Elks #249 Crab Feed !!

MOSCOW ELKS LODGE NO. 249

Idaho’s Oldest Lodge

elkslogo[1]The Moscow Elks Lodge will be holding its annual crab feed on Saturday February 20th to raise needed money for lodge operations. The menu will include crab, coleslaw, potato salad, 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 $25/ person.  There will also be a casino night following dinner.crab

Social hour will begin at 5:00PM , dinner at 6:00PM; casino will start after dinner at around 7:00PM.  Members need to respond to their mailed invitation and send payment by February 12th, or call the lodge at 208-882-2577, week days between 8:00AM and 12:00PM to RSVP.

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

Respectfully,

Pat Dollar, Rick Hull , Travis Lambert, Tyson Berrett

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Survey on Opening Golf Course to the Public

Dear Members,

Scan0023For the last couple of years, conversation pertaining to opening the golf course to the public to help generate revenue and interest in the Elks Lodge keeps coming to the Board of Directors.   However, no real conversation has occurred nor has the Board taken any serious steps in researching what it would take and the impact it may have on our members.

 I write to you today to ask you, the members, if this is something you want the Board to start looking into.  If the course were to become public, it would only be open during times that Elk events are not taking place on the course.  Elk events include, but not limited to, league nights, tournaments, and youth activities (soccer shoot etc).  All those events still require an Elks membership and guest’s policy enforced.   

I am asking for your voice to be heard by taking a one question survey to instruct the Board what the membership wishes us to do. 

A Yes vote indicates that you what the Board to look into all the details to learn what it takes to be a public course.  This would also include open forums to provide membership a voice in the process and for the Board to give feedback on what we have learned as we learn it in order to make informed decisions.  A Yes vote now is only allows the Board to research the topic, not to actually go public.  A vote still would have to take place on going public once all the information is in and would have to be approved by the membership.  

A No vote means that you don’t want the Board to look into it and concentrate on other matters impacting the Lodge. (This is important because we, the Board of Directors, do not want to waste our time if the membership is not interested) 

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2565826/Board-of-Directors-need-your-input-concerning-the-golf-course 

If you have any questions about what I have written here, please reach out to the Lodge at (208) 882-3015 or e-mail to secretary@elks249.com 

Thank you,

Corey Ray

Leading Knight / Chair of the Board of Directors

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Visiting Elk

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Scan0023The course is posted as closed but some “visiting elk” have had trouble reading the signs.   The photo above is from in front of #9 green and, at the right, in front of and below #4 green.

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Message from the Exalted Ruler

We are already getting in to February and close to nice weather The Lodge will soon start up again for the season. This year you will see a few changes as well as an important event that we are hosting.

Past Exalted Ruler Alicia Neely is spearheading the effort to host the State Summer Convention for the Idaho State Elks Association. elkslogo[1]She has been working on this for quite some time starting with the bid to win the privilege to host a couple years ago. This is a major event for our Lodge and a great opportunity for all of our members to sign up and attend the meetings to learn about the Elks more in depth. There will be folks here who have a great understanding of Elkdom and what that means. The Convention is this first week of June this year. There is a golf tournament, dinners, dancing, a live band and more on the agenda. Please contact the office for more information.

There will be some changes to the Lodge in the next 2 months to prepare for the upcoming busy season. Shelley and Brad Anderson have already started improving our aesthetic by patching and painting walls. There are repairs to be made on the property as well. We have had quite a bit of damage this winter caused by the weather.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the Lodge to see what folks have done to spruce the place up. Bring a friend out with you. Show them what we have to offer from the golf course and RV area to the bar and dart boards. We also have the facilities to hold events such as weddings or corporate meetings.

Come on out, bring a friend and have a good time.

Fraternally,

Sean Dorigo, Exalted Ruler

 

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From the Desk of the Secretary

Wow!! Is it wet out there! As I look out my office window, I see huge flakes coming down and everywhere I look I see standing water on the Golf Course. Hopefully by the time you receive your 249er, the weather will have dried out a little. I know we need the moisture, but the ground is saturated and the South Fork of the Palouse is approaching flood stage—enough already!

I will start sending out letters to our members that have not yet paid their dues that if they have not paid by March 31st, their membership will be dropped. Sadly we still have 24 members that have not paid. I have already sent out three past due notices this year, which has helped some, but it is now crunch time.

We will be having nominations for officers at the first meeting in February, the 10th, for the upcoming Lodge year. If anyone has a desire to help craft the direction they would like to see our Lodge go, now is the time to step up and be part of our Leadership. The time commitment is really minimal and results can be very satisfying.

