Cocoa with Santa

Cocoa with Santa

December 15th at 11:00 a.m.

 

Bring the kids for crafts, a ‘Twas the Night before Christmas story, hot chocolate and a visit with Santa Claus.   Please RSVP so we can have enough fun for everyone. 208.882.2577 or email  secretary@elks249.com

*Please bring a wrapped gift for Santa to surprise your child with as he is busy making his own gift for them! C

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Tom & Jerry Party

Tom & Jerry Party

December 22nd — 6:00 PM

It’s that time of year again for our annual Tom & Jerry Party.  Ed doesn’t remember how many years this has been an annual event, but it has to be 20-30 years at least!  Well this year Ed and Barbara will be out of town.  Ed did not realize this when he scheduled it for the 22nd, but some things must go on!  This year the party will be hosted by Ed’s son-in-law, PER Andy Kaus and his wife Susan, and have no worries, Andy will be bringing Ed’s special Tom & Jerry batter. So, don’t miss out.  The party starts at 6 PM and goes till whenever.  Everyone is asked to please bring hors d’oeuvres to share.  See you at the party and bring a guest!!

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Community Volunteers Making a Difference


Community Volunteers Making a Difference

Local Elks Lodges from every state, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Panama Canal Zone will be busy helping our communities this holiday season.  Thousands of needy families will receive food baskets and presents.  The Elks National President, Michael T. Luhr’s motto is “Working Together to Make a Difference”.

Elk volunteers will visit thousands of hospitalized Veterans that have protected our freedoms. The Elks vow . . .

“So long as there are Veterans,the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.”

The Elks support both active military forces and retired veterans. Elks furnish food, comfort care items, therapeutic items and gifts, host holiday celebrations and recreational activities at bases and hospitals, and stand ready to fulfill any need when called upon. Last year alone, the total value of Elks’ contributions to our nation’s Veterans was $47 million, and our members served more than 677,000 Veterans.  The Elks have entered into a partnership with VHA to support efforts homeless Veterans in their communities. To this end, the Elks have pledged $4 million dollars to help end Veteran Homelessness.

The Elks will receive thousands of scholarship applications in December from high school seniors across the nation. Annually, the Elks award college scholarships across the nation totaling more than $4 million.

The Elks Community Investment Program will award $12.4 million towards enriching our communities.  The Elks total donations exceeded $675 million last year.

There are more than 1,700 Elks Lodges across the country with a total membership nearing  800,000. Elks’ members must be American citizens who are at least 21 years of age and must believe in God.

 

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President Bush’s Welcoming Message, 1992 Grand Lodge Convention

Upon the passing of President Bush, we recall his message to the 1992 Grand Lodge Convention 

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President Bush’s Welcoming Message, 1992 Grand Lodge Convention

Welcoming Message from President Bush to the Delegates at the 1992 National Convention in Dallas, Texas:

Though Barbara and I can’t be with you in Dallas on this wonderful occasion, it gives me great pleasure to address the Elks for your annual Grand Lodge Convention.

Earlier this year, Ted Hess, your Grand Exalted Ruler, came to the White House and told me about some of the terrific things the Elks are doing: sponsoring Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, providing scholarships, and advancing the cause of volunteerism in more than 2,000 communities in every part of this great nation—promoting pride in America. You give your time and money to make sure that our young people get a chance to develop their skills and talents.

You know, at a time when it seems everyone is talking about America’s problems, the Elks offer solutions. You are investing in this country’s strongest asset—our kids.

You were among the first groups to realize the seriousness of the drug problem in this country. You have donated money—and too many volunteer hours to count—to the Elks Drug Awareness Program, rallying your communities in this effort. You’ve given support to local law enforcement personnel, high school counselors, and teachers. You do more than just talk to kids about the dangers of drugs; you offer them a wide range of athletic programs and alternative activities—better ways to spend their time.

You also remember those children who need extra special care. You help treat the disabled. You provide therapists and nurses; you raise money for hospitals and rehabilitation clinics; you go the extra mile.

