CHEA – The California–Hawaii Elks Association is a charitable organization serving children with disabilities since 1950.

With 168 lodges in 19 Districts (including the Islands of Guam and Philippines), the California-Hawaii Elks Association (CHEA) serves  disabled children, veterans, and our youth in a wide range of activities. We are a proud organization with roots back to 1868 and thousands of Elks who have not only helped millions of people, but are a social organization that enjoys the company of other Elks at our lodges where our meals and beverages support our growth and the community.

B.P.O.E. stands for The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (or as they are affectionately known, the Best People On Earth. Elks are American Citizens who want to save its great values; who love others and want to make sure they are healthy and happy; and who love life and want to contribute to it as well as to share it. As a member, we find there is nothing better than serving our community through the various activities and charities supported by our local Elks Lodge.

The California-Hawaii Elks Association is best known for its support of children with disabilities. Among these pages you will find many heartwarming stories and videos that relate to our Major Project, often referred to as The Purple Pig. The Purple Pig is the fundraising arm of this charitable work and serves as a reminder to the membership that our greatest joy is in giving to and helping others. Whether you help through the various support methods such as our BLT Legacy Giving Program, regular monthly donations, filling the Purple Pig with the “A Coin A Day so they can Walk, Talk, See and Play”, or simply using the GoodSearch Search Engine – there are many ways to support the children and their families who may have had little hope without the CHEA intervention.

Re-Meet Our Continuing 2020-2021 CHEA Officers!

Tim Jaeger - CHEA President, “Great” Northwest District

Tim Jaeger was born in Pierre, South Dakota, later moving to Geddes. He attended the University of Sosuth Dakota in Vermillion, earning a BS in Business Administration in 1980, and a Master of Professional Accountancy in 1982.

Tim joined the Sioux Falls Elks Lodge 262 in 1985. After moving to California, Tim transferred to the Petaluma Elk Lodge 901, serving several roles including Exalted Ruler. He has been named both Elk and Officer of the Year.    Read more about Tim Jaeger HERE...

Len Fisher, CHEA Assistant Vice President, "Great Northwest District

Len Fisher was born in Mississippi on November 2, 1937. He was raised on a ranch just outside of Sebastopol, CA.

After high school he attended Santa Rosa Community College and received an Associate of Arts Degree. The best part of his education was meeting his wife Judy. They were married on February 20, 1960 in Santa Cruz, CA. As it turned out, Judy's grandfather was an Elk in Santa Cruz and they had their wedding catered by the Elks Lodge there. That was his first involvement with Elkdom.   Read more about Len Fisher HERE...