Elks Lodge 1538 is a proud member of CHEA or the California-Hawaii Elks Association. One of a Lodge’s commitments is to participate in CHEA’s Major Project. With 171 lodges in 19 Districts (including the Islands of Guam and the Philippines), and roots back to 1868, CHEA’s Purple Pig is the fundraising arm that serves disabled children, veterans, and youth in a wide range of activities. Member Lodges are encouraged to fill their Purple Pig regularly, with funds being submitted to CHEA; new Elks receive their Purple Pig at initiation!

This year once
again partnering with Chili’s Restaurants on Tuesday, January

Chili’s  Major Project Fudraiser

16, 2018. Chili’s Give-Back, a Major Project Fundraiser event, will donate 15% of the price of a meal to our Major Project. Last year’s event raised $5,415, Let’s beat that this year!


To donate online directly to CHEA, click this secure link. At Lodge 1538, members who commit a “faux pax” (such as a gentleman not holding a door open for his lady) have to contribute to the Lodge’s Purple Pig… and although they learn quickly, it seems members don’t mind making contributions to that Pig! Visit the CHEA site here:

Elks National Foundation

Lodge 1538 is a long-time supporter of the Great Heart of Elkdom, the Elks National Foundation or ENF. The mission of ENF is to help Elks build stronger communities by investing in communities where Elks live and work. They help youth develop lifelong skills, send students to college (like Righetti High School Student Zoi Urban, who was nominated Most Valuable Student of the Year in 2017, winning a $50k scholarship), meet the needs of today’s veterans, support the charitable work of state Elks associations, and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elks communities. Lodge 1538 holds raffles at every Lodge meeting in support of ENF – and if an Elk makes a contribution in the Lodge office to ENF, they receive an ENF Heart on their membership card, qualifying them to receive a bonus if they win a raffle! Visit the Elks National Foundation website here, and don’t forget to get an ENF heart on your membership card! 

Elks Rodeo

The Santa Maria Elks Rodeo is a four day extravaganza that is held each year at the Elks-Unocal Event Center in Santa Maria, California. During each Rodeo performance there are six adrenaline-rushing PRCA events, including Bull and Bronc Riding, Tie-down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Bareback Riding, WPRA Barrel Racing, Xtreme Bronc Riding, Local Team Roping, and Mutton Bustin’. The rodeo also attracts some of the top sports announcers, bull riders, barrelmen and stock contractors.

Visit the Elks Rec website for event and ticket information.