The Michigan Elks Association was started in 1904. The Michigan Elks Association sponsors the Michigan Major Projects and our Michigan Elks charitable fund “The Gold Key” helps special needs children after high school. As of today we have 51 active lodges in our state with a combined membership of 20,000 members.
The Michigan Elks was founded in 1904 by the then first State President James O’Hara from St. Joseph Lodge. The first lodge in the state of Michigan was Detroit #34 which is now currently Royal Oak-Detroit #34. The Michigan Elks established the Michigan Major Project in 1957 and the Michigan Elks Charitable Grant Fund (Gold Key) in 1985. There are currently 53 lodges with 20,000 members throughout the 96,716 square miles of the state of Michigan.