Elks’ Legacy Scholarship Applications Close 2/1/19

Elks’ Legacy Scholarship Online  Applications Close February 1st at 9:59 AM Pacific

Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships for children and grandchildren of Elks members. The Elks National Foundation will offer a total of 300 awards in the 2019 contest.

Over the last five years, the state of Idaho has had fifteen $4000 Legacy Award winners.  Five of these went to students, whose parents or grandparents are members of Moscow Lodge #249.

The deadline for applications for the 2019 contest will be February 1, 2019 at 11:59 a.m. Central Time.

For additional information and applications click here

  1. For the 2019 contest, any child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild, or legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2015 is eligible to apply. The Elk must also be a paid-up member through March 31, 2019. Great-grandchildren are not eligible.
  2. The applicant must be a high school senior.
  3. The applicant must apply online only. The 2019 Legacy Awards application deadline is 11:59 a.m. Central Time on Friday, February 1, 2019.
  4. If the applicant’s parent and grandparent are both Elk members, the applicant must apply through the parent’s Elks Lodge.
  5. Applicants must take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) by December 31, 2018.
  6. Students may apply for more than one ENF scholarship; however, they may win only one. In cases where the student qualifies for more than one, we will award the scholarship with the greater value. Students can accept local and state scholarships, which are separate from the awards at the national level.
  7. Legacy Awards may only be applied to accredited US American schools, colleges or universities.
  8. If you are selected as a 2019 Legacy Awards recipient, you will be required to perform service once a year with an Elks Lodge during the four years you are receiving the scholarship. Click here for more information about serving with the Elks.


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GHIN (golf handicap) Reactivation

Happy new year Elks golfers,

The billing for GHIN has been changed a to a Dec 31 due date.  We did not get this information until late this month.  If you need to get your handicap activated soon, let us know.

I will be out at the Elks in March to collect dues.  You can also stop in and pay Wayne during his office hours.



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Message from the Exalted Ruler

Message from the Exalted Ruler

Merry Christmas everyone.  This message may be finding you a little late but I hope everyone had a good holiday season.

I would like to announce a few things coming up in the near future.  First, a reminder about the Hoop Shoot on January 5th at the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center, (the HIRC), doors open at 8:00 AM and the event will start at 9:00 AM.  I will be calling some of you next week looking for volunteers.  If any of you are interested let me know by calling the lodge.

Also, I wanted to announce that we will be applying for a $2000 Gratitude Grant from Grand Lodge.  PER George Paris proposed a great idea of providing food baskets for the elderly.  Food baskets will be comprised of microwavable meals which we will be delivering to the less fortunate elderly in the Moscow area.   I will be asking for volunteers to help delivery meals soon as well.  If anyone would like to help with this endeavor or knows of any good candidates for a food basket please call the lodge and let us know.

Travis Mechling,

Exalted Ruler

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A Letter from the Inner Guard

A Letter from the Inner Guard

Congratulations! You made it through another year of life! This past year hasn’t been easy, by any means. It was probably full of tears, heartbreak, and maybe even loneliness. It was full of changes, some good, and some bad. But it was also a year full of laughter, memories, new friendships, and love. No matter what life threw at you, you took it and ran with it. You grew from it and you learned from it, and that is something you should be incredibly proud of yourself for. Now it is time to look forward to 2019! I am not big on New Year’s resolutions. I don’t care if I lose 10 pounds. But I do like to remind myself of what I am called to do on this earth. I think that it can even help us as Elks. Here are my reminders for 2019.

  1.  Don’t get down when your life takes a bad turn. Out of adversity comes challenge and often success.
  2. Don’t blame others for your setbacks. When things go well, always give credit to others.
  3. Don’t talk all the time. Listen to your friends. Learn from them.
  4. Don’t brag about yourself. Let others point out your virtues, your strong points.
  5. Give someone else a hand. When a friend is hurting, show that you care.
  6. Remember, no one likes an overbearing big shot.
  7. As you succeed, be kind to people. Thank those who have helped you along the way.
  8. Don’t be afraid to shed a tear when your heart is broken.

I think that if we as men and women, if we as Elks can do these things, our lodge and our lives will be better for it. Here’s to a Great New Year. A great new adventure. A great 2019!

Rick Speery, Inner Guard

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From the Desk of the Secretary

From the Desk of the Secretary

The New Year is upon us, Thanksgiving and Christmas are now past memories. So, what does 2019 look like for us? On a personal basis, the older I get, the more I realize the only thing I can control is how I react to what ever situation I am faced with. It helps if I ask myself “what kind of response do I expect from the comments I make”? My personal goal is to respond to problems in a calm constructive and firm manner, always trying to elicit a positive response. Do I always succeed? Of course not, occasionally my mouth still starts running before my brain gets in gear— but I’m working on it!

