Elks building up for sale

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September 7, 2016 2:58 PM

The Lloydminster chapter of the Elks is looking to sell its digs after it was realized maintenance costs are taking away from the group’s ability to help the community, which for the Elks, is what it’s all about. 
“We made a decision that we are going to entertain the idea of selling the Elk Hall, so we put it up for tender bid just to see what the interest is, and there were no successful bids on what we thought it was worth and what the local realtor thought it should be worth also,” said Gord Roebuck, secretary of the local chapter.
“So for the time being we’re just hanging onto it and going in a couple other routes, see if there is other interests in some other place.”
Part of the problem is the Elks’ low membership, causing it to have a hard time with fundraisers, and the funds the group does manage to raise seem to go directly back into maintaining its building.
Looking after the place is starting to take more energy than the small club is able to muster, and it’s the hope of the group that whoever eventually buys the place will keep it as a community hall so the Elks can stay, but rent the space rather than own it.
“(We’re) definitely not disbanding, we’re just trying to lower the amount of time we have to look after a building verses helping out community,” said Roebuck.
“Our goal is to be just like any other charitable group; do our good things in the community, whether it’s helping seniors groups, children, sporting events, that type of thing.”
At a national level, the main charity the Elks help out with involves lending a hand to hearing impaired youth.
Roebuck said the Lloydminster chapter has contacts for financial assistance to offer local residents in these types of situations and has helped out in the past.
“Our fundraising involves working casinos in Camrose and bringing money back to the community that way,” said Roebuck. 
“We have a couple of raffles, that type of thing, the provincial cash raffle this year we made a little money from, but not to the degree needed for looking after this building.”
The Lloydminster Elks Lodge has been part of the community for many decades, having been given its charter in 1938.

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