golf carts back on the course

New Picture (51)It took a while for the rain and snow to quit, and the wind and warmth to firm the course back up, but we now are re-opened to carts as of April 15th, 2015. 

Carts will be allowed for the remainder of the season unless there is a major change in the course conditions due to future rain events this spring. Please be respectful and keep carts out of any areas that are roped off. Also be cautious of where you drive on the course for a few days following a rain event, as wet areas can re-develop quickly. Damage done to the golf course early in the season can have an impact on how your golf course plays and looks when the summer months arrive.

Thank you,

Matt Carstens


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Golf Workday — from the Course Superintendent

  P1010761   Our annual golf course workday was held Saturday, April 11th. Although the weather was not ideal, a large amount of work was completed thanks to the help of P1010760volunteers: Pat Dollar, Rick Hull, Brent Smith, Shawn Jordan, Brad Anderson, Kyle Nelson, Mike Keating, Sean Dorigo, Mark LaBolle and Byron Cannon. Thank you all for giving up part of your weekend to help clean up and improve your golf course, I greatly appreciate it!

P1010763P1010762The golf course itself appears to have survived the mild winter very well. Most everything has greened up and began to actively grow. I look forward to seeing everyone out on the course this year!

 Thank you,

Matt Carstens


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Soccer Shoot


The annual soccer shoot will be held Wednesday May 13th in conjunction with Moscow United Soccer Club

This event draws hundreds of enthusiastic young soccer players from the lodge jurisdiction to an event that tests their skills .

Soccer is one of the fastest growing youth activities in the country. The Elks Soccer Shoot Program is geared to coincide with this sport phenomenon. From toddlers to teens, in our large urban centers to our small suburban settings, soccer is becoming a sport of choice for our youth. This program is the kind of sporting event to help keep our youth focused and away from undesirable activities.

The Elks Soccer Shoot program consists of two different contests that test different level skills at different ages. A “Five Goal Contest” consists of a series of five goals, decreasing in size from 48 inches to 17 inches. The age groups that use these goals are divided into two categories, U-8 contains all ages seven years old and younger, and U-10 group contains ages eight and nine. The contest is open to boys and girls who shoot separately. The U-8 contestants kick from 15 feet from the face of the goal, while the U-10 contestants kick from 18 feet from the goal.

The Grid Goal Contest consists of a full-size goal sectioned off so points can be scored when the ball is kicked into certain sections. The age groups that use this goal are U-12, which contain the ages ten and eleven, and U-14, which contain ages twelve and thirteen. The contest is open to both boys and girls and they shoot separately.

Food and drink will be available to participants in addition to normal clubhouse bar and dining.  The golf course will be closed during the competition with no groups teeing off after 12:30 PM.ElksUSALogo100[1]

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Youth Summer Golf

Scan0023 Is your child interested in learning how to play golf or improve their game?  Golf is a mentally and physically challenging game that people of all ages can play, encouraging people to stay active and healthy all while having fun and enjoying the outdoors.  The Moscow Elks Lodge in conjunction with Moscow Parks & Rec, offer several different Junior Golf options, all with certified PGA instruction headed by Moscow Elks Golf Club Head Pro Jon McAleer.  Lessons will be conducted on Tuesdays from June 9th — July 21st, with no classes held on June 30th. 

  • Mini Junior Golf — A program to introduce the game of golf to 4-8 year olds, using modified equipment and learning strategies to teach the basics.
    • The 4-6 year old group will require parental participation.  Equipment will be available if needed.
      • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    • The 7-8 year old group will not require parental participation unless a child is unable to handle a group setting.  Equipment will be available if needed.
      • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
  • Junior Golf — A program for kids 9-16 to learn all the fundamentals of the game, including putting, chipping, short, middle/long irons, woods, grip, stance, club selection and game strategies.  Equipment will be available if needed.8:00
    • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    • The Elks will also provide the youth in this program an opportunity to play on ElksUSALogo100[1]Tuesdays after lessons.  The youth must receive permission to play based on their knowledge of game etiquette and their ability to play the course in 2 hours.  An additional $5 green fee will be collected each day and the participant must provide his or her own equipment.  rentals are available for an additional fee.  Only youth participating in the Junior Golf Program will be eligible to participate and only immediately following their lesson.
    • This program will conclude on July 21st with a tournament hosted by the Elks.  This will be a day the kids will never forget as the Elks will give out prizes and provide a meal for the kids.  The winners will be recognized in the paper and trophies will be given out.

