Face Book Administrators Change

Face Book Administrators Change

Along with the change in the year comes a change in our Facebook administration.  Bobbi Ross will be joined by Tracy Dorigo to handle the job of administering the Facebook page.

Thanks to both of them for their commitment to helping maintain and improve communication among our membership.

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Can you name this past Moscow Elks member??

Can you name this past Moscow Elks member??

  • Born in Parsons KS,
  • grew up in Kansas, Colorado & Oklahoma,
  • graduated Tulsa Central High School — Tulsa OK,
  • attended University of Missouri — Columbus MO,
  • graduated from Colorado College — Colorado Springs CO,
  • twice qualified for National Public Links Golf Tournamet,
  • Served in United States Army Air Corps — 2nd Lietenant Army Medical Administrative Corps — Iceland,
  • was a news writer — Spokane Chronicle — Spokane WA,
  • served in the Washington National Guard — 141st Aircraft Control Squadron — Alaska,
  • was a sports writer / sports editor — Spokesman Review — Spokane WA
  • spearheaded development of Esmeralda Golf Course — Spokane WA
  • twice won the Spokane City Amateur Golf Championship — Spokane WA,
  • named the “Big Sky” Conference,
  • selected Washington State Sportswriter of the Year,
  • wrote articles for Golf Digest,
  • was a sports writer — Daily Idahonian/Daily News,
  • chosen Idaho State Sportswriter of the Year,
  • won Moscow Elks Sole Survivor  3 times — last win at age 79,
  • carried a USGA handicap of 7 at age 83 and
  • lifetime member of BPOE #249 — on Moscow Elks “wall of remembrance”.

answer will be posted next week

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Moscow Elks Lodge #249 Supports the Commuity! — from the Daily News

Moscow Elks Lodge #249 Supports the Commuity!

The Moscow Elks Club has a long tradition of supporting the Moscow community by giving back over $$2.4 million to the area so far.  Their charitable philosophy has created and provided numerous programs such as Christmas for Kids, Veterans’ Fly-Tying Classes, Caft Fairs, Backpacks for Homeless Veterans and the Annual Kids’ Hoop Shoot  to name a few. 

The Moscow Elks Lodge provides space and support for a number of services to the community including weddings and receptions, class reunions, birthday parties,   anniversarie, business meetings and golf tournaments. 

Being a member of the Moscow Elks Club has its benefits including use of the private golf course, a comfortable bar and dining facility, men’s and women’s summer golf leagues, couples golf and steak nights, the annual   crab feed, Oktoberfest, wine tasting events, an Easter egg hunt for the community and more. 

Being a Moscow Elks Club member gives you an opportunity to support your community and enjoy social gatherings with friends and family. 

Thanks to Jerry Curtis for geting this into the local paper.

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From the Pages of the 249er — June 1948 — Idaho State Elks Convention

From the Pages of the 249er 

June 1948 — Idaho State Elks Convention

In June of 1948, from the 17th to the 19th, the Moscow Lodge hosted the Idaho State Elks Convention.  The 700 members in attendance representied all 18 Idaho Lodges with an additional 21 lodges from Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon and Alaska represented.  Registration cost $5 for “Elks and their ladies”.

Guests were invited to enjoy the hospitality of the region.  To quote from the program:

Moscow is a thriving little city of about 12,000 population.  It is 90 miles south of Spokane, and the same from Coeur d’Alene.  It is 40 miles from Lewiston, and 320 miles north of Boise by the North and South Highway.

This is the home of the University of Idaho, with some 3,700 students.

Just nine miles to the west is the Washington State College, at Pullman, with an enrollment of over 7,500 students. . . . 

Drive over to Potlatch, some twenty miles to the northeast, and see one of the largest lumber mills in the country.

If unacquainted to this part of the state, don’t fail to see the “Lewiston Grade,” a wonderful winding highway.  In eleven miles it drops over two thousand feet into the Snake River valley, down into the “banana belt” of Lewiston, Clarkston and Asotin.”

Guests were also welcomed to the Moscow Lodge and its facilities.

“Moscow B. P. O. E. 249 is the oldest Elks Lodge in Idaho, having been instituted December 27, 1892.

The preset Temple dates back to 1908, but has been rebuilt several times, and is now one of the most complete in the state.  

In the basement is found a basketball court, and four-lane bowling alleys, with shower and locker rooms.  On the main floor will be found the lobby, reading, card and billiard rooms, Secretary’s office, small dining room, kitchen, lounge and ladies’ room.  In addition, there is a commodious sound proof Rumpus Room, where Faith, Hope and Charity is found in large chunks.

On the top floor will be found the Lodge Hall, 47 x 98 feet, recently finished.  Here, is also a Hammond organ, installed last year as a memorial to our Brothers who gave their lives in the recent conflict.  There is the large dining room, small lounge, ladies’ room and waiting room for candidates.

