 5/19, 6/2 & 6/30                    — Saturday @ 8:00 AM — 5/25, 6/8 & 6/22
  • Club championship — Sunday @ 2:00 PM — 5/19, 6/2, 6/30 & 7/14  — Saturday @               2:00 PM — 6/15
  • Friday couples’ night — Friday @ 4:30 AM PM — 6/7 – 9/27
  • Jr. golf lessons — Tuesday @ 9:00 AM — 6/11 – 6/25 & 7/9 – 7/23
  • Moscow Police / FOP golf tourney — Saturday @ 8:00 AM — 6/15
  • Fathers’ Day / Special Olympics Fund. — Sunday @ 8:00 AM — 6/16
  • Last chance Sole Survivor Qualifying — Thursday @ 9:00 AM — 7/4
  • 70th Sole Survivor — Thursday @ 2:00 PM — 7/4
  • Jordan Jumper Chapman — Saturday @ 8:00 AM — 7/6
  • Women’s Sole Survivor — Sunday @ 10:00 AM — 7/7
  • Sr. Men’s Sole Survivor — Sunday @ 2:00 – PM — 7/7
  • Sprenger Open / A L S fundraiser — Saturday @ 8:00 AM — 7/13
  • Marines of the Palouse fundraiser — Saturday @ 8:00 AM — 7/20
  • Jr. Sole Survivor — Friday @ 10:00 AM — 7/26
  • Gamble Scramble — Saturday @ 8:00 AM — 7/27
  • Light a Candle fundraiser –Friday @ 8:00 AM — 8/2
  • John’s Alley 7-iron tournament — Saturday @ 8:00 AM — 8/17
  • Cart Path Scramble — Saturday @ 8:00 AM — 8/24
  • Fall Rabbit Game — Sunday @ 10:00 AM — 9/1, 9/8, 9/22 & 9/29
  • Deuce Pot — Tuesday @ 5:30 PM — 9/3 – 9/24
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Members from BPOE #249’s 125 Years of History — James H. Forney

James Harvey Forney

  • Graduated from Wofford University — 1875
  • Public School teacher in California — 1875-1878
  • Graduated from Hastings Law College — 1879
  • Territory & State of Idaho District Attorney — 1880-1894
  • United States Attorney for Idaho 1894-1898
  • Faculty President of the University of Idaho
  • Provisional President of the University of Idaho — charged with developing curriculum and securing professors
  • U of I Board of Regents — 1891-1893 & 1897-1899
  • Chairman of U of I Board of Regents — 1897-1899
  • Grand Master Idaho District of Odd Fellows
  • BPOE #249 founding member
  • BPOE #249 Exalted Ruler 1901-1902
  • click here for additional information from U of I Special Collections


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Message from the Exalted Ruler


I don’t know about all of you, but I am ready for winter to be over.  It has been a long cold and snowy February and I am looking forward to seeing some green grass soon.  Some good news to report, last weekend’s crab feed was a huge success.  There was a good turnout, good food and everyone really had fun.  Thanks Tyson, Brent, Rick, Pat and Travis for putting this on.  I know it is a lot of work.

Other good news to report was that Cooper Owen, who won the Moscow Hoop shoot for the 12 and 13 age group, won the State contest in Nampa and will be advancing to regionals in Vancouver, WA.  Good luck Cooper!

Jerry Curtis and Tyson will be forming a committee soon to hire a bar and dinning manager for the 2019 season, if anyone is interested, or know someone that is, please drop off a resume at the office in care of Jerry Curtis.


Travis Mechling,

Exalted Ruler

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** SHOUT OUT ! **

To an anonymous member.  They provided funds to the lodge through Lodge Secretary Wayne Krauss to use for improvemets to the lodge.  Her donation went towards the materials used to spruce up the back stairway.  Check it out and we know our members agree it is an improvement.  Thank you!

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From the Desk of the Secretary

From the Desk of the Secretary

Here we are, into March and we still have snow. We do need the moisture, but a little less snow would be fine with me. If you haven’t already, you will soon receive your statement for the 2019-2020 Lodge year. If you have had an address or email change, please let me know as I need to keep my records updated. Also, if you would like to receive the newsletter by email, let me know that also. As I have said before, you will receive the newsletter at least a week sooner.

