We are honored to have you visit our website. We hope that you will take the time to explore the site and to gain an understanding of what it is to be a modern member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Find out who we are, what we are, what we do and how you might join our charitable fraternal organization!
The Order of Elks is distinctly American. It is a national, charitable organization founded on the principals of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity. Here in Oregon our two primary children's charities are the Camp Meadowood Springs and the Elks Children's Eye Clinic, part of the Oregon Health and Science University. Through the Elks National Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Order, we offer local and national scholarship programs. We also offer other Youth Programs such as the Teenager of the Month Awards, Elks Drug Awareness Program, and the Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest. Our Veterans are very important to the Elks. The BPOE Elks offer services to our veterans, such as the Elks National Veterans Service Commission, and grants to maintain the Elks Veterans Memorial in Chicago.
Our Lodge here in the Parkrose district of Portland is just one of many across the State of Oregon, ,and across our great Nation... all of which are committed to the same goals. As a member of the Order, you are welcome in any of the over 2100 such Lodges in the contiguous 48 states, Hawaii, and Alaska. A definite plus if you're traveling for business or pleasure as Elks tend to treat each other like extended family.
We hope that after viewing our site you may have a better understanding of today's Elks and you may even be interested in joining our Order and helping us with our worthy causes. And lest you think we are all work and no play, take a look at our Lodge Calendar and our Entertainment Section! And check back often! The site is on-going and new photos and articles will be posted frequently.
If you're in our area, please drop in and ask for a tour of our Lodge. Visitors are always welcome. And if you're anywhere else in the country, check the phone book and contact the Lodge nearest you.
Getting To Know Gateway Elks
Who Are We?
- Gateway Elks Lodge #2411 is an American organization comprised of citizens of the United States of America twenty one years of age and over that promotes a culture of mutual respect.
- Gateway Elks Lodge #2411 celebrates the diversity of its membership and utilizes their talents and energy to foster the charitable works of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.
- Gateway Elks Lodge #2411 provides a safe environment free of discrimination and harassment.
- The members of Gateway Elks Lodge #2411 value the distinct contributions of all our members and require that they refrain from any action or deed that may be in conflict with this declaration.
Mission Statement: To inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its governance. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America serves their communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share.
Why Join Gateway Elks?
Our members join for many reasons. For some, it's the privilege of joining a fraternity with no degrees of membership - everyone has the same rights and privileges. And for others, it's about giving back to the community or helping those in need. Gateway Elks is a charitable organization and through Lodge activities, we raise money to help those less fortunate. Our events range from picnics and dinners to dances, bingo and hamburger cookouts. If you feel the need to help members of our community, you can make a difference at Gateway Elks Lodge! Join us and become part of one the finest private fraternal organizations in America!
What Do We Do?
As Gateway Elks Lodge celebrates its 45th year, we are proud to continue our outstanding record of community support through our charitable programs. Our State Major Project is the Elks Children's Eye Clinic located in the Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health Science University. In addition we support Camp Meadowood in Pendleton, Oregon.
From our first efforts supporting our Nation's veterans during World War I until today, the Elks have promised that "so long as there are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them." Youth programs include the annual Hoop Shoot, Scholarships for graduating high school seniors, Student of the Month, holiday activities and much more.
Our success is the result of our Members contributing their time and experience. It's all of us working together to make a difference in people's lives. It's simple: "We are here to make good things happen for other people" and we have fun doing it!
So, pick up the phone and call the Lodge at: 503-255-6535 or stop by the Lodge at: 711 NE 100th Ave, Portland, OR 97220 and ask for Judy, then tell her Gene sent you. Looking forward to meeting YOU!
Lodge, Committees, and Charities!
Gateway Elks Lodge #2411
Officers for the Year 2015 - 2016
Esteemed Leading Knight
Esteemed Loyal Knight
Esteemed Lecturing Knight
... just wants to let you know that the Lodge is not closed and does not intend to close any time soon. Please come in and enjoy the hospitality and charity of our organization. There is a plethora of activities that all our members could be involved with in our Lodge... take a look at what is happening in the upcoming days and PLEASE BE A PART OF IT! Check out the activities in the calendar below, look below that to the current activities going on, go to the Events Page to see all future events planned, click on the Committees Page to find out more about a committee you can join in, or simply stop by for dinner and a drink.
