Happy New Year! I always love this time of year because I am one of those people who truly enjoys the snow. I realize that for most, the snow is a nuisance and it brings a lot of other issues, but I love it. Growing up, snow was very rare in the Willamette Valley (outside of Portland) and a light dusting was a treat because it usually meant schools would close and my parents would be home from work. After spending my 10th December in Moscow, I realize how lucky we are to have a white Christmas and enjoy out door activities, like sledding with our kids.
This time of year also allows for reflecting upon the past and looking forward to the future. We have done some amazing things as an Elks Lodge.
- We have helped 45+ local Veterans with their PTSD since we started the Fly Tying program.
- We have given to a local elementary school the last two years to assist kids with their education, both in reading and improving physical space.
- We have rushed tons of food to our neighbors when it was needed.
- We have provided space so that our senior citizens of the community could have life screening performed and we have supported the local ALS charity foundations to raise money to defeat that disease.
- We served the local community for two months when we served hot soup on Friday nights downtown to those who needed and wanted it.
- We continue to support our local youth through the Hoop Shoot and Soccer Shoot programs, Junior Golf, Kids Carnival, scholarships, and Cocoa with Santa.
- For 18 years, we have had members who continue to raise money so that we can go out and buy Christmas presents for kids who otherwise might not see a happy Christmas morning.
We have done so much more… Our Lodge continues to be a “quiet” leader within our community, constantly giving and supporting without much fanfare or applause in return.
As I look forward to 2017, I see great opportunity for our Lodge to continue the tradition of Sharing and Caring for our community. I hope you take a moment and consider volunteering for one of our many programs and/or activities. GET INVOLVED! Get your friends and family involved! In the end, you will reap the benefits and rewards for doing so.
If you have questions about getting involved, please do not hesitate in contacting me through the Lodge office. Let’s make 2017 the year of the Elk!!!!!
We purchased gifts for 30 kids this year! Once again, we were able to partner with the Moscow Christmas for Kids program and were able to buy for 20 kids. The other 10 kids were tags from the Sharing Tree program which reaches our outlying communities such as Potlatch, Troy, Deary, and Genesee.
Thank you to Barb Jordan, Kristin Strong, Kim Carlson, Melissa Weitz, Amelia Hanisch, and Wendy Berrett for helping me with the shopping and wrapping, your help is very much appreciated! Also, a big THANK YOU to all of our Elk’s members who donate their time and money during the various fund raising activities throughout the year. Your efforts allow us to provide these kids with winter coats, boots, hats, gloves, and toys during this holiday season.
Well we made it to 2017. It is interesting to look back at books such as George Orwell’s 1984 and the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey”. These items projected life 20-30 years into the future. I can remember back in the late 50’s when predictions were we would all be driving flying cars in 1980. Most of these predictions never came true, although some of them did in various forms. Of course some of the biggest changes have come in communication and computers. We really did survive quite well without cell phones but now I certainly would not want to be without mine! I know I would not want to be without my Office Computer and the great soft ware I use to stay in contact with Grand Lodge and store all my data. Sure has made keeping hard copy files obsolete in most cases.
Not much going on this month at the Lodge. Corey wrote a great letter this month detailing all the wonderful things our Lodge has done this year, and Jerry Curtis included an article on upcoming events and plans.
I will be sending out past due reminders to the 19 members that have not paid this years dues and next month I will list their names, as per Grand Lodge request. Please, you know if you are past due and we do not want to lose you as a member! Without members, we cannot function as a Lodge.
I hope you have wonderful memories of the past holidays and we look forward to a great year!
The Bar and Dining area has been closed for almost two months. The New Year is here and it is time to start thinking about our upcoming events . The lodge officers would like to have a Super Bowl Party on Sunday, February 6th. The event is still in the planning stage and details will be coming out soon; so put this fun day on your calendars. The lodge is planning the super Crab Feed event in February as well. We will get you a date very soon.
Update on our former dining manager, Chelsey – she is the tasting room manager at the Pullman Merry Cellars winery. Good for her! Remember, we all need to start thinking about finding a bar & dining manager. If you know of anyone who would qualify for the position for this upcoming year, please let me know.
Hope the New Year is good to you,
It may be mid-winter but your golf committee is finalizing plans for next summer’s season.
Our goal is to continue to provide the activities you have enjoyed in the past, while increasing involvement in our programs, and offering new opportunities for our members and guests as well as members of area lodges to participate.
Please comment with suggestions on this site, or contact any committee member with your input. We hope to solidify the calendar the first of February.
The annual Elks Invitational will no longer be held in the format we have used for the last several years. Participation in the invitational has dropped significantly in recent seasons and it is time to give it a face lift. The two day invitational will be replaced by a one day member best ball Saturday before the Fourth of July and a two day member/guest earlier in the season.