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Reminder to State Convention Planning Committee

There will be a convention meeting at the Elks Lodge, Tuesday, February 9 at 6:30.  Please, all committee chairmen bring your reports to this meeting as we kick off the year planning for our 2016 Summer Convention in Moscow, June 1 – 4. 

Thank you.

Alicia Neely, Chairman

 

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Hoop Shoot Update

New Picture (13)Approximately 45 kids participated in the annual Moscow Elks Hoop Shoot on January 9th. Out of that group, six children ages 8-13 won the first round of competition in the local Elks Hoop Shoot free throw contest on Jan. 9 and will go on to compete in the District Elks Hoop Shoot at 9 a.m. Saturday at Lincoln Middle School, 1945 Fourth Ave., Clarkston.

Trophies were awarded to the following participants —

  • Jaylee Fry from Potlatch Elementary, for 8- to 9-year-old girls;
  • Micah Brncik from Lena Whitmore Elementary, for 8- to 9-year-old boys;
  • Makenzie Stout from Genesee, for 10- to 11-year-old girls;
  • Bryce Hansen from McDonald Elementary, for 10- to 11-year-old boys;
  • Maya Kowatch from Moscow Middle School, for 12- to 13-year-old girls;
  • Bryden Brown from Moscow Middle School, for 12- to 13-year-old boys.

Winners of the district competition will advance to the Idaho state competition.

 

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Is Spring Around the Corner

P1010934This was taken January 26th.

That’s right — January.  Winter isn’t done yet but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Coupled with the spring forecast for the next 2 months it gives us an optimistic outlook for a long and pleasant golf season.

feb-apr-2016-outlook-wsi[1] Hope to see you soon (alright — maybe not that soon) on the course.

 

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Tentative Golf Activities for 2016

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  • Golf Activities — 2016
    • Saturday — 4/9 – Golf Course Workday
    • Sunday — 5/1 – Men’s Opening Day Breakfast
    • Tuesdays– 5/3 through 8/30 – (not held 5/31) — Men’s Tuesday Night League
    • Wednesdays — 5/4 through 8/26 – (not held 6/1) — Ladies’ Wednesday Night League
    • Thursdays — 5/5 through 9/1 – (not held 6/1 — Men’s Thursday League
    • Tuesday, 5/31 – Sunday, 6/ 5 – Idaho State Elks Convention
    • Thursday, 6/2 – Idaho State Elks Golf Outing
    • P1000589Fridays – 6/10 through 9/2 – Couples’ golf & steak night
    •  Sunday – 6/12 – Humanitarian Chapman
    • Tuesdays – 6/14 through 7/26 – (not held 7/5) —  Jr. Golf program
    • Saturday & Sunday – 6/25 & 6/26– Moscow Elks Invitational
    • Sunday – 7/3 –Sr. Men’s Sole Survivor
    • Sunday – 7/3 – Women’s Sole Survivor
    • Monday – 7/4 – community events followed by 67th annual Sole New Picture (9)Survivor
    • Sunday — 7/16 — ALS fundraiser
    • Friday – 7/29 – Jr. Sole Survivor
    •  Saturday – 7/30 – Gamble Scramble
    • Saturday – 9/10 – Cart Path Scramble
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contact information for area lodges

Contact information for area lodges — ElksUSALogo100[1]

 

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Hoop Shoot — January 9th

032C-607-AB[1]Please don’t forget about our local Hoop Shoot being held on Saturday, January 9th at the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center. As always, to make this an outstanding event for our lodge, we will need lodge members/spouses to help during the event. The time will be approximately from 8:00 am until noon.

If you are able to volunteer for this, which is one of the great Elks’ projects of the year, please contact Curt Neely or George Paris , or the Elks Office at 208-882-2577.

New Picture (13)The Hoop Shoot is a free throw contest for youth ages 8 to 13. The program is free to all contestants and provides an opportunity to compete, connect and succeed through hard work and healthy competition. Winners advance through the lodge, district, state and national contests to reach the National Finals in April. In the end, the names of six National Champions will be permanently inscribed at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

J. Curtis Neely,

Past Exalted Ruler

George Paris,

Past Exalted Ruler

 

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From the Exalted Ruler

New Picture (69)Welcome to a new year! As we move in to the future with this New Year we plan for the futures of ourselves and our loved ones. This is the time of year when we traditionally make new resolutions to carry us through the New Year and help us grow within. Some typical resolutions are to lose weight, take a self-improvement course or earn a promotion. This year I encourage you to make a resolution to help out your Elks Lodge.

