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.

The Publisher of our dictionaries is unable to get the books printed until September meaning many of our lodges will not be getting the books until late September or early October.

Please make sure your orders are in now for the coming season.

If the orders are in place and paid for in advance, the books will ship immediately upon arrival at the Dictionary Project.

They are shipping completed and paid orders first.


Nampa Lodge, September 13, 2013 (dinner served 6 – 8pm)
Prime Rib or Shrimp Dinner, Fresh salad bar and dessert $15.00per person

Proceeds benefiting the Idaho Elks Rehab Hospital
RSVP – Call Ceci 208.284.4341 or Ellen 208.447.9797
All Members and Guests Welcome

BSU Game
*Plenty of room to visit if you don't want to watch the game.

Half Time Auction & Raffle
- Disneyland Tickets
- Wild Horse Casino Golf Package
- Homemade Quilt
- 4 Idaho Steelhead tickets
- Holiday Inn Express certificate

Rupert, Id., Lodge members participated in the Annual Cast for Kids fishing event for Children With Disabilities in the local area. The event is hosted by the Bureau of Reclamation. The Lodge provided lunch for approximately 150 people including 32 Children with Disabilities, volunteers and parent. Members include left to right Dennis Zemke, Gary King, Shannon Armstrong, Steve Gulbranson, Robert Archer, Carol Hirsch, Jackie Norby and volunteer Jacob Hilling, back Ed Phillips, Mike Zemke, Jerry Wakewood, not pictured Dave Norby, Arny Hirsch, Vickie Phillips and Rebecca Penn.

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Time: Following Lodge Meeting at approximately 7:45 p.m.
Details: ER Brian’s locks are being donated to Locks of Love.
Want to help relieve him of his locks?
Sections will be auctioned off to the highest bidders.
All money collected will be contributed to
this year’s Dictionary Fund!
A light supper will follow.


Good morning fellow Elk's. Just a quick reminder the state soccer shootout is October 6, 2012 in Blackfoot at 10:30 a.m. at the soccer fields next to the state hospital; with awards and lunch to follow. Please send your top 3 in each division. If your lodge needs overnight lodging I need to know how many rooms and the names of the at least one person to reserve under. Also all Elk's are welcome to attend and support our youth. If you have an estimated head count please let me know. Email address is:, cell 208-761-7237 if I don't please leave a message and I will return it in the evening.

Cristena Ford
State Soccer Chairman

My Fellow Americans,

All the forms should be out to all the Lodges for the Americanism Essay. Remember this year there will not be a Grand Lodge Award for Essays but we will operate with the State Budget for our prizes on the District levels as well as the State. If any Lodge who wishes to compete but did not get packets with the rules and forms let me know at tomt909[at]yahoo[dot]com Or telephone me at 208-863-9286 and I will make sure you will get what you need.

As we go in to our final stages before the National election, it is interesting that some people you assumed would be voting a certain way, is not always the case. As Americans we need to vote our conscience as is our right as American citizens. The important decision of all is that we use our rights and vote.

United we stand, divided we fall! As Lodges as we go through these tough time, let’s all unite behind one major cause and that cause should be that we all help each other as Lodges gain membership, lend support to a lodge that is struggling, by participating in some of their events and lending special ideas that have worked for our particular Lodge. Americanism is a committee to help spark patriotism to all communities
that they never forget that we distinctively American, united under one flag, the American flag, with committees designed to take care of our Vets and never forget them, to love our leader God, to vote our rights, to display our American Flag and show respect and honor it by retiring it properly, and show our communities what patriotism is all about.

God Bless you All! God Bless our veterans both young and elderly! God bless our beloved Country, America!

Fraternally and Respectfully,
Tom Tuttle- State Elks Americanism Chairman