From the Pages of the 249er — January & February 1948 — Dinner Dances

From the Pages of the 249er 

January & February 1948 — Dinner Dances

Two dinner dances were held in 1948.  Both were semi-formal and member dinner attendance was limited to one of the two nights because of seating limitations.   Members were able to attend both dances by coming after 9:30 on the night they were not having dinner.

In excess of 200 couples  danced to Norm Thue’s orchestra on each of the the evenings.

 

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Message from the Exalted Ruler

We all had to remember how blessed we really are during this very non-traditional Thanksgiving.  We may have not been able to gather with friends and or family but we can be ever thankful for what we do have and pray for this precious nation we live in.

With the return to Stage 2 dealing with COVID-19, upcoming Lodge events are going to be suspended or delayed for the immediate future.  We are limited to a gathering of 10, for the time being, so our next Lodge meeting on the 9th will be “officers” only.   Our annual Elks memorial night, with family of our departed members, will have to be suspended until a later date or until 2021.   

If you haven’t purchased raffle tickets for our gun raffle or have tickets to turn in please do so.  Drawing will be December 18th, unfortunately with no planned dinner because of COVID-19.

Not all grim news.  Work on our Greenskeeper house, for Cory and family, is progressing nicely.  With outstanding volunteers and electricians, we anticipate the family will be back in very soon.

Thanks to Trustee Rich Gaylor for applying and receiving the Elks Grand Lodge Beacon grant.

Due to the pandemic, Beacon, Gratitude, and Spotlight Grants can all be used as direct donations to organizations providing COVID relief like V.A. hospitals, food pantries and veteran’s homeless shelters.  The grant will be split between Sojourners Alliance and CHAS Health who work in partnership to provide crisis services on the Palouse.   Good job Rich and Wayne.

If any of you are in crisis, need a ride or anything we can possibly help with, please let me know.

Exalted Ruler,
Janey Wineinger

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Grand Lodge Convention — Lodging Reservations

Grand Lodge Convention —

 Lodging Reservations

On July 3 – 8, the Grand Lodge Convention will be held in Tampa, Florida.   During this time, Keith Mills and spouse Amy will be installed as the new Grand Exalted Ruler and First Spouse.   It is a huge honor for them and Idaho.   If you are planning to attend this event, it is CRITICAL that you reach out to Curt Neely BY DECEMBER 15 with your hotel room request so he can get a fairly accurate head count.   He is already experiencing significant interest in hotel room requests.   Hotel rooms for this convention are already going fast.   If you do not let him know, you may not have a room with the rest of the Idaho delegation and may not even have a hotel room near the convention center.

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Community Volunteers Making a Difference

Community Volunteers Making a Difference

Creating Momentum for the Future of Elkdom in December

Local Elks Lodges from every state nationwide, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Panama Canal Zone, will be busy helping our communities this holiday season.  Thousands of financially struggling families will receive food baskets and presents.  Elk volunteers will visit thousands of hospitalized Veterans who 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 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 value of Elks’ contributions to the nation’s heroes provided more than $44 million to more than 300 Veterans Administration Medical Centers, clinics, and state care facilities.  The Elks have entered into a partnership with VHA to support efforts for homeless Veterans in their communities.  To this end, the Elks have pledged $4 million to help end Veteran Homelessness.

The Elks will receive thousands of scholarship applications in December from high school seniors across the nation, with nearly $5 million being distributed annually.  The Elks Community Investment Program will award nearly $15 million towards enriching our communities.  Elks Lodges nationwide donated more than $381 million last year to the communities they serve throughout the United States and its territories.

There are 1,900 Elks Lodges across the country with a total membership nearing 800,000. Elk members must be American citizens who are at least 21 years of age and must believe in God.

To learn more about the Elks, visit www.elks.org.  For information about joining the Elks go to www.join.elks.org.

