Thank You to All of the Volunteers — from the course superintendent

Thank you to all of the volunteers that have been helping a tremendous amount to get the course up and going.

My main focus this year will be the greens.  We are battling two formidable foes on the greens that do not go away  easily.   They are silver thread moss and fairy ring.  Through a number of spray applications, aerifying, and verticutting we will hopefully get a good handle on both of these foes this year.  This process will show a lot of progress this year.  Ultimately it will take several years to completely eradicate these pests and the greens will get progressively better each year.  Please be patient with us this first year as we tackle these problems head on.  Just remember that anytime you see agronomic disruption on the greens that we are improving the greens and on our way to making them the best greens on the Palouse.

Thank you again for your patience and help.  As always if you would like to volunteer please let me know, I would love the help.  Also contact me if there is a certain project that you would like to head up.  Thank you!!  My family and I are delighted to be here.

Cory See,
Course Superintendent

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Welcome into May — from the bar/dining manager

April finished well with the Opening Day Golf Scramble and the leagues
beginning.

One of my hobbies is reading.  I like to take the time every evening and wind down with a good book so this year I have started a “book sharing” located in the members lounge.  Feel free to leave a book & take a book and Enjoy.

I am a little short on words so will close by saying “stay safe, stay healthy”.

Bobbi Ross

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Lodge of Sorrow — Tom Sullivan

Lodge of Sorrow —

Tom Sullivan

Sad news today.  Tom Sullivan passed away this morning (April 3oth) from a heart attack.

At the age of 76, Tom was an avid golfer, having played just this week.  Tom was a member of our Lodge for 14 years and we will miss him.

There will be a graveside service at 10:00 AM Thursday, May 7th.

Wayne Krauss
Secretary, PER
Moscow Elks #249

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Opening Day Scramble Results

 

Opening Day Scramble Results

A  HUGE THANK YOU to Corey, Bobbi and Katie for helping our Sunday opening scramble so well.  Thank you to all our teams that came out and enjoyed a beautiful day on the course.  The event was a success because of the willingness of the group to work together, through the strict structure and weird adaptations we have been doing.  It is because of each of you that we were all able to finally get to enjoy some competition and get some activity out at the course.  We had a phenomenal turn out with a total of 16 teams.  Below you will see the standings.  For a tie break the scorecard playoff was used.  The winning team wins the same thing as the other 15 teams, a fun day with friends on the golf course.  There were only 2 skins for the 9 hole tournament.  Its always fun to find out you did better on a single hole than the rest of the field.

  • 1st — Corner Club #2 — 30
  • 2nd — Sean & The Boys — 31 — (Eagle on #6 for a skin)
  • 3rd — Moscow Auto Service — 31
  • 4th — 3PF — 31
  • 5th — Leachman Logging — 32
  • 6th — University Auto Sales — 33
  • 7th — 4 Old Men — 33
  • 8th — JV — 33
  • 9th — Pizza Perfection — 33
  • 10th — Varsity — 33
  • 11th — Atlas Sand & Rock — 33
  • 12th — VTU Buffaloes — 34
  • 13th  — Pat’s Saws — 34
  • 14th — K & K Electric — 34 — (Birdie on #3 for a skin)
  • 15th — Mulligan — 36
  • 16th — HACKERS XSTREAM — 38

Please continue to enjoy the course and practice social distancing to ensure we can keep having fun out there.  Keep your eye out.  We will be doing a 2-person scramble coming up this next month.  I would love to hear suggestions and ideas for ways to make these events run smoother going forward.  Thanks again to you all for coming out and making the event so successful.

See you on the Course!!

Bill Myers

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Opening Day Scramble

Opening Day Scramble

The weather cooperated beautifully and between Cory, numerous volunteers and an unusually benign Palouse spring, the course was in the best early season conditions we have seen in many years.

Breakfast was takeout burritos, the practice tee was limited to alternate stalls and 12 minutes increments, the clubhouse only allowed a maximum of four people at a time and groups were spread out in twelve minuted gaps on the course.

A huge thank you to Elks Golf Club Chairman Bill Myers and committee member Collin Briggs for making this work.  It was a tremendous effort on their part and the only way we could have made this a success.  Please let them know how much you appreciate their efforts.

