The Kamloops Elks Lodge 44 is 90 years old as of April 10.
The Lodge was instituted in 1920 and was renting space for meetings until 1927 when it built its home on Fourth Avenue and Seymour Street. They were honoured by the presence of their national representative Jim McLeod and the B.C. Elks Association first vice-president Deb Sallenback.
During the last 90 years the Lodge has donated to many charities in the community with special regard to children with speech and hearing problems. In the past several years this has amounted to about $12,000 per year.
A little-known fact about the Elks of Canada is its annual contribution in volunteer hours and cash donations to various charities that amounts to some $20 million per year. This includes the Family Hearing Resource Centre in Surrey started 25 years ago by the B.C. Elks Association.
The association, which includes all Elks lodges in B.C., owns children's camps in Salmon Arm, Prince George, Aldergrove and on Denman Island just south of Comox. These are free camps to any organized group of children under the age of 18 and all are equipped for children and adults with special needs.
Membership has become a concern for the Elks, especially in the 30- to 50-year age group. Anyone wishing to join the Elks is asked to contact Kamloops Elks Lodge #44 at 372-2737 or 573-4632. Women are welcome.