Thank you, Rick Sperry, for almost single handedly managing our Gratitude Grant. Rick will be contacting members for assistance in the near future. You can see from Rick’s letter what the program is all about. This is something different from what we have done in the past and I believe it shows the true Benevolence of the Elks.

Again, from the write up you have read, you can see our Crab Feed was a great success once again. If you missed it, well, maybe you should plan on it for next year. It is traditionally the third Saturday in February.

Until next month, stay warm and stay safe.

Wayne Krauss,

Secretary, PER

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Bar and Dining Manager Needed

Bar and Dining Manager Needed

  Our lodge is in need of a new Bar and Dining Manager starting this April.  The two major skills needed to be successful are; being able to cook for small groups and individuals and excellent customer service.  We will train this person on the responsibilities of ordering, and cash register usage.  If you are interested or know of someone who could manage this job please have the resume sent to the Moscow Elks office at P.O. Box 9026 or call 208-882-2577 for further information.

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Golf Committee Chairperson

Golf Committee Chairperson

Ken Jordan is stepping down as Golf Committee Chair this year and we are in need of a person who can take over his duties.  The golf calendar is already set for this year, so the duties include chairing our monthly meetings, making sure the calendared events are completed, and working on future golfing projects.  If you have an interest in taking on this responsibility for the lodge, please call the office at 208-882-2577 or send an email to (Ken is willing to help this person transition into the position)

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From the Inner Guard

The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.” – Gordon B Hinckley

I have had the pleasure of being able to serve others most of my adult life. Every step of the way, I have received more than I give. When Wayne mentioned George’s idea for helping those in our community who need food or even just someone to talk and check in with them, I was a little bit hesitant. Don’t get me wrong, I want to help. But time. I just didn’t think that I had time. Have you ever said that? If I only had the time. If I only had more time, but what a great idea for the Gratitude Grant!

Well, I decided to push that thought to the side and say yes, I will help, what do I need to do? What door do I need to walk through to do this? Wayne helped me to get the information to fill out the grant paper work. We filled it out and made a plan. The plan was to help those in our community in need and spend some time with them. Bring them some food that would help them out while we stay and have a hot meal and play a board game. Talk with them and get to know them. Just be with them.

I have to tell you, I was a little bit unsure of what to expect. I can say that the fear I had a month ago is gone. I have had the pleasure of sitting with individuals at Aspen care, Good Sam (both locations) and just out in our community. To see someone’s face light up when you stop in to share hot chicken and sides with them and just talk, it is quite a feeling. Sometimes, they don’t recognize you due to the medical diagnosis they have, but you know it is doing good. To date we as Elks have helped over 55 people to have a good meal and have a little extra to put in their cupboard. Sometimes I take their request for an item and get it for them. One man wanted fresh coffee beans so he could grind up his own coffee in the morning. Reminded him of his father. Another wanted a home cooked meal. So, I bought hamburger and potatoes and made a meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

I have found that I lose track of the time I spend with each person. I get caught up listening to the days gone by. How each of them grew up, the struggles they faced, the triumphs they had. I find that my earlier complaint about time was selfish and petty. I am better for this project. I feel that I am grounded more in my own life for taking the time to help others. Not in a selfish way, but in a true, spiritual way. We are all human. We need, we long for that sense of being. To be loved.

I know that this project isn’t for everyone, but if you have the time, even just thirty minutes, and want to make a difference, I implore you to think about this opportunity. You don’t even have to buy the food. I can do that for you. I can set up a time for you to go with me if that would help. I can say with absolute certainty, you will not regret it!

If you would like more information on how to help, or to find out how you can donate to this cause we as an Elks lodge have taken on, you can always contact the office and they will pass your message on to me. Again, I can tell you with absolute certainty, you will be blessed by this. Maybe even more than you realize. All you need to do is open the door to this opportunity and walk through. Happy walking.

