Temporarily too wet for carts

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The recent rains have left the golf course too wet for power carts.

The course is open for walking and power carts will be allowed back on as soon as conditions make it possible.   Call the course for updates before planning to play with power carts until conditions stabilize.

When the rain quits — the weather warms up — and the wind blows — we’ll be back to carts.   Meanwhile — remember it is March in Moscow.

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Invitation to Officer Installation & Dinner



PO Box 9026

Moscow, Id.83843

Idaho’s Oldest Lodge

A Non Profit Organization

 Moscow Elks Officer Installation Ceremony and Dinner

 March 27 will be the date of the Officer Installation dinner and ceremony. I invite all Elks and guests to join me for a social hour starting at 6:00 pm. Dinner will begin at 7:00 and the installation ceremony starts at 8:00.

We will be serving a ham or salmon dinner. Accompanying dinner will be mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables and rolls. Dessert will follow afterwards.  One drink from the bar will be included as well. The cost will be $15 per plate for dinner. Our bar will be open for any drink that you may desire.

Please RSVP to the Lodge office so we can get a head count for the food. Send payment and signup sheet to the Moscow Elks Lodge or call 882-2577 weekdays between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm. Thank you for supporting our officers.


Sean Dorigo

Exalted Ruler elect

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Note from the GHIN coordinator

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Hello all,

 It is that time of year to get your GHIN (Handicap) renewed.  I will be at the pro shop on Saturday March 21 and Saturday March 28th from 9am-noon to collect dues.  This year the cost is $35 per person and any junior golfer (under 18) is $5.

 If you have any questions please contact the lodge office and they will forward them to me.

Butch Feeley

GHIN coordinator

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golf activities 2015

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Golf Activities — 2015

  • Saturday — 4/11 – Golf Course Workday
  • Sunday — 5/3 – Men’s Opening Day Breakfast
  • Tuesdays– 5/5 through 8/25 – Men’s Tuesday Night League
  • Thursdays — 5/7 through 8/27 – Men’s Thursday League
  • Mondays — 5/11 through 8/24 – (not held 5/25) — Ladies’ Monday Night League
  • Fridays – 6/6 through 9/25 – Couples’ golf & steak night
  •  Sunday – 6/7 – Humanitarian Chapman
  • Tuesdays – 6/9 through 7/21 – Jr. Golf program
  • Saturday & Sunday – 6/28 & 6/29 – Moscow Elks Invitational
  • Saturday – 7/4 – community events followed by 66th annual Sole Survivor
  • Sunday – 7/5 – Women’s Sole Survivor followed by Sr. Men’s Sole Survivor
  • Friday – 7/24 – Jr. Sole Survivor
  •  Saturday – 7/25 – Gamble Scramble
  • Saturday – 9/5 – Cart Path Scramble
  • Club Championship — TBD


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note from Course Superintendent — golf carts now allowed

New Picture (51)The golf course is open to carts as of March 11th, 2015. Carts will be allowed for the remainder of the season unless there is a major change in the course conditions due to future rain events this spring. Please be respectful and keep carts out of any areas that are roped off. Also be cautious of where you drive on the course for a few days following a rain event, as wet areas can re-develop quickly. Damage done to the golf course early in the season can have an impact on how your golf course plays and looks when the summer months arrive. As you are out dusting off your clubs from winter please remember to keep golf carts and push carts off of tees, greens, collars and approaches. The driving range will be open closer to the end of the month. I look forward to seeing everyone out on the course!

Thank you,

Matt Carstens


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Frank James’ Jewels


What do the following golf courses have in common?*

  • Seattle Country Club
  • Port Townsend Golf Club
  • Kitsap Golf & Country Club
  • Peace Portal Golf Club — Vancouver B. C.
  • Jackson Park Golf Club — Seattle
  • Eagles’ Pride Fort Lewis Golf Course — Tacoma
  • Sand Point Country Club — Seattle
  • Mapleview Golf & Country Club — Seattle
  • Walla Walla Country Club
  • Missoula Country Club
  • Moscow Elks Golf ClubScan0023


*They are some of the courses deigned by golf course architect, Francis “Frank” James.