There are many ways to help within your Lodge. Not all involve attending dozens of meetings or going to learning conferences. Some ways to help only ask a couple hours of your time. Some provide you with direct involvement in the way our organization is managed.

elkslogo[1]One of the most important ways to help your Lodge on the fraternal side is to become a Lodge officer. There are many positions within the officer corps. Each position has a different level of commitment and different requirements for involvement. The time commitment expected ranges from just a couple hours twice a month to as much as you can personally handle. The officers initiate new members into our Lodge and take care of all business that crosses our desk by presenting information and communications on the floor of the Lodge. The three Knights and the Exalted Ruler are also part of the Board of Directors for our organization which maintains oversight of our Lodge.

Our financial health falls under the Board of Directors and more specifically the Board of Trustees. The Trustees are the five members who oversee and make recommendations regarding the income and expenses of the Lodge. Each year the Trustees prepare a budget for presentation to the membership on the Lodge floor. Trustees typically serve for five years with the most senior member leaving at the end of the five year commitment. This allows for another member to bring new ideas and new visions each year while maintaining four members to create stability and carry forward the knowledge of the Board of Trustees.

There are a number of committees that fall under the umbrella of our Elks Lodge. The committees are designed to spread out the work load that our Lodge carries out each year. Committees will take care of activities and charities within our Lodge such as Veterans, Christmas for Kids and golf leagues and tournaments. Other committees take care of the important behind the scenes requirements such as writing and submitting grants or maintaining the physical property of our Lodge.

ElksUSALogo100[1]I invite you to bring all ideas forward either in groups or individually. Some may have ideas for an activity that has not been seen at our Lodge. Some simply want to help with something. Regardless of your personal level of comfort with managing or directing volunteers, there is a place in our organization for you to help.

Thank you in advance for all that you do to help our friends and families both within the Elks and in our communities. I look forward to a great year!

Fraternally,

Sean Dorigo, Exalted Ruler

 

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From the Desk of the Secretary

We have just completed the 2015 Most Valuable Student Award competition. Jane Abendroth chaired the committee this year, with the help of George Paris. They received 18 applications from the different schools within our jurisdiction and 6 winners were chosen. They are:

New Picture (7)1st place

Miles Maxcer & Daisy Mae Ward,

 

New Picture (7)2nd place

Timothy Cornelius & Anna Daley Laursen

 

New Picture (7)3rd place

Kenton Lyman & Jamie Jessup

 

These six winners have been forwarded onto the District judging and, as local winners, will receive a scholarship check from the Moscow Lodge this spring. Thank you Jane for chairing this important Youth program.

The Elks National Foundation is still accepting Legacy Award applications. Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships for children and grandchildren of Elks members. The Foundation will offer a total of up to 250 awards in the 2016 contest.

The 2016 ENF Legacy Awards contest kicked off on September 1, 2015 and runs till January 29th, 2016. Applications for the 2016 contest are available ONLINE ONLY. Go to enf.org, enter your ID number or create an account if you don’t have one and fill out the online application.

CAR%20MAGNET%20001[1]I know I keep harping on why your Elks membership is so important. These are two great reasons! Even if you find you do not directly participate in local activities, your ongoing membership is so important. Without our members, we cannot be a Lodge and therefore we could not give back to our communities. Refer back to your November 249er to see the list of donations made this year by OUR LODGE in the sum of over $21,000.

Wayne Krauss

Secretary, PER

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Public Use of Golf Course & Facility?

Is it possible for the public to use our golf course and facility?

P1010776Over the years our Lodge has entertained the idea of opening our golf course and facilities to the public. Due to our current financial situation, we are again looking at this possibility. I had the opportunity to talk with an expert on this subject who helped the Sandpoint Elks develop a plan to welcome the public to their golf course and facilities.

tom and jery 14There are a number of hurdles we must overcome to make it possible for the public to use our facilities. The most important is the public must have their own separate area to purchase green fees, merchandise and rent carts. They can purchase food and beverages for use on the course, but will not have access to our lodge facilities. They may use our deck for beverages and socialization as long as a wait staff takes their orders.

rv party 6.18.15A couple of other issues our Lodge will have to discuss include the pricing structure needed for members and public, and our tax obligation if we do have the public use our facility. It is important our members enjoy the benefits of being a member, and the public would need to be charged more than members for the use of our facility and its services. We will also need to look into our tax obligations and make sure that adding the public would make financial sense to the Lodge.

unnamed[2]We have received the okay to proceed from our Idaho State Sponsor as long as we meet all the rules given us. The Lodge Officers and Board of Directors are working on this matter and hope to make a decision by the start of golfing season.

