We are honored to have you visit our website. We hope that you will take the time to explore the site and to gain an understanding of what it is to be a modern member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Find out who we are, what we are, what we do and how you might join our charitable fraternal organization!
The Order of Elks is distinctly American. It is a national, charitable organization founded on the principals of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity. Here in Oregon our two primary children's charities are the Camp Meadowood Springs and the Elks Children's Eye Clinic, part of the Oregon Health and Science University. Through the Elks National Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Order, we offer local and national scholarship programs. We also offer other Youth Programs such as the Teenager of the Month Awards, Elks Drug Awareness Program, and the Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest. Our Veterans are very important to the Elks. The BPOE Elks offer services to our veterans, such as the Elks National Veterans Service Commission, and grants to maintain the Elks Veterans Memorial in Chicago.
Our Lodge here in the Parkrose district of Portland is just one of many across the State of Oregon, ,and across our great Nation... all of which are committed to the same goals. As a member of the Order, you are welcome in any of the over 2100 such Lodges in the contiguous 48 states, Hawaii, and Alaska. A definite plus if you're traveling for business or pleasure as Elks tend to treat each other like extended family.
We hope that after viewing our site you may have a better understanding of today's Elks and you may even be interested in joining our Order and helping us with our worthy causes. And lest you think we are all work and no play, take a look at our Lodge Calendar and our Entertainment Section! And check back often! The site is on-going and new photos and articles will be posted frequently.
If you're in our area, please drop in and ask for a tour of our Lodge. Visitors are always welcome. And if you're anywhere else in the country, check the phone book and contact the Lodge nearest you.
Getting To Know Gateway Elks
Who Are We?
- Gateway Elks Lodge #2411 is an American organization comprised of citizens of the United States of America twenty one years of age and over that promotes a culture of mutual respect.
- Gateway Elks Lodge #2411 celebrates the diversity of its membership and utilizes their talents and energy to foster the charitable works of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.
- Gateway Elks Lodge #2411 provides a safe environment free of discrimination and harassment.
- The members of Gateway Elks Lodge #2411 value the distinct contributions of all our members and require that they refrain from any action or deed that may be in conflict with this declaration.
Mission Statement: 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 governance. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America serves their communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share.
Why Join Gateway Elks?
Our members join for many reasons. For some, it's the privilege of joining a fraternity with no degrees of membership - everyone has the same rights and privileges. And for others, it's about giving back to the community or helping those in need. Gateway Elks is a charitable organization and through Lodge activities, we raise money to help those less fortunate. Our events range from picnics and dinners to dances, bingo and hamburger cookouts. If you feel the need to help members of our community, you can make a difference at Gateway Elks Lodge! Join us and become part of one the finest private fraternal organizations in America!
What Do We Do?
As Gateway Elks Lodge celebrates its 45th year, we are proud to continue our outstanding record of community support through our charitable programs. Our State Major Project is the Elks Children's Eye Clinic located in the Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health Science University. In addition we support Camp Meadowood in Pendleton, Oregon.
From our first efforts supporting our Nation's veterans during World War I until today, the Elks have promised that "so long as there are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them." Youth programs include the annual Hoop Shoot, Scholarships for graduating high school seniors, Student of the Month, holiday activities and much more.
Our success is the result of our Members contributing their time and experience. It's all of us working together to make a difference in people's lives. It's simple: "We are here to make good things happen for other people" and we have fun doing it!
So, pick up the phone and call the Lodge at: 503-255-6535 or stop by the Lodge at: 16321 SE Stark St., Portland, OR 97233 and ask for Judy, then tell her Gene sent you. Looking forward to meeting YOU!
Lodge, Committees, and Charities!
Gateway Elks Lodge #2411
Officers for the Year 2015 - 2016
PER Jim Schuermyer
Esteemed Leading Knight
Esteemed Loyal Knight
Esteemed Lecturing Knight
says, "We have a temporary office !!"
Office Hours: Monday through Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Mark Your Calendars and Check Your Pantries!! Christmas in October has arrived!
