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: 711 NE 100th Ave, Portland, OR 97220 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
Unfortunately the Father's Day event at the Lodge has been cancelled.
We recently held our last meeting at the "old" lodge.
Gresham has graciously offered to let us hold our June meetings at their Lodge. Our meetings will be on June 4th and June 18th. That is correct. We have received dispensation to have only two meetings next month. Our meetings will still be at 7:30pm. Dinner is served from 5pm - 7pm. June 16th, at 7:30pm, we will be joining Gresham Elks Lodge for the annual Flag Day Program. Dinner will be served from 5:30pm - 7:00pm. This is also an open meeting so invite your friends to attend.
Gresham Lodge is located at 3330 NE Division. If you will click this link, you will get a MapQuest showing their location. They are east of Gresham Golf Course, pass Kane Drive (signal lights), they are just past the intersection on your right (south side). http://mapq.st/1eBSpU1
Our Gateway Office is in the process of relocating to a temporary office trailer at the new location. Because power and telephones still need to be installed, the office will be closed for at least a week. I will send another email blast when they are ready to open their doors!
"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 250 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. Our target date to move in is June 1, 2015. If all goes as planned, by then we will have all the floors at the same elevation and most of the partition walls framed. 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!