Elks Veterans Remembrance Month
An estimated twenty-two million veterans live in our communities. The Elks National President, Michael T. Luhr, has proclaimed November to be Veterans Remembrance Month as a way to encourage us to reach out to local Veterans and offer your support.
This November and every month of the year, Elk will serve thousands of Veterans across the country. Elks volunteer at more than 330 VA Medical Centers, State Veterans Homes, clinics, transitional shelters and Veterans facilities where they plan activities, buy needed supplies, host meals and offer friendship. Elks help Veterans rehabilitate and thrive by supporting adaptive sports events, and providing therapy kits and wheelchair gloves to recovering Veterans.
More recently, Elks have pledged to help end Veteran homelessness by pledging $4 million dollars to assist Veterans experiencing homelessness. We’ve since helped thousands of Veterans exit or prevent homelessness. Our Elks Lodges are focal points for supporting local military members and Veterans and meeting their needs. Last year alone, the total value of Elks’ contributions to our nation’s Veterans was nearly $47 million, and our members served more than 677,000 Veterans.
This Veterans Remembrance Month, we urge you to join the Elks in recognition of and service to the Veterans in your community. Let us also remember the words of Elk member and President John F. Kennedy who said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”
There are nearly 1,900 Elks Lodges across the country with a total membership of around 800,000. Elks members must be American citizens who are at least 21 years of age and must believe in God. To learn more and to join us in service, visit www.elks.org
The gratitude grant project on October 6th was a great success, we were able to demolish and reconstruct the outdoor stage at Robinson Park in less than one day. Due to the rain we were not able to stain, however, Corey Ray tells me that Scout Pack 325 will be staining the stage soon. Thanks to everyone that participated, particularly Wayne Krauss, Corey Ray, Tanya Mechling, and Sean Dorigo who kept us in line and insured professional workmanship. Also thanks to Scout Pack 325 for all their help.
This year’s Oktoberfest was great fun. The turnout was a bit smaller than last year due to all the competing events, however, the food and company were great. I really hope this tradition continues and more attend next year. Thanks Corey Ray and George Paris for making this happen. Also, thanks to Jerry Curtis for the great food.
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the wine tasting, but I am sure a good time was had by all at that event as well. Moving into the winter more events are scheduled such as the Tom and Jerry party to be held on December 22nd, so stay tuned.
Also, as a reminder the Lodge will be having a memorial ceremony the first Sunday in December. This ceremony is to honor and remember all the members who have passed away this last year. If you are able to attend I would encourage you to do so. More details will be provided in the 249er.
October was a great month! Not only did we have a lot of activity in the Lodge, but the weather was beautiful which led to the completion of community activities such as the completion of the stage at Robinson Park, utilizing funding from our Gratitude Grant.
The weather was so good we had a number of folks still playing golf even though leagues were long over. ENF accepted our application for an Anniversary Grant, so we will be awarding a check for $1500 to the Disability Action Center so they can purchase more ADA approved wheelchair ramps. These ramps are aluminum, modular structures that are installed at the homes of disabled folks, enabling them easier and safer ingress/ egress.
We have applied for a continuation of our Impact Grant, this year in the amount of $5000. This grant will go toward our continuing fly fishing/tying program for our veterans with PTSD. Our Promise Grant again was used in partnership with the Latah County Youth Advocacy Council to help fund their drug/alcohol awareness programs which included participation at the Latah County Fair as well as helping fund Red Ribbon Week.
As you can see, your Lodge is very active in the community. We can always use more help with these programs. Coming up is the Hoop Shoot which always needs volunteers—more info on that at a later date. Our motto, “Elks Care, Elks Share” really means something! Remember this, no matter what you are doing, if you are not helping others, you are wasting your time! Have a great Thanksgiving!
It started with an idea that I had to bring what I do with my Cub Scout family and my responsibilities as the Youth Activity chair for the Lodge. I am grateful that the Lodge members liked, supported, and eventually carried out collaboration between our two organizations.
Our Project took place on October 6. Members of our Lodge got together with Cub Scouts from Pack 325 to take on the challenge of replacing the existing outdoor stage at Robinson Park. This stage was original built by a local Boy Scout for his Eagle project. Over time, the weather had taken its toll on the stage to where it was becoming a safety hazard due to the wood rotting inside. Our Lodge applied for and was awarded a $2,000 grant from Grand Lodge to fund the project. Using Travis Mechling’s engineering skills, the Lodge was able to assess what supplies were going to be needed and work with Moscow Building Supplies to get the materials to do the job.
