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.
Who are the Elks? Elks are American citizens who enjoy living life by the golden rule and contributing to the lives and well-being of those around them. We guide ourselves through life with strong morals and a great love of our fellow man, always adhering to the founding principals of our order; Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity.
Since inception in 1868, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has grown from a small gathering of people with good deeds in their hearts to the largest fraternal organization in the U.S. With over 1 million members, the Elks have contributed more than $3.6 billion in donations for the nation's youth, veterans, disadvantaged and handicapped, and to individuals and groups in support of patriotic and civic programs. Each year this timeless organization gives more than $200 million in contributions and is one of the largest private providers of college scholarships in the United States.
If you amazed at these numbers and wonder why this is not common knowledge, it is because the heart of Elkdom is always humble.
Rarely does the order seek recognition for the profound change it has affected on millions of lives, nor have we gone to the general public with fund-raising efforts or received monies from any level of government. Instead, the Elks donated the first veterans' hospital to the government and contribute regularly to schools, police and fire departments. We proudly display our volunteer spirit and gladly share what ever we can to make the world a better place for all. Each order has elected officials who serve without receiving compensation; it is through their sacrifice of time and energy that we are able to operate each Lodge and contribute so vastly to our country.
Currently there are over 2100 active Elk Lodges in the United States, each identified by a number and the name of the city in which the Lodge resides. Cañon City Lodge #610 is proud to be a member of this great organization.