Elks #249 Crab Feed !!


Idaho’s Oldest Lodge

elkslogo[1]The Moscow Elks Lodge will be holding its annual crab feed on Saturday February 17th to raise needed money for lodge operations. The menu will include crab, coleslaw, baked beans, roll, and desert.  For those who can’t eat crab, we will have prime rib as an alternate meat choice.  The cost is $25/ person.  There will also be a casino night following dinner.crab

Social hour will begin at 5:00 PM , dinner at 6:00 PM; casino will start after dinner at around 7:00 PM.

Members need to respond to their mailed invitation and send payment by February 12th, or call the lodge at 208-882-2577, weekdays between 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM to RSVP.

New Picture (70)Mark your calendars and come out for a fun evening to support your lodge.


Pat Dollar, Rick Hull , Travis Lambert, Tyson Berrett

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Nomination & Election of Officers for 2018-2019

Officer Nominations and Elections

As per Grand Lodge Statutes section 3.090 Moscow Lodge #249 will be

  • Soliciting open nominations for officers during the regular lodge meeting on February 14th.

  • Holding its annual election of officers during the regular lodge meeting on February 28th.

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Make a Difference in 2018

Make a Difference in 2018

for our Veterans & Military Members

  • from Elks Magazine & Grand Lodge

Is your New Years Resolution to volunteer more? You’re in luck! Check out these 10 ways to do more for veterans and military members in 2018.

  1. Stuck inside in the cold? Knit or crochet a blanket for veteran residents at a state veterans home or local nursing home. Or, have your kids make Valentines for veterans to receive during the VA’s National Salute to Veteran Patients week, aka the week of February 14.
  2. Order free playing cards to be delivered to a local veterans facility. Then, head over to play a game of cards with the residents once the cards arrive. Or, organize a poker tournament!
  3. Adopt a veteran. Contact a local nursing home, State Veterans Home or VA facility to see if there are any veterans who could use visitors. You’d be surprised what a few visits and phone calls can mean to someone who’s far away from family and friends.
  4. Use a Community Investments Program Grant to start a project for local veterans. Need ideas? Check out theseveterans-focused Insta-Grants.
  5. Are you a hunter? Consider donating hides to the Veterans Leather Program!
  6. Want to help military families? Contact your local Family Assistance Center to be put in touch with local military families in need. Invite them to dinner at the Lodge, include military children in activities like the Hoop Shoot or Antlers groups, and ask about other needs.
  7. Consider volunteering at your local VA. You’d be surprised which skills may be helpful to recovering veterans. Like to fish? Organize a trip for veterans. Artistic? Teach art classes. Play an instrument? Put on a concert. Just like to chat? Visit with long-term residents.
  8. Put together a Welcome Home Kit for a veteran moving into new housing. Contact a local VA facility or veterans shelter to connect with a veteran in need.
  9. Support military families staying at a Fisher House while a veteran is receiving treatment. Help make dinner for the families, play games with the kids, or work with your Lodge to collect needed supplies. Visit their websiteto find out more.
  10. Do you know of a local State Veterans Home or independent veterans’ facility? Order craft kits for veteransto help with rehabilitation and recovery! Partner with your Lodge Veterans Chair or VAVS Rep to do this. Not sure who that is? Email us and we’ll put you in touch!
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Dutch Jake and His Cannon

Dutch Jake and His Cannon

from the Spokesman Review — 1915

Dutch Jake Goetz, Spokane’s hotel-saloon-gambling entrepreneur, got himself arrested in Moscow for “discharging firearms on Sunday within the city limits.”

And not just any firearm. It was Dutch Jake’s cannon, which he hauled down to Moscow to help celebrate the initiation rites of 20 new members of the Moscow Elks Club.

Dutch Jake, a well-known Elk, and 75 other Spokane Elks had spent the previous night helping the Moscow Elks perform the initiation ceremony, which lasted until midnight.

The Spokane delegation included the “Elks quartet and orchestra,” who did much to entertain the 200-person Elks gathering.

The next day, Dutch Jake and the entire Spokane delegation – which he called his “German army” – marched through the streets of Moscow, creating “much amusement with his cannon, which was frequently discharged.”

Not everyone was amused. At the railroad depot, a Moscow police officer, probably responding to complaints, showed up and arrested Dutch Jake, and, according to the story, the entire “German army.”

But they weren’t under arrest for long. Police Chief Grant Robbins soon showed up and released Dutch Jake and his “army” and allowed them to depart for Spokane on the noon train.

