Events

NEW! Check out our new calendar page where you can make reservations for weekly dinners and events at Chico Lodge 423.
Online Elks Membership Application - Register on the Elks.org website so you can use the online application to propose new members into the Elks.
Wine & Art Festival

Mon 20, 2016

Wine & Art Festival

The Chico Elks Lodge #423 in coordination with the Butte Humane Society present Wine & Art Festival 2016 – “A Toast to the Animals!” When: Saturday, June 25th from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Where: Chico Elk’s Lodge #423 – 1705 Manzanita Ave, Chico, California What: A fe...
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Hot August Day Car Show and Barbecue 2016

Sun 19, 2016

Hot August Day Car Show and Barbecue 2016

CHICO ELKS LODGE 423 PRESENTS OUR 13th Annual HOT AUGUST DAY CAR SHOW AND BARBECUE Saturday, August 20, 2015 SHOWTIME: 8 am to 3 pm Awards Presentation 3 pm at the CHICO ELKS LODGE PICNIC AREA, 1705 Manzanita Ave. Chico. Co-sponsored with Sierra View Region of the VCCA (V...
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Father’s Day BBQ June 19, 2016

Sun 19, 2016

Father’s Day BBQ June 19, 2016

The Chico Elks Lodge 423 is having a FATHER’S DAY BBQ JUNE 19TH, BBQ IS SERVED AT 11:30AM Purchase tickets by June 13th online at Ticketleap.com or call 530-343-1431 $15 (12-adult) & $8 (ages 5-11) Menu For the Adults: Ribs & Chicken For the Kids: Hamburgers &...
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Canceled: Rib Cook Off June 11, 2016

Sat 11, 2016

Canceled: Rib Cook Off June 11, 2016

This event has been canceled. The Chico Elks Lodge 423 will be holding it’s 2nd annual Rib Cook Off on June 11, 2016. This event is open to the public. All lodges in our district are encouraged to participate. Teams are limited to 5 members. Exact judging requiremen...
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Yard Sale June 11, 2016

Sat 11, 2016

Yard Sale June 11, 2016

The Chico Elks Ladies and the Chico Elks Lodge 423 will be hosting a yard sale on our back lawn on June 11th starting at 7am. This yard sale is open to the public. The same day the Chico Elks Lodge 423 will be holding its second annual Barbecue Rib Cook Off. so come out.....
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New Member BBQ May 26, 2016

Sun 15, 2016

New Member BBQ May 26, 2016

The Chico Elks Lodge 423 will be hold a New Member Barbeque on Thursday May 26th at 6:30pm. This is where we grill our new members and hold there toes to the coals. – just kidding New members who were initiated between November 2015, through May 2016 and a guest, wi...
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About Us

The Chico Elks Lodge #423 is located at 1705 Manzanita Avenue in Chico California. Our Lodge facilities 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.

Our 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.

Our 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.

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 story of Elkdom

Recent Events in Elkdom

Membership

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.

Online Application

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.

The Order of Elks is dedicated to the youth of our communites, Veterans Services, furtherance of Americanism and many other Benevolent activities.

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.

<h1>Our Mission</h1>
<p>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. </p>
<p><br>
</p>
<h1>Who are the Elks?</h1>
<p>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.</p>
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</p>
<h1>Elks in the News</h1>
<p><u><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-03-15-elks_x.%0Ahtm" target="_blank">USA Today</a></u></p>
<p><br>
</p>
<h1>Membership</h1>
<p>The works of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
are well known throughout the United States.&nbsp;
Organized on February 16,1886, the Elks are the largest
American Benevolent Organization in the United States and
its Territories.</p>
<p><br>
</p>
<p>The Order of Elks is dedicated to Service to our
communities and our Country.</p>
<p><br>
</p>
<p>The Order of Elks is a Charitable Order and is dedicated
to helping those who are less fortunate and in need.</p>
<p><br>
</p>
<p>The Order of Elks is dedicated to the youth of our
communites, Veterans Service, furtherance of Americanism
and many other Benevolent activities.</p>
<p><br>
</p>
<p>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 belog to the
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United
States of America.</p>
<p><br>
</p>
<p>If you live in the Chico California area and are
interested in becoming a member of the Chico Elks Lodge
#423 please visit the <a href="http://www.chicoelks.org/Contact-Us.php">Contact-Us</a> 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.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp;
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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".
Tightwad Tuesday

Chef's Choice
Every Tuesday at 6:30pm

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS

Buffet Dinner
Third Wednesday of the month is a Steak Dinner

THURSDAY NIGHTS

Buffet Dinner

FRIDAY NIGHTS - TGIF!
4-7pm
Small Plates Menu
Drink Specials in the Lounge
Menu items are served with salad bar

Saturday and Sunday (Calendar Permiting) Members Only Lounge

Open 2pm - 6pm

Lodge Facilities

Manzanita PlaceThe 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

Manzanita Place
530 343-5617
http://www.manzanitaplacechico.com .

  • Seating up to 650
  • Beautiful Grounds for Outside Weddings
  • Experienced Friendly Staff
  • Personalized Menus
  • Full Service Catering
  • Full Service Kitchen with Dishware, Glassware, Silverware & Linens

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.

Lodge History

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.

The Jolly Corks
The Jolly Corks

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.

Chico Fire HouseThe 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 Majestic Theatre El Rey Theatre Chico Elks Lodge BPOEthe 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

Chico Elks Lodge 423 Flag Day

Contact Us

Contact the Chico Elks Lodge #423
1705 Manzanita Ave.
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 343-1431 (Office)
(530) 343-0119 (Fax)

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