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From the Desk of the Secretary


Finally, the last month of 2020, it’s been a hell of a year, but we got through it and things WILL get better!  Here are a couple of things Rich Gayler forwarded to me for your information:

1) Hoop Shoot Cancelled for 2021 — 

It is the Grand Lodge’s decision to forego the Regional Contests and National Finals for the 2021 Hoop Shoot this season due to COVID-19 concerns. The Regional and National finals are the last two stops in a five-round tournament and respectfully, Idaho has also elected to do the same at the local and regional levels because given the uncertainty and nature in which the virus is impacting our communities, we are confident that moving forward with a regular season would result in great inequity; it would allow some to advance to the end, while others are stopped short. We want to avoid that at all costs.

2) Think About Making a Donation to the ENF — 

Lodge 249, can we do better than 14th place in the State in contributing to the Elks National Foundation? The mission of the Elks National Foundation is to help Elks build stronger communities. We fulfill this pledge by investing in communities where Elks live and work. We provide tomorrow’s leaders, our youth, with lifelong skills; meet the needs of today’s veterans; help the state Elks associations accomplish their charitable objectives; and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elks communities. Remember, once we hit our per capita goal, we are then eligible for a $2000 Gratitude Grant.

3) High School Scholarships — 2021 Legacy Awards Contest

The 2021 Legacy Awards contest runs from September 1, 2020 to February 5, 2021. Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships available to children and grandchildren of Elks members. Eligibility requirements are outlined here.

https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/Legacy.cfm

As you all know, Idaho is back to Stage 2 which means no gatherings of more than 10 people. That has stopped us from having any social functions this winter, and that SUCKS, but that’s the way it is. We will continue to have Board meetings and Lodge meetings, but no more than 10 officers/members can attend.

Hang in there, stay warm and healthy.

Wayne Krauss,

Secretary, PER

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As we have not been able to have a Memorial Service this year, we still want to recognize three of our members that passed away this year. They are:

  • Pete Isakson 

 

 

 

 

  • Tom Sullivan

 

 

 

 

  • Joe Campero

 

 

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The Elks Creed — Worth Remembering

The Elks Creed — Worth Remembering

Worth remembering and words we all should try to live by.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving. 

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Can you name this past Moscow Elks member??

Can you name this past Moscow Elks member??

  • Born in Delphi Indiana ,
  • attended Moscow Public Schools,
  • graduated from the University of Idaho,
  • earned a Law Degree from the University of Chicago,
  • served in the Idaho State Legislature,
  • served in the United States House of Representatives — longest service of any Idaho Representative,
  • chosen Chairman, United States House of Representatives Committee on Memorials,
  • was the United States delegate to Interparliamentary Union,
  • was a Professor of government at Miami University (Ohio),
  • was a member of the Federal Loyalty Review Board,
  • elected to University of Idaho Alumni Association Hall of Fame and
  • was a lifetime member of Moscow Lodge #249 — on lodge wall of remembrance.

answer will be posted next week

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Winter Golf — Heck Yeah!

Winter Golf — Heck Yeah! 

A posting on our lodge facebook page asked the question,

“Is there such a thing as playing golf in the snow??🏌

We certainly did in the winter of 1955.  Moscow Elks #249 bowling lanes manager, Bob Mortenson (later founder, owner and manager of the Bowlerama in Moscow), and Ken Jordan Sr., club pro and course superintendant of the Moscow Elks Golf Course, are joined by fellow lodge member Don Sanders (who later opened the Wheatland Lanes in Colfax) in trying their hands at winter golf.  (The part of Davy Crockett is played by yours truly, a current, if now much older lodge member.)

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Could you name this past Moscow Elks member??

Were you able to name this past Moscow Elks member from last weeks’ hints?

