For members wishing to maintain their GHIN handicap without any interruption this season, our handicap chair, Butch Fealy, will be at the club house from 9:00 AM to noon on Saturday the 18th of March and again from 9:00 AM to noon on the 25th of March. GHIN fees for the season are $38.
As a member of the Washington State Golf Association and the United States Golf Association, the Moscow Elks Golf Course is a part of GHIN (the Golf Handicap and Information Network), allowing our members to join the 2,300,000 golfers who maintain a handicap that is valid at any of the 14,000 golf clubs that are members of the GHIN system.
In addition to the Most Valuable Student and Legacy scholarships, the Elks lodges in the state of Idaho are sponsoring the Teenager of the Year award program. These grants will be awarded to any high school students (not limited to graduating seniors), who have distinguished themselves by —
- working in their community
- volunteering in their community
- helping people in their community
Applicant are required to have a 3.0 grade average but are not judged on grades beyond meeting this standard. If you are aware of an Idaho teen who has gone above and beyond in their work to make their community a better place, please make them aware of this program so we can recognize their efforts.
On line application available at the following link — Idaho State Elks’ Association Teenager of the Year application
Moscow Elks will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15th for those children who are in 5th grade and younger. The event will start at 10:30 am and they will be refreshments/snacks for all.
If you would like to help with this event, please contact Corey at Elks249YouthActivities@gmail.com
As of this morning, I have mailed out all the dues statements for the new Lodge year which starts April 1st. If anyone has not received their statement by Friday the 5th, please let me know. Your dues are due on April 1st.
Thank you, I appreciate all the support so many of our members have shown for this office. 🙂
We are starting the process of hiring a new Bar and Dining Manager for this upcoming year. We are in the need of 3 volunteers to be on the hiring committee. Meetings will begin in March. Please call the office or contact Jerry Curtis if you have an interest in serving on this committee. Also, please call the office if you know of someone who is qualified to manage the bar and dining area and is available the first of April. We really need the help of our members on this hire. The job listing can be found on Craigslist.
It is hard to believe that a year has gone by and I am already writing my last newsletter of my “first” term as exalted ruler (ER). I mention first because I was fortunate enough to be elected as ER again by the membership at the last lodge meeting. I learned a lot this past year and hope to put that knowledge to work to continue the great work that the members, trustees, and officers did this year. We had a very successful year in regards to our charitable programs, lodge activities, and all the member volunteerism. We also were successful financially, which is always a positive. It is our hope that we can continue our good work and grow our lodge to be even more active in the community and within our membership itself.
I need to thank all those who spend the time to run our various golf leagues and tournaments. It is hard work to have to do it week after week, but they manage to keep us all organized. Trent did a wonderful job of jumping in to maintain the course and he will only get better with time – thank you Trent. Chelsey and Jerry helped revitalize our bar and dining this past year – thank you. However, it is all the volunteers who make our lodge great and helped us succeed this past year. Without you, we are not Elks.
As a way to thank all the volunteers, I am having a free Volunteer Dinner on March 11 for all those who participated in one of our events as a way to show my appreciation for all those who stepped up. Hopefully, we have accurate records of all who stepped up. If you volunteered, you should have received an invite and if you haven’t, please contact Wayne and I will get right on it.
Finally, I want to mention that as we come to the New Year we have many committees within our organization that need members to participate in. We need volunteers to read scholarship applications, help with the Hoop Shoot and other youth activities committees. We also have Patriotism and Veteran Committees, just to name a few. We will be sending out a full list and I hope you will take the time to consider joining one to help continue our success. Thank you again for the year and I look forward to continuing to serve you all.
Corey Ray, Exalted Ruler
We served 131 dinners at our annual Crab/Prime rib dinner on the 18th, and it was fantastic! The crab was great as was the Prime rib, the salads and desserts. If you missed this, you really missed out. Hopefully you will make it next year. As always, the Pat Dollar/Rick Hull/Travis Lambert crew did a wonderful job. This is a huge undertaking when you consider the planning and set up time, serving, staffing and then cleanup. Most of our members and guests have no idea how much time goes into putting this dinner on. We are hoping to use the proceeds to cover part of the cost to replace the carpet in the Bar/Dining area. We owe a huge thank you to the following folks that worked so hard to make this the success it was:
- Paul Decker
- Pat Dollar
- Terri Dollar
- Scott Gropp
- Chelsey Hall
- Heidi Heath
- Jason Heath
- Dana Hull
- Rick Hull
- Matt Jensen
- Bill Lambert
- Jennifer Lambert
- Travis Lambert
- Heather McPherson
- Joe O’Callaghan
- rent Smith
- Juli Smith
- Randy Smith
Members of the Elks were joined by the local “Stampers with Attitude” and other guests on Monday, February 6th to prepare Valentines for residents of the Lewiston Veterans Home as part of the National Salute to Veterans.
