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.
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.
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."
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.
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What We Do
The Order spends more than $90,000,000 every year for benevolent, educational and patriotic community-minded programs in such fields as benefiting physically handicapped 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.
The Order spends more than $90,000,000 every year for benevolent, educational and patriotic community-minded programs in such fields as benefiting physically handicapped children, sponsoring Elks National Foundation scholarships, scouting, athletic teams, veterans' works, physical and occupational therapy programs and patriotic programs.
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The San Rafael Elks Lodge was founded in 1908, and moved to its current location at the Maple Lawn Estate in the early 1960's.
We are a lively and fun Lodge, with members ranging from age 24 to 95. We actively support many non-profit organizations in Marin County and Northern California, including the Marin County Office of Education, Blood Centers of the Pacific, Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, San Rafael Soccer, San Rafael Little League, Amigos Exchange Program, Yountville Veterans Home and Holiday Shopping Program. Our members donate their time, money and skills to a variety of organizations to help make our community a better place to live and work.
The members of Lodge #1108 are proud supporters of the Elks National Foundation and the California-Hawaii Elks Association Major Project. Our Lodge hosts a Girl Scout Troop, Cub Scout Troops, Boy Scout Troop #101, an Eagle Scout Troop, and Order of the Arrow Talako Lodge. We promote drug education and awareness for youth, education and literacy in our schools. We support youth sports and activities, and the well-being of families in Marin. We sponsor many high-school scholarships and other educational grants.
We're continually working hard to improve the lives of veterans in Marin County, and beyond. We sponsor Flag Day, Memorial Day, liaise with local American Legion Groups and hold fundraisers to support local veteran charities.
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The Purple Pig is the fundraising arm of the California-Hawaii Elks Association Major Project, Inc. (CHEMPI).The California-Hawaii Elks have raised over $100.6 MILLION since 1950 to address the unmet needs of children with disabilities by developing a program of supporting services to aid these children at no cost to their families. Donate Now!
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