Elks celebrate their 75th anniversary
Penn Yan Elks Lodge #1722 celebrates 75 years of service to our community
PENN YAN – The Penn Yan Elks Lodge will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its founding on September 10 with a fun afternoon, from 1 to 5 p.m., with lots of food and entertainment. Free for Lodge members, tickets are only $10 for everyone else.
• Menu includes roast pork, hot dogs and burgers from Three Rivers Hots, salads from Wagner’s Restaurant and ice cream from Seneca Farms.
• Black Robin Band will play fun music.
• Wine and beer will be available for purchase with Vineyard View selling their wine and Climbing Bines and Laurentide Beer Company selling their beers.
• There will also be some games to play.
Anyone interested in joining the party is asked to come to the lodge during opening hours to purchase a ticket; or to reserve tickets and pay on the day of the event, email [email protected] or call the lodge at 315-536-7313.
How have the Elks served the community for 75 years?
During the 75 years of existence, the principles of brotherly love, charity, justice and fidelity of the Elks have been applied to community service of all kinds. They estimate that the lodge has donated over $3 million and over 250,000 volunteer hours to the community. Each year, they donate to over 50 local organizations, including all youth sports programs, food pantries, museums, the Yates County Humane Society, Boys & Girls State, and many other nonprofits. profit-making that affects all aspects of the community. Over the past 13 years they have given away over $300,000 in local scholarships. The Elks also host dinners for veterans, seniors, children, and law enforcement.
The Elks support veterans in many ways. They provided some veterans with tablets during Covid so they could keep in touch with their support groups and medical staff. Each year they support the Middlesex VFWWounded Warrior Big Game Hunt and also send veterans to the Golden Age Games.
Fifth graders receive a picnic lunch at Keuka Lake State Park, a boat ride on Seneca Lake, ice cream at Seneca Farms, a trip to the movies, and a personal dictionary.
The Elks have partnered with other civic organizations to install handicap accessible playgrounds in Penn Yan and Branchport.
Every Elks Lodge nationwide observes June 14 as Flag Day, a tradition the Elks began in 1907 and was later adopted by Congress as an official observance.
What does it mean to be a moose?
The following descriptors are from the Penn Yan Elks Lodge:
• We have a strong sense of patriotism and love for our county and God. • We are an apolitical, non-sectarian, strictly American fellowship. • The civic aspect of what we do is to raise funds to give away. • There is also the social aspect of having fun with other members. • Our Lodge has grown over the years and currently has over 500 members. • We are always looking for new members to join. If anyone is interested in becoming a member, come to the September 10th birthday party or contact a member to start the process.
Who can become an Elk?
• To be accepted as a member, one must be a US citizen, believe in God, be of good character and be at least 21 years old. • The proposal for membership in the Order is made only by invitation of a member in good standing.
How did the Elks start?
While the Penn Yan Lodge was established in 1947, the first Elks Lodge was established in the late 1800s in New York City by a group of actors who called themselves “The Jolly Corks”. The story is quite funny. With everything closed on Sundays due to New York’s blue laws, the group of actors and artists wanted a place to congregate for refreshments and Sunday “fellowship.” When one of their members died, leaving his wife and children destitute, the Jolly Corks decided that in addition to good camaraderie, they needed a more sustainable organization to serve those in need. .
Key Lodge History #1722
In December 1946, a representative group of citizens of Penn Yan met with Fredrick Boeheim of Lyons, deputy for the district, to find out what steps had to be taken in order to obtain a charter for a lodge in Penn Yan. Over 500 Elks from all over New York attended the granting of the Penn Yan Lodge Charter on May 18, 1947, with a list of 80 initiates in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE).
The first Officers of Lodge #1722 were:o Exalted Sovereign: Clark Weldono First Knight: Frank Reillyo Loyal Knight: Ralph Excello Knight Lecturer: John Gilligano Esquire: Frank Erwino Chaplain: Burtice Harriso Secretary: Carlton Tierneyo Treasurer: Dan Cassettao Inner Guard: Howard Flynno Tiler: Charles Williso Administrators: Owen Hoban, Peter Pulver and Henry Carey
For the first decade of operations, the Lodge rented upstairs rooms on Elm Street for their meetings. In 1956 the Lodge purchased a building on Main Street known as “Potter Place”. Significant modifications were required to allow for a meeting room and social areas. After 30 years, the members decided it was time for a change of location when Herr Jensen’s Steamboat Restaurant went up for sale.
The Lodge is proud to have produced four Grand Exalted Sovereign District Deputies, four State Past Vice Presidents and one State President.
If you are going to
- WHAT: Penn Yan Elks Lodge #1722 celebrates 75 years of service
- WHEN: Sept. 10 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- WHERE: Penn Yan Elks Lodge No. 1722, 133 Main Street, Penn Yan
- TICKETS: $10, available at the lodge or from lodge members; to reserve tickets and pay on the day of the event, email [email protected] or call the lodge at 315-536-7313.