Cocoa With Santa

Cocoa With Santa

  • December 16th at 11:00 a.m.

Bring the kids for crafts, a ‘Twas the Night before Christmas story, hot chocolate and a visit with Santa Claus. Please bring a wrapped gift for Santa to give your child. (He is busy making his own gift for them.)

Please RSVP so we can have enough fun for everyone.

208.882.2577 or email

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125th Anniversary of Moscow Lodge #249 Installation

From the Elks 249er — February 1968

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Elks Hoop Shoot

It’s time for the annual Moscow Elks’ Hoop Shoot, a free event for all 8-13 year old boys and girls residing in Latah and Whitman counties!  Registration is held the morning of the event; please bring each participant’s birth certificate and appropriate footwear.

There will be 6 divisions: boys and girls 8-9 years, 10-11 years, and 12-13 years. For more information, check out the event website at Don’t miss out on this fun FREE event!

  • Annual Elks’ Hoop Shoot Competition
  • Register: Day of event
  • Ages: 8-13 years (age as of April 1, 2018)
  • Dates: Saturday, January 13
  • Time: Registration – 8:30 – 9:00 am
  • Event begins 9:30 am
  • Location: HIRC Gymnasium
  • Fee: Free!
  • Supervisor: Moscow Elks Club
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Message from the Exalted Ruler

Message from the Exalted Ruler

Tis the season to be jolly, but it is also the season to be generous.  Elks Care – Elks Share and what better way to show that we care than by sharing with those who might need some help to get through this holiday season.  There are many ways for you to share, whether through the Lodge or on your own.  It doesn’t have to be a big event or time consuming, it can be something simple such as donating money or food to the local food bank or other local organizations that are serving others right now.  The Lodge is supporting Christmas for Kids and one could buy a gift for a child to donate to that program.  You could give by participating in one of the programs the USO (United Services Organization) does for our troops.  Regardless what you choose, if we all do something, even small, it can make a difference to someone and our community.

 I also want to take a moment and thank all the hard work that our Officers, Trustees, PERs and volunteers have put in to host activities out at the Lodge this fall/winter.   We continue to have fun events for our membership to participate in.  This month we have the traditional Tom and Jerry party on December 9th, all members are invited.  The New Year will be no different with our Lodge hosting a dinner to recognize local enforcement, we will have a Super Bowl party, the Crab Feed, the Volunteer dinner, and installation.  All good reasons to come out, have some food, fun, and fellowship.

 Finally, our annual Hoop Shoot will be taking place on January 13th at the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center.  Setup will start at 8 am with registration at 8:30 am.  Parks and Recreation has been very generous to post an announcement in their winter activities program, so we are hoping for a great turn out.  We need volunteers for set up, scoring, rebounding, and help at the registration table. If you would like to volunteer, you can contact me at

Enjoy your Holidays, Stay Safe , and Merry Christmas – Happy New Year.


 Fraternally, Corey Ray

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From the desk of the Secretary

From the desk of the Secretary

 As we move into December we have a number of things going on. Although we are supposed to have our Memorial Service on Dec. 3rd for members that have passed away this year, that will not be possible due to functions scheduled for that weekend. We will have the service a week later on Dec. 10th at 2pm. We had Pat Nunan, Dan Hordemann, Joe Vasquez, John Ayers, John Weber and just recently, Max Bingman pass away this year. I have attempted to contact the families of these members and I hope their friends will also attend.

 Also scheduled for December is a Craft Fair fundraiser and the Gropp Christmas party on the 2nd. Our Tom & Jerry party is on Saturday the 9th at 5 PM and there will be a party for the Moscow Police Department on the 15th. Cocoa with Santa is Saturday the 16th at 1 PM. Also a point of interest is that on December 28th we will celebrate Moscow Lodge #249’s 125th birthday. For you history buffs, the article can be read at our web site I encourage all of you to check this site out as Ken Jordan does a fantastic job keeping it up. Thanks Ken!!

 Wayne Krauss

Secretary, PER

For additional information about the history of our lodge, the national BPOE and the Moscow Elks Golf Course click here History — The BPOE, Lodge #249 & The Moscow Elks GC 


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FYI — 2016 – 2017 Charitable Giving by State

FYI — 2016-2017 Charitable Giving by State

According to the Annual Report of the Grand Secretary for the 2016-2017 lodge year, Idaho ranked 9th among all state level organizations in the amount of charitable activities.

The top 10 state level organizations were as follows —

  • California-Hawaii
  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • Texas
  • Missouri
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Ohio
  • Idaho
  • Colorado

In charitable support per member, within this group Idaho was 2nd — following only Texas.

