Maceo Elks Lodge #8

712 West Duval Street

Jacksonville, Fl 32202

(904) 356-9094

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Maceo Elks Lodge #8 is located at 712 West Duval Street in the LaVilla section of downtown Jacksonville.  LaVilla originated from a Spanish Land Grant to John Jones in 1801 and later became the site of the war encampments. LaVilla was incorporated as a town during reconstruction.  At the time of its incorporation into the City of Jacksonville in 1887 LaVilla was ethnically a very mixed community. Maceo Elks Lodge was constructed in 1914 as the Young Men's Hebrew Association.  Maceo Elks Lodge #8 took over the building from the YMCA towards the close of World War II and was dedicated on January 22 and 23 1947.  Application for Maceo Elks Lodge #8 in Jacksonville was approved on December 7,1898, making it the seventh oldest lodge in the country.  The lodge became part of the Florida State Association, which was formed and organized in Jacksonville in 1924.  Members of the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission approved the Elks application for the Historic Landmark designation in March 1993.  Locally the Elks have assisted the Jacksonville community in hosting workshops, feeding the elderly, hosting community dances, talent shows and other positive activities.  Also being a partner with various community organizations like the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Volunteers of America and the North Florida Community Action Agency, we provide a location to have community meetings, feed the kids in the community and sponsor programs for kids in the area community centers.   The purpose of the organization is that the welfare and happiness of its members be promoted and enhanced; the nobleness of soul and goodness of heart be cultivated so that the principles of charity, justice, brotherly/sisterly love and fidelity be inculcated; that its members and families be assisted and protected; and that the spirit of patriotism be enlivened and exalted.  A number of departments comprise the Elks Organization, including Education, Civil Liberties and Antlered Guard all which work to create a wholesome environment for all. Indeed, the I.B.P.O. Elks of the World is solidly functioning, making a positive economic, political and social impact around the world and in our community, while documenting our historical existence.
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