On May 11, 1927 the first meeting was held in the new Elks Lodge located at 260 Washington Street in East Stroudsburg. 47 candidates were elected to membership on that date and the order was founded to practice the four cardinal virtues of Charity, Justice, Love and Fidelity: to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its membership; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism and to cultivate good fellowship. The BPO Elks is a strictly American fraternity that is nonpolitical and non-sectarian and their membership is diverse. The Elks conduct vast programs of benevolent, educational and patriotic works. Scholarships are awarded annually to thousands of young people who demonstrate outstanding qualities of leadership.
The rich architecture of The Lodge represents the spirit and tradition of the organization and is available to the public to rent for special events. Their virtues are prominently displayed on each wall of The Grand Hall, which seats up to 200 guests. The Central Hall on the first floor can seat 150 guests and has a fireplace above which hangs the famous painting by Cullen Yates, “Elk in the Moonlight”. A second painting by Cullen Yates is also on display in the dining room, which was donated to the Lodge by the LaBar family. Downstairs houses The Esquire Bar, which has a private bar and bathroom and an area for entertaining. The Bowling Alley and game room include four bowling lanes, a pool table, foosball table and private bar. They are located on the lower levels and are perfect for bachelor parties, private parties and game nights. With its’ full kitchen and ample working room throughout, the Elks Lodge is set perfectly for guests to have their events catered by an outside vendor of their choice.
In addition to private parties and weddings, The Elks Lodge hosts many charitable organizations throughout the year. The Flag Day ceremony is assisted by Cub Scout Troop 85 and the 9/11 ceremony is assisted by the Monroe County Joint Honor Guard. The A. Mitchell Palmer awards dinner recognizes a community leader for their long term and significant contributions in the field of law, public safety or community service. (A. Mitchell Palmer was a chartered member of our Lodge and served as Attorney General under President Woodrow Wilson).
For the past 50 years, The Lodge has hosted a Christmas Party for the clients of Burnley Workshop. Each November a “Toys for Joy” spaghetti dinner is held to kick off the Holiday Season, which is sponsored by the Pocono Record and benefits the less fortunate families in our community. The Veterans for the Wilkes-Barre VA hospital are guests for lunch, bingo and bowling several times during the year.
Each year, The Elks Each present dictionaries to the entire third grade class of Stroudsburg. Joining with the Street 2 Feet program The Elks provide lunches and clients with bus passes and gift cards. In August they team up with Big Brother/Big Sisters and Pocono Alliance to provide Backpacks to children in our community.
Karla Malanga worked with the Lodge on designing the lay-out for this article and is planning the first Wedding Sampling event to take place at the Lodge on April 15, 2018 from 12 PM – 5:00 PM. There will be assorted vendors and caterers set up for you to explore their talents. Special Events supplied the linens and is the main vendor for linens, china and tents.
Where: East Stroudsburg Elks Lodge #319 260 Washington St, East Stroudsburg, PA
Date: April 15, 2018
Time: 12 PM -5:00 PM
Cost: Free admission with preregistration – $10.00
Contact Karla Malanga to register for this event by phoning 570-401-3958