News and Upcoming Events


All Elks Lodge members and their members are invited to experience a fun 3-night campout and a fantastic get together at Camp Elkhaven from Thursday, June 5 to Sunday, June 8 at no charge for your stay.

The following is a listing of key elements to set the stage for the event
1.    On Thursday the new cable stayed BC Ferry departs from Buckley Bay Terminal at:         
        7:00, 7:40, 10:00, 11:00, 12:05, 1:05, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:30, 10:00 and 11:00

  2.    Round trip ferry fares are:   Vehicles up to 20 feet $20.65 and $1.95 per foot if longer
        Adults: $8.90, Seniors: Free from Monday to Thursday
        Children under 12 are:  $4.45; but free if going to Elkhaven
        For Walk ons call (250) 704-8675 for a free ride from Denman Island Ferry Dock

3.    Camp Elkhaven is 1.5 kilometers from the ferry dock at 2325 Northwest Road, and if
        required, the on-site Caretaker, Shane Nelson can be reached at 1-250-335-2724

4.    Elkhaven consists of 35 acres of forests, orchards and clearings overlooking Baynes Sound
        and has dry camping for motorhomes, trailers and tents on 7 grassy acres.

5.    Outdoors there is a communal fire pit, many picnic tables and lots of space over looking the    
        water to play activities such as a bean bag baseball, golf ball toss (on a string), horseshoe
        pitching, volleyball, paddle ball and other outdoor games.

6.    The building has 10 sleeping rooms with 54 beds; 3 with total of 12 bunk beds, 6 with a
        total of 26 single beds, and a suite with 2 double beds - bring your bedding or sleeping bags.

7.    There is a large fully equipped kitchen and a large 42 x 27 (1,134 sq. ft) common room.

8.    Everyone should bring their own supply of food and beverages, as well as your own garbage bags
        toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap and dish towels.

9.    There is no garbage pick up at Elkhaven, so you have to take all your own refuse away with you
        when you leave - including any deposits pets may have offered.

10.    Any children at the camp must be under the care and supervision of a qualified adult at all
        times; and, if wading or swimming on any of the Island's beaches is in your plans, it is
        especially important to be attentive to children.

11.    For this occasion only, dogs on leases will be permitted for outdoor camps and those with
        Recreational Vehicles; as the camp has been reserved for the Elks sold use.

Please contact Nick or Heather at or call (250) 704-8675 by Thursday, June 289 to advise us of the number of people attending all or any part of the event.

Dry Camping Area

There is a large 7 acre grassed area that can accommodate any and all motorhomes, trailers and tents.

Elkhaven In Door Sleeping Accommodation

Room No. 11       two single beds
Room No. 21        Vern Hoff Suite with 2 double beds (advance reservations required)
Room No. 22        6 single eds
Room No. 23        3 bunk beds and 1 single bed
Room No. 24        5 bunk beds
Room No. 25        4 bunk beds
Room No. 26        7 single beds
Room No. 27        4 single beds
Room No. 28        2 single beds
Room No. 29        4 single beds

wishes to announce the passing of

Thor Davidson
Services to be held on June 1 at the Lillooet Elks Hall starting at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, June 22nd:   Meet and Greet - Sign Up for Bocce

Saturday, June 23rd:  Golf $22.00 (plus cart if required)
                                    Bocce - $2.00 per entrant
                                    Super and Prizes - Hamburger with all the trimmings
                                        $10.00 each, including one drink ticket

R.V. Site Rentals (Maximum 3 nights at following rates)
        No charge for Elk members (we welcome donations)
        Other campout participants - $15.00 (water and power)

Contact Holly or Rod at (250) 833-4803 or at -mail: no later than June 15th to book an RV site or to sign up for golf.

