The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was founded in 1868 on the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity. These principles have guided our Order since its inception and continue to point the way to our future success.
We apply these values to our everyday life by engaging in charitable activities, by raising and distributing funds and by volunteering thousands of hours per year to many worthwhile causes in the local Greater Taunton communities, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States Of America. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has been an agent of change and community service since its founding. Many of today's well known institutions have had their inception with the Elks. Flag Day, for instance, was created by the Elks in 1907 and was signed into law in 1949 by President Harry S. Truman, himself an Elk. Five U.S. Presidents have been members of the Order. They are: Warren G. Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy and Gerald R. Ford. Many other Senators and Congressmen have been counted among our ranks such as House Speakers Tip O'Neill, Sam Rayburn and others, as well as stars from the fields of sports and entertainment including Lawrence Welk, Clint Eastwood, Vince Lombardi, Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford to name a few.
The members of this lodge are proud of our heritage and our commitment to the community. We invite like minded individuals to join us in carrying out our charitable works. To qualify you must be an American citizen and you must believe in God. Although we are a private organization, we'll be glad to inform the general public of our charitable programs and our values. Perhaps you'll find yourself wanting to join us and help give something back to the community. We invite you to come by the lodge and see for yourself what we have to offer. Or click on the "Contact Us" button and send us an email. We would be glad to answer any questions you have.
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Who are the Elks?
Elks are community. No matter where you go in the country, an Elks Lodge is right around the corner. With more than 770,000 members and 1,800 Lodges nationwide, Elks are providing charitable services that help build stronger communities.