Of the nearly 2000 Elks lodges, what do only the following lodges have in common?
- #174 Tacoma WA
- #206 Henderson KY
- #214 Great Falls MT
- #249 Moscow ID
- #318 Yakima WA
- #358 Heppner OR
- #372 Torrington CT
- #378 Haggerstown MD
- #481 Bellsville IL
- #499 Flagstaff AZ
- #597 Reno NV
- #678 Westerly RI
- #824 Santa Cruz CA
- #1091 Rochester MN
- #1112 San Mateo CA
- #1558 Carlsbad NM
- #1643 Indio CA
- #1774 Melbourne FL
- #2041 Pearl River NY
- #2118 Auburn MA
- #2157 Rotterdam NY
- #2250 Cozad NE
- #2483 Grapevine TX
- #2731 Zephyrhills FL
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- Exalted Ruler — Corey Ray*
- Leading Knight — Travis Mechling*
- Loyal Knight — Joel Jaurenguito*
- Lecturing Knight — Janey Wineinger*
- Secretary — Wayne Krauss
- Treasurer — Shelley Anderson
- Trustee (1 year) — Travis Lambert*
- Trustee (2 year) — Tyson Barrett*
- Trustee (3 year) — Jerry Curtis*
- Trustee (4 year) — Kevin Peterson*
- Trustee (5 year) — Joe O’Callahan*
*Board of Directors Member
We are starting the process of hiring a new Bar and Dining Manager for this upcoming year. We are in the need of 3 volunteers to be on the hiring committee. Meetings will start on the week of February 6th. Please call the office if you have an interest in serving on this committee.
Also, please call the office if you know of someone who is qualified to manage the bar and dining area and is available the first of April. We really need the help of our members on this hire
Our Elks organization turns 149 years young on February 16th!
It is hard to believe that I only have two months left on my term as Exalted Ruler, which means it is time to start planning for the new fiscal year as we construct a Lodge budget and recruit new leadership. Our year so far as been very successful, thanks to the efforts of our membership and the leaders I work with. However, if we are going to continue our success, we will need members to fill the open positions that are going to be available April 1. We are looking for a new board member, who serves a 5 year term, and officer positions that serve 1 year commitments. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to consider being involved to continue the good work that we do.
As I mentioned last month, we do a lot of good things for our community and we often do not do a good enough job sharing with our membership what it is we do. Here are some things that are coming up in the next two months:
- Easter egg hunt,
- sponsoring a Cub Scout Den to help them perform some community service by serving some hot soup,
- Crab Feed,
- Super Bowl Party,
- Memorial Service,
- Law Enforcement Recognition, and the
- Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.
I hope you will consider joining us for some of these events, great way to enjoy your membership and our Lodge.
We held our annual Hoop Shoot event on January 9 and got a great turn out of our volunteers – thank you! The following are the names and schools of our local winners:
- Girls: Elle Nilsson – Russell
- Boys: Charles Owen – Genesee
- Girls: Kendra Meyer – Genesee
- Boys: Cooper Owen – Genesee
- Girls: Isabelle Monk – Genesee
- Boys: Ashton Strobel – Tekoa
Our winners will complete in the district Hoop Shoot on January 28 down in Lewiston and we wish them luck!
We once again are moving forward with improvements to the Members Lounge. A big Thank You goes out to Barry Kees for installing the rest of the carpet. It looks great! More painting will be underway soon and I’m hoping to refinish a table to be used as a poker table. I’ve never done that before so I hope it turns out!
We would like to finish with the track lighting and purchase a solar shade for the window. Any other suggestions along with donations are very much appreciated.
Brad and Shelley Anderson
OK folks, we made it into February! I have always looked at February as being Mother Nature’s last chance to really dump Winter on us. I have looked at the 90 day forecast, and if you can believe it, the temperatures are supposed to start gradually warming. I think most of us will be glad for that! We managed to duck any flooding as the three inches of rain that was supposed to hit us turned out to be much less, we thank God for that!
I Have received a few inquiry’s as to when 2017-2018 dues are due. The answer is April 1st. Grand Lodge has increased dues by 50 cents, so the new amount will be $121.50 and I will send out statements the first week of March. You will also note that there are a number of contributions listed that you may donate to if you like. For years the asked for amount has been $2.00, however that has been increased to a recommended amount of $5.00. You, of course, may donate as much or as little as you wish!
