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Who Are the Elks?

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE), established in the USA in the 1800’s, is renowned for its charitable projects at both the national and community levels. With just under 1 million members in more than 2000 lodges across the country, the Elks are one of the largest and most active fraternal & charitable organizations in the world! The Elks are also one of the largest contributors of college scholarships in the nation, giving millions of dollars through their Elks National Foundation each year. Elks strongly support Americanism, celebrating and honoring our flag. National Flag Day was created as a result of Elks encouragement. More information can be found at the national Elks web site,

Who Are the Tampa Elks?

The Tampa Elks Lodge #708 is the Elks Lodge in Tampa, Florida. Established in 1902, we have a long history of service to the community & the nation. We actively provide free outreach programs to the Youth of Tampa Bay, the Veterans at James A. Haley VA Hospital, the Athena House (for homeless women veterans) and we are a sponsor of the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County. Our State and National projects include a 385 acre, top-rated summer camp in Umatilla, Florida where many under-privileged children are sponsored by lodges throughout the country each year. Our “Mobile” Therapy vans provide free orthopedic and disability therapy to children, in the comfort of their own home throughout Florida. We are very active in the Elks Nationwide Hoop Shoot and Soccer Shoot competitions in which over 3 million kids participate each year. More information can be found at the Florida state Elks web site, and the Tampa Elks web site,, that you are now viewing.

A detailed history of the Tampa Lodge is available on this web site. For up to date information, the "Elksize" newsletter is the official monthly publication of Tampa Lodge #708 and features a message from the Exalted Ruler and a detailed calendar of events, as well as reports from the various committees.

Exalted Ruler Wendy Hall, the Lodge Officers, Trustees and Ladies of the Elks extend a warm welcome to members, guests and visitors. We extend a cordial welcome to all visiting B.P.O.E. members and their guests when visiting the Tampa Bay Area.

Where is Lodge 708?

The Lodge is located in south Tampa about 2 miles north of MacDill AFB, just east of the corner of Gandy Blvd and Dale Mabry Hwy, at 3616 W. Gandy Blvd. on the south side of the street across from the Starbucks. To see our location, use this Online Map. Map

How Can You Become an Elk?

The Tampa Elks Lodge accepts sponsored membership applications from U.S. Citizens, 21 and older, who believe in God, and who enjoy associating with people working toward common goals. Detailed information on becoming a member can be found at

Web Site Updated: 09/11/2023 by MQ