Comments can posted here on site, emailed to secretary@elks249.com where they will be forwarded on to the Board of Directors, or you may contact members of the board directly.

Jerry Curtis

Trustee

 

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Christmas for Kids

Thank you to everyone who, throughout the past year, gave financially or donated their time and efforts to the Christmas for Kids and Humanitarian Fund.  We were able to make Christmas a little more special for 26 kids in our area.

snowmanWe received names/wish lists from the Latah County Christmas for Kids program, with one family of four coming from the Pullman program. We had eight Elk members shop and wrap gifts for these kids.  Thank you very much to those who helped!!

It’s an amazing gift, that we all work so hard raising money for each year’s projects!  Manygifts1.1 of these kids needed coats, boots, gloves, etc., so along with a few fun gifts, we were able to provide much needed clothing for those that can’t afford it.

Thank you to all those that donate to the program throughout the year and to those that helped put it all together this Christmas Season!

Jennifer Lambert — project chair

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New members — Moscow Elks #249

 Moscow Lodge # 249  proudly welcomed 14 new members in 2015.

elkslogo[1]Taylor Anderson — Jesse Flowers

Zach Gilder — Kirk Harden

Casey Leachman —  Shane Leavitt

David Lehmitz — Travis Mechling

Dan Nelson — Jason Smith

Randall Smith — James Weatherford

Warren Wright — Bill YatesElksUSALogo100[1]

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“Sweet Ed’s” Tom & Jerry Night

30520_tom_jerry_drink2[1]Our own Ed Townsend will be hosting the annual Tom & Jerry party on Saturday the 19th of December.

Tom & Jerry batter has been around for 190 years but Ed has “only” been making it for the last 50.  He is getting pretty good at it.

Plans to be at the lodge from about 5:00 PM to around 7:00 PM on the 19th– you don’t want to miss it.

 

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Christmas for Kids

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The Moscow Elks Lodge has appropriated $3500 raised from various charity events — notably the Humanitarian Two-ball, the Gamble Scramble and the Rifle Raffle, for purchasing Christmas gifts for area kids who would otherwise go without.

Shoppers are shopping — wrappers are wrapping — and kids and their families will have a merrier Christmas because of our efforts this year.IMG_1455

If you would like to participate, call the lodge office and they can connect you with the folks in charge.

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Elks Memorial Service

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This Sunday the 6th of December is our Memorial Service for members that have passed away over the last year.

We will be honoring five of our members who passed away during the past year.

 Tom Boyd

Jim Demeerleer

Ken Johnson

Roy Krauss

Robert Morgan

 Their families have been notified and I am hoping members that were friends of our departed members will also attend.

 It is at 1:oo PM and will last about 30 minutes followed by coffee and refreshments.

Wayne Krauss, PER
Lodge Secretary

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The Hoop Shoot

During last months’ lodge meeting, it was announced that we did not have anyone selected to be the Hoop Shoot Chairman for this year. Because of the short time left to advise the local schools of the Hoop Shoot event, myself and George Paris volunteered to co-chair the event.

We have met and made up packets for the mailing. We identified 39 schools in the Latah and Whitman counties who have students that meet the requirements for the Hoop Shoot. We then sent the packets to all of the principals of the schools.

The deadline for the schools to return the results of their “Shoot” to us is January 6, 2016. Our local lodge Hoop Shoot will be Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the Hamilton Recreation Center. Registration will be at 8:30 am and the shooting competition will start at 9:00 am.

As always, to make this an outstanding event for our lodge, we will need lodge members/spouses to help during the event. The time will be approximately from 8:00 am until noon.

If you are able to volunteer for this, which is one of the great Elks’ project of the year, please contact Curt Neely at 208-301-2878 or George Paris at 509-336-3010 or the Elks Office at 208-882-2577.

The Hoop Shoot is a free throw contest for youth ages 8 to 13. The program is free to all contestants and provides an opportunity to compete, connect and succeed through hard work and healthy competition. Winners advance through the lodge, district, state and national contests to reach the National Finals in April. In the end, the names of six National Champions will be permanently inscribed at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Fraternally,

J. Curtis Neely, Past Exalted Ruler

George Paris, Past Exalted Rules

 

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