About the Elks

We are...

  • A fraternal order with nearly a million members and a 141-year history.

  • A network of nearly 2000 lodges in communities all over the country.

  • A generous charitable foundation that each year gives millions in scholarships, an inspiration to youth, a friend to veterans and more

Elks Lodges bring so much more to their communities than just a building, golf course or restaurant. They are places where neighbors come together, families share meals, and children grow up.

Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, meet the needs of today’s veterans, and improve the quality of life.

 

Our Mission

To inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share.

 

Origin

The Elks organization was founded in New York City on February 16, 1868 under the name "Jolly Corks" by 15 actors, entertainers and others associated with the theater. In ensuing years, membership expanded to other professions.

 

Purposes

This Fraternal Order was founded "To promote and practice the four cardinal virtues of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its members; to quicken the spirit of American Patriotism and cultivate good fellowship."

 

Membership

The Order is a non-political, non-sectarian and strictly American fraternity. Proposal for membership in the Order is only by invitation of a member in good standing. To be accepted as a member, one must be an American citizen, believe in God, be of good moral character and be at least 21 years old.

 

What We Do

The Order spends more than $80,000,000 every year for benevolent, educational and patriotic community-minded programs in such fields as benefitting special needs children, sponsoring Elks National Foundation scholarships, scouting, athletic teams, veterans' works, a national "Hoop Shoot" free-throw contest involving more than 3 million children, physical and occupational therapy programs and patriotic programs.

The youth of our country have always been important to the Order. It is for this reason the Elks Drug Awareness Education Program was launched to warn primary grade students and their parents of the dangers in drug use. Additionally, every lodge observes June 14th as Flag Day, a tradition which the Elks began in 1907 and was later adopted by the Congress as an official observance.

2019 Officers

Exalted Ruler

Rick Presnell

Secretary

Kerry Mayhew

Inner Guard

Virginia Olson

Trustee

John Hernandez

Leading Knight

Fred DeWitt

Treasurer

Charlie Rosenbaugh

Esquire

LeAnn Siglin

Trustee

Jim Bridgewater

Loyal Knight

Bob Burkowski

Tiler

Charles Smart

Trustee

Sam Jarvis

Trustee

Mark Knisley

Lecturing Knight

(open)

Chaplain

open

Trustee

Mick McGuire

Elks Programs

Scholarships

Learn all about the Elks National Foundation's Scholarship Program. 

Hoop Shoot

The Elks Hoop Shoot highlights the Elks commitment to America's youth through their annual free throw basketball contest. 

National Memorial

The Elks National Memorial was built in 1926 to honor Americans veterans' service.

Veterans Services

The Elks are committed to their mission, “So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.” 

Community Investments

The CIP Program invests in Elks communities through Lodge grants that help Elks meet local needs. 

Elks History

Explore decades of Elks history through the project's magazine archives, photo gallery, document center, and more. 

Youth Recognition

Learn about how the Elks celebrate youth achievement through Youth Recognition.

Contact Us

Cortez Elks Lodge #1789

2100 N Dolores Road

PO Box 726

Cortez, CO  81321

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