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Updated: 11/09/2017 08:30:02AM

Membership has benefits

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SUN PHOTO BY ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

Randy Stephan is one of several entertainers who performs at the Englewood Elks Lodge. There is usually a one-man bad outside and two or three-piece band inside to entertain members and guests.

SUN PHOTO BY ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

Jay Andrade, administrator of the Englewood Elks, stands near a lengthy list of places the members donated to this year totaling more than $70,000.

SUN PHOTO BY ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

Englewood Lodge 2378 member Vito Bisceglia arranges the adopt a box veteran's Christmas gift shoeboxes.

SUN PHOTO BY ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

Bar bingo is just one of many activities at the Englewood Elks Lodge. Money raised from events at the lodge is donated to scholarships, summer camp programs, veterans and children's organizations.

SUN PHOTO BY ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

The floor inside the Englewood Moose Lodge is completely remodeled. It will be back open for members this week.

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A view from the Punta Gorda Elks Lodge 2606 is one reason why so many members are drawn to the entertainment, restaurant and other rewards of being a part of the group.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRIS PORTER

Linda Stevens and Denise Pivovar are all smiles as they accept $3,500 from members of Moose Lodge 1933 on Tuesday. The ladies are members of the Friends for the Advancement of Musical Education, also known as F.A.M.E., which is having its annual fundraising Music City Concert this weekend to buy musical instruments for local students. Pictured with them are Moose members, from left, Bill Housley, Newt Webb, John Bienkowski, Merle Kolberg, Lewis Hamilton and Glenn Kolberg.

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Ron Anderson, Linda Borrelli, Noel McGowan and Sherrie Anderson enjoy themselves at the tiki bar at the Englewood Moose lodge on West Dearborn Street.


SUN PHOTO BY SANDY MACYS

Jason Motz strums his guitar at the Moose Lodge tiki bar on West Dearborn Street in Englewood.

By ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

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After making massive renovations to the lodge’s dining room, its bar and its street-side tiki bar on West Dearborn Street, the Englewood Moose have watched their membership grow — and grow quickly.

Bucking a long national trend in dwindling membership for fraternal organizations, Moose Lodge 1933 went from 550 members four years ago to more than 6,000 right now.

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