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.
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.
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.
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.
Corey Ray, Exalted Ruler
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!
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
- 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.
- The applicant must be a high school senior.
- The applicant must apply online only. The 2018 Legacy Awards application deadline is 11:59 a.m. Central Time on Friday, February 2, 2018.
- If the applicant’s parent and grandparent are both Elk members, the applicant must apply through the parent’s Elks Lodge.
- Applicants must take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) by December 31, 2017.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
Volume 10, 2017
Fall Weekend Golf
For those of us who didn’t get enough golf this summer we have put together a fun golfing format for the fall, starting this weekend September 2 and 3. It’s a 9 hole – 2 person net scramble format to be played anytime on the weekend. Your team can consist of any combination of players. (Ex. men/men, men/women, father/son, mother/daughter, – you get the idea) The cost is $5.00 per team / per round. You can golf with a different partner each round you play if you choose.
We will try to offer the fall weekend golf in September and October as weather permits. Token prizes will be available as well as KP’s and long putts for each weekend. Prize information will be posted in the Tournament Room the next week for your review.
We can calculate your net score even if you don’t have a handicap. If you have a league or GHIN handicap, please write it on your score card. The good news is there is no need to sign up in advance, just show up and pay your $5.00 fee at the lodge bar. When you finish playing your round return your card to the bar.
** Wine tasting is Saturday, November 4 – call office to reserve your spot!
Enough Elk droppings for today,
Moscow Elks Lodge #249 was pleased to be a sponsor of this year’s Paint the Palouse community service project through the University of Idaho Housing & Residence Life.
This was the 28th annual Paint the Palouse project in which close to 300 student volunteers painted homes in Moscow for communilty members in need. This year four Moscow homes were painted at no cost to the owners.
Sponsors of the event were:
- Casa Lopez
- Housing & Residence Life
- Moscow Building Supply
- Moscow Elks Lodge #249
- Pizza Hut
- Residence Hall Association
- T-shirts Inc.
- U Of I track team
- Vandal Dining
We are well into August and hopefully the heat wave is behind us. We have a number of events coming up that I would like to share with you.
Cart Path Tournament: Golfers can still sign up for the 4 person scramble scheduled for this Saturday, August 19th. This is a fun tournament that helps fund improvements to our golf course. There is a sign-up sheet in the bar area of the lodge or you can call the lodge office and let them know you want to play.
This year we are adding an Oktoberfest type meal for lunch – which includes a micro beer.
7-iron Tournament: This fun tournament has moved to Saturday, September 16th. Tom Scott is putting this tournament together again this year. Sign-up sheet should be posted in the lodge soon.
Fall Golf League: We are putting together a semi-competitive league for this fall. The plan is to have the league run from the first of September until the middle of October. It will be a two person scramble format and played on your own “any time” over each Saturday or Sunday. It will be handicapped play and we will figure out your handicap if you do not have one. Just play and turn your card into the bar. The cost will be $5.00 per couple, with prizes posted the following week. A sign-up sheet will be posted in the bar area next week. Remember, this is a two person scramble with any combination of players; ex: man/woman, father/daughter, grandmother/grandson, etc.
My favorite event of the year, our annual wine tasting party is planned for Saturday, November 4th. Be sure to put this event on your calendar as there is only room for 25 couples. Details will be coming out very soon.
Enough Elk droppings for today,
Final results of Ladies season.
- Farm Gals Annette Smith & Mary Nelson
2nd Place Team
- Tee Totalers Paula Farley & Carole Jones
3rd Place Team
- M & M’s Mary Manderscheid & Mitzi Houska
Results of Ringer Tournament
- 1st Place Jo Lynd -29
- 2nd Place Terri Dollar -28
- 3rd Place Dana Hull -27
Winner of end of season Tombstone Tournament
for full results go to the ladies’ league page on site
(ladies league results)
Volunteers are needed to work at the Elks’ Drug Awareness Program trailer at the fair. We would need a couple of people every day of the fair for a couple hours between 10 am and 6 pm. If you are available and willing, contact the lodge office or the
Every once in a while reminders need to be made. This one pertains to a Family Golf Pass. This pass includes the Elks member, spouse and immediate family under the age of 21. Young grandchildren of the pass holder may also be included. This pass does not include any family member over the age of 20 other than the member and the members spouse.