Ever wonder just how Santa gets it all done every year? He starts early! The time is fast approaching that we will be lining up the ingredients needed for our Christmas Charity Baskets.
The fresh items need to be purchased at the last minute, but there are many items that can be picked up as we make our regular trips to the grocery store. Below is a list of the non-perishable goods that can be donated between now and December.
Can’t get to the grocery store? Not sure what they need more of? Cash donations can be sent to the office or given directly to Bob Kennedy or George Haston.
Contact Bob Kennedy @ or George Haston @ for donation collection details.
For the most up to date information on your Lodge, call the Office @ 503.255.6535. Drop by the office @ 16321 SE Stark, during business hours, and give Judy your email so you can receive updates on a random but regular basis.
"A New Lodge In The Making"
... to quote our newest Exalted Ruler. "I am truly excited about the new Lodge and I'm not the only one. In the first week of remodel our members put in over (too many to count) hours of hard work. Repurposing a former restaurant into a first rate Elks Lodge is no easy task but we are up to the challenge. I am going to ask for your patience as this can't be done overnight. There are permits to be gotten, inspections to pass and Fire Marshals to satisfy. We will be a construction zone for months to come. Again, patience. Remember, the architect who looked at the building was going to have crews of full time professional workers on the job and would take until the end of the year to be done. That was also going to cost three times our budget. When we are done I believe we will have a Lodge of which we can be very proud."
"I hope you will stop by on any Saturday morning, 9 till 10:30 to check out our progress. The building committee has worked very hard to find our new location and deserves a friendly pat on the back. I am grateful for all their hard work, much of which was behind the scenes."
The Membership Dues Notice is now available to you for download. Please click here to view and print your form.
Secretaries Notes: It's that time again, to send in your dues and this year it is very important for you to renew your membership in Gateway Elks. We have sold our building and property and are close to finding a new location and building a new Lodge. Our enthusiasm is building and our members are once again getting involved. Be sure you are a part of the new Gateway, growing toward the future. Come on in or give us a call, the office is open Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM The dues notice is in this month's Gatepost and in the office.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Lodge Secretary, Judy Veazey.
To find out how you can become a member, please click here ... or ask one of our officers! Stop by our Lodge during normal business hours (Monday - Friday from 10am - 4pm) to take a tour!
Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program!
You can now link your Fred Meyer rewards card to Camp Meadowood Springs through their Community Rewards Program. Our first check from Fred Meyers was $44.00. Our second check was $61.16 and with your help we could do even better. So please take a few minutes right now (since you are on your internet connected device) to link your Rewards Card to Camp Meadowood Springs. This will not affect your other rewards.
Just follow these easy steps:
- Go to Fred Meyer's website (click here)
- Put in your log in credentials to sign into the site
- Enter in "Camp Meadowood Springs" into the search box and click the 'search' button
- Click on the "Camp Meadowood Springs" button next the their name
- Click "Enroll"
Please note that you must have your preferred store selected in order for this to work as shown above.
Now give yourself an ATTA BOY or ATTA GIRL!
ELKS CARE ~ ELKS SHARE !
Thanks from your Meadowood Committee
A *NEW* Elks Children's Eye Clinic
Ground breaking is set to be July 2017
Gateway Elks Lodge is not the only place under construction... "A new freestanding Elks Children's Eye Clinic will be made possible through a $15 million dollar commitment from the Elks Youth Eye Service and $5 million in gifts from individual Elks members."
Coming Your Way This Month !
Unless noted otherwise, all Lodge events are
open to Elks and their guests only.
To view a larger image of the event, just click on
Month of October
MONDAY NIGHT MEADOWOOD BURGERS
STARTED ON SEPTEMBER 14th !!!
Your Camp Meadowood Committee will be serving up their WORLD FAMOUS hamburgers !!
From 5pm to 7pm
$6.50 includes the hamburger,
salad du jour, chips and beans (what a deal!!)
