Power Carts Allowed Starting 4/26

FLASH! FLASH!FLASH!

Mother nature has finally been good enough to us to dry out the Golf Course. Powered carts will be allowed out Thursday the 26th!

Looks like the driving range should be open by Sunday the 29th.

Thanks for your patience!

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Exalted Ruler’s Cup

Moscow Elks’ Exalted Ruler’s Cup 

Match Play — Net Championship

  • All expenses paid by your golf committee
  • No need to sign up* — all members in good standing with active GHIN handicaps as of Sunday, April 29th, will be automatically entered in the competition *(exception — members with a GHIN through another club need to notify the committee by April 29th to be included)
  • Men’s and women’s divisions
  • All participants will be placed through a random draw.  Competition bracket will be posted on line and at the bar on Tuesday, May 2nd.
  • All matches are to be 18 holes of match play with full GHIN handicaphowever competitors are free to mutually agree to modify the competition (e.g. shortening match to 9 holes, matching cards during league play etc.).
  • Matches have a set date, and must be played on or before the set date.  Matches with results not posted by noon of the day following the “set date”  will be deemed a double forfeit.
    • 1st round — on or before — Saturday, May 12th — 2:00 PM
    • 2nd round — on or before — Saturday, May 26th — 2:00 PM
    • 3rd round —on or before — Sunday, June 10th — 2:00 PM
    • quarter-finals —on or before — Sunday, June 24th — 2:00 PM
    • semi-finals — on or before — Sunday, July 15th — 2:00 PM
    • finals — on or before — Sunday, July 29th — 2:00 PM
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Club Championship

Moscow Elks’ 

Club Championship 

match play

  • All expenses paid by your golf committee
  • No need to sign up* — the 24 members in good standing with the lowest GHIN handicap indexes as of Monday, April 30th will be automatically entered in competition *(exception — members with a GHIN through another club need to notify the committee by May 3rd to be included)
  • Men’s and women’s divisions
  • All participants will be seeded in a competition bracket.   The bracket will be posted on line and at the bar on Tuesday, May 1st.
  • All matches are to be 18 holes of gross match play, however competitors are free to modify the terms of competition by mutual agreement.
  • Matches have a set date, and must be played on or before the set date.  Matches with results not posted by noon of the day following the “set date”  will be deemed a double forfeit.
    • 1st round — on or before — Sunday, May 20th — 2:00 PM
    • 2nd round — on or before — Saturday, June 9th — 2:00 PM
    • quarter-finals — on or before — Saturday, June 23rd — 2:00 PM
    • semi-finals — on or before — Saturday, July 7th — 2:00 PM
    • finals — on or before — Sunday, July 22nd — 2:00 PM
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4th of July Sole Survivor Qualifying

69th Annual

Elks’ 4th of July Sole Survivor Exhibition

weekly qualifying

  • Qualifying events on 5 weekends in May & June.
  • Begin play any time between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM
  • Arrange your own groups, but you must play with at least 1 other competitor for your score to count.
  • Open to all Elks and guests
  • One time $10 fee to enter 4th of July Sole Survivor qualifying.  Pay one week and be eligible to compete all other weeks.
  • Individuals must be  amateur golfers at least 16 years old by July 1st.
  • The low gross score** in each event (from individuals not otherwise qualified) will join the sole survivor field (ties broken by low GHIN index)
  • All openings in the field remaining including, those from weather cancellations or other circumstances, and all alternates, but excluding the single spot reserved for the last chance qualifier from the morning of the 4th, will be filled with the individual or individuals  with the highest point totals*** for the combined events, not otherwise qualified. (ties broken by low GHIN index)
    • *(Q
      ualifying events for 4th of July Sole Survivor Exhibition will be held concurrently with qualifying for Sr. Sole Survivor and Summer S
    • kins events.  $10 fee is only for 4th of July exhibition.) 
    • **(For gross scores to count, round must be completed in accordance with USGA and local rules (all putts holed etc.) and a signed and attested card must be turned in. )
    • ***(Points will be awarded on the basis of gross scores. Low gross will receive 20 points (for a field of 20 or more – if less than 20 participants, low gross will receive points equal to the number of participants).  Points awarded will decrease by 1 point for each successive position.  If the field exceeds 20, all players will receive a minimum of 1 point.)