Social distancing was the order of the day with ball washers removed from the course and cups elevated above the greens surface to eliminate touching the flag.

It was golf in the era of Covid-19 but we were able to enjoy the day and our facility, but remain within the guidelines required for the well being of our members and our community.

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Record Set for Elks National Foundation

 This year, the Elks helped raise an incredible $6,697,176.55 for the Elks National Foundation thorugh direct member contributions, setting an all-time high.  The previous record was set in Fiscal Year 2019, when we reached $6,597,765.11 in donations. During a pandemic, Elks cleared that record by nearly $100,000.

Thank you so much for choosing to support us right now!  Your decision means the world to us, and we don’t take it for granted.

A 501(c)(3) public charity, the Elks National Foundation helps Elks build stronger communities through programs that support youth, serve veterans and meet needs in areas where Elks live and work.  For more information on the ENF, visit elks.org/enf.

These funds help our organization continue to invest in our communities, fund scholarships, provide services for our veterans and numerous other programs with expenditures exceding $30,000,000 from ENF alone.

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Thursday Special

May 21st
Moscow Elks Lodge
Chicken Enchilada Dinner
5pm – While It Lasts(!!)
Image may contain: food

 

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Guests of Members

Over the last couple of weeks, we have had a lot of members coming out and playing golf as well as a drink and maybe something to eat.  Everyone has been pretty much been practicing social distancing and having a good time.  It is a real benefit to be able to come out to the Lodge, get fresh air, exercise and socializing.  As such, the Board of Directors has decided that it will be OK for a member to bring a guest to play golf.

This does not mean we are open to the public–we are not!  Guests need to be limited to one or two guests per member and that guest MUST be playing with the sponsoring member.  Guests, will of course, pay non-member green’s fees.

Remember, it is a privilege to be able to have our course open during these trying times.  Times are not normal and we have to continue proper social distancing or we face the possibility of shutting  down for the protection of our members. 😷

Any questions, please let me know.

Wayne Krauss
Secretary, PER
Moscow Elks #249

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Tuesday Special — French Dip & Sweet Potatoes Fries

Tuesday Special —

French Dip & Sweet Potatoes Fries

Tuesday May 19thImage may contain: food French Dip & Sweet Potatoes Fries
Dessert:Cookies🍪
(It’s All Good 😋 Until It’s Gone!!)

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Message from our Idaho State President

Dear Members,

I, along with all of you, am social distancing and staying safe. I did not imagine at the end of my presidency to be unable to visit lodges and see members.  The pandemic was not in my plans when I started this journey as your president.  I am going to be forever grateful that I and my secretary, David George, visited all the lodges in Idaho by the end of February.  And all the lodges were great hosts to us.  Thank you to everyone who made our visits a success.

I am hopeful we will be able to have our summer convention as planned in June.  I know Idaho Falls Lodge has been planning the convention for some time.  Our leadership at the national level will help your state leaders make the decision as to whether we will have the convention the first weekend in June.  We all will be looking to the recommendations of our state and federal government and Centers for Disease Control.   Until we know more I am not going to speculate about the need to cancel or reschedule.

Now more than ever we need to reach out to our friends who are members and remind them that our lodges have weathered many events including wars, depressions, recessions, and local disasters caused by weather, fires and floods.*  We will still be here when the spread of the virus is controlled.  Please remind all members that our lodge is first and foremost a charitable organization.  Should we have members, particularly our elderly members, who need assistance to get to doctors, pick up medication, pick up their mail, shop for food, etc., maybe we can help.  As we all know by now, the COVID virus is most dangerous for people over the age of 65.

Elderly members may also need social engagement at this time.   Just someone to call and talk to them can have great benefit.  Many people who live alone think of their shopping, weekly errands and church services as their social time.  Particularly those members who do not engage with others on social media may feel the effects of not being able to see anyone on a regular basis.  This is the time to call them on a telephone.

If you have neighbors in your community who are alone, this is a good time to get their phone number and find out if they need anything or just need someone to talk to for a few minutes.  We all are going slightly stir crazy with the stay at home orders.  A friendly reminder to someone that there are others out there who are thinking of them will improve their spirits.

Remember —

ELKS CARE – ELKS (do not) SHARE (the COVID virus).