Rick Sperry – Inner Guard

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Members from BPOE #249’s 125 Years of History — Burton L. French

Burton L. French

  • Attended Moscow Public Schools
  • Graduated from the University of Idaho –1901
  • Law Degree from the University of Chicago — 1903
  • Idaho State Legislature — 1898-1902
  • United States House of Representatives — 1903-1909, 1911-1915 & 1917-1933 — longest service of any Idaho Representative
  • Chairman, US House of Representatives Committee on Memorials — 1929-1933
  • US delegate to Interparliamentary Union — 1930-1931
  • Professor of government at Miami University (Ohio) — 1935-1947
  • Member of the Federal Loyalty Review Board — 1947-1953
  • click here for additional information from the United States Congress


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Annual Crab Feed

As you can see from the pictures, we had a packed house for our annual Crab Feed. This is always a great function, thanks to the efforts of a dedicated committee. Thanks go out to Travis and Jennifer Lambert, Rick and Dana Hull, Brent and Julie Smith, Tyson and Wendy Berrett, Byron and Shelly Cannon and Jason and Heidi Heath for putting this thing together. Thanks also to Bill Lambert and Matt Jensen for running the gaming room after dinner. Pat Dollar was also very much involved in the planning but he and Terri missed the dinner as Pat had knee surgery the day before. A special thank you to all the business’s and individuals that donated to the silent auction and prize drawings.

We were honored to have State President Steve Johnson and his wife Pam as well as VP North Dan Tackett and his wife Terri join us for dinner. It is always a pleasure to have State Dignitaries join in lodge festivities.

As you can see, it takes a lot of planning and dedication to put on a dinner and fund raiser of this size, so please pass on your thanks to the organizing committee.

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Members from BPOE #249’s 125 Years of History — Ernest O. Holland

Ernest O. Holland

  • Graduated from Indiana Univrsity — 1895
  • Public school teacher in Rensselaer Indiana, Anderson Indiana & Louisville Kentucky — 1895-1905
  • Professor at Indiana University — 1905-1911
  • PHD from Columbia — 1912
  • Superintendent of Schools in Louisville Kentucky — 1911-1915
  • President of State College of Washington (now Washington State University) — longest serving president in the history of the university — 1915-1945
  • Holland Library on the WSU campus named in his honor
  • E. O. Holland Collection of art on WSU campus donated by him
  • Phillip C Holland lecture series funded through an endowment by him in his father’s name.
  • Lifetime member of BPOE #249 — on Moscow Elks “wall of remembrance”.
  • click here for additional information from the WSU Office of the President
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Lodge canceled (Wednesday February 13th) — to be rescheduled

Lodge canceled

(Wednesday February 13th) — 

to be rescheduled

Due to heavy snow fall some of our officers living in the county are snowed in.  Tonight’s Lodge meeting is canceled and will be rescheduled.

Wayne Krauss, Secretary, PER

Moscow Elks #249


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Members from BPOE #249’s 125 Years of History — “Gub” Mix

Gainford P “Gub” Mix

  • First graduate of the University of Idaho College of Agriculture — 1901
  • Quarterback for University of Idaho football team
  • Helped his father plant and nurture many of the trees still standing in East City Park
  • Founded the Idaho National Harvester Company
  • Pioneered the planting of seed peas in Latah County
  • Idaho State Lieutenant Governor 1931-1933 & 1935-1937
  • Lost United States Senate race in 1932
  • First Master of the Moscow Grange
  • Lifetime member of BPOE #249 — on Moscow Elks “wall of rembrance”
  • click here for additional information from U of I College of Agriculture
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From the 1938 249er — 1938 Crab Feed

Menu from the 1938 crab feed

  • Crab, pickles, rye bread, beer, raw onions & Linberger cheese — 17 dozen crabs served 250 guests.

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Message from the Exalted Ruler


We are now in the middle of winter and time is sure going by fast, but I am sure for some of us we would like winter to end sooner rather than later.  I have a few things to share about things that have taken place since my last message and on upcoming events.

We had our hoop shoot on January 5th, thanks for all those who volunteered.  One individual, Cooper Owen, who shot 25/25 at our event, came in first at districts on January 12th.  He will be advancing to the State competition in Nampa.  I will let everyone know about his progress, good luck Cooper!

