Instituted - March 29, 2009

Instituted March 29th, 2009

     The Fort Mill Elks Lodge was instituted March 29, 2009 at the Rock Hill Elks Lodge #1318 who was the sponsoring Lodge for Fort Mill. PastExalted Ruler, Patrick Coyle with the encouragement from his wife and fellow Elk Nancy, started exploring the idea of starting a new Lodge in Fort Mill, SC. With the help of two friends and fellow Elks Michael Pierce and Thomas Oddi the process began. The goal was to obtain 100 signatures and applications from persons interested in joining the proposed Fort Mill Elks Lodge. On November 17, 2009 the fst public meeting was held at the American Legion to gauge a community interest. At these meetings various Elk dignitaries and members spoke about the Elks and its history to the many interested community members in attendance.   Meetings were held every two weeks and on January 29, 2009 a letter requesting dispensation was written to then Grand Exalted Ruler Paul Helsel as the required 100 prospective members was obtained. Dispensation was granted and Past Grand Exalted Ruler Arthur H "Jack" Frost presided over the Institution.


      Right from the beginning the Fort Mill Elks Lodge has been active in the community. We have participated in and/or  sponsored several community activities;  such as the Youth Soccer and Hoop Shoot, support of the Fort Mill Care Center, activities at the Fort Mill Boy's and Girl's Club, SpringFest, Fallfest, Parades, ENF, Scholarship,  Dictionary Project, Americanism, ROTC, Boy Scouts, Drug Awareness, Adopt-A-Stream, Adopt-A-Highway, ETC, South Carolina Strawberry Festival, Veterans Deer Hide Program, as well as several social events for it's members.

      The Fort Mill Elks would like to thank Past Grand Exalted Ruler Paul Helsel, Past Grand Exalted Ruler Arthur H "Jack" Frost, Past State President Mickey Brackett, Past State President Melvin "Skip" McDole, Past State President Tim Boyette, Chuck Kormelink PDD, John Barry PDD (CT),  Robbie Blackwell PDD , Penny Montgomery PDD, Chris Coyle PER (CT), Rock Hill Elks Lodge #1318, Fort Mill American Legion Post #43, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9138 and all the Lodges and members that helped to make this possible. With their guidance and assistance, our Lodge has experienced a very strong beginning.