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History of the “249er”

History of the “249er”

On November 15th, in 1919, the first issue of the 249er was published.  Currently in its 99th year of continuous publication, the 249er has been published monthly, with the exception of a few years during the great depression where the lodge could only afford quarterly production.  For the first 30 years it was edited by Dr. E. T. (Doc) Baker assisted by Guy Wolfe.

In its November issue from 1919, here is how “Doc” Baker introduced the new publication –


The Two Forty-Niner makes its initial bow.  It will be the endeavor to keep this little publication just as newsy as our members care to make it.

When you change your address, get married, or any other accident befalls you: when you become sick, or any item of interest occurs to you, let us know, and when you finally joint the caravan which moves to that mysterious realm, we will write your faults on the sands, and your virtues on the tablets of memory!

In its November issue from 1949, here is how “Doc” Baker summed up his thirty years.


In the fall of 1919, Judge Steele, then Exalted Ruler, appointed the writer as editor, and the late Guy W. Wolfe, as associate editor, of a new lodge bulletin.  Both of us happened to be reformed newspaper men, and Guy was the founder of the University of Idaho’s “Argonaut.”

When we asked the Judge what would be a suitable name for the new venture he replied:

“Its your baby; name it”

And that is how the Two Forty Niner came into being, with the first number appearing November 1, 1919.

During the past thirty years, the writer has carried on, with the capable association of Guy Wolfe, Laurence Huff, Alvin Hofmann and Al Barakman.

Our chief aim in editing this little bulletin has been to keep our members, both local and distant, acquainted with lodge doings.  This was particularly important during the war, and we hope our boys, then scattered all over the world enjoyed the Two Forty-Niner when it reached them.

During those three decades we have seen our membership grow from 350 to over 1,800.  Also, the Temple has grown from a small building to its present spacious size.

Through these passing years we have chronicled the “Vacant Chair”of over 370 members or, approximately one a month.

We wish to thank the Lodge for presenting us with a beautiful diamond emblem ring, and a Webster’s unabridged dictionary.

We have enjoyed our work, and appreciate the cooperation of the officers at all times.  Clyde Marsh, secretary for years, and, later, Kelly Cline, have been particularly helpful.

And so, on this, our thirtieth anniversary, we step down and out with no other reason than we think we have served long enough.

We wish to retire before we become as antiquated as the old gentleman attending funeral services in Howard Short’s chapel.  At the conclusion when the old man started tottering towards the door, Howard took him gently by the arm, and said:

“Grandpa, you better stay here; it won’t pay you to go home.”

With these solemn words, we leave the Two Forty-Niner in capable hands, and, with best wishes for its future, we remain, 

Fraternally Yours,

E. T. Baker

November 1, 1949,

–“30” —



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Timeline Highlights — Our first 150 years.

 Timeline Highlights — Our first 150 years.


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This “video timeline” developed by Grand Lodge shows some of the highlights of our first 150 years. 

It’s worth the watch.  Click here or on the image to view.

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Elks’ Legacy Scholarship Applications Available

— Application Deadline —

February 2nd — 9:59 AM PST


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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150 Years of Elkdom — American Pride & Service to Youth — 1958-1978


The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks

is celebrating its

150th anniversary this year. 

In honor of the occasion the Grand Lodge is publishing a series of articles concerning the growth of the modern Elks Lodge.  To access the articles click below.

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Message from the Exalted Ruler

Happy New Year!!! I hope that everyone had an opportunity to enjoy some Christmas cheer over the holidays. The Moscow Elks are right back at it as we prepare to host our community Hoop Shoot on January 13, with registration starting at 8:30 am. We will need volunteers to help out with registering kids, rebounding, and scoring. Please contact the Lodge Office and let them know you are interested, one of the officers or myself will contact you with more details.

It is hard to believe that I only have 2 more newsletters after this as ER. We still have a lot to accomplish until new officers and board take over. We have several events to look forward to including the Crab Feed, Volunteer Dinner, and the Easter Egg Hunt, just to name a few. Before you know it, the warm weather will be back and the course back opened. It is also the time for members to start thinking about stepping up and joining a committee to help the Lodge out as we go into the new calendar year. If you are looking to get more involved or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Lodge Office and either Wayne or I will assist you. Take care!

Corey Ray
Exalted Ruler

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From the Desk of the Secretary

                Another Christmas has come and gone. I wonder how many more years we will celebrate the birth of Christ before he actually comes back to us in the Resurrection? What are your plans for 2018? I personally do not believe in New Year’s Resolutions as we should always be reflecting back on our lives, accomplishments and failures and striving to adjust our course in life as benefits others as well as our selves.

