The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted its March Business After Hours event at the Salisbury Elks Lodge No. 817. More than 80 members of the SACC and the local community came together …
The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted its March Business After Hours event at the Salisbury Elks Lodge No. 817. More than 80 members of the SACC and the local community came together to support the Elks, network and build camaraderie.
The event was made possible by the Salisbury Elks; guests were welcomed by Duke Marshall and Bob Hussey.
Marshall, the Incoming Exalted Ruler, passionately shared the history and community engagement of the Salisbury Elks Lodge.
The lodge was founded in 1903 in Downtown Salisbury and moved to its current site near City Park in the mid-1940s.
“Part of what the Elks do is giving back to the community and taking care of our veterans, Boy Scouts, the needy and the kids that need it the most,” said Marshall.
He said that last year Salisbury Elks members raised more than $14 million that has been given back to the community.
Marshall announced that the Elks will celebrate three important anniversaries this year: 120 years of the lodge, 90 years of operating its golf course and 60 years of providing its pool.
“Just six years ago, we only had 75 pool members, presently we have 235 pool members,” said Bob Hussey, pool committee chair.
He said the growth in pool membership will allow the Elks to bring back its swim team, as well as make more improvements.
“I can tell you that the lodge’s fortune changed about five years ago when we partnered with the Community Foundation and created the Friends of the Elks,” he said. “It enabled us to raise close to $800,000 to put back into this grand old lady.”
Salisbury Elks Lodge No. 817 has more than 1,400 members. For more information regarding membership, please email firstname.lastname@example.org