Elks Lodge re-opens
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ben

Paris, TX

#1 Jul 2, 2011
Anyone gone back to the Elks since they re-opened? I hear there have been a lot of changes.
George

Paris, TX

#2 Jul 2, 2011
What kind of changes?
ubetcha

Paris, TX

#3 Jul 2, 2011
ben wrote:
Anyone gone back to the Elks since they re-opened? I hear there have been a lot of changes.
They are going to put in pool tables, IN THE ELKS LODGE???!!!
WOW! if this is true I guess the sunset lounge will have competetion - LMAO.

I wonder if the Elks will now start having tournaments???? LOLOLOLOLOLOL
ben

Paris, TX

#4 Jul 2, 2011
George wrote:
What kind of changes?
New kitchen, new dance area, new menu (I think), all new paint, carpet gone from the walls, no 'live' bands (DJ & Karaoke only) etc... It is now strickly members and their guest only and everybody off the street can't get in.
As the previous poster stated, I do believe that one or two pool tables have been added or are going to be added and I agree that this is a shame for the Elks Lodge. I have not been there in many months (since the fire) and if it's going with pool tables, DJs and Karaoke I don't think I will be re-joining and would think that many more may feel the same way.(JMO)
cash

Clarksville, TX

#5 Jul 2, 2011
wheel chair ramps handicapped toilets also added
country girl

Paris, TX

#6 Jul 3, 2011
ben wrote:
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New kitchen, new dance area, new menu (I think), all new paint, carpet gone from the walls, no 'live' bands (DJ & Karaoke only) etc... It is now strickly members and their guest only and everybody off the street can't get in.
As the previous poster stated, I do believe that one or two pool tables have been added or are going to be added and I agree that this is a shame for the Elks Lodge. I have not been there in many months (since the fire) and if it's going with pool tables, DJs and Karaoke I don't think I will be re-joining and would think that many more may feel the same way.(JMO)
Pool tables - DJs - Karaoke ????? hell!, I can go to The Depot if I wanted that club-crap.
If the elks does away with bands then it ain't gonna be very popular. Just not the same dancing to a dj. Looks like I may not renew either.
Former Elks

Paris, TX

#7 Jul 3, 2011
I have not been a member for several years and thought about rejoining, But I heard how the Grand popa came in and ran everyone out, Also received info that if you were a prior member asnd wanted to come back they would not ley you, Do they still worship the MOOSE and ring in the dead, If that is case I probably wont be returning, sure miss the old days many years ago

“Politics are corrupt”

Since: Sep 08

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#9 Jul 3, 2011
Doom, Gloom and Naysayers...standard for all topics on the Paris forum...:)
huh

Paris, TX

#10 Jul 3, 2011
Former Elks wrote:
I have not been a member for several years and thought about rejoining, But I heard how the Grand popa came in and ran everyone out, Also received info that if you were a prior member asnd wanted to come back they would not ley you, Do they still worship the MOOSE and ring in the dead, If that is case I probably wont be returning, sure miss the old days many years ago
Havent they always done the moose worship and dead ringing? If you were ever a member surely you knew that. You must be one of those off the street people that can no longer come in.
Former Elks

Paris, TX

#11 Jul 3, 2011
huh wrote:
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Havent they always done the moose worship and dead ringing? If you were ever a member surely you knew that. You must be one of those off the street people that can no longer come in.
Actually It has been about 8 years since I was a member, just wondering, After the corporate takeover just heard infor on some new imposed rules
patt

Paris, TX

#12 Jul 3, 2011
huh wrote:
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Havent they always done the moose worship and dead ringing? If you were ever a member surely you knew that. You must be one of those off the street people that can no longer come in.
Before you say someone does'nt know something, maybe you should learn the differance between an Elk and a Moose or are you just trying to be a cute little funny boy?
Information