A series of four, one day, net skins competitions will be held during May and June. Seven of the participants for the 4th of July Sole Survivor (our 68th annual) and nine of the field for the Sr. Men’s sole survivor will be chosen in conjunction with these events. There will be opportunities to qualify through cumulative points earned through the series as well as spots that will be awarded each day.
Near the end of the summer we will be holding a two day “Inland Empire Elks Challenge” open to 4 person teams from area Elks lodges. The lodge of the winning team will receive the traveling trophy for safe keeping and have the option of hosting next year’s event.
League nights should remain unchanged and other events will see little or no change.
For the details, click here.
Thanks, Your Golf Committee
It was cold outside but that didn’t keep several dozen Elks and guests from braving the near zero temperatures to join our own “Sweet Ed” Townsend for the annual Tom & Jerry Party.
“Twas the Night before Christmas”,
hot cocoa &
Cocoa with Santa. December 17th 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 email@example.com
Our own Ed Townsend will be hosting the annual Tom & Jerry party on Friday the 16th of December.
Tom & Jerry batter has been around for 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.
As we enter December, I would ask all to remember that Elks Care – Elks Share and what better month to demonstrate that we care.
We have done a lot of charitable work so far this year, but December often gets too hectic for a lot of our schedules with all the gatherings, travels, events, and other holiday commitments. However, let us keep in mind that there are many who do not have families they get to go home to for the holidays. Some serve our country and are overseas, while others might not have the financial ability or relationships to make this season a joyful one. Whatever the reasons are, not all are as fortunate as we are. I would like to request that all members (400) do something to help others this month. 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 (Thank you Jen Lambert) 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, I challenge you to do just ONE thing this month to help someone else out. If all 400 of us do one thing, we will have made a difference in our community.
Enjoy your Holidays, Stay Safe, and Merry Christmas – Happy New Year.
Corey Ray, Exalted Ruler
Dear Corey & Members of the Elks, Thank you so much for your time, effort and donations to our first grade reading program. Our first graders have shown growth with this program and we will be able to continue bringing these “puppies” into our classroom because of your generosity! Thanks so much! Brenda, Denise Johnson, and Kristine Fitze (first grade teachers)
Thanksgiving is over with and I hope everyone had a great holiday and is looking forward to the Christmas season.
I want to take the time in this newsletter, to thank everyone for their membership in this great organization. Without your membership, we would not be able to do the great things within our local community that we do. We just completed, and are gearing up to again offer our fly tying/fishing program for the veterans at WSU and the University of Idaho that suffer from. This program was made possible through the Impact Grant as well as grants from the Idaho State Elks Association and Cabala’s. This program has been highly beneficial for these Veterans and we will continue to offer it as long as we continue to receive Grant money from Grand lodge.
Our other grants, the Gratitude Grant, the Beacon Grant and the Promise Grant all go towards benefiting our communities. Everything from the Soup and Roll Tent we established at Friendship Square this winter to our partnering with the Latah County Youth Advocacy Council in their drug abuse and youth programs have all been extremely beneficial. Let’s not forget our Christmas for Kids program we have been doing for the last 15 years. Without your membership, we would not be an Elks Lodge, and therefore not be able to give back to the communities in the manner which we do.
Thanks again for your membership and those of you that still have not renewed, please consider renewing your membership with our Lodge. We can only offer these programs by keeping a strong membership and YOUR membership DOES matter! Please remember, “No matter what you are doing, If you are not helping others, YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME!”
Yes — tomorrow is Thanksgiving.
Yes — it is November.
Yes — this is Moscow Idaho.
But — We are still open for play, as the weather and conditions allow, with an honor box on #1 tee ($10) for members and their guests.
The golf clubhouse and bar/dining are now closed for the season. Bar/dining will open for special occasions only and they will be noted on the calendar in the newsletter.
The golf course will remain open as long as the weather permits for members and guests,with an honor box on the first tee ($10 for non-pass holders).
RV parking is closed and will reopen when conditions allow in the spring.
