We are planning another fun evening of wine tasting with food pairings. The event will be Saturday, November 14 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 $20 per person or $30 per couple. We have only 40 spaces available for the event, so reserve your spot by paying early. Tonya will be taking your reservation and payment – please call her during office hours 208-882-2577. Hope to see you there!!
As Elks, we care and we share. We help others when they are in need. My 8 year old daughter reminded me of this after a dinner out with just the two of us. As we were waiting for traffic to clear to leave the parking lot a midsize car ran into the truck waiting to turn into the same parking lot. The car did not fare well when hitting a full size truck. I immediately parked my truck, put on my high visibility work jacket and got out to help. I asked my daughter to stay clear of the roadway so she wasn’t hurt. Once the police, fire department and ambulance were on site I went back to my daughter. She then looked at me and asked why we stopped. I explained to her that when people are in need we help. This is exactly what we do as Elks. When people are in emotional distress, we care. When people are in need, we share. When people are hurting, we help. Being an Elk means we are always ready to give of ourselves to aid others.
Sean Dorigo, Exalted Ruler
A Little Pre-1970 History
Moscow Lodge 249 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is the oldest lodge in the state of Idaho. It had its beginnings on December 28, 1892, when a contingent of Spokane Elks, Exalted Ruler George Turner presiding, officiated in chartering the new lodge. Thirty two charter members were initiated in the meeting which took place in the I.O.O.F. Hall. The first officers were: C.S. Scott, exalted ruler; J.H. Forney, lecturing knight; I.C. Hattabaugh, leading knight; P. Tillinghast, loyal knight; R.S. Brown, treasurer; Morgan Tillinghast, secretary; the Rev. P. Murphy, chaplain; George N. Hinckley, inner guard, and John Almquist, tiler.
The lodge did not have its own home until 1905, when a temple was built at the corner of First and Main at a cost of $20,000. The Two Forty-Niner, the lodge newsletter, reported that when the building was finished, “the bondholders held a jubilee and burned most of the bonds, thus putting the lodge in good financial shape.”
By 1920 the membership had grown from the original 35 to 750. World War I took the lives of two members, C. Boyd Maynard and William M. Green, and affected the lodge in other ways, as the newsletter pointed out: “During the Great War the lodge practically ceased lodge work. The temple was turned over to the S.A.T.C. boys as a convalescent hospital and but two meetings were held during the winter of 1918.”
Things began to pick up after the war. A bowling alley was installed in the temple in 1916, and a band, organized in 1920, began providing music for important occasions. In keeping with the Elks emphasis on American traditions and ideals, the lodge initiated Flag Day ceremonies on June 18, 1922. World War II did not have the drastic effect of World War I. In 1941 the lodge purchased the nine-hole Moscow Golf Club and in 1942 completed some remodeling of the temple. Extensive remodeling of the Elks Temple was conducted in 1962, and a new clubhouse was constructed at the golf course in 1967.
As all of the golfers know, the course will be closed for the winter at the first hard frost. The honor box is up for as long as the course remains playable. But, just because golf is over does not mean the Lodge is closed for the Winter! While the office will continue with regular hours of 8-12 Monday-Friday, the Lodge will be open for special events. Halloween party, Wine Tasting Event, Tom & Jerry party, Christmas and New Year’s parties, the Crab Feed in February and other events during the winter months will keep us hopping!
I am happy to announce that Jesse Flowers was elected as Loyal Knight at the October 28th Lodge Meeting. Thank you for volunteering Jesse, we all look forward to your leadership as you progress to the office of Exalted Ruler.
Why are you an Elk? Seems like members join because they believe in “Elks Care, Elks Share”, or they want to be part of the social atmosphere, particularly in the Golf Scene. Let me tell you some of what we have done on the philanthropic side of things.
- Donated $1500 to the “Keep the Beat Moscow” to purchase defibrillators for all the schools. Ours will be in the Middle School.
- Donated $3772 to the Kamiah fire relief fund.
- Donated $2500 to the Latah County Youth Advocacy Council through our Promise Grant.
- Donated $2000 to Family Promise of the Palouse to help families get back on their feet, and One Church, One Child to purchase school supplies for kids. This was possible because of our Gratitude Grant
- Spent close to $10,000 through our Impact Grant teaching disabled veterans how to fly fish, buying them equipment and then taking them on a fishing excursion.
