The Elks and Royal Purple of Canada are groups of men and women coast to coast joined through common bonds of fraternalism and charity, promoting community needs through their volunteer efforts in their local lodges.
The Keremeos Elks Lodge #56 was founded in 1944.
Our contributions to the National Elks and Royal Purples Children’s fund allow us to apply for funding for children in our area. We also support the B.C. Elks Children’s Camp that is available for any child or group of children.
As Keremeos Elks our priorities are the welfare of the children of the Similkameen Valley. Our funds are derived from hall rentals and our participation in community events such as the Pepper Festival, Kars Under the “K”, the Christmas Light Up and Santa’s visit. Friday night’s bingo revenue help generate funds for our charities, such as the annual bursary to a high school graduate, free skating at the rec centre, the ONS Telethon, popcorn and candy floss at Santa’s Christmas in Victory Hall, Kobau Coyotes ball club, Panther squadron and the school band.
In the recent past we’ve helped a disabled child in need of an I Pad for learning.
The biggest local event that we administer and bring to our community is the annual rodeo and parade on the May long week-end. We have been involved in this event since 1944.
We would like to thank the residence and businesses for their support throughout the years and the volunteers that make this a success.
The Elks meet at the Elks Hall on the first and third Thursdays of the month and new members are always welcome.