The holidays are upon us and I can’t believe I am already halfway through my year as Exalted Ruler. We have done a lot in the past 6 months and there are a lot of members to thank for the efforts so far. We have successfully hosted a state convention, were awarded two grants for our community service programs (Veteran Fly Tying/Fishing and for giving out Hot Soup on Fridays), had a successful gun raffle, we hosted numerous golf tournaments that raised money both for local charities and for our charity programs, and we raised money for McDonald Elementary School’s “Reading to Lucky” program with our recent Wine Tasting event. By the time you read this, we will have had our member appreciation day at the Lodge and we are gearing up for some winter activities. What you can look forward to in the upcoming winter is
- the Kids Carnival (11/12),
- the Tom & Jerry Party (12/16),
- Christmas with Santa (12/17),
- Volunteer Appreciation (January),
- Crab Feed (February),
and much more. I also want to remind you that November 11th
is coming up and that is Veteran’s Day. That day has a lot of different meanings for everyone. Some see it as a day to dress up in patriotic clothes, others pay no attention, and for some it means a day off from work. What we should be focusing on is remembering and celebrating those who have served. All though the 11th is an important date, Grand Lodge has expanded Veterans Day into Veterans Remembrance Month like so many other organizations have done over the past few years. I would also encourage all of you to thank those who also support our Veterans, because a thank you can go a long way.
After having lost a number of members last year because they passed away or were dropped for non-payment of dues, I am happy to report that we have increased our membership above the 400 number again. Joe O’Callaghan and Vickie Obanion were initiated at the last meeting and we have one more candidate, Art Bettge, and a transfer for Rick Sperry pending. This is good news and thank you to all our members that have been sponsors. I, of course, have concerns for the 19 members that are still arrears in their dues, but hopefully many of them will see the value of our Elks Lodge and renew their membership.
Member appreciation day was held on October 28th. It was very well attended with free food and draft beer offered. It was also a send off for Chelsey, as it was her last day. It was also one of the few days in October when it did not rain, so we also had folks out playing golf and enjoying a fairly decent day. Thank you to Jerry and Chelsey for doing a great job.
Evan though the golf course will soon be closed for the winter, and the bar/dining will only be open for special functions, the Lodge office is still open Monday-Friday, from 8-12, so don’t hesitate to call if you have questions. If by chance we do not answer the phone, please leave a message and I or Tanya will get back with you. If you or your group have a special function you would like to have, let us know the date and time. We will be happy to accommodate.
WOW, what a great night for wine lovers. We had 43 guests enjoy wine tastings from five different countries. Lead by David Goodpaster, our local wine guru, we enjoyed tasting three vibrant whites and four unusual yet powerful reds. It was just what an evening of wine, friends and fun should be to overcome a cool fall evening. It was a special night in a number of ways. In addition to the wines purchased for the tasting, the Barrett’s donated a super large bottle of 1997 Russell Creek Cabernet for all to taste. It was amazing! We also want to thank our generous members who donated 14 bottles of wine for our auction to help McDonald Elementary School. We raised $600 for the Learning with Lucky: Puppies Reading Program. That should make our first graders happy.
I want to thank everyone for their help and generosity in making our wine tasting party such a special night. We are already planning for next year.
Jerry & Cheri Curtis
To check out the wines sampled, click here.
I feel this year has been a transitional year for the Bar and Dining facility. It was a year where we tried to create a vibrant club house where members felt welcome and were treated well. We wanted everyone to have a positive experience whenever they came out to the course. We also wanted the facility to provide services at a fair value for your hard earned dollars. I want to thank all the volunteers for their hard work, for without their help we could not have had such a successful year. I also want to thank Chelsey and Hance for helping to create this new positive atmosphere. Next spring we will try to hire people that have the same positive customer service attitude as we had this year. It is our goal to provide a facility that is fun and inviting for all our members.
Thank you everyone,
Volume 17, 2016
Sorry I haven’t been around the last few weeks. I took the herd down to Nevada and New Mexico to see the changing leaves and for some warmer weather. The season is ending soon and I want to update everyone on what is happening at the Lodge.
The Bar and Dining facility is trying to blow their kegs for the year, so all draft beer is only $1.00 each for the rest of the month. There will be a member appreciation day on Friday, October 28 from 12 noon until 7pm. The bar will be providing snacks, appetizers for FREE and of course $1.00 draft beers. The Bar and Dining area will be closing Saturday, October 29 for the season.
If you have any unused golf course gift certificates they need to be used by October 28. After that date Dave’s Golf Shop and the Elks will no longer be able to accept your certificates.
The golf course officially closes Sunday, October 30. The cart sheds will be open until November 14 for members to do any year end clean-up. After that date the back gate will be locked for the season. If you have any cart shed special needs after that date, please call the office. The Honor Box will be placed on the first tee after October 30.
I want to thank Chelsey, Trent and the office staff for all their hard work this year. They all did an excellent job keeping our lodge and facilities running smoothly. A special thanks for all the members who gave their time and effort making all our charitable endeavors successful this year.
Reminder for those of you signed up for the Wine Tasting Party on Saturday, October 22. Please arrive a bit early as the event will start promptly at 7:00pm.
Enough Elk droppings for today,