Our golf course is open — with modification for our members’ safety under Covid-19 protocols

Our golf course is open — 

with modifications for our members’ safety under Covid-19 protocols

This is not a normal spring.

Our golf course is open with proper social distancing — members only — no guests or public play.  Driving range is open also under same restrictions.

The lodge office will be open 8:00 AM till noon each week day and bar/dining will be available noon till 5:00 PM on weekdays and 9:00 AM till 5:00 PM on weekends  dependent on the weather.  Payment by credit card or check for golf, if not a season pass holder, and for food and drink is encouraged.  We are trying to avoid cash transactions as much as possible.

Please call in your food and drink orders from the course (208-882-3015) and we will have them for you at the door.   We are endeavoring  to keep the facilities open for our members, to the extent we can, and still protect their health, and that of our community.  Help us by maintaining social distancing while enjoying a respite from “at-home-lock-down”.

Our holes are set with the liner above the surface of the green to keep balls out of the hole.  This is intentional to eliminate the need to touch the flag-stick when removing the ball from the hole and thereby minimizing the possibility of exposing golfers to the novel coronavirus.

The United States Golf Association has adopted rules for these situations — basically they say “if you think it should have gone in — it did” and “if you think it shouldn’t have gone in — it didn’t”.

In all of these instances, when the ball is not holed per the Rules of Golf (Rule 3.3c), a round played under these conditions will result in an acceptable score for handicap purposes using the most likely score guidelines (see Rule 3.3 of the Rules of Handicapping).  

When using most likely score, the player should consider the number of strokes most likely required to complete the hole, and determine whether the ball would have been holed or not.  Most likely score is at the player’s best judgment and should not be used to gain an unfair advantage.   

This measure is temporary and in effect within the United States until advised otherwise by the USGA.

Play golf, have fun, and be SAFE!

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Golf & Covid-19 — Update

Golf & Covid-19 — Update

Course open to members only (no guests or public play) and with appropriate social distancing protocols.

Good morning!  I hope this email finds all of you in good health, including mentally!  I know that we are going through tough times, but they will get better!

One thing you can do is come out and play golf!  Golf courses are allowed to be open with proper social distancing.  As always, things are weather dependent, but our new Course Superintendent, Corey See, has things ready to go and we are open for play!  Here’s the deal: Barb is back to her normal hours, Monday-Friday from 8-12 and I will be here 10-12.  Bobbi will start coming in and work 12-5, weather dependent.  We are open only to members, no guests and not open to the public at all.

Cart rentals will be limited to one person per cart unless the other person is a family member.  You will be asked to come in the building, sign in and if not a season pass holder, please plan on paying with check or credit card – -we are not encouraging cash.  Same thing with food and drink — call in or come in and place your order, pay for it and it will be delivered to you outside for your enjoyment.  Please remember to keep the recommended six foot social distancing.

Just think, soon it will be warm and what better place to be than on the golf course getting fresh air and exercise as well as social interaction.

We are still working on how or if we will have a men’s opening day breakfast.  With the social distancing requirements, that will be a challenge.  We also take in a lot of money that day for payments on Lodge dues, golf passes, cart storage, league dues and GHIN fees, so that needs to be worked out also.

Any questions, please let me know.

Wayne Krauss
Secretary, PER
Moscow Elks #249

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from the Exalted Ruler

Moscow Elks golf course is open, to play, weather permitting. Corey See, our new greenskeeper, has assessed the course and has it ready for play as our Palouse spring conditions will allow.  We all need to be out in the sunshine and having some emotional relief from this mind-blowing corona virus.

We are concerned about transmission so we are taking steps to minimize contact.  We recognize that the healthiest thing we can do is get all of us on the golf course as soon as possible.

Remember, wash your hands, keep your distances and if you begin to feel ill, stay home. We are all looking forward to a prosperous year with our Elks friends and family and this will all be over.  Looking forward to getting back to normal, lodge meetings and dinners.

Janey Wineinger,

Exalted Ruler

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From the Desk of the Secretary

Wow! So much to write about and so little space to do it! New officers, new Head Grounds Superintendent, Corona virus —good grief, where to start.

OK, by the time you read this, we will have new officers for the Lodge year 2020-2021 and you can see who they are from the list. Our new grounds superintendent has submitted a great bio, so I don’t have to say much other than I am very excited to have him and his great family join our family of Elks.

