High Point Lodge #1155 was chartered in April, 1909. Not long after the High Point Lodge was instituted, we purchased a three story house on Broad Street that faced the downtown railroad tracks. Shares of stock were sold to members to raise money for the down payment. The first Elks Lodge was demolished and replaced with a building that stands on the corner of Elm and Kivett Drive. The second Lodge was sold to North State Telephone after our present Lodge building was built in 1980.
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. Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, by undertaking projects that address unmet need, and by honoring the service and sacrifice of our Veterans. We promote and practice the four cardinal virtues of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity.
Veterans Service Commission
The Elks National Veterans Service Commission was established in 1946, immediately after World War II, with the sole mission of serving our nation’s veterans. Though much has changed since then, the Elks’ dedication to serve veterans and military members in need has never wavered. In VA clinics, veterans’ homes, USOs, homeless shelters and more, thousands of Elks volunteers give generously of their time, energy and resources to serve veterans and military members each year.
The Elks are committed to their mission,“So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.” The Veterans Service Commission takes that pledge one step further, and promises service to our nation’s veterans and military members, with a special focus on service to those in need.
When it comes to serving veterans, the Elks have a long and storied tradition of being there when they were needed most. Since we began, the needs of military members and returning veterans have continued to change, and the Elks have adapted to those needs, remaining an ever-present ally to those who have served this country. Programs include Adopt-A-Veteran, Freedom Grants, VA Voluntary Service, Veterans Leather and Welcome Home.
The North Carolina State Elks Association (NCSEA) has chosen Camp Carefree as one of its State Major Projects. Camp Carefree is a camp for chronically ill and disabled children and well siblings of children with chronic illnesses. Through our fund-raising events the North Carolina Elks have donated more than $200,000 to help support the camp. High Point Lodge #1155 hosts two main fundraising events during the year – a pancake breakfast on July 4 and a silent auction at the pool in August.
$2,000 grant to the High Point Chapter of the American Red Cross (2018); $1,500 grant to High Point Community Against Violence (2018); $5,400 fundraiser for Swim for Cancer (2017); $6,100 donation to Hospice of the Piedmont (2017); $2,000 grant to the Community Writing Center (2017); $2,000 of supplies donated to the Open Door Ministries (2017); $8,000 donation to Hospice of the Piedmont (2016); $5,700 fundraiser for Swim for Cancer (2016); $8,200 donation to Vet Safety Net (2015); Monthly visits to the VA Hospital and Annual VA Hospital cookout in Salisbury.
Our Antlers youth group organized a Book Drive where they collected over 900 books, which were handed out to the students at Union Hill Elementary School. Our Lodge has also volunteered at the Southwest High School Senior Class cookout for over 20 years. Each year we provide and cook hamburgers and hot dogs for the graduating senior class (over 350 students).
Our annual Hoop Shoot serves to highlight the Elks commitment to America’s youth. From the millions of youngsters who participate and advance through local, district, state and regional competition, six national champions are named — one boy and one girl in each of three categories: ages 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. The winners each receive a trophy and their names are inscribed on a plaque at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The Antlers program is a chance for young people in our community to get involved with the Elks in the many service-related projects our Lodges sponsor. Our Antlers are probably best known for volunteering and sponsoring a team each Spring & Fall at the Miracle League field in High Point. You can see on the face of each player, family member, coach, volunteer and spectator how much this experience touches every heart. They’ve also volunteered countless hours to Camp Carefree.
Drug Awareness Program
The Elks National Drug Awareness Program is the largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States. Elks believe that the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. With that in mind, the program reaches out to youth of all ages and backgrounds. Through the 2,000 Lodges in communities across the country, Elks work to combat youth substance abuse. Elroy the Elk, the program’s mascot, reminds young kids that hugs are better than drugs.