The dimensions of our Temple is 80 feet wide, and 125 feet deep.

It represents an investment of around a quarter million dollars, fully paid.”

“The Moscow Lodge boasts four excellent bowling alleys in the basement of the temple.  They are kept plenty busy during the bowling season.”

 

“Main lobby of the Moscow Lodge”

 

“The reading room is a quiet room well supplied with newspapers and magazines.  It is a fine place to spend a quiet, restful afternoon or evening”

 

 

“The cocktail lounge is located on the main floor of the building.”

“Moscow Lodge is very proud of its new lodge room.  It was completed within the last year and is one of the most beautiful lodge rooms in existence. It is used for all Elk dances, bonquets and parties.  A Hammond electric organ has been installed in this room.”

“The Elks Golf Course and Country Club, located about two miles east of Moscow on the road to Troy, will be the scene of the big picnic to be held on Saturday afternoon. “


 

“The trap shooting grounds was recently installed to be ready in time for the convention.  Although bad weather has hindered the installation it is now ready for operation.  It is an ideal position for good vision and should prove a popular sport addition to the Elks sport program.  It is located at the Elks golf course.  No. 1 green is on the extreme left.”

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GHIN Users — Renewal Date Moved to January 30th

GHIN Users —

Renewal Date Moved to January 30th

If you are maintaining a GHIN (Golf Handicap Information Network) handicap through the Moscow Elks Golf Club you need to be aware of the changes made by the Washington State Golf Association, of which we are affiliated.

The WSGA is moving the inactive date to January 31st.   Your $40 dues need to be paid by January 30 to avoid being inactive.  You can visit Wayne at the Elks Lodge during his office hours, Monday, Wednesday & Friday, from 9:00 AM to noon, or feel free to send a check payable to “ELKS” to Butch Fealy, handicap chairman.

Wayne Krauss Secretary, PER Moscow Elks #249

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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?

Ernest O. Holland

  • Graduated from Indiana Univrsity — 1895
  • Public school teacher in Rensselaer Indiana, Anderson Indiana & Louisville Kentucky — 1895-1905
  • Professor at Indiana University — 1905-1911
  • PHD from Columbia — 1912
  • Superintendent of Schools in Louisville Kentucky — 1911-1915
  • President of State College of Washington (now Washington State University) — longest serving president in the history of the university — 1915-1945
  • Holland Library on the WSU campus named in his honor
  • E. O. Holland Collection of art on WSU campus donated by him
  • Phillip C Holland lecture series funded through an endowment by him in his father’s name.
  • Lifetime member of BPOE #249 — on Moscow Elks “wall of remembrance”.
  • click here for additional information from the WSU Office of the President
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Raffle Winner Drawn

Raffle Winner Drawn

The drawing for this years raffle to support lodge functions was held on Friday, December 18th.  Unfortunately the originally scheduled steak or salmon feed was one of the many calcellations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congratulations to Nathan Sletteland, the winner of this year’s raffle and the Springfield Hellcat pistol.

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Elks Assist Communities in the Navajo Nation

Elks Assist Communities in the

Navajo Nation  

Some communities have been hit harder by the pandemic than others, like the Navajo Nation, which occupies the corners of three states, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.  To date, one in every 12 Navajo people living on the reservation have contracted COVID-19.

There are only 13 grocery stores in the entire 27,000-plus square mile Navajo reservation—that is one store per 13,359 people, which makes equitable access to healthy food and clean water incredibly difficult.  Three Arizona Lodges understood that the pandemic exacerbated the needs of their Navajo neighbors, and they applied to use Community Investments Program Grants to facilitate greater access to food and clean drinking water.  Page Lodge No. 2498 borders the Navajo reservation, and it merged its Spotlight, Gratitude and Beacon Grants together for a total of $7,500 to fund the creation and distribution of food baskets.

Holbrook Lodge No. 2450, which also neighbors the Navajo Nation, decided to use its first-ever Beacon Grant to donate funds to the First Step Workshop and Catholic Charities. First Step Workshop offers training, employment and job supervision of adults with disabilities in Navajo County, and Catholic Charities is specifically working to bring food, shelter and other support to individuals in the Navajo Nation during this time of hardship.

Sun City Lodge No. 2559 merged its Spotlight and Beacon Grants to donate water tanks to the Navajo Nation to improve access to clean drinking water.

“Inequitable access to drinking water and water for hygiene contributes to the high COVID case rate in the Navajo Nation, and we hope our efforts will have a positive impact,” says Bob Jeschke, grants coordinator for the Sun City Lodge.

The Elks National Foundation allocated $14.6 million this year to fund the Community Investments Program. To learn more about the Community Investments Program and this year’s flexible grant guidelines, please visit elks.org/CIP.