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150 Years of Elkdom — Growing Pains 1878-1898


The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks

is celebrating its

150th anniversary this year. 

In honor of the occasion the Grand Lodge is publishing a series of articles concerning the growth of the modern Elks Lodge.  To access the articles click below.

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November Wine Tasting Evening

November Wine Tasting Evening

A BIG THANK YOU for everyone who attended the Wine Tasting Evening in November.  We had 42 guests attend for an evening of special wines and food.  It was nice to see attendance almost evenly split between past attendees and new guests.

A special thanks goes out to our members who donated wine for our auction; Frei, Barrett, Keating, Hansen, Peterson, Curtis, and Baune families.  We would also like to thank Basalt Cellars and Colter’s Creek Winery for donating wines for the event.     

We took in over $1250 during the evening which $750 will go into our charity account.  We hope everyone has a happy holiday season and enjoys the wine they purchased with family and friends.

Thank you so much for making this event successful,

Jerry & Cheri Curtis

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Elks Memorial Service


Elks Memorial Service

We will be having our annual Memorial Service on Sunday, Dec. 10th at 2 PM.  We encourage family and friends of our departed members to come out and help us memorialize these fine Elks who passed during the last year.

Pat Nunan

Danny Hordemann

Joe Vasquez

John Ayers

John Weber

Max Bingman

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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 9th of December.

Tom & Jerry batter has been around for over 190 years but Ed has “only” been making it for the last 50+, (although he has claimed it may be 100).

He is getting pretty good at it.

Plans to be at the lodge any time from about 5:00 PM to around 7:00 PM on the 16th– you don’t want to miss it.

Please bring  hors d’oeuvres to share.


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Moscow Lodge #249 Night with Idaho Vandal Basketball — vs WSU

Moscow Elks Lodge #249 Night

 With Idaho Vandals Basketball

  • Wednesday, December 6th at 7:00pm
  • Gates Open at 6:00pm
  • vs. Washington State Cougars

Tickets to the game cost $12 to see the Idaho Vandals take on their
Palouse rival the Washington State Cougars.

By purchasing a ticket, you are making a donation to the Moscow Elks Lodge #249.  To purchase tickets, simply fill out the order form below and make checks payable to Moscow Elks Lodge #249.  Order forms must be returned to Wayne Krauss no later than Wednesday, November 22nd.
Tickets will be available for pick-up at the Vandal Box Office Will Call
on the day of the game.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tyler Drees at or 208-885-0732.

Click here for order form – – –

Elks’ Lodge Night with the Idaho Vandals vs Washington State


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November is Elks Veterans Rememberance Month

November is

Elks Veterans Rememberance Month

Some twenty-two million veterans live in our communities.  The Elks National President, Malcolm J. McPherson Jr. , has proclaimed November is Veterans Remembrance Month as a way to encourage us to find local veterans and help them with their needs.

Elks volunteers provide direct service to Veterans in more than 330 VA Medical Centers, State Veterans Homes, Vets Centers and other Veterans facilities each month. Through our grants to Elks Lodges, we connect directly with Veterans and military members in their communities, providing them with services where they live.  We help Veterans rehabilitate and thrive by sponsoring and volunteering at 5 adaptive sports programs each year, and provide recovering veterans with therapy kits and wheelchair gloves. Our Welcome Home initiative, a partnership with the VA at the national level, is reaching out to some of our most vulnerable veterans: those who are experiencing homelessness. To this end, the Elks have pledged $4 million dollars to help end Veteran Homelessness. Last year alone, the value of Elks’ contributions to the nation’s heroes provided more than $40 million to more than 323,573 Veterans served.
Let us remember to thank our Veterans and to show our appreciation in some special way every day, not just in November. And, should you see a member of our Armed Services in uniform, please march right up to him or her and say: “Thank you for your service. Have a great day!” It is the least we can do.
Want to join us in our service to Veterans? There are more than 1,900 Elks Lodges across the country with a total membership nearing 800,000. Elks’ members must be American citizens who are at least 21 years of age and must believe in God.
To learn more visit

Moscow Lodge #249 is currently providing fly tying / fishing instruction at the lodge to veterans from the U of I and WSU.  This is our 5th group of veterans participating in the current 10 week program.  for information click here.

Moscow Lodge #249 Veterans’ Fly Tying Grant — Group

Last spring we produced and delivered 140 hand made veterans day cards to the Lewiston Veterans’ Home.  Click here for more information.