Paris, TX

#13 Jul 3, 2011
Yes, they were shut down by ELK officials and new people were put in charge that the ELKS felt would be trustworty leadership. The people in charge are longstanding members that have the best interests of the lodge as the focus for their decisions. The lodge has reopened as of July 1st, but currently only the bar is up and running. Other aspects will be returning. As far as pool tables, there were always pool tables in the back room. Kitchen will be returning soon and will be ran the way it was when they ELKS Lodge was a family place. Members will be doing the cooking rather than paid employees. It is supposed to be an benevolent organization that focuses on community and state involvement that help others. As far as the bands, I have not heard but will ask. I know the bands had gotten really expensive and right now the lodge is trying to get back on its feet after mismanagement.
coach

Paris, TX

#14 Jul 3, 2011
Pool tables and Karaoke will not draw the kind of people that will support the Elks around here. I'm not rejoining.
The Bogota VFW is closing because not enough people would support it with their pool table & Karaoke. Maybe the Country club will put in some tables.
ben

Paris, TX

#15 Jul 3, 2011
Mostly all new officers and ER also.
IKnow

Paris, TX

#16 Jul 3, 2011
Former Elks wrote:
I have not been a member for several years and thought about rejoining, But I heard how the Grand popa came in and ran everyone out, Also received info that if you were a prior member asnd wanted to come back they would not ley you, Do they still worship the MOOSE and ring in the dead, If that is case I probably wont be returning, sure miss the old days many years ago
For a ex Elk you show are ignorant of what the Elks do. Moose? When dod they ever ring in the dead?
And your BS about prior members being excluded is totaly a false statement. All ex members are welcome to reapply for membership and I will bet you they will be accepted.
Information

Paris, TX

#17 Jul 3, 2011
I did check out the rumor that it was going to be karaoke and no bands. That information is false. They will be having bands. I would almost bet the false rumors are bing spread by some of the members/officers that were removed by ELK officials due to mismanagement. They do not want it to be successful so they are starting rumors to try and cause problems.
Okay

Paris, TX

#18 Jul 3, 2011
Information wrote:
I did check out the rumor that it was going to be karaoke and no bands. That information is false. They will be having bands. I would almost bet the false rumors are bing spread by some of the members/officers that were removed by ELK officials due to mismanagement. They do not want it to be successful so they are starting rumors to try and cause problems.
Small town drama.. who cares? All you people do is fight with one another anyway.
Elks hahaha

Paris, TX

#19 Jul 3, 2011
Here a drunk, there a drunk, everywhere a drunk drunk!!
Merry Lynn

Paris, TX

#20 Jul 3, 2011
Elks hahaha wrote:
Here a drunk, there a drunk, everywhere a drunk drunk!!
Roe, roe, roe your butt, better do what I say!
Current Elk member

Paris, TX

#21 Jul 3, 2011
Information wrote:
I did check out the rumor that it was going to be karaoke and no bands. That information is false. They will be having bands. I would almost bet the false rumors are bing spread by some of the members/officers that were removed by ELK officials due to mismanagement. They do not want it to be successful so they are starting rumors to try and cause problems.
Yes, the Lodge will have SOME karaoke and there will be some DJ's but the Lodge will have bands again as soon as the entire Lodge is re-opened.

Will there be a band every Saturday, do not know that right now. If any of the people commenting on here, whether a member or a non-member that attended the dances with bands would know that only a few bands brought in a crowd. Even Stacy Musgrove who used to fill the place on a Saturday night got to the point he could hardly have a 1/4 of the Lodge full. I, personally, believe that this was due to the mismanagement, the drunks and the foul language that the so called members that were in charge exhibited which caused some people to stay away. They might like to have dinner, have some drinks and dance but the public display of what I mentioned above by these members may very well have made members decide not to come anymore.

From what I have heard at the meetings the Lodge is definintely going to become what it should have been all along, a benevolent organization that helps the Veteran's, children and others in need, not a honky tonk. Will there still be dances, a bar and yes even the awful pool tables but the Paris Elks Lodge is not the only Elks Lodge to have these kinds of things but they still do the good work that they were intended to do.

If you have been a member in the past, please come give the Lodge another chance, if you still don't like it then you don't have to come back and can drop your membership once again. If you are not a member consider joining especially if you have any desire to assist those in need in Lamar County and also like to have dinner, a few drinks and dance on a Saturday night.

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