From the Exalted Ruler

Congratulations to our newly elected officers for 2021-2022!!!   Elections were held at last Wednesday’s (February 24th) Lodge meeting.  Ben McGuckin is our new Exalted Ruler.  Brian Loomis is our Loyal Knight, Tracy Dorigo our Leading Knight and, moving over from a Trustee position, Rich Gayler is Lecturing Knight.  Nate Sletteland and Jerry Robinson are on board for Trustees.  I wish them great success.

In an earlier newsletter I stated all the gains we achieved despite a very limiting, cloistered year.  Our golf course was in wonderful course condition with fun and challenging tournaments all year long.  We had massive success in bar and dining.  Many grants we applied for and received were directed toward helping veterans and those less fortunate, as it should be.    We are excited by an increase in membership and above all our finances are in the black, proof that we have had a team that worked together for the good of the Lodge.

In short order, the snow will melt, the course will green up and we can get on with our lives in a more normal environment.  It has been a rough year for me, personally, as I feel I had a limited term.  Looking forward, I plan on keeping involved as a Past Exalted Ruler as this as lodge is part of my extended family.

Installation for the new officers will be held on March 24th.  Past Exalted Rulers will be conducting.  We would love to see many members present.

Janey Wineinger
Exalted Ruler

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From the Desk of the Secretary

This is it, the last month of the Lodge year and what a challenge  it has been.  We all know the challenges the Covid
Virus has put on us.  We were blessed that we were able to
operate the Golf Course and Bar/Dining in a modified form
which allowed many of us to get outside, get fresh air, exercise and socialization — all of this critical to our well-being!   We were unable to hold Lodge meetings for three out of the twelve months — but we still got things done!  What you ask?  Ok, here you go.  For starters we brought in over 40 new members, transfers and reinstatements.  That is a record!  I would be hard pressed to find any records showing a higher number.  On top of that, we will only drop around 10 members for nonpayment of dues — that’s the best I can remember.

We applied for and were granted four Elks National Foundation grants this year.  We just completed the Spotlight Grant of $2000.  That went to backpacks and supplies for the homeless.  Over 100 backpacks loaded with necessary items were distributed in our community.  We again had the $2000 Gratitude Grant that went to Family Promise of the
Palouse.  Because of the Covid Virus, Family Promise had severe money problems and our grant helped them provide temporary shelter for homeless families.

Rich Gayler applied for and completed the Beacon Grant.  This was a $3500 Grant that was split between Sojourners Alliance and CHAS.  This money was a tremendous help financially for them, again because of the Covid Virus. the Elks National Foundation loosened the requirements for utilizing these grants.  Generally, ENF wants to see a large participation from members, but this year was an exception.  Unfortunately, our Impact Grant, which funds the fly tying/fishing program has been put on hold, but we still
have Grant money available for that program once we are able to move forward with it.

So, all in all it was still a successful year, even with all the challenges.  The Installation and awards dinner is scheduled for Saturday, March 27th. There will be a social at 5:00 and dinner at 6.:00.  This MUST be an RSVP, so email or call in.  That being said, election of officers was held at the Feb. 24th Lodge meeting, so, your officers for the new Lodge Year will be:

  • Ben McGuckin — Exalted Ruler
  • Brian Loomis — Leading Knight
  • Tracy Dorigo — Loyal Knight
  • Rich Gayler — Lecturing Knight
  • Jerry Robinson — 4-year Trustee
  • Nate Sletteland — 5-year Trustee
  • Jerry Coker — 3-year Trustee
  • Casey Leachman — 2-year Trustee
  • Joe O’Callahan — 1-year Trustee
  • Larry Cyganovich — Treasurer
  • Wayne Krauss — Secretary.

That’s about it for now.

Wayne Krauss,
Secretary, PER

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Easter at the Elks

The annual Easter egg hunt will return after a year off because of covid concerns.  Join us with your kids, grandkids, and guests for a traditional egg hunt at the lodge.  Scheduled for 9:00 AM, Saturday April 3rd, the day before Easter.

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Join Our Herd

 

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Can you name this past Moscow Elks member??

Can you name this past Moscow Elks member??

  • Born & raised in Texas,
  • played baseball & football at Texas A & M University,
  • served in United Sates Army during WWI,
  • returned to Texas A & M, playing baseball & football,
  • attended Bethany College,
  • played and captained in Shrine College Football All-Star Game,
  • coached high school football in California,
  • played semi-pro football for the Olympic Club,
  • offered contract to play for the Chicago Bears,
  • served as an assistant football coach Washington State College (Washington State University),
  • was head baseball coach Washington State College (Washington State University), — total Washington State College / Washington State University record 603-325-5,
  • won Pacific Coast Conference 4 times,
  • served in U. S. Navy — WW II,
  • won 10 conference championships,
  • coached in College World Series 4 times,
  • coached national runner-up in NCAA baseball,
  • was elected a member American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame,
  • chosen  a member WSU Athletic Hall of fame, and
  • had the Washington State University bseball field named in his honor.

answer will be posted next week

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Moscow Elks Lodge Looking Part Time Bar/Dining Employees

Moscow Elks Lodge 249 is seeking applicants for part time servers at our lodge.  Please apply via Facebook (Moscow Elks 249) or by submitting resume to the lodge office.

