Happy Holidays to everyone. It is amazing to me how fast the days go by, the year is almost over and we are thinking of what we will be doing in the New Year….my goodness, how time does fly by.
Many activities took place in November at the Lodge starting with a very successful Halloween Party – boy did they decorate! Thank you to Jon for bartending and putting this fun event on for around 130 scary villains!
With that being said, there were a few hard-working Elks that came out and moved all the past Exalted Ruler’s pictures into the Lodge room. This was a huge undertaking but well worth the time. Plaques were moved into the room and now the Lodge room has a new look. The PER’s voted to make this change and the new look is refreshing as well as very functional.
November 12 was an evening again of, hard-working dedicated Elks, to help with the event hosting the Harlem Ambassadors at the U of I Memorial gym. The event was well-received and fun was had by everyone who attended. We helped sponsor this event by donating a $2,000 grant given to the Moscow Lodge for helping with the LCYAC. Elk’s Care and Elk’s Share.
Lastly, a very successful evening was shared with members and their guest this past weekend for the Wine and Cheese party chaired by Jerry Curtis. David Goodpaster was the MC for the evening and our wine connoisseur’s had a wonderful time. Many thanks to Jerry, Mike Keating, Wayne Krauss and Jon McAleer. Also, I know there were some very important help from the wives of these gentlemen and thank you to all – like I’ve said before, it “takes a mountain” to put on events for our membership, and our wonderful, dedicated members show the passion and determination to make them happen!
December is shaping up. Again, many Elk members are stepping up to the plate to make the holiday season a productive and happy one. Travis Lambert is chairing our local “Hoop Shoot” on December 13, at the Hamilton Recreation Center – he will need volunteers to help.
A delightful Christmas dinner has been planned for December 19 at St. Mary’s Church from 4-7pm. We are asking for volunteers to help with set-up, serving and clean-up. If you have a couple of hours or even an hour, please sign up. This dinner is provided to you by a $2,000 grant that we have received for our community. Please, come to the dinner and join in on the fun. The children will receive a fun Christmas bag and there will be plenty of food for everyone. We would invite you to please call the Lodge office and make your reservation of how many will be in your party. Mary and Wayne will be happy to assist you at 208–882-2577.
Last but not least, December 20 brings us a happy, fun-filled day starting with the Children’s Christmas Party at 1pm. Santa will be there to give out gifts and refreshments will be served. This is always a fun afternoon with the children and last year’s party was a huge success.
The same day our very own Ed Townsend will be hosting his Tom and Jerry Party starting at 5pm. As most of you know, Ed is the chief “Tom & Jerry” maker using his own recipe which has been loved by all who has attended this event. Thank you Ed – the holiday would not be the same without you hosting this event and is appreciated very much.
Not only are all of these events going on, we also have Barbara Heimgartner taking on the “Gift of Sharing” for families in need. Please contact Barbara if you can spare some time in buying, wrapping presents and whatever else she may need. This is huge folks – lots of work and planning goes into making this all happen for someone less fortunate and putting a smile on someone’s face is what Christmas is all about. This is what Elkdom is all about. Please, do your part in helping out with any or all of the events that has been mentioned. Please check our website for dates and times – Ken Jordan does a great job keeping us up-to-date.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
ER ** Moscow Lodge #249