The Corona Virus is raising a lot of problems, not the least for us is how we will handle our bar/dining and golf course facility. I guarantee we WILL figure it out and the course is open to play as weather permits.  As of right now, the bar/dining is closed but I am still in the office M-F from 10-12. Whether the state feels we are an essential business or not, I feel it is essential to pay the bills and keep up with lodge business.

Please, get your dues, golf pass and cart shed rental in ASAP.

Hang in there, this too shall pass!

Wayne Krauss,

Secretary, PER

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from the Bar/Dining Manager

from the Bar/Dining Manager

What can I say … I am a little baffled by what’s going on (??).  March is the month to spring forward and go out like a lamb I feel like T. Rex Dino has barged in.  Nonetheless let’s all stay POSITIVE and continue on.

I want to THANK “all” that came out for our cleanup day.  A huge SUCCESS is an understatement and big Shout Out to Sean Dorigo for the use of his trailer to haul all the garbage off.

So PROUD of my Elk family❤️

As of now the April Friday Night Dinners have been cancelled but keep in contact with “Moscow Elks 249” on Facebook for updates.

Stay healthy, stay safe and I will see you all soon.

Bobbi Ross

Bar/Dining Manager

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Saturday Golf Course Work Crew Volunteers

Saturday Golf Course

Work Crew Volunteers

I would like to thank all the members who came out and spent a whole day cleaning up the golf course.  It was amazing how much they accomplished in one day.  They burned the weeds and grass in the ditch down holes 6, 7, and 8.  Thanks, Tyson for running the limb picker all day removing branches and leaves from the course.  The group also removed a dead tree, 20 loads of limbs and blew off the greens.   Thank you all for volunteering to clean up the golf course and give our golf course superintendent a head start on the course.   The special members are: Terri Dollar, Rick Hull, Bill Lambert, Tyson Berrett, Dennis Wilson, Travis Lambert, Jason Heath, Tim Chamberland, Brent Smith, and Jeff Carlson.

Everyone – keep a look out for the next work party this spring, probably in early April.

Pat Dollar

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I would like to give a SUPER THANK YOU to the numerous amazing Elk members who volunteered the last 3 months to service all the greenskeeper’s riding and hand held equipment, clean and organize the shop, and update the greenskeeper’s house.  Volunteers worked over 250 hours to accomplish these much-needed projects.

I will try to remember everyone involved in these projects and give them their due credit.  This was a supreme example of how our members were willing to give their time and skills to make our lodge a better place.  I would like to thank the following volunteers.

Pat Dollar and his Spence Hardware super crew for servicing all the green keeper’s riding and hand held equipment.  They cleaned and organized the shop area so it is now a great place to work.  You guys are the best!

Ben McGuckin purchased, removed and installed new kitchen cabinets with a beautiful counter top and back splash.  He installed a new door for the kitchen.  He helped Wayne remove the floor in the office and disposed of all the materials.  He also removed the goat shed in the back yard during a snow storm.

Travis Lambert, our super electrician added new lighting throughout the house.  The key areas were the kitchen, all the bedrooms, and the office area.  He installed a new (much needed) vent in the bathroom by cutting through the concrete ceiling.  He also installed electricity for the new dishwasher.  (Did I mention he added new lighting in the lodge bar? )  

Bart Schumacher, our expert painter, supervised the crew that painted the living room, kitchen and office area of the house.  He also painted all the ceilings and major areas which was a big deal.  We “let” him do the bathroom upstairs by himself.  Bart was instrumental in getting Jake of Sherwin Williams  to donate 5 gallons of paint for the project.

Larry Cyganovich and Wayne Krauss sanded and refinished the living room wood floor (a 3 day project) that looks fantastic.  We think it was the original wood floor from 100 years ago.  They also built a new food pantry in the kitchen that was much needed.  Wayne also worked very hard on the office floor to prep it for the new flooring provided by Barry Keys and Superior Floors.  The floor is the same material we put in the lodge bar area.

Kevin Peterson and Howard Hughes provided the house with a new oven and a dishwasher.  He also helped paint the house and did numerous other projects.  Anne Peterson came in one day and cleaned up the yard and cleaned the windows with Kevin.

Cheri Curtis was my painting buddy every day and did a great job of helping clean the house.  She also donated her washer and dryer for the house.

Gail Krauss was one of the main crew members who painted daily and kept everything clean as we messed up the house while working.  She also was our food provider with cookies, water and sandwiches.  Bobbi Ross came in a couple of times to help clean and paint trim in the living room.