All of us at Gateway Elks wish you a Happy Easter !
"A New Lodge In The Making"
... to quote our newest Exalted Ruler. "I am truly excited about the new Lodge and I'm not the only one. In the first week of remodel our members put in over 250 hours of hard work. Repurposing a former restaurant into a first rate Elks Lodge is no easy task but we are up to the challenge. I am going to ask for your patience as this can't be done overnight. There are permits to be gotten, inspections to pass and Fire Marshals to satisfy. Our target date to move in is June 1, 2015. If all goes as planned, by then we will have all the floors at the same elevation and most of the partition walls framed. We will be a construction zone for months to come. Again, patience. Remember, the architect who looked at the building was going to have crews of full time professional workers on the job and would take until the end of the year to be done. That was also going to cost three times our budget. When we are done I believe we will have a Lodge of which we can be very proud."
"I hope you will stop by on any Saturday morning, 9 till 10:30 to check out our progress. The building committee has worked very hard to find our new location and deserves a friendly pat on the back. I am grateful for all their hard work, much of which was behind the scenes."
The Membership Dues Notice is now available to you for download. Please click here to view and print your form.
Secretaries Notes: It's that time again, to send in your dues and this year it is very important for you to renew your membership in Gateway Elks. We have sold our building and property and are close to finding a new location and building a new Lodge. Our enthusiasm is building and our members are once again getting involved. Be sure you are a part of the new Gateway, growing toward the future. Come on in or give us a call, the office is open Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM The dues notice is in this month's Gatepost and in the office.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Lodge Secretary, Judy Veazey.
To find out how you can become a member, please click here ... or ask one of our officers! Stop by our Lodge during normal business hours (Monday - Friday from 10am - 4pm) to take a tour!
Coming Your Way This Month !
Unless noted otherwise, all Lodge events are
open to Elks and their guests only.
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Month of March
Month of March
Month of April
Month of April
April 11th, 2015
April 12th, 2015
April 18th ~ 19th, 2015
GATEWAY ELKETTE SPRING BAZAAR
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~ MARK YOUR CALENDARS! ~
Have you heard that clicking sound on Monday? It is the knitter and crocheters busily creating new hats. So far we are at the 700 mark. As to anyone who knows me I am always trying to outdo our last year's goal. In October 2014 we gave the children's cancer wing in Doernbecher hospital 1550 hats. We are well on our way to beating that goal.
If you have any yarn you would like to donate I know we can put it to good use. If you would like me to pick it up please give me a call at or drop it off at the Lodge in our cloakroom with my name on it. Thank you for all your donations and your support. I feel this is a good cause.
The worker bees would like to say thank you to everyone who has donated yarn to us. With the new hat count started we have managed to get 423 hats done for next year.
If you have some time on your hands and would like to be involved in a worthwhile committee please come any Monday at 2 PM. Just ask the office where we are hiding .There are knitters, and ladies who crochet who would love to share their knowledge with you. If you don't feel that is your calling you can always try the loom. I have a few looms I would loan out.
Happy crafting and may the sun be with you,
The Gateway Elks Betty Hise knitting and crocheting social provides yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, and someone to show you what to do with all this. This is for those that wish to help with making the hats that get donated to Doernbecher Children's Hospital. We also accept donations of yarn. If you are interested in attending this knitting social just to learn to knit or crochet, we do that too! We even have a collection of easy knitting and crocheting patterns that you can borrow along with some that we will give to you. All we ask is that you bring your own knitting/crocheting tools… as those we do not supply. You also are not required to make hats at this knitting social. You are very welcome to work on your own projects.
The Gateway Elks Lodge knitting social provides yarn to those that wish to help with making the hats that get donated to Doernbecher Children's Hospital. We also accept donations of yarn here too. If you are interested in attending this knitting social just to learn to knit or crochet, we do that too! We even have a collection of easy knitting and crocheting patterns that you can borrow. All we ask is that you bring your own knitting/crocheting tools…as those we do not supply. You also are not required to make hats at this knitting social. You are very welcome to work on your own projects.
For more information please call Mary Gast at .
