Impact grant organizational meeting

ElksUSALogo100[1]  Hello everyone.  We hope the new  year is treating you well. 

 untitledAs part of our $10,000 community impact grant, we are now about ready to start classes on teaching veterans to tie fishing flies, casting, and how to fly fish.  We are going to have an organizational meeting next Wednesday, January 28 at the lodge starting at  5:30 pm.  This meeting is designed to identify who is interested in particular tasks, who can teach how to tie flies, casting, who can teach how to read water, and other aspects.  So, if you know how to tie fishing flies, how to read water, how to cast, etc. we can use your help.   If you do not know how anything about fly fishing and still want to participate, we also need Elks members for a variety of tasks including making a dinner for these individuals at the end of the year, driving, and other tasks.  Please let us know if you can attend. 


 If you need to contact us before then, contact the lodge office and leave a message and we will get back to you.

 Steve Meier, Jess Caudillo:  Project coordinators.

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from the Exalted Ruler

Members All:

 Happy February!  It is a month of being closer to springtime and the beauty of green fields with the crops peeking through, and the blooming of beautiful flowers and trees.  I love springtime!

 After a quiet month of January, our very own Travis Lambert has started the ‘Dart Nights’ being held on Thursday nights starting at 6:30.  The cost is $5 a player. This is a fun evening for those of you who like throwing those darts for the winning numbers!  And thank you Travis, once again.

crabAlong with that, we will be hosting the annual Elks’ Crab Feed on February 21 starting at 5:00pm, dinner at 6:00pm with casino games following at 7:00pm.  This is a huge night for our lodge and its members.  Pat Dollar, Rick Hull, and Travis Lambert are working very hard to make this a night to come out and enjoy a great crab dinner along with fun games.  Please get your reservations in ASAP as they will need to know how much food to prepare.  If you don’t like crab, prime rib is your other choice, so you can’t go wrong with this dinner!  Our state president, Ed Phillips and his wife Vickie from Rupert, Idaho, will be attending this event as well.  Please come and meet Ed and Vickie and show them a warm Moscow Lodge welcome!

untitled We also have some very hard-working Elk members working on our $10,000 impact grant, which is providing an opportunity for our “wounded warriors” from the U of I and WSU.  Classes will begin on Thursday, February 5, 7:00pm at the Lodge and will run every Thursday night for the month of February.  This will continue through the end of May with lots of interesting classes, hands-on fly tying lessons, a guided fishing trip and ending in a fabulous dinner provided by the Lodge.   If you are interested in being a part of this very worthwhile project, please contact Chairpersons, Steve Meier or Jess Caudillo for information.  We need your help, so please volunteer and help make a difference in these peoples’ lives.  Remember – “we never forget our veterans”.


 Elections will be taking place in February – nominations on the 11th with elections on the 25th.  If you are interested in becoming an officer or want to be on the Board of Trustees (we need at least one new trustee) please let us know.  Get involved and help make a difference.  If you have the desire, we have the opportunity for you.  We are only as good as our membership and it takes a lot of volunteers to keep the Lodge going.

elkslogo[1] In closing, I just want to take a moment to remember the people who were taken from the Moscow community and their families.  It is hard to imagine that such a thing could happen in as small a community as Moscow, but Moscow is strong, and will continue to be strong, and move forward.  Also, remember the police department and our own Tyson Berrett as he and his officers investigate why such an event like this took place. 

 Happy Valentine’s Day and we hope to see you out enjoying the Lodge.  Peace be with you all.

 Fraternally yours,

 Alicia Neely

Exalted Ruler

Moscow Lodge #249


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from the golf committee

cropped-249.banner1.jpgYour Golf Committee is currently developing an activities calendar for 2015.  We will be gathering information and suggestions for the next few weeks and meeting sometime in mid-February to firm up the schedule.  We will post an update for that meeting when it is set, and you are all invited to attend.

We have tentatively eliminated some activities that did not generate significant interest and tweaked a few dates.  We are looking for additional activities that can generate sufficient support to justify adding to the calendar.

MP900398861[1]A tentative draft is posted here ( under the golf course heading (tentative activities draft – 2015).  If you could take a few minutes to check it out and give us your feedback we would greatly appreciate it.  The more input we have the better job we can do of meeting the desires of our membership.


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Who are these Elks? #1

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answers posted on this site 2/1/15 — trivia/trivia answers/who are these elks #1


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from the Exalted Ruler

 Members All:

 Well the hustle and bustle of the holidays is coming to a close as well as another year.  We hope that it has been a good year for you and that you are looking forward to 2015.

 Moscow Lodge #249 has had a great year with lots of changes that were faced in the starting of the new fiscal year.  We have been blessed with 3 new staff members, Matt Carstens, Jon McAleer and Mary Bentley.  It certainly has been a learning experience for all these new employees and we wish them well for the new and upcoming year.  Good job!

 December was a busy month.  Barbara Heimgartner and volunteers did their wonderful Santa surprises by buying toys and clothing for children of families less fortunate.  Thank you Barbara and all the volunteers for your time spent making a child’s life happier at Christmas time…that’s what it is all about folks…our children and their needs.

