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Come May 11, Lincoln City will be home to the newest Elks Lodge in Oregon, and there’s still time to become a charter member.

“For more than 150 years, the Elks have had a history of helping make their communities a better place to live,” said H.E. “Topper” Gamester. “There are more than 1,800 lodges throughout the United States, and many of these lodges have been in existence for many years. So, this is a rare opportunity to become a founding member of a new lodge.”

Gamester is chair of the organization committee that is spearheading the effort to reopen a local Elks lodge, after the closure of the Oceanlake Elks Lodge about five years ago.

Membership of this non-political organization is open to any US citizen over the age of 21. While social activity is a large part of being an Elk, even more important is showing compassion for others through a variety of programs aimed at helping children grow up healthy and drug-free, meeting the needs of veterans and improving the quality of life for everyone. For information about the organization’s many charitable, educational and patriotic programs, go to Elks.org.

The new Lincoln City lodge, No. 1886, has gone through all the formal procedures to gain approval from the Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, including securing a potential location.

The formal institution ceremony is planned for Saturday, May 11, at 1 pm at Chinook’s Seafood Grill, with national and state Elk officials in attendance. The institution ceremony will be followed by the initiation of candidates for membership and the election and installation of officers.

People interested in becoming a charter member of Lincoln City Elks Lodge No. 1886 can fill out an application and must pay at least half of the annual dues of $111. For more information, call Gamester at 541-921-7287.

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