Men’s Opening Day breakfast will be served from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM on Sunday. League information and signup as well as handicap payment will be available.
Following the breakfast will be a short informational meeting about golf activities for the season.
Weather permitting (and it looks REALLY GOOD) we will be holding a blind draw golf event following the meeting — format determined by number of signups.
Okay, not really that special. The Board of Trustees asked me to send out a notice of importance to the lodge members.
Our lodge has a 3.5ft x 7ft slate Fisher pool table that needs a new home. The lodge is trying to make room for the pro shop cabinet in our Tournament Room and the pool table is in the way. We do not have enough room for both. The table needs to be removed quickly as the Members Lounge remodel project will be done soon.
Before we sell it on Craig’s list or give it to a fraternity we would like to offer the table to any member who can remove it from the lodge. If you would like a free pool table, please contact the office (208-882-2577). All we ask is that you remove the table ASAP. Offering to take the table and removing it are two different things, so…first come, first served!
I hope we can find a good home for the table soon.
Enough Elk droppings for today,
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Volume #6, 2016
This issue of the BULLetin is for our league golfers and anyone that would like to play league golf this year. On Sunday, May 1st we have our opening day meeting / breakfast at the Elks lodge. The day starts at 8:00AM with a full breakfast prepared by our new manager, Chelsey and a couple of volunteers.
At the same time there will be a sign up table in the Tournament Room for both Tuesday and Thursday leagues. Individuals who are not currently on a team may have an opportunity to sign up on an existing team or create their own. It is also a good time to meet people. If the weather is nice a golf event is planned for those golfers who what to play.
The format for the Tuesday league is a four man team playing 1 gross and 2 net balls for nine holes. Members play with their own team all season long. The Thursday league is a four man team playing 2 net balls for nine holes, the same as last year. Please sign your team up for your set tee time.
Butch Feeley will be available to sign players up for their GHIN handicaps. I believe the fee is $35.00 for the year.
For all the golfers who are new to the club or want to start playing league I suggest you call Wayne Krauss in the office (208-882-2577) to get on a list. The league organizers will help you get on a team Sundaymorning.
Just a reminder – all your winning golf certificates will be accepted for food and beverages at the Moscow Elks Bar and Grill!
Enough Elk droppings for today,
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The Moscow Elks Lodge is privileged to be completing the 2nd year of a fly tying/fly fishing class for returning veterans through a national Elks “impact” grant. The program is serving veterans returning to civilian life, primarily from the Iraqi & Afghan military involvements.
Certain activities have been shown to have significant benefits in helping veterans deal with the return to non-military life, and fly fishing is one of them. The program includes weekly activities from lessons in fly tying and water reading in the lodge, to casting practice on the golf range, to outings to local fishing locales.
With the help of volunteers from the lodge and from the local “Clearwater Fly Casters” dozens of returning vets have been able to participate.
Thanks to our lodge members and Clearwater Fly Casters – If you know any of these folks, thank them for the time and effort they are putting in to ease the transition of some of our vets back into the civilian world.
- Doug Baldwin
- Marc Ratzlaff
- Paul Agidius
- Paul Fender
- John Read
- Jim Palmershein
- Curt Neely
- George Paris
- Jim Cash
- Bart Quesnell
- Tony McDonald
- Steve Bush
- Cliff Swanson
Trent (golf course superintendent) will be allowing cart traffic on Saturday, if we don’t get a surprise from the weather.
Plans are to allow powered carts — PLEASE stay on the cart paths where available and on mowed areas where they are not.
If we get a surprise rain before Saturday things may change. If in doubt call the clubhouse (208-882-0837) for updated information.
volume 5, 2016
GOOD NEWS!!! Chelsey Hall has agreed to be our Food, Bar and Facility Manager and she will be starting work sometime this week. She is originally from Grangeville and has worked in the food and beverage industry in Seattle and locally for the past 10 years. Chelsey is outgoing and focused on customer service. She is very interested in improving our facility and meeting our members. I hope everyone will drop by the lodge and welcome her.