It was important that we partner with one of our local Cub Scout Packs (325) to carry out the demolition and building of the stage. Elks are great supporters of Youth Activities and by working with young Cub Scouts, we achieved several different outcomes. First, we assisted the Scouts with learning how to use tools in completing the project. They gained a sense of the importance of serving one’s community. Each Scout each year has do at least one service project to achieve their next rank. Finally, each Scout earned a sense of accomplishment and their families learn a little bit about our local Lodge in the process.
Although all our volunteers had a great time with the Scouts, Tanya Mechling (Lodge Treasurer) stole the show with a McDonalds lunch break! (Kids and adults alike) In the end, it took less than 6 hours, from start to finish, to replace the stage. Thank you to Wayne Krauss, Travis and Tanya Mechling, and Larry Verdal for their hard work. Thank you to Sean Dorigo who used his professional expertise and the Gropp Family for donating one of the trailers so we could move materials and debris.
This year’s $1,000.00 Tri-State gift certificate raffle winner is Dana Gotshall. Dana
purchased his ticket from Kevin Peterson. Thank you to all the volunteers who help
sell tickets to raise money for our various activities.
Corey Ray, PER
Volume 7, 2018
Our Indian summer appears to have ended as the weather has gotten colder and the golf course is full of leaves. We closed the bar and dining area last Sunday, October 28th for the season. Trent will put out the honor box for golfers if we have any warm days in the next couple of weeks. I would like to thank everyone who supported our Elks Lodge this year and we are looking forward to another fun year in 2019.
The Past Exalted Rulers organized a nice Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 13th. The turnout was a bit small with 22 members enjoying the evening. The menu was a traditional German theme with Heidi’s German potato salad being the hit of the evening. The German beer was excellent and everyone enjoyed themselves.
The annual Wine Tasting Evening last Saturday, October 27th was the best ever. We had 29 very committed wine drinkers with even Jack Jones enjoying the wine. Everyone endured the guessing game for the three mystery wines. Merry Cellars Winery of Pullman donated three of their top wines to taste. These special wines were a very nice treat for the evening. We also had 9 great wines donated by members for our live auction. I would like to give a special “THANK YOU” to everyone who donated the special wines. Cheri Curtis did a fabulous job on the food table, her teriyaki salmon bundles were yummy. We cleared over $750.00 this year, which will be used to purchase security cameras and a time clock for the lodge. Thank you, everyone who attended – you are on the list for next year!
Enough Elk droppings for today,
Elks National Foundation — donations
It is time to make your donation to the Elks National Foundation. The picture below was taken on October 6th after reconstruction of the stage at Robinson Park. This was done in partnership with Scout Pack 325. Our $2000 Gratitude Grant for this year was used to pay for the materials. We had five Elks and five scout leaders and half a dozen young scouts helping with this project.
Thant being said, we now have to qualify for the 2018-2019 Gratitude Grant. To do that, we need your donations sent in as soon as possible. Please make your checks out to the Elks National Foundation and mail them to our P.O. Box 9026, Moscow. Remember, your donation is tax deductible.
In addition to our gratitude grant, our lodge has been awarded an Elks National Foundation Impact Grant to serve returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. This has allowed the lodge to provide , over the last several years, two sessions a year of fly fishing instruction over a 12 week period at the lodge in addition to a field experience in North Idaho streams. This program to date has reached around one hundred local combat vets.
In the last five years students representing our lodge have received scholarship grants from the Elks National Foundation totaling $24,000 through the Elks Most Valuable Student Competition and Legacy Awards to children and grandchildren of our members.
Our lodge uses an Elks National Foundation Promise Grant to help support the Latah County Youth Advocacy Council and to promote drug and alcohol education.
In the current lodge year the Elks National Foundation will distribute $33,800,000 to national, state and local lodge programs, scholarships and associated projects. Included in this total are over $12,000.000 in grants to local lodge programs and $5,000,000 in scholarship grants.
The 2019 MVS application deadline is November 15, 2018.
Elks Most Valuable Student — 2018 online application
The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2019 competition.
- Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.
- Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
- High school graduates are not eligible to apply.
- Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
- Male and female students compete separately at the national level.
The 20 top finalists will participate in an all expenses paid Leadership Weekend in Chicago during which they’ll interview with the national judges. These 20 finalists will be vying for two first-place awards of $50,000; two second-place awards of $40,000; and two third-place awards of $30,000. The remaining 14 finalists will receive awards of $20,000. The 480 runners-up will receive fifth-place scholarships of $4,000.The 2018 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.
In recent years Moscow Elks Lodge #249 has had national award winners using their scholarships to attend the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Southern California.
Last Year Lodge #249 had a national award winner who will be using her award to attend Gonzaga University this fall.