IMG_0375Register through Moscow Parks & Rec.  Registration is open from April 1st through June 8th.

Moscow residents — $67.  /  Non residents — $68.



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from the Exalted Ruler

A New Budget

The Board of Directors has put a lot of time, discussion and a few tears into the budget for 2015 through 2016. We will be presenting the budget to the Lodge floor on April 8th. It will then be posted for all members to view. The budget will be voted on by our members during the last Lodge meeting in April. There is a Board of Directors’ meeting on April 6th at 6:30 pm if anyone would like to present concerns for the new year.

I feel we have created a reasonable budget that accounts for all anticipated expenses while being conservative with the income that the Lodge will bring in over the next fiscal year. This year we have completed maintenance items that have been previously deferred. This has also been a year where we have changed both managers and office staff marking a new beginning for our Lodge facility management.

As I complete the year as the Chairman of the Board of Directors I thank you all for your support, criticism, ideas and assistance through the past twelve months. The Board has created new systems to better manage our property and Lodge. We have also found processes that were unknown in the past and have clarified these processes with our State Elks Association members as well as conferring with our current District Deputy who is a member of our Lodge.

I am honored to be your new Exalted Ruler for the year. Please let me know if you have any suggestions to help our Lodge. I am excited to move into this new opportunity to improve our Lodge. I would like this Lodge to be a place that we can all be proud of.

I am optimistic for the new year. I feel we can make great strides forward. I hope to see more events, more dinners and more members using our great Lodge. Please join me at the Lodge for food, drinks, fun and conversation. Bring a guest out to play on our golf course. Enjoy the facilities we have to call our own as members of the oldest Elks Lodge in Idaho.

Sean Dorigoelkslogo[1]

Exalted Ruler


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Tee and Flag Sponsorships


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Have your business name and logo posted on one of our beautiful golf holes. 

We are currently offering the opportunity to advertise your business as either a flag sponsor or a tee box sponsor.

Sponsoring a flag buys you 3 flags on which your business name and logo will be displayed for the entire season.  Those flags will rotate on the same hole depending on pin position (red flag / white flag / blue flag).

A tee box sponsorship will place a 8.5” by 11″ metal sign on one of our tee boxes.  With that sign you will be putting your business and logo on display to everyone playing the course.

These sponsorships are available for $250/season.

To put your business name or logo on our flags or tee box signs, or to get information, contact Jon at 208-882-3015, or leave your questions in the comment section here.

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Officers for 2015 lodge year


OFFICERS — 2015 -2016

Exalted Ruler–Sean Dorigo*

Leading Knight–Corey Ray***

Loyal Knight–Vacant

Lecturing Knight–Vacant

Secretary–Wayne Krauss

Treasurer–Shelley Anderson

Esquire–Brad Anderson

Tiler–Jess Caudillo

Chaplain–Arch Harner

Inner Guard–George Paris

Director 1 year–Ken Jordan**  

Director 2 year–Mike Keating*

Director 3 year–Travis Lambert*

Director 4 year–Tyson Berrett*

Director 5 year–Jerry Curtis*

 ***Board of Directors Chair

 **Board of Directors Secretary

  *Board of Directors

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from the secretary

As you are all aware, we have entered the new Lodge Year. Thank you to those that have already paid your dues. As you are aware, dues must be paid to participate in Elks functions including the Golf Leagues. Members do have an option to pay part of their dues now and the balance on October 1st. The amount required for the first six months is $71.00. That covers half your lodge dues and our per-capita dues to Grand Lodge and our State organization. The balance of $50 is then due Oct. 1. As of April 1, our membership stands at 400, having dropped 16 members for non-payment. We have three applications in process, so we are starting the year off moving in the right direction.

Opening day Men’s breakfast is Sunday, May 3rd with Tues. and Thurs. leagues starting that week. Lodge, GHIN, golf passes and league dues can all be paid on the 3rd. GHIN fees are still $35, league sponsorship is $50 and individual league fees are $10.

