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Who we are...


We are a fraternal organization that includes among its values promoting and practicing the virtues of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity;  and promoting the welfare and enhancing the happiness of its members, the South Orange Elks value diversity and celebrate the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.


We are committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which people from under-represented groups have greater opportunities to participate as members and leaders. Making diversity, equity, and inclusion a priority is the responsibility of all Elks. 


The South Orange Elks has served our community for over 110 years. We are men and women from your neighborhood who support children with special needs, veterans, local food banks, and other local organizations and charities in South Orange/Maplewood. We also have the best live entertainment in the area at our "First Fridays" band nights, comedy nights, dance parties, and more.

What we do...

  We sponsor and support the South Orange Elks Rent Party Garden, Maplewood-South Orange Girls Softball, South Orange Maplewood Little League Baseball, Special Olympics, the SOMS MMS & CHS Music Programs, South Orange Rescue Squad, and others.


We host VFW meetings, Girl Scout ceremonies, local school and team fundraisers, CHS Girls Softball team, Maplewood-South Orange softball draft, Jespy House parties, Maplewoodstock meetings, Maplewood Lacrosse, Cougar Soccer, and more groups!


  Our events include an Americanism Essay Contest, Scholarship programs, Army of Hope & Elks Camp Moore fundraisers, First Fridays music nights, Flag Day ceremony, meals served at Veteran's hospitals, Elktoberfest, Hoop Shoot contest, Lodge Memorial Service, Christmas toy drive, Memorial Day, Veterans’ picnic, Memorial Day parade, St. Patrick's Day Dinner, and more. The lodge is always adding to its activities.

The History of South Orange Lodge #1154

On May 20th, 1909, inside our South Orange Village Hall, South Orange Lodge was instituted as Subordinate Lodge #1154 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Twenty seven founders and two emits comprised the chartered members installation. Fred Ardrey was our first Exalted Ruler along with first Secretary William H. Van Iderstein.


Presently our lodge is home to about 300 members, both men and women.



We have been in our present location at 220 Prospect Street since 1926.

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