Happy New Year!! 2020, wow, back when I and many others of you were in High School, we were told that by now we would all be driving flying cars and our world would look like the old TV show, The Jetsons. Instead, we are looking at electric cars, bikes and scooters. Supposedly flying in jet aircraft is destroying the atmosphere and a major contributor to Global Warming. Others are saying it is just another cycle the Earth is going through. Hard to know what or who to believe, but I think the answer is somewhere in the middle. In my opinion, nothing sounds better than a big block V8 with glass packs and 2 ½ inch exhausts! OK, enough of that.
It’s always great to start the New Year with good news! As Joel mentioned in his message, at the December 11th Lodge meeting, we presented a check for $1000 to Dave Ting, representing the Moscow Special Olympics. We received this grant from the Idaho State Elks Association, what a great deal! Next up, at the January 8th meeting, plans are to present a Gratitude Check of $2000 to Gerard Connelly, representing the St. Vincent de Paul organization. What a great way to go out with the old and in with the new! We also received $2500 last year to renew our Impact Grant which is used to support our fly tying/ fishing program for our Veterans with PTSD. We are now working on our Per Capita amount needed to qualify for next year’s Gratitude Grant. Our Lodge needs to donate around $1800 to the Elks National Foundation in order to qualify. Not a bad return on our dollar, $1800 gets us $2000! There will be other grants available this new year including the Beacon Grant, Promise Grant, Freedom Grant and renewing our Impact Grant. If you would like to donate to the Elks National Foundation, you can do it online at elks.org or send your checks to the office, P.O. Box 9026, Moscow and I will see that it is included in our Lodge donation check.
I am very proud to be a member of our Lodge, given all we do for our community. As you can see, we are not just about golf. While our golf course plays an important part, please remember, we are an Elks Lodge with a golf course, not a golf course with a Lodge. With your participation in our grant programs, we can put over $10,000 back into our communities each year. You members in Troy, Deary, Pullman, Genesee and the outlying areas, if you identify a qualifying need, let me know. I can look to see what grant fits the need, then, all we need is someone to administer and follow up on that grant. I will write it for you, but we need someone to come up with the ideas and volunteer to administer that grant.
Here’s to a great and successful New Year!