                In 2017 our Lodge and members donated over $2000 to the Elks National Foundation. This again will allow us to receive a Grant from ENF for $2500 which will be put back into our communities.

               Did you know that in 2017 our Moscow Elks Lodge received and spent in the neighborhood of $15,000 towards Veteran, Community and Youth programs, including our

                Do you wonder what these programs and others like them are all about? If that is a question, perhaps you should stay better connected with your Lodge.

               There are always great opportunities to help out. I realize many of you are very caught up with careers, family and kids and just don’t have time to participate in our programs, and that is OK. It is important to remember that your continued membership in our Lodge allows us to move forward with the programs we offer.

Without you, we would not be!


Be safe and have a great New Year!

Wayne Krauss, Secretary

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Christmas for Kids

Christmas for kids was another success!  We sponsored 29 kids from our area this year. It’s such a blessing to be able to provide a few toys and some much needed clothing for these kids. Thank you to all the “elves” who shopped and wrapped for us this year, we wouldn’t be able to get it done without you!  

And a big thank you to all of you who donated during the Gamble Scramble to make it possible for us to make Christmas a little more special for these families in our community!


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Hot Cocoa with Santa

On December 16th Santa Claus showed up at our Lodge to enjoy our “Hot Cocoa with Santa”. This picture is a great representation of that program. Many of our members and guests showed up with their children and enjoyed Santa, presents and of course Hot Cocoa! Thank you to ER Corey Ray sponsoring this and Curt Neely for being our Santa! We had snow, but it didn’t stop our families who came out to listen to ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, make holiday crafts, eat cup cakes, drink hot chocolate and of course, chat with Santa. As always, Curtis Nealy braved the drive from Lewiston to be our Mr. Claus – Thank you!!! Thank you to Janey Wineinger for the home made cup cakes! Happy new year to all and we will see you again next year.


Geri Ray – volunteer

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The First Decade — 1892-1902

The following is one of 5 first-person chronicles of our first 5 decades as a lodge, published in honor of our 50th anniversary in December of 1942.



By George Weber —

BPOE #249 charter member & Past Exalted Ruler

– written in 1942


On December 28, 1892, with Exalted Ruler George Turner, of Spokane 228, presiding, Moscow lodge No. 249 was installed in the  I. O. O. F. Hall above the First National Bank.  It was the first Elks’ lodge in Idaho.

Thirty-two charter members were initiated as follows:  (parenthetical notes added for this publication)

  • John Almquist — (Tiler)
  • C. A. Ault
  • C. M. Brown — (Esquire; Assistant Cashier, Moscow National Bank)
  • R. S. Brown — (Treasurer; President, Moscow National Bank; Treasure, University of Idaho)
  • E. Buchanan — (Clerk of the District Court, Latah County)
  • J. H. Forney — (Exalted Ruler 1907-1902; U. S. District Attorney; Grand Master, Idaho District of Odd Fellows; Faculty President, University of Idaho; Chair, Board of Regents, University of Idaho)
  • J. A. Freund — (Trustee)
  • A. J. Green — (Exalted Ruler 1894-1895)
  • W. T. Griffin — (Sheriff, Latah County)
  • I. Hattabaugh (leading knight; Exalted Ruler 1893-1894; President, Commercial Bank; Latah County Treasurer; Grand Master Idaho Masonic Lodge; Regent, University of Idaho)
  • R. Hodgins — (Trustee; Owner, Hodgin’s Drug Store; Probate Judge, Latah County)
  • J. E. Hughes
  • G. W. Hinckley — (Inner Guard)
  • Frank Kelly — (Exalted Ruler 1904-1905)
  • H. W. Liggett
  • J. W. Lieuallen — (Exalted Ruler 1910-1911: Superintendent, Moscow School District)
  • S. J. Luce
  • W. B. McKenzie
  • D. C. Mitchell
  • Rev. P. Murphy — (Chaplain; Rev. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church)
  • W. K. Renshaw
  • C. S. Scott — (Exalted Ruler 1892-1893; Cashier, Moscow National Bank;Deputy Supreme Chancellor of the Grand Lodge of Idaho, Knights of Pythias)
  • M. J. Shields — (owner, M. J. Shields & Company)
  • W. D. Smith
  • A. T. Spotswood — (real estate developer)
  • N. R. Stone
  • M. Tillinghast — (Secretary; Manager, Moscow Electric Light & Power)
  • P. Tillinghast — (Loyal Knight; Chair, Board of Regents, University of Idaho; attorney)
  • Fred Veatch — (Exalted Ruler 1898-1899; Exalted Ruler 1899-1900; apple grower & vinegar/cider manufacturer)
  • W. W. Watkins — (Chairman, Idaho State Medical Society)
  • George Weber
  • C. F. Zimmerman

M. Chambers and W. V. Windus of Pullman, and Frank White, of Moscow, were the first candidates initiated after the lodge was chartered.

