Elks Lodge No. 942 in downtown Catlettsburg has been closed after its charter was revoked by the national organization on Tuesday.
The lodge suffered from a variety of organizational problems that led to the closure including a decline in active membership, officials said.
According to an executive order from the Elk’s Board of Grand Trustees, the Catlettsburg lodge, which has been in existence since the 1890s, violated a number of the order’s laws. They included: failing to elect and maintain a full slate of Lodge officers, failing to keep and maintain accurate minutes of all meetings, failing to establish a budget and keep other required records and accounts of lodge activities, failing to have a representative attend the Grand Lodge session in 2013, failing to establish and maintain sound financial principals and operate in a sound financial condition and failing to provide monthly reports.
In addition, the lodge has been unable to maintain a full complement of committees that work to promote the programs of organization.
Elks member Jerry Moore, one of three trustees appointed by the Grand Lodge to carry out the closure, said the entire organization was sad to see the closure. “The Grand Lodge regrets losing one of the older Lodges of the more than 2,200 lodges across the country,” he said.
The Ashland Elks Lodge No. 350 and the Kentucky State Elks’ Association share a similar sentiment, according to Moore. “There has long been a chain of fraternal brotherhood between the two lodges and a friendly rivalry that goes on every day,” he said.
“The Catlettsburg Lodge has been a part of the Catlettsburg community for over a 100 years and has made an impact through its programs and charitable contributions,” said Moore. He noted many prominent Catlettsburg residents have been members of the lodge in the past.
Moore said the Catlettsburg Lodge can appeal the closure within 10 days. It also can be rechartered or a new lodge can be created in the area.
Members of the Catlettsburg lodge will receive information in the mail about the procedure of applying to transfer to other area lodges, according to Moore. In addition to Ashland Elks there are lodges in Huntington and Ironton.
Officials are asking that all property of the Catlettsburg Lodge be returned to trustees. These items include: its charter, membership lists, books, papers, jewels, emblems, regalia and other effects.
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