- Donated over $200 towards the Betty Hise Organization for Cancer Research.
So, why are you an Elk? How about the fact that without our Elks Lodge, we would not have been able to put over $21,000 back into our communities and without YOU, we would not have an Elks Lodge. Have YOU paid your dues this year? Maybe you should.
RV parking is closed for the winter
we will re-open when spring gives us the opportunity.
RV parking is available between #3 and #4,next to the pitching green. About 5 years ago a group of volunteers led by Pat Dollar, Doug Hays, Rick Hull and Bruce Olsen installed the water and power lines to accommodate 6 RV sites.
All Elks members and their guests are invited to use the sites. A $15/night donation is suggested although additional donations help to maintain the sites. Call ahead for availability and to be sure weather conditions allow RV parking. (208-882-3015)
It is time once again to call for students to apply for the Elk’s National Foundation Most Valuable Student scholarship. This scholarship contest includes 20 top awards of at least $20,000. The contest is also ended with a leadership weekend in Chicago for the top 20 national finalists. The deadline for this scholarship application is December 4. I am looking for help to administer this program with emphasis on publicizing the program throughout our local schools. I have information in the form of pamphlets to help get the word out. Please let me know if you can help.
The fire relief support was well received. Our community donated very generously with food, supplies and monetary donations. I extend a thank you on behalf of our Lodge to Moscow/Pullman Building Supply, Saint Mary’s Church, CD’s Smoke Pit, Latah Realty, Pullman Residence Inn, and Genevieve Bodie for their support of this cause. I was able to take 4 trailer loads of supplies to Kamiah to help the relief effort. I estimate between 6 and 7 tons of supplies and over $3,500 to this point. I also extend a special thank you to Dominic Dorigo who, at only ten years old, had the desire and drive to help with this relief effort by loading and unloading the trailers and moving supplies at the Life Center Church in Kamiah.
Our community contributions are going well. We have recently used the Promise Grant worth $2,500 to work in partnership with LCYAC for Red Ribbon week and the Latah County Fair. The Gratitude Grant is awarded for our Lodge meeting the member donation goal of $4.60 per member. We have now met that goal and received a grant worth $2,000. $1,000 was used help support the programs of Family Promise of the Palouse and $1,000 went to One Church One Child to purchase school supplies for young students.
In addition to the work with LCYAC at the Latah County Fair, Leading Knight Corey Ray spearheaded an effort to sell raffle tickets for our rifle raffle which went well. The raffle is open until the drawing on November 12. If you would like to sell tickets or buy tickets contact either Corey or me.
Thank you to all of my fellow members and all of our friends who give of their time and money to help those in need. This is what we do as Elks. Please share this information with those who you may know that wonder what the Elks do. We give, we help, we support.
Sean Dorigo, Exalted Ruler
It is our sad duty to report that Jim Demeerleer passed away on September 17th. Jim was a member of the Elks for 40 years. All of us at Moscow Elks #249 send our prayers and condolences to the family. Jim was always fun to be around as he always projected a positive attitude. He always made our days better.
Rest in Peace, Jim.
“TO OUR ABSENT MEMBERS”
Where the heck has this month gone? How can it possibly be October? Oh well, it is what it is and we only have one more month of the official golf season. The course looks better than it has all summer. The rain and cooler weather has really helped, plus the well by #7 green is now back on line providing a steady flow of additional irrigation water. This well has been out of service for a number of years, but thanks to the help of Gary Hayden, the old pump was removed (burned out), a new one installed and it is back in service!
We have completed a couple of grants. With the Gratitude Grant of $2000, we made a donation to Family Promise of $1000 and also $1000 went to One Church One Child in support of school supplies for children. Thank you Corey for heading this up to completion.
We also completed our Promise Grant. That was in the amount of $2500 and went to the Latah County Youth Advisory Council in support of their drug free youth programs as well as supporting Red Ribbon Week. Thank you Erin McCall for all your hard work on this.
Those of you that are reading this and have not paid your dues (and there are 29 of you), shame on you. Just because you do not participate in Elks projects does not mean your membership is not valuable. Without members, we have no Lodge, no Lodge means no grants awarded, no Hoop Shoot or Soccer Shoot and no Christmas parties for the kids. We have reached the membership level of 400 which is the minimum level we can be at and still remain financially stable. Please, whether you feel you receive a direct benefit or not—-YOUR MEMBERSHIP MATTERS!