I would be remiss if I did not mention that besides the labor provided by a number of our members, they “adjusted” their material and labor bills to the lodge.  These major discounts were the main reason we could afford to complete these projects.  I would like to thank you for giving so much of yourselves to our lodge.

So, once again, thank you all so much for everything you have done for our lodge.  I am very proud of all of us!

Jerry Curtis

Chairman for the Board of Trustees

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Golf Course operation during Idaho’s Covid-19 “State stay-at-home” period

Golf Course operation during Idaho’s Covid-19 “State stay-at-home” period

Good afternoon everyone,

Some of you are wondering when or if our golf course will be open.

The Attorney General has stated golf courses in Idaho may be open as long as proper social distancing is applied.  We are now weather dependent.  Our new course superintendent has been working hard this week.  Greens have been watered and mowed, pins installed and tee box markers placed.

We still need to figure out details on how to have golfers sign in and pay if they do not have a season pass.  Food will also be available on a take out basis, details to be worked out.

  • More details will follow as we get this figured out.  A lot of information will be in the April 249er.
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Answering the big questions — Corey See, Head Greenskeeper Moscow Elks Golf Course

Answering the big questions —

Corey See, Golf Course Superintendent

Moscow Elks Golf Course 

I’ve been asked to answer the big questions: who we are? Where are we from?  And can I actually maintain a golf course or am I just some flunky from off the street?  And of course, the BIG QUESTION: when will the golf course be open?!

My wife, Kaylynn, and I married in 2005.  We have five children: Emily 14, Owen 12, Eliza 8, Adam 5, and Huckleberry 1.

I have an associate’s degree in turfgrass management and a bachelor’s degree in sustainability.  I have worked on golf courses in Coeur d’Alene, Vale, Boise, Scottsdale, Park City, and Wyoming.  I have been a superintendent for 5 years and have achieved a class “A” level with the GCSSA.

Along with being a great stay at home mom, Kaylynn is an educational consultant with Usborne Books & More- she gives tips & tools to promote the love of learning in the home, literacy workshops, along with selling at events, schools & libraries; she also helps organizations with simple fundraisers and loves to be involved in the community.

You will see our kids out on the golf course working and playing.  a family, we love playing board & card games, watching college sports and actively serve in our church.

Now to answer the BIG QUESTION: when will the golf course be open?  (As I write this, the course is covered with snow) I would like to open the course as soon as possible.  I understand after a long winter everyone is ready to get back on the course.  I will have the first mowing of the greens done and flags in the cups by Saturday, March 28th.  The rest will come along as time and weather permits.  Please feel free to come and play starting Saturday March 28th.  Please be mindful and cautious of wet areas.  And please be patient as we work to make this course the best it can be.

I would also like to thank all of those who helped with the house, the clean up on the golf course, and helping us move in.  You have beat our expectations.  Thank you!

Corey See,

Golf Course Superintendent

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From 100 Years Ago —

From 100 Years Ago —

Moscow Elks #249 has a long history of working, honoring, remembering and aiding returning veterans and in helping our community deal with occurrences such as the current Covid-19 pandemic.

One hundred years ago in the spring of 1920, the then current issue of the “249er” reported that Moscow Elks #249 was moving operations back into the Elks’ Temple after being absent from the facility for major parts of 1918-19.  During those years the temple was made available to the University of Idaho SATC (Student Army Training Corps) for use as a convalescent center for victims of the “Spanish Flu” pandemic and returning service men from “The Great War” (The First
World War).

Thirty-seven members of #249 served in WWI.  Two lost their lives and many others carried the effects of their service, from lost limbs to lungs damaged by mustard gas, with them throughout their lives.

This spring we received approval to continue our nationally recognized program for returning veterans from conflicts in the Middle East, offering instruction in fly fishing, fly tying and outings to practice their skills.  Thanks to George Paris & Cliff Swanson for their continuing dedication to this project.


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Covid-19 impact on Elks #249 & Other Updates

Good morning,

Covid-19 Impact on Elks #249

Here is an update on what is going on. The Corona Virus is affecting our Elks Lodge, right along with everyone else.

At this time, all Lodge  meetings are canceled until further notice as per Grand Lodge direction.  The new officers will be installed on Saturday the 28th, however only the new officers will be present and Brad Anderson, a Past District Deputy to the Grand Exalted Ruler will swear them in.  Committee meetings of 10 or less are still allowed as of this time.

