How Was "The Elks Club" Named?
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (or "Elks Club") had modest beginnings in 1868 as a drinking club (then called the "Jolly Corks") established as a private club to elude New York City laws governing the opening hours of public taverns.
Early members were members of theatrical performing troupes in New York City. It has since evolved into a major American fraternal, charitable, and service order with over a million members, both men and women, throughout the United States and Canada. Current members are required to be over the age of 21 and believe in God.
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