Hoop Shoot

A small but enthusiastic group of kids from Moscow and the outlying area joined us at the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center on January 5th for our annual Elks Hoop Shoot. We encountered scheduling problems this year which helped attribute to a smaller than normal turnout, however there was some great talent exhibited and lots of fun time. Thank you to our volunteers and all the parents that showed up in support of this great program.

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Blue Skies Will Soon be Here

We know it is February, but remember, sun, warmth and blue skies will soon be here!!

In the meantime, get out and do something. Bundle up warm and take a hike, go to the gym, ck. out the Ice Rink. Golfers, go out to Trent Goetz’ golf simulator and work on your swing so you are ready for Spring. Bottom line, stay motivated, warm and active! Don’t forget the annual Crab Feed which is Feb. 16th. Sign up early as there is always a big crowd for this event.

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From the Desk of the Secretary

I have always felt that February is Mother Natures last real chance to nail us with winter weather. I know that March can be nasty off and on, but as a rule, February is the last of the real winter months. We have had it pretty good with only two small snow falls and one 5” wet one as well as temperatures really not that bad. I hope this does not mean a significant drop in soil moisture as that would be a major problem for our area.

The Crab Feed is Saturday the 16th and if you have not mailed in your reservations yet, please do so as the popularity of this event means it fills up fast. We hate to turn people away at the door, but that could happen.

I will be mailing out official notifications to delinquent members that they will be dropped from membership on March 31st. These letters are required by Grand Lodge and very much to the point. Those of you that are delinquent, please realize that even though you may have advised me you do not intend to renew, I am still required to notify you—-so don’t shoot the messenger! Better yet, send in your dues and stay with us! Your value as an Elk cannot be over emphasized!


Wayne Krauss,

Secretary, PER

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Members from BPOE #249’s 125 Years of History — “Red” Jacoby

Glenn “Red” Jacoby 

  • Quarterback University of Idaho — 1925-1927
  • Assistant Football Coach U of I — 1928-1931
  • University of Wyoming Athletic Director — 1946-1973
  • Founder of the Western Athletic Conference
  • Member of the United States Olympic Committee Board of Directors
  • Elected to the Asociation of College Athletic Directors Hall of Fame
  • Elected to the Idaho Sports Hall of Fame
  • Elected to the Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame
  • click here for additional information from the Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame
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GHIN (golf handicap) Reactivation

Happy new year Elks golfers,

The billing for GHIN has been changed a to a Dec 31 due date.  We did not get this information until late this month.  If you need to get your handicap activated soon, let us know.

I will be out at the Elks in March to collect dues.  You can also stop in and pay Wayne during his office hours.



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Elks #249 Crab Feed !!


Idaho’s Oldest Lodge

elkslogo[1]The Moscow Elks Lodge will be holding its annual crab feed on Saturday February 16th 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 $30/ 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 11th, 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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Members from BPOE #249’s 125 Years of History — Abe Goff

Abe McGregor Goff

  • Private in the U. S. Army — WWI
  • Center on University of Idaho football team
  • Graduated from University of Idaho College of Law — 1924
  • Latah County Prosecuting Attorney — 1926-1934
  • Taught in U of I College of Law — 1933-1941
  • President of the Idaho State Bar Association — 1940
  • Idaho State Senate — 1941
  • served in U. S. Army — 1941-1946 during WWII finishing his service on the staff of General MacArthur– discharged as a colonel
  • awarded Legion of Merit — 1946
  • United States Congress — 1947-1949
  • United States Post Office General Counsel — 1954-1958
  • U. S. Interstate Commerce Commissioner — 1958-1967
  • Selected to University of Idaho Athletics Hall of Fame
  • click here for additional information from the U. S. Congress
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Members from BPOE #249’s 125 Years of History –“Babe” Hollingbery

Orin Ercel “Babe” Hollingberry

  • coached high school football in California — 1911-1925
  • coached semi-pro Olympic Club football team
  • founded Shrine East-West All Star Game — 1925
  • coached West team in East-West All Star Game — 1925-1943
  • coached State College of Washington (Washington State University) — 1926-1942
  •  his team undefeated at home — 1926-1935
  • Pacific Coast Conference champions — 1930
  • Rose Bowl Game vs Alabama — 1930
  • overall record as coach of the Cougars 93-53-14
  • coached 8th grade football — 1943
  • hop farmer in Yakima, Hollingbery & Sons Inc.– 1944-1974
  • member of College Football Hall of Fame — elected 1979
  •   click here for additional information from National Football Foundation


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Elks’ Legacy Scholarship Applications Close 2/1/19

Elks’ Legacy Scholarship Online  Applications Close February 1st at 9:59 AM Pacific

Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships for children and grandchildren of Elks members. The Elks National Foundation will offer a total of 300 awards in the 2019 contest.

Over the last five years, the state of Idaho has had fifteen $4000 Legacy Award winners.  Five of these went to students, whose parents or grandparents are members of Moscow Lodge #249.