Elks 4th of July Sole Survivor Exhibition weekly qualifying dates —

  • Sunday, May 20, 2018 — 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 26, 2018 — 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, June 3, 2018 — 8:00 am — 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 9, 2018 — 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, June 24, 2018 — 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
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Ladies’ League Organizational Activities

Ladies League 2018

Ladies it’s that time of year when we get organized for our golf league. Our guest night scramble is Wednesday May 16th at 5 PM with a 5:30 PM tee time followed by dinner and social time. This is the ideal time to come out and see what our league is all about.

For our league play competition, we play a round robin two-person match play format during the season. We also have a noncompetitive part of league we run concurrently on Wednesdays for gals who want to play golf without being in a competitive league. We have a shot gun tee-off at 5:30 PM  Wednesdays, except for lodge nights. (On weeks with Wednesday lodge we play on Monday nights.) 

Our season runs from late May until mid-August ending with our banquet/awards dinner fun night.

World Golf Hall of Fame member and founding member of the LPGA, Marilynn Smith tees off on #4 at the Elks in the “early days”.  Note the lack of trees.  

For more information please contact me through the lodge office.

Kathy Christian, League Chair

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Old Timers’ Night

Old Timers’ Night

Old timers (20 year members and more) and all PERs — 

You are all cordially invited to an Old Timers’ Night the 23rd of May.  It will start out with a social hour at 5:pm, dinner and a fun program at 6:00pm and Lodge meeting at 7:30. This will also be PER night, so our Past Exalted Rulers will be running the meeting as well as doing the initiation. We will have  a special guest that evening. State President Dave McFarland will join us.

  • Dinner will be provided Free of charge by the PERs.
  • PLEASE RSVP BY MAY 10th so pins can be ordered
  • RSVP  GEORGE PARIS — email  1970mnd@gmail.com
Fraternally yours
George
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JV Golf — Clarkston & Sandpoint at Moscow

Bantams, Bulldogs & Bears

The Moscow Elks will be hosting a JV Golf match between the Clarkston Bantams, Sandpoint Bulldogs and Moscow Bears on Wednesday, April 25th.  The course will be closed to member play from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM for this match.

Good luck to all participants.

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150 Years of Elkdom — Loud & Proud in the Community — 1998-2018

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. 

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

If you have ever wondered where this organization came from and how it got to where it is, this series of articles is very well done and quite informative. 

 

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Elks Jr. Golf

Elks Jr. Golf

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The Moscow Elks will again be sponsoring a
Jr. Golf program this summer in cooperation with the Moscow Parks & Recreation Department.

The program will offer kids 4-6, 7&8, and 9-16, an opportunity to begin the game or to improve their skills.

Program details are available at the Moscow Parks & Rec site (page 21 of the brochure) along with registration materials.

 

 

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Elks BULLetin — Volume 1, 2018

Volume 1, 2018

Elks BULLetin

Our first BULLetin this year sounds a lot like last year.  We are trying to open the golf course and the weather is not cooperating.  There is standing water all over the course.  We do know a number of things that could get us ready for golf season.

The golf course is open, but no golf carts are allowed yet.  Trent will let us know.

The bar is open from 12pm to 7pm Monday through Saturday.  Closed on Sunday, until we train our new employee.

The kitchen will not be open until Monday, April 30.

Men’s league opening breakfast is Sunday, April 29th at 8:00am

Men’s leagues start Tuesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 3rd.