Trent, our greenskeeper, says he is willing to let golf carts on the course this Friday, April 15th (Mother Nature willing). He had the Moscow High School golf team out Saturday for a work day. They cleaned up a bunch of branches and improved the course a great deal. John Weber was out on the mower doing his thing – he seemed very happy. Golfers, it is time to play.
The lodge building hours for April will be from 8am to 7pm daily. The bar is open now and the snack bar should be open on Friday, April 15th with a new menu. The menu is simple, but has more healthy options than last year.
HAPPY HOUR IS BACK THIS YEAR. We think it is important to improve the social atmosphere of our lodge, so happy hour will be Monday–Friday from 3pm to 7pm.
Enough Elk droppings for today,
It’s April and we continue to see glimpses of spring, followed by winter hanging on with the occasional snow flurry. Like with the weather, we are experiencing a lot of changes that were and were not expected within the Lodge with our employees, the Board, and the Officer positions. As outgoing Board of Director’s Chair, I would like to update you on what is happening out at the Lodge. April is the time of year that we bring on a new Trustee member and new Officers to help with the running of the Lodge and golf course as part of the Board of Directors leadership. I would like to welcome Kevin Peterson to the Board as our new 5 year appointed Trustee and Travis Mechling and Joel Jaureguito are stepping up into our Loyal Knight and Lecturing Knight positions. With these three members coming on board that means we also have members exiting and we should recognize and thank Ken Jordan for his 5 years of service as a Trustee and our outgoing Exalted Ruler, Sean Dorigo, for everything they have done. THANK YOU!
As Sean mentioned last month, there are some physical changes happening to the facilities in the Lodge, but that is not the only thing that is changing. Board of Trustee member, Jerry Curtis, is heading a search committee to hire a new bar and dining
manager to implement a new direction with our services. These changes come from member input over some frustration with the last manager and some new ideas from the leadership. It is our hope these changes will serve the needs of our members. Lastly, on the employee front, Matt Carstens announced his resignation due to getting an offer from the Kaleipel Golf and Country Club (former Spokane Country Club) to be their Assistant Superintendent. Matt has done an excellent job these past two years and we are very grateful for his work. Board of Trustees member Travis Lambert has led a search and we are pleased to announce that Trent Brown has been hired. Trent has experience working a golf course as a Superintendent, most recently at the University of Idaho, and we will learn more about Trent in the May newsletter.
Finally, as I step down as Board of Director’s Chair and Mike Keating takes over, I want to acknowledge the excellent work that the Board has accomplished this past year coming within budget – a feat that hasn’t happened in a long time. I appreciated all the members who gave feedback and donations to help us through the toughest moments this past year, our success was because of your involvement with us. Fraternally, Corey Ray, Leading Knight/ Board of Director’s Chair
We are sad to report that Gene Thompson passed away on March 25th. Gene was 93 years old, a Perpetual Life Member and a member of our Lodge for 71 Years.
“TO OUR ABSENT MEMBERS”
We had a group of Moscow High School golf team members on hand last Saturday working on tasks that could still be completed despite the wet grounds. Thanks to Coach Ross Button, Assistant Coach Jason Huff and the team members for volunteering their help.
We will also be seeing them on our practice facilities and the course, after school on Fridays, during their season.
The new Lodge year has arrived!! With that comes the opening of our Golf Course, warmer and dryer weather and the flowers of Spring—doesn’t get any better than that!
As we go into the new year, we have had some major changes. As Corey said, we have a new course Superintendent, Trent Brown. We certainly wish Matt and his wife Kayla the best of luck at their new location in Spokane. We are also in the process of hiring a new Bar/ Dining Manager. While we have had quite a number of applications come in, none of them really are what we are looking for.
Another big change comes in the area that used to be the Pro-shop. This area is in the process of being turned into an Elks Lounge, with new paint, furnishings, window covers and coat closet. The area at the head of the stairs next to the bar has been redone with pictures of our Officers. Our golfers will now find the GHIN computer in the Trophy Room. The whole idea is to make our Lodge more inviting. It is important to show ALL members that we are welcoming and what we are all about. We are so much more than a Golf Course with a bar. Thank you to Brad and Shelley for working so hard for this new look! Of course, with the new Lodge year comes dues statements. I mailed statements out the first week of March, so all of you should have received them. Please get your checks in as soon as possible and please include your dues statement.