Peter Miedema receiving a donation of $1,500.00 from Regina McLean of the
North Kamloops Elks Lodge No. 469 for the Elks Recreation Children's Camp Society

Salmon Arm Elks No. 455 Elk members who received their service pins in 2017
Left to right: 
Jack Bibby (President) presented the pins.
Morris Wright - 50 Years
Ed Pastorchik - 15 Years
Peter Klymchuk - 50 Years
Fred Horn  5 Years
Ron Reddicliff - 15 Years
                      2017 BC ELKS ASSOCIATION DART WINNERS
Ladies Singles:     
1st                      Carla Smith                      Lodge:        Mission No. 30
2nd                     Dee Jalava                       Lodge:        Penticton No. 51
Jt3rd                  Tracy Scaife                     Lodge:        Courtenay Elks No. 60
Jt3rd                  Betty Pilon                       Lodge:        Penticton No. 51

Men's Singles:       
1st                    Paul deBeer                         Lodge:     Duncan No.69
2nd                  Jim Anton                             Lodge:     Duncan No. 69
Jt3rd                Mike Flynn                           Lodge:     Duncan No. 69
 Jt4th               Kevin Hefferland                  Lodge:     Mission No. 30
Ladies Doubles:     
 1st        Carla Smith/Tracey Bukholtz                  Lodge:  Mission No. 30
 2nd       Nicole Summer/Sharon Holt                   Lodge:  Courtenay No. 60 and Duncan No. 69 
Jt3rd      Dee Jalava/Betty Pilon/Betty Gibson     Lodge:  Penticton No. 51
Men's Doubles:
1st          Calvin Ek/Dave Person                            Lodge:   Pentiction No. 51
2nd         Sean McBride/Jim Anton                         Lodge:   Duncan No. 69
Jt3rd       Paul DeBree/Mike Flynn                         Lodge:    Duncan No. 69
Jt3rd       Dale Smith/Jim Frederickson                 Lodge:    Mission No. 30
Mixed Doubles:
1st            Carla Smith/Kevin Hefferland                Lodge:    Mission No. 30
2nd           Dave Pearson/Betty Pilon                      Lodge:    Penticton No. 51
Jt3rd        Joe Brooks/Betty Gibson                        Lodge:    Penticton No. 51
Jt3rd         Andy Pilon/Davene Cumming                 Lodge:    Penticton No. 51 

Burnaby Elks NO. 497 Helping the helpers: 
  Our Lodge donated $35,500.00 to ten Charities
Front row left to right:   Brother Gerry Pelletier, Sister Anne Chychrun, Brother Reg Seguin, Annette mew representing the Burnaby Seniors Outreach Services Society, Tanya Yinau representing the B.C. Children's Hospital Foundation, Maura Fitzpatrick representing the Children of Street Society, Teresa Kazemin representing The B.C. Family Hearing Resource Society, Sylvia Zylla representing the Burnaby Hospital Foundation, Maria Jacome representing Stride Avenue Community School and last but not least Exalted Ruler Sister Doreen Peniuk on behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society for The Relay of Life.

Standing in the back are Brother Wally Govett and Sister JudyGwin

A cheque was sent to the Edmonds Community School and cheques were presented to the B.C. Elks Provincial Conference in Mission for the Elks Recreation Children's Camp Society of B.C. 



