Well the hustle and bustle of the holidays is coming to a close as well as another year. We hope that it has been a good year for you and that you are looking forward to 2015.
Moscow Lodge #249 has had a great year with lots of changes that were faced in the starting of the new fiscal year. We have been blessed with 3 new staff members, Matt Carstens, Jon McAleer and Mary Bentley. It certainly has been a learning experience for all these new employees and we wish them well for the new and upcoming year. Good job!
December was a busy month. Barbara Heimgartner and volunteers did their wonderful Santa surprises by buying toys and clothing for children of families less fortunate. Thank you Barbara and all the volunteers for your time spent making a child’s life happier at Christmas time…that’s what it is all about folks…our children and their needs.
Travis Lambert chaired the annual “Hoop Shoot” on December 13 for our local kids at the Hamilton Recreation Center. We had some mighty fine ‘shooters’ and the winners will be participating at Lincoln Middle School, Clarkston on January 31st with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help Travis put on this event. Like I’ve said before, it takes an army to put on events and we certainly had lots of help from our Elks’ members. Thank you Travis for taking this on – you did great!
The Christmas Dinner held at St. Mary’s Church was well received and attended. We fed approximately 120 people who were all very complimentary of the dinner and enjoyed time spent visiting with friends and family. Thank you to all the Elks volunteers who helped put this dinner together and the volunteers from the church and community who also came and helped. With delightful music, decorations and delicious food it was an evening to remember. A special thank you goes out to Samie Valin who spent countless hours making decorations for all the tables and putting up a Christmas tree. We also got a donation from “Shari’s Restaurant” for color crayons for the kid’s gift bags. We had gift bags left over so we were able to donate the rest of the bags to the “Lewiston Children’s Home.” They were so excited to receive these for the children. We did have some food left over from the dinner which was taken to the Moscow Food Bank and also to Sojourners Alliance. It makes one feel good to be able to help out in some small way and put a smile on people’s faces. This is what Elks’ are all about people – helping one another and never forgetting those in need.
The next day was a full packed day with the children’s Christmas Party held at the Lodge. We had some very excited young Santa believer’s and couldn’t wait to see and hear Santa and the bells ringing. Thank you Santa, Curtis Neely, for making these very young children have a fun-filled day with Santa presents, pictures, cookies and juice, and some very special gift bags to each and every one.
Following the children’s party, our very own Ed Townsend put his efforts toward the holiday Tom and Jerry party. We had a great turn-out and it was enjoyed by everyone who came to enjoy snacks, drinks and just visit with friends. Thank you Ed, once again, for putting on the party.
As the New Year rolls in, we will be hoping to keep the Lodge alive and well. January may be a bit quiet, but there will still be Lodge meetings on January 14 and 28. Please come out and help us plan a New Year and tell us what you would like to see come forth at your Lodge.
We do have a very exciting experience coming forth starting in February for our $10,000 grant that we received. Steve Meir, Jess Caudillo, George Paris and Curtis Neely will all be working with our U of I and WSU Wounded Warriors who are attending the Universities to help better themselves. They will be attending fly tying/fishing classes taught by experts in the field along with fishing trips and a special dinner and certificates at the end of the course. This is a huge undertaking and we will be asking for volunteers to please come and help. The Elks never forget our Veterans and here is a huge way that our Lodge can help keep their spirits alive and well.
We will be having our annual “Crab Feed” in February but the date has not been set yet. Please be watching for details through the 249er and also the web site. Thank you to Pat Dollar, Rick Hull and Travis Lambert for stepping up to the plate to bring you another fun-filled evening of eating wonderful crab and playing the Casino games.
If you know of anyone out there that you think would be a possible member, please bring them out, show them around the Lodge and help answer questions they may have. It is up to us to grow this membership and without your help it will just not happen.
Happy New Year to each of you and please come out and make 2015 the best year yet. Thank you.
Exalted Ruler, Moscow Lodge #249