I was at our local Elks lodge a few weeks ago because they support my sons Boy Scout troop. Yesterday I told my wife that I think I might want to join the Elks, but I'm not really sure why. So that started me to thinking "what's the difference between Elks and maybe Rotary or ???. Now I know I could just google it and truthfully I did search for a bit. But then I thought I wonder what the diverse population of RV.net think.
So what do you all think? I assume they are all service organizations, but aside from that, is there really a difference?
Thanks for your thoughts and replies.
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Most Elks Lodges have RV parking with full hookups. I should say I don't know that most do, but the ones around where I am in California do. I think they are very inexpensive to rent.
They all do have some different things they do. I'm sure you could probably find more info on their websites. I think the Elks and Moose Lodge are much more of social clubs with some community activities mixed in with the drinking. Rotary I believe is more oriented for business networking and that is mixed in with the drinking too. Shriners raise a lot of money for their hospitals and drive little cars in parades.
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The Elks raise millions of dollars for the charities, civic organizations and Veteran groups they support. The Shriner's raise millions of dollars for the one charity they support, the children's hospitals and burn centers. I have belonged to both and dropped out of the Shriner's and fully support the Elks, as IMO, they do more good for the overall population, not just one segment of it. Yes, they do have MANY lodges with RV parking, but that IMO, is NOT the primary reason to join the organization. I also belong to the American Legion, as they are very active in the "local" community.
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From what I know and what I've read, all have some sort of charitable intentions, along with the social functions.
All Shriners are Masons, but not all Masons are Shriners. The Shriners operate a children's burn hospital in my area. All services are free to the patients, regardless of ability to pay. As long as they continue to do that, It's OK with me if they want to drive little cars in parades and wear funny hats.
Rotary International is more of a business connections organization. I belonged to a local chapter for awhile. At least in our chapter, we had weekly breakfast meetings, so the only thing we drank was coffee. Each year, each chapter chooses a high school student in the area and sends them for a school year to another country, living with a Rotary family in that country, and we hosted a student from a foreign country for a year. Our chapter raised money at an annual spaghetti dinner and auction for the community. Each week, one of the members did a presentation on their particular job or business. In my case, the number of members I couldn't stand to be around finally exceeded the number I could, so I gave it up.
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