OK, enough of the philosophical side of this letter. Elmer Hanson, did Jerry tell you that you would have been $550 richer had you come to Lodge on the 12th? Your name was drawn from the Pot of Gold but you had to be there to win—sorry bud 😉. We had a nice Memorial Service on Dec. 2nd for our members that passed away this year—“Elks are never forgotten, never forsaken”. We also had our annual “Cocoa with Santa” for the kids and the Tom and Jerry Party on the 12th. There were also a couple of private parties, so December was fairly active for the winter time.

We initiated two new members at the meeting of the 12th, welcome Jim and Justin Parkins, sponsored by Gerry Parkins. We have two more members awaiting initiation in January.

We are still working on our Delinquent Member list. We still have 20 members that have not paid their dues. I hope we do not loose them as that will be a big hit to our membership!

Have a great January. Stay tuned for announcements this month and don’t forget the annual Crab Feed is February 16th—more info to follow on that.

Wayne Krauss,

Secretary, PER

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Lodge of Sorrow — Donald E. “Smitty” Smith

Lodge of Sorrow —

Donald E. “Smitty” Smith

One of our longest continuous members passed away on December 22nd.  Smitty, born and raised in Moscow, joined Moscow Elks Lodge #249 in 1948 after returning from WWII.   When he got back, he and his brother Wes took over his father Harry’s gas station across from Gritman Hospital and ran it as the Smith Brothers’ Shell Station

His nation called him back to service for the Korean Conflict and when he finished his commitment as a Lt. Colonel he went back to work at the station.  He later took a position as an accountant for J. R. Simplot which took him for stints to Boise, Pinehurst and Soda Springs, but he returned to Moscow after retirement.  During this time he always maintained his membership in Moscow Elks #249.

When he passed away he had been a member of our lodge for 70 consecutive years.

When you celebrate the New Year, raise a glass of Bushmills to Smitty.

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Your Anniversary Grant at Work:

Your Anniversary Grant at Work

The Disability Action Center recently installed a ramp for a Moscow woman who was injured in a car accident.  She had already been discharged and was in the home, but it takes 3 men to lift her up the steps.  A platform had to be built on the porch, to lift it to doorway level.  Then we installed a 6-foot ramp down to the 45-degree platform, then down a 10-foot and 9-foot ramp to the lawn.  It appears that a car can now be driven to the foot of the ramp for her access.  Handrails were installed on the 6 and 10-foot sections.  Some of the recently purchased components were used to make this ramp happen.

Brent Bradberry (PHfH) was joined by Larry Verdal (MCLC/Elk Member), Wayne Krauss (MCLC/Elks Secretary) and family friend Gary Blevins.  The recent contribution of $1500 from Moscow Elks Lodge 249 to Disability Action Center will help enhance this program.

By my unofficial count, there are 9 or 10 households currently being served through this program.

Until next time…

Larry Verdal, Member, Moscow Elks Lodge #249


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Elks Charitable Activities

Idaho Elks Charitable Activities

  •  Idaho Elks ranked 8th in the nation in charitable, educational, welfare and patriotic work.  Our giving totaled $11,360,558.  For the size of our state and number of members, that number is huge.

 National Elks Charitable Activities 

  • Donated hours by all Elks members @$24.69/hr. = $531,226,485.  
  • Non- Cash Contributions by members and helpers = $675,985,245.  

That totals over a billion dollars in charitable activities in the past year.

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Elks Support for the Disability Action Center

Elks’ Support for the

Disability Action Center

At our regular lodge meeting, December 12th, we presented a check to the Disability Action Center. The $1500 was an Anniversary Grant from the Elks National Foundation.

Anniversary Grants are the Elks National Foundation’s way of celebrating every Lodge’s commitment to their community through service.

 The grant will by utilized to purchase ADA ramps for the handicapped.  The people of Disability Action Center NW, Inc. work to promote the independence and equality of all individuals with disabilities in all aspects of society.

Wayne Krauss,


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BPOE #249 Night at Vandal Basketball vs Montana

BPOE #249 Night

at Vandal Basketball (vs Montana)

Vandal basketball is having a night for Elks Lodge #249.  Tickets are $5 for the Elks on January 19th.  If we have a good turnout they have a team autographed basketball with our name on it.  They will also do a group picture on the court after the game that we can include in our 249er.


Just click on the image above and use the code elks.

Let’s get on this!!  Go Vandals!