Valentines for Veterans — National Salute to Veteran Patients 

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Message from the Exalted Ruler

Message from the Exalted Ruler

Dear Members,

 The holidays are upon us and while we prepare to reflect and be thankful for what we have in our lives, I wanted to remind everyone that in the house of Elkdom, November is Veterans Remembrance Month.  Please keep our veterans in your minds and hearts. I would encourage all of you to thank those who served and those who support our veterans.  It only takes a moment out of your day, but it goes a long way for those we remember.   Thank you to all!

 While I on the topic of thanks, I wanted to take a moment and thank the Past Exalted Rulers for putting on the Oktoberfest this past month.  I appreciate you all taking the lead in creating an event and experience for our members.

Our 2nd annual Cocoa with Santa will be on December 16 at 11 am.  If you are interested in helping with the kids’ craft table, please contact us at  A great way to get involved for an hour or two of your time.

 Finally, I wanted to congratulate Wayne Krauss who won this year’s raffle.  The prize was a $1,000.00 gift card. Wayne graciously donated $500.00 back to the Lodge.  Congratulations and thank you for your support/gift in return.


 Corey Ray 


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From the Desk of the Secretary

From the Desk of the Secretary

             Let me start by apologizing to those of you that receive your 249er by mail. I realize that by the time you get this, some of the events discussed have come and gone. Those of you that get it by electronic means got it on time. If you would like the newsletter in a more timely fashion, let me know and send me your email address in case I don’t have it.

                We wrapped up a couple of raffles in October. The rifle raffle, which was actually a $1000 gift certificate, ended up showing a net profit of approximately $950. The quilt raffle netted over $200. While these were not huge fun-raisers this year, they will continue to help fund our various charities.

                 We are getting closer to meeting our ENF per-capita amount of $4.60 per member. It is important that we reach our goal of $1800. Once we meet this quota, we then qualify for a $2000  Gratitude Grant. This year we partnered with University of Idaho Housing and Residence Life in their “Paint the Palouse” program. This great program gets dozens of U of I students and staff together to paint a number of homes belonging to elderly, disabled vets and others that are financially or physically incapable of doing it themselves.

                Oktoberfest was a great success! Participation was better than expected and we had a number of members come out that we had not seen for a long time! Many of them brought guests and everyone enjoyed the food and special drinks available. Thank you to the PER Association for sponsoring this event. It raised money for our youth and veterans’ charities as well as more money for ENF. Next up, the wine tasting party on November 4th. Call the office at 882-2577 for reservations!

 Wayne Krauss

Secretary, PER

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Quilt Raffle Winners

Quilt Raffle Winners

 The happy winners of the quilt raffle are Cathy and Murray Myers. You can tell by the look on her face that Cathy was thrilled to win it! 

Thank you to Janey Wineinger for making this and heading up the raffle!

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Elks’ Most Valuable Student Applications Open

The 2018 MVS application deadline is November 27, 2017.

Elks Most Valuable Student — 2018 online application

The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2018 competition.

  • Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
  • High school graduates are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
  • Male and female students compete separately.

The 20 top finalists will participate in an all expenses paid Leadership Weekend in Chicago during which they’ll interview with the national judges. These 20 finalists will be vying for two first-place awards of $50,000; two second-place awards of $40,000; and two third-place awards of $30,000. The remaining 14 finalists will receive awards of $20,000. The 480 runners-up will receive fifth-place scholarships of $4,000.The 2018 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

The 2018 MVS application deadline is November 27, 2017.

Last year a student representing lodge #725 in Kalispell Montana received one of the $50,000 awards with three other winners coming from Idaho as well as recipients from Walla Walla and Yakima. 

In recent years Moscow Elks Lodge #249 has had 2 national award winners using their scholarships to attend the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Southern California.

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The Elks National Foundation, Elks #249 & YOU


The Elks National Foundation,

Moscow Elks #249 &


As most of you know, our Elks National Foundation handles all of our Community Grants programs. This includes the Gratitude, Beacon, Impact, Promise and Freedom grants, all of which our Lodge has been recipients of over the last few years.

  • Every year we qualify for the Gratitude Grant which, this year, went towards The Paint the Palouse program in partnership with the University of Idaho and  McDonald’s Schooto help fund a walking/running course around their school to promote health for their students and our community.
  • Our Impact Grant is being used again this year to provide fly tying/ fishing lessons and equipment to our U of I and WSU Veterans that suffer from PTSD.
  • This year our Promise Grant was again used in partnership with the Latah County Youth Advocacy Council to promote a drug/alcohol environment through booths at the Latah County Fair and Red Ribbon Week which headlines a national speaker to address middle and high school students on the many issues our youth face.

