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    • Fort Lauderdale Elks Lodge endures as social outlet for blacks  By Gregory Lewis Staff Writer Posted October 15 2004  FORT LAUDERDALE � The yellow, two-story building on the corner of Northwest Seventh Avenue and Northwest Second Street does not look like an upper crust institution. But the Pride of Fort Lauderdale Elks Lodge No. 652 is the oldest black civic organization in Broward County.  "It's the only place that had the well-to-do or the just-getting-by in the same organizational structure," said Carlton Moore, the Broward County commissioner who throws his election parties there. "It's always been inclusive, always been a service organization. Even in hard times, due to demographic changes, there's no greater social outlet than the Elks Lodge." On Saturday night, the black Elks will use their social muscle and civic pride to commemorate their 78th anniversary. They plan to launch a drive to raise $100,000 for HIV/AIDS awareness in a neighborhood devastated by the disease.  The lodge has given clothing and shoes to needy students, scholarships to high school students, food baskets to families at Thanksgiving and toys to tots.  "The tradition is to pass on the legacy of uplifting the community," said Willie Turner, a new member of the lodge. "We're sitting on the Avenue of the Arts, and everything around us has been enhanced. We're trying to enhance, too. "  The lodge's dark interior is punctuated with a jukebox playing mostly old rhythm and blues records such as A Hole in the Wall, which could very well describe the lodge's old school feel.  While various community groups meet there throughout the week, on Tuesday nights, for $5, all the fish and grits one can eat are served up while disk jockey Chico "the Virgo" Wesley spins blues records. Wesley brings in a live blues band on Sunday nights.
    • Elks Club hosts holiday party PRESENTS FROM SANTA  KERRIE FRISINGER Journal Staff Photo BILL WARREN/Journal Staff  Children look at presents they received from Santa Claus Saturday at the Elks Forest City Lodge No. 180 and Cayuga Temple 54 annual Christmas party at 536 W. Green St. The presents were donated by members and several area businesses.    ITHACA -- For the couple dozen children who came, the party was about Christmas, presents and little cups of pinkish punch.  For many of the adults, though, it was about much more: Tradition, public service and a small club that has persevered as a cornerstone of the local African-American community.
    • Elks Lodge will go down in history as 'No. 1 spot' for Valley Blacks  Angela Cara Pancrazio The Arizona Republic Feb. 24, 2005 12:00 AM  Since its beginning in 1924, the lodge, southwest of downtown Phoenix, has been a focal point of the African-American community.  The Elks Lodge was the place to be, say current members who watched their parents and grandparents socialize there. It was a place where baseball legend Willie Mays dropped in so often they made him an honorary member.  The fact that Blacks couldn't go to public paces like theaters, restaurants and swimming pools played a key role in the lodge's popularity. The growing African-American middle class developed their own community of businesses from restaurants to hotels and barbershops. advertisement    This place is a piece of African-American history in Arizona that, until now, has been overlooked by the mainstream. In recent months, the lodge emerged as the city's historic preservation office researched buildings that played a significant role in the history of African-Americans in Phoenix.
    • Elks: Gala at Newark club is milestone By MICHELE BESSO / The News Journal 03/12/2005  As a member of the Newark Elks Lodge, Fred Lyle has attended nearly every anniversary ball since 1979.  This year, he's more excited than usual.  For the first time in its more than 80-year history, the Elks Lodge 349 will hold tonight's ball at the Newark Country Club, which once barred blacks from entering.  Members of Elks Lodge 349 on Cleveland Avenue, one of the oldest predominantly black organizations in Newark, said they view the event as a milestone, reflective of the changing community of Cleveland Avenue/New London Road. The area has been the hub of Newark's black community for about 150 years.
    • Large Fight at Elks Lodge; Shots Fired; One Arrestee Was Wanted for Several Crimes Posted on May 24, 2005: On May 22 at 2:01 a.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to a 911 call for a large fight in the parking lot of the Elks Lodge at 12445 Rock Point Road in Newburg. While officers were en route the Sheriff's office received a second 911 call for shots being fired at the location.
    • Bethlehem hopes Elks will lead rebirth City gives loan to group for renovations its lodge's facade.  By Matt Assad Of The Morning Call  In 1948, a group of black men blazed a trail for all Lehigh Valley black people who were blocked from joining social clubs because of racism and prejudice.   Today, Bethlehem is hoping some of those same men will blaze a new trail, this time a redevelopment trail through the Five Points section of the city.  One of the city's first Blight Elimination and Rehabilitation loans will go to reface the Elks Lodge No. 1284 in the hope that it will be the catalyst for redeveloping a section of Brodhead Street that has become a south Bethlehem eyesore.
    • Feelings of brotherhood mark lodge’s dedication  Walter J. Conley lodge members celebrate reopening of home  BY CLARE MARIE CELANO Staff Writer    PHOTOS BY CLARE MARIE CELANO Members of the Walter J. Conley Elks Lodge No. 1379 welcome honored guests to the opening of their new club hall on Throckmorton Street, Freehold Borough.   FREEHOLD — The walls are new, the fixtures and the furnishings are new, but the age-old spirit of brotherhood beamed like a bright light in the halls of the new Walter J. Conley Elks Lodge No. 1379, Throckmorton Street, on June 20.
    • Black Elks celebrate 80 years in Spa City  PAUL POST, The Saratogian11/07/2005 Email to a friend Voice your opinion Printer-friendly     SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The Black Elks Club's 80th anniversary offers the occasion to look back on the organization's rich history in the Spa City.    Leaders also hope the event helps revive the club, to ensure its continued presence for many decades to come.  The Black Elks at one time hosted state conventions in Saratoga Springs with parades, dinners and balls at Canfield Casino. Its drill team traveled extensively and took part in national competitions.
    • Community volunteers honored at Elks event  BY CLARE MARIE CELANO Staff Writer      Sidney Blacknall was honored for years of dedication and service in the Freehold community.    FREEHOLD — Sidney Blacknall has a résumé that reads like a page out of “Who’s Who in Freehold Borough.” His dedication to his family and community, and his membership with various church and civic organizations is known by most native Freeholders.   One of those organizations, the Elks of the Walter J. Conley Lodge No. 1379, recently honored Blacknall in recognition of his 36 years of service to the organization.
    • Elks Retirement Home continues, builds on tradition By Frances Owen Christmas has always been celebrated in a colorful and joyful manner at the Elks National Home.  Many years ago lights decorated the large front entrance and a large Christmas tree greeted everyone in the lobby. The special care area and nurses' station were filled with decorations reminding all who were there that the joyful season of the year had arrived, cheering those who were confined there for health reasons.       In 1953, the tradition changed dramatically when outdoor decorating began to take shape in the vast area surrounding the Home. The original displays were made by maintenance supervisor George Buck, a resident of the Home, Tom Sidonia, who was a retired artist for Barnum and Bailey Circus, and a local sign painter, D. H. Pinion. By 1955 crowds began to come from Bedford and the surrounding area to view this magnificent and unusual displays.
    • Dozier: Elks name oratorical, pageant winners People News  By Vickki Dozier  Lansing State Journal The Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World, Silver Leaf Lodge 534/Capitol City Temple 308, hosted the 80th annual Michigan State Association Elks Convention on June 6-11. The Lansing Elks were represented in the Oratorical Contest by Terrance Williams, an 11th-grader at Waverly High School. Terrance gave a speech on "The Danger of Educating a Black Man." He received first-place honors and is eligible to receive a $1,500 scholarship.
    • 50th anniversary for Elks  By Francine Maglione, Herald Press Staff 07/09/2006 NEW BRITAIN - It was the perfect summer scene: The sun shining, a gentle breeze, barbecues roaring, music blaring and old friends greeting each other with smiles and hugs.  The Pride of Connecticut Elks Lodge was having their annual summer picnic, and on Saturday they had a particular reason to celebrate.     "This year we're celebrating our 50th anniversary," said club daughter ruler Emma Pierce. "This is the only black-owned organization in New Britain." The fraternal lodge, located at 24-30 Elm St., specializes in community events, charity work and fund-raising.
    • ELKS CONVENTION The 107th Grand Lodge and 103rd Grand Temple Convention of the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World will be Friday through Aug. 4 at the Galt House Hotel & Suites in Louisville. The Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World is an African-American fraternal organization. Many of the conference events are open to the public including a golf scramble, parade and charity ball. A complete list of events, prices and tickets will be available during the convention at the Galt House. The exhibit hall at the Galt House will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. isdaily during the convention. Call James Ray, local chairperson, at (502) 744-0267.
    • EAST BAKERSFIELD -- The Bakersfield Police Department was still searching Monday morning for the suspect wanted in a deadly shooting Friday night outside an Elks Lodge in East Bakersfield. Police believe 18-year-old Jaime Avila shot and killed Wilton Wilson, Jr., 42, and wounded McKinley Womack, 35, in the parking of the Elks Lodge on E. California Ave. Wilson's daughter, Ebony Miller, was also attacked, but she was not injured. Womack received treatment at a nearby hospital. Wilson
    • BAKERSFIELD-- -- The Elks Lodge in east Bakersfield looks very peaceful from the outside during the day. But it's after dark, on the weekends, when police said they've seen the violence increase.   There have been 12 shootings at the facility over the past two years, with several fatalities.
    • MAYSVILLE, Ky. — Four people were shot over the weekend after a fight broke out after a rap concert at an Eastern Kentucky club, police said.  Shots were fired at about 3 a.m. Saturday outside the Elks Club in Maysville, with at least three guns being used and 20 shell casings recovered, Maysville Police Det. Michael Palmer said.
  • 20 Oct 06