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Christmas for Kids

 Christmas for Kids

This is just a small amount of the presents our Lodge has purchased as our part of the local Christmas for Kids program! Thank you to Jennifer Lambert for coordinating this program again this year.


Christmas for Kids is a local non-profit organization providing Christmas gifts and warm clothing for the children of low-income families in Latah County.

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Elks Hoop Shoot

Moscow Elks’ Hoop Shoot

It’s time for the annual Moscow Elks’ Hoop Shoot.  This is a free event for all 8-13 year old boys and girls residing in Latah and Whitman counties!  Registration is held the morning of the event; please bring each participant’s birth certificate and appropriate footwear.

There will be 6 divisions: boys and girls 8-9 years, 10-11 years, and 12-13 years. For more information, check out the event website at elkshoopshoot.org. Don’t miss out on this fun FREE event!

  • Annual Elks’ Hoop Shoot Competition
  • Register: Day of event
  • Ages: 8-13 years (age as of April 1, 2019)
  • Dates: Saturday, January 5th
  • Time: Registration – 8:30 – 9:00 am
  • Event begins 9:30 am
  • Location: HIRC Gymnasium
  • Fee: Free!
  • Supervisor: Moscow Elks Lodge
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Volunteers for Hoop Shoot

Volunteers for Hoop Shoot

Hey everyone,

Our Local Hoop Shoot is Saturday, January 5th, at the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center.  We are getting desperate for volunteers as we need another five or six.

It will start at 8:00 AM and should be done by 11:00 AM.  If you are available to help, please let me know by email ASAP, at secretary@elks249.com

Thanks, Wayne

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Community Volunteers Making a Difference

Community Volunteers Making a Difference

Local Elks Lodges from every state, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Panama Canal Zone will be busy helping our communities this holiday season.  Thousands of needy families will receive food baskets and presents.  The Elks National President, Michael T. Luhr’s motto is “Working Together to Make a Difference”.

Elk volunteers will visit thousands of hospitalized Veterans that have protected our freedoms. The Elks vow . . .

“So long as there are Veterans,the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.”

The Elks support both active military forces and retired veterans. Elks furnish food, comfort care items, therapeutic items and gifts, host holiday celebrations and recreational activities at bases and hospitals, and stand ready to fulfill any need when called upon. Last year alone, the total value of Elks’ contributions to our nation’s Veterans was $47 million, and our members served more than 677,000 Veterans.  The Elks have entered into a partnership with VHA to support efforts homeless Veterans in their communities. To this end, the Elks have pledged $4 million dollars to help end Veteran Homelessness.

The Elks will receive thousands of scholarship applications in December from high school seniors across the nation. Annually, the Elks award college scholarships across the nation totaling more than $4 million.

The Elks Community Investment Program will award $12.4 million towards enriching our communities.  The Elks total donations exceeded $675 million last year.

There are more than 1,700 Elks Lodges across the country with a total membership nearing  800,000. Elks’ members must be American citizens who are at least 21 years of age and must believe in God.


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President Bush’s Welcoming Message, 1992 Grand Lodge Convention

Upon the passing of President Bush, we recall his message to the 1992 Grand Lodge Convention 


President Bush’s Welcoming Message, 1992 Grand Lodge Convention

Welcoming Message from President Bush to the Delegates at the 1992 National Convention in Dallas, Texas:

Though Barbara and I can’t be with you in Dallas on this wonderful occasion, it gives me great pleasure to address the Elks for your annual Grand Lodge Convention.

Earlier this year, Ted Hess, your Grand Exalted Ruler, came to the White House and told me about some of the terrific things the Elks are doing: sponsoring Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, providing scholarships, and advancing the cause of volunteerism in more than 2,000 communities in every part of this great nation—promoting pride in America. You give your time and money to make sure that our young people get a chance to develop their skills and talents.

You know, at a time when it seems everyone is talking about America’s problems, the Elks offer solutions. You are investing in this country’s strongest asset—our kids.

You were among the first groups to realize the seriousness of the drug problem in this country. You have donated money—and too many volunteer hours to count—to the Elks Drug Awareness Program, rallying your communities in this effort. You’ve given support to local law enforcement personnel, high school counselors, and teachers. You do more than just talk to kids about the dangers of drugs; you offer them a wide range of athletic programs and alternative activities—better ways to spend their time.

You also remember those children who need extra special care. You help treat the disabled. You provide therapists and nurses; you raise money for hospitals and rehabilitation clinics; you go the extra mile.

For that, I thank you on behalf of all Americans.

I also want to put in a special word of thanks for your volunteer help on behalf of our veterans. In 1919, your group took a pledge—and you put it in writing: “So long as there are veterans in our hospitals, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.”

