Business of the Week – Lamar Elks Lodge #1319

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Be sure to read The Prowers Journal each week when the Lamar Chamber of Commerce
and The Prowers Journal highlight a featured Business of the Week.

This week we are proud to spotlight the Lamar Elks Lodge #1319.
Give them a call at: 719.336-7886

Lamar Lodge #1319 began in May, 1915, sponsored by La Junta Elks Lodge, #701. There were approximately 32 charter members at that time and the Lodge now has 450 plus, members.

The Elks are a fraternal, non-profit organization serving youth, veterans, Boy Scouts and the community-at-large. Lamar Elks covers an area from Syracuse, Kansas to Las Animas and from Eads to Springfield and all communities lying in-between.

The old Lodge building was located in downtown Lamar, which is now the parking lot next to Valley National Bank and across from Peacock Funeral Home. The new Lodge, south of Lamar is located at the Spreading Antlers Golf Course and was built in 1965 following the downtown flood of 1965.

Our year begins on April 1st and since that time, the Lodge has donated $3,500 to high school scholarships, and any senior can apply. There is a $3,000 scholarship given to Lamar Community College. In addition, the Elks have contributed to veterans, the local Compassion Center, the Lamar Police K9 Unit, Boy Scouts, Domestic Safety Resource Center, University of Colorado and local and community groups for a yearly total of $5,500.

The Lamar Elks conduct their popular Bingo night every Thursday, beginning at 7pm unless otherwise announced and all proceeds are dedicated to the Charity Fund. The Elks volunteer their cooking services for Kid’s Day at the Sand & Sage Fair and serve for the BBQs. The Elks National Foundation will cover College Scholarships if the member parent is deceased or is disabled and you need not be an Elk to join E.N.F. The fee is $100 for a paid-up member.

Clem Audin Scholarship assists those children, 18 and under, who apply for medicine, school supplies, clothing…etc. Contact Jared Crabtree at 688-2644.

The annual Crab Crack is held in March and the annual Lobsterfest is held in October. Brotherhood Night takes place in March with La Junta, Rocky Ford and Lamar Lodges holding a dinner and auction from which all proceeds go to Veteran’s Homes in Walsenburg and Pueblo.

For more information regarding scholarship and community activities sponsored by the Lamar Elks Lodge, contact 719-336-7886 or

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