    I rarely come across a good news article about the IBPOE. That's a shame as they used to be a premiere Black fraternity.

    • Police keep an eye on Elks lot in South Bend Authorities have been called to S.B. site more than 50 times this year.
    • ELKS LODGE THANKSGIVING Wednesday, November 22, 2006  When Turkey Day flies into the Falls the Felix Lister Elks Lodge always makes sure no one goes hungry. For four years now, Lodge volunteers have cooked, boxed and hauled dinners all over the Wichita Falls area. Last year alone they served over 600 meals. On Thanksgiving if you are in need, the Elks on Homes Street will serve from noon until 3. You can also swing by and pick up takeout. If you need volunteers to bring you a meal call 763-2814 before five tonight and they will deliver a dinner to your home.
  • 27 Nov 06

    This is a black lodge that apparently sells beer to the public and has gotten itself in a lot of trouble

    • Elks Lodge given time to improve City supports move so club can resolve issues.   MARTI GOODLAD HELINE Tribune Staff Writer  SOUTH BEND -- Elks Lodge No. 298 received 90 more days, thanks to the city of South Bend, to see if the situation outside its lodge in the 1000 block of West Western Avenue continues to improve.  The county Alcoholic Beverage Board agreed this week to the continuance of a hearing to renew the lodge's alcohol permit.
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