Please remember that EVERYONE must sign in!
Thank you for your cooperation
WOW! A gigantic thank you for everyone that came out and supported the 2017 Rally for the Cure and Light A Candle fund raiser on August 4th. Although we were small in numbers with only 32 golfers (72 last year) we raised close to the same amount! $1,710 was raised for Rally for the Cure (hole sponsors and team fees) and $1,290 was raised for Light a Candle (Raffle and Bingo prize, $100 from Gritman) for a grand total of $3,000! This would be impossible without your support and merchandise/hole sponsors. Thank you, thank you!
Our guest speaker, Kim Malm from Gritman Volunteer Services with the Light A Candle, gave an overview of the program. Basically, it provides resources and services to improve quality of life and ease some of the pressures that comes with facing cancer which Heidi Heath graciously confirmed. The Gamble Scramble volunteered to donate some funds raised from their tournament to the Light A Candle as well! Next year our tournament will solely support the Light A Candle program. There are several reasons, but the main reason is that funds raised will go to make a difference in our local community.
Our contest winners were: Women long putt – Barb Heimgartner 9’ 10”, Men long putt – Ryan Holden 42’1”. Women K.P. – Kelly Gilder 14’ 7”, Men K.P. – Will Gillespie 7’ 11”. Women long drive – MaryLou Taylor, Men long drive – Rick Hull.
The winning team was from Inland Cellular shot a 29 were: Dominic Holden (chief greens reader), Ryan Holden, Will Gillespie and Tony Mastro. Our new addition, the “Bingo Prize” which brought in $500 and was valued at $76, consisting of South Dakota Red Ass Rhubarb wine, jam and wine freeze displayed in golf art, was our very own S.D. gal…Mary Manderscheid with the lucky L-4 square!
We have suggestions and ideas for next year to make it an even better event…so hopefully we will see you in a year! Enjoy a few of the pictures from the Rally. And once more, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! We are so blessed to have such generous members and sponsors that support and enrich the lives of others all while having a fun time!!!
Annette Smith and Mary Nelson
Thanks to our Sponsors —
Happy August!!! It feels like I was just writing my bit for the newsletter and asking if we would ever see the sun. Now, as I write this, I am camping next to a lake with 100 degrees temperature and wondering why summer is going by so fast. August is a busy month with golf tournaments, including our yearly Cart Path event.
We received another 2k grant to help support our community. Half the funds will support our community by contributing to the construction of a physical education track for the Moscow School District. The other half will assist the Paint the Palouse program. This is where local groups sponsor University of Idaho Housing students to paint three to four houses in our community for those Veterans, elderly, or those with disabilities who cannot afford or who cannot physically do so themselves. If you are interested in learning more and how you can participate, please let me know.
In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your summer!
Elks Care, Elks Share!
As you can see from the accompanying article, we just initiated 6 new members. That is great news and further more we still have 9 more candidates in the process of membership. Once these folks have been initiated, we will have added 21 new members in just 4 months. That is fantastic news and I hope we can continue with this pattern. Unfortunately we have 32 members that have not renewed their membership. This is not abnormal for this time in our Lodge year, however it always concerns me. It is my hope that our new members will bring in friends and family but that does not excuse the rest of us from also continuing to look for new members.
I encourage members to come to Lodge meetings. You can see from the calendar that we have only one meeting in August, the 23rd. We then go back to meetings the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. As a reminder, we have a Pot of Gold drawing at each meeting and that amount is up to $500 now. Larry Labolle, Chuck Baysinger, Todd Martin, Kevin Owen, Jon Kimberling, and a number of others have had their numbers drawn but were not present— so no winner. We also have the Queen of Hearts which is up to $550.00. Each meeting the member with the winning ticket gets to turn over a card. We are better than half way through the deck, so the odds are getting better. My ticket was drawn last meeting and I picked the 6 of clubs, so that is one less card to turn over. Last time the Queen was turned over, we were down to only two cards, so you never know when she will show up. It pays to come to Lodge!!