Online Elks Membership Application - Current Elks Members can invite new members into the Elks. Former Elks members looking for reinstatement can click here for the process of reinstatement to membership.
Chico Elks Ladies Arts and Craft FaireThe Chico Elks Ladies are doing it again and this time will be the best yet! Yes, the Elks Ladies are having their 2nd Annual Fall Craft Faire and invite everyone to come and enjoy two delightful days of shopping from over 25 talented crafters who will be selling their sp...
CHEA President to visit Chico Elks Lodge 423California-Hawaii Elks Association (CHEA) President Bob Duitsman and his lovely wife Beth will be visiting the Chico Elks Lodge 423 on October 6, 2018. President Duitsman’s theme for this year is HONORING OUR PAST – EMBRACING THE FUTURE. We are privileged and honore...
Fall Fizz BrunchThe Chico Elks Lodge 423 will be having a Fall Fizz Brunch on October 14, 2018 Tickets are on sale now! Call the lodge office at 343-1431 $15 Adults $6 for Kids Please Purchase Tickets before October 5th Doors open 9:15 Food Service Starts at 9:30 Drink Specials at the Ba...
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Grand Lodge announces it’s 2018-2019 AMERICANISM ESSAY CONTEST
The Chico Elks Lodge 423 is pleased to announce that the theme for the 2018-2019 Grand Lodge Americanism Essay Contest is:
“What Makes You Proud of America”
The contest starts with local lodges, like Chico Elks Lodge 423, and progresses through district and state levels, and ends with the naming of our national winners at the B.P.O.E. Grand Lodge session in St. Louis, Missouri in July 2019.
Nationally, first-place winners in each division will receive a bronze plaque. Chico Elks Lodge 423 will honor our winners with cash awards and framed certificates. Winning students, their families and their teachers will be guests of honor at a dinner at the lodge.
The Chico Elks Lodge #423 holds monthly meetings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month with "Club Nights" being held on all other Wednesdays of each month. There are Lodge Dinners every Wednesday, as well as theme dinners almost every Tuesday and Thursday. Please call for dinner reservations at (530) 343-1431.
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.
Who are Elks?
Elks are American citizens who enjoy living life by the golden rule and contributing to the lives and well-being of those around them. We guide ourselves through life with strong morals and a great love of our fellow man, always adhering to the founding principals of our order; Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity.
What is Elkdom?
The works of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks are well known throughout the United States. Organized on February 16,1886, the Elks are the largest American Benevolent Organization in the United States and its Territories.
If you are already a member and would like to recommend an upstanding American citizen for membership please visit the Elks.org website Online Membership Application to invite a friend to join!
Service to Country and Community
The Order of Elks is dedicated to Service to our communities and our Country.The Order of Elks is a Charitable Order and is dedicated to helping those who are less fortunate and in need.
Upon attaining membership in our Order, you will become part of a National Organization, with a membership of well over a million American Citizens, from every prominent city of our Country, who are respected Citizens in their communities and are proud to say that they belong to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America.
If you live in the Chico California area and are interested in becoming a member of the Chico Elks Lodge #423 please visit the Contact-Us page and give us a call or send us a message and we will be glad to provide more information and a Membership Application to you. If you do not live in the Chico California area it is very likely that there is an Elks Lodge near you that would appreciate your membership. Please visit the http://www.elks.org/lodges/ to find the Elks Lodge near you.
Weekly Dinners at the Lodge
- Weekly Dinners are for any Elks Lodge Member and their guests unless otherwise noted.
- Reservations are required, please call (530) 343-1431 or visit our calendar page to make reservations online
- Reservations must be in by 4 PM the previous afternoon
- We cook meals based on reservations - so it's usually "no reservations, no dinner".
Every Tuesday at 6:30pm
Third Wednesday of the month is a Steak Dinner
FRIDAY NIGHTS - TGIF!
Small Plates Menu
Drink Specials in the Lounge
Menu items are served with salad bar
The Chico Elks Lodge has Chico’s largest full-service event venue, banquet and conference center, Manzanita Place. Offering full-service in-house catering, full-service bar and kitchen including a friendly, experienced staff for all your event venue needs.
