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.
Lodge, Committees, and Charities!
Gateway Elks Lodge #2411
Officers for the Year 2014 - 2015
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!
Christmas In November??
Ever wondered just how Santa gets it all done every year? He starts early! The time is fast approaching that we will be lining up the ingredients needed for our Christmas Charity Baskets.
The fresh items need to be purchased at the last minute, but there are many of them that can be picked up as we make our regular trips to the grocery store. Below is a list of the non-perishable goods that can be donated between now and December.
Can't get to the grocery store? Not sure what they need more of? Cash donations can be sent to the office or given directly to Bob Kennedy or George Haston.
- Fruit Cocktail
- Cranberry Sauce
- Canned Yams
- Chicken Broth
- Green Beans
Contact Bob Kennedy at or George Haston at for donation collection details.
Christmas Food Baskets
December 19th, the Christmas Basket Committee will be gathering all the necessary fresh items for the food baskets. They will be loading those into the basement that evening and could use some extra hands to get it all in. Meet at the lodge about 5:30 and bring gloves if you need them.
Saturday December 20th is the big pack up and deliver day. Starting at 9 on Saturday morning, we will fill the boxes, load up the cars and trucks and deliver the much needed holiday meals to families in our area. Bring your family and join us for this heartwarming tradition.
For more information, contact Bob Kennedy at or George Haston at .
Christmas Ship Parade Raffle Tickets Now On Sale!
The scholarship fund committee has two sets of tickets for this holiday classic. One set is for two people, on December 8th and the other is for four people on December 18th. Both sets of tickets will be drawn at the lodge Turkey Shoot on November 20th. Contact the members of the Scholarship fund committee to purchase tickets. For more information, contact George Haston at or Gene Spina at .
BETTY HISE CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION: Kellie Shearer and Renate Lamb, from the Gateway Elks Lodge #2411, joined the KATU's AM Northwest show hosts today to discuss the Betty Hise Cancer Research Foundation and their upcoming fundraiser. On October 25th at the Gateway Elks, the Betty Hise Foundation will hold a Fall Fashion Show and Open House & Lunch supporting Betty Hise Cancer Research Foundation. Lunch starts at 12pm (starting at $6 per person) and the Fashion Show starts at 1:30pm ($10 per person). For more information please see the poster below this video or call 503-255-6535. The lodge is located at 711 NE 100th Ave in Portland, OR 97220.
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!
Elk's National Foundation
When you give to the Elks National Foundation, you're doing more than funding the Elks National Drug Awareness and "Hoop Shoot" programs. You're doing more than supporting the Community Investments Program and providing Emergency Educational Grants to the children of deceased or totally disabled Elks. You're doing more than maintaining the Elks Veterans Memorial. You're doing all that, and you're supporting Elkdom in your state.During the 2013-14 Lodge year, the Elks of Oregon donated $155,487.46 to the Elks National Foundation. This year, the Foundation will give back the following:
State Major Charities
State Charities Grant: $194,490.00
Special Projects Grant: $110,020.00
Bonus Grant: $46,230.00
These grants support Oregon Elk's major charitable projects (Elks Children's Eye Clinic), as well as other philanthropic projects. Portions of these grants will also support Oregon Elk's Drug Awareness Program, Hoop Shoot, and educational programs.
Most Valuable Student: $72,000.00
Legacy Award: $36,000.00
ENF will award a total of 18 "Most Valuable Student" scholarships to high school seniors from Oregon. (Click here to check out your recipients.) In addition, we will award up to 9 Legacy scholarships to children, grandchildren and stepchildren of Elks. (Click here to check out your recipients.)
National Veterans Service Commission: $7,860.00
These funds will help them provide aid and comfort to hospitalized veterans.
That's a ratio of 3.001 for every dollar the Foundation received from Oregon last year. And that doesn't even include the money Lodges in Oregon will get back through our Community Investments Program. For the 2012-13 fiscal year, for example, ENF awarded a total of $144,000.00 to 38 Oregon Lodges.
Take a brief moment to view this video and learn what ENF and some of the Elks Lodges across the Nation have done for their communities.
For more information about the Elks National Foundation, contact your local chairman or write us at Elks National Foundation, 2750 N. Lakeview Ave., Chicago, IL 60614, email@example.com.
The 2014-2015 Membership Dues Notice is now available to you for download. Please click here to take you to our Member's Home Page to view and print your form.
Secretaries Notes: We wish to thank all of our members for paying their dues promptly and for the many generous donations to all of our charities.
For some committees, this is the only time of the year that they receive monies that help throughout the year. For those have not paid yet there is still time to catch up. 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.
Please note that this is in the "Member's Only" section of our website. 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.
Here we are in October. The leaves are changing, the rain has started, the temperature has dropped. Can life get any better?
Thank you Joanne Iverson for your donation of yarn. We as a committee would also like to thank Shirley Goemmel for her part of facilitating the donation from Marley Swarthout. There are now eight containers of yarn waiting for us to knit.
I am very happy and proud to announce we are now ready to donate to the Doernbecher Children's Hospital 1550 hats. Everyone has worked very hard and it shows. With all the hats counted and bagged we have made an appointment with the coordinator at Doernbecher. The hats are gone as of October 17. Now our count starts all over again for our new year, thanks everyone.
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.
MEADOWOOD MONDAY NIGHT BURGERS
Tuesday Quilting Social
Over the past several months, we have begun to piece together a group of quilters at the lodge. We meet every Tuesday in the upper dining room area and are looking for more interested individuals to join us!
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