PER Alicia Neely, Director of the Betty Hise for Cancer Research Foundation, announced that $4687.66 was raised at the summer convention for the foundation. She also reported there will be a silent auction at the winter convention in Idaho Falls. Each lodge is asked to supply an item or items for this auction.
WOW!! Longtime member Dennis Rickets has sent us a check in the amount of $5000 to be used for Golf Course maintenance and repair! This is on top of the previous check for $2000 he sent last spring.
In his note he writes “I want this to be used on the Golf Course. It holds a special place in my memory for the times I played and all the fine people I was privileged to meet and become friends with”.
Thank you so much Dennis, your generosity could not have come at a better time!
The following change to our Lodge By-laws has been recommended by the by-laws committee and will be voted on at the October 14th Lodge meeting.
Current: A Lodge, by an affirmative secret ballot of two-thirds of those present at a regular Lodge meeting, may elect to Life Membership any of its members in good standing, who shall have paid to a Lodge or Lodges required annual dues for a period of not less than 30 years preceding his election, not less than the last 10 years of which must have been with this Lodge, and who has attained the age of not less than 65 years.
Proposed Change: A Lodge, by an affirmative secret ballot of two-thirds of those present at a regular Lodge meeting, may elect to Life Membership any of its members in good standing, who shall have paid to a Lodge or Lodges required annual dues for a period of not less than 30 years preceding his election, not less than the last 10 years of which must have been with this Lodge, and who has attained the age of not less than 65 years. At no time will Life Membership roll account for more than seven percent (7%) of the total membership of the Lodge.
Jack Jones did it again! He seems to have it figured out as Jack got his NINTH Hole in One on August 11th. He got it on hole number 8 and we are not sure what club he used but we do have it on pretty good authority that as old as he is getting, he used his DRIVER with a tail wind. Sorry Jack, had to give you a little dig!
As you all know, the past month has been incredibly marred by the number of forest fires burning through our state and neighboring states. The week of August 17 I asked for donations to help the victims of the fires who have lost everything. The support that came in was nothing less than unbelievably gracious.
On the evening of August 16 my wife told me about a Facebook post from the Life Center Church located between Kamiah and Kooskia. The post asked for help in the form of donations of food, water, blankets, clothes, and just about anything that could help the folks who have lost their homes and most of their belongings. I am an optimist and thought that with a few emails and texts I could get the word out and be able to deliver a trailer full of supplies to the church in the same week.
Around 7:30 that evening I started to send out emails and texts to those who I had contact information for, both through the Elks and through contacts in the community. By 7:44 that same evening I had an enclosed trailer to borrow. I was able to leave the Elks Lodge in Moscow at around 6 o’clock pm on Monday the 17th with a full trailer and truck headed to Kamiah. Less than 24 hours had passed and our Members and our community had made this possible. I had taken another two full loads down by Saturday afternoon on August 22.
The support of our Lodge and our community has simply amazed me. The donations from our Lodge and the incredible support of local businesses have made it possible to help these folks have at least a little bit of normalcy. Working in concert with Moscow/Pullman Building Supply, CD’s Smoke Pit, Latah Realty, Spence Hardware, Moscow Mardi Gras and Pullman Residence Inn by Marriott has been a privilege.
This is the type of work that our Lodge should do. I encourage all Members to choose a cause and work toward a goal whether large or small. This is what we do as Elks. This is the community that we live in where a person will help a neighbor. Thank you all for your unending generosity and compassion for your fellow man.
Sean Dorigo, Exalted Ruler
We were so sorry to hear of Tom Boyd’s passing on July 27th. Tom was 86 years old and had been a member of the Moscow Elks Lodge for 66 years, having been initiated on Feb. 9th, 1950.
Thank you Tom for all your years as an Elk and especially for having been such a great Legislator.
“TO OUR ABSENT MEMBERS”
Between the fires, smoke and no rain this has been and still is a different summer. It certainly will go down as a record setting season. Let’s all pray that next summer will not be the same. As you read this, the fires have started to come under control, hopefully we have had some rain and we will be moving into the fall months.
Thank you to ER Sean Dorigo for all the work he put in organizing and delivering food, clothes and other items to Kamiah to help those that have lost so much. Sean made no less than four trips to Kamiah, pulling an enclosed trailer donated by Brian Spence. Thank you Brian for the use of that trailer. This was a great example of what Elk’s do in time of need. It really exemplifies our motto of “Elks Care, Elks Share”.