When we undertook this project, the goal was to provide a Valentine’s Day card for each of the sixty-six residents of the long term care facility.
As it progressed, we decided to include written notes to the vets with each card, hoping to make them more meaningful. Thank you to the Elks members, and stampers who were able to fill out one or more of the inserts, as well as special thanks to Clearwater Fly Casters and our group of fly-casting vets for their participation.
With donations of cards, and the Monday stamping night, we turned out over one hundred and forty cards rather than sixty-six. This will allow the Veterans Home to distribute multiple cards to each vet.
Brad Anderson delivered the cards to the home the week before Saint Valentines’s Day.
Thank you Brad.
We do care! — and we do share!
We think we finally have the painting done in the Members Lounge. All that is left regarding paint is some touch up. Thanks to a donation by the Past Exalted Rulers from a 50/50 drawing held at the State Convention last year, a solar shade has been ordered for the window. We also had quite a few requests for a table to play cards at so we found a table and chairs which we hope will work. Unfortunately we didn’t find them as a set so we are working on refinishing the chairs to match. Barry Kees did an awesome job laying the rest of the carpet. A black border will also be run throughout the room along the bottom of the walls. This will help tie the whole project together nicely.
We hope you all enjoy!
Brad and Shelley Anderson
I am surprised at how many members have asked when their dues for the new Lodge year are due! The answer is April 1st. I will be sending statements out the 1st of March. Grand Lodge increased our dues .50, so the amount this year will be $121.50. That is the amount we paid for a number of years, and then Grand Lodge reduced it .50 a couple of years ago, and now they are raising them again.
When you receive your statements, you will see there are a number of options listed for donations. In years passed the recommended amount was $2.00. That has been increased to $5.00, but again, that is only the recommended amount, please donate at whatever level you are comfortable with.
I have sent out two past due letters to the fifteen members that have not paid their current years dues. If I do not receive their current dues payment by Friday, March 31st, I will have to drop their membership. I posted their names in last month’s newsletter, so if you happen to be visiting with any of them, please ask them to send it their money. We really cannot afford to lose our members and expect to keep up the great charity work we do in our communities.
Thank you to all of you that so promptly pay your dues, it really helps us keep the bills paid! OK, hang in there, spring is just around the corner!
Wayne Krauss, Secretary
Of the nearly 2000 Elks lodges, what do only the following lodges have in common?
- #174 Tacoma WA
- #206 Henderson KY
- #214 Great Falls MT
- #249 Moscow ID
- #318 Yakima WA
- #358 Heppner OR
- #372 Torrington CT
- #378 Haggerstown MD
- #481 Bellsville IL
- #499 Flagstaff AZ
- #597 Reno NV
- #678 Westerly RI
- #824 Santa Cruz CA
- #1091 Rochester MN
- #1112 San Mateo CA
- #1558 Carlsbad NM
- #1643 Indio CA
- #1774 Melbourne FL
- #2041 Pearl River NY
- #2118 Auburn MA
- #2157 Rotterdam NY
- #2250 Cozad NE
- #2483 Grapevine TX
- #2731 Zephyrhills FL
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- Exalted Ruler — Corey Ray*
- Leading Knight — Travis Mechling*
- Loyal Knight — Joel Jaurenguito*
- Lecturing Knight — Janey Wineinger*
- Secretary — Wayne Krauss
- Treasurer — Shelley Anderson
- Trustee (1 year) — Travis Lambert*
- Trustee (2 year) — Tyson Barrett*
- Trustee (3 year) — Jerry Curtis*
- Trustee (4 year) — Kevin Peterson*
- Trustee (5 year) — Joe O’Callahan*
*Board of Directors Member
We are starting the process of hiring a new Bar and Dining Manager for this upcoming year. We are in the need of 3 volunteers to be on the hiring committee. Meetings will start on the week of February 6th. Please call the office if you have an interest in serving on this committee.