You’ve kept that promise. Last year, you logged almost a quarter-million hours of volunteer time in VA hospitals. You also took special note of the men and women who were wounded in Desert Storm with a donation to the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund of the military hospitals. You provided comfort for many families and loved ones who had no place else to turn.

I salute you for continuing a proud tradition of service to our nation, for being points of light in your communities every day.

Have a great convention, and keep up the good work.

May God bless you all.


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Message from the Exalted Ruler

Message from the Exalted Ruler

Hello All

Now it’s safe to say season’s greetings.  As we move into December and towards the holidays, I hope everyone is able to spend the holidays with their loved ones.  There will not be a whole lot going on with the lodge, except for a couple holiday events.  On December 15th starting at 11:00am the Lodge will be having “Cocoa with Santa”.  I encourage all members with children or grandchildren to attend, thanks to the Rays for putting this on.  Also, on December 22 the Lodge will be having our annual Tom and Jerry Party as well, organized by PER Andy Kaus, (Ed is out of town).  I encourage you all to attend that as well.  The party will start at 6:00 pm. Everyone is encouraged to bring hors d’oeuvres.

Moving into January, a date has been set for theannual hoop shoot at the Hamilton Recreation Center for January 5th, 2019.  Doors will open at 8:00am and the event will start at 9:00 am.  Volunteers will be needed for score counting, refereeing, and rebounds.  For those who are interested please call the lodge between 8:00am and 12:00pm and Wayne or Barb can get you in contact with either Ben McGuckin or myself.


Travis Mechling ER


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From the Desk of the Secretary

From the Desk of the Secretary


As you can see from the articles in this month’s newsletter, we don’t have a lot going on this month, but what is happening will be great fun, for kids and adults alike!  Corey and Geri always do a great job hosting Cocoa with Santa—what a great treat for the kids. We have a couple of private parties scheduled plus our annual Tom & Jerry Party.

We have again been successful in acquiring a couple more grants from the Elks National Foundation. At the meeting on the 12th, we will be presenting a check to the Disability Action Center in the amount of $1500, utilizing the Anniversary Grant. We have also been approved again this year for a $4000 Impact Grant to continue funding our Veteran’s Fly Tying/Fishing program. We will be applying this month for a $2000 Gratitude Grant. As you can see, we continue giving time and money back to our community.

Merry Christmas to all of you. I hope all of you enjoy time with family and friends. Remember, there is a reason Christ is in Christmas. We are celebrating HIS birth!

       Yours is Elkdom,

Wayne Krauss,

Secretary, PER

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Donations Accepted for California Camp Fire Disaster

Donations Accepted for California Camp Fire Disaster

With the recent California Camp Fire, the Order has sent $25,000.00 to aid those in distress. If you would like to provide assistance, please send your donation to the Elks Disaster Relief Program, Incorporated. Upon which and requested, those donations will be sent to the California-Hawaii State Association Disaster Relief Fund who is administering all assistance to those in need.

Thank you, in advance, for your donation thus proving that we all are “Working Together to Make A Difference“.

Donations are tax deductible as allowed under the 501(c)(3) IRS Code.

In the event that donations exceed the funds needed for a disaster relief effort, any excess funds will be held in Elks Disaster Relief Program, Inc. for use in future disasters.

Contributions may be submitted online at https://www.elks.org/elksCare/, or mailed to:

Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks
Attn: Bryan R. Klatt, Grand Secretary
2750 North Lakeview Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614-1889

All checks should be made payable to: Elks Disaster Relief Program, Inc.

Sincerely and fraternally,

Michael T. Luhr,
Grand Exalted Ruler

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Tom & Jerry Party

Tom & Jerry Party

December 22nd — 6:00 PM

It’s that time of year again for our annual Tom & Jerry Party.  Ed doesn’t remember how many years this has been an annual event, but it has to be 20-30 years at least!  Well this year Ed and Barbara will be out of town.  Ed did not realize this when he scheduled it for the 22nd, but some things must go on!  This year the party will be hosted by Ed’s son-in-law, PER Andy Kaus and his wife Susan, and have no worries, Andy will be bringing Ed’s special Tom & Jerry batter. So, don’t miss out.

The party starts at 6 PM and goes till whenever.  Everyone is asked to please bring hors d’oeuvres to share.  See you at the party and bring a guest!!

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Cocoa with Santa

Cocoa with Santa

December 15th 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 RSVP so we can have enough fun for everyone. 208.882.2577 or email  secretary@elks249.com

*Please bring a wrapped gift for Santa to surprise your child with as he is busy making his own gift for them! C

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