Benevolent and Proctective Order of Elks
of the United State of America
Community Based with a National Reach
The Elks prides itself as a community base organization.
The Red Hook Rhinebeck Elks Lodge is one of over 1800 Lodges and 800,000 members across the United States of America. Elks Lodges bring so much more to their communities than just a building, golf course or pool. They are places where neighbors come together, families share meals, and children grow up. Our Lodge plays its own part in the grand focus of the Elks National Organization. We have been part of this community for over 55 years doing our part of Caring and Sharing. The Elks is a community-based organization offering local scholarship, help to the needy, low-cost rental of our facilities while promoting Americanism and support for our Veterans. Red Hook Lodge has continuously reinvented itself to keep up with the technology and the growing needs of the charities we support. Please explore more of our site to see how we can better serve you.
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An Englishman, by the name of Charles Algernon Sidney Vivian born October 22, 1842, the son of a clergyman and a successful comic singer and dancer in the music halls of London, was the founder of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Many of the Elks philosophies and traditions can be traced as far back as the year 1010. Before coming to the United States, Charles was a member of a fraternal organization in England called the Royal and Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes. The Buffaloes started around 1010, and there is considerable evidence that Charles introduced many of their beliefs to the Elks, including the 11 o'clock toast.
As part of our commitment to our local communities we have many nationwide programs. Please explore some the national programs offer by the Elks.
The CIP Program invests in Elks communities through Lodge grants that help Elks meet local needs.
The Elks Hoop Shoot highlights the Elks commitment to America's youth through their annual free throw basketball contest.
The Elks are committed to their mission, “So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.”
Each state with the our organization supports its own charitable cause. NY promotes Cerebral Palsy (CP)
Every member supports the Elks National Foundation which in turn fund most charitable programs within the organization.