Using down time to get things done
The Prineville Elks Lodge No. 1814 has recently seen a major facelift.
While the doors were shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the building received some much-needed remodeling. Club Manager Sue Orosco explained that since they were already shut down, they decided they would paint the bar area, since they already had some paint. As the project moved along, she and members decided to paint the rest of the interior, and that also expanded to more projects.
Elks Lodge members Carrie and Shane Hummel donated televisions, lights, and stainless-steel racks for the kitchen. Carrie also donated a lot of her time during the remodel. In addition, the old carpet was replaced by new flooring in the entire building.
"It started out to be one room, and there were five to six of us who were here every day for two months," said Orosco.
"Due to COVID, the lodge was closed for several weeks, but we used the downtime to our advantage," indicated Orosco. "The front lounge, back lounge (including a new lottery room), dining room, ADA bathroom and kitchen got a complete make-over: new paint, new flooring, and in some areas, new lights. "Thank You" to the following people for donating their time, money and energy to make these changes happen: Eric Van Dyke, Tammy Halsey, Carrie Hummel, Shane Hummel, Jack White, Shawn Smith, Keri Severance, Jim Straughen, Karen Wilkinson, Ben White, Debbie Sue Owens and Linda Mills."
Along with an updated room for the lottery machines and racks for the kitchen, the updates also included wainscoting.
The lodge was also given a $5,000 tech grant from Facebook to increase its technical capabilities. The grant allowed them to get a new audio system, new independently-controlled input sources for new speakers, wireless microphones, Bluetooth Mp3 player, jukebox and DVD Player, new WIFI, four new Keno screens, updated LED lighting and drop-down movie screen and new flatscreen TVs.
"The fact that you could get six or seven people to be here every day (was amazing)," she noted. Orozco was the only paid employee working on the remodel, and the rest of the labor was volunteer. They basically quarantined together during the early days of the COVID-19 regulations.
The fraternal organization of the Elks BPO was founded in 1868 in New York City. The BPO stands for Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. They have a network of nearly 2,000 lodges throughout the country, and the charitable organization uses funds raised to support a number of causes, including educational and community programs in fields such as special-needs children, scholarships for students, scouting, athletic teams, veterans works, and physical and occupational therapy programs. In addition, they sponsor a national "hoop shoot" contest for children yearly.
The first exalted ruler in Prineville was J.H. "Bunk" Moore, who served from 1950 to 1951. The building was originally a mechanics shop in the 1940s, and it was purchased by the local Elks Lodge No. 1814 in 1949. The first local Elks meeting was in 1950. The kitchen was added onto later. The current Exalted Ruler for Prineville Elks Lodge No. 1814 is Rick Wright. Members vote in a new Exalted Ruler on a yearly basis.
The local nonprofit is dedicated to maintaining high visibility within the community to gain support of their program. The fraternal organization of the Elks promotes and practices charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity.
The Prineville Lodge 1814 is a large facility that can be rented by the public. It has a ball room, full bar, full kitchen, lottery and darts, and an audio and visual system. It also includes a large lodge room with the recently updated audio equipment.
Fraternal Order of the Elks BPO Mission statement
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.
Prineville Elks Lodge No. 1814 (District 7520)
151 N. Main St., Prineville, OR 97754
Lounge: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Lodge meets second and fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
L.O.E. meets second Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m.
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