We had a total of 221 participants, 147 Females, 74 males

Males winners

Rank Name City Lodge
#1 Justin G. Hoffman Worley ID St. Maries Lodge #1418
#2 Mitchell L. Shellman Coeur d'Alene, ID Coeur d'Alene Lodge #1254
#3 Dirk G. Stahlecker Pocatello ID Pocatello Lodge #674

Female winners

Rank Name City Lodge
#1 Ashli A. Munger Firth ID Blackfoot Lodge #1416
#2 Sierra A. Crisp Emmett, ID Caldwell Lodge #1448
#3 Abigail L. Mendenhall Twin Falls ID Snake River Lodge #2807

Going on to nationals are Justin G. Hoffman, Ashili A Munger, and Sierra A. Crisp.

Thank you for everyone's participation.

E.N.F. Chairman
Darrel L. Green

The time has finally arrived.........The next two days will be full of fun as we, the Preston Elks Lodge #1670 set out to deliver the 750+ Christmas Baskets we've prepared this year! What an awesome feeling to know that we're able to help so many in need! A big thanks goes out to our community for helping me and Tim to pull off this great project!

A time to remember & feel blessed. As we ended the old year & begin the new think about our past blessings and perhaps keep that thought all the way through the New Year. I viewed the nativity story in December. The things Mary & Joseph had to go through with Mary being an unwed mother being shunned by the customs of the times almost to the point of being stoned. Traveling to Bethlehem, a long journey in very crude travel settings and delivering Christ.

Viewing Pearl Harbor & the sacrifices made by our now veterans. Viewing 9/11 an event which showed our vulnerability in a world which has grown smaller due to fast moving technology & the lives of firemen & citizens who risked them to save the people in the disaster. In reading world news, note the dictators in power & the inhumane treatment of a massive amount of people due to power & greed. We must be thankful that we have a different form of representation, we must be thankful that we have a God in heaven to protect us, we must be thankful that we have young men & women out there standing watch, to protect us from harm. We have a lot to be thankful.

Let’s acknowledge that thankfulness by supporting our vets, showing our respect to God, voting to choose the proper people to represent us and never forget the sacrifices made for all of us.

God Bless you All!
Tom Tuttle- Americanism Chairman

Now is your chance. For the first time in quite awhile there are several vacancies in the apartments at the Elks National Home. There are single rooms and suites available as well. So, if you are interested in residency or even in getting more information for the future, please call or e-mail the Home. It doesn’t cost you a thing to check it out. Just call 1-800-552-4140 or e-mail enhome[at]elkshome[dot]org. They will be glad to talk with you and answer your questions. More information is also available at www.elkshome.org.

Idaho State Soccer Shootout which was held in Blackfoot. This is one of the many Drug Free youth activities the state lodges provides their community. 5 lodges were represented-Idaho Falls, Blackfoot, Preston, Mountain Home and Pocatello.

There is a saying in the business world when a business starts failing after many years of success! “Go back to what got you there” In understanding this saying, many businesses were successful because while they were small, they took care of the details such as understanding the word trust. If they promised something to a customer, they made sure it was done on time. When they grew and expanded they forgot some of those details. There was a time a hand shake was as good as a contract. I can relate to a relative of mine who was on a trip in the thirties and after traveling 100 miles out of town, turn the car around and drove back because he had promised a man he would pay him on that day. He then resumed his trip! In our world today being accountable for what we commit to is a very important trust which must be accomplished if we are going to be successful. As Elks, we must always display this image of trust!

Our new Americanism Essay theme is “Why I am proud to Pledge Allegiance to our Flag” It will be interesting to read these thoughts from our new young leaders! How many of us have an understanding of the words being pledged?

In our own ritual to be an Elk, how many of us understand our pledge taken in the Obligation? In our fast pace world, let us take the time to evaluate the promises and pledges we make to others! It’s just plain good business! God Bless You All! God Bless our Veterans! God Bless America!

Tom Tuttle- Americanism Chairman

Do you know any high school seniors? Encourage them to apply for an Elks National Foundation college scholarship! Most Valuable Student scholarships and Legacy Awards applications are available now. http://www.elks.org/enf/scholars

My Fellow Americans,

Happy Birthday America! It is hard to fathom that our country is only 235 years old! As we look at our country today, so much has been accomplished in such a short of time. Our founding fathers started everything rolling with discontent on how they were being governed, with no say in the laws being enacted to govern them. At first it was just discontent with no real desire to be an independent government, but as time went on in their quest to right their freedoms, they realized that they actual wanted their own independent country where they could select their own leaders, worship in their own ways, be able to raise their families in their own way, be able to control their own destinies. We could do this without being afraid! We could do this because we had a Constitution and Bill of Rights giving us the ability to functions with out fear of persecution. Having the independence to work under these conditions, our country built a great country which went from a colony to a government unmatched by any other government and a leader to the world. For years we were an isolated country which made us feel very secure but as the world changed, with travel so much more advanced, so did our isolationism where outside forces became a threat. We observed this on Pearl Harbor Day and 9/11. These were wakeup calls which had real affects on our lives! During 9/11 people once again took time out from their busy lives to unite as a nation in protecting the rights of each other. They went to work in building back what was destroyed, their patriotism became stronger, they cried out in prayer to our greatest leader God for his protection. As our founding fathers found the strength and wisdom to overcome their fears, so must we as current Americans take time out to overcome our fears and reach out to keep our freedoms. We cannot wait for a wake up call but must make our quest to keep our independents a daily desire. The Elks have always practiced this form of desire, they have made sure our flag was the United states flag, they have put forth fundraisers in times of crisis, they practice their believe in God, and they are a proactive organization in accomplishing what must be done to keep our country safe and strong. Be Proud to Be An Elk! Be Proud to Be an American!

God Bless you all! God Bless America!
Tom Tuttle- Americanism State Chairman

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On June 7th, 2011 Elkdom lost one of its most cherished members Mac McCluey. Mac exemplified what Elkdom is all about. He was Veteran's Committee Chairman for more years than most can remember and the winner of many awards for this. He was our Lodge Organist and State Organist. Mac traveled around playing for many Assisted Living facilities and was a regular at the State Veteran's Home. Mac was a Honorary Life Member. He was a 60 year member of Boise Lodge #310 initiated in 1951. Mac was inducted into the Idaho Elks Hall of Honor in 1999. Mac was in charge of Flag Day for the Lodge for many years and took great pride in that. His day to be laid to rest is June 14th Flag Day. This is so appropriate for one of the most patriotic men I have ever known. I will remember Mac most playing the organ for members at the lodge meetings and for the youth at so many lodge functions. Mac we salute you and your name will be on all our Tablets of Love and Memory. Mac most of all you will be remembered as a dear friend.

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