For that, I thank you on behalf of all Americans.

I also want to put in a special word of thanks for your volunteer help on behalf of our veterans. In 1919, your group took a pledge—and you put it in writing: “So long as there are veterans in our hospitals, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.”

You’ve kept that promise. Last year, you logged almost a quarter-million hours of volunteer time in VA hospitals. You also took special note of the men and women who were wounded in Desert Storm with a donation to the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund of the military hospitals. You provided comfort for many families and loved ones who had no place else to turn.

I salute you for continuing a proud tradition of service to our nation, for being points of light in your communities every day.

Have a great convention, and keep up the good work.

May God bless you all.

 

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Message from the Exalted Ruler

Message from the Exalted Ruler

Hello All

Now it’s safe to say season’s greetings.  As we move into December and towards the holidays, I hope everyone is able to spend the holidays with their loved ones.  There will not be a whole lot going on with the lodge, except for a couple holiday events.  On December 15th starting at 11:00am the Lodge will be having “Cocoa with Santa”.  I encourage all members with children or grandchildren to attend, thanks to the Rays for putting this on.  Also, on December 22 the Lodge will be having our annual Tom and Jerry Party as well, organized by PER Andy Kaus, (Ed is out of town).  I encourage you all to attend that as well.  The party will start at 6:00 pm. Everyone is encouraged to bring hors d’oeuvres.

Moving into January, a date has been set for theannual hoop shoot at the Hamilton Recreation Center for January 5th, 2019.  Doors will open at 8:00am and the event will start at 9:00 am.  Volunteers will be needed for score counting, refereeing, and rebounds.  For those who are interested please call the lodge between 8:00am and 12:00pm and Wayne or Barb can get you in contact with either Ben McGuckin or myself.

Thanks

Travis Mechling ER

 

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From the Desk of the Secretary


From the Desk of the Secretary

 

As you can see from the articles in this month’s newsletter, we don’t have a lot going on this month, but what is happening will be great fun, for kids and adults alike!  Corey and Geri always do a great job hosting Cocoa with Santa—what a great treat for the kids. We have a couple of private parties scheduled plus our annual Tom & Jerry Party.

We have again been successful in acquiring a couple more grants from the Elks National Foundation. At the meeting on the 12th, we will be presenting a check to the Disability Action Center in the amount of $1500, utilizing the Anniversary Grant. We have also been approved again this year for a $4000 Impact Grant to continue funding our Veteran’s Fly Tying/Fishing program. We will be applying this month for a $2000 Gratitude Grant. As you can see, we continue giving time and money back to our community.

Merry Christmas to all of you. I hope all of you enjoy time with family and friends. Remember, there is a reason Christ is in Christmas. We are celebrating HIS birth!


       Yours is Elkdom,

Wayne Krauss,

Secretary, PER

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Donations Accepted for California Camp Fire Disaster

Donations Accepted for California Camp Fire Disaster

With the recent California Camp Fire, the Order has sent $25,000.00 to aid those in distress. If you would like to provide assistance, please send your donation to the Elks Disaster Relief Program, Incorporated. Upon which and requested, those donations will be sent to the California-Hawaii State Association Disaster Relief Fund who is administering all assistance to those in need.

Thank you, in advance, for your donation thus proving that we all are “Working Together to Make A Difference“.

Donations are tax deductible as allowed under the 501(c)(3) IRS Code.

In the event that donations exceed the funds needed for a disaster relief effort, any excess funds will be held in Elks Disaster Relief Program, Inc. for use in future disasters.

Contributions may be submitted online at https://www.elks.org/elksCare/, or mailed to:

Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks
Attn: Bryan R. Klatt, Grand Secretary
2750 North Lakeview Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614-1889

All checks should be made payable to: Elks Disaster Relief Program, Inc.