For your seminar, wedding reception or reunion contact
Our Lodge facilities also include an outdoor picnic pavilion with bar-b-ques, volleyball, horseshoes and restroom facilities.
We have a 15 Space RV Park with hook-ups, space available for Elks Members Only.
Plenty of on site parking for events.
The Origin of the Order of Elks
Founded in 1868, The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is one of the oldest and largest fraternal organizations in the United States and American Countries. Strange as it may seem, credit for the founding of the Order of Elks really belongs to an Englishman who was never, himself, a member of the Order. Charles Algernon Sidney Vivian, a professional vocalist, actor and comedian who came to New York City from London, England, was the central figure around whom gathered a few members of the theatrical profession. Their first meeting place was a boarding house operated at 188 Elm Street, New York City, by a Mrs. Giesman; and it was a popular place. The male stars of the profession made it their rendezvous. Charles Vivian was an extremely colorful entertainer and attracted many friends who enjoyed hanging out with him. It didn’t take long for those who regularly congregated at Mrs. Geisman’s on Sunday afternoons to resolve themselves into an organization, a loosely knit one, it is true, but nevertheless, an organization. According to all records I’ve studied, this occurred early in 1867.
Because a clever cork trick executed by Charles Vivian became the principal ritual in a hilarious initiatory program, the members, by mutual understanding but informally, named their entertaining order the “Jolly Corks.” Soon the members found benevolence creeping into their activities and taking a more and more commanding part in their attitudes toward their fellow man and each other. About this time George W. Thompson, Thomas G. Riggs and G. F. McDonald became “Jolly Corks.” Brother McDonald offered a resolution that “we organize for benevolent purposes and that a committee be appointed to draft a constitution, by-laws, and a ritual, then to select a name for their organization. After some opposition and debate, the resolution was adopted and Thompson, McDonald, Riggs, Billy Shepherd and L. Bowren were given the responsibility. From several suggested titles, they selected the “Elks” and on February 16, 1868, by a majority of a single vote, the name “Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks” was adopted. The ritual proposed by the committee was accepted and remained in force until 1893 when a new ritual was adopted by the Grand Lodge in session then assembled at Detroit, Michigan. In spite of the new Benevolent organization, the “Jolly Corks” continued in active existence until at least 1869; probably longer, though there appears to be no record of its activities after that time. Charles Vivian never claimed to be an Elk; never claimed to be the founder of the organization, and it was not until eight years after his death that the claim was made for him. He ended up in Leadville, Colorado, which was his final resting place. On March 28, 1860, application was made to the State Legislature of New York for the issuance of a formal legal charter for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. It was refused. An application was then made to Supreme Court and was granted. The Grand Lodge was created early in 1871. The first Grand Exalted Ruler was Brother George J. Green. Immediately afterward, New York Lodge asked for a charter. It was granted and New York Lodge became No. 1. Two days later Philadelphia asked for a charter. It became Lodge No. 2. in 1876, San Francisco was granted charter No. 3; Chicago No. 4; Cincinnati No. 5; and Sacramento No. 6. in 1898, later that year Chico Lodge #423 was the 8th Lodge chartered in the State of California.
The Chico Elks Lodge #423 Established in 1898
The first meetings of the Chico Elks Lodge were held in a meeting hall located upstairs in the firehouse located at 177 East 2nd Street which is now Panama Bar Cafe. Many years later the Chico Elks Lodge commissioned and built the theatre building which is currently the El Rey Theatre in Chico, located at 230 West 2nd Street. The Lodge rented out the first floor theatre while they maintained lodge facilities in the floors above. When it was apparent that the automobile was here to stay it was decided that the lodge needed some parking facilities and again many years later commissioned and built the building which is located at 330 Wall Street. In the 1970’s the lodge was busting at the seams and needed an even larger facility to accommodate the increasing membership. A forward thinking member of the lodge donated the property the lodge is currently occupying. In 1972 ground was broken on our current facilities and in 1998 we celebrated our Centennial Year.
Read more in our history blog
Contact the Chico Elks Lodge #423
1705 Manzanita Ave.
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 343-1431 (Office)
(530) 343-0119 (Fax)
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