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ELKS: Club members keep giving to community

Letter by Mary B. Fox, Tacoma on June 29, 2012 at 11:44 am with 3 Comments »
June 29, 2012 1:36 pm

Members of the Tacoma Elks Club showed their community spirit as their building was crumbling around them.

I went to their surplus sale on Thursday to see if I could get some good deals on furniture or other supplies for a free, nonprofit community writing center that my friends and I are creating. Once I told the members where the tables and chairs would be going, they refused to let me pay, insisting that they wanted the furniture to go to a place where it would help the community. They gave us 10 tables and 40 chairs and encouraged me to come back for more.

I have mixed feelings about the generous donation. I was thrilled to get the much-need furniture for free. On the other hand, it was incredibly sad to see the building being emptied, photos being taken down and the walls, counters and railings stripped of woodwork and metal so that the new Walmart can take its place.

As I was coming and going with my loads of furniture throughout the morning, one Elks member sat in his wheelchair gazing out the large dining room windows into the field behind the Elks building.

I hope his memories include all the good things the club did for us, the community. I, for one, am moved by the generosity.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. SwordofPerseus says:

    It makes me sick to my stomach to think that the good times and memories of the lodge will be replace by a frickin’ wall mart, gawd. I have only shopped at wall mart once(rode along with friend just to check it out). Never again, I would not shop there if it were half price of Safeway. I despise the walmart franchise and all it represents.

  2. philichi says:

    just think all of the money people will save over the next few years? I can’t wait.

  3. stradivari says:

    It was a fine location and a good mid Century piece of architecture, but the Tacoma ELKS leaders were aflicted with a blind spot to a changing world. Benign neglect of the physical building, the grounds and the very health and inner workings of the organization caused the whole operation to decay to the point of no return. A new teepee across the street will likey meet a similar end. Much of the lodge trappings, furniture and even gym lockers were parted out or cast off. It is good to see chairs and tables went to someone appreciative and in nedd.

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