International Wine Tasting

Saturday evening — November 4th

This year’s wine tasting evening is comparing two local boutique winery wines with wines from large Northwest wineries that produce thousands of cases of wine.  Let’s see if we can tell the differences in their styles!  The evening will include numerous wines to taste, a variety of snacks to go with the wines, and an open auction of wines donated by our members and the wineries.  Check in is at 6:30 pm and the event starts at 7:00 pm.  The cost is $30.00 per couple or $20.00 per person.

To reserve your seat call Barb in the office at 208-882-2577.   Barb will be accepting checks or credit cards to guarantee your seats.

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Half Mast


We are at half mast today, supporting the victims, LVPD, First Responders and all the volunteers that rushed to the aid of the victims of this senseless act.

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RV Storage at the Moscow Elks

RV Storage at the Moscow Elks

A reminder that we have some RV storage available to members this winter.

The storage area is the north section of the back lot.  Cost is $30 per month.  All units must be brought in and taken out by the access road —  absolutely no RV’s are permitted to use the path across number 6 fairway.

You can call the office at 882-2577 between 9 and noonMondayFriday for info and registration. Everyone is required to sign a waver and pick up an identifying tag for their unit.

The gate across the access road will be closed the end of November but can be opened upon request. If we get a lot of snow this winter, your unit is  probably there till spring as we are not sure how much plowing will be done. Storage time frame is now till March 31st.

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Lodge of Sorrow — Joe Vasquez

I am sad to report that Joe Vasquez passed away the end of September.

There will be a Celebration of Life at the Elks Lodge this Sunday from noon until 3:00.  All of his friends are encouraged to come out and share their memories.

The faults of our brothers, we write upon the sands, their virtues on tablets of love and memory.


Wayne Krauss, Secretary

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From the Exalted Ruler

Welcome to fall!! We have a lot of activities planned the next couple of months. As the weather starts to force us inside, keep the lodge in mind. This fall, our Past Exalted Rulers are hosting Oktoberfest on the 21st of October. We hope this will become a yearly tradition. Mark it on your calendars as we hope to see you there!

On November 4th, we have our annual wine tasting event. Those planning to attend will want to RSVP ASAP as this event fills up fast! There are only 50 limited spots available.

Some holiday cheer for the little ones will be held the morning of December 16th! Santa will be coming to join us for some hot cocoa and cookies! If you would like to help at an arts and crafts table, contact Corey Ray at elks249youthactivities@gmail. com.

Can’t forget some fun for the adults… the Tom and Jerry event is pack with good times and laughter! (Date to be determined.) Please keep the Lodge in mind if you want to host a family or company holiday party. Contact the Lodge office to learn more about booking your event.

Finally, I want to thank all those who were involved in organizing and participating in the annual Gamble Scramble event. The Scramble was so successful that organizers were able to donate $1,000.00 on behalf of the Moscow Elks to Gritman Medical’s “Light the Candle” fund. The Light a Candle program raises funds for services that help cancer patients improve their quality of life and ease some of the pressures that come with facing cancer. Thank you!

Lodge Raffle — Every year we have done a rifle or a hand gun raffle to raise money for our charitable work. This year is no different and we have a raffle going on for a $1,000.00 Tri-State gift card. It is $5 a ticket or 5 for $20 dollars. We need members to talk up this great opportunity! If you or someone you know would like a $1,000 gift card to Tri-State, tickets are 1 for $5.00 or 5 for $20.00. 20 Bucks for $1,000… no brainer! Contact Corey Ray at elks249youthactivities@gmail. com to get your tickets.


Corey Ray,

Exalted Ruler

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Golfers — 2017 gift certificates expiring

Golfers — 2017 gift certificates expiring

A reminder to all of you that won golf gift certificates this year.  ALL certificates expire October 31st.  They can be used for food or drink at the Elks including paying for the Oktoberfest and the Wine tasting.   Again,they must be turned in by October 31st.

If you would like to purchase golf equipment, please come in with your certificate and let the office know what you would like and Jerry Curtis will then make a trip to Dave’s Golf to pick up your merchandise.

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Taking Care of our #ElksFamily

Did you know the Elks National Foundation helps protect the children of Elks members? The Emergency Educational Grant program provides financial assistance to the children of deceased or totally disabled Elks, who wish to obtain or further their college education. The Elk parent or stepparent must have been a member in good standing for at least one year before they passed or became totally disabled. 

