Local Elks offer many community services, events
LOCK HAVEN – From a national level right down to Clinton County, Elks Lodge #182 is here to help serve the community. The local lodge, established in 1871, is involved in many initiatives that span the entire country and the local communities.
The charitable arm of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks is the Elks National Foundation which was established in 1928. This foundation is an endowment fund for many of the local, state and national programs sponsored by the BPOE which include the Drug Awareness Programs, Veterans’ Service Programs, Hoop Shoot Free Throw Program and Student Scholarship Programs. There are three Elk Scholarship Programs that are second only to the Federal Government in providing scholarship assistance to over 2,500 high school seniors annually going on to obtain college degrees.
The Elks feel that “the influence of a good deed will continue forever” and those who may be interested in finding out further information about the Elks National Foundation can do so on line by visiting www.elks.org/enf.
The major project for the PA Elks State Association is the Home Service Program. This program offers families with loved ones who have disabilities guidance through a nurse and/or service coordinator. The nurse that serves the Clinton County area is Bert Chubb and her office is located in the Infant Development Program building located in downtown Lock Haven. The nurses don’t administer care but they help these families navigate the often complicated human service and healthcare systems. This is a free service to persons living in every county throughout Pennsylvania. Funding for this program is provided by contributions from individual Elk members, local lodges, corporations and foundations. Lodges of the PA Elks State Association annually contribute on average $550,000 to this program through their fundraising efforts. You can obtain more information on the PA Elks Home Service Program by visiting www.paelkshomeservice.org.
“Lock Haven Lodge #182 is a proud supporter of the ENF and Home Service Programs,” District Deputy Grand Exalter Ruler Sherri Walison said.
Locally, Lodge #182 is proud to sponsor Venture Crew #007. “The Venture Crew is an offspring of the Boy Scouts of America,” Walison said. Each year a group of boys and girls has a chance to go to the West Point Academy for an Invitational Camporee.
The Elks is a big supporter of the Clinton County Arts Council and its annual Lock Haven Jams festival in August. The front porch is utilized as the main stage for the day and the volunteer members of the lodge sell hot sausage sandwiches, cold drinks and snacks to concert goers. Walison said “We even provide the concert attendees a place to sit and relax undercover from the heat or wet weather.”
Inside, the Elks boasts the Main Event. Walison said, “We can accommodate weddings and receptions, charity events, class reunions and more.” This area has a stage, dance floor and full bar service and can hold up to 250 people. The Elks does not currently provide a catering service, but there are multiple Elk members that do operate catering businesses and they are often recommended to those requesting this service. For a smaller get together, the Elks banquet room is available for rental. Anyone who may be interested in renting one of the two spaces is encouraged to contact Sherri Walison at 570-748-4550.
The Elks also hosts multiple events throughout the year. From the weekly Wednesday Night Wings to the annual Friday Lenten fish dinners, which will be served this year from Feb. 28 through April 10.
Follow their Facebook page — Lock Haven Elks — to keep up with events and activities at the lodge.