Brief History of Roseville Elks Lodge #2248

We recently celebrated our lodges 55th Birthday (March 2017). With that in mind the PER Association would like to share a short history of our lodge.

In 1961 Floyd Knudsen and others began searching for names that would demit from other nearby lodges to become members of a lodge in Roseville. On December 8, 1961 Elks Floyd Knudsen, Ford Marshal, Guido (Joe) Gianani and 132 others asked for and were granted Dispensation for a Lodge to be known as Roseville Lodge #2248.

Our Charter was granted and the ceremony was held on February 4, 1962 in Johnson Hall at the Placer County Fairgrounds. Following the ceremony the Installation of Officers was held. Floyd Knudsen was initiated as the Charter Exalted Ruler for 1961/1962.

The early meetings were held at Carpenter Hall on Melody Lane. In October 1965 the Lodge purchased 10 acres at the corner of Baseline Road and Brady Lane for $25,000. Later negotiations resulted in a much lesser payoff with the deed holder. In 1968 it was paid off and they had the deed. In 1969 the members began selling bonds for $25 each as a way of raising funds for a building.

At the regular meeting on December 18, 1970 a vote was held to buy the new building for $46,000. The vote was 59 in favor and 8 against. On February 20, 1971 the groundbreaking ceremony for the new lodge was held. The 80’ X 100’ building was constructed by Stran-Steel Dealer in Sacramento. It was a floor, 4 walls and a roof. There were no interior walls, ceiling, electrical or plumbing. From that point on almost all of the work was done by volunteers.

The first meeting was held in the new Lodge on October 1971. The dedication ceremony was held on March 19, 1972. On July 18, 1974 they began the grading, paving, landscaping, lighting and road access projects.

Thank you Otto Mabry for preserving our Lodges history so that we may pass it on to others.

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