About the Elks
Elks Share Because Elks Care
Elks Lodges bring so much more to their communities than just a building, access to a local lake or access to four wheeler trails. They are places where neighbors come together, families share meals, and children grow up.
Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, meet the needs of today's veteran's, and improve the quality of life.
Here are some of the things Palmer Elks Lodge #1842 do:
- We provide meals for the Fisher House located on Joint Base Elmendorf-Ft Richardson (JBER). Our volunteers cook a home cooked meal for the guests as they strive to deal with medical issues that have brought them to the hospital at JBER.
- We support many local charitable organizations such as Alaska Healing Hearts, Hard Water Warriors, and the Christmas Friendship Dinner through direct donations, volunteer time, grants, and general supplies.
- We provide scholarships to deserving students within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.
Our Mission Statement
We are the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America, which is a fraternal organization. We strive to inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love, and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share
- A fraternal organization with nearly a million members and 150-year history
- A network of nearly 2000 lodges in communities all over the country
- A generous charitable foundation that each year gives millions in scholarships, and inspiration to youth, a friend to veterans and more.
The Elks organization was founded in New York City on Feb 16, 1861 under the name "Jolly Corks" by 15 actors, entertainers and others associated with the theater. In the ensuing years, membership expanded to other professions.
This Fraternal Order was founded "To promote and practice the four cardinal virtues of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love, and Fidelity; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its members; to quicken the spirit of American Patriotism and cultivate good fellowship."
The Order is a non-political, non-sectarian and strictly American fraternity. Proposal for membership in the Order is only by invitation of a member in good standing. To be accepted as a member, one must be an American citizen, believe in God, be of good moral character and be at least 21 years old.
What We Do
The Order spends more than $80,000,000 every year for benevolent, educational and patriotic community-minded programs in such fields as benefitting special needs children, sponsoring Elks National Foundation Scholarships, scouting, athletic teams, veteran's works, a national "Hoop Shoot" free-throwing contest involving more than 3 million children, physical and occupational therapy programs and patriotic programs.
Palmer Elks Lodge #1842
The Palmer Elks Lodge started on 21 October 1951 and was chartered by Grand Lodge on 17 July 1952. The original meeting location is now the Mat-Su Borough office building and the former territorial school building. The lodge has also met at the old Palmer Fair grounds in what is now the Pioneer Home in Palmer. After that, the lodge conducted their meetings in the building that is now the Klondike's Dance Hall and Saloon. In 1954, a new lodge was built on Evergreen St in Palmer and stayed there until 1996 when the lodge purchased Barry's Resort on Finger Lake at its current location.
As the lodge has grown and evolved, we now have just a little over 800 members at the lodge and it is the largest lodge in the state by membership. We are actively supporting numerous charitable organizations throughout the Matanuska-Susitna Borough to bring relief, aid, and comfort to those in need.