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From the Pages of the 249er — May, 1949 — New Flags and Holders for Downtown Moscow

From the Pages of the 249er —

May, 1949 — New Flags and Holders for Downtown Moscow

In the attached photograph, Exalted Ruler Loris Winn, of Moscow Lodge #249 (on the left), and Moscow Mayor Robert Bonnett of Moscow looked up at the new American and University of Idaho flags which the Elks had recently donated to the city.

With the new improved lights and poles which had been recently installed, the flags were deemed too dilapidated, and therefore the lodge furnished new flags for all the poles in the business section of town.  Following the donation all flags were of uniform size and color and the same height from the sidewalks.

 

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Statue of Liberty Restoration and the B. P. O. E.

Statue of Liberty Restoration

and the B. P. O. E.

In 1983 the National Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks began a fundraising effor to restore the statue which had become damaged by wind and salt water erosion.  The initial donation from the Elks was given to former United States president, Gerald Ford (also an Elk member) in 1985.  To date Elks U. S. A. has donated $1,400,000 to the project.

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Could you name this past Moscow Elks member??

Were you able to name this past Moscow Elks member from last week’s hints?

Roy Krauss

  • Born in Ennis MT — 1926
  • grew up in Norris MT, Harrison MT & Bozeman MT
  • graduated Gallatin County High School — Bozeman MT — 1944
  • worked for Montan Hardware Company — Great Falls MT — 1944-1945
  • served in United States Army — Pacific Theater reaching rank or staff sergeant — 1944-1945
  • woked for Norris Texaco Station — Norris MT — 1946-1947
  • attended Kinman Business College — Spokane WA — 1947-1949
  • worked for Moore Business Forms — Wenatchee WA — 1949-1951
  • worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber company as store credit manager — Spokane WA — 1951-1954
  • worked for Martin’s Tire Service as sales manager — Moscow ID –1954-1978
  • charter member of the Bowlerama
  • owner/manager of Martin’s Auto Service Center — Moscow ID — 1978-1989
  • Moscow City Council — 1978-1982
  • member of Moscow Property Owners Association and lead downtown revitalization project
  • winner Moscow Elks 4th of July Sole Survivor — 1982
  • 7 years lodge administrator — Moscow Moose Lodge —
  • served as Secretary Moscow Elks #249
  • died in Moscow ID — 2015
  • Lifetime member of BPOE #249  — on lodge wall of remembrance
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Winter at the Elks Golf Course — 1982

Winter at the Elks Golf Course — 1982


This was before the lodge moved from the old downtown location to the golf course.

The small building in the left foreground was the old pumphouse for a well which is no longer in use.  The side of the clubhouse that you see in the photo is the north edge of the current upstairs lodge room and tournament room downstairs which were added on when the lodge moved out to the current site.  Number four green extended to just to right of the trees on the right and the back tee for number one was paved over when the driveway was extended in front of the clubhouse.

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Growing the Herd

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Spotlight Grant Backpacks for the Homeless Delivered to Sojourner’s Alliance

Spotlight Grant

Backpacks for the Homeless Delivered to

Sojourner’s Alliance

As part of our spotlight grant we received from the Elks National Foundation, we were able to donate $2000 worth of essential supplies to Sojourner’s Alliance and other identified community resources dealing with the homeless and those otherwise in need.

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From the Pages of the 249er — April 1949 — Inland Empire Trap Shoot Contest

From the Pages of the 249er —

April 1949 — Inland Empire Trap Shoot Contest

A popular place during the early spring weeks of 1949, despite sometimes cold, windy and wet weather, was the trapshoot range at the Elks Country Club.

A team of shooters representing Moscow Lodge #249, competed with shooters from other spots in Latah County and throughout the Inland Empire in the anual Inland Empire Trapshoot Contest.  Enviable sscores were posted by Moscow shooters when weather was such that targets could be sighted without too much hazard from the winds.

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Donations for the Homeless

Donations for the Homeless

Our Lodge applied for the Spotlight Grant from the Elks National Foundation.  All Elk members contribute to the foundation and in return we can apply for these grants to help in our community.  We received a $2,000 grant for backpacks which we loaded with essentials for homeless veterans and other homeless individuals.  Tracy Dorigo and Shelley Anderson were champions at finding needed items.  Today, Saturday February 20th, we got together and sorted and packed.  We will deliver the packs to local organizations dealing with the issues of homelessness and the local police during the week. 

Thanks to Maryann and Nate Sletteland, Gail Krauss, and Tami Quezada who joined Tracy, Shelley and I in the sorting and packing.  As this is our last grant in my term, I am pleased we could give back to the community in this way.