If you are not out playing golf, you are really missing out. I took this picture yesterday–beautiful day and the next few days are supposed to be the same. Course and greens are in great shape as Trent and Alvin have been blowing and mulching the leaves off the fairways and greens—an endless battle this time of year, especially if there is a little wind blowing.
At any rate—-come on out!
Elks Lodge #249 day at U of I football
Here is your chance for early tickets to the Idaho/Montana football game on 11/10
Gratitude Grant –
Robinson Park Project
Here is a picture of the finished project from Saturday. Our Lodge and Scout Pack 325 partnered in rebuilding the stage at Robinson Park. Materials were purchased with out Gratitude Grant. Thank you to ER Travis Mechling and PER Corey Ray for putting this together. Thanks also to Sean Dorigo and the others for all the help.
Lost & Found
it is amazing to me how many golf clubs have been found out on the course and no one has claimed. Check your bag. If you are missing a club, come out and see if it is here. We must have 30 or so clubs unclaimed.
Moscow Middle School Cross Country Meet — Golf Course Closed
Another reminder that the Moscow Middle School will be holding a cross country meet tomorrow from 4-6pm at the Golf Course. The course will be closed for that meet.
Robinson Park Service Project
As you have heard and read, we are doing a service project this Saturday, October 6, starting at 8 am at Robinson Park. This project was something we earned a grant for and have invited Cub Scout Pack 325 to join us. We will be rebuilding the outdoor stage at Robinson Park. It is a great opportunity to be an Elk volunteer and have a positive impact on some of our local youth. Not only do we need volunteers, but we also need help with some of the following items:
- Cordless drills
- Skill saws
- Speed squares
- Any other decking tools you can think of.
Any amount of time you can offer would be appreciated. If you have questions about the project, please contact either Travis Mechling, Corey Ray, or the Lodge Office and ask for Wayne.
From the Exalted Ruler
I would like to start by clearing up a misunderstanding on my part in regards to the fund raiser that was held on September 15. Since my last ER message, I have spoken with Arch Harner, and he conveyed to me that he greatly appreciates everyone’s support, however his family is not in need of financial assistance and that any proceeds raised in the fund raiser should go to either the American Childhood Cancer Society or the Anna Schindler Foundation. The Anna Schindler Foundation particularly helps families in needs with travel expenses associated with cancer treatment.
The event was a success and we raised approximately $800 that will be divided equally between the two charities proposed by the Harners. Thanks everyone for your support
for a good cause.
Also, I would like to ask for volunteers for the Lodge’s gratitude grant project that will take place Saturday October 6th at 8:00am at Robinson Park. This project will be to work with a local scout troop to rebuild the outdoor stage. The lodge will be providing the materials, funding provided by the gratitude grant. Volunteers will be asked to bring any and all carpenters tools that they are skilled with. For more information contact either Cory Ray or myself.
I would also like to announce that the PERs will be having another Oktoberfest on Friday, October 19th at the lodge, more details to come. Last year there was great food, great beer, and the casino night afterwards was a lot of fun. I encourage everyone that can make it to come. I hope to see you there.
From the Desk of the Secretary
As you can see from the articles in this months 249er, we have a number of things going on this month. We will have the Moscow Middle School hosting a cross country event on the Golf Course on the 3rd from 4-6, so be aware the course will be closed part of that afternoon. Oktoberfest is being hosted again this year by the PER’s. It was a lot of fun last year, so get your reservations in early. Call the office in the morning at 882-2577. We then have our very popular, annual “Wine Tasting” on the 27th. Again, call in for reservations. I think Jerry may have some beer and food specials this month as we close out the golf season, so call out and find out!
Thank you to all of you that have maintained your membership this year. We still have 23 members that have not yet paid their dues, but I am working on that. I am always pleased to have members ask, “what can they do to help out”. The problem, not enough members ask that question. In every organization, only 10% participate in making the organization work. Are we becoming more and more a society of takers and not givers? I hope not and will continue to be optimistic that our lodge will continue to thrive —- but, we really need more help. My hope is that as you get older, you never look back and say “I wish I would have done more”. Do it now!
From the Staff and CEO of GeoProfessional Innovation, thank you Elks. First for allowing Travis Wambeke to be a member. Second for having Steak and Salmon night. But most of all for allowing our staff, their families, and even their kids to convene at the Elks for our summer gathering. Nearly 30 people in all for great food, a great venue, and to celebrate our business, its success and the hard work we all invest. Alas, none of this would’ve been possible without Ms. Heidi Canchola. Heidi fielded our questions, organized the food, and made it all work out. In no small matter, she made this an intimate event for our group that was special. She did this on her own too as help was not available. We could go on and on about the activities and how welcomed we were, but simply close with a heartfelt thank you and if you find that missing cornhole bag or the football, let us know.