Men’s Opening Day Breakfast & Blind Scramble

Sunday, April 29th —

Opening Day Men’s Breakfast &

Blind Draw Scramble

  • Breakfast served  — 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
  • Registration for GHIN (USGA handicaping), & men’s leagues — 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
  • Organizational meeting and announcements — 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM
  • blind draw for opening day scramble — 9:30 AM
  • Opening day scramble –9:45 to noon

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Elks Jr. Golf

Elks Jr. Golf

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The Moscow Elks will again be sponsoring a
Jr. Golf program this summer in cooperation with the Moscow Parks & Recreation Department.

The program will offer kids 4-6, 7&8, and 9-16, an opportunity to begin the game or to improve their skills.

Program details are available at the Moscow Parks & Rec site (page 21 of the brochure) along with registration materials.



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Old Timers’ Night

Old Timers’ Night

Old timers (20 year members and more) and all PERs — 

You are all cordially invited to an Old Timers’ Night the 23rd of May.  It will start out with a social hour at 5:pm, dinner and a fun program at 6:00pm and Lodge meeting at 7:30. This will also be PER night, so our Past Exalted Rulers will be running the meeting as well as doing the initiation. We will have  a special guest that evening. State President Dave McFarland will join us.

  • Dinner will be provided Free of charge by the PERs.
  • PLEAS RSVP BY MAY 10th so pins can be ordered
  • RSVP  GEORGE PARIS — email
Fraternally yours
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Elks BULLetin — Volume 1, 2018

Volume 1, 2018

Elks BULLetin

Our first BULLetin this year sounds a lot like last year.  We are trying to open the golf course and the weather is not cooperating.  There is standing water all over the course.  We do know a number of things that could get us ready for golf season.

The golf course is open, but no golf carts are allowed yet.  Trent will let us know.

The bar is open from 12pm to 7pm Monday through Saturday.  Closed on Sunday, until we train our new employee.

The kitchen will not be open until Monday, April 30.

Men’s league opening breakfast is Sunday, April 29th at 8:00am

Men’s leagues start Tuesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 3rd.

Last year we had 6 to 8 beverage coolers for golfers to use on the course.  We now have 2 coolers to start the year.  We would like to continue the service of supplying coolers for our golfers.  The plan is to purchase 12 new coolers with the Elks logo on each one.  We need $250 to $300 in donations to purchase the coolers with logos.  Anyone interested in helping us purchase the coolers please make your donation at the office.  If you have one of our old coolers, please return it to the bar.  Currently we do not have enough coolers to start the year before our new ones come in.

We are glad to announce Barby is coming back this year as our bar and dining manager.  She has already started and is in the process of making a number of improvements to the lodge.  We are asking your help in finding her a place to live in the Moscow area this season.  She normally goes south for the winter making a one year lease inappropriate.  If you know of an apartment, room, or trailer that is available for her to rent please let her know or call the office.

We have hired Liz Robinson, a college student, as our main part time help.  She will be starting her training very soon.  Please make her feel welcome.

Enough Elk droppings for today,


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One of our Early Members?

One of our Early Members?

Tom Polek saw this headstone near the base of Buffalo Hump lake. He was told Larrabee was a big guy and got into fight with a little guy. Larabee was getting the best of him and the little guy either shot or stabbed Larrabee. Larrabee lived for 2 or 3 days and then died. He was buried there. Apparently, no charges were filed because it was deemed justified. Or so Tom I was told. This place is very difficult to find and he had a guy take him there. Apparently off the beaten path by quite some ways.

I looked in our Elks records, but they do not go back that far. You have to look hard at the bottom of the picture in the discoloration, but you can make out Moscow Lodge #249. Larrabee was not a charter member as he is not listed on the original roster dated 1892. I am not sure how much of this is true, but it makes for an interesting story

Wayne Krauss.

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New Tee Markers

New Tee Markers

The golf course will welcome its 90th anniversary year with new tee markers, purchased by the golf committee, recognizing the full completion and opening of the course in 1928.

The course was then run by the Moscow Golf Club, who sold the course to the Elks for $1 in 1936 to avoid closing the course due to financial issues during the great depression. 

The Moscow Elks, Lodge #249, has maintained and operated it as the Moscow Elks Golf Course ever since.

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clubhouse beverage coolers

Hey guys, we used to have 8-10 small coolers but over the last couple of years they have disappeared. If you have one still on your cart, please return it to the clubhouse.

