The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is a nationwide fraternal organization of nearly one million men and women in over 2,000 Lodges in communities all across our country. Our organization was founded on the principles of charity, justice, brotherly love, fidelity, and belief in God.

We love our country and desire to preserve its cherished institutions, traditions, and values. We respect our neighbors and constantly seek to promote their well-being. We love and enjoy life and believe this enjoyment is increased by sharing it with family, friends and all with whom we connect.

For over 140 years, the B.P.O. Elks has been dedicated to serving our fellow citizens through Drug Awareness programs in our schools, Veterans Services, Scholarships, Youth Activities and much, much more.

Idaho State Elks Association’s state major project is Idaho Elks Rehab. The project’s charitable mission of philanthropy supports the work of not-for-profit physical rehabilitation providers, educators, and researchers throughout Idaho. Annual grants are awarded for state-of-the-art equipment, program development, staff educations, and research. Idaho Elks Rehab is advancing physical rehab in Idaho.

This site was designed to help you become familiar with what ISEA does as an organization for Elkdom, the 21 lodges that make up the ISEA, and for the great state of Idaho.

Link to the Grand Lodge Programs

Dear members,
I regret to inform you one of our nearest and dearest members, Mel England, has passed into the light. His family and friends would like all members who knew and loved him to send any thoughts and remembrances to
We will keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers.

Travis Packer, Exalted Ruler


Due to the current pandemic and Governor Little’s Stay Healthy Order, and in the best interest of our members, spouses, volunteers and employees, the Idaho State Elks Association has decided to cancel the Summer Convention in Idaho Falls.

Let’s keep everyone safe and healthy as we look forward to better days ahead.

See you in November.

Above is the picture taken at our September 18th Lodge night meeting. I am shaking Marty Lukenbill’s hand after the lodge presented him and his wife checks totaling over $5,500 for the fire that destroyed the rental house and all their belongings that took place on Monday September 3,2018. Judy Wutzke is our Loyal Knight and is standing next to Marty. She sprang into action on Monday 9-3 when our fellow ELKS found out member Marty and his wife Sherry lost everything in the mid day fire. We held a dance and auction on Saturday 9-8-18 for the Lukenbills. She put out the word via the internet to donate stuff for the silent auction and how to come to the lodge and be a part of the community support for the Lukenbills. Judy did an exceptional job letting all our VALLEY know that ELKS CARE! ELKS SHARE! Anyway, at the November 3rd Mid Winter Convention in Salmon, I recommend we let our fellow ELKS know about the good deeds done for our fellow members. Oh…the folks with no jewels are our newly made members, six folks heard the compassionate tale told by Marty on the lodge floor that night. Marty would love to share the story when ever you want a good reason to ask why you are an ELK!


Daren McIntier passed away March 3rd, 2018 following a long illness. Daren was born June 26, 1934 in Lyman, Idaho to John Wayne and Rhoda Louise (Hall) McIntier. On June 12th, 1954, he married Norma Hayes. Daren served in the U.S. Air Force for 8 years. Following that, he went to work for Mountain Bell. He worked for Mountain Bell, US West, and Quest for 40 years. Following his retirement, he drove school bus for the Boise School District for 15 years. Daren was a long time member of the Boise Elks Lodge 310.
He is survived by his wife Norma, his children Pam (Dennis) Lawson, Lance (Toni) McIntier and Sandy McIntier, grand children Dustin (Dixie) McIntier, Heather (Derek) Jackson, Brandon (Emily) McIntier, Shawn (Jessie) McIntier, Darryn Shipley and 6 great grand children. He is also survived by a brother Dennis McIntier and sister Dawn (Kay) Thurman. He was preceded in death by a grandson Travis McIntier.

Funeral services will be held at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, March 8th at the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel. A committal service with military honors will follow at 11 a.m. at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. A viewing will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday (today), March 7th at the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel.

For full obituary see http://www.aldenwaggoner.com


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Boise, ID - Elks from all over the Gem State gathered in Boise Saturday to celebrate the Elks Lodge's 150 years of history. Elk memories adorn the walls. Many are memories of current members and some of the members who have passed. On Saturday, about 50 men and women packed the Boise Elks Lodge as a way to honor their own and reminisce.

Susie Stertz was one of the first women inducted into the group back in 1999.

"I wanted to become a part of it because my dad was. He was initiated back in 1955," said Stertz.

Stertz would go on to help create several vital programs throughout the years.

Saturday's host and former President Mike Stagner said volunteers like Stertz are what keeps this group going.

"I think the Elks are unique because we are all volunteers," said Stagner.

The group works with people of all ages and backgrounds.

One of the group's most notable accomplishment is scholarships raising millions of dollars nationwide.

"We raise money for many different programs," said Stertz.

From youth to veterans the group helps build the community from the ground up.

"From building food banks to outreach programs. We have many programs to help our communities grow and better place for our citizens," said Stagner.

Stertz said the Jolly Corkers had come a long way and she is proud to be