Sincerely and fraternally,

Michael T. Luhr,
Grand Exalted Ruler

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BPOE #249 Night at Vandal Basketball vs Montana

Vandal basketball is having a night for Elks Lodge #249.  Tickets are $5 for the Elks on January 19th.  If we have a good turnout they have a team autographed basketball with our name on it.  They will also do a group picture on the court after the game that we can include in our 249er.

Just click on the image above and use the code elks.

Let’s get on this!!  Go Vandals!

 

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Elks Memorial Service

  

Elks Memorial Service

We will be having our annual Memorial Service on Sunday, Dec. 2nd at 2 PM.  We encourage family and friends of our departed members to come out and help us memorialize these fine Elks who passed during the last year.  Coffee and refreshments will be served.

Charles Taggart

Roger Swan

Dennis Ricketts

Jim Anderson

Kenny Hites

Wayne DeWitt

Al Mundy

  

 

— “The faults of our brothers, we write upon the sands,

their virtues on tablets of love and memory.”

 

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Elks Veterans Remembrance Month

November Is

Elks Veterans Remembrance Month

An estimated twenty-two million veterans live in our communities. The Elks National President, Michael T. Luhr, has proclaimed November to be Veterans Remembrance Month as a way to encourage us to reach out to local Veterans and offer your support.

This November and every month of the year, Elk will serve thousands of Veterans across the country. Elks volunteer at more than 330 VA Medical Centers, State Veterans Homes, clinics, transitional shelters and Veterans facilities where they plan activities, buy needed supplies, host meals and offer friendship. Elks help Veterans rehabilitate and thrive by supporting adaptive sports events, and providing therapy kits and wheelchair gloves to recovering Veterans.

More recently, Elks have pledged to help end Veteran homelessness by pledging $4 million dollars to assist Veterans experiencing homelessness. We’ve since helped thousands of Veterans exit or prevent homelessness. Our Elks Lodges are focal points for supporting local military members and Veterans and meeting their needs. Last year alone, the total value of Elks’ contributions to our nation’s Veterans was nearly $47 million, and our members served more than 677,000 Veterans.

This Veterans Remembrance Month, we urge you to join the Elks in recognition of and  service to the Veterans in your community. Let us also remember the words of Elk member and President John F. Kennedy who said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”

There are nearly 1,900 Elks Lodges across the country with a total membership of around 800,000. Elks members must be American citizens who are at least 21 years of age and must believe in God. To learn more and to join us in service, visit www.elks.org

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From the Exalted Ruler

Hello All

The gratitude grant project on October 6th was a great success, we were able to demolish and reconstruct the outdoor stage at Robinson Park in less than one day.  Due to the rain we were not able to stain, however, Corey Ray tells me that Scout Pack 325 will be staining the stage soon. Thanks to everyone that participated, particularly Wayne Krauss, Corey Ray, Tanya Mechling, and Sean Dorigo who kept us in line and insured professional workmanship.  Also thanks to Scout Pack 325 for all their help.

This year’s Oktoberfest was great fun.  The turnout was a bit smaller than last year due to all the competing events, however, the food and company were great.  I really hope this tradition continues and more attend next year.  Thanks Corey Ray and George Paris for making this happen.  Also, thanks to Jerry Curtis for the great food.

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the wine tasting, but I am sure a good time was had by all at that event as well.  Moving into the winter more events are scheduled such as the Tom and Jerry party to be held on December 22nd, so stay tuned.

Also, as a reminder the Lodge will be having a memorial ceremony the first Sunday in December.  This ceremony is to honor and remember all the members who have passed away this last year.  If you are able to attend I would encourage you to do so.  More details will be provided in the 249er.

Thanks

Travis Mechling,
Exalted Ruler

 

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From the Desk of the Secretary


 

October was a great month!  Not only did we have a lot of activity in the Lodge, but the weather was beautiful which led to the completion of  community activities such as the completion of the stage at Robinson Park, utilizing funding from our Gratitude Grant.   