Thanks to Rick Sperry for applying for and receiving a $2,000 Gratitude Grant from Grand Lodge.  Monies from this grant will be used to purchase food baskets, which will include one hot meal, and games for food and fellowship with some of the elderly in the Moscow area.  We would like volunteers to participate in this endeavor.  We are going to bring the elderly a food basket with a hot meal and spend some time visiting with them, which may include playing a board game.  Anybody interested in helping out, please call the office at 882-2577 and speak with Wayne or Barb and they can pass along your information to either Rick or myself.

The Annual Crab feed is happening on Saturday February 16.  I would like to see as many there as possible.  This year we will have a special guest, Steve Johnson, the State President and his wife Pam.  Steve has told me that he looks forward to the event and meeting the members of the Moscow Elks Lodge.  There will be other guests there as well from the Nampa and Grangeville lodges.  I hope to see you there.

Travis Mechling,

Exalted Ruler

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Members Embodying the True Nature of Being an Elk!

Members Embodying the

True Nature of Being an Elk!

Saturday, January 26 a small crew of Elk members put on a special dinner for 50 Latah Credit Union guests.  It was a special evening of cocktails, dinner and casino night for their second annual after Christmas party.  To the delight of all attending, the prime rib and salmon dinner was delicious and truly a special event.

I would like to thank Cory Baune and Cheri Curtis for being our master chefs for the event.  Heather Baune and Ben McGuckin were our bartenders and key cleanup crew for the dining room.  Thank you, Matt Jensen, for setting up and putting away the casino tables for the night.   A special thanks goes to Cory for organizing the time line for the dinner and doing “ALL” the washing of the dishes and pots and pans.  Also, a special thanks goes out to Cheri for spending five hours the day before to help me clean the building in preparation of the event.   This small crew went far beyond normal volunteering to make this event happen.   You all are much appreciated!


Jerry Curtis

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from the Inner Guard

Now that the holidays are over, our families have come and gone, I have noticed how quiet things have become. I am not saying my house has become quiet with two kids, it is always loud. No, I am talking about internally. Inside my head, my heart and my soul. It seems that after all of the hub-bub of the holiday season, the winter gets longer, days get quieter and we slip into a funk. At least I do. This past Saturday, I attended a funeral for a friend. He was only 46. He leaves behind a wife and two boys. As I sat there listening to the stories of how amazing this man was, I couldn’t help but cry. I enjoyed the time I had spent with him. Lunches, church events, and family fun days. He loved to fish and do all the same outdoor adventures I did. It was hard when he moved away from Moscow. We drifted apart after the move. Sure, we checked in via phone calls and text messages. But that is really never the same. I found out that my friend was suffering from depression. I wondered, how? This man was smart, funny and has a great family. As I thought about it, I realized you are no less or more of a man or a woman or a human for having depression than you would be for having cancer or cardiovascular disease or a car accident. Depression is a part of our lives. We first need to admit that. There are days that are just hard. And that day leads to another day and then another and another. Soon you don’t even realize you are in fog; and if you do, it is hard to get out. I fight to get out, but I can’t. I need help. Sometimes I can’t find it in me to ask for help. It would be embarrassing. However, I married an amazing woman who knows me all too well. She can see when I am in a funk. She comes along side of me and encourages me. She doesn’t judge me or ridicule me. She supports me. She is like a hand in the fog that is outstretched; helping to lead me through. I can’t help but wonder if this is where my friend was. Could I have done something; Said something?

I say all of this to try and help us realize we don’t know what others are going through. They don’t know what we are going through, but if you realize that you are starting to slip into a funk, depression, whatever you want to call it, don’t be afraid to seek out help. It doesn’t have to be with a professional. It can be a friend you trust. Trust is key. On the flip side, if you know someone who is struggling, call them, check in. Offer to swing by and hang out. Take them out. Depression can be a terrible beast. The person probably won’t “snap” out of it just because you stopped by or said hi. It will be a process, but a process I will tell you is well worth it. We all experience depression. We all need a friend. We as Elks can and should be there for each other.

Rick Sperry, Inner Guard

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