After being spoiled by really nice, warm weather earlier in April, it is now cool and wet. Let’s hope for some warmer weather with a breeze so we can get the golf course dried out.

Wayne Krauss



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Temporarily too wet for carts

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The recent rains have left the golf course too wet for power carts.

The course is open for walking and power carts will be allowed back on as soon as conditions make it possible.   Call the course for updates before planning to play with power carts until conditions stabilize.

When the rain quits — the weather warms up — and the wind blows — we’ll be back to carts.   Meanwhile — remember it is March in Moscow.

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Invitation to Officer Installation & Dinner



PO Box 9026

Moscow, Id.83843

Idaho’s Oldest Lodge

A Non Profit Organization

 Moscow Elks Officer Installation Ceremony and Dinner

 March 27 will be the date of the Officer Installation dinner and ceremony. I invite all Elks and guests to join me for a social hour starting at 6:00 pm. Dinner will begin at 7:00 and the installation ceremony starts at 8:00.

We will be serving a ham or salmon dinner. Accompanying dinner will be mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables and rolls. Dessert will follow afterwards.  One drink from the bar will be included as well. The cost will be $15 per plate for dinner. Our bar will be open for any drink that you may desire.

Please RSVP to the Lodge office so we can get a head count for the food. Send payment and signup sheet to the Moscow Elks Lodge or call 882-2577 weekdays between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm. Thank you for supporting our officers.


Sean Dorigo

Exalted Ruler elect

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Note from the GHIN coordinator

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Hello all,

 It is that time of year to get your GHIN (Handicap) renewed.  I will be at the pro shop on Saturday March 21 and Saturday March 28th from 9am-noon to collect dues.  This year the cost is $35 per person and any junior golfer (under 18) is $5.

 If you have any questions please contact the lodge office and they will forward them to me.

Butch Feeley

GHIN coordinator

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golf activities 2015

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Golf Activities — 2015

  • Saturday — 4/11 – Golf Course Workday
  • Sunday — 5/3 – Men’s Opening Day Breakfast
  • Tuesdays– 5/5 through 8/25 – Men’s Tuesday Night League
  • Thursdays — 5/7 through 8/27 – Men’s Thursday League
  • Mondays — 5/11 through 8/24 – (not held 5/25) — Ladies’ Monday Night League
  • Fridays – 6/6 through 9/25 – Couples’ golf & steak night
  •  Sunday – 6/7 – Humanitarian Chapman
  • Tuesdays – 6/9 through 7/21 – Jr. Golf program
  • Saturday & Sunday – 6/28 & 6/29 – Moscow Elks Invitational
  • Saturday – 7/4 – community events followed by 66th annual Sole Survivor
  • Sunday – 7/5 – Women’s Sole Survivor followed by Sr. Men’s Sole Survivor
  • Friday – 7/24 – Jr. Sole Survivor
  •  Saturday – 7/25 – Gamble Scramble
  • Saturday – 9/5 – Cart Path Scramble
  • Club Championship — TBD


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Frank James’ Jewels


What do the following golf courses have in common?*

  • Seattle Country Club
  • Port Townsend Golf Club
  • Kitsap Golf & Country Club
  • Peace Portal Golf Club — Vancouver B. C.
  • Jackson Park Golf Club — Seattle
  • Eagles’ Pride Fort Lewis Golf Course — Tacoma
  • Sand Point Country Club — Seattle
  • Mapleview Golf & Country Club — Seattle
  • Walla Walla Country Club
  • Missoula Country Club
  • Moscow Elks Golf ClubScan0023


*They are some of the courses deigned by golf course architect, Francis “Frank” James.

According to Keith Petersen in his book This Crested Hill, “His designs were (and are) considered “splendid golf courses utilizing what nature provided.  He did not mutilate the natural surroundings: rather he gently molded and adapted them to a new use.  They are utilitarian uses of the landscape, a tribute to the man who envisioned them.”

The Moscow Elks Golf Course follows the same routing, with very minor changes, from what James laid out in 1928.