 Travis Lambert chaired the annual “Hoop Shoot” on December 13 for our local kids at the Hamilton Recreation Center.  We had some mighty fine ‘shooters’ and the winners will be participating at Lincoln Middle School, Clarkston on January 31st with registration starting at 8:30 a.m.  Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help Travis put on this event.  Like I’ve said before, it takes an army to put on events and we certainly had lots of help from our Elks’ members.  Thank you Travis for taking this on – you did great!

  The Christmas Dinner held at St. Mary’s Church was well received and attended.  We fed approximately 120 people who were all very complimentary of the dinner and enjoyed time spent visiting with friends and family.  Thank you to all the Elks volunteers who helped put this dinner together and the volunteers from the church and community who also came and helped.  With delightful music, decorations and delicious food it was an evening to remember.  A special thank you goes out to Samie Valin who spent countless hours making decorations for all the tables and putting up a Christmas tree.  We also got a donation from “Shari’s Restaurant” for color crayons for the kid’s gift bags.  We had gift bags left over so we were able to donate the rest of the bags to the “Lewiston Children’s Home.”  They were so excited to receive these for the children.  We did have some food left over from the dinner which was taken to the Moscow Food Bank and also to Sojourners Alliance.  It makes one feel good to be able to help out in some small way and put a smile on people’s faces.  This is what Elks’ are all about people – helping one another and never forgetting those in need.

 The next day was a full packed day with the children’s Christmas Party held at the Lodge.  We had some very excited young Santa believer’s and couldn’t wait to see and hear Santa and the bells ringing.  Thank you Santa, Curtis Neely, for making these very young children have a fun-filled day with Santa presents, pictures, cookies and juice, and some very special gift bags to each and every one.

 Following the children’s party, our very own Ed Townsend put his efforts toward the holiday Tom and Jerry party.  We had a great turn-out and it was enjoyed by everyone who came to enjoy snacks, drinks and just visit with friends.  Thank you Ed, once again, for putting on the party.

 As the New Year rolls in, we will be hoping to keep the Lodge alive and well.  January may be a bit quiet, but there will still be Lodge meetings on January 14 and 28.  Please come out and help us plan a New Year and tell us what you would like to see come forth at your Lodge.

untitled.1 untitledWe do have a very exciting experience coming forth starting in February for our $10,000 grant that we received.  Steve Meir, Jess Caudillo, George Paris and Curtis Neely will all be working with our U of I and WSU Wounded Warriors who are attending the Universities to help better themselves.  They will be attending fly tying/fishing classes taught by experts in the field along with fishing trips and a special dinner and certificates at the end of the course.  This is a huge undertaking and we will be asking for volunteers to please come and help.  The Elks never forget our Veterans and here is a huge way that our Lodge can help keep their spirits alive and well.

 We will be having our annual “Crab Feed” in February but the date has not been set yet.  Please be watching for details through the 249er and also the web site.  Thank you to Pat Dollar, Rick Hull and Travis Lambert for stepping up to the plate to bring you another fun-filled evening of eating wonderful crab and playing the Casino games.

 If you know of anyone out there that you think would be a possible member, please bring them out, show them around the Lodge and help answer questions they may have.  It is up to us to grow this membership and without your help it will just not happen.

 Happy New Year to each of you and please come out and make 2015 the best year yet.  Thank you.

 Fraternally yours,

 Alicia Neely

Exalted Ruler, Moscow Lodge #249

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Happy New Year

A new year has turned. Now is the time to look to the future and plan for great things. An organization cannot run without direction. This direction is provided by the Board of Directors. The Board can only recommend ideas, though, as the membership has final say in what happens with the Lodge.

 In April we will begin a new fiscal year for our Lodge. I encourage every member to consider providing input into how things happen. There are Officer positions that open up every year to be filled by members. There is also one position open each year for a new Trustee. These are great ways to participate in your Lodge and have a direct hand in guiding the Lodge in the direction that best serves our interests. There are also plenty of ways to help without the commitment of holding a position. We have a variety of committees and events that could use your help. You may even wish to create your own event.

 I encourage all members to participate in leading our Lodge. It is a great service to our community and a great way to get involved with your Lodge. Please email me or call if you have any questions or you would like someone to attend a Lodge meeting with. I would be happy to talk.

 Thank you all for your input.

 Sean Dorigo

Board of Directors Chairman

Leading Knight

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A reminder that this Saturday, starting at 1 PM is our Kids Christmas Party. Santa, of course, will be here and we ask that parents bring a present for each of their children attending, with their name on it. Refreshments will be served.

Then, starting at 5 PM is our Elks Tom & Jerry Party. This is always a great time and Ed Townsend will again be providing his great Tom & Jerry batter.

It is not required, but if everyone attending could bring a small plate of hors d’ oeuvres, that would be great!

Hope to see many of you there,

Wayne Krauss, PER
Lodge Secretary

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Hello to all my fellow Elk members.

 I am reminding everyone that the deadline for the Legacy Awards is noon Central Time on January 30, 2015. Applicants must be high school seniors who are the children or grandchildren of dues-paying Elks. Legacy Awards are applied for on-line at

Thanks and have a Merry Christmas and a great New Year!

Wayne Krauss,

Secretary, PER Moscow Lodge #249

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Humanitarian Project — Christmas for Kids

New PictureI hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas.  Thanks to the generosity of our members we are making Christmas very enjoyable for 29 kids in our area.  I had wonderful shoppers who stretched our dollars to buy coats, shoes, toys, ect for them.


Barbara Heimgartner

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Christmas Dinner