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The Elks Lodge on Lake Monona Madison, WI

The Madison Elks Lodge

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is one of the oldest and largest organizations in the United States. The BPOE was formed and organized on February 16, 1868, in New York City.

The Madison Elks Lodge received its Charter from the Grand Lodge on February 2, 1898. The Lodge is a private, key card club open only to members and their guests.

Today there are nearly 1 million members of the Elks in 2,250 local "lodges" founded throughout all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Elks members are welcome in each lodge regardless of their "home lodge." Many lodges have RV hookups offering travelers overnight hospitality. Lodges re the focal point for many community services and charitable programs that have become an Elks tradition. Early in its history, the elks supported groups such as the Salvation Army and the Red Cross. The organization has responded to every major disaster from the Seattle fire and the Johnstown flood in 1889 to the Red River flooding on 1997 to hosting "Welcome Home Parties" for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Elk's Mission

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 of the United States of America will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share.