“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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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+. He is getting pretty good at it.
Plans to be at the lodge from about 5:00 PM to around 7:00 PM on the 19th– 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,
The Idaho Elks Rehab Board has received another offer for our Meridian Property. As you may recall we asked and you approved the sale of the property 3 years ago and the developer at that time backed out of the sale and the Idaho Elks then kept the earnest money that was on file. Now this new developer has made an offer of $11,911,000.00, which is higher than the last offer. And again a non-refundable earnest money will be put in an account if they do not purchase the property.
At this time the Rehab Board and State Officers would like for your approval http://www.idahoelksrehab.org/again to pursue this offer and sale the Meridian property and to act on behave of the Idaho Elks Association.
Your local lodge will vote on this matter at your last meeting in October. Please plan to attend the meeting and vote for the good of the order.
We are planning another fun evening of wine tasting with food pairings. The event will be Saturday, October 22 at 7:00pm at the Moscow Elks Lodge. We have invited David Goodpaster to be our MC for the evening. David is our resident wine expert, and will be walking us through our international wine selections. He did an excellent job last year of explaining the differences in the wines and their regions. There will be plenty of wines to taste and an auction of some specialty wines to add to the fun evening. The cost is the same as last year, $20 per person or $30 per couple. We have only 40 spaces available for the event, so reserve your spot by paying early. Tanya will be taking reservations and payment – please call her during office hours 208-882-2577. Hope to see you there!!
We have had a great start to fall this year! Plenty of good weather for our golfers and our events. I want to thank all the volunteers who helped sell tickets for our yearly Gun Raffle. I also want to thank all of you who purchased a ticket and supported our Charity and emergency funds with that purchase. We raised $3,200.00 dollars and the lucky winner this year was Mr. Bill Amador. Again, thank you all for your support.
Other events to look forward to the next two months are the International Wine Tasting Party on Saturday, October 22. Call the office at (208) 882-2577 to make your reservations – only 40 seats available. Something else to look forward to with the kids and grandkids is the Turkey Shoot that will be held on Saturday, November 12, from 2 pm until 4 pm. Turkey Shoot will be an indoor kid’s Carnival that will give families an opportunity for late fall, early winter fun. The main attraction will be The Turkey Shoot where kids will use marshmallow blow guns to knock over targets. The lucky winners will be able to keep the blow guns!
Finally, I want to share with you an important way to give back to our community while sharing the experience with friends and family. As I reported before, we received a $2.000.00 Beacon Grant from Grand Lodge to serve hot soup every Friday, starting October 7 through the Thanksgiving Holiday, in Friendship Square. Although anyone wishing a hot meal will receive one, I have communicated with the local department of children and family services so that families that need a hot meal are aware of our program. We still have a few Friday’s open for any members who wish to sign up (call the office) and help serve soup for 2-3 Hours. Again, a great way to get your friends and families involved by serving soup alongside you.
It is October!! How the heck did that happen, seems like it should still be August! I hope we have an October like last year. Last October we were finally rid of the smoke from all the fires, the air was warm but crisp at times and crystal clear with vibrant fall colors. No better time to live on the Palouse!
Our membership now stands at 399. We have brought in 19 new members through initiation and reinstatement and we have three more waiting to be initiated. We have had four members (that I know of) pass away this year. Considering the average age of our members is 62, losing a few is sad but expected. We still have 20 members that have not paid their dues this year. I will soon be sending out statements again. If you are one of those 20, please consider all the good our Lodge does for the community. I feel I am constantly harping about dues, but I guess that is a major part of my job.
We are working towards satisfying our per capita requirement of $4.65 per member so we will qualify for the $2000 Gratitude Grant. In addition to that amount, if 15% of our members contribute, we will receive an additional $500. You can go on line at www.elks.org to donate or send your check to the Lodge at P.O. Box 9026 and we will send it in for you. Remember, it is tax deductible. We are only about $700 short of qualifying, so please make that donation!
Thank you for all of your support and have a great October! ☺
With regard to the ongoing members lounge project we would like to send a big Thank You! out to Annette Smith for her recent donation. This is very much appreciated!
It is our goal to complete this project by spring next year. We hope to accomplish the following: solar shade for west window, more painting, track lighting, carpeting and a card table.
If you would like to help support us with this project, please send your donations to the office.
Thank you again to all of you that have donated so far. We have heard good things and appreciate your support to help complete this.
Brad and Shelley Anderson
Your golf committee met the evening of 10/5 and continues to work on significant changes in sole survivor qualifying and revisions in the format of the invitational. Discussions will continue at the November meeting before we present a tentative schedule to the members.
Current considerations are to change the Invitational format and detach it from the sole survivors. We are looking at having multiple options for qualifying for the sole survivors available over the summer.
We are also planning a late summer event inviting representatives from all Inland Empire lodges to participate for a team trophy.
Minutes are available on this site.
Once again our Lodge will be hosting a “Life Line Screening”.
The date will be Wednesday, November 16 from 8:30 AM till 6:00 PM at the Lodge.
Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.
In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.