We are also looking for donations to purchase new coolers.

Thanks, Wayne

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Lodge of Sorrow

I need to let all of you know that we lost one of our members Tuesday.  Kenny Hites passed away at the age of 64.  He will be missed by many of us.

There will be a Celebration of Life here at our Lodge tomorrow (Friday the 13th) at 4:00 PM.  Any and all of Kenny’s friends and family are invited




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Bar/Dining open as weather permits — course open — but wet

The weather we needed to get fully open has been supplanted by cool rainy days.  We are open for walking but, it is very wet.

The bar dining facility will be open only as weather justifies.  If you plan on coming out, call the bar/dining number, (208) 882-3015, to make sure we are open.

Here’s hoping for the warm dry winds we need.

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From the Exalted Ruler

Greeting from your new Exalted Ruler!

For those of you that do not know me, my name is Travis Mechling, I am 45 years old, married, and my wife (Tanya Mechling) and I are currently raising 4 children. We live out in Avon, north of Deary, on a few acres. I am an engineer for the U.S. Forest Service and my wife is a receptionist for Moscow Medical. Many of you may already know her, she was the bookkeeper for the lodge for nearly two years.

I would like to thank Corey Ray for the last two years of his positive leadership and many contributions to the lodge, as ER. I was very fortunate to serve, and learn, under his leadership as the Loyal Knight and then Leading Knight. Corey did an outstanding job with Youth Activities, promoting such events as Cocoa with Santa, the Easter Egg Hunt, the Hoop Shoot, and more. Also, I remembered two years ago, when Corey was installed he spoke of his goal of promoting social events and making the lodge a fun place to be beyond the golf course, which many of us enjoy. Corey, the Board, and Jerry Curtis have done an outstanding job at this as well. I have some big shoes to fill, but fortunately for the lodge and myself, Corey has agreed to continue to lead Youth Activities.

This will help me be able to focus on my goals as the incoming ER. Two years ago, I was encouraged by Corey’s goals of promoting social events at the lodge and making the lodge a fun place to be. This is something I would like to focus on as well. Like Corey, I would like to promote social events, not only for the enjoyment of all the current members, but as a means of getting our new members involved, and recruiting new members alike. Last fall, the PERs, put on a great Oktoberfest. At the event there were many new members and some potential new members. I was encouraged to hear from them, at the event, of how they thought the lodge was a great place socialize and how much the lodge had to offer.

I also, have to keep in mind, one of the reasons I was initially impressed with the lodge. I remember, Tanya, not long after she started working at the lodge, coming home and telling me about the amazing contributions that the lodge provided for the families and communities of the 2015 fires in and around Orofino, Kamiah, and Kooskia. The Elks have a great history of providing to the local community. As ER I will keep this a top priority as well. In closing I would also like to thank Wayne Krauss for agreeing to be secretary for yet another year. Wayne keeps things running as they should behind the scenes, and hopefully he can keep me out of trouble. I am sure there are plenty of others that help day to day that I am leaving out. As there year goes on, I will make an effort to recognize their contributions as well.

Travis Mechling,

Exalted Ruler

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From the Desk of the Secretary

A new Lodge year is upon us.

Thank you to those of you that have already paid your membership dues. I am happy to report that we had a net gain of three members over the year. We initiated 27 new members and reinstated 3. We had to drop 12 members for non-payment, granted 6 Absolute Dimits and had 9 members pass away this year. We currently have 3 folks awaiting initiation and 1 reinstatement in progress, so we are doing well. Keep up the good work!!

The bar/dining and golf course will open on April 7th. At this time, it is playable, but still a little too wet for powered carts. Please call the office for updated day to day conditions. We welcome Barbie Espy back as our Bar/Dining Mgr. She has a real heart for our Lodge, is very service oriented and puts the customer first whenever possible.

Men’s opening day breakfast is Sunday the 29th and Men’s Tuesday and Thursday League will start the first week of May, weather permitting.

Wayne Krauss

Secretary, PER

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National Most Valuable Student Scholarship


Elks Most Valuable Student

Scholarship Winner

A student sponsored by Moscow Elks Lodge #249 has won a national award in the 2018 Elks Most Valuable Student scholarship program.

Congratulations to Sara Whelschel.

Sara,  a senior at Colfax High School, was one of 6 students recommended by our lodge for state judging and one of only 3 from the state of Idaho moving on to national judging.