For Kyle Bort, an EEG recipient and member of the Scholar Advisory Board, the Emergency Educational Grant was a life- changer.

“After my dad’s passing in 2009, I was really unsure about my future,” shares Kyle.

Finding funds for college daunted him. Yet, the Elks offered hope. He applied for and received an EEG from the Foundation. Financial support for college, was not the only thing he gained that day—he also gained a new family.

“It dawned on me, just how much the Foundation was family to me,” says Kyle. “When I did not even know what the ENF was, they took a chance on me!”

There are other children of Elks who face challenges like Kyle’s. We need your help to make college a reality for them. If you know a student who may qualify for an EEG, encourage them to contact the ENF office to request a scholarship application. Please call 773/755-4732 or email Emergency Educational Grant applications are due by October 31, 2017.

In 2017-18, the Elks National Foundation allocated $323,890 to fund the Emergency Educational Grant program for children of deceased or totally disabled Elks. If you know any Elks children who may be eligible to receive an Emergency Educational Grant, encourage them to visit for information, including eligibility and deadlines.

for additional information see —

Emergency Educational Grant

For an account of Kyle’s reactions to attending the 2017 Elks’ National Convention  — 

Convention Week — from the eyes of an EEG recipient


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Membership Matters — A Lot

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 Travis Rybarski — Red Ribbon Week Presentation

Travis Rybarski, a poet and rapper, will be at the Troy High School gymnasium at 9 a.m. Tuesday, October 24th, to speak to students from Troy, Genesee, Kendrick, Deary and Potlatch for a Red Ribbon Week presentation.

Rybarkski’s talk will focus on issues surrounding drug and alcohol prevention, suicide and depression. Rybarski, 22, is a certified peer counselor and the statewide program specialist for YouthSound.

The Latah County Youth Advisory Board and the Moscow Elks Lodge are partnering to bring Rybarshi to the school.

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Elks BULLetin #11

Volume 11, 2017

 Elks BULLetin

We are all looking for something fun to do when the golf season slows down.  We have two really great events planned for this fall.

  • Oktoberfest night planned for Saturday, October 21st
  • Wine Tasting Evening on Saturday November 4th.

The Oktoberfest party will serve authentic German food, with C&L Lockers doing the brats.  We will offer 4 German style beers and a German Riesling for wine enthusiasts.  The PER’s will be providing the music and raffles.   After dinner casino games will be available from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  Happy hour will be from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm and dinner will be served from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  The cost of the dinner is $10.00 per person.

This year’s Wine Tasting Evening is comparing two local boutique winery wines with wines from large NW wineries that produce thousands of cases of wine.  Let’s see if we can tell the differences in their styles!  The evening will include numerous wines to taste, a variety of snacks to go with the wines, and an open auction of wines donated by our members and the wineries.  Check in is at 6:30 pm and the event starts at 7:00 pm.  The cost is $30.00 per couple or $20.00 per person.

To reserve your seat for either event call Barb in the office at 208-882-2577.   Barb will be accepting checks or credit cards to guarantee your seats at these events, especially the Wine Tasting.

Enough Elk droppings for today,


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October 1, 2017

Dear Elks Members,

Our members have expressed a desire to have more activities: the PER’s and the lodge have stepped up and are offering a fun activity in the form of an Oktoberfest on October 21, 2017.  We would like to make this event a successful one; therefore, we are including a game night immediately following dinner.  This will be an incredibly enjoyable event.   Don’t miss it; your participation will let us know that you will support future activities.  Remember, your lodge is only as strong and vital as the members’ participation.

The menu will include traditional German food:  brats and buns, red cabbage, hot potato salad, green salad or beans, German desert, four different German beers, German wine, and regular bar drinks.

In addition to this incredible meal, we will be having a casino night and a number of raffles.  The proceeds of the raffles and casino will be used to support Moscow lodges support of youth and veteran charities.  Your generosity is what makes our lodge do what we do.

If you can attend it is essential to RSVP with payment.  A form is attached.   Please return this form by October 12 to the lodge office.