March 31st is the date that delinquent members will be dropped from membership. At this time, we have 18 members that have not paid this year’s Lodge dues. The following members will have to be dropped from our membership roles on March 31st, so please talk to the ones listed and let’s bring them back!
- Don Bolingbroke
- Roger Erickson
- Erich Hanisch
- Kirk Harden
- Harold Hartman
- Ryan Holden
- Brad Hordemann
- Rich Leander
- Dave Lehmitz
- Ray Matson
- Mary McDonald
- Tom Redinger
- Susan Smith S
- Dave Sturing
- Dale Taylor
- Lynda Walters
So there you have it. I don’t list these names to tick off or embarrass anyone, we just want these members to stay with us as Elks. I do believe we are the best Fraternal Organization in America.
Our Super Bowl Party will be held on Sunday, February 5th. The party starts at 3:00pm with the game kicking off at 3:30pm. The dining department will be providing FREE food during the game, and the bar will be serving discounted beer and well drinks.
We are auctioning off the “Members Only” lounge to raise money for our Youth Activities account. The lucky winner will get to watch the Super Bowl in the comfort of our lounge with their family and friends. The drawing for the lucky winner will be held at the lodge meeting on January 25th. Ticket prices are: 1 ticket for $1.00, 8 tickets for $5.00, and 18 tickets for $10.00. Call Wayne or Tanya at the office to purchase tickets.
Please call the office if you are coming to the game so they can get a head count – it will help the bar and dining folks know how much food and drink to purchase. Great fun, be there!
The annual Crab Feed dinner will be on Saturday, February 18th at 6:00pm. Cocktail hour starts at 5:00pm with discounts on beer and well drinks. Along with providing crab, the members will be serving prime rib as an alternate entrée. Please call the office to purchase your $25.00 per person tickets and reserve your place. It is important we get an accurate headcount for ordering the crab and prime rib. This should be a great winter event – see you there!
Volume 1, 2017
Happy New Year to all! This may sound strange at this time, with all the snow still on the ground, but it’s time to start thinking about spring and our upcoming events. It won’t be long before the snow is gone and we will be enjoying the events at the Elks again. We already have two events planned for February.
First is our Super Bowl Party to be held on Sunday, February 5th. The party starts at 3:00pm with the game kicking off at 3:30pm. The dining department will be providing FREE food during the game, and the bar will be serving discounted beer and well drinks. Also, we are going to auction off the “Members Only” lounge to raise money for our Youth Activities account. The lucky winner will get to watch the Super Bowl in the comfort of our lounge. The drawing for the lucky winner will be held at the last lodge meeting in January (1/25). Just call Wayne or Tanya at the office to purchase tickets. At the same time let the office know if you are coming to the game so they can get a head count – it will help the bar and dining folks know how much food and drink to purchase. This should be a fun event!
The other event is our annual Crab Feed dinner. The event is on Saturday, February 18 at 6:00pm. Cocktail Hour starts at 5:00pm with discounts on beer and well drinks. Along with providing crab, the members will be serving prime rib as an alternative entrée. Please call the office to purchase your tickets ($25 each) and reserve your place – they will need an accurate headcount for ordering the crab and prime rib.
One last thought, we will start looking for a new Bar and Dining Manager the first of February. Please call the office if you know of anyone who is qualified to manage the bar and dining area and will be available the first of April. We do need the help of our members on this hire.
Enough Elk droppings for today,
As per Grand Lodge Statutes section 3.090 Moscow Lodge #249 will be holding its annual election the second meeting in February, Wednesday the 22nd. Please plan to attend as we MUST HAVE a quorum. The following members have been nominated for office:
- Corey Ray, Exalted Ruler,
- Travis Mechling, Leading Knight,
- Joel Jaureguito, Loyal Knight,
- Janey Wineinger, Lecturing Knight,
- Joe O’Callahan, Trustee,
- Wayne Krauss, Secretary,
- Shelley Anderson, Treasurer.
Thanks, Wayne Krauss, Secretary
Your Golf Committee will hold their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 1st, 6:30 PM at the lodge. At this meeting we will be setting the golf calendar for the 2017 season. The following schedule has been posted for comment and revised accordingly. (Changes from last year are in red text). We will act on approval or modification at the February meeting.
All members and spouses are welcome to attend and participate in the discussion preceding the vote on an approved calendar.