In the carefree and gay nineties, the hardy pioneers of the Palouse country took their fraternal and athletic events very seriously. For example, when the Idaho and Washington State College football or baseball teams met in friendly rivalry, a riot usually took place before the game ended.

Also, with a lack of modern conveniences, such as the auto, radio, movie, ’phone and good roads, the people had to content themselves with local dances, box festivals, church revivals and lodge “meetins’.” Every small town had its Odd Fellows’ Hall or Masonic building, and other organizations were active.  Initiations were rough in those days, and a maximum of horseplay prevailed.

Restricting the jurisdiction of an Elk Lodge, this drawing from a larger area, helped this Order to become strong in the town where it was located.  Another thing, its very first tenets preached the doctrine of enjoying the present life instead of waiting until one reached heaven to be happy.   Based  on patriotism with religious arguments strictly taboo, the Order was able to draw men from all walks of life for their mutual enjoyment and good fellowship.

As above stated, the first home of 249 was in the third floor of the First National Bank.  An elevator shaft had been left unfinished, so that in some future day a modern elevator might be installed.

One old timer recalls the night he was brought to the lodge for initiation by two good friends.  After the preliminaries had been completed, these friends slipped him in the elevator shaft on the first floor, and told him to hide there and thus avoid the rough stuff that would come later.  They locked the door, and he settled down on his chair thankful for such loyal and true friends.

While he was thus meditating on the nobility of man in general, footsteps approached the shaft, and one voice exclaimed: “I can’t find the dustpan; guess I’ll have to sweep this stuff down here,” and, to the horror of our candidate, he felt a shower of particles dropping on his head and shoulders.

While he was still flicking the dust off his clothes and hair another voice upstairs called out to someone on the same floor: “Blamed if I’m goin’ to carry this junk any further; I’ll just dump these bones and potato skins down here.”  Another shower of miscellaneous articles glanced off his crouching body.  By this time our candidate was running a high temperature, and was almost apoplectic with rage.  He tried to tear down the door, but it was a well made structure and withstood all is efforts, both of a physical and vocal nature.

Finally, the door was unlocked, and the initiating committee waltzed him upstairs, where he was given the works, with his two trusted friends leading the pack.  However, when the ceremony was over, he laughed with everyone else, and made it a point to be at succeeding “meetins”” to help out on other luckless candidates.

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2018 Elks Most Valuable Student Winners — lodge #249

2018 Elks Most Valuable Student Winners

—  Moscow Elks Lodge — 

Here are our winners in the Elks Most Valuable Student competition for our lodge.Their applications have been forwarded to the state committee for evaluation.  The top students from the state will go on to national judging, competing for 2.44 million dollars in awards at that level alone.

We had applications from seven area high schools and the judging within our lodge was extremely close.  In fact among the judges, five different students were chosen as first place winners.  Our lodge results reflect a composite of these judges’ scores.


  • 1st place Kenneth Miller                  Orofino HS                          $150 local award
  • 2nd place Kyle Appel                          Colfax HS                             $100 local award
  • 3rd place Travis Knauff                      Palouse HS                          $75 local award


  • 1st place Rebekah Huber                   Colfax HS                          $150 local award
  • 2nd place Kiah Miller                           Colfax HS                          $100 local award
  • 3rd place Sara Whelchel                   Colfax HS                             $75 local award

We would like to congratulate them on their achievement in this competition, but, far more importantly, for what they have achieved to deserve this acknowledgment.

Janey & Ken – Scholarship Committee

Moscow Elks Lodge #249

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Elks Crab Feed

Dear Elk Members,

Hope everybody enjoyed the holidays and is staying warm!!  Golf and sun will be coming soon but in the mean time we will be having our annual crab feed in February.  The event will be on the 17th of February. It will be the normal — with great food, great spirits and great people. Following the event we will be doing the casino night again for your chance to relax and win some fun prizes.

The office will be mailing out some sign up sheets and the choice of food for you guys to enjoy.  Crab, or prime rib for those not wanting crab.