We are not scheduling any social functions for the next 30 days, and then we will see what the directives are.


— Our new golf course superintendent/head greenskeeper will be arriving tomorrow, Saturday the 21st, with his family.  They are excited to be here and we are excited to have them.  All of the mowers and equipment have been serviced and repaired and are ready to go.  Our new head greenskeeper’s name is Cory See and he is anxious to get started.  The golf course is will be ready to play as soon as it is cleaned up and mowing gets completed.  It has dried out and I am sure we will be golfing, maybe even the first week of April.

Office hours will be 8-12 starting April 1st and you can call 882-2577 with any questions.  Bobbi Ross is back as Bar/Dining Manager. and she is also anxious to get open.  We hope the state does not close us down by shutting down all bars and restaurants.  When we are open, we will be keeping occupancy in the dining/bar area to 10 or less.

Golf leagues should be starting the first week of May, but we will have to see what happens with the men’s breakfast which is supposed to be April 26th.

That’s about it. Email me if you have any questions.

We will persevere!

Wayne Krauss
Secretary, PER
Moscow Elks #249


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Installation dinner cancelled

Installation dinner cancelled

As per our State Sponsor’s instruction, we will not be having an installation dinner on the 28th. We will have a special installation for the new officers, but the number of people attending will be VERY limited.

Wayne Krauss
Secretary, PER
Moscow Elks #249

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Golf Couse Greenskeeper’s Residence Being Upgraded

Golf Couse Greenskeeper’s Residence Being Upgraded

An energetic crew of volunteers is helping bring the residence up to date while improving livability and esthetics.  The house is into its 13th decade, but this group of volunteers is making it comfortable and attractive for the 2020s.


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Until Further Notice —  Friday Night Dinners are being CANCELLED 😔

Until Further Notice — 

Friday Night Dinners are being


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Chicken Enchiladas — Hope You Were There

Chicken Enchiladas — Dinner at the Lodge 

Hope you were there

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Dinner at the Lodge — Chicken Enchiladas

 Dinner at the Lodge — 

Chicken Enchiladas

Here is your reminder about dinner this Friday night. Bobbi is fixing
Chicken Enchiladas and promises they will be great—-as is everything
she makes!

Please RSVP  to this email or call the office this week between 9 and
noon—882-2577. As always, social at 5, dinner at 6.


Wayne Krauss
Secretary, PER
Moscow Elks #249

Plan Ahead🚘
Moscow Elks Lodge
Members/Guest Welcome
March 13th 6pm – 8pm / social hour 5pm – 6pm
Enchilada Dinner $12.50/plate


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From the Exalted Ruler

Greetings Fellow Elk Members:

February was a quiet month but we left no rocks unturned.  We had our annual Crab Feed that was a great success with a lot of Elk members that enjoyed socializing and eating an excellent meal.  Everyone seemed to enjoy casino night as well.  Our lodge meeting on February 6th we had the pleasure of having our State President, Dan Tackett, and Secretary Dave George join us.  We had a very nice chicken fried steak dinner presented by Bobbi and then lodge.  President Tackett presented us with a very nice cribbage board that his son made.  It was a very nice gesture for our lodge.

I am sure all the golfers have been wondering about what have we done for a greenskeeper.  Rest assured we have filled the position.  Cory See from Kemmerer Wyoming will be our new greenskeeper starting April 1st.  He brings with him his wife and five children.  Please introduce yourself and welcome him to his new home.

I would like to thank everyone for your support this past year.  We had our trials and errors but the year ended smoothly.  It has been a pleasure to serve you as Exalted Ruler.  I hope to continue serving the Elks Lodge and see more members involved with the lodge.  We are a great organization that serves the communities needs with the youth and our veterans.  I would like to thank the board and chair for all your support, and our secretary, Wayne Krauss for all his help when needed.  I would like to give a special thanks to First Lady Lori Jaureguito for all of her support, understanding, and help volunteering at different functions.  That being said, lets continue to grow and strive as Elk members.

Happy New Year,

Joel T. Jaurequito, D.C.
Exalted Ruler

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From the Desk of the Secretary

I have always considered March as Old Man Winter’s last chance for significant winter weather.  Granted, we frequently get snow in March, and last year we were dumped on by rain in April, but the days are getting longer and warmer, the true winter months are behind us—COME ON SPRING!!