Exalted Ruler, Janey Wineinger.

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Can you name this past Moscow Elks member??

Can you name this past Moscow Elks member??

  • born in Ennis MT,
  • grew up in Norris MT, Harrison MT & Bozeman MT,
  • graduated Gallatin County High School — Bozeman MT,
  • worked for Montan Hardware Company — Great Falls MT,
  • served in United States Army — Pacific Theater reaching rank or staff sergeant,
  • worked for Norris Texaco Station — Norris MT,
  • attended Kinman Business College — Spokane WA,
  • worked for Moore Business Forms — Wenatchee WA,
  • worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber company as store credit manager — Spokane WA,
  • worked for Martin’s Tire Service as sales manager,
  • was a charter member of the Bowlerama,
  • owned and managed Martin’s Auto Service Center — Moscow ID,
  • elected to Moscow City Council,
  • was a member of Moscow Property Owners Association and lead downtown revitalization project,
  • won Moscow Elks 4th of July Sole Survivor,
  • served for 7 years as lodge administrator — Moscow Moose Lodge,
  • served as Secretary Moscow Elks #249,
  • lifetime member of BPOE #249  — on lodge wall of remembrance.

answer will be posted next week

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Become an Elk — Future Generations Depend on the Work We Do Today

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Could you name this past Moscow Elks member??

Were you able to name this past Moscow Elks member from last week’s hints?

H. Robert (Bob) Mortensen

  • Born in Moscow Idaho — 1922
  • attended schools in Craigmont & Moscow
  • graduated from Moscow High School — 1940
  • attended University of Idaho — 1940-1942
  • United States Army — South Pacific — 1942-1945
  • car salesman — Francisco Motor Company — Moscow Idaho
  • owner & operator — Bob’s Donut Shop — Moscow
  • bowling lanes manager — Moscow Elks Lodge — 1950-1958
  • built, owned & operated Bowlerama lanes — Moscow — 1958-1992
  • secretary Idaho Bowling Proprietors Association — 1959-1982
  • inducted Moscow Bowling Association Hall of Fame — 1964
  • regional vice-president Bowling Proprietors Association of America — 1973-1976
  • inducted Idaho Bowling Council Hall of Fame — 1975
  • died in Moscow Idaho — 2000
  • Lifetime member of BPOE #249  — on lodge wall of remembrance
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From the Pages of the 249er — May 1949 — Essay Winner, Why Democracy Works

From the Pages of the 249er —

May 1949 — Idaho State Essay Winner,

“Why Democracy Works”

Miss Mary Rae Thompson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Thompson, Thatuna Appartments, was judged winner of the state Elks association essay contest on “Why Democracy Works.”  She was a senior at Moscow High School.  Her father was a former Moscow High School football coach and was principal of Whitworth School (the current 1912 Center and a Junior High School in 1949)  at the time.  She received a $100 award for her winning essay, equivalent to about $1100 in 2021.  Chairman of the state essay committee was C. E. Sturdevant with essays judged by Theodore Sherman and Ed Cebull, both of the University of Idaho English faculty, and Harry Harmsworth, sociology faculy member at the university.

Miss Thompson went on to graduate from the University of Idaho with honors including membership in Phi Beta Kappa.  She went on to a long teaching career at Kellogg High School where she taught English, Speech and Journalism and her husband, Ray Faraca, a former Vandal football player and member of the Idaho Athlectic Hall of Fame, tought biology and coached football and track.  Both were active members of Kellogg Elks Lodge #1841 throughout their adult lives.

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Can you name this past Moscow Elks member??

Can you name this past Moscow Elks member??

  • Born in Moscow Idaho,
  • attended schools in Craigmont & Moscow,
  • graduated from Moscow High School,
  • attended University of Idaho,
  • serve in the United States Army — South Pacific,
  • sold cars — Francisco Motor Company — Moscow Idaho,
  • owned & operated  ***’s Donut Shop — Moscow,
  • managed the bowling lanes — Moscow Elks Lodge,
  • built, owned & operated Bowlerama lanes — Moscow,
  • served as secretaryfor the  Idaho Bowling Proprietors Association,
  • inducted Moscow Bowling Association Hall of Fame,
  • elected regional vice-president Bowling Proprietors Association of America,
  • inducted Idaho Bowling Council Hall of Fame,
  • Lifetime member of BPOE #249  — on lodge wall of remembrance

answer will be posted next week

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Lodge Meetings Back on the Calendar — Idaho to Stage 3

Lodge Meetings Back on the Calendar — Idaho to Stage 3

As of today, February 2nd, Governor Little has moved Idaho into stage 3, which means we can now go back to having Lodge meetings with up to 50 people.  Social distanacing must still be maintained.

Therefore we will be having a regular Lodge meeting Wednesday February 10th.  At that time nominations for officers for the upcoming Lodge year will be taken.  Further nominations, if not already made on the 10th, may be put forth at the February 24th meeting and then voting will take place.

All of this is contingent on remaining in stage 3.

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