- Friday April 14th through Friday May 12th
- Moscow High School golf team after school practice — no change
- Sunday April 30th
- Men’s Opening Day Breakfast — no change
- Tuesday May 2nd through Tuesday August 29th (no play July 4th)
- Tuesday Night Men’s League – no change
- Thursday May 4th through Thursday August 31st (no play July 6th)
- Thursday Men’s League – no change
- Sunday May 7th, May 21st, June 11th & June 25th
- Sunday Net Skins
- Begin play any time between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM
- 18 holes full net (full GHIN handicap or adjusted handicap for non-GHIN)
- $20 for daily game – all entries returned in prizes – players option of cash or merchandise for skins – $15 of each entry will be returned in prizes for net skins each day with the remaining $5 going toward prizes for the 4 event series
- Arrange your own groups, but you must play with at least 1 other competitor for your score to count.
- Points will be awarded for net and gross finishes in each event – up to 20 points for first (20 or more participants in skins game) down to 1 point for all finishers from 20th on down – the accumulated prize pot for the 4 event series will be paid at the end of final event – 40% for 1st, 30% for 2nd, 20% for 3rd & 10% for 4th – both net and gross – you may win prizes in both net and gross.
- Gross scores from these events will also be used to select the sole survivor field
- low gross score in each event (from individuals not otherwise qualified) will join the sole survivor field (ties broken by low GHIN index)
- Top 3 point totals for the combined 4 events, not otherwise qualified, will join the sole survivor field (ties broken by low GHIN index)
- Wednesday May 17th through Wednesday August 30th (no play July 5th)
- Wednesday Night Ladies’ League – no change
- Friday June 2nd through Friday September 22nd
- Friday Steak & Golf Night – no change
- Saturday June 3rd & Sunday June 4th
- Moscow Invitational Member Guest
- 4 person teams – 1 member/3 guest, 2 member/2 guest, 3 member/1 guest
- Choose your own team or we will try to accommodate/combine smaller teams
- Saturday – 4 person best ball 2 low score per hole) – full GHIN handicap – non GHIN will be playing with adjusted handicaps –
- Sunday – 4 person scramble – GHIN handicap or handicap established by Saturday play.
- Tuesday June 13th through Tuesday July 25th (no classes July 4th)
- Junior Golf Lessons – no change
- Saturday July 1st
- Member best ball
- 2 person teams member/member
- Handicap – GHIN or adjusted handicap for non-GHIN
- Sunday July 2nd
- Women’s Sole Survivor – no change
- Men’s Sr. Sole Survivor
- Last year’s winner, 9 qualifiers from Sunday Skins Game
- Tuesday July 4th
- Last Chance Qualifier
- 9 hole gross play – Elks members & guests
- Open to players who have competed in a Sunday Net Skins.
- Low score among players not otherwise qualified joins sole survivor field.
- A tie would be broken by pitch-off on #9 green before Sole Survivor
- Community Events – no change
- Free hot dogs
- Flag ceremony
- Border Highlanders (?)
- 68th annual Sole Survivor
- Last year’s winner, last year’s club champion, 7 qualifiers from Sunday Skins Game, last chance qualifier from morning competition.
- Saturday July 15th
- ALS fundraiser – no change
- Friday July 28th
- Junior Sole Survivor — no change
- Saturday July 29th
- Gamble Scramble – no change
- Friday August 4th
- Rally for the Cure – no change
- Saturday August 26th & Sunday August 27th
- Inland Empire Elks Challenge
- 2 day event
- Saturday afternoon – 4 person teams by lodge – 4 person best ball – GHIN handicap or adjusted handicap for non GHIN members
- Saturday evening dinner
- Sunday morning breakfast
- Sunday morning 4 person scramble —
GHIN handicap or adjusted handicap from Saturday
- Trophy awarded to winning team along with option to hold next years’ event
- Saturday September 9th
- Cart Path Scramble — no change
MOSCOW ELKS LODGE NO. 249
Idaho’s Oldest Lodge
The Moscow Elks Lodge will be holding its annual crab feed on Saturday February 18th 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.
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 13th, or call the lodge at 208-882-2577, week days between 8:00AM and 12:00PM to RSVP.
Mark your calendars and come out for a fun evening to support your lodge.
Pat Dollar, Rick Hull , Travis Lambert, Tyson Berrett
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,