The deadline for applications for the 2019 contest will be February 1, 2019 at 11:59 a.m. Central Time.

For additional information and applications click here

  1. For the 2019 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 is eligible to apply. The Elk must also be a paid-up member through March 31, 2019. Great-grandchildren are not eligible.
  2. The applicant must be a high school senior.
  3. The applicant must apply online only. The 2019 Legacy Awards application deadline is 11:59 a.m. Central Time on Friday, February 1, 2019.
  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, 2018.
  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 state scholarships, which are separate from the awards at the national level.
  7. Legacy Awards may only be applied to accredited US American schools, colleges or universities.
  8. If you are selected as a 2019 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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Message from the Exalted Ruler

Message from the Exalted Ruler

Merry Christmas everyone.  This message may be finding you a little late but I hope everyone had a good holiday season.

I would like to announce a few things coming up in the near future.  First, a reminder about the Hoop Shoot on January 5th at the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center, (the HIRC), doors open at 8:00 AM and the event will start at 9:00 AM.  I will be calling some of you next week looking for volunteers.  If any of you are interested let me know by calling the lodge.

Also, I wanted to announce that we will be applying for a $2000 Gratitude Grant from Grand Lodge.  PER George Paris proposed a great idea of providing food baskets for the elderly.  Food baskets will be comprised of microwavable meals which we will be delivering to the less fortunate elderly in the Moscow area.   I will be asking for volunteers to help delivery meals soon as well.  If anyone would like to help with this endeavor or knows of any good candidates for a food basket please call the lodge and let us know.

Travis Mechling,

Exalted Ruler

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A Letter from the Inner Guard

A Letter from the Inner Guard

Congratulations! You made it through another year of life! This past year hasn’t been easy, by any means. It was probably full of tears, heartbreak, and maybe even loneliness. It was full of changes, some good, and some bad. But it was also a year full of laughter, memories, new friendships, and love. No matter what life threw at you, you took it and ran with it. You grew from it and you learned from it, and that is something you should be incredibly proud of yourself for. Now it is time to look forward to 2019! I am not big on New Year’s resolutions. I don’t care if I lose 10 pounds. But I do like to remind myself of what I am called to do on this earth. I think that it can even help us as Elks. Here are my reminders for 2019.

  1.  Don’t get down when your life takes a bad turn. Out of adversity comes challenge and often success.
  2. Don’t blame others for your setbacks. When things go well, always give credit to others.
  3. Don’t talk all the time. Listen to your friends. Learn from them.
  4. Don’t brag about yourself. Let others point out your virtues, your strong points.
  5. Give someone else a hand. When a friend is hurting, show that you care.
  6. Remember, no one likes an overbearing big shot.
  7. As you succeed, be kind to people. Thank those who have helped you along the way.
  8. Don’t be afraid to shed a tear when your heart is broken.

I think that if we as men and women, if we as Elks can do these things, our lodge and our lives will be better for it. Here’s to a Great New Year. A great new adventure. A great 2019!

Rick Speery, Inner Guard

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From the Desk of the Secretary

From the Desk of the Secretary

The New Year is upon us, Thanksgiving and Christmas are now past memories. So, what does 2019 look like for us? On a personal basis, the older I get, the more I realize the only thing I can control is how I react to what ever situation I am faced with. It helps if I ask myself “what kind of response do I expect from the comments I make”? My personal goal is to respond to problems in a calm constructive and firm manner, always trying to elicit a positive response. Do I always succeed? Of course not, occasionally my mouth still starts running before my brain gets in gear— but I’m working on it!

OK, enough of the philosophical side of this letter. Elmer Hanson, did Jerry tell you that you would have been $550 richer had you come to Lodge on the 12th? Your name was drawn from the Pot of Gold but you had to be there to win—sorry bud 😉. We had a nice Memorial Service on Dec. 2nd for our members that passed away this year—“Elks are never forgotten, never forsaken”. We also had our annual “Cocoa with Santa” for the kids and the Tom and Jerry Party on the 12th. There were also a couple of private parties, so December was fairly active for the winter time.

We initiated two new members at the meeting of the 12th, welcome Jim and Justin Parkins, sponsored by Gerry Parkins. We have two more members awaiting initiation in January.

We are still working on our Delinquent Member list. We still have 20 members that have not paid their dues. I hope we do not loose them as that will be a big hit to our membership!

Have a great January. Stay tuned for announcements this month and don’t forget the annual Crab Feed is February 16th—more info to follow on that.

Wayne Krauss,

Secretary, PER

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Lodge of Sorrow — Donald E. “Smitty” Smith

Lodge of Sorrow —

Donald E. “Smitty” Smith

One of our longest continuous members passed away on December 22nd.  Smitty, born and raised in Moscow, joined Moscow Elks Lodge #249 in 1948 after returning from WWII.   When he got back, he and his brother Wes took over his father Harry’s gas station across from Gritman Hospital and ran it as the Smith Brothers’ Shell Station

His nation called him back to service for the Korean Conflict and when he finished his commitment as a Lt. Colonel he went back to work at the station.  He later took a position as an accountant for J. R. Simplot which took him for stints to Boise, Pinehurst and Soda Springs, but he returned to Moscow after retirement.  During this time he always maintained his membership in Moscow Elks #249.

