Welcome to Raceway Elks Lodge #2852 in Avondale, Arizona. We've been named All-American Lodge by Grand Lodge for five years and named Arizona Lodge of the Year by the Arizona Elks Association. Our membership roster continues to grow. All of our members are delighted in our past successes and our outlook for the future.
If you are ever in Avondale, Arizona please stop by. Our lodge hours are as follows:
Sunday & Monday, 1st & 3rd Tuesday - Closed,
2nd & 4th Tuesday Meeting Night 5:00 - Closing,
Wednesday - Saturday 5:00 - Closing
We're famous for our warm, Raceway welcome, and we'll tell you about the great things we've been doing both at the Lodge and in our community. Our charitable works with veterans and children continue to make a national and local impact.
Thank you for visiting our site. If you're not an Elks member, please consider joining our Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and if you are an Elks member, come join us for a meeting if you are in the area.
Timothy Barrett, PER, ER
JUNE 10, 2023
Eagle's Nest at PebbleCreek
3645 Clubhouse Drive
Goodyear, Az 85395
The roots of Raceway Elks Lodge 2852 had their beginnings in late 2006 when a small group of driven Elks met to explore the possibilities of a new lodge in the Southwest Valley. The inaugural meetings were held at the Palm Valley Community Center in Avondale. During this time Rod Swartwood was appointed as the Inaugural membership chair
The roots of Raceway Elks Lodge 2852 had their beginnings in late 2006 when a small group of driven Elks met to explore the possibilities of a new lodge in the Southwest Valley. The inaugural meetings were held at the Palm Valley Community Center in Avondale. During this time Rod Swartwood was appointed as the Inaugural membership chair.
In early 2007, Raceway Elks 2852 moved their meetings to Coldwater Springs Golf Course in Avondale. Membership grew and compliance with new lodge requirements were met. The name of the new lodge was established as Raceway. This was purposefully done to recognize that the lodge would serve a number of communities rather than just one city. With the name established, shirts were ordered for purchase and colors designated for officers; summer uniforms (red) and of course for travel our notorious (gold).
in late 2007 membership surpassed the required 100 members and with the help of the new lodge committee and our Grand Lodge sponsor, Ken Moore, the granting of a charter was approved. On December 15th, 2007, Raceway Elks Lodge 2852 was instituted at Phoenix West lodge. While meetings continued at the Coldwater Springs Golf Course, the need for a more appropriate setting for lodge operations was recognized.
In early 2009 Raceway Elks began meeting at the Acacia Masonic Lodge in Avondale. With the use of this building, we were able to institute many of the Grand Lodge programs, youth activities, drug awareness and much more. As the lodge flourished, so did the need for a permanent social quarter.
In 2012 a site committee was established to focus their efforts to purchase a permanent home. A decision was made to purchase the property where we are currently located. On August 2nd. Raceway Elks Lodge 2852 opened ready to serve their veterans and youth in the community.
The state level organizations are called "State Associations"; state level officers include presidents, vice presidents, secretaries and treasurers.
The Elks had modest beginnings in 1868 as a social club for minstrel show performers, called the "Jolly Corks". It was established as a private club to elude New York City laws governing the opening hours of public taverns. The Elks borrowed rites and practices from Freemasonry.
Founder: Charles Vivian