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Elks dedicate new lodge

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Just over a year ago the Tahoe-Douglas Elks Lodge No. 2670 embarked upon a path to establish a new lodge building. They found an abandoned building which had originally been designed as a 24-unit residential care facility in Gardnerville. In October, 2010 the Elks purchased the building, and what started out as an unfinished and neglected shell of 9,900-square-feet has become the new lodge on Kimmerling Road.

On Saturday, Elks from throughout Nevada and Northern California gathered for a ritual dedication ceremony for the new lodge, conducted by the officers in formal attire. After the ceremony, members and invited guests toured the new facility, lavishing praise and congratulations upon the Tahoe-Douglas Elks.

Project Manager, Elk Rudy Hammond, told visitors that the success of the entire project was the team effort among sub-contractors and employees working to demolish interior concrete walls and modifying many other elements to arrive at the final design to serve the needs of the lodge.

“We were told by many that we could not achieve our design objective on such a meager budget, but we did and got all the improvements done right at $90 per square foot,” Hammond said.

Interior designer and fellow Elk Peter Engle, selected all of the interior decor, including colors, floor coverings, lighting, furniture, bar materials, a new commercial kitchen, and special effects required to meet the needs of the Elks. President, Dan Wells, said the group will have a formal open house soon, and the public will be invited to attend.