Come out and enjoy a fun night with us.  We would love to see you out there!!

The crab feed committee,
Travis Lambert
Tyson Berrett
Rick Hull
Pat Dollar.

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Elks Hoop Shoot

It’s time for the annual

Moscow Elks’ Hoop Shoot

This is a free event for all 8-13 year old boys and girls residing in Latah and Whitman counties!  Registration is held the morning of the event; please bring each participant’s birth certificate and appropriate footwear.

There will be 6 divisions: boys and girls 8-9 years, 10-11 years, and 12-13 years. For more information, check out the event website at elkshoopshoot.org. Don’t miss out on this fun FREE event!

  • Annual Elks’ Hoop Shoot Competition
  • Register: Day of event
  • Ages: 8-13 years (age as of April 1, 2018)
  • Dates: Saturday, January 13
  • Time: Registration – 8:30 – 9:00 am
  • Event begins 9:30 am
  • Location: HIRC Gymnasium
  • Fee: Free!
  • Supervisor: Moscow Elks Club
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Message from the Exalted Ruler

Message from the Exalted Ruler

Tis the season to be jolly, but it is also the season to be generous.  Elks Care – Elks Share and what better way to show that we care than by sharing with those who might need some help to get through this holiday season.  There are many ways for you to share, whether through the Lodge or on your own.  It doesn’t have to be a big event or time consuming, it can be something simple such as donating money or food to the local food bank or other local organizations that are serving others right now.  The Lodge is supporting Christmas for Kids and one could buy a gift for a child to donate to that program.  You could give by participating in one of the programs the USO (United Services Organization) does for our troops.  Regardless what you choose, if we all do something, even small, it can make a difference to someone and our community.

 I also want to take a moment and thank all the hard work that our Officers, Trustees, PERs and volunteers have put in to host activities out at the Lodge this fall/winter.   We continue to have fun events for our membership to participate in.  This month we have the traditional Tom and Jerry party on December 9th, all members are invited.  The New Year will be no different with our Lodge hosting a dinner to recognize local enforcement, we will have a Super Bowl party, the Crab Feed, the Volunteer dinner, and installation.  All good reasons to come out, have some food, fun, and fellowship.

 Finally, our annual Hoop Shoot will be taking place on January 13th at the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center.  Setup will start at 8 am with registration at 8:30 am.  Parks and Recreation has been very generous to post an announcement in their winter activities program, so we are hoping for a great turn out.  We need volunteers for set up, scoring, rebounding, and help at the registration table. If you would like to volunteer, you can contact me at Elks249youthactivities@gmail.com.

Enjoy your Holidays, Stay Safe , and Merry Christmas – Happy New Year.


 Fraternally, Corey Ray

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From the desk of the Secretary

From the desk of the Secretary

 As we move into December we have a number of things going on. Although we are supposed to have our Memorial Service on Dec. 3rd for members that have passed away this year, that will not be possible due to functions scheduled for that weekend. We will have the service a week later on Dec. 10th at 2pm. We had Pat Nunan, Dan Hordemann, Joe Vasquez, John Ayers, John Weber and just recently, Max Bingman pass away this year. I have attempted to contact the families of these members and I hope their friends will also attend.

 Also scheduled for December is a Craft Fair fundraiser and the Gropp Christmas party on the 2nd. Our Tom & Jerry party is on Saturday the 9th at 5 PM and there will be a party for the Moscow Police Department on the 15th. Cocoa with Santa is Saturday the 16th at 1 PM. Also a point of interest is that on December 28th we will celebrate Moscow Lodge #249’s 125th birthday. For you history buffs, the article can be read at our web site www.elks249.com. I encourage all of you to check this site out as Ken Jordan does a fantastic job keeping it up. Thanks Ken!!

 Wayne Krauss

Secretary, PER

For additional information about the history of our lodge, the national BPOE and the Moscow Elks Golf Course click here History — The BPOE, Lodge #249 & The Moscow Elks GC 


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FYI — 2016 – 2017 Charitable Giving by State

FYI — 2016-2017 Charitable Giving by State

According to the Annual Report of the Grand Secretary for the 2016-2017 lodge year, Idaho ranked 9th among all state level organizations in the amount of charitable activities.

The top 10 state level organizations were as follows —

  • California-Hawaii
  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • Texas
  • Missouri
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Ohio
  • Idaho
  • Colorado

In charitable support per member, within this group Idaho was 2nd — following only Texas.

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125th Anniversary of Moscow Lodge #249 Installation

From the Elks 249er — February 1968

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