Soda and Adult Beverages will be available
Have I ever mention to anyone I love the fall. The rain is back, the air smells so clean, and the forest fires are being put out. But what I love most about fall is I get to turn in all the hats we have made to Doernbecher Children's Hospital. We have reached our goal for this year again of over 1500 hats, and they will be leaving my front room next month. If you would ever like to see where all your yarn donations have gone, give me a call and I'll let you stop by to see. I have been blessed with a wonderful group of ladies. I think every one of them for their hard work. This has never been about what we can accomplish but what we get back to the community.
Every hat we have turned in has a little tag on it. On one side it reads “Donated by Gateway Elks Lodge # 2411 Knitting and Crocheting Social on behalf of the Betty Hise Foundation for Cancer”. And on the other side it reads “we support the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and Mountain State Tumor Institute of Idaho for Cancer Research. We are hoping that our tags allow people to recognize the Elks and what we stand for.
Thank you for all your donations and your support. I feel this is a good cause.
If you have some time on your hands and would like to be involved in a worthwhile committee please come any Tuesday at 10am at the location noted above. There are knitters, and ladies who crochet who would love to share their knowledge with you. If you don't feel that is your calling you can always try the loom. I have a few looms I would loan out.
Thank you from all of us,
The Gateway Elks Betty Hise knitting and crocheting social provides yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, and someone to show you what to do with all this. This is for those that wish to help with making the hats that get donated to Doernbecher Children's Hospital. We also accept donations of yarn. If you are interested in attending this knitting social just to learn to knit or crochet, we do that too! We even have a collection of easy knitting and crocheting patterns that you can borrow along with some that we will give to you. All we ask is that you bring your own knitting/crocheting tools… as those we do not supply. You also are not required to make hats at this knitting social. You are very welcome to work on your own projects.
The Gateway Elks Lodge knitting social provides yarn to those that wish to help with making the hats that get donated to Doernbecher Children's Hospital. We also accept donations of yarn here too. If you are interested in attending this knitting social just to learn to knit or crochet, we do that too! We even have a collection of easy knitting and crocheting patterns that you can borrow. All we ask is that you bring your own knitting/crocheting tools…as those we do not supply. You also are not required to make hats at this knitting social. You are very welcome to work on your own projects.
For more information please call Mary Gast at .
Donations of acrylic or cotton yarn and fleece fabric is greatly appreciated.
You don't have to be an Elk or an Elkette to attend. Anyone may attend and all are encouraged to bring friends along as guests. There are no fees for this social and you may bring your own projects. Beginners are always welcome! Help with knitting and crocheting is available.
Donations of acrylic or cotton yarn and fleece fabric is greatly appreciated.
~~~ ATTENTION ALL QUILTERS!!! ~~~
Our lodge quilting group is back to stitching!
The first meeting room in the new building is available for use. The lighting is not great (yet) so we will not be sewing there, but gathering things together so we can finish them at home. New members are always welcome and no sewing experience is needed. We have lots of jobs you can do!
We will again be meeting on Tuesdays, beginning September 1st. The time has changed from our original slot of 11am to 3pm over to 1pm to 3pm. We will be focusing on finishing the quilts we pieced before we moved. I would love to have a big pile of them done before the Eye Clinic Open House on October 3rd!
Hope to see you there!
A Little About the Committee:
We work on both charity quilts and our own projects. Don't know how to sew? No problem. We have many experienced members who can help you. Hands not up to cutting the fabric? Again, we have people who can help you with that.
We have made quilts for the Veterans and could use some help getting quilts done for the Elks Casey Eye Clinic.
We are still in need of a couple of older sewing machines, so we don't need to bring the ones from home. Those old Singers and Kenmores (the really heavy ones) hiding in the back of your closet are great for piecing quilts.
The Tuesday Quilting group has donated many quilts over the last year. In August, they donated a lap size quilt for the Meadowood Auction. They also gave one to the Veteran's committee that was raffled off at the Veterans Party on November 10th. And in November, one was raffled off at the Turkey Shoot.
We have many more quilts in the works for the eye clinic and other needy organizations. Come join us! Sewing is not required.
Drop by any Tuesday from 1-3. We would love to show you what we are working on.
Quilting Committee Chairman