Donations of acrylic or cotton yarn and fleece fabric is greatly appreciated.
You don't have to be an Elk or an Elkette to attend. Anyone may attend and all are encouraged to bring friends along as guests. There are no fees for this social and you may bring your own projects. Beginners are always welcome! Help with knitting and crocheting is available.
Donations of acrylic or cotton yarn and fleece fabric is greatly appreciated.
Tuesday Quilting Social
Thanks to all of you who purchased a raffle ticket for the purple quilt in November. The quilting committee raised enough money to purchase two of the canned goods items for every Christmas basket!
Karla, our bartender, was the lucky winner. She has special recipient in mind for the quilt this Christmas. Congratulations Karla!
We work on both charity quilts and our own projects. Don't know how to sew? No problem. We have many experienced members who can help you. Hands not up to cutting the fabric? Again, we have people who can help you with that.
We have made quilts for the Veterans and could use some help getting quilts done for the Elks Casey Eye Clinic.
We are still in need of a couple of older sewing machines, so we don't need to bring the ones from home. Those old Singers and Kenmores (the really heavy ones) hiding in the back of your closet are great for piecing quilts.
The Tuesday Quilting group has donated many quilts over the last year. In August, they donated a lap size quilt for the Meadowood Auction. They also gave one to the Veteran's committee that was raffled off at the Veterans Party on November 10th. And in November, one was raffled off at the Turkey Shoot.
We have many more quilts in the works for the eye clinic and other needy organizations. Come join us! Sewing is not required.
Drop by any Tuesday from 11-3. We would love to show you what we are working on.
Hello, I am Julie Dahlman, a Gateway Elk and Founder of Baby Boomers Social Club which holds dance events here at the Elks the Third Friday of the month and 4th Friday at Milwaukie Elks. As an Elk and Boomer, I am offering Zumba Dance Exercise Video and a Stretching Video on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:15 AM - 11:20AM. Both these videos are great exercise, strengthening balance and muscles which will help us live a more healthy and active social life as we age. Learning new dance moves and learning stretching exercise is good for the brain. Our Baby Boomers Social Club motto is "Dancing Boomers Are Forever Young" and music is good for the soul and dancing is good for the heart. Exercise is our life line into the next stages of our life.
Please join us and bring a yoga mat for part of the stretching. We encourage people to go at their own pace and be aware of your limitation. There is no instructor and no one watching and we are each moving and being active to the tune of our own body.
Zumba Dance Exercise Video and Stretching Video is held twice a week. Hope to see you there.
Monthly Paper Crafting/Card Making Evening Social
We meet once a month always on the 2nd Wednesday of the month!
This group has been meeting
for 5 years now,
We are going to start meeting at the Cascade Room starting in June.
The next crafting get together will be : Wednesday, June 11th.
Dinner and Drinks available at 5:00pm, then we’ll start with the projects at 5:30pm.
The supply fee for this event is $7.00.
All you need to bring is a tape runner or 2 sided tape.
No previous experience required, but every month you will learn something new!
We make 4 projects.
All supplies are pre-cut and you just follow the sample.
In order to make sure we have enough packets for everyone that wants to attend, please RSVP to Mary Gast @ at least 2 days before the event or as soon as you know you will attend!
Want to Join Us?
Every Wednesday Night!
Message from the Bingo Committee: Hello all, the Bingo Committee has an appetizing deal for you! When you purchase a dinner on Wednesday night for $5 or more, bring the receipt to Bingo and we will give you a great specials during BINGO! it is good only on the night of the food purchase. you can even bring your meal, and drinks from the bar, downstairs and play. So come on down and have a good meal and some fun playing Bingo!
Friday Night Dinner
*TBA means that the webmistress has not yet been informed of the band that is possibly playing this night.
The "Jukebox Friday/Saturday Night" is just that, it's the jukebox located in the Lodge Game Room. Plug a buck in, play some FREE pool, order up a cold one, and have a fun night with your friends in the game room. You're even welcome to dance!
Whether you are a casual player or a fanatic, you'll find what you need! For your enjoyment, the Lodge has:
Our facilities are particularly suited for scheduled activities like:
Guests are always welcome but must be accompanied by a member.
Click here to find out how to become a member