Sara will receive an award of $4000 toward her college education.  She joins two students representing the Boise Lodge and one from the Yakima Lodge as the only scholarship winners from Idaho and Eastern Washington this year.

We are proud to say that Sara will join four other students representing Moscow Elks #249, currently attending college on $4000 scholarships either as winners in the Most Valuable Student competition or as Legacy Award winners.  That’s a $20,000 return on our ENF contributions in scholarships alone.  We also have a Legacy Award applicant in this years competition.


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Easter at the Elks

Easter at the ElksThe weather cooperated, a great bunch of egg-hunters were delivered to the lodge for our annual Easter egg hunt, and even the Easter goats made an appearance. 

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Fifth Decade — 1932-1942

The following is one of 5 first-person chronicles of our first 5 decades as a lodge, published in honor of our 50th anniversary in December of 1942.



By Kelly Cline —

BPOE #249  Past Exalted Ruler

– written in 1942

This decade, beginning with 1932, started out with very bad conditions.  Times were hard; membership was dropping off and numerous requests were received for an extension of time or a moratorium on dues.  There were many local outstanding bills.

About this time the one-armed bandits made their appearance, and with the introduction of refreshments, local bills were paid, and the retirement of bonded indebtedness began in earnest.

Gradually more interest was shown in lodge work, and it was not an uncommon occurrence to have one or more of the offices contested.  During this decade our officers have been the North Idaho “Ritualistic champions, and place second in the state contest.

Our lodge was also honored by a visit of the Grand Exalted Ruler, Bro. Walter F. Meier, of Seattle.

The policy of sending the retiring Exalted Ruler to the National Convention was changed, so that the incoming Exalted Ruler is now named the delegate, and an alternate is chosen from the ranks of Past Exalted Rulers.

Some initiation parades and third degree work has been given; card parties have been tried with varying success, as well as dancing parties.

With a larger membership and younger blood there arose a need for more and better facilities, and development of the shower and locker room and the gymnasium was the first step proposed.

About this time we joined the Idaho State Elks Association, and several of our members have served either as an officer or a member of committees.  At the present time one of our members is vice-president.

After several years of discussion, an architect was hired to draw plans, which were finally accepted.  Contracts were let, and the work completed, so that our quarters are now as modern as any in the Northwest.

With the increased interest many events and problems arose and it has been the untiring efforts of the Exalted Rulers to work with the trustees and various committees.  With increased activities, and up-to-date system of bookkeeping has been installed, and a business manager for the club appointed.

Throughout the years our lodge has and still is filling a much needed part in a progressive community.  It has sponsored softball teams; given parties in Pullman and Colfax, carrying on a winter and summer athletic program; operating an eighty-acre golf course, in addition to our gymnasium and bowling alleys.  We have joined with the Pioneer Association in jointly observing Flag and Pioneer days, and contribute to charity in many and varied ways.  We allow our facilities to be used by other organizations, such as the Red Cross, Chamber of Commerce, and different charitable drives.  Our building is also the social center for our more than six hundred members.Our lodge today is entirely out of debt, having retired all bonded indebtedness and insurance loan, so that with a backlog of investments in war bonds, cash in the bank, and a big business, the prospects look bright for the future.  It seems entirely feasible to predict that after victory is ours on the battle field that our lodge will be able to go through a post-was re-adjustment without seriously hampering its progress.

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MHS Golf Practice

Be on the lookout for Bears on the course this spring.

The Moscow High School Bears’ Golf team made their first appearance  of the season at the Elks this Tuesday, March 13.  They have several Friday nights in April & early May reserved for their practices, but will be utilizing our facilities at other times as their needs, and our availability, allow.

It is our pleasure to have Coach Mike Parsons, assistant coach Bill Myers, and their players as our guests.  At the current time they are using the shag range and the pitching green, but as conditions allow they will be utilizing more of our facility, including hosting some JV events on the course.