In addition to the meal we will be holding a number of raffles.  With your RSVP  form, you will notice a space for donations.  Elks have always been known for their “benevolent dispositions.”

So please come enjoy and support this evening of fun, friends and, good food.  Bring your friends: guest and family are always welcome.


Moscow Lodge and PER Association

Please click below for Oktoberfest RSVP

Oktoberfest RSVP form


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New Members in September

Welcome new members

  • Gary Riedner sponsored by Bill Lambert. Gary is City Supervisor for the City of Moscow, lives in Colton and is married to Terri.
  • Sharon Barbour, sponsored by her husband and also a new member this year Jason Barbour. They recently moved to Moscow and are kind of semi-retired (whatever that means ;-).
  • Robert Ting was also initiated at the last meeting. Most of us already know Rob as he has been in family practice for over 20 years in Moscow, besides his medical practice, he seems to spend a lot of time chasing his kids from one activity to another—sounds exhausting!

We also reinstated Gina Taruscio. Gina is married to Todd whom she intends to sponsor shortly. She is the former ED for the Chamber of Commerce and is now the ED for PEP (Partners for Economic Prosperity).

Welcome all of you! We still have two more candidates awaiting initiation and a member just picked up six applications, so keep it up!

Wayne Krauss,


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Brad Anderson Recognized with ENF Award

Brad Anderson received the Bronze Circle of Giving Award from the Elks National Foundation at the September 13th lodge meeting. This award is given to Elks that have donated a cumulative amount of $5000 or more to ENF. Congratulations Brad and thank you for your benevolence.


Wayne Krauss


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Moscow Middle School Track Meet

Moscow Middle School will be holding a home cross country meet at our course Thursday, October 12.  Set up will begin at 1:00 PM and the meet starts at 4:00 PM.

Come on out and watch the Cubs and their guests compete.

Our golf course will be unavailable for member play that Thursday afternoon but bar/dining will be open for our members and their guests during regular hours.

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Veterans’ Fly Tying Grant — group #5

Dr. George Paris has announced that the next round of Fly Tying/Fishing instruction for our military veterans at U of I and WSU will begin this Thursday night, running  from 6:00 PM — 8:30 PM through the week of Nov. 16th.

For the 5th time  —

The Moscow Elks Lodge is privilegenew-picture-80d to be able to continue working with 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 acIMG_1593tivities 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 tyingIMG_1592 and water reading in the lodge, to casting practice on the golf range, to outings to local fishing locales.

CutthroutonrockssmallWith the help of volunteers from the lodge and from the local “Clearwater Fly Casters” scores of returning vets have been able to participate.


This year’s veterans’ fly fishing outing will be held September 22nd through 24th on the St. Joe River.


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Thursday League Gift Certificates

FYI, final Thursday men’s league gift certificates are in the envelope on the bulletin board. This year they are only valid here at our facility. They can be used for food, drink or merchandise (see Jerry Curtis if you would like to order something). Please remember, they expire October 31st, 2017.

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Quad City Cross Country Cancelled Due to Air Quality


Due to hazardous air quality in the region from the current forest fires, Moscow High School was forced to cancel the Quad City cross country meet scheduled for September 5th.  District Director of Student Activities Lance Abendroth wished to let the Elks know how much the district appreciates our continued support.

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From the Exalted Ruler

I hope everyone is taking advantage of the great weather we have had in recent days, with the sun being out and the temperatures livable.   Just this past month, we had an amazing eclipse that I hope all of you took a moment to observe.   I was a child when the last one occurred in 1979 and I just remember it all going dark.   We didn’t have glasses like we do today, but rather we had to use an old cereal box to try to look at the eclipse.   It was amazing to use glasses to look at the event and share it with my children, 8 and 5 yrs. old. They, like me when I was their age, didn’t think it was a big deal.  However, my wife got them involved by having them narrate the event on camera so they can look back on their experience.

In other summer news, the Moscow Elks had the opportunity to be one of the sponsors, through a grant I wrote, for the 28th annual Paint the Palouse project in August.   This is a yearly community service event that Housing and Residence Life at the University of Idaho puts on to get their students to give back to the local community.   Student’s paint 3 to 4 houses of those who cannot do so themselves either physically or financially.  This program aligns with our, the Elks, mission to serve our community.   370 students participated in this program this year, all wearing T-shirts with our logo on it and I had the opportunity to explain a bit about the Moscow Elks and our work in the community. A great program that serves our community and a great way for us, the Elks, to collaborate with young adults.

