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Groundbreaking picture courtesy Sedona Heritage Museum.

The Elks broke ground on their new building in October, 1964 with many members
in attendance, including (left to right) Jim Irwin, John O'Gara, Harold Feightner,
Exalted Ruler William Brown, Milt Dunn, Gene Munson, Robert Conway,
Leroy Gaberel and Bob Ley.

Sedona Elks - Lodge of the Year - 2009

All-American Lodge of the Year: 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008

Sedona Lodge No. 2291 was incorporated as an Arizona Corporation on April 11, 1967

Picture of placing the Elks sign in the groundEarly in 1963 a committee of Elks in Sedona was formed to institute a new lodge here. The committee was composed mostly of members of Jerome Lodge No. 1361.

Gene Munson was made Chairman of the organizing Committee. Other members included Doug Garbutt (who became the first Ex. Ruler), William L. Brown, Milt Dunn, Cy Weber, Tom Mason, Lyle Commings, Wesley Jackson, Dan Kingman, and Harold Feightner.

At the Institution of the Lodge on November 23, 1963, in the Sedona School auditorium, there were 242 members total comprised of 67 transfers and 175 initiates.

The Lodge held its meeting in the dining hall of the Old Sedona Lodge, owned at the time by one of the Charter Trustees, Harry Crittenden. It was on a portion of the property where the King’s Ransom Motor Hotel is now located. Harry had plans to remove the Old Sedona Lodge facilities and construct a modern motel. So the Lodge was forced to make plans of its own to have a meeting place.

Three members of the Lodge (William L. Brown, E.R., Harold Feightner and Gene Munson) formed the BFM Co. for the purpose of obtaining land and constructing a building thereon, to Lodge specifications, for rental to the Lodge. On August 24, 1964, the BFM Development Company voted to purchase approximately 3 acres of land from Fred C. Bretcher, Jr., and Jean T. Bretcher, his wife, for the full price of $10,500 cash. On approximately October 1, 1964 ground was broken for the new Lodge building. In February 1965, the Lodge began to meet in the new building, which has been “Home” since that time. The dedication service was held December 11, 1965. Milt Dunn, E.R., with special guest, R. Leonard Bush, GER, and Horace R. Wisely, PGER, hosted the ceremony.

On September 2, 1965, the BFM Development Co. voted to donate, as a gift, all shares of stock to Sedona Lodge No. 2291, together with all assets and liabilities. The Lodge later accepted the offer and the Agreement of Transfer was signed by all parties and acknowledged by Leonard S. Sharman, Notary Public, on November 18, 1965.

Building picture courtesy Sedona Heritage Museum.

More about the Elks...

With almost a million members in more than 2,100 local lodges nationwide, the Elks are one of the largest and most active fraternal organizations in the world! Organized on February 16, 1868, we are the largest American Benevolent Organization in the United States of America. All Elks are citizens of the United States.

The Order of the Elks is a benevolent organization, not a “Social-Business Club.” It is dedicated to Service to our Communities and our Country. Our various projects offer a wide range of interests for you to choose from when volunteering.

Upon attaining membership in our Order, you will become part of a National Organization, which has members from every prominent city of our Country, who are respected Citizens in their Communities and are proud to say that they belong to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America.


The Elks National Foundation provides more than $3.3 million in college scholarships each year to graduating high school seniors. The “Most Valuable Student,” Eagle Scout, and Girl Scout Gold Award scholarships are open to any graduating high school senior. Legacy Awards and Emergency Educational Fund Grants are available only to children of Elks. The application process and deadlines vary for each of the programs. All applications, except for the scouting scholarships, must go through a local Elks Lodge before reaching the Elks National Foundation office. Contact your high school counselor for more information or contact us if you are a Sedona student.

Holiday Programs

  • Serving Thanksgiving Dinner to more than 1000 people and delivering meals to homebound members in the community
  • Clothe a Child (including Toys for Tots)
  • Holiday Baskets
Other programs
  • Steele Children’s Research Hospital
  • Arizona Elks Youth Camp
  • Active Military
  • Veterans

Volunteers are always needed to help us with these valuable community programs. You don't have to do it all. You can be “out front” in the community during our events, help raise funds “in the background” by volunteering to help with meals or Bingo, donating money or whatever your strengths are choose any number of other ways to be an Elk. We are always looking for new and younger members who are willing and able to help us keep current with the times. “The Elks need You!”


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