Elks Care, Elks Share!

Elks have been around for over 150 years.

As Elks, we invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, meet the needs of today’s veterans, and improve the quality of life.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks (BPOE) was founded on the cardinal principles of charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity. Since its inception in the late 1800's, the BPOE has grown into one of the most respected organizations in the United States, and since July 1959, the Franklin Lodge and its members have been proud to represent this organization. We are just one of over 2,200 lodges throughout the U.S. with over 1.4 million members nationally. 

As Elks We:

  • Support Patriotism

  • Educate our Youth

  • Encourage giving within our communities

  • Care for our service men and women

  • & so much more

BPOE 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.

Since 1868, millions and millions of Americans
have joined the Elks.

Meet the Officers and Trustees of our Lodge
for the 2019-2020 Fraternal year

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Exalted Ruler Mike Shanahan
Esteemed Leading Knight Matt Anastas
Esteemed Loyal Knight Randy Ryder
Esteemed Lecturing Knight Mike Jones, PER
Lodge Esquire Mike Enright, PER
Lodge Secretary Michele Walker
Lodge Treasurer Flo Robinson
Lodge Chaplin Dave Dennett, PER
Lodge Tiler Richard Goodspeed
Lodge Inner Guard Dave Oakland
Lodge Organist Frank Liotta, PDD
Subordinate Justice Anthony Vignone
Bulletin Editor Kristine Shanahan

Chairman Randy Schmall (2023)
Peter Diamond (2024)
Jennifer Parkinson (2020)
Mark Ellis, PDD (2021)
Peter Gaw, PER (2022)


Chef and Function Hall Manager: George Coolridge
Lounge Manager: Joanie Casey

Elk of the Year: Elena Menzie