I had to drop 18 members for non-payment of dues. This puts our membership below 400, which starts creating financial difficulties for the Lodge Office. The good news is we have four new applications awaiting process.
Wayne Krauss, Secretary
When you drive past the lodge and golf course this month you might see a display of pinwheels near the entry.
Moscow Elks Lodge #249 is showing our support for National Child Abuse Prevention Month by planting a garden of pinwheels to help raise awareness of Child Abuse Issues.
As of this date, we have cleared out the room and removed items that were on the walls of the former Pro Shop area in order to prepare them for painting. In doing so, we discovered that a lot of patchwork needed to be done as well as some repair work to the west wall. This has delayed the project a little. However, furniture has been ordered and we should be starting to paint very soon. We would like to take this time to thank those that have kindly contributed to this project so far.
- Electric fireplace—donated by Gropp Electric, Scott Gropp
- Love Seats/Pub Table-discounted price offered by Gene DeMeerleer, Furniture Center
- Help with wall repairs and time- Sean Dorigo
- Misc. decorating items Lon and Nancy Pedersen
- Monetary Donations have been received from the following:
- Karen Thornberry
- Randy Rice
- Kim and Jeff Carlson
- Gene Thompson (this donation was just days before Gene passed away)
- Ted Thompson
- Alan and Mary Lyon
- Mike and Pam Strom
- The Past Exalted Ruler Association
- A number of anonymous donations
With these donations, we have broken even on the expenses incurred to date. We hope to continue to see your support so that we can cover costs for paint, new flooring, window coverings and an accordion door.
Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. This project has been made a reality thanks to your generosity and care for this Lodge.
Brad and Shelley Anderson
Fred Funcke passed away on March 30th. He had been a member for 12 years and was 83 years old. We are very sorry for the loss of these members and our prayers are with their families.
“TO OUR ABSENT MEMBERS”
Do to the unusually wet conditions we are experiencing on the course, we are postponing the golf course workday originally scheduled for this Saturday.
We will be rescheduling when it is dry enough to allow us to get the equipment on the course that is needed for the planned projects. We will be posting an update when we are able to proceed.
In the years before the lodge moved out to the course several plans were developed to expand the course onto the purchased property to the north.
This plan was developed by Jim Krause, a Moscow native and former employee at the club who designed, renovated, or expanded numerous course in the inland northwest including, Avondale, Hidden Lakes, Stoneridge, Desert Aire, Twin Lakes, Clear Lakes, Burley, Mirror Lakes, and many others. This plan was drawn up in the 1970s. It allowed for a significant amount of water storage and the development of housing development to fund the project.
The clubhouse would have been located just east of the intersection of Mill road and Parker Road, with a view from the top of the knob setting southeast of the intersection.
Volume 4, 2016
Well, we still do not have any viable candidates for the Food and Beverage Manager for our lodge. We have received a number of resumes, but none of them are individuals with the experience our Elks Lodge needs. We could use your help. If any of you know a friend or relative that has food and beverage experience and would like to work at our lodge, please have them contact Wayne Krauss at the office.
Good news for our golfers this year! The bar and grill will be accepting Elks golf league and tournament certificates. Members will be able to purchase food, alcohol and beverages with the certificates at our snack bar. Also, Dave’s Golf Shop in Colton will be accepting our certificates in their shop. The lodge will be receiving a 3% return for all certificates used at Dave’s shop and 100% return for in house purchases. Given this difference, I suggest golfers consider using their certificates in our lodge first.
We do have an agreement with Dave’s Golf Shop to purchase golf merchandise for resale at our lodge. We will be stocking a variety of golf balls, gloves, hats, golf tees, sun screen and other miscellaneous golf items. You will also be able to use your golf certificates for these items.
Enough Elk droppings for today,