Also, please call the office if you know of someone who is qualified to manage the bar and dining area and is available the first of April. We really need the help of our members on this hire
Our Elks organization turns 149 years young on February 16th!
It is hard to believe that I only have two months left on my term as Exalted Ruler, which means it is time to start planning for the new fiscal year as we construct a Lodge budget and recruit new leadership. Our year so far as been very successful, thanks to the efforts of our membership and the leaders I work with. However, if we are going to continue our success, we will need members to fill the open positions that are going to be available April 1. We are looking for a new board member, who serves a 5 year term, and officer positions that serve 1 year commitments. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to consider being involved to continue the good work that we do.
As I mentioned last month, we do a lot of good things for our community and we often do not do a good enough job sharing with our membership what it is we do. Here are some things that are coming up in the next two months:
- Easter egg hunt,
- sponsoring a Cub Scout Den to help them perform some community service by serving some hot soup,
- Crab Feed,
- Super Bowl Party,
- Memorial Service,
- Law Enforcement Recognition, and the
- Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.
I hope you will consider joining us for some of these events, great way to enjoy your membership and our Lodge.
We held our annual Hoop Shoot event on January 9 and got a great turn out of our volunteers – thank you! The following are the names and schools of our local winners:
- Girls: Elle Nilsson – Russell
- Boys: Charles Owen – Genesee
- Girls: Kendra Meyer – Genesee
- Boys: Cooper Owen – Genesee
- Girls: Isabelle Monk – Genesee
- Boys: Ashton Strobel – Tekoa
Our winners will complete in the district Hoop Shoot on January 28 down in Lewiston and we wish them luck!
We once again are moving forward with improvements to the Members Lounge. A big Thank You goes out to Barry Kees for installing the rest of the carpet. It looks great! More painting will be underway soon and I’m hoping to refinish a table to be used as a poker table. I’ve never done that before so I hope it turns out!
We would like to finish with the track lighting and purchase a solar shade for the window. Any other suggestions along with donations are very much appreciated.
Brad and Shelley Anderson
OK folks, we made it into February! I have always looked at February as being Mother Nature’s last chance to really dump Winter on us. I have looked at the 90 day forecast, and if you can believe it, the temperatures are supposed to start gradually warming. I think most of us will be glad for that! We managed to duck any flooding as the three inches of rain that was supposed to hit us turned out to be much less, we thank God for that!
I Have received a few inquiry’s as to when 2017-2018 dues are due. The answer is April 1st. Grand Lodge has increased dues by 50 cents, so the new amount will be $121.50 and I will send out statements the first week of March. You will also note that there are a number of contributions listed that you may donate to if you like. For years the asked for amount has been $2.00, however that has been increased to a recommended amount of $5.00. You, of course, may donate as much or as little as you wish!
March 31st is the date that delinquent members will be dropped from membership. At this time, we have 18 members that have not paid this year’s Lodge dues. The following members will have to be dropped from our membership roles on March 31st, so please talk to the ones listed and let’s bring them back!
- Don Bolingbroke
- Roger Erickson
- Erich Hanisch
- Kirk Harden
- Harold Hartman
- Ryan Holden
- Brad Hordemann
- Rich Leander
- Dave Lehmitz
- Ray Matson
- Mary McDonald
- Tom Redinger
- Susan Smith S
- Dave Sturing
- Dale Taylor
- Lynda Walters
So there you have it. I don’t list these names to tick off or embarrass anyone, we just want these members to stay with us as Elks. I do believe we are the best Fraternal Organization in America.
Our Super Bowl Party will be held on Sunday, February 5th. The party starts at 3:00pm with the game kicking off at 3:30pm. The dining department will be providing FREE food during the game, and the bar will be serving discounted beer and well drinks.
We are auctioning off the “Members Only” lounge to raise money for our Youth Activities account. The lucky winner will get to watch the Super Bowl in the comfort of our lounge with their family and friends. The drawing for the lucky winner will be held at the lodge meeting on January 25th. Ticket prices are: 1 ticket for $1.00, 8 tickets for $5.00, and 18 tickets for $10.00. Call Wayne or Tanya at the office to purchase tickets.
Please call the office if you are coming to the game so they can get a head count – it will help the bar and dining folks know how much food and drink to purchase. Great fun, be there!