New Egypt Elks
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Welcome to the New Egypt Elks....
"The Friendliest Lodge In The Southwest District"
Serving the Community for Almost 30 years.
After more than a quarter of a century, the New Egypt Elks Lodge #2457 BPOE, is still going strong.
LET'S TAKE A LOOK BACK......The New Egypt group began building in May, 1977, on nine acres which was purchased on Lakewood Road. After months of building, the Elks celebrated the opening of the Lodge with a New Year's Eve party in December of the same year.
The charter/founding members included the first 150 members of the New Egypt Lodge. A plaque in the Lodge names Donal Mallow as chairman and Joseph Layton, Frank Paschal, and John Yorke as committee members.
In 1971, with the help of Clarance Little from the Hightstown Lodge, plans began for the establishment of a lodge in New Egypt. These interested began meeting at Rova Farms, the Catholic Church and rented the firehouse to work out the details of forming as a Lodge.
After six years of planning, the group was finally granted a chart with Robert E. Tilghman serving as their very first Exalted Ruler. At the same time, the wives who helped out the founding members, formed the Elk Mates.
The birth of the Order of Elks goes back much further than 25 years. The organization first began as the "Jolly Corks: and was lead by London born comic, singer and dance, Charles Vivian . Although first congregating for their own amusement, the Jolly Corks, a group of artists and thespians, decided to dedicate the group to helping the needy. This idea first began when one of the Jolly Corks died leaving his wife and children alone.
On February 16, 1868, in New York City, the Jolly Corks formed the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, lead by Mr. Vivian. As social activities and benefit performances increased, the popularity of the group swept across the country. Soon, groups from other cities were requesting permission to form their own Lodges.
The Elks then asked the New York State Legislature for a Charter that would allow the Grand Lodge to establish Lodges anywhere in the United States. The Charter was granted and on March 10, 1871, the founding group received the first local charter as New York Lodge No.1.
Throughout history, the spirit of the Elks is evident. During World War I, the Elks funded the first two field hospitals in France and also built a 72-room community house in Camp Sherman, Ohio. They also built a 700-bed rehabilitation hospital in Boston and raised money for the Salvation Army's frontline Canteens.
The Elks continued in World War II and was one of the only civilian organizations who helped recruit construction workers and contributed books to the Merchant Marines.
During the Korean conflict, the Elks donated more than 500,000 pints of blood to help wounded soldiers and also donated money for a recreation pavilion at the Navy Hospital on Guam, for casualties of the Vietnam War.
Even more recently, the Elks showed their dedication during Operation Desert Storm by writing letters to help build the morale of the soldiers. And still today, the New Egypt Elks continue the tradition and uphold the four cardinal virtues of the Lodge....Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity
Times have changed since its installation all those years ago. Now is a time when technology rules and computers set the pace, the Elks spirit of dedication to the community remains constant. The Lodge is dedicated to service to the community; specifically handicapped children and veterans. It sponsors community activities such as food basket donations to the needy, scholarships for high school students and many other charitable functions.
Current Exalted Ruler, Mary Schoettmer states "We want to rekindle friendships old and new and continue to build from the foundation on which this Order was created".
The Elk, a peaceful animal, will rise in defense of its own in the face of a threat.
The Elk represents a distinctly American, intensely patriotic, and family oriented brotherhood.
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