National Elks organization posts changes

August 16th, 2011 by Ken

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, better known as Elks, has undergone profound changes in an effort to remain a viable organization.

At its annual convention in Phoenix last month, members approved changes which will bring the organization into the 21st Century. While some are name changes, such as changing the name of the Exalted Ruler to President, others are more substantial, to stop the declining membership and provide financial security.

Elks, whose membership stands at 800,000 in 2000 lodges across the country, have been losing 35,000 members a year. It was founded in 1865 in New York City and during the 1940’s and 1950’s was gaining about 40,000 members each year.

Olympia’s lodge is located on State Avenue at the top of the hill near Ralph’s Thriftway.

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