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History of the Houghton and Hancock Elks' Club

The History of the Houghton and Hancock Elk's Club:

Nestled in the picturesque Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Hancock Elks Club has been an integral part of the community for over a century. This historic institution has played a significant role in the development and welfare of Hancock and its surrounding areas. In this blog post, we'll take a journey back in time to explore the rich history of the Hancock Elks Club and its enduring commitment to community service.


The Hancock Elks Club, officially known as the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE), Lodge #381, was founded on December 12, 1913. It was established with the primary mission of promoting charitable, educational, and fraternal activities while fostering a sense of community among its members.


The Elks' commitment to community service became evident in their very first years of operation. They initiated programs to support local veterans, provided scholarships for local students, and organized social events to strengthen the bonds within the community. Throughout the early 20th century, the Hancock Elks Club became a cornerstone of the community, known for its benevolent work.


The 1930s brought with them the challenges of the Great Depression, during which the Hancock Elks Club intensified its charitable efforts. The Lodge was instrumental in providing food, clothing, and financial support to those most affected by economic hardship. Their commitment to helping the community solidified their reputation as a reliable source of assistance.


World War II saw the Hancock Elks Club further engage in community service by supporting the war effort. Members actively participated in bond drives, organized events for soldiers stationed locally, and continued their benevolent activities back home. The Lodge was awarded recognition for its exceptional service to the community during this trying time.

Post-War Years and Beyond


Newly renovated Elks club
Newly renovated Elk's club

In the post-war years, the Hancock Elks Club continued its commitment to community service. They expanded their charitable endeavors, funded scholarships, and focused on programs to assist veterans returning from service. This dedication to veterans led to the establishment of the Elks National Foundation in 1928, which continues to provide support to veterans, youth, and communities across the nation.


The Hancock Elks Club's history is a testament to the power of community service and the enduring impact of a dedicated group of individuals. For over a century, the Lodge has been at the forefront of positive change in Hancock and the surrounding areas, touching the lives of countless individuals. As we reflect on their history, we can look forward to a future where the Hancock Elks Club continues to play a pivotal role in building a stronger and more vibrant community for generations to come.

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