According to Keith Petersen in his book This Crested Hill, “His designs were (and are) considered “splendid golf courses utilizing what nature provided.  He did not mutilate the natural surroundings: rather he gently molded and adapted them to a new use.  They are utilitarian uses of the landscape, a tribute to the man who envisioned them.”

The Moscow Elks Golf Course follows the same routing, with very minor changes, from what James laid out in 1928.

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Golf Course Opens Saturday on Permanent Greens


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Golf course will open Today (3/7) 

  • for walking only – 
  • Pins will be on the permanent greens -
  • No golf before 10 am due to weather conditions

bar/restaurant will be open during peak hours -


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Golf Course History


Document from Homer David — from original records of Moscow Golf Club — with annotation by Mr. David from April 1964

Moscow Golf Club

The Moscow Golf Club was started in 1927, and was financed as follows:

Loans were made by the following

  • Davids’ Inc.                                                         1,650.00
  • Herman Wilson Sr.                                           1,650.00
  • Dr. C. F. Magee                                                  1,650.00
  • R. Hodgins                                                          1,650.00
  • C. B. Green                                                          1,650.00
  • C. E. Witter                                                         1,650.00
  • Harry Driscoll                                                    1,650.00
  • R. B. Ward & G. N. Lamphere                        1,650.00
  • A. H. Oversmith                                                1,250.00
  • B. L. French                                                       1,250.00

Total                                  15,700.00


Memberships were taken @ 100.00 each by the above and 68 others


Total                                   23,500.00


(None of the above loans were repaid except a token payment to B. L. French.  None of the memberships were refunded.)

The capital expenditures to 1929 were as follows:

  •                 Land, bought in 1927                                    9,925.00
  •                 Construction of course                                 9,630.00
  •                 Well, pump, pumphouse et.                        3,550.00
  •                 Equipment                                                          912.00

Total                                      34,017.00


The property was deeded to B. P. O. E. #249, “free and clear of all encumbrances” for “1.00 and other valuable considerations” with the understanding that it would be continued as a golf club, open to anyone on payment of the proper fees, In Perpetuity.


Information from old files – I was one of the promoters of this.  After considering other sites – we decided on the Anderton farm – which is the present course

                                                                                Homer David

                                                                                April 24th 1964





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From the Exalted Ruler

Members All:

It’s March and spring is almost here! What a mild winter we have had compared to our friends in the east. My goodness, what they have had to endure.

Looking back on February we held nominations and elections. Congratulations to all the new officers and trustee who have been elected. A new year is upon us with new expectations and hopefully some new events.

The Crab Feed was a huge success thank you to all the hard work of Pat Dollar, Rick Hull, Travis Lambert, Brent Smith, Scott Gropp and everyone else who pitched in to help. I also want to recognize Jennifer Lambert, Dayna Hull and Terri Dollar, Heidi Gropp and Juliann Smith for all their hard work in cleaning, setting up, decorating, preparing food, etc. This is a huge event and it takes a lot of hard work and dedicated members to put it on. I know there were other volunteers who were there helping and thank you to all of you. The food was outstanding and everyone who attended had a great time. Our very own mayor, Bill Lambert stuck through the whole evening as dealer for the 21 table – way to go Mayor Lambert!!

As March rolls in, we have our continuing Impact Grant program going on every Thursday night for the UI, WSU Wounded Warriors program. They are learning some very new and exciting fly tying patterns and have received expert help in the field. Again, we have instructors volunteering their time every week to help these students gain some insight to a fun and rewarding sport that they may not have ever had without this program. It is very inspiring to see these students come every week and go home with a “special” fly that they have created.

March also brings the regular Lodge meetings – Golf on the 4th, Lodge on the 11th and 25th. Our annual Installation Dinner will be held on March 27 starting at 6:00 pm with the social hour, 7:00 pm dinner and the Installation ceremonies following. Please join us to meet and greet our new officers as they take on the new challenges of the year. Sean Dorigo is our newly elected Exalted Ruler and we welcome Sean with open arms. Sean and I have worked very closely this year and it is my pleasure to hand over the reins to him.

