Idaho East Honor Guard Flag retirement At Preston city Park.
Sponsored by the Preston
Elks Lodge #1670


Thanks to the ENF BEACON Grant this year, Boise Elks Lodge #310 purchased 3 Trikes and 2 Cruiser Bikes for the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise. On July 4th we put on a BBQ on the grounds of the Home and presented the Trikes/Bikes to them. This was the launch of the "Peddle With A Vet, Bike Project and Boise Elks.
You are welcome to join us on Thursday evenings at the Home, 7 pm and ride with the group! (weather permitting)

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These are the pictures of the booths we had at legislative day. Most of the participants are there. Not pictured are Steve Meier, Chris Nielsen who put the day together.

January 22nd at the Idaho State Capital in Boise. We will be serving Root Beer floats and presenting our charitable contributions to Idaho through the Elks.
We are inviting the Legislators, Governor, Lt Governor, Mayor of Boise and other representatives to meet and greet us. Please join us on this day to represent the Elks to our elected officers.

For more information contact Chris Nielsen 208-360-6006


This years Highway Clean up is dedicated to John Hinman. He started it all. For those who do not know, twice a year Boise 310 cleans a 2 mile stretch on Highway 21 starting around the Grimes Creek turnoff. Members and helpers are welcome. No matter what shape you are in we will find you a job. We will meet at 10 A.M. Saturday October 5th at the Grimes Creek turnoff. This is a lot of fun and another chance to get to know your fellow Elks and their friends. Dress appropriately.
John and Claudia Buehler
Don and Pat Burns
Bill Washam

This award was presented to Edward D. Sanman II on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 during the Lewiston Lodge #896 meeting. The paragraph below is what is engraved on the plaque.

The Elks National Foundation presents this plaque to Edward D. Sanman III a member of the Gold Circle of Giving in appreciation of generous cumulative donations totaling $20,000 or more toward the philanthropic projects fostered by the Elks National Foundation June 6, 2013.

Good Morning,
Enclosed you will find posters for both the Drug Awareness Essay Contest and the Poster contest.
I am sorry I am so late getting the information out to you but hope you will have plenty of time to submit to the schools and get the students involved.

If I can Help in any way please let me know.

My address and information is as follows:
Rebecca Penn
East District Chairman, Drug Awareness Program
1250 Malta Ave.
Burley, Idaho 83318

Phone 208-430-7652 or 208-878-2575
email: or

Greetings fellow ELKS. Quick reminder the State Soccer Shootout is fast approaching. It is September 21st in Mountain Home I need to know how many participates (top 3 in each division) and volunteers your lodge is sending. If hotel rooms are needed I need a name of an adult to list the room under for Friday night. Please get me this information no later than Tuesday the 17th so I can finalize all arrangements. Day events are shoot begins at 10:00 am at Legacy Park just off from NE Haskett and N 3rd E on Mountain Home. Set up at 8:30am lunch and awards to follow at Mountain Home lodge. If you have any questions please email me or give me a call (208) 761-7237 and I will return with an response as soon as possible. Please let me know either way if your lodge is sending anyone or not. Thank you for your cooperation and support.
Fraternally Yours,
Cristena Ford
State Soccer Chairman

To all Elks, Funeral services for Mel Rodriguez will be September 6th in Lewiston
Funeral--10:00am at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, 920 21st Ave.
Graveside--11:00am, Normal Hill Cemetery, 1122 7th St.
Reception--Lewiston Elks Lodge, 3444 Country Club Dr.

Melvin J. Rodrigues passed away at Tri-State Memorial Hospital on Aug 28,2013.

He was born April 15 1935, to Joseph and Eleanor Freas Rodrigues in 'Oakland, Calif.

Mel graduated from Castlemont High School in Oakland and Stanford University in California.

Mel worked for Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) for 35 years. He started digging ditches for gas lines and worked himself into a position of manager of Support Services with the Peninsula Division. During that time Mel was drafted in the Army, where he served his country from 1959 to 1964.

After years of searching, Mel found his "one true love" in Maja Spaans. They were married Aug 26 1989, and just shared their 24th anniversary. They retired in 1991 and moved to Idaho. Mel enjoyed fishing and hunting and became a highly active member of the Lewiston Elks. He was a past Exalted Ruler, past ISEA Accident Prevention / Manager, past District Deputy, past State President and a board member of the Elks Rehab Hospital in Boise. In tribute to Mel's devotion and service to the Elks Organization, the 2013 annual Idaho Elks Food Caravan is being dedicated to Mel's memory. Other achievements of Mel's were as a sponsored executive involved with the United Way of San Francisco, an Accredited Judge for the American Dahlia Society, and additional memberships with the Eagles and American Legion. Mel also was licensed to perform marriages and was always willing and happy to perform or offer those services.

Mel never met a stranger. He had a generous spirit, was quick with a joke, a master gardener and friend to all. Mel was the go-to guy in the neighborhood. If you were ever in need and Mel saw it, he was there in a heartbeat. In the last couple of years, with steadily declining health, Mel never stopped serving. He attended Elks functions whenever possible and continued to be a fountain of lawn and gardening advice for all his neighbors. The Rodrigues backyard, which Mel designed, is a sanctuary and favorite gathering place. His family, friends and neighbors were all greatly blessed by Mel's presence and vibrant personality. We will cherish his memory with his loving wife, Maja.

Mel was preceded in death by his father and mother. He is survived by his wife, Maja; daughter Valerie
from Hayward, Calif.; sister Beverly (Gal) Robinson from Lewiston; sister and brother-in-law Ineke and
Klaas van Hoegee from the Netherlands; cousin Samie Valin of Lewiston; and several nieces and nephews. In
conjunction with the funeral service at Vassar-Rawls at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, the BPOE Elks will also perform an honor and graveside service.

Memorial donations may be made to the Idaho Elks Rehab Hospital, P.O. Box 1100, Boise, 10 83701; or to a charity of your choice.