As summer starts to come to a close, we have started to plan and set our fall activities. A few things to keep an eye out for this fall:

  • Oktoberfest and Casino night on October 21,
  • Wine Tasting on November 4, and
  • Kids with Santa in early December.

It is also the time for our yearly Rifle Raffle to begin. Instead of just raffling a rifle, the committee and I have decided to raffle off a $1,000.00 gift certificate to Tri State. We are looking for volunteers to help sell tickets at the Latah County Fair and to take a stack to sell to friends, relatives, and co-workers. Please contact the Lodge Office or myself. Finally, I am working with members improve our facilities. The two current projects I have going is installing better lighting on our stairs that lead to the entrance of the Lodge and I am working with a committee to create a fire pit so our members can have another perk when coming out to the property.

Thank you,

Corey Ray, Exalted Ruler


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From the Desk of the Secretary

Please welcome 7 new members that were initiated on the 23rd of August

  • Nicholas Alexander.   Nick lives in Moscow and is a wireless tech for First Step Internet (now I have a direct line to the guy that can fix any wireless problems we may have!).
  • Ryan Anderson.   Ryan is a dispatcher for a long haul trucking company out of North Caroling but gets the privilege of working from home.
  • Kevin Cannon is a forester for the Idaho Department of Lands and was sponsored by his dad, Byron.
  • Kyle Hamilton is a Moscow resident, working for McGregor Co. as a custom applicator and is the son of Elk member Jerry Hamilton.
  • Brock Pedersen is Ken’s son and Lonnie Pedersen’s grandson.  Brock also lives in Moscow and works as a freight clerk for Northwest River Supplies.
  • Jordan Purkapile also works for Northwest River Supplies as a shipper and lives in Moscow. Seems like we are becoming quite popular with NRS as
  • Jackson Uhrig also works for them as receiving manager.  Jackson is married and lives in Moscow.

We welcome all of our new members and hope that they continue to be involved in Elks activities for many years to come.  Additional good news is we still have five more candidates in the process of becoming members.  We have initiated 13 new members since July!  Thank you to all the sponsors.

We had our usual drawings at the meeting of the 23rd for the Pot of Gold and the Queen of Hearts.  Jason Heath’s number was drawn for the $500 Pot of Gold.  That pot continues to grow as Jason was not present.  One of the initiates that night was Ryan Anderson and his number was drawn for the $584 Queen of Hearts.  Sorry Ryan, you drew the Jack of Clubs, so no winner.  That pot also continues to grow with another card turned over.  That Queen is still hiding!

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Elks’ Legacy Scholarship Applications Available

Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships for children and grandchildren of Elks members. The Foundation will offer a total of 300 awards in the 2018 contest, an increase of 50 awards.

Moscow Lodge #249 currently has four students attending college on legacy scholarships of $4000 each.

The deadline for applications for the 2018 contest will be February 2, 2018 at 11:59 a.m. Central Time.

For additional information and applications click here 

  1. For the 2018 contest, any child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild, or legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2015, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2015, is eligible to apply. The Elk must also be a paid-up member through March 31, 2018. Great-grandchildren are not eligible.
  2. The applicant must be a high school senior.
  3. The applicant must apply online only. The 2018 Legacy Awards application deadline is 11:59 a.m. Central Time on Friday, February 2, 2018.
  4. If the applicant’s parent and grandparent are both Elk members, the applicant must apply through the parent’s Elks Lodge.
  5. Applicants must take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) by December 31, 2017.
  6. Students may apply for more than one ENF scholarship; however, they may win only one. In cases where the student qualifies for more than one, we will award the scholarship with the greater value. Students can accept local and
  7. state scholarships, which are separate from the awards at the national level.
  8. Legacy Awards may only be applied to accredited US American schools, colleges or universities. (Note: Applicants from Guam, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Philippines may apply Legacy Awards toward schools, colleges or universities in their respective homes.)
  9. If you are selected as a 2018 Legacy Awards recipient, you will be required to perform service once a year with an Elks Lodge during the four years you are receiving the scholarship. Click here for more information about serving with the Elks.
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