Thank you to all of you out there who have supported me this past year as I could have not done it without all of you. It has been a privilege and honor to be your Moscow Lodge Exalted Ruler. My special thanks go to Steve Meier and of course my husband Curtis. Without their knowledge and support, the year would have been indeed a challenge. Thank you to my officers and trustees. We have had some major challenges this year and we have all stuck together and worked hard to do the best we could with what we were given to work with – not saying that we have done a perfect job but all faced the challenges as they came our way.

Thank you to all the volunteers who help put on events as it takes a lot of hard work by everyone. Without the support and dedication from you all, there would not be a Moscow Lodge and for that I am very grateful.

I also want to say thank you to all the staff who is there working hard to keep the Lodge going. Wayne, Mary, Matt, Jon, Chase and Hailey are the ones that keep the Lodge functioning and running smoothly. Please take the time to say “thank you” for their services and dedication.

Be safe, healthy and please, if you know of someone who you think would be an asset to our Lodge, invite them to come out for a visit. You never know until you make the “ASK.”

Thank you.

Fraternally yours,

Alicia Neely


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2015 BPOE #249 Crab Feed

crabNew Picture (52) New Picture (53) New Picture (54)As you can see from these pictures, the annual Moscow Elks 249 crab feed was a huge success once again. This is always a wonderful February event done with all volunteer help. With close to 140 members and guests attending, everyone thoroughly enjoyed their choice of crab or prime rib.

A grateful thank you to Pat, Terri, Rick, Dana, Brent, Tyson, Scott and the rest of the volunteers and wives I am forgetting! Without your efforts, this would not succeed!


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From the desk of the Secretary

Once again I apologize for getting the 249er out so late in the month. I like to include pictures of events we hold each month but when they happen towards the end of the month, it becomes hard to get the articles and pictures in time for early publication. So, I will go with the old saying, “Better late than never”.

Dues statements will be going out this month. You will not see much change from the last few years as prices have remained fairly stable, unlike Gas Prices! A couple of changes; Grand Lodge has reduced our per-capita costs 50 cents and cart shed rental has gone up $15 per year. That will make the yearly cost for shed rental $215.00 for gas carts and $235.00 for electric. This is still a bargain when you compare rental costs at other golf courses.

I am sad to say that it looks like we will lose 17 members on March 31st. That is the date I have to drop members that have not paid their dues for the year. It is always disappointing when Elks lose sight of the value of their membership. Even though they may not be able to participate in Elk events or be what they think a good member should be, just being an Elk makes a difference. Without our members, we cannot and will not qualify for all the grants we receive. This year alone, we have received $16,000 in grant money, all going back into our communities. Remember, Elks Care, Elks Share. THAT MEANS SOMETHING.

Wayne Krauss



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Original 1893 Officers of BPOE #249

elkslogo[1]These are the original officers of our lodge.  We are trying to get additional information about them.  The easy materials to find are included but if you have additional information about these founders of our local organization please attach it in the comment section or get it to the lodge office — Thanks

  • C. S. Scott — Exalted Ruler – Cashier at Moscow National Bank
  • I. C. Hattenbaugh – Leading Knight – President of the Commercial Bank – Latah County Treasurer – Grand Master Idaho Masonic Lodge – Regent University of Idaho
  • P. Tilllinghast – Loyal Knight – Chair, Board of Regents University of Idaho
  • Morgan Tillinghast – Secretary
  • R. S. Brown – Treasurer – President of the Moscow National Bank – Treasure of University of Idaho
  • Rev. P. Murphy – Chaplain – Rev St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
  • C. M. Brown – Esquire – Assistant Cashier Moscow National Bank —
  • G. M. Hinkley – Inner Guard
  • John Almquist – Tiler
  • H. W. Taggert – Organist
  • R. Hodgins – Trustee – owner Hodgins Drug Store (located in same site as present in 1893)
  • L Stannus – Trustee
  • J. A. C. Freud — Trustee


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Elected Officers for 2015-2016 Lodge Year

elkslogo[1]Officers for the next lodge year were elected at the meeting of 2/25/15.

