New Port Richey, FL 2284

House Rules

NEW PORT RICHEY LODGE #2284 7201 Congress Street New Port Richey, FL 34653

Rule #  1  All outside entrances to the facility will be secured at all times. Entrance during normal operating hours may be gained by the use of current Key Card or admission by a Member or employee after proper identification. The exception to this rule is at such times as the Club facilities are open to the general public by appropriate authority. Only regular Members and Associate Members in good standing of B.P.O.E.#2284 who have a current Key Card will be allowed to enter the Club during normal operation hours. The use of Key Cards is limited to the individuals to whom they are listed.

         a.  All visiting Elks in good standing will be admitted to the Club facilities by displaying a current Membership Card from their Home Lodge and signing our Guest Register.

         b.  All individuals entitled to a BPOE #2284 Spouse/Widow Courtesy Card will be admitted to the Club upon displaying their current Courtesy Card.

         c.  A Member shall be held responsible for the guest. A guest uses the Club by courtesy, not by right; and the courtesy may be suspended or canceled.

          d.  Member and guest will not mar, deface or damage the Club or Lodge, its cost to the corporation of the Club or Lodge. The Member will be held liable for the damage.

Rule #  2  A current Membership or Courtesy Card must be shown in order to obtain service in the Bars and in the Dining Room, and only authorized card holders may purchase alcoholic beverages in the Club. The only exception to this rule is in the area of the Club which has been opened to the public by appropriate authority. Under no circumstances will unauthorized individuals be allowed to purchase alcoholic beverages.

Rule #  3  Lounge hours will be posted and adhered to.

Rule #  4  Automobiles, trucks, and other motor vehicles will be parked in the parking areas within designated lines. No vehicles will be parked on the grass, driveways or service areas unless authorized to do so by proper authority. The Club is NOT responsible for vehicles or articles therein.

Rule #  5  The Club will not be responsible for any articles left or damaged within the Lodge facilities.

Rule #  6  No animals or pets shall be allowed in the building, except service dogs: unless authorized in advance by proper authorities.

Rule #  7  Complaints, criticisms or pertinent information concerning the Bar, Dining Room or Lodge will be in writing, signed and placed in Exalted Ruler's office. Appropriate action will be taken. Members are not permitted to reprimand employees.

Rule #  8  No outside solicitations will be allowed on any Lodge property. 

Rule #  9  Checks will be cashed for Members of New Port Richey Elks #2284 at the discretion of the Bartender. A Member who has one (1) non-collectible check returned shall have their check cashing privileges terminated. Personal checks shall not exceed $50.00 (Fifty Dollars). All Bank fees and NSF charges must be repaid to the Lodge.

Rule #10  On Lodge regular meeting nights and special meetings of the Lodge, the bar will be CLOSED and all other Club activities will cease. Any Member who is not attending the meeting may not physically remain in the Lodge. The bar will reopen at the completion of the Lodge meeting.

Rule #11  Proper attire will be worn at all times. Elk Members and Guests are expected to wear attire that is neat and clean. (Examples of unacceptable attire include being barefoot, wearing dirty, torn or ragged clothing, attire that is sexually revealing or clothing with obscene or vulgar wording or pictures.) Shoes and shirts are required for admittance to the Lodge. No cut-offs or muscle shirts permitted. Shorts will be permitted at any time except at a function that is ticketed with a stated dress code, or at any meeting with an Initiation or Visitation from District State Officers. The Exalted Ruler or appropriate function/event chairperson may specify the proper dress code for special events.

Rule #12  Vulgar or obscene language shall not be permitted. One warning should be sufficient; on the second offense you, the offending Member, will be asked to vacate the premises and shall be subject to disciplinary action according to Article IX, Section 2 of the Lodge By-laws. Loud and boisterous behavior as to annoy another will not be allowed.

Rule #13  Any Member whose conduct is unbecoming of an Elk may be disciplined at the discretion of the House Committee.

Rule #14  Persons appearing to be inebriated or have imbibed to excess will not be served further alcoholic beverages. The Bar Manager and Bartenders are empowered to use their good judgment and discretion in executing the rule.

Rule #15  No alcoholic beverage shall be brought into or out of the premises except by the authorized delivery personel.

Rule #16  Members or guests will not be allowed behind the bar or in the kitchen unless it is in the performance of their appointed duties of the Lodge.

Rule #17  Children shall not be allowed in the Lounge after 9:00 pm unless the activity of the evening includes them. Children will not be allowed in the Lounge unless accompanied by one of their parents, legal guardian or another responsible Member. No person will be allowed to sit at the bar that is under the legal drinking age of 21.

Rule #18  Children under the age of 18 shall not be permitted  to operate any vending machine in the Lodge.

Rule #19  There shall be no gambling, whatsoever, in the Lodge or any other activity which is in violation of the Florida State Statutes or Pasco County Ordinances.

Rule #20  We will comply with all State and Federal Laws .

Rule #21  All rules herein contained will be governed by Grand Lodge Statutes Section 16.040. 

Rebecca Soto, Secretary