| ||The idea to form an Elks Lodge in Utica began when George B. Chase, operator of the Cigar Stand in the Baggs Hotel, was approached by members of the newly formed Syracuse Lodge No. 31. Their praises of the order and its good work prompted Mr. Chase to discuss the formation of a Utica Elks Lodge with Mr. John J. Flanagan and other prominent businessmen who gathered at the hotel. A meeting of these men was set and twenty (20) attended and expressed their approval. They then went out and obtained pledges for prospective membership in the new Lodge. The Syracuse Lodge agreed to send a delegation to Utica to perform the work of institution and Grand Exalted Ruler Harry Sanderson and Grand Secretary Arthur C. Moreland of New York City were invited to take charge of the event. The institution took place on May 17, 1885 in Pythian Hall which was located where Woolworth's used to stand. |
Over the years, the Elk's organization has re-located their facility several times. It has been in its current location since 2003. Many members have worked hard to grow the organization and it is because of their tireless efforts that the Elk's Organization continues to thrive. As it has been throughout the years, the Elk's main focus is to raise money and utilize their resources for deserving causes within the community. We do this through our many programs such as ongoing food drives and fundraising for local organizations like the Utica Zoo, Hope House, Insight House and the Rescue Mission.
We can't do it without your help! If you can serve our organization or know of a worthy cause in your community, please attend one of our lodge meetings on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7pm.