Instillation will take place on Friday March 27 with a 6:00 social hour followed by dinner and installation at 7:00 PM.  They will take office 4/1/15.

  • Exalted Ruler — Sean Dorigo*
  • Leading Knight — Corey Ray*
  • Loyal Knight — vacant
  • Lecturing Knight — vacant
  • Esquire — Brad Anderson
  • Chaplain — vacant
  • Tiler — Jess Caudillo
  • Inner Guard — George Paris
  • Lodge Secretary — Wayne Krauss
  • Treasurer — Shelley Anderson
  • Trustee – 1 year — Ken Jordan*
  • Trustee – 2 year — Tyson Berrett*
  • Trustee – 3year — Mike Keating*
  • Trustee – 4year — Travis Lambert*
  • Trustee – 5 year — Jerry Curtis*

*members of Board of Directors




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Who are these Elks #4

Who are these Elks & which one of them was initiated in what was possibly the largest attended lodge initiation of all time? — Hint — it happened at home plate in Yankee Stadium.

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answers will be posted on this site on 3/1/15


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Crab feed a sell out

The 2015 Elks Crab Feed, this Saturday, is currently sold out at 140+.

crabIf you wanted to attend but haven’t contacted the lodge yet — contact the lodge office and ask if any opening have occurred or to be placed on a waiting list.

And act faster next year.


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from The Two Forty-Niner — February 1968


The article below appeared in the February 1968 Two Forty-Niner as part of the celebration of our 75th anniversary.

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Moscow Lodge N. 249, the first instituted Elks lodge in Idaho, the state itself less than 18 months old, this winter celebrates its Diamond Anniversary.

Moscow Lodge was instituted under a special dispensation from Grand Exalted Ruler E. R. Hays on December 28, 1892, by officers of the relatively young Spokane Lodge No. 228.  Thirty-two men of the raw, pioneer town which was just seeing the launching of a state university of a rolling hill to the west, signed the charter roll.  None of these now survive.

C. S. Scott was its first exalted ruler, serving until the regular elections the following March of the officers who would carry through the affairs of the young lodge its first full year.

Officers of the Spokane lodge accompanied by 15 other members, came to Moscow in a special car attached to the Northern Pacific passenger train to conduct the installation.  They remained overnight as guests of the newest star in the flag of Elkdom, returning to Spokane the next day.

The lodge rented quarters at Third and Main St. for the first 14 years of its existence.  It built what was to be the first unit of its own home in 1905 at a cost of $15,000.  With expansions and several remodeling the lodge home is now valued at more than $300,000.  In later years it has developed a golf course east of town which with a new club house, represents an investment of more than $100,000.

No. 249 confidently looks forward another 25 years when it will celebrate its 100th anniversary.




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Who are these Elks? #3

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answers will be poste 3/1/15 on this site


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Moscow Elks Annual Crab Feed



Idaho’s Oldest Lodge

RE: Moscow Elks Annual Crab Feed

crabThe Moscow Elks Lodge will be holding its annual crab feed on Saturday February 21st 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, there will be an alternate meat choice (prime rib).  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. Please send payment and signup sheet to the Moscow Elks Lodge by February 14th or call the lodge at 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




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Who are these Elks #2

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answers posted 2/14/15

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from the golf committee

cropped-249.banner1.jpgYour Golf Committee is currently developing an activities calendar for 2015.  We will be gathering information and suggestions for the next few weeks and meeting sometime in mid-February to firm up the schedule.  We will post an update for that meeting when it is set, and you are all invited to attend.

We have tentatively eliminated some activities that did not generate significant interest and tweaked a few dates.  We are looking for additional activities that can generate sufficient support to justify adding to the calendar.

MP900398861[1]A tentative draft is posted here – (elks249.com) under the golf course heading (tentative activities draft – 2015).  If you could take a few minutes to check it out and give us your feedback we would greatly appreciate it.  The more input we have the better job we can do of meeting the desires of our membership.


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