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From the Pages of the 249er — April 1948 — Bowling Banquets and Match with Missoula

From the Pages of the 249er —

April 1948 — Bowling Banquets and Match with Missoula

During the winter of 1947-1948 around 100 lodge members participated in regularly scheduled bowling leagues at the old Elks Temple.  On April 20th a little over 60 of them gathered to celebrate the season, pass out awards and elect officers for the next season.  The “lady Elks” had their banquet on the 19th.

M. Kerr had the high average for the women and Ken Jordan for the men.  Officers elected for the ladies included Mrs. Henry Hulett-presidetn, Mrs. Chester Kerr-vice-president, Mrs. W. H. Boyer-secretary, Mrs. Bud Koster-treasurer and Mrs. Emmert Davis-sergaent-at-arms.  The men elected Vic Nelsonchairman, Les Howells-secretary-treasurer.   Jerry Stapleton, Verle Kaiser, Henry Hulett & Gilmore Anderson joined them on the lodge bowling committee.

In a special home-and-home match, April 17th in Missoula and April 24th in Moscow, a Moscow team of Elks defeated a team representing Missoula Elks Lodge #383 by a 3 pin margin over 6 games.  The Moscow team was comprised of (kneeling from left to right) Aaring, Nelson, Shaw, Hahner and Kaiser.

 

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Elks Campaign to Support Pearl Harbor

Elks Campaign to Support Pearl Harbor

At the 2019 Elks National Convention in St. Louis, outgoing Grand Exalted Ruler Mike Luhr issued a challenge to the Elks members to raise funds for the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Hawaii.

“I ask you then, will your Lodges and Members support the idea of making sure the memories of our veterans, passed and living, are kept with us for the years to come, and make sure the history of that ‘Day in Infamy’ is recorded so our great-great-grandchildren will be able to see where our country has been?”

Since that announcement, Elks have been partnering with the Pacific Historical Parks, a WWII focused 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public benefit organization that oversees the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, to help preserve, restore and modernize the USS Arizona Memorial.

Thanks to your donations, we’ve met 2 big goals already.

  • The first $15,000 Elks raised will be used to replace old, faded and peeling outdoor exhibits along Pearl Harbor National Memorial’s perimeter.
  • An additional $270,000 raised by Elks will upgrade current static displays with digital exhibits, build new interactive displays to engage children, and modernize the museum.
  • All additional funds raised will be used to enhance and expand a virtual education program that will allow youth and adults across the country to “virtually visit” Pearl Harbor and learn about our history.

Thanks to all who have donated so far! These contributions will help honor the service and dedication of Americans whose profound contributions to our nation should never be forgotten so that generations to come will know and appreciate the enormous sacrifices of the Greatest Generation.

The Elks Pearl Harbor Campaign ended November 11, 2020. As of November 30, we raised $505,603.78.  A few last-minute donations are being processed, so the final number may still increase.

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Can you name this past Moscow Elks member??

Can you name this past Moscow Elks member??

  • Born in Bennington IN,
  • graduated from Vevay High School — Vevay IN,
  • graduated from Indiana Univrsity — Bloomington IN,
  • taught public school in Rensselaer IN, Anderson IN & Louisville KY,
  • was a professor at Indiana University, Bloomington IN,
  • earned a PHD from Columbia University — New York City NY,
  • served as Superintendent of Schools in Louisville KY,
  • served as President of State College of Washington (now Washington State University) — longest serving president in the history of the university,
  • honord by having the library on the Washington State University campus named in his honor,
  • donated a collection of art on WSU campus,
  • funded a lecture series funded through an endowment by him in his father’s name and
  • lifetime member of BPOE #249 — on Moscow Elks “wall of remembrance”.

answer will be posted next week

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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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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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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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Could you name this past Moscow Elks member??

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

Burton L. French

  • Born in Delphi Indiana — 1875
  • Attended Moscow Public Schools
  • Graduated from the University of Idaho –1901
  • Law Degree from the University of Chicago — 1903
  • Idaho State Legislature — 1898-1902
  • United States House of Representatives — 1903-1909, 1911-1915 & 1917-1933 — longest service of any Idaho Representative
  • Chairman, US House of Representatives Committee on Memorials — 1929-1933
  • US delegate to Interparliamentary Union — 1930-1931
  • Professor of government at Miami University (Ohio) — 1935-1947
  • Member of the Federal Loyalty Review Board — 1947-1953
  • died in  Hamilton Ohio — 1954
  • Elected to University of Idaho Alumni Association Hall of Fame — 1962
  • Lifetime member of Moscow Lodge #249 — on lodge wall of remembrance
  • click here for additional information from the United States Congress
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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

4) Stage 2 covid-19 restrictions

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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Lodge of Sorrow

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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