Stay Safe and Healthy,

Danny Tacket, President, Idaho State Elks Association

* 100 years ago, 1n 1920, our local lodge, #249, was just reoccupying our temple building after turning it over for use as a recuperation (quarantine) facility for victims of the 1918-1920 “Spanish Flu” pandemic and returning vets from WWI.  The facility was managed by the University of Idaho Student Army Training Corps during that period.  Elks cared then — Elks care now.  link to article 

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Volunteers Active in Getting our Golf Course going in Covid-19 Mode

Thanks to the all the folks who are going the extra mile in helping our new Golf Course Superintendent get the course up and running in what always is always a difficult time dealing with “spring on the Palouse”, but with the additional handicap of being new to the course and the club and then add in the unprecedented Covid-19 conditions to adapt to and work with.

Volunteers like Janey are helping us get through this.

Exalted Ruler Janey Wineinger practices her newfound skills as a rough mower.

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Our golf course is open — with modification for our members’ safety under Covid-19 protocols

Our golf course is open — 

with modifications for our members’ safety under Covid-19 protocols

This is not a normal spring.

Our golf course is open with proper social distancing — members only — no guests or public play.  Driving range is open also under same restrictions.

The lodge office will be open 8:00 AM till noon each weekday and bar/dining will be available noon till 5:00 PM on weekdays and 9:00 AM till 5:00 PM on weekends  dependent on the weather.  Payment by credit card or check for golf, if not a season pass holder, and for food and drink is encouraged.  We are trying to avoid cash transactions as much as possible.

Please call in your food and drink orders from the course (208-882-3015) and we will have them for you at the door.   We are endeavoring  to keep the facilities open for our members, to the extent we can, and still protect their health, and that of our community.  Help us by maintaining social distancing while enjoying a respite from “at-home-lock-down”.

Our holes are set with the liner above the surface of the green to keep balls out of the hole.  This is intentional to eliminate the need to touch the flag-stick when removing the ball from the hole and thereby minimizing the possibility of exposing golfers to the novel coronavirus.

The United States Golf Association has adopted rules for these situations — basically they say “if you think it should have gone in — it did” and “if you think it shouldn’t have gone in — it didn’t”.

In all of these instances, when the ball is not holed per the Rules of Golf (Rule 3.3c), a round played under these conditions will result in an acceptable score for handicap purposes using the most likely score guidelines (see Rule 3.3 of the Rules of Handicapping).  

When using most likely score, the player should consider the number of strokes most likely required to complete the hole, and determine whether the ball would have been holed or not.  Most likely score is at the player’s best judgment and should not be used to gain an unfair advantage.   

This measure is temporary and in effect within the United States until advised otherwise by the USGA.

Play golf, have fun, and be SAFE!

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Golf & Covid-19 — Update

Golf & Covid-19 — Update

Course open to members only (no guests or public play) and with appropriate social distancing protocols.

Good morning!  I hope this email finds all of you in good health, including mentally!  I know that we are going through tough times, but they will get better!

One thing you can do is come out and play golf!  Golf courses are allowed to be open with proper social distancing.  As always, things are weather dependent, but our new Course Superintendent, Cory See, has things ready to go and we are open for play!  Here’s the deal: Barb is back to her normal hours, Monday-Friday from 8-12 and I will be here 10-12.  Bobbi will start coming in and work 12-5, weather dependent.  We are open only to members, no guests and not open to the public at all.

Cart rentals will be limited to one person per cart unless the other person is a family member.  You will be asked to come in the building, sign in and if not a season pass holder, please plan on paying with check or credit card – -we are not encouraging cash.  Same thing with food and drink — call in or come in and place your order, pay for it and it will be delivered to you outside for your enjoyment.  Please remember to keep the recommended six foot social distancing.

Just think, soon it will be warm and what better place to be than on the golf course getting fresh air and exercise as well as social interaction.

We are still working on how or if we will have a men’s opening day breakfast.  With the social distancing requirements, that will be a challenge.  We also take in a lot of money that day for payments on Lodge dues, golf passes, cart storage, league dues and GHIN fees, so that needs to be worked out also.

Any questions, please let me know.

Wayne Krauss
Secretary, PER
Moscow Elks #249

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from the Exalted Ruler

Moscow Elks golf course is open, to play, weather permitting. Cory See, our new greenskeeper, has assessed the course and has it ready for play as our Palouse spring conditions will allow.  We all need to be out in the sunshine and having some emotional relief from this mind-blowing corona virus.

