About the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (B.P.O.E.)
- A fraternal order with nearly a million members and a 150-year history.
- A network of more than 2000 lodges in communities all over the country.
- A generous charitable foundation that each year gives millions in scholarships, an inspiration to youth, a friend to veterans and more.
The Wallace Elks Lodge has been an active part of Wallace’s community since 1896. The current lodge building was built in 1924. Many of our town’s important events have occurred here. Imagine the weddings, funerals, birthdays, and retirement parties that have been hosted at our facility. We have a very active and famous Drum and Bugle Corps; they have been spotted at events hosted across the Northwest. We support other local community organizations by providing space for their meetings. Elks care deeply about their community and strive to support community activities whenever possible.
Come visit our historic lodge and meet our friendly members. Our lodge does not have a regular schedule for our lounge. But, we are open frequently for various events. Be sure to check our Calendar of Events for activities happening at our lodge.
Where We Are
What We Do
The Order spends more than $80,000,000 every year for benevolent, educational and patriotic community-minded programs in such fields as benefitting physically handicapped children, sponsoring Elks National, Foundation scholarships, scouting,
athletic teams, veterans' works, a national "Hoop Shoot" free-throw contest involving more than 3 million children, physical and occupational therapy programs, and patriotic programs. The youth of our country have always been important to the Order. It is for this reason the Elks Drug Awareness Education Program was launched to warn primary grade students and their parents of the dangers in drug use. Additionally, every lodge observes June 14th as Flag Day, a tradition which the Elks began in 1907 and was later adopted by the Congress as an official observance.
The Wallace Elks' mission is 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.
The Elks organization was founded in New York City on February 16, 1868 under the name “Jolly Corks” by 15 actors, entertainers and others associated with the theater. In ensuing years, membership expanded to other professions.
This Fraternal Order was founded “To promote and practice the four cardinal virtues of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its members; to quicken the spirit of American Patriotism and cultivate good fellowship.
Other Organizations We Support
Elks Drum and Bugle Corps
Wallace Christmas Fund