When he passed away he had been a member of our lodge for 70 consecutive years.

When you celebrate the New Year, raise a glass of Bushmills to Smitty.

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Your Anniversary Grant at Work:

Your Anniversary Grant at Work

The Disability Action Center recently installed a ramp for a Moscow woman who was injured in a car accident.  She had already been discharged and was in the home, but it takes 3 men to lift her up the steps.  A platform had to be built on the porch, to lift it to doorway level.  Then we installed a 6-foot ramp down to the 45-degree platform, then down a 10-foot and 9-foot ramp to the lawn.  It appears that a car can now be driven to the foot of the ramp for her access.  Handrails were installed on the 6 and 10-foot sections.  Some of the recently purchased components were used to make this ramp happen.

Brent Bradberry (PHfH) was joined by Larry Verdal (MCLC/Elk Member), Wayne Krauss (MCLC/Elks Secretary) and family friend Gary Blevins.  The recent contribution of $1500 from Moscow Elks Lodge 249 to Disability Action Center will help enhance this program.

By my unofficial count, there are 9 or 10 households currently being served through this program.

Until next time…

Larry Verdal, Member, Moscow Elks Lodge #249


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Members from BPOE #249’s 125 Years of History — “Buck” Bailey

Arthur Buckner “Buck” Bailey

  • Born & raised in Texas
  • played baseball & football at Texas A & M University
  • served in United Sates Army during WWI
  • returned to Texas A & M, playing baseball & football
  • attended Bethany College
  • player & team captain West Team in Shrine College Football All-Star Game — 1925
  • coached high school football in California
  • played semi-pro football for the Olympic Club
  • offered contract to play for the Chicago Bears
  • assistant football coach Washington State — 1927-1942
  • head baseball coach Washington State — 1927-1943 & 1945-1961 — total WSU record 603-325-5
  • won Pacific Coast Conference — 1927, 1933, 1936 & 1938
  • served in U. S. Navy — WW II
  • 10 conference championship — 1945-1961
  • College World Series — 1950, 1956, 1960 & 1961
  • National runner-up 1950
  • member American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame — 1966
  • member WSU Athletic Hall of fame — 1978
  • Bailey Field named in his honor
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Elks Charitable Activities

Idaho Elks Charitable Activities

  •  Idaho Elks ranked 8th in the nation in charitable, educational, welfare and patriotic work.  Our giving totaled $11,360,558.  For the size of our state and number of members, that number is huge.

 National Elks Charitable Activities 

  • Donated hours by all Elks members @$24.69/hr. = $531,226,485.  
  • Non- Cash Contributions by members and helpers = $675,985,245.  

That totals over a billion dollars in charitable activities in the past year.

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Elks Support for the Disability Action Center

Elks’ Support for the

Disability Action Center

At our regular lodge meeting, December 12th, we presented a check to the Disability Action Center. The $1500 was an Anniversary Grant from the Elks National Foundation.

Anniversary Grants are the Elks National Foundation’s way of celebrating every Lodge’s commitment to their community through service.

 The grant will by utilized to purchase ADA ramps for the handicapped.  The people of Disability Action Center NW, Inc. work to promote the independence and equality of all individuals with disabilities in all aspects of society.

Wayne Krauss,


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BPOE #249 Night at Vandal Basketball vs Montana

BPOE #249 Night

at Vandal Basketball (vs Montana)

Vandal basketball is having a night for Elks Lodge #249.  Tickets are $5 for the Elks on January 19th.  If we have a good turnout they have a team autographed basketball with our name on it.  They will also do a group picture on the court after the game that we can include in our 249er.


Just click on the image above and use the code elks.

Let’s get on this!!  Go Vandals!


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Christmas for Kids

 Christmas for Kids

This is just a small amount of the presents our Lodge has purchased as our part of the local Christmas for Kids program! Thank you to Jennifer Lambert for coordinating this program again this year.


Christmas for Kids is a local non-profit organization providing Christmas gifts and warm clothing for the children of low-income families in Latah County.

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Members from BPOE #249’s 125 Years of History — Tom McCall

Thomas Lawson “Tom” McCall

  • Born in Massachusetts and raised in Oregon
  • Journalism degree Universilty of Oregon — 1936
  • columnist / sports editor Daily Idahonian — 1936-1942
  • columnist for The Oregonian — 1942-1944
  • served in United States Navy — WWII
  • news announcer KGW radio — 1946-1949
  • administrative assistant to the Governor of Oregon — 1949-1952
  • newscaster & political analyst for KGW radio — 1952-1955
  • newscaster & political analyst for KPTV TV — 1955-1956
  • newscaster & political analyst for KGW TV — 1956-1964
  • Governor of Oregon — 1966-1974
  •  click here for additional information from TomMcCall.org
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