The weather was so good we had a number of folks still playing golf even though leagues were long over.  ENF accepted our application for an Anniversary Grant, so we will be awarding a check for $1500 to the Disability Action Center so they can purchase more ADA approved wheelchair ramps.  These ramps are aluminum, modular structures that are installed at the homes of disabled folks, enabling them easier and safer ingress/ egress.

We have applied for a continuation of our Impact Grant, this year in the amount of $5000. This grant will go toward our continuing fly fishing/tying program for our veterans with PTSD.  Our Promise Grant again was used in partnership with the Latah County Youth Advocacy Council to help fund their drug/alcohol awareness programs which included participation at the Latah County Fair as well as helping fund Red Ribbon Week.

As you can see, your Lodge is very active in the community.  We can always use more help with these programs.  Coming up is the Hoop Shoot which always needs volunteers—more info on that at a later date.  Our motto, “Elks Care, Elks Share” really means something!  Remember this, no matter what you are doing, if you are not helping others, you are wasting your time!  Have a great Thanksgiving!

 

 

Wayne Krauss,

Secretary, PER

  

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Robinson Park Service Project

It started with an idea that I had to bring what I do with my Cub Scout family and my responsibilities as the Youth Activity chair for the Lodge.  I am grateful that the Lodge members liked, supported, and eventually carried out collaboration between our two organizations.

Our Project took place on October 6.  Members of our Lodge got together with Cub Scouts from Pack 325 to take on the challenge of replacing the existing outdoor stage at Robinson Park.  This stage was original built by a local Boy Scout for his Eagle project.  Over time, the weather had taken its toll on the stage to where it was becoming a safety hazard due to the wood rotting inside.  Our Lodge applied for and was awarded a $2,000 grant from Grand Lodge to fund the project.  Using Travis Mechling’s engineering skills, the Lodge was able to assess what supplies were going to be needed and work with Moscow Building Supplies  to get the materials to do the job.

It was important that we partner with one of our local Cub Scout Packs (325) to carry out the demolition and building of the stage.  Elks are great supporters of Youth Activities and by working with young Cub Scouts, we achieved several different outcomes.  First, we assisted the Scouts with learning how to use tools in completing the project.  They gained a sense of the importance of serving one’s community.  Each Scout each year has do at least one service project to achieve their next rank.  Finally, each Scout earned a sense of accomplishment and their families learn a little bit about our local Lodge in the process.

Although all our volunteers had a great time with the Scouts, Tanya Mechling (Lodge Treasurer) stole the show with a McDonalds lunch break! (Kids and adults alike) In the end, it took less than 6 hours, from start to finish, to replace the stage. Thank you to Wayne Krauss, Travis and Tanya Mechling, and Larry Verdal for their hard work. Thank you to Sean Dorigo who used his professional expertise and the Gropp Family for donating one of the trailers so we could move materials and debris.

Corey Ray

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Raffle Winner


Raffle Winner

This year’s $1,000.00 Tri-State gift certificate raffle winner is Dana Gotshall. Dana
purchased his ticket from Kevin Peterson. Thank you to all the volunteers who help
sell tickets to raise money for our various activities.

 

Thank you,
Corey Ray, PER

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Elks BULLetin — Volume 7, 2018

Volume 7, 2018

Elks BULLetin

Our Indian summer appears to have ended as the weather has gotten colder and the golf course is full of leaves.  We closed the bar and dining area last Sunday, October 28th for the season.  Trent will put out the honor box for golfers if we have any warm days in the next couple of weeks.  I would like to thank everyone who supported our Elks Lodge this year and we are looking forward to another fun year in 2019.

The Past Exalted Rulers organized a nice Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 13th.  The turnout was a bit small with 22 members enjoying the evening.  The menu was a traditional German theme with Heidi’s German potato salad being the hit of the evening.  The German beer was excellent and everyone enjoyed themselves.