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Golf Course Opens Saturday on Permanent Greens


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Golf course will open Today (3/7) 

  • for walking only – 
  • Pins will be on the permanent greens -
  • No golf before 10 am due to weather conditions

bar/restaurant will be open during peak hours -


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Golf Course History


Document from Homer David — from original records of Moscow Golf Club — with annotation by Mr. David from April 1964

Moscow Golf Club

The Moscow Golf Club was started in 1927, and was financed as follows:

Loans were made by the following

  • Davids’ Inc.                                                         1,650.00
  • Herman Wilson Sr.                                           1,650.00
  • Dr. C. F. Magee                                                  1,650.00
  • R. Hodgins                                                          1,650.00
  • C. B. Green                                                          1,650.00
  • C. E. Witter                                                         1,650.00
  • Harry Driscoll                                                    1,650.00
  • R. B. Ward & G. N. Lamphere                        1,650.00
  • A. H. Oversmith                                                1,250.00
  • B. L. French                                                       1,250.00

Total                                  15,700.00


Memberships were taken @ 100.00 each by the above and 68 others


Total                                   23,500.00


(None of the above loans were repaid except a token payment to B. L. French.  None of the memberships were refunded.)

The capital expenditures to 1929 were as follows:

  •                 Land, bought in 1927                                    9,925.00
  •                 Construction of course                                 9,630.00
  •                 Well, pump, pumphouse et.                        3,550.00
  •                 Equipment                                                          912.00

Total                                      34,017.00


The property was deeded to B. P. O. E. #249, “free and clear of all encumbrances” for “1.00 and other valuable considerations” with the understanding that it would be continued as a golf club, open to anyone on payment of the proper fees, In Perpetuity.


Information from old files – I was one of the promoters of this.  After considering other sites – we decided on the Anderton farm – which is the present course

                                                                                Homer David

                                                                                April 24th 1964





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From the Exalted Ruler

Members All:

It’s March and spring is almost here! What a mild winter we have had compared to our friends in the east. My goodness, what they have had to endure.

Looking back on February we held nominations and elections. Congratulations to all the new officers and trustee who have been elected. A new year is upon us with new expectations and hopefully some new events.

The Crab Feed was a huge success thank you to all the hard work of Pat Dollar, Rick Hull, Travis Lambert, Brent Smith, Scott Gropp and everyone else who pitched in to help. I also want to recognize Jennifer Lambert, Dayna Hull and Terri Dollar, Heidi Gropp and Juliann Smith for all their hard work in cleaning, setting up, decorating, preparing food, etc. This is a huge event and it takes a lot of hard work and dedicated members to put it on. I know there were other volunteers who were there helping and thank you to all of you. The food was outstanding and everyone who attended had a great time. Our very own mayor, Bill Lambert stuck through the whole evening as dealer for the 21 table – way to go Mayor Lambert!!

As March rolls in, we have our continuing Impact Grant program going on every Thursday night for the UI, WSU Wounded Warriors program. They are learning some very new and exciting fly tying patterns and have received expert help in the field. Again, we have instructors volunteering their time every week to help these students gain some insight to a fun and rewarding sport that they may not have ever had without this program. It is very inspiring to see these students come every week and go home with a “special” fly that they have created.

March also brings the regular Lodge meetings – Golf on the 4th, Lodge on the 11th and 25th. Our annual Installation Dinner will be held on March 27 starting at 6:00 pm with the social hour, 7:00 pm dinner and the Installation ceremonies following. Please join us to meet and greet our new officers as they take on the new challenges of the year. Sean Dorigo is our newly elected Exalted Ruler and we welcome Sean with open arms. Sean and I have worked very closely this year and it is my pleasure to hand over the reins to him.

Thank you to all of you out there who have supported me this past year as I could have not done it without all of you. It has been a privilege and honor to be your Moscow Lodge Exalted Ruler. My special thanks go to Steve Meier and of course my husband Curtis. Without their knowledge and support, the year would have been indeed a challenge. Thank you to my officers and trustees. We have had some major challenges this year and we have all stuck together and worked hard to do the best we could with what we were given to work with – not saying that we have done a perfect job but all faced the challenges as they came our way.

Thank you to all the volunteers who help put on events as it takes a lot of hard work by everyone. Without the support and dedication from you all, there would not be a Moscow Lodge and for that I am very grateful.