Salmon Arm Elks No. 455 through a variety of activities find themselves in a positon to donate to a variety of charities and non profit organizations in the Salmon Arm area:  Here is the list from 2016: Shuswap Family Resource Centre, Rocky Mountain Rangers, Shuswap Hospic, comfort Inn (bed kids), girl Guides, Salvation Army Food Bank, Junior Curlers, Safe Society Salmon Arm Air Cadets, Second Harvest Food Bank, Seniors Resource Centre, Salmon Arm Boy Scouts,  Shuswap Community Living and Shuswap Day Care.   They also donated four turkeys to the Salvation Army Food Bank.
Kay Heuer was among the first to join the ranks of an all-male Nanaimo Elks Club the year it opened membership to women.  It was difficult. " A lot of the Brothers didn't want women there," said Heuer.
She stayed with the organization because she's stubborn, she said with a laugh and believed in the work the Elks did for children.   Today, Heuer is the Nanaimo Elks Exalted Ruler, the equivalent of a Club President and  helping mark the centennial of the social and service club.
Since its first meeting in 1916, the Nanaimo Elks Lodge sent thousands of cigarettes to the soldiers overseas in the Second World War, helped children access hearing aids and contributed money to community groups.
Today, members say the lodge isn't as formal as it once was, with regalia only worn on special occasions.  In 1998, after a 77 per cent yes vote in a national referendum, it also allowed women to apply for membership.   Heuer was among five who joined and said there were members who quit the lodge; it was "very upsetting" to them.  But she also notes its changed and she is happy she went through the process.
Denis Heppelle, Secretary-Treasurer, shared some history of the Elks, which held entertainment on a monthly basis for soldiers stationed in Nanaimo 80 years ago and at one time held regular curling bonspiels and a Christmas Party for  kids free with gifts.   He's most proud of what the Elks have contributed to the community for hearing aids and to places like Nanaimo 7-10 Club and the Nanaimo Child Development Centre.  Approximately $20,000.0 in donations has been given this year alone.
But like other local clubs, membership is on the decline, with ranks going from 170 in 1995 to 25 this year.  It's an old membership because young people don't seem to want to join Elks and have lots of other things to do said George Schofield a member since 1965.
In the 60's, not everyone had a bot or motorhome and the weekend activity was to go the Elks Lodge, said Schofield, whos proud to have been a member for 50 years.
Heuer said the 100 Year Celebration, which happened last month, was going to be wonderful and sad.  "It's like coming to the end of an era fro the Elks, it is.  We've had the 90th Celebration, 95th and this one, but will we be celebrating another one in five years?  I hope so.?


Burnaby Elks receiving three awards: (follow link below)


Burnaby Elks No. 497  - Award for donations to cancer society
Sister Pat Peters will be 95 Years Young on July 4th.  Pat started with the Royal Purple over 55 years ago and in January 1, 2015 joined the Burnaby Elks.  Pat is very humorous and has told many good jokes and has brought cards and tokens for every special occasion as she is our very crafty member



Winners of the BC Elks Provincial Bowling in Penticton, BC held on May 7, 2016
Men's Over Average:   Bill Pick
Men's High Single:   Tony D'Amico
Ladies Over Average:  Tracey Weins
Ladies High Single:   Sharon Atkinson
Link below are the winners of the Elks Tournament held in Penticton, BC, April, 2016






Salmon Arm Elks installed three new members on October 21st.

Langley Elks No. 259:  
Picture one:  (left to right) Brenda Ormond, Karen Anderson and Agnes Bierwirth sorting through the many drawings received from our contest held at the Arts Alive.  These drawings are part of the Addiction Awareness Program and winners - Lily (5 years), Avari (6 years), Jeremiah (9 years) and Ava (11 years) were selected and set prizes for their efforts.

Langley Elks No. 259 participated in the Langley Arts Alive Festival where they ran a drawing contest for kids upon which the winners are selected and awarded a prize. The photo below contains a couple holding the Langley Elks 80th Sign are President Bob Pringle and Publicity Chair and Historian Laverne Pringle.

Langley Elks marks it's 80th Year!!!
1935 to 2015
Since 1935, Langley Elks Lodge continues to be successful in providing support for children and families in the community

Langley Elks recently named three of its senior time members as Honorary Lifetime members for their many years with Elks and Royal Purple.  Evelyn Hart has contributed 48 years of service with both the Elks and Royal Purple.   Her husband, Roy, was a former President of Langley Elks for four terms and became an Elks District Deputy and has received his Honorary Membership a number of years ago.
John and Marjory Keeper are also recognized as Honorary Lifetime members as well.  John has been an Elk member for 44 years and Marjory for 50 years with both the Elks and Royal Purple Lodges.

Burnaby Elks Service Pins Presentation


Burnaby Elks Helping the Community