The Fort Collins Elks Lodge offers Fort Collins residents a
place to get connected.
“If you are interested in having a chance to give something back
to the community and have a good time and meet some new people, the
Elks Lodge is the place to go,” said Tony Deyo, a member and
employee of the Elks Lodge, 140 E. Oak St.
The Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks #804 started in Fort
Collins on July 18, 1902, as a charitable organization.
The name Elks was chosen because it is a distinctively American
animal that is “fleet of foot and timorous of doing wrong,”
according to the Web site www.bpoe804.org. Charity was the
cornerstone of early Elkdom and remains so today.
The Elks National Foundation plans to distribute more than $14.1
million in scholarships to high school students during the 2004 to
2005 school year. These will be funded by member fees and
The Elks Lodge distributed 26 scholarships to high school
students who now attend CSU. The students won the scholarship money
after either winning a basketball competition or demonstrating
admirable qualities through an essay and a set of criteria.
Deyo said he joined because he likes to help out and meet
“I think it gives me an opportunity to have a good network of
people to communicate with. Some of the biggest people in Fort
Collins are members of the Elks Lodge and this is a great way to
meet and communicate with those people,” Deyo said.
Deborah Dohrmann joined the Elks in spring 2004.
“They always make everyone feel like part of the family from day
one,” Dohrmann said.
The Elks hold a meeting for potential new members on the third
Tuesday of every month.
Members must be 21 years old and be sponsored by someone who is
already a member. They must also be an American citizen, believe in
God and have no felony charges on their record.
The Elks are looking to interest a younger generation.
“We are definitely looking to lower the average age,” Deyo
The Fort Collins lodge had 260 members in 1903 and now has
“Right now we are looking at some fresh ideas for some other
entertainment activities to do down here,” said Randy Kettenhofen,
the exalted ruler of Fort Collins’ Elks Lodge.
Some famous past Elks members include Franklin Roosevelt, Gerald
Ford, “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Clint Eastwood, Vince Lombardi, Mickey
Mantle and Whitey Ford.
“Being an Elk means becoming part of a very large family,” said.
“Our members have many different backgrounds, but we all work
together for one common goal … to improve our communities.”
Members are welcome at Elks Lodges nationwide, which often
include a bar and restaurant, billiard tables, a bowling alley,
meeting rooms and workout rooms.
“They always treat other members and their guests with open
arms,” Dohrmann said. “(People) should definitely check out the
The Lady Elks are having a Craft
Fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elks lodge, 140 E.
Oak St. The fair is open to the public and there will be a lunch
served at nominal charge. They are looking for crafters. To call
and request to be a crafter, please call Markita Thompson at
For more information about the Elks
lodge #804, call 493-3777.