As you can see, our Lodge is very active in the Community Grants Programs offered by ENF.  Here is some information about another program you should be aware of.

Taking Care of our #ElksFamily

Did you know the Elks National Foundation helps protect the children of Elks members? The Emergency Educational Grant program provides financial assistance to the children of deceased or totally disabled Elks, who wish to obtain or further their college education. The Elk parent or stepparent must have been a member in good standing for at least one year before they passed or became totally disabled. For more information on the Emergency Educational Grant —

For additional information on Emergency Educational Grants — click here  

Now is the time for YOUR  Elks National Foundation donations. We must meet the Grand Lodge requirement of $4.60 per member to qualify for the $2000 Gratitude Grant again this year. We are 2/3 there but I need your help! Donations are tax deductible and can be made on line at, may be mailed to us at P.O. Box 9026 (please make your check out to the Elks National Foundation) and we will mail it to ENF in your name. Attached is a form you may use for your donation.

Click here for “ENF Donor Card”

The Elks National Foundation also supports the Elks scholarship programs.  Moscow Lodge #249 currently has four students attending college on $4000 Legacy Grants.  

information on Elks scholarship programs

This year’s budget for the Elks National Foundation — click items for additional information

Community Investments Program $12.53 million
State Elks Association Grants $9.35 million
Scholarship Programs $4.68 million
Elks National Veterans Service Program $1.50 million
Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest $974,880
Elks Drug Awareness Program $729,340
Elks Memorial Building Maintenance $750,950
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Elks BULLetin — volume 12, 2017

Volume 12, 2017

 Elks BULLetin

The golf season is coming to an end with colder weather just around the corner.  The bar and dining area will be closed for the season on Monday, October 30th.   Trent will put out the $10.00 per play golf box on the same day.

This year we will be providing trailer, RV and boat winter storage in the cart shed parking lot.  This will be outdoor storage and the cost is only $30.00 per month.  The storage area is open from now until April 1, 2018 when the golf season starts.  Please call the office on Monday – Friday 9am to 12pm for reservations.

The Oktoberfest party is set for this Saturday, October 21 and will be serving authentic German food, with C&L Lockers doing the brats.  The PER’s will be providing the music and raffles.  Happy hour will be from 5:00pm to 6:00pm and dinner will be served from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.  Casino games will be available from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.  The cost of the dinner is $10.00 per person.

This year’s Wine Tasting Evening is set for Saturday, November 4.  The evening will include numerous wines to taste, a variety of snacks to go with the wines, and an open auction of wines donated by our members and the wineries.  Check in is at 6:30pm and the event starts at 7:00pm.  The cost is only $30.00 per couple or $20.00 per person.  Please sign up soon, as there are only 10 spaces left.

Barb will be accepting checks or credit cards to guarantee your seats at these events.  As always you can reach her at 208-882-2577.

Enough Elk droppings for today,


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Elks Disaster Relief Program Helping Texas Victims

National Elks President Malcolm J. McPherson Jr. recently announced Local Elks Lodges from every state, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Panama Canal Zone will be raising donations to assist the thousands impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

National Elks President Malcolm J. McPherson Jr. also authorized a donation of $25,000 be made from the Elks Disaster Relief Program, Inc.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has made more than $5,000,000,000 in donations since they first started 149 years ago. Last year alone, the Elks donated approximately $323,000,000 million in cash, gifts and time to make our communities better places to live.

The Elks are one of the premier patriotic and charitable organizations in the United States of America.  They have more than 1,900 Elks Lodges across the country with a total membership nearing 800,000.

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Happy 242nd Birthday U. S. Navy

Navy Birthday in the United States

The Navy Birthday is on October 13 and celebrates the establishment of the US Navy in 1775.

On October 13, 1775, the United States Navy was established. The day is celebrated as the birthdate of the American Navy.

Naval Celebration

The day is mainly celebrated by personnel, veterans, or other people related to the navy. Usually, it is marked with a Navy Birthday Ball with a formal dinner, birthday cake, and entertainment.

Pirate Problem

The United States Navy originated over 240 years ago as the Continental Navy. The then Continental Congress authorized 2 armed vessels to search for ships supplying the British army with weapons and ammunition during the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783).

When the war ended, the Continental Navy was dismantled, but pirate threats to American merchant shipping led President George Washington to establish the Naval Act of 1794, creating a permanent standing US Navy.

US Navy Today

The United States Navy is the naval warfare branch of the US Armed Forces. It has more than 300,000 personnel on active duty and around 100,000 personnel in the Navy Reserve. Over 52,000 are women.


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