Over the course of many years, the Punta Gorda Elks has seen a remarkable influx of members, solidifying its status as the largest Elks organization in Florida, boasting nearly 5,000 dedicated members. Our significant presence in the local community reflects not only our size but also the remarkable generosity of our members. Additionally, our idyllic location along the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor continues to entice new and passionate individuals into our fold.
We are profoundly grateful for this ongoing growth, especially in the face of Hurricane Ian, which left devastation in its wake. Despite the virtual destruction, we managed to reopen a mere 10 days after the event, thanks to the installation of a ‘big top,’ an outdoor kitchen, and the unwavering dedication of our members. While the path to full recovery may be long, we are confident that, with the unwavering support of our members, we will achieve it.
In the interim, our eagerly anticipated 5,000-square-foot Tiki building is set to be completed before the close of 2023, bolstering our capacity to meet the evolving needs of our expanding membership.
We are certain that the Eagle will soon return to its nest in the not-too-distant future!
First Officers of the Punta Gorda Elks Lodge 2606c. 1980
Trustees: Jim Murello, Bob Miller, Ken Haymans, Willard Biehl, Charles Borgstrom, Oganist: Elmer George, Inner Guard: Don Abbott,
Chaplain: Tony Maresca, Esquire: Lindsey Harrington.
Tresurer: Jim Christman, Lecturing Knight: Harry Custer, Leading Knight: Nick Balacky, Exalted Ruler: Don Roll, Loyal Knight: Gordon Keller,
Secretary: Jack Liddle, Tiler: John Schibler
Prior to becoming Elks 2606, the place was famously recognized as the Eagles Nest, featuring a stunning eagle’s nest within a pine tree for several years until a hurricane destroyed it.
In 1980, the inaugural board of the newly established Elks 2606 was established, and they opted to retain the names Main Lodge and Restaurant, naming them Eagles Nest.
“Elks Lodges are more than just a building with amenities, they are community spaces where neighbors gather and families bond.”
To inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share.