Ken Dick

  • born in Boise ID — 1909
  • graduated Mountain Home High School — Mountain Home ID — 1927
  • graduated University of Idaho — 1931
  • assistant accountant — University of Idaho — 1931-1935
  • assistanat chief accountant — University of Idaho — 1935-1936
  • accounting instructor — Louisiana State University — 1936-1937
  • Masters Degree in Business — University of Idaho — 1938
  • graduate school in business — Stanford University — Palo Alto CA — 1939-1940
  • assistant bursar — University of Idaho — 1940-1942
  • served in the military — WWII — 1942-1945
  • chief financial officer — University of Idaho — 1945-1956
  • accounting professor — University of Idaho — 1947-1967
  • Masters degree in business administration — Stanford University — Palo Alto California — 1951
  • vice president for financial affairs — University of Idaho — 1956-1967
  • Executive Vice President — University Business Officers — Washington D. C. — 1967-1969
  • 1st president — University of Idaho Retirees Association — 1979
  • died in Clarkston WA — 1993
  • Lifetime member of BPOE #249  — on lodge wall of remembrance
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Memorial Service Tradition Dates to Beginning of Elks

Memorial Service Tradition

Dates to Beginning of Elks

The most festive month of the year begins with a solemn event: The first Sunday of every December is Elks Memorial Day.

The day is commemorated to the memories of departed Members.  The service is held  even if there were no deaths within a given Lodge during the year.

The service consists of a speech from the Exalted Ruler, a prayer from the Chaplain, a roll call of the deceased, and an offering of a forget-me-not, an amaranth, and ivy to the Altar. “Auld Lang Syne” is then sung.

Additional songs, processions, and the lighting of candles are all encouraged. The ceremony is public (and can even be held in a church), but the Club and Social Parlor of a Lodge are closed.

The tradition is almost as old as the Order itself. According to the History of the Order of the Elks, the first such memorial services were performed in 1870, when two Members of New York, NY Lodge No. 1 died. Fellow Brothers suggested honoring them with a “Lodge of Sorrow” by decorating the Lodge and holding a session with songs and a eulogy.

In 1889, Exalted Grand Ruler (as the position was known then) Hamilton E. Leach recommended that the Memorial be observed annually, and the resolution was unanimously adopted at the Grand Lodge Session of 1890.

“The Elks Memorial Day is important because we use this day to honor and cherish the memories of those Elks who have passed away,” said Mark Bump, PDDGER and Lodge Secretary for Joliet, IL Lodge No. 296. “It is one of the most moving ceremonies in all of Elkdom.”

Bump said that he wasn’t involved with the Elks until the death of his father, a Member for 11 years. Bump attended a Memorial Day ceremony where his father was honored and it helped inspire him to join.

“I never went to the Lodge or wanted to get involved with the organization until his passing and I am grateful that I did,” Bump said. “As I have moved up the ranks in my 26 years as a Member I have learned more and more about this organization everyday. I am thankful for the people I have met, not just from my own Lodge but Elks across the state of Illinois and the country.”

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From the Pages of the 249er — February 1948 — Mendelssohn Club of Spokane Concert

From the Pages of the 249er 

February 1948 — Mendelssohn Club of Spokane Concert

On Feruary 1st, 1948, lodge members and guests were treated to a concert prsented by the Mendelssoh Club of Spokane,  under the direction of A. H. Biggs in the Moscow Elks Lodge Room.  The program was free and open to the public as well as being broadcast over radio station KRPL.

The program was divided into three choral groups and two organ groups, providing “one of the best musical presentaion to have appeared in Moscow in years.”

The lodge room was filled with over 600 people, and only those who arrived early got good seats.

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It is the Veteran — (from Elks Veteran Service Commision)

The 11th hour of the 11th day of November, the 11th month

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has always been at the forefront of supporting the nation’s veterans.  The order has a direct connection with Veterans’ Day that is not commonly known.

Veterans’ Day, November 11, was originally known before World War II (and is still known in Europe) as Armistice Day.  It commemorates the end of World War I, the “War to End All Wars.”

When hostilities ceased in November of 1918, President Wilson gave the American Expeditionary Force Commander, General Jack “Black Jack” Pershing, full authority to set the date and time of the Armistice.  Pershing was an active and enthusiastic Elk, and selected the 11th hour of the 11th day of November, the 11th month, as the effective time of the Armistice.  This was Pershing’s salute to the memory of those soldiers “Elks and non-Elks alike” who perished during the long and brutal conflict.

