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
  • click here for additional information from the WSU Office of the President
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Elks #249 Crab Feed !!


Idaho’s Oldest Lodge

elkslogo[1]The Moscow Elks Lodge will be holding its annual crab feed on Saturday February 16th to raise needed money for lodge operations. The menu will include crab, coleslaw, baked beans, roll, and desert.  For those who can’t eat crab, we will have prime rib as an alternate meat choice.  The cost is $30/ person.  There will also be a casino night following dinner.crab

Social hour will begin at 5:00 PM , dinner at 6:00 PM; casino will start after dinner at around 7:00 PM.

Members need to respond to their mailed invitation and send payment by February 11th, or call the lodge at 208-882-2577, weekdays between 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM to RSVP.

New Picture (70)Mark your calendars and come out for a fun evening to support your lodge.


Pat Dollar, Rick Hull , Travis Lambert, Tyson Berrett

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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
  • 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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Hoop Shoot

A small but enthusiastic group of kids from Moscow and the outlying area joined us at the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center on January 5th for our annual Elks Hoop Shoot. We encountered scheduling problems this year which helped attribute to a smaller than normal turnout, however there was some great talent exhibited and lots of fun time. Thank you to our volunteers and all the parents that showed up in support of this great program.

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Blue Skies Will Soon be Here

We know it is February, but remember, sun, warmth and blue skies will soon be here!!

In the meantime, get out and do something. Bundle up warm and take a hike, go to the gym, ck. out the Ice Rink. Golfers, go out to Trent Goetz’ golf simulator and work on your swing so you are ready for Spring. Bottom line, stay motivated, warm and active! Don’t forget the annual Crab Feed which is Feb. 16th. Sign up early as there is always a big crowd for this event.

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From the Desk of the Secretary

I have always felt that February is Mother Natures last real chance to nail us with winter weather. I know that March can be nasty off and on, but as a rule, February is the last of the real winter months. We have had it pretty good with only two small snow falls and one 5” wet one as well as temperatures really not that bad. I hope this does not mean a significant drop in soil moisture as that would be a major problem for our area.

The Crab Feed is Saturday the 16th and if you have not mailed in your reservations yet, please do so as the popularity of this event means it fills up fast. We hate to turn people away at the door, but that could happen.

I will be mailing out official notifications to delinquent members that they will be dropped from membership on March 31st. These letters are required by Grand Lodge and very much to the point. Those of you that are delinquent, please realize that even though you may have advised me you do not intend to renew, I am still required to notify you—-so don’t shoot the messenger! Better yet, send in your dues and stay with us! Your value as an Elk cannot be over emphasized!


Wayne Krauss,

Secretary, PER

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Members from BPOE #249’s 125 Years of History — “Red” Jacoby

Glenn “Red” Jacoby 

  • Quarterback University of Idaho — 1925-1927
  • Assistant Football Coach U of I — 1928-1931
  • University of Wyoming Athletic Director — 1946-1973
  • Founder of the Western Athletic Conference
  • Member of the United States Olympic Committee Board of Directors
  • Elected to the Asociation of College Athletic Directors Hall of Fame
  • Elected to the Idaho Sports Hall of Fame
  • Elected to the Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame
  • click here for additional information from the Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame
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GHIN (golf handicap) Reactivation

Happy new year Elks golfers,

The billing for GHIN has been changed a to a Dec 31 due date.  We did not get this information until late this month.  If you need to get your handicap activated soon, let us know.

I will be out at the Elks in March to collect dues.  You can also stop in and pay Wayne during his office hours.


