Who Are The Elks?
The Elks Lodge was started in 1867 by a group of 15 actors and musicians as a Fraternal & Charitable Order and is now more than 140 years old. The Elks believe in acting towards their fellowman with charity, justice, brotherly love & fidelity. What a recipe for life!
The Elks are fiercely patriotic. They built the first Veteran’s Hospital in 1918 and donated it to the Government in 1923. They support the nation’s veterans and they have pledged that “so long as there are veterans, the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks will never forget them”. Our Veterans are why we are here and free today.
The Elks adopted June 14th as Flag Day in 1907 – more than 100 years ago! Flag Day was signed into law as a national holiday in 1949 by a member of the Elks, President Harry S. Truman.
The Elks believe strongly in the youth of America – our most treasured resource. Elks provide over $200 million of benevolence annually, primarily to children of America. Elks are the largest provider of scholarships in the United States. The Elks most valuable student scholarships began in 1934 and now provide more than $3 million annually in scholarships to American children.
The Texas Elks own and operate a Children’s Facility at Ottine, Texas. There a summer camp is held for a week at a time and only children with a disability are admitted at no charge. The children can go horseback riding, swimming, bowling and interact with other children with “abilities” much like their own. Counselors are on site at all times. The motto of this facility is: “Having a difference doesn’t have to make a difference”.
In addition, the Texas Elks provide funds for prostheses for children in need. These prostheses can be anything that makes a handicapped child’s life a bit better. The grants have been used for things ranging from specially equipped bikes, wheel chairs, an audio vox, a Braille reader, glasses, hearing aids and equipping a van for wheelchair accessibility.
The Beaumont Elks Lodge is dedicated to serving our community through charity and patriotism ..Become a member of the Beaumont Elks in Southeast Texas. Banquet hall rental available for weddings, receptions, corporate events, family reunions, class reunions or any other special event.