The hour of 11 p.m. continues to have a special significance th the Elks, as it is the time when, of any evening Elks event, all activity ceases and all members and guests rise while the climes ring 11 times and the “Eleven O’Clock Toast” is given in recollection of deceased members.

In 1917, the BPOE organized and equipped the first two base hospitals in France, which were the predecessors of MASH units.  In 1918 the order built a 700-bed hospital and donated it to the Federal Government, the first of what would become Veterans’ Administration hospitals.*  The Elks built a spectacular memorial to America’s veterans in Chicago in 1926, and more recently donated $1,220,000 to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D. C.

  • During 1918 and 1919 the Moscow Elks Temple was closed to our members.   During those years the temple was made available to the University of Idaho SATC (Student Army Training Corps) for use as a convalescent center for returning service men from “The Great War” (The First World War) and .victims of the “Spanish Flu” pandemic. 
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Can you name this past Moscow Elks member??

Can you name this past Moscow Elks member??

  • Was born in Boise ID,
  • graduated from Mountain Home High School — Mountain Home ID,
  • graduated University of Idaho,
  • served as an assistant accountant — University of Idaho,
  • was an assistanat chief accountant — University of Idaho,
  • was an accounting instructor — Louisiana State University — Baton Rouge LA,
  • received Masters Degree in Business — University of Idaho,
  • attended graduate school in business — Stanford University — Palo Alto CA,
  • was an assistant bursar — University of Idaho,
  • served in the United States military,
  • was chief financial officer — University of Idaho,
  • was an accounting professor — University of Idaho,
  • earned Masters degree in business administration — Stanford University — Palo Alto California,
  • was Vice President for Financial Affairs — University of Idaho,
  • served as Executive Vice President — University Business Officers — Washington D. C.,
  • elected fir1st president — University of Idaho Retirees Association and
  • was Lifetime member of BPOE #249 – on lodge wall of remembrance.

answer will be posted next week

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From the Exalted Ruler

Most of you might have heard that the porch section of the lodge residence caught fire.  Due to large scale smoke and water damage, the house is uninhabitable at this point.  Cory and his family are safe, in alternative housing until we can sort out how we will proceed with renovation and upgrades.  It is not going to be a fast fix, but your Board of Directors is working on all aspects of coordinating with our insurance company.  There has been a generous outpouring of help from many members, including the Ladies League and others, for the displaced family of seven. “Elks Care, Elks Share”.  We will keep you advised as we progress. 

I have slim comments this month.  Golf is over for now, (unless you have snowshoes).  Cory was going to establish temporary greens and it might still happen if the snow melts. We don’t want to damage our wonderful greens. 

Our Past Exalted Rulers sponsored the Octoberfest on the 24th.  We had a few less than 25 attend due to Covid restrictions and the weather, but it was fun gathering none the less.  Great German inspired food, featuring suarkraut, sausages, salads and smoked pork by smoking specialist PER Travis Mechling with help from Joel Juaraquito and his wife.  

Coming up the 6th and 7th of November, Sandpoint Lodge is holding the Idaho State Winter Convention.  I am attending and a couple of others might participate via Zoom.   

November 11th, Veterans Day, we are welcoming our District Deputy for an official visit.  Hope to see you in Lodge.  Thanksgiving is the 26th.  Wishing you health and your family a blessed holiday and a great distraction from this crazy year. 

Janey Wineinger , Exalted Ruler

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Could you name this past Moscow Elks member??

Were you able to name this past Moscow Elks member from last week’s hints?