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Golf Schedule for 2018 Season

 Golf Schedule for the 2018 Season*

*Always subject to change as necessary

Moscow High School Golf Practice — Fridays: 4/6 through 5/11
Men’s Opening Day Breakfast & Blind Scramble — Sunday 4/29
Tuesday Men’s League — Tuesdays: 5/1 through 8/28 (no play 7/3)
Thursday Men’s League — Thursdays: 5/3 through 8/30 (no play 7/5)
Women’s League — Mondays: 5/21, 6/11, 6/25 & 7/23 — Wednesdays: 5/16, 5/30, 6/6, 6/20, 7/11, 7/18, 8/1, 8/8 & 8/15
Golf Committee Meetings — Mondays: 6/4 & 7/16 — Wednesdays: 3/7, 4/4, 5/2, 6/27, 9/5, 10/3 & 11/7, and as otherwise needed.
Spring Skins Games — Saturdays: 5/12, 5/26 & 6/9 — Sundays: 5/20, 6/3 & 6/24
Exalted Ruler’s Cup Completion Dates — Saturday 5/12, Saturday 5/26, Sunday 6/10, Sunday 6/24, Sunday 7/15 & Sunday 7/29
Club Championship Completion Dates — Sunday 5/20, Saturday 6/9, Saturday 6/23, Saturday 7/7 & Sunday 7/22
Sole Survivor Qualifying — Sunday 5/20, Saturday 5/26, Sunday 6/3, Saturday 6/9 & Sunday 6/24
Friday Couples Steak or Salmon — Fridays: 6/1 through 9/28
Jr. Golf Lessons — Tuesdays: 6/5 through 7/17 (no lessons 7/3)
Fathers’ Day Golf Event — Saturday 6/16
Member/Guest 9-hole Burger & Brew — Mondays: 6/18, 7/2, 7/30, 8/6, 8/20 & 8/27
Moscow Elks Invitational / Elks Challenge — Saturday 6/30 & Sunday 7/1
Last Chance 4th of July Sole Survivor Qualifier — Wednesday 7/4
69th annual 4th of July Sole Survivor Exhibition — Wednesday 7/4
Ladies’ Sole Survivor — Sunday 7/8
Sr. Men’s Sole Survivor — Sunday 7/8
Sprenger Open – ALS Fundraiser — Saturday 7/14
Marines of the Palouse Fundraiser — Saturday 7/21
Jr. Sole Survivor — Friday 7/27
Gamble Scramble — Saturday 7/28
Light a Candle Fundraiser — Friday 8/3
Cart Path Scramble — Saturday 8/18
Jordan Jumper Chapman — Saturday 8/25 & Sunday 8/26
Crumrine Creek Revival — Hickory Golf Event — Saturday 9/1 
Member Best Ball — Saturday 9/8
Fall Rabbit Game — Saturday AM 9/15 — Saturday PM 9/15 — Sunday AM 9/9, 9/16 & 9/30 — Sunday PM 9/9, 9/16 & 9/30

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The Elks & Lady Liberty

The Elks & Lady Liberty

In 1982, the Statue of Liberty–Ellis Island Foundation was created to lead private sector efforts to renovate and preserve the Statue of Liberty for its 100th anniversary in 1986. In 1983, in response to the foundation’s call for donations, the Elks pledged to provide $1 million toward the effort. On December 14, 1985, the Order made good on its promise—the first charitable organization to do so—and by 1986, it had donated a total of nearly $1.4 million toward the restoration effort.


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Elks Most Valuable Student National Semi-finalist


Elks Most Valuable Student

National Semi-finalist

A student sponsored by Moscow Elks Lodge #249 has been chosen as a national semifinalist in the 2018 Elks Most Valuable Student scholarship program.

Congratulations to Sara Whelschel.

Sara,  a senior at Colfax High School, was one of 6 students recommended by our lodge for state judging and one of only 3 from the state of Idaho moving on to national judging.

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.

Good luck Sara — we look forward to meeting you later this spring and presenting you with your scholarship awards.

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150 Years of Elkdom — Caring & Sharing During Changing Times — 1978-1998


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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Officers for 2018 Lodge Year

Moscow Elks Lodge #249 

Officers for 2018 Lodge Year

  • Exalted Ruler — Travis Mechling*
  • Leading Knight — Joel Jaurequito*
  • Loyal Knight — Janey Wineinger*
  • Lecturing Knight — Ben McGuckin*
  • Director 1 year– Tyson Berrett*
  • Director 2 year — Jerry Curtis*
  • Director 3 year — Kevin Peterson*
  • Director 4 year — Joe O’Callaghan*
  • Director 5 year —  Doug Lind*
  • Secretary — Wayne Krauss
  • Treasurer — Tanya Mechling

  *Board of Directors

Elected at regular lodge  meeting on February 28th

(other positions filled by  Exalted Ruler’s appointment)

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