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Members from BPOE #249’s 125 Years of History — Abe Goff

Abe McGregor Goff

  • Private in the U. S. Army — WWI
  • Center on University of Idaho football team
  • Graduated from University of Idaho College of Law — 1924
  • Latah County Prosecuting Attorney — 1926-1934
  • Taught in U of I College of Law — 1933-1941
  • President of the Idaho State Bar Association — 1940
  • Idaho State Senate — 1941
  • served in U. S. Army — 1941-1946 during WWII finishing his service on the staff of General MacArthur– discharged as a colonel
  • awarded Legion of Merit — 1946
  • United States Congress — 1947-1949
  • United States Post Office General Counsel — 1954-1958
  • U. S. Interstate Commerce Commissioner — 1958-1967
  • Selected to University of Idaho Athletics Hall of Fame
  • click here for additional information from the U. S. Congress
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Elks’ Legacy Scholarship Applications Close 2/1/19

Elks’ Legacy Scholarship Online  Applications Close February 1st at 9:59 AM Pacific

Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships for children and grandchildren of Elks members. The Elks National Foundation will offer a total of 300 awards in the 2019 contest.

Over the last five years, the state of Idaho has had fifteen $4000 Legacy Award winners.  Five of these went to students, whose parents or grandparents are members of Moscow Lodge #249.

The deadline for applications for the 2019 contest will be February 1, 2019 at 11:59 a.m. Central Time.

For additional information and applications click here

  1. For the 2019 contest, any child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild, or legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2015 is eligible to apply. The Elk must also be a paid-up member through March 31, 2019. Great-grandchildren are not eligible.
  2. The applicant must be a high school senior.
  3. The applicant must apply online only. The 2019 Legacy Awards application deadline is 11:59 a.m. Central Time on Friday, February 1, 2019.
  4. If the applicant’s parent and grandparent are both Elk members, the applicant must apply through the parent’s Elks Lodge.
  5. Applicants must take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) by December 31, 2018.
  6. Students may apply for more than one ENF scholarship; however, they may win only one. In cases where the student qualifies for more than one, we will award the scholarship with the greater value. Students can accept local and state scholarships, which are separate from the awards at the national level.
  7. Legacy Awards may only be applied to accredited US American schools, colleges or universities.
  8. If you are selected as a 2019 Legacy Awards recipient, you will be required to perform service once a year with an Elks Lodge during the four years you are receiving the scholarship. Click here for more information about serving with the Elks.


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Message from the Exalted Ruler

Message from the Exalted Ruler

Merry Christmas everyone.  This message may be finding you a little late but I hope everyone had a good holiday season.

I would like to announce a few things coming up in the near future.  First, a reminder about the Hoop Shoot on January 5th at the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center, (the HIRC), doors open at 8:00 AM and the event will start at 9:00 AM.  I will be calling some of you next week looking for volunteers.  If any of you are interested let me know by calling the lodge.

Also, I wanted to announce that we will be applying for a $2000 Gratitude Grant from Grand Lodge.  PER George Paris proposed a great idea of providing food baskets for the elderly.  Food baskets will be comprised of microwavable meals which we will be delivering to the less fortunate elderly in the Moscow area.   I will be asking for volunteers to help delivery meals soon as well.  If anyone would like to help with this endeavor or knows of any good candidates for a food basket please call the lodge and let us know.

Travis Mechling,

Exalted Ruler

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A Letter from the Inner Guard

A Letter from the Inner Guard

Congratulations! You made it through another year of life! This past year hasn’t been easy, by any means. It was probably full of tears, heartbreak, and maybe even loneliness. It was full of changes, some good, and some bad. But it was also a year full of laughter, memories, new friendships, and love. No matter what life threw at you, you took it and ran with it. You grew from it and you learned from it, and that is something you should be incredibly proud of yourself for. Now it is time to look forward to 2019! I am not big on New Year’s resolutions. I don’t care if I lose 10 pounds. But I do like to remind myself of what I am called to do on this earth. I think that it can even help us as Elks. Here are my reminders for 2019.