Along with March comes member statements for the new 2020-2021 Lodge year. Dues are due by April 1st, so please fill
out your statement and mail it back ASAP.  Grand Lodge raised our per capita amount by $2.00, so total membership dues are now $124.50.  You may also include donations, golf passes, cart shed rental and range passes.  Please be sure to include your dues with the other amounts.  You would be surprised how many checks I get for golf passes, cart shed rental and various donations, but they forget to include the $124.50!  Please double check and thank you.

We had out Lodge Officer elections at the meeting of 2/26, and here are the results:
Janey Wineinger-ER, Ben McGuckin Leading Knight, Brian Loomis-Loyal Knight,
Rich Gayler-Trustee, Larry Cyganovich Treasurer and I again was elected Secretary.
Kristie Mattoon will again be Chaplain and Shelley Anderson will be Inner Guard.  We still have openings for Lecturing Knight, a Trustee position, Esquire and Tiler.  Don’t
be hesitant—step up and be part of the governing body of this great organization.

George Paris has submitted a request for Life Membership.  If there is anyone more deserving of this, I don’t know who that would be.  He has been an ACTIVE member of this lodge for close to 40 years and meets the 65 years old requirement.  George has held so many positions in this organization, I cannot begin to list them.  Last but not least, he still co-chairs our Veterans Fly Tying/Fishing program which utilizes Impact Grant and State Elks Grant money.  He comes to most Lodge meetings and always steps up where needed!  His request will be voted on at the March 25th Lodge meeting.

Wayne Krauss,
Secretary, PER

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What a beautiful day and week we have had.  So encouraged for Spring and anxious to get out and hit a few balls on our newly designed, upgraded practice range.  Personally, so thankful to Bill Saylor and his donors for this completed project.

The course is greening up and looks really good.  We do have lots of limbs littering, some dead or dying trees and we can address these when we have a cleanup day.  Date and time (depends on a drier course) will be published when the course dries up and we can safely drive on it.  Members are encouraged to help out.

Our new greens Superintendent, Cory See, and his family will be arriving and starting on April 1st.  We plan on having a roaring welcome for him and his family, and making them feel welcome to our lodge/course and area as they are coming from Wyoming.  Details for a “welcome reception” will be published when available.  Our Board of Directors, headed by Jerry Curtis, did an excellent job scouting for us and we look forward to a great relationship with Cory and his family.

Awesome crab feed, if you missed it I am sorry.  Once again, Pat Dollar, Rick Hull, Travis Lambert, Tyson Barrett and Brent Smith did a wonderful job with this annual fund raiser for us.  It was a lot of fun.  Lodge members we don’t regularly see came and stayed and a good time was had by all.  We are always looking for events to get out our, not-so-regular attending members, to join us.

Remember, our first Friday night dinner will be March 6th, serving salmon or prime rib, for $12 per plate. Kristie Mattoon’s Kristie Project band will play for us and please RSVP by calling (208) 882-2577.  We are so lucky to have members cooking and entertaining for us.

Shelley Anderson has been at it again, making our Lodge a wonderful place.  She recently finished painting our Elks logo and “Elks share, Elks care” on the wall, in the hallway, upstairs.  She did it freehand and it is very nice…come out and take a look and attend a lodge meeting.

Looking forward to a wonderful term ahead and some new projects.  Thanks to the current officers for their dedication and to ER Joel Jaureguito for maintaining such a steady “ship” this year.

Janey Wineinger,
ER elect.

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2020 Fly Fishing Project

2020 Fly Fishing Project

Moscow Lodge has just been notified that we will be able to continue the veteran fly-fishing project for our fifth year.  The project has served over 100 student veterans.  The project enables student veterans with PTSD from both The University of Idaho and Washington State University to learn the techniques of both casting and fly tying.

This project gives them a lifelong hobby to enjoy and relax with.  The casting and tying sessions occur at the lodge from late August to until mid-November and are graciously instructed by volunteers from the Clearwater Fly Casters Club.

A big thank you goes out to them for without their help we would not be able to run the program.  This year the project is funded by both the Elks National Foundation and The Idaho State Elks Veterans Committee.  So, a big thanks goes to both, because without their support the project would not be able to be run.  Last point we would like to make is the fact that your yearly dues to both the national and state organizations do come back to service our lodge.

Fraternally yours,
George Paris
Cliff Swanson

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