4602 Lena Road
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211
The Board of Directors has decided that rather than reevaluating every Friday and disappointing everyone week after week, the Lodge will remain closed until further notice. Be assured, the moment it is deemed safe and appropriate for the Lodge to resume operations, we will.
During this shutdown period some maintenance items, deep cleaning, and other small projects are being completed so when the facility is ready to re-open it will be in tip-top shape.
We WILL need your support to get us back on track. While we currently have no income, we still have our expenses and will still continue to pay our dedicated employees.
All members of Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota Lodge #2855
The health and well-being of our Elks family and staff is our top priority. Based on the continually updated guidance issued by the CDC, and out an abundance of caution, the Board of Directors has decided that:
Effective immediately, the lodge will be CLOSED. Our decision is to close on a revolving one-week basis with each "week" beginning on Monday.
The Board will monitor the situation throughout each week and make a decision on each Friday for the following week. Updates will be sent via these email blasts and posted on our facebook pages.
This policy will remain in place until further notice and will depend on the evolution of the coronavirus situation.
Our lodge employees will continue to be paid while closed. It is important that we take care of our dedicated employees in addition to our members.
Some of you may feel this is an over-reaction, some an under-reaction. With 1,125 members there will be differences of opinions. I assure you much discussion has ensued and in our collective opinion, it is better to err on the side of caution.
Our average member demographic is THE AT-RISK POPULATION.
Is the ability to socialize and have a drink or dinner at the lodge worth risking YOUR health? No.
Can any of us in leadership positions of the lodge live with the knowledge of a member contracting the virus and being hospitalized - or worse - because we didn't do enough? We have decided no.
Even if you disagree with our conclusion we would appreciate your understanding of why we have made it. Our goal is to return to full operation the second that it can be done safely - and we will do so.
Please continue to follow the CDC and Florida Department of Health guidance based on your personal situation.
Brett Davis, Lodge Advisor
For the Board of Directors
Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota Lodge was chartered in January, 2009 with 125 members and no Lodge facility. Because of that humble beginning, our members strove to be known as “the friendly Lodge”. Today, because of that ongoing attitude and our dedication to charity, we are 1000+ members strong and own a new state-of-the-art Lodge facility located in beautiful Lakewood Ranch, Florida.
While our main focus is benevolence, our members enjoy activities at the Lodge every day. Check out the “Our Lodge” section to see our busy calendar and upcoming events. There’s something for everyone.
If you’re an Elk visiting our beautiful area, we would like to meet you! If you are not an Elk member, but are interested in joining our great national organization, stop in, and we’ll give you a tour.
Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota Lodge #2855 has many ways you can volunteer. If its with one of our many committees or assisting with events at the lodge, we are always looking for volunteers!
Our lodge always has fun events for our members to attend. Once the lodge is back open please look out for new events!
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