We are concerned about transmission so we are taking steps to minimize contact.  We recognize that the healthiest thing we can do is get all of us on the golf course as soon as possible.

Remember, wash your hands, keep your distances and if you begin to feel ill, stay home. We are all looking forward to a prosperous year with our Elks friends and family and this will all be over.  Looking forward to getting back to normal, lodge meetings and dinners.

Janey Wineinger,

Exalted Ruler

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From the Desk of the Secretary


Wow! So much to write about and so little space to do it! New officers, new Head Grounds Superintendent, Corona virus —good grief, where to start.

OK, by the time you read this, we will have new officers for the Lodge year 2020-2021 and you can see who they are from the list. Our new grounds superintendent has submitted a great bio, so I don’t have to say much other than I am very excited to have him and his great family join our family of Elks.

The Corona Virus is raising a lot of problems, not the least for us is how we will handle our bar/dining and golf course facility. I guarantee we WILL figure it out and the course is open to play as weather permits.  As of right now, the bar/dining is closed but I am still in the office M-F from 10-12. Whether the state feels we are an essential business or not, I feel it is essential to pay the bills and keep up with lodge business.

Please, get your dues, golf pass and cart shed rental in ASAP.

Hang in there, this too shall pass!

Wayne Krauss,

Secretary, PER

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from the Bar/Dining Manager

from the Bar/Dining Manager

What can I say … I am a little baffled by what’s going on (??).  March is the month to spring forward and go out like a lamb I feel like T. Rex Dino has barged in.  Nonetheless let’s all stay POSITIVE and continue on.

I want to THANK “all” that came out for our cleanup day.  A huge SUCCESS is an understatement and big Shout Out to Sean Dorigo for the use of his trailer to haul all the garbage off.

So PROUD of my Elk family❤️

As of now the April Friday Night Dinners have been cancelled but keep in contact with “Moscow Elks 249” on Facebook for updates.

Stay healthy, stay safe and I will see you all soon.

Bobbi Ross

Bar/Dining Manager

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Saturday Golf Course Work Crew Volunteers

Saturday Golf Course

Work Crew Volunteers

I would like to thank all the members who came out and spent a whole day cleaning up the golf course.  It was amazing how much they accomplished in one day.  They burned the weeds and grass in the ditch down holes 6, 7, and 8.  Thanks, Tyson for running the limb picker all day removing branches and leaves from the course.  The group also removed a dead tree, 20 loads of limbs and blew off the greens.   Thank you all for volunteering to clean up the golf course and give our golf course superintendent a head start on the course.   The special members are: Terri Dollar, Rick Hull, Bill Lambert, Tyson Berrett, Dennis Wilson, Travis Lambert, Jason Heath, Tim Chamberland, Brent Smith, and Jeff Carlson.

Everyone – keep a look out for the next work party this spring, probably in early April.

Pat Dollar

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THANK YOU! THANK YOU! ELK VOLUNTEERS 👍

THANK YOU!  THANK YOU! 

ELK VOLUNTEERS

I would like to give a SUPER THANK YOU to the numerous amazing Elk members who volunteered the last 3 months to service all the greenskeeper’s riding and hand held equipment, clean and organize the shop, and update the greenskeeper’s house.  Volunteers worked over 250 hours to accomplish these much-needed projects.

I will try to remember everyone involved in these projects and give them their due credit.  This was a supreme example of how our members were willing to give their time and skills to make our lodge a better place.  I would like to thank the following volunteers.

Pat Dollar and his Spence Hardware super crew for servicing all the green keeper’s riding and hand held equipment.  They cleaned and organized the shop area so it is now a great place to work.  You guys are the best!

Ben McGuckin purchased, removed and installed new kitchen cabinets with a beautiful counter top and back splash.  He installed a new door for the kitchen.  He helped Wayne remove the floor in the office and disposed of all the materials.  He also removed the goat shed in the back yard during a snow storm.