I also want to say thank you to all the staff who is there working hard to keep the Lodge going. Wayne, Mary, Matt, Jon, Chase and Hailey are the ones that keep the Lodge functioning and running smoothly. Please take the time to say “thank you” for their services and dedication.

Be safe, healthy and please, if you know of someone who you think would be an asset to our Lodge, invite them to come out for a visit. You never know until you make the “ASK.”

Thank you.

Fraternally yours,

Alicia Neely


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2015 BPOE #249 Crab Feed

crabNew Picture (52) New Picture (53) New Picture (54)As you can see from these pictures, the annual Moscow Elks 249 crab feed was a huge success once again. This is always a wonderful February event done with all volunteer help. With close to 140 members and guests attending, everyone thoroughly enjoyed their choice of crab or prime rib.

A grateful thank you to Pat, Terri, Rick, Dana, Brent, Tyson, Scott and the rest of the volunteers and wives I am forgetting! Without your efforts, this would not succeed!


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From the desk of the Secretary

Once again I apologize for getting the 249er out so late in the month. I like to include pictures of events we hold each month but when they happen towards the end of the month, it becomes hard to get the articles and pictures in time for early publication. So, I will go with the old saying, “Better late than never”.

Dues statements will be going out this month. You will not see much change from the last few years as prices have remained fairly stable, unlike Gas Prices! A couple of changes; Grand Lodge has reduced our per-capita costs 50 cents and cart shed rental has gone up $15 per year. That will make the yearly cost for shed rental $215.00 for gas carts and $235.00 for electric. This is still a bargain when you compare rental costs at other golf courses.

I am sad to say that it looks like we will lose 17 members on March 31st. That is the date I have to drop members that have not paid their dues for the year. It is always disappointing when Elks lose sight of the value of their membership. Even though they may not be able to participate in Elk events or be what they think a good member should be, just being an Elk makes a difference. Without our members, we cannot and will not qualify for all the grants we receive. This year alone, we have received $16,000 in grant money, all going back into our communities. Remember, Elks Care, Elks Share. THAT MEANS SOMETHING.

Wayne Krauss



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Original 1893 Officers of BPOE #249

elkslogo[1]These are the original officers of our lodge.  We are trying to get additional information about them.  The easy materials to find are included but if you have additional information about these founders of our local organization please attach it in the comment section or get it to the lodge office — Thanks

  • C. S. Scott — Exalted Ruler – Cashier at Moscow National Bank
  • I. C. Hattenbaugh – Leading Knight – President of the Commercial Bank – Latah County Treasurer – Grand Master Idaho Masonic Lodge – Regent University of Idaho
  • P. Tilllinghast – Loyal Knight – Chair, Board of Regents University of Idaho
  • Morgan Tillinghast – Secretary
  • R. S. Brown – Treasurer – President of the Moscow National Bank – Treasure of University of Idaho
  • Rev. P. Murphy – Chaplain – Rev St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
  • C. M. Brown – Esquire – Assistant Cashier Moscow National Bank —
  • G. M. Hinkley – Inner Guard
  • John Almquist – Tiler
  • H. W. Taggert – Organist
  • R. Hodgins – Trustee – owner Hodgins Drug Store (located in same site as present in 1893)
  • L Stannus – Trustee
  • J. A. C. Freud — Trustee


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Elected Officers for 2015-2016 Lodge Year

elkslogo[1]Officers for the next lodge year were elected at the meeting of 2/25/15.

Instillation will take place on Friday March 27 with a 6:00 social hour followed by dinner and installation at 7:00 PM.  They will take office 4/1/15.

  • Exalted Ruler — Sean Dorigo*
  • Leading Knight — Corey Ray*
  • Loyal Knight — vacant
  • Lecturing Knight — vacant
  • Esquire — Brad Anderson
  • Chaplain — vacant
  • Tiler — Jess Caudillo
  • Inner Guard — George Paris
  • Lodge Secretary — Wayne Krauss
  • Treasurer — Shelley Anderson
  • Trustee – 1 year — Ken Jordan*
  • Trustee – 2 year — Tyson Berrett*
  • Trustee – 3year — Mike Keating*
  • Trustee – 4year — Travis Lambert*
  • Trustee – 5 year — Jerry Curtis*

*members of Board of Directors




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