Fri 14, 2016
Halloween Bash, Oct 28, 2016The Chico Elks Lodge #423 Presents our annual Elk's Halloween Bash! Monster Mash for Charity Proceeds to Benefit the Chico Elks Lodge #423 Charities, the Elks National Foundation and the Elks Veterans Memorial Trust Fund. Friday October 28th from 8pm-12am This is a charit...
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Fri 14, 2016
Veteran’s Day November 11 2016The Chico Elks Lodge #423 will be holding it’s annual Veteran’s Day Celebration and Memorial in conjunction with various Chico Veterans Organizations. The Lodge will be open at 10am and Services will start at 11am. For more information check for updates to thi...
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Fri 14, 2016
Italian Night Nov 12, 2016Italian Night Purple Pig Fundraiser Dinner November 12th, 2016 Live Music by Jazz Satie Purchase Tickets by November 7th below or by calling De in the Lodge Office (530)343-1431 $20 per person or $140 for a table of 8 Menu: Bruchetta and Antipasto Ceasar Salad Family Sty...
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Fri 14, 2016
Americanism Essay Contest 2016The annual Elks Americanism Essay Contest is a program of the Elks’ Grand Lodge Fraternal Committee, this contest is for students in 5th through 8th grades and is designed to promote patriotism. “Why Is It Important to Vote?” Is the theme of this year...
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Sat 8, 2016
State President Visit Oct 14-16The North District Welcomes California-Hawaii Elks Association President Lance Erickson and First Lady Karen The Chico Elks Lodge 423 cordially invites all current Elks Members and their guests to join us in honoring our California-Hawaii Elks Association President Lance ...
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Thu 29, 2016
Family Fun Knight Oct 8 2016October 8 is the date set for this year’s Family Fun Knight, an evening of activities, games and a movie under the stars that’s been a successful family friendly event since its inception two years ago. Our movie for this year's event! "STAR WARS: the Force Awakens" will ...
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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 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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