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Painesville, Ohio

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 Past District Deputy GER George Duke Miller installs Tom Keaty as BPOE 549's newest Exalted Ruler.  Robert Waite, seated, watches as our newest PER.














 The following article chronicles the existence of our Ladies Auxiliary, Emblem Club #85.  Carol Johnson does a wonderful job of reminding us of many years that #85 served BPOE 549.  As a lodge, we owe a great debt of gratitude to our Emblem Club members, past and present.  The Emblem Club funded many projects and served as additional hands during many of our functions through the years.  This is just one more loss that we face with the changing nature of our society and we are the poorer for the loss of our Emblem Club.  Our own Elks Lodge faces many of the same challenges that forced the Emblem Club to make this decision.  Without renewed dedication and participation of the members, BPOE 549 may, one day, find itself in this same position.  It is only with your dedication that we will be able to go forward into the future.    

Painesville Emblem Club #85

Sadly, the Painesville Emblem Club #85 has had its last meeting. 


The club was born of dedication to and support of the Painesville Elk's Lodge # 549. The vision of several women who wished to enjoy each other's company, socialize, and help the Lodge became a reality on October 13, 1941. On November 7, 1941 the formal installation of officers and initiation of 8 members was held at the Elk's Home on the park in Painesville. The first president was Marguerite Thrasher, wife of Exalted Ruler Ray Thrasher.


Thus began a journey enriched with compassion, philanthropy, fun, and dedication. The main focus was and always has been to support the Lodge, promote Americanism, and respond to the needs of our fellow men and women.


The 1940's were the formative years and the 1950's saw growth by leaps and bounds. Women had not yet joined the work force in great numbers and were able to give their time and talents to this rapidly growing club of 200 members. Card parties, teas, luncheons and dinners were ongoing .From these functions the Lodge benefitted financially as did the Crippled Children's Clinic which was a project near and dear to the Emblem Club. The Cancer Society, the Supreme Scholarship

Fund also felt their benevolence. Bloodmobiles held here at the Lodge have been coordinated and manned by Emblem Club members.


Dedication, socialization and laughter have been cornerstones of Emblem Club # 85. Wonderful homemade baked goods, helping hands, and a genuine concern for others have been the driving forces to accomplishing the many projects undertaken by this group.


On  the National level, Emblem Clubs were started during WWI by female relatives of Elks members to wrap bandages for wounded servicemen overseas. Original incorporation was in the state of Rhode Island and the first club was chartered in 1926. By 1979 there were500 local clubs and 11 state organizations. Today there are 16 State Associations ( 3 of which include 2 or more states). There are now more than 200 clubs nationwide.


The Motto of Emblem Club echoes its principals- Truth, Justice, and Charity. Emblem Club's rich and fulfilling heritage has been a wonderful example of hard work, heartfelt compassion, and socialization while enriching the lives of others.


In 1957 Emblem Club # 85's Historian Marguerite Haker wrote: "Another Emblem Club year passes into history. Only God can equitably evaluate the worth of our deeds. He rates out accomplishments not by the acquisition of material wealth or the size of our bank account balance but by the scope of our benevolence,


The legacy left by Painesville Emblem Club #85 is a steadfast and abiding desire to help make the Painesville Elks Lodge # 549 the best it can be.


Prepared by

Carol Johnson





 $$$$$2000!  Painesville Elks 549 has  been approved for the ENF Beacon Grant.  This money will be used to host Adult D.D. clients at our Dec. 3rd Snowball Christmas Dinner.  This is your ENF donations coming back to our local lodge, helping us serve our community


Ray's Tooth was won by Ross Kooyman.  $700 raised for ENF!

The Painesville Elks Lodge #549 is located 1 mile south of Painesville’s Veterans’ Park, at 723 Liberty Street.  We offer our members a safe environment in which they can enjoy lunches and dinners, beverages, bocce ball, darts, TV shows and sporting events as well as many other activities.


Being a subordinate lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, we are a membership facility.  If you would be interested in joining the Elks, you may call us at 440-357-6943 and ask for the lodge secretary.  The Elks is a patriotic organization that does a tremendous amount of work in the areas of scholarships, veterans, youth, and charity.  The Ohio Special Project is in Cerebral Palsy.  We fund programs that assist those with CP to better live their lives.


 Members, if you know someone that you think would make a good Elk, please stop in and pick up an application or call and ask for the lodge secretary.


Our hours are:

Monday – Thurs.11:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Friday - 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Saturday - 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM 

Sunday - 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

 Hosting a shower, wake, birthday party or other informal affair?  take a look at our Buffet Menu on the Banquet Menu tab.

Full Buffet Rentals!

Our facilities are available to the public for rentals, meetings, and parties of almost any description.  The rental menus are listed on this website on the Banquet Menu page.  Weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries, and showers find a friendly venue at reasonable pricing.  Call 440-357-6943 and ask for Bonnie to schedule a visit to our redecorated banquet hall.  There is plenty of parking and we can accommodate groups up to about 200.  We have a smaller room that can easily handle 50.  Our in-house kitchen and staff are ready to serve your needs.


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