  1.  Don’t get down when your life takes a bad turn. Out of adversity comes challenge and often success.
  2. Don’t blame others for your setbacks. When things go well, always give credit to others.
  3. Don’t talk all the time. Listen to your friends. Learn from them.
  4. Don’t brag about yourself. Let others point out your virtues, your strong points.
  5. Give someone else a hand. When a friend is hurting, show that you care.
  6. Remember, no one likes an overbearing big shot.
  7. As you succeed, be kind to people. Thank those who have helped you along the way.
  8. Don’t be afraid to shed a tear when your heart is broken.

I think that if we as men and women, if we as Elks can do these things, our lodge and our lives will be better for it. Here’s to a Great New Year. A great new adventure. A great 2019!

Rick Speery, Inner Guard

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From the Desk of the Secretary

From the Desk of the Secretary

The New Year is upon us, Thanksgiving and Christmas are now past memories. So, what does 2019 look like for us? On a personal basis, the older I get, the more I realize the only thing I can control is how I react to what ever situation I am faced with. It helps if I ask myself “what kind of response do I expect from the comments I make”? My personal goal is to respond to problems in a calm constructive and firm manner, always trying to elicit a positive response. Do I always succeed? Of course not, occasionally my mouth still starts running before my brain gets in gear— but I’m working on it!

OK, enough of the philosophical side of this letter. Elmer Hanson, did Jerry tell you that you would have been $550 richer had you come to Lodge on the 12th? Your name was drawn from the Pot of Gold but you had to be there to win—sorry bud 😉. We had a nice Memorial Service on Dec. 2nd for our members that passed away this year—“Elks are never forgotten, never forsaken”. We also had our annual “Cocoa with Santa” for the kids and the Tom and Jerry Party on the 12th. There were also a couple of private parties, so December was fairly active for the winter time.

We initiated two new members at the meeting of the 12th, welcome Jim and Justin Parkins, sponsored by Gerry Parkins. We have two more members awaiting initiation in January.

We are still working on our Delinquent Member list. We still have 20 members that have not paid their dues. I hope we do not loose them as that will be a big hit to our membership!

Have a great January. Stay tuned for announcements this month and don’t forget the annual Crab Feed is February 16th—more info to follow on that.

Wayne Krauss,

Secretary, PER

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Lodge of Sorrow — Donald E. “Smitty” Smith

Lodge of Sorrow —

Donald E. “Smitty” Smith

One of our longest continuous members passed away on December 22nd.  Smitty, born and raised in Moscow, joined Moscow Elks Lodge #249 in 1948 after returning from WWII.   When he got back, he and his brother Wes took over his father Harry’s gas station across from Gritman Hospital and ran it as the Smith Brothers’ Shell Station

His nation called him back to service for the Korean Conflict and when he finished his commitment as a Lt. Colonel he went back to work at the station.  He later took a position as an accountant for J. R. Simplot which took him for stints to Boise, Pinehurst and Soda Springs, but he returned to Moscow after retirement.  During this time he always maintained his membership in Moscow Elks #249.

When he passed away he had been a member of our lodge for 70 consecutive years.

When you celebrate the New Year, raise a glass of Bushmills to Smitty.

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Your Anniversary Grant at Work:

Your Anniversary Grant at Work

The Disability Action Center recently installed a ramp for a Moscow woman who was injured in a car accident.  She had already been discharged and was in the home, but it takes 3 men to lift her up the steps.  A platform had to be built on the porch, to lift it to doorway level.  Then we installed a 6-foot ramp down to the 45-degree platform, then down a 10-foot and 9-foot ramp to the lawn.  It appears that a car can now be driven to the foot of the ramp for her access.  Handrails were installed on the 6 and 10-foot sections.  Some of the recently purchased components were used to make this ramp happen.

Brent Bradberry (PHfH) was joined by Larry Verdal (MCLC/Elk Member), Wayne Krauss (MCLC/Elks Secretary) and family friend Gary Blevins.  The recent contribution of $1500 from Moscow Elks Lodge 249 to Disability Action Center will help enhance this program.

By my unofficial count, there are 9 or 10 households currently being served through this program.

Until next time…

Larry Verdal, Member, Moscow Elks Lodge #249


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