FORT MILL ELKS LODGE #2859
Instituted - March 29, 2009

Instituted March 29th, 2009

Welcome to the Fort Mill Elks


The Institution of Fort Mill, SC #2859 was held March 29th, 2009 with the Honorable Arthur H "Jack" Frost presiding. Institution began at 2pm followed by the Initiation of 89 new members and then the Installation of Officers.

The Fort Mill Elks would like to thank the Rock Hill Elks Lodge #1318 for all their help and support in helping us establish a Lodge in Fort Mill.

Business Meetings - The 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Held at the Fort Mill Towne Tavern, Highway 160 across from Baxter Village.



We are...

  • A fraternal order with nearly a million members and a 141-year history.

  • A network of more than 2000 lodges in communities all over the country.

  • A generous charitable foundation that each year gives millions in scholarships, an inspiration to youth, a friend to veterans and more.


Our Mission

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 government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share.


Origin

The Elks organization was founded in New York City on February 16, 1868 under the name "Jolly Corks" by 15 actors, entertainers and others associated with the theater. In ensuing years, membership expanded to other professions.


Purposes

This Fraternal Order was founded "To promote and practice the four cardinal virtues of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its members; to quicken the spirit of American Patriotism and cultivate good fellowship."


Membership

The Order is a non-political, non-sectarian and strictly American fraternity. Proposal for membership in the Order is only by invitation of a member in good standing. To be accepted as a member, one must be an American citizen, believe in God, be of good moral character and be at least 21 years old.


What We Do

The Order spends more than $80,000,000 every year for benevolent, educational and patriotic community-minded programs in such fields as benefitting physically handicapped children, sponsoring Elks National Foundation scholarships, scouting, athletic teams, veterans' works, a national "Hoop Shoot" free-throw contest involving more than 3 million children, physical and occupational therapy programs and patriotic programs.


The youth of our country have always been important to the Order. It is for this reason the Elks Drug Awareness Education Program was launched to warn primary grade students and their parents of the dangers in drug use. Additionally, every lodge observes June 14th as Flag Day, a tradition which the Elks began in 1907 and was later adopted by the Congress as an official observance.

Eleven O'Clock Toast

You have heard the tolling of 11 strokes.
This is to remind you that with Elks, 

the hour of 11 has a tender significance.
Wherever Elks may roam, 

whatever their lot in life may be, when this hour tolls upon the dial of night, the great heart of Elkdom swells and throbs.
It is the golden hour of recollection, 

the homecoming of those who wander, 

the mystic roll call of those who will come no more.
Living or dead, an Elk is never forgotten, never forsaken.
Morning and noon may pass him by, 

the light of day sink heedlessly in the West, 

but ere the shadows of midnight shall fall, the chimes of memory will be pealing forth the friendly message,
"To our absent members."