Sir Hugh Bovill

  • Born in England –1861 — (born into noble family — title of baronet)
  • Moved to Latah Couty in 1899
  • opened Bovill Store — 1903
  • opended Bovill Post Office — 1907
  • opened Hotel Bovill –1911
  • moved to Coeur d’Alene –1912
  • returned to Bovill and attempted unsuccessfully to reopen hotel in 1930
  • died in Newport Orengon — 1935
  • Lifetime member of BPOE #249 – on lodge wall of remembrance

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From the Desk of the Secretary


As most of you know we had the misfortune of a fire on the
back porch of the golf course residence/superintendent’s house.  The good news is damage is minimal and covered by
insurance.  There was no damage to the residence itself other than smoke odor which we have been working on to get taken care of.  This too shall pass.

I may have mentioned it before, but Grand Lodge is now taking care of member billing.  The few that are in arrears of their dues are now receiving monthly billing statements.  Please, if you are one of our past due members, we really need your membership renewal.  The Elks is a tremendous organization and even though you may not be active, we still need you.  I
mean, come on, $124.50 for a year’s dues — that’s only a little over $10 per month to support the greatest fraternal organization in the country!

By the time you receive this, unless you get it electronically, the election will be over and regardless of who wins remember, we are all still Americans in the greatest Country on Earth!  We can only be that way if we all pull together, respect each other and take care of each other.

Wayne Krauss,
Secretary, PER

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From the Pages of the 249er — December 1947 — Elks Kids’ Christmas Party

From the Pages of the 249er 

December 1947 — Elks Kids’ Christmas Party

In 1947, as in past years, a kid party for all youngsters in the jurisdiction of the Moscow Lodge was given by the lodge and Mr. Kenworthy at the Kenworthy Theater at 2:00 PM on Decemer 24th.  The members of the committtee in charge of this event were Howard Short, Chairman, Fred Goetz, M. Kenworthy, Bob Bonnett, Oscar Nelson, M. Hubbard and Kellly Cline.   All children under 14 years of age were invited.

This group of Campfire Girls gathered at the Moscow Elks Temple to fill the 1000 Christmas boxes with candy and nuts for the kiddies’ party held at the Kenworthy theater.

A few of the hundreds of children who attended the Elks Christmas Party at the Kenworthy theater linger around Santa at the close of the event.  Santa and his assistants gave each boy and girl a box of candy and nuts.  The theater was filled to capacity.  (Oz Thompson stood in for Santa.)

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Moscow Elks Lodge Fastest Growning in Idaho

Moscow Elks Lodge

Fastest Growning in Idaho

Congratulations on the work the Moscow lodge has been doing with membership.  Right now the Moscow lodge is up ten members and counting.  Currently the Moscow lodge is  one of only three lodges having an increase in membership within area eight (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota).  More importantly, the Moscow Lodge has the highest increase total in Idaho.

Keep up the Outstanding Work.

Best regards.
Steve Meier, PSP, PDDGER
Chair, Area 8 Publicity,
Membership and
Marketing Committee.

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Who said it — Quotes from well known Elks

Who said it?? — Quotes from well known Elks

We have a proud and divense heritage —

not just to honor but to continue and expand on

Gene Autry — Here comes Santa Claus.  Here comes Santa Claus.

Jack Benny — “Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air.”

“Buffalo” Bill Cody — Springfield has always had a place in my heart.

Clint Eastwood — Go ahead — make my day.  &  If you think its going to rain — it will.

Dwight Eisenhower — There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs.

Harry Houdini — What the eyes see and the ears hear, the mind believes.

Bobby Jones — Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and–a-half inch course . . . the space between your ears.

Buster Keaton — Silence is of the gods, only monkeys chatter.

John Kennedy — Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.

Vince Lombardi — The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

Mickey Mantle — “He who has the fastest golf cart, never has a bad lie.”

General George S Patton — If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn’t thinking.

Eddie Rickenbacker — Aviation is proof that given the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.

Will Rogers — “There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading, the few who learn by observation and the rest of them that have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”

Franklin Roosevelt — The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

Babe Ruth — Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.

Casey Stengel — The secret of successful managing is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the four guys who haven’t made up their minds.

Harry Truman — The buck stops here.

Lawrence Welk — If they can’t hum it after we play it, it’s not for us.

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