'End of an era' for Lebanon Elks


August 23, 2023

Sarah Brown

A handful of members from the BPOE Lebanon Lodge #1663 gather for a photo with their banner in front of 41 W. Maple St. a month prior to its official closing.

The last tap of the gavel was made as the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lebanon Lodge #1663 held its last and final meeting on July 5.

More than a dozen of the remaining 44 members attended the meeting just days prior to the Grand Lodge's official acceptance of the organization's dissolution.

Chuck Christensen, one of the longest-standing living members at 60 years, felt sad about the closing.

"It was terrible," Christensen said. "It's the end of an era."

The Lebanon Elks was formed 79 years ago on May 29, 1944 when C. Huston Walter was elected as exalted ruler and more than 80 me...

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