On a little lighter note, there have been more 300+ yard drives the last two months than in the last 10 years! It is sad to see the fairways as hard and dry as they are, but if you can keep it in the middle, it goes forever! Hopefully next year all our pump and water problems will have been taken care of and we will have more irrigation water available. Speaking of which——-we are still looking for donations to the pump fund to help offset the $14,000 price tag. We have close to $5000 donated so far, but more will certainly be appreciated.
More good news—-we will be initiating five new members on September 9th!
Last but not least, we still have 30 members that have not paid this year’s dues. Please, without your membership, we cannot do the benevolent work that we do on our local level.
Tickets are now available for this year’s Rifle Raffle. Proceeds will go to benefit our Veterans and tickets are available in the Social Lounge. Tickets will also be sold at the Latah County Fair Sept. 17th-20th. We also need folks to sign up to sell tickets at the Fair. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and the drawing will be on November 12th.
On July 18th the Moscow Elks were proud to host the
1st annual “Scramble to Defeat ALS” golf tournament
Twenty-five, four person teams participated in the event under the direction of Moscow’s Team Sprenger. Those attending reported having a great time with the golf and various tee games and the activities that followed, but more importantly, the event raised over $12,000 for the local Evergreen Chapter of the ALS Association.
Gail Gleason, leader of Team Gleason and mother of former Washington State University and New Orleans Saints football player Steve Gleason, poses with Mike Sprenger of Team Sprenger.
The first full week of July I had the privilege of attending the Elk’s National Convention. I learned a few things while I was there and picked up some ideas. I will be continuing to share the conference throughout the year. It is a lot to take in and I don’t want anyone to be overwhelmed. To start things off, the following is the record of voting for propositions. The descriptions are short, so if you have any questions, please let me know.
Sean Dorigo, Exalted Ruler
- 2015-1 To allow organizations other than ladies groups to be recognized as auxiliaries. Failed 1504-1144 (this proposition would have to have a 2/3 affirmative to pass.)
- 2015-2 To eliminate the requirement that an applicant for Life Membership be a member in the Lodge of application for 10 years preceding application. Passed 1609-1043
- 2015-3 To provide that the social facilities of a Lodge may remain open during Lodge meetings, providing that Lodge meetings are not interfered with. Failed 1004-1643
- 2015-4 To authorize a Lodge to only meet regularly once a month, if provided in the Lodge bylaws; to provide for alternative nomination and election of Lodge officers. Failed 1211-1439
- 2015-5 through 2015-9, 2015-16 Clarifications in statutes. All passed.
- 2015-10 To reduce the maximum annual administrative fee payable by Life Members to one-half of the regular Lodge dues; to delete the $5 minimum annual expense. Passed 2001-646
- 2015-11 To eliminate the requirement that the two months for a reduced reinstatement fee be consecutive. Passed 2179-463
- 2015-12 To change the 30 day increments to calendar months for the assessment of fines for late reporting. Passed 2412-233
- 2015-13 To extend the period from notice to vote from 8 to 10 weeks, and clarify other time limits for changes to the bylaws or house rules. Passed 1878- 764
- 2015-14 To delete the option of a graduated initiation fee and clarify that the two months for a $1 fee need not be consecutive. Passed 2063-580
- 2015-15 To provide that any Member who is delinquent in the payment of any amount of dues during the month of March each year may be dropped during March. Passed 1837-764
- 2015-17 To separate the duties of the managing body of the club into separate sections for standard duties and disciplinary proceedings. Passed 2215- 429
- 2015-18 To prohibit involved Members from participating in Local Forum proceedings.
The summer continues to move on and we are all wondering when or if the next rain will happen. Because of lack of rain and irrigation problems, the golf course has some pretty dry fairways. Matt has done an excellent job keeping the greens and approaches in good shape. As most of you know, we had a booster pump failure and are working towards finishing the repairs. As you also know, the cost of repair is around $14,000 and the Directors have established a pump fund donation program. To date we have received a very generous $4000 in donations, which is certainly appreciated. The more we receive in donations, the less has to come out of our emergency funds. Please consider making a donation.
I will be sending out past due notices again in August. We only have 33 members that have not paid their dues, so hopefully we can get that number much lower. Some of our members may have not received their membership card, even though they are paid up. Please let me know if you fall in that category and I will see that it gets mailed.