The San Pedro Elks July 2008

Elks Care and Elks Share

Dancing At The San Pedro Elks Lodge

What a wonderful evening!  Dinner and dancing while watching Long Beach go from light to dark!

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE; also often known as the Elks Lodge or simply The Elks) is an American fraternal order and social club founded in 1868. It is one of the leading fraternal orders in the U.S., claiming over one million members.

The Elks had modest beginnings in 1868 as a social club (then called the "Jolly Corks") established as a private club to elude New York City laws governing the opening hours of public taverns. After the death of a member left his wife and children without income, the club took up additional service roles, rituals and a new name. Desiring to adopt "a readily identifiable creature of stature, indigenous to America", fifteen members voted 8-7 to favor the elk above the buffalo.[1] Early members were mostly from theatrical performing troupes in New York City. It has since evolved into a major American fraternal, charitable, and service order with more than a million members, both men and women, throughout the United States.

Membership was opened to African Americans in the 1970s and women in the mid-1990s, and currently excludes atheists. The opening of membership to women was mandated by the Oregon Public Accommodations Act, which was found by an appeals court to apply to the BPOE, and it has been speculated that the religious restriction might be litigated on the same basis. Current members are required to be U.S. citizens over the age of 21 and believe in God.

Dancing at the San Pedro Elks Lodge July 2008

Dancing at the San Pedro Elks Lodge July 2008
We enjoyed the buffet which had plenty of food and goodies.  Our table and the dance floor were
only a few feet apart... Real dinner-dancing!

Dancing at the San Pedro Elks Lodge July 2008
Del and Vicky line dance to the Electric Slide!

Did You Know? - The Electric Slide is a four wall line dance. The dance was created by American dancer Ric Silver. Originally called The Electric, the dance was created in 1976 for the re-opening of Vamps Disco in New York at 71st and Broadway. It was choreographed to the international hit song Electric Boogie by Marcia Griffiths; the song was written for Griffiths by Bunny Wailer, who did not copyright the song until 1982. The song was originally released in 1976 and re-released in 1989, when it became a dance craze.

Many people felt that the dance was called the Electric Slide because in the song the lyrics state "I'll teach you the electric slide," but, as stated previously, the dance was originally called "The Electric." Silver registered his video of the dance in 2003 with the Library of Congress.

Dancing at the San Pedro Elks Lodge July 2008
Daylight view from the balcony next to the dance floor and dining room

Dancing at the San Pedro Elks Lodge July 2008
Not to worry, we do NOT smoke and have not for ten plus years!

Dang.... Moving Pretty Well For Old Folks!

Dancing at the San Pedro Elks Lodge July 2008

Dancing at the San Pedro Elks Lodge July 2008

Dancing at the San Pedro Elks Lodge July 2008
Music by the Street Corner Quartette!  They played everything from a
Waltz to the Samba making for a great evening!

Dancing at the San Pedro Elks Lodge July 2008

Dancing at the San Pedro Elks Lodge July 2008

Now Vick and Del Show Us Up!

Dancing at the San Pedro Elks Lodge July 2008

Dancing at the San Pedro Elks Lodge July 2008
The view is amazing... It looks like a box full of jewels!  We danced
for about three hours and enjoyed the company!