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Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
Ephrata Elks Lodge #1933
Contact Address: Norma "Sally" Vest
P.O. Box 322
170 Akron Road
Ephrata, PA 17522
James Sweigart, Exalted Ruler
Norma "Sally" Vest, Secretary
Meeting Time: Third Tuesday
Meeting Location: Ephrata Elks Lodge, 170 Akron Road, Ephrata
Membership Information
Rental Information

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the U.S.A. was founded in February 1868. Today, there are 2,100 local lodges nationwide, with 108 throughout the state of Pennsylvania, and three in Lancaster County (including the Lancaster Lodge and the Columbia Lodge). With more than 1.1 million members, B.P.O.E. is one of the largest and most active fraternal organizations in the world! The Elks 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. For additional information, visit:

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge #1933 was established in June 1954. The present Lodge facility on Akron Road was first occupied in 1959. The 17-acre Akron Road property consists of a 5,400 square foot facility with a grill room and bar, with a 2,300 square foot banquet room on the 2nd floor (with a maximum capacity of approximately 150, to also accommodate dancing). The banquet room is available for rent by the public. Also on the site is a 1,000 square foot outdoor pavilion, with complete cooking accommodations and an adjoining service bar. This facility is also available for rent by the public (see 'rental' information). The Lodge is open for business Tuesday through Sunday.

The Ephrata Elks Lodge conducts numerous fund raising activities during the course of the year. Money raised is contributed to many community organizations, such as: local emergency service providers, high school post proms, Ephrata War Memorial, and the Ephrata Public library, among others. An annual Christmas Charity donates food baskets to needy area families, and an annual Easter Egg Hunt is held for local children. Additional Lodge functions include the National Hoop Shoot and National Soccer Shoot competitions for boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 13, with winners advancing to District, State, Regional, and National finals. Also, the Ephrata Lodge recognizes a Student-of-the-Month, selected from the Ephrata, Cocalico, Warwick, Garden Spot, and Conestoga Valley school districts. Elks National College Scholarship applications are distributed to local school districts, judged locally, and then submitted for District, State, and ultimately National consideration, with a total amount in excess of $2,200,000 in scholarships awarded annually (ranging from $60,000 to $4,000), to the most deserving students. The Ephrata Lodge also offers two local $500 scholarships each year for students planning to pursue a trade vocation. The outdoor facility is made available each year free-of-charge to the local Pioneer Fire Company and Ephrata Area Rescue Service for their respective fundraising events. The 'major project' of the Pennsylvania Lodges is to provide 100% financial support for a team of 24 full-time nurses who provide in-home care to physically and mentally handicapped individuals whose families would otherwise be unable to provide such care. Another key focus of all Elks Lodges is to promote Drug Awareness programs and information in their local communities. Additionally, The Elks holds all military service veterans in the highest regards, and Lodges provide for visitations by area veterans hospital facilities.

If you are interested in becoming a member of The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, please see the 'membership' link at the top of this page.




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Updated 7.24.2004