Last year we had 6 to 8 beverage coolers for golfers to use on the course.  We now have 2 coolers to start the year.  We would like to continue the service of supplying coolers for our golfers.  The plan is to purchase 12 new coolers with the Elks logo on each one.  We need $250 to $300 in donations to purchase the coolers with logos.  Anyone interested in helping us purchase the coolers please make your donation at the office.  If you have one of our old coolers, please return it to the bar.  Currently we do not have enough coolers to start the year before our new ones come in.

We are glad to announce Barby is coming back this year as our bar and dining manager.  She has already started and is in the process of making a number of improvements to the lodge.  We are asking your help in finding her a place to live in the Moscow area this season.  She normally goes south for the winter making a one year lease inappropriate.  If you know of an apartment, room, or trailer that is available for her to rent please let her know or call the office.

We have hired Liz Robinson, a college student, as our main part time help.  She will be starting her training very soon.  Please make her feel welcome.

Enough Elk droppings for today,

THE BULL

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One of our Early Members?

One of our Early Members?

Tom Polek saw this headstone near the base of Buffalo Hump lake. He was told Larrabee was a big guy and got into fight with a little guy. Larabee was getting the best of him and the little guy either shot or stabbed Larrabee. Larrabee lived for 2 or 3 days and then died. He was buried there. Apparently, no charges were filed because it was deemed justified. Or so Tom I was told. This place is very difficult to find and he had a guy take him there. Apparently off the beaten path by quite some ways.

I looked in our Elks records, but they do not go back that far. You have to look hard at the bottom of the picture in the discoloration, but you can make out Moscow Lodge #249. Larrabee was not a charter member as he is not listed on the original roster dated 1892. I am not sure how much of this is true, but it makes for an interesting story

Wayne Krauss.

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New Tee Markers

New Tee Markers

The golf course will welcome its 90th anniversary year with new tee markers, purchased by the golf committee, recognizing the full completion and opening of the course in 1928.

The course was then run by the Moscow Golf Club, who sold the course to the Elks for $1 in 1936 to avoid closing the course due to financial issues during the great depression. 

The Moscow Elks, Lodge #249, has maintained and operated it as the Moscow Elks Golf Course ever since.

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clubhouse beverage coolers

Hey guys, we used to have 8-10 small coolers but over the last couple of years they have disappeared. If you have one still on your cart, please return it to the clubhouse.

We are also looking for donations to purchase new coolers.

Thanks, Wayne

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Lodge of Sorrow

I need to let all of you know that we lost one of our members Tuesday.  Kenny Hites passed away at the age of 64.  He will be missed by many of us.

There will be a Celebration of Life here at our Lodge tomorrow (Friday the 13th) at 4:00 PM.  Any and all of Kenny’s friends and family are invited

Wayne.

 

 

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Bar/Dining open as weather permits — course open — but wet

The weather we needed to get fully open has been supplanted by cool rainy days.  We are open for walking but, it is very wet.

The bar dining facility will be open only as weather justifies.  If you plan on coming out, call the bar/dining number, (208) 882-3015, to make sure we are open.

Here’s hoping for the warm dry winds we need.

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From the Exalted Ruler

Greeting from your new Exalted Ruler!

For those of you that do not know me, my name is Travis Mechling, I am 45 years old, married, and my wife (Tanya Mechling) and I are currently raising 4 children. We live out in Avon, north of Deary, on a few acres. I am an engineer for the U.S. Forest Service and my wife is a receptionist for Moscow Medical. Many of you may already know her, she was the bookkeeper for the lodge for nearly two years.

I would like to thank Corey Ray for the last two years of his positive leadership and many contributions to the lodge, as ER. I was very fortunate to serve, and learn, under his leadership as the Loyal Knight and then Leading Knight. Corey did an outstanding job with Youth Activities, promoting such events as Cocoa with Santa, the Easter Egg Hunt, the Hoop Shoot, and more. Also, I remembered two years ago, when Corey was installed he spoke of his goal of promoting social events and making the lodge a fun place to be beyond the golf course, which many of us enjoy. Corey, the Board, and Jerry Curtis have done an outstanding job at this as well. I have some big shoes to fill, but fortunately for the lodge and myself, Corey has agreed to continue to lead Youth Activities.

