Elks History

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During the later part of the 30’s the Elks home saw a newly remodeled kitchen, new furniture and new decorating. The bowling teams were still strong and the club was still growing with new members each month. Golf Tournaments were also popular with the men. The top prize of $100 was considered substantial for the day. The Elks and the Local Parent Teacher Association joined forces to earn money in the amount of $100 to supply milk at school to under nourished children. 1939 also saw the Elks join the Nation in communicating the Standardization of traffic rules and codes.

In the early 1940’s the new Henry County Hospital was open and in full operation. Although the service was greatly needed in the county, many of the county people had no medical insurance as most of us have today. The lodge assisted in paying hospital bills for lodge brothers and their family members on several occasions. By 1941 members are leaving to train with the various branches of the United States Military. Of course, the lodge supported the National Defense Program and supported those serving their country. World War II was by now in full force and many of New Castle’s young men were serving. The Elks donated not only money, but food, cigarettes, clothing, first aid supplies, sent Christmas packages, and sent letters.

Throughout the 1940’s the lodge increased in charity to children’s needs. The lodge donated money for operations and medicine, crutches, food, clothing and more. The lodge also paid for students to attend camps and attend education functions. Scholarships to college were started, and sports events for students were endorsed. By 1945 the lodge had purchased in excess of $21,000.00 in War Bonds to support the United States and those fighting for us. In addition, the lodge increased its donations to the Red Cross substantially. By the end of the 1940’s the lodge had tripled in membership and the demand for a larger home was heard daily.

The membership started plans for a remodeling project to accommodate its members, their need for social space, and a need for families to join them. December 1, 1949 the lodge votes yes to the building project. The early 1950’s show increasing membership, continued charity donations now in excess of $1500 per year and the main charity being directed toward youth. The lodge minutes show on several occasions that the race of the youth was not an issue when donating to youth. The club shows donations to both white and black youth for participation in dinners, sports activities, clothing, medical needs, and many other causes.