Travis Lambert, our super electrician added new lighting throughout the house.  The key areas were the kitchen, all the bedrooms, and the office area.  He installed a new (much needed) vent in the bathroom by cutting through the concrete ceiling.  He also installed electricity for the new dishwasher.  (Did I mention he added new lighting in the lodge bar? )  

Bart Schumacher, our expert painter, supervised the crew that painted the living room, kitchen and office area of the house.  He also painted all the ceilings and major areas which was a big deal.  We “let” him do the bathroom upstairs by himself.  Bart was instrumental in getting Jake of Sherwin Williams  to donate 5 gallons of paint for the project.

Larry Cyganovich and Wayne Krauss sanded and refinished the living room wood floor (a 3 day project) that looks fantastic.  We think it was the original wood floor from 100 years ago.  They also built a new food pantry in the kitchen that was much needed.  Wayne also worked very hard on the office floor to prep it for the new flooring provided by Barry Keys and Superior Floors.  The floor is the same material we put in the lodge bar area.

Kevin Peterson and Howard Hughes provided the house with a new oven and a dishwasher.  He also helped paint the house and did numerous other projects.  Anne Peterson came in one day and cleaned up the yard and cleaned the windows with Kevin.

Cheri Curtis was my painting buddy every day and did a great job of helping clean the house.  She also donated her washer and dryer for the house.

Gail Krauss was one of the main crew members who painted daily and kept everything clean as we messed up the house while working.  She also was our food provider with cookies, water and sandwiches.  Bobbi Ross came in a couple of times to help clean and paint trim in the living room.

I would be remiss if I did not mention that besides the labor provided by a number of our members, they “adjusted” their material and labor bills to the lodge.  These major discounts were the main reason we could afford to complete these projects.  I would like to thank you for giving so much of yourselves to our lodge.

So, once again, thank you all so much for everything you have done for our lodge.  I am very proud of all of us!

Jerry Curtis

Chairman for the Board of Trustees

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Golf Course operation during Idaho’s Covid-19 “State stay-at-home” period

Golf Course operation during Idaho’s Covid-19 “State stay-at-home” period

Good afternoon everyone,

Some of you are wondering when or if our golf course will be open.

The Attorney General has stated golf courses in Idaho may be open as long as proper social distancing is applied.  We are now weather dependent.  Our new course superintendent has been working hard this week.  Greens have been watered and mowed, pins installed and tee box markers placed.

We still need to figure out details on how to have golfers sign in and pay if they do not have a season pass.  Food will also be available on a take out basis, details to be worked out.

  • More details will follow as we get this figured out.  A lot of information will be in the April 249er.
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Answering the big questions — Cory See, Head Greenskeeper Moscow Elks Golf Course

Answering the big questions —

Cory See, Golf Course Superintendent

Moscow Elks Golf Course 

I’ve been asked to answer the big questions: who we are? Where are we from?  And can I actually maintain a golf course or am I just some flunky from off the street?  And of course, the BIG QUESTION: when will the golf course be open?!

My wife, Kaylynn, and I married in 2005.  We have five children: Emily 14, Owen 12, Eliza 8, Adam 5, and Huckleberry 1.

I have an associate’s degree in turfgrass management and a bachelor’s degree in sustainability.  I have worked on golf courses in Coeur d’Alene, Vale, Boise, Scottsdale, Park City, and Wyoming.  I have been a superintendent for 5 years and have achieved a class “A” level with the GCSSA.

Along with being a great stay at home mom, Kaylynn is an educational consultant with Usborne Books & More- she gives tips & tools to promote the love of learning in the home, literacy workshops, along with selling at events, schools & libraries; she also helps organizations with simple fundraisers and loves to be involved in the community.

You will see our kids out on the golf course working and playing.  a family, we love playing board & card games, watching college sports and actively serve in our church.

Now to answer the BIG QUESTION: when will the golf course be open?  (As I write this, the course is covered with snow) I would like to open the course as soon as possible.  I understand after a long winter everyone is ready to get back on the course.  I will have the first mowing of the greens done and flags in the cups by Saturday, March 28th.  The rest will come along as time and weather permits.  Please feel free to come and play starting Saturday March 28th.  Please be mindful and cautious of wet areas.  And please be patient as we work to make this course the best it can be.

I would also like to thank all of those who helped with the house, the clean up on the golf course, and helping us move in.  You have beat our expectations.  Thank you!

Cory See,

Golf Course Superintendent

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