The annual Wine Tasting Evening last Saturday, October 27th   was the best ever.  We had 29 very committed wine drinkers with even Jack Jones enjoying the wine.   Everyone endured the guessing game for the three mystery wines.  Merry Cellars Winery of Pullman donated three of their top wines to taste.  These special wines were a very nice treat for the evening.  We also had 9 great wines donated by members for our live auction.  I would like to give a special “THANK YOU” to everyone who donated the special wines.  Cheri Curtis did a fabulous job on the food table, her teriyaki salmon bundles were yummy.  We cleared over $750.00 this year, which will be used to purchase security cameras and a time clock for the lodge.  Thank you, everyone who attended – you are on the list for next year!

Enough Elk droppings for today,

THE BULL

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Elks National Foundation — donations

Elks National Foundation — donations

Good morning,

It is time to make your donation to the Elks National Foundation. The picture below was taken on October 6th after reconstruction of the stage at Robinson Park. This was done in partnership with Scout Pack 325. Our $2000 Gratitude Grant for this year was used to pay for the materials. We had five Elks and five scout leaders and half a dozen young scouts helping with this project.

Thant being said, we now have to qualify for the 2018-2019 Gratitude Grant. To do that, we need your donations sent in as soon as possible. Please make your checks out to the Elks National Foundation and mail them to our P.O. Box 9026, Moscow. Remember, your donation is tax deductible.

 Thanks, Wayne

In addition to our gratitude grant, our lodge has been awarded an Elks National Foundation Impact Grant to serve returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.  This has allowed the lodge to provide , over the last several years, two sessions a year of fly fishing instruction over a 12 week period at the lodge in addition to a field experience in North Idaho streams.  This program to date has reached around one hundred local combat vets.

In the last five years students representing our lodge have received scholarship grants from the Elks National Foundation totaling $24,000 through the Elks  Most Valuable Student Competition and Legacy Awards to children and grandchildren of our members.

 

 

Our lodge uses an Elks National Foundation Promise Grant to help support the Latah County Youth Advocacy Council and to promote drug  and alcohol education.

In the current lodge year the Elks National Foundation will distribute $33,800,000 to national, state and local lodge programs, scholarships and associated projects.  Included in this total are over $12,000.000 in grants to local lodge programs and $5,000,000 in scholarship grants.

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Elks’ Most Valuable Student Applications Closing 11/15

The 2019 MVS application deadline is November 15, 2018.

Elks Most Valuable Student — 2018 online application

The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2019 competition.

  • Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
  • High school graduates are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
  • Male and female students compete separately at the national level.

The 20 top finalists will participate in an all expenses paid Leadership Weekend in Chicago during which they’ll interview with the national judges. These 20 finalists will be vying for two first-place awards of $50,000; two second-place awards of $40,000; and two third-place awards of $30,000. The remaining 14 finalists will receive awards of $20,000. The 480 runners-up will receive fifth-place scholarships of $4,000.The 2018 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

In recent years Moscow Elks Lodge #249 has had national award winners using their scholarships to attend the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Southern California.

Last Year Lodge #249 had a national award winner who will be using her award to attend Gonzaga University this fall.  

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Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is this Friday night (Oct. 19) with Trivia Night as part of the entertainment!  The bar will open at 5:30 pm with food being served at 6 pm. The menu will be German based with bratwurst, German potato salad, green salad, and rolls. The cost is $12.50 per person and you can make your reservation by calling the Lodge office between 8 and 12 during the weekdays (208-882-2577). Hope to see you all there for a fun evening.

Corey Ray

 

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Great Days on the Golf Course

If you are not out playing golf, you are really missing out.  I took this picture yesterday–beautiful day and the next few days are supposed to be the same. Course and greens are in great shape as Trent and Alvin have  been blowing and mulching the leaves off the fairways and greens—an endless battle this time of year, especially if there is a little wind blowing.

At any rate—-come on out!

Wayne

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Elks Lodge #249 day at U of I football (vs. Montana)

Elks Lodge #249 day at U of I football

(vs. Montana)

Here is your chance for early tickets to the Idaho/Montana football game on 11/10

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