This will help me be able to focus on my goals as the incoming ER. Two years ago, I was encouraged by Corey’s goals of promoting social events at the lodge and making the lodge a fun place to be. This is something I would like to focus on as well. Like Corey, I would like to promote social events, not only for the enjoyment of all the current members, but as a means of getting our new members involved, and recruiting new members alike. Last fall, the PERs, put on a great Oktoberfest. At the event there were many new members and some potential new members. I was encouraged to hear from them, at the event, of how they thought the lodge was a great place socialize and how much the lodge had to offer.

I also, have to keep in mind, one of the reasons I was initially impressed with the lodge. I remember, Tanya, not long after she started working at the lodge, coming home and telling me about the amazing contributions that the lodge provided for the families and communities of the 2015 fires in and around Orofino, Kamiah, and Kooskia. The Elks have a great history of providing to the local community. As ER I will keep this a top priority as well. In closing I would also like to thank Wayne Krauss for agreeing to be secretary for yet another year. Wayne keeps things running as they should behind the scenes, and hopefully he can keep me out of trouble. I am sure there are plenty of others that help day to day that I am leaving out. As there year goes on, I will make an effort to recognize their contributions as well.

Travis Mechling,

Exalted Ruler

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From the Desk of the Secretary

A new Lodge year is upon us.

Thank you to those of you that have already paid your membership dues. I am happy to report that we had a net gain of three members over the year. We initiated 27 new members and reinstated 3. We had to drop 12 members for non-payment, granted 6 Absolute Dimits and had 9 members pass away this year. We currently have 3 folks awaiting initiation and 1 reinstatement in progress, so we are doing well. Keep up the good work!!

The bar/dining and golf course will open on April 7th. At this time, it is playable, but still a little too wet for powered carts. Please call the office for updated day to day conditions. We welcome Barbie Espy back as our Bar/Dining Mgr. She has a real heart for our Lodge, is very service oriented and puts the customer first whenever possible.

Men’s opening day breakfast is Sunday the 29th and Men’s Tuesday and Thursday League will start the first week of May, weather permitting.

Wayne Krauss

Secretary, PER

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National Most Valuable Student Scholarship

 

Elks Most Valuable Student

Scholarship Winner

A student sponsored by Moscow Elks Lodge #249 has won a national award in the 2018 Elks Most Valuable Student scholarship program.

Congratulations to Sara Whelschel.

Sara,  a senior at Colfax High School, was one of 6 students recommended by our lodge for state judging and one of only 3 from the state of Idaho moving on to national judging.

Sara will receive an award of $4000 toward her college education.  She joins two students representing the Boise Lodge and one from the Yakima Lodge as the only scholarship winners from Idaho and Eastern Washington this year.

We are proud to say that Sara will join four other students representing Moscow Elks #249, currently attending college on $4000 scholarships either as winners in the Most Valuable Student competition or as Legacy Award winners.  That’s a $20,000 return on our ENF contributions in scholarships alone.  We also have a Legacy Award applicant in this years competition.

 

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Easter at the Elks

Easter at the ElksThe weather cooperated, a great bunch of egg-hunters were delivered to the lodge for our annual Easter egg hunt, and even the Easter goats made an appearance. 

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Men’s Opening Day Breakfast & Scramble

Sunday, April 29th —

Opening Day Men’s Breakfast & Scramble

  • Breakfast served  — 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
  • From 7:30 to 9:00 AM —
    • Registration for GHIN (USGA handicaping),
    • Tuesday men’s league
    • Thursday men’s league
    • Lodge dues
    • golf passes
    • range passes
  • Organizational meeting and announcements — 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM
  • blind draw for opening day scramble 
  • Opening day scramble –9:45 to noon — weather permitting

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