Tucson East, AZ Lodge News

District No. 0500

History of Tucson East #2532

On May 10, 1975, Tucson East Elks Lodge was instituted into the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks with 346 members at Palo Verde High School. That same month the Lodge and Club moved into rented facilities at the former Wilmot Inn. This facility served as home for Tucson East until 1978 when a group of concerned Brothers contributed $19,000 for the down payment on the Triumphant Life Foundation Church located at 7900 East Kenyon Road.

On April 7, 1978 the Lodge purchased the property from the American Baptist Churches of the Pacific Southwest and changed the address to 615 South Pantano Road. Through the dedicated work of many Brothers and the Auxiliary, the first mortgage was burned in an appropriate ceremony on September 6, 1984. With the burning of the mortgage came the first expansion program with the construction of the Lodge multi-purpose room. This addition was paid in full on October 24, 1987.

In 1990, after overwhelming consent of the membership an aggressive further expansion was approved by the Grand Lodge. With strong participation by the membership in a Bond program the funds were raised for the latest improvements, these included a new kitchen, game rooms, lounge facilities, offices and landscaping. These improvements were completed in February 1992.

In addition to providing excellent Lodge facilities for our members, the Lodge has participated in all the Grand Lodge programs over the past two decades. These programs included garnering many awards and single honors among its officers, members and spouses.

Our Lodge has not only supported all Grand Lodge programs, likewise we are very active in the Arizona Elks Association (AEA), Supporting its programs such as the Major Project which is the Children's Research Center at the University Medical Center in Tucson. Our Lodge helps contribute the $250,000.00 per year that the AEA donates. We have many members who have donated their time and talents to the new State Project, the kids camp between Young and Globe.

Our Lodge is very proud of the "All American Lodge" honors for 1997-1998, 2000-2001 and 2003-2004 this award is the highest achievement presented by Grand Lodge to a Lodge for Commitment to our Grand Lodge programs.

The members are equally proud of being named Lodge of the Year four times in this great state of Arizona.

Our membership continues to grow every year. Membership as of March 31, 2005 was 1070.

The dedication of its officers and our active membership to the aims and purposes of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will continue well into the next millennium.

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