About Our Lodge

Here you can learn a little history of our Lodge

Who are the Elks?

Elks Lodges bring so much more to their communities than just a building, golf course or pool. They are places where neighbors come together, families share meals, and children grow up.
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Our regular Lodge meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. and our Board meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.  Members are encouraged to come out and attend the meetings, stop in and see what is happening in your Lodge.

Our Elkettes meetings are held on the same Mondays as our regular Lodge meetings.


In the Beginning:

Bradenton Lodge #1511 received its dispensation on June 16, 1925.
Bradenton Lodge #1511 was formally instituted on July 4, 1925 in the Odd Fellows Hall.  Past State District Deputy H.M. Hunt officiated as Installing Officer with the following Grand Lodge Officers in thier chairs:
    J.L. Reed, Grand Exalted Ruling Knight
    J.M. Armstrong, Grand Exalted Loyal Knight
    A. Goldstein, Grand Exalted Lecturing Knight
    J.J. Fernandez, Grand Secretary
    G. Brown, Grand Inner Gaurd
    Ernest Maas
The following are the Charter Members of Bradenton Lodge #1511
    H.T. Edwards, P.W. Maguire, J.M. Armstrong, G.B. Knowles, Morland Gaines, Stephen H. Fifield, W.J. Placie, W.R. Graham, J.E. Sutiff, Dewey A. Dye, E.P. Green Jr., Roy A. Parker, Carl Haselton, S.B. Hesler, B.B. Friedman, S.M. Klemetsrud, M. levine, F.G Turner, J.E. Hancock, Fred L. Hall, Raymond, Mulloy, Wallace Tervin, M.B. Coarsey, W. Scott Hodges, A.A. Barker, J.D. Parker, Sam Sabel, H.M. Kiplinger, Dr. H.A. Foster, R.K. Van Camp, Dr. Chas. W. Larrabee, H.T. O'Neal, W.F. Hilton, A.H. Taylor, Raymond B. Balis, R.B. Holt, E. Killsholm, E.M. Sayre, F.M. DeVane, E.S. Mac Donald, Paul Vetter, H.A. Jacocks, J.M. Tombaugh, B.B. Fleet, Ban Greenburg, Ben Jenkins, Golden M. Knight, J.P. Hayden, Jacob B. Levey, Dr. Hiram Byrd, Charles Witherwax, Cecil Daugherty.
After the formal organization of the Lodge, the following local Officers were chosen.
    Exalted Ruler - H.T. Edwards
    Exalted Leading Knight - Peter Maguire
    Exalted Loyal Knight - J.M. Armstrong
    Exalted Lecturing Knight - Gordon B. Knowles
    Secretary - Moreland Gaines
    Treasurer - Stephen H. Fifield
    Esquire - J.E. Sutliff
    Tiler - W.J. Placie
      1 Year - Dewey A. Dye
      2 Year - E.P. Green Jr.
      3 Year - S.B. Kesler
Bradenton Lodge #1511 received its charter on July 16, 1925


The Growing Years:

Over the years our Lodge has grown from its original membership of 52 at its Charter to our present status of over 1000 members. Our Lodge has made its home on three seperate properties through Bradenton and finally settling in to our present location since 1974.

Where we're going:

We are heading into our future by increasing membership to help spread the word of what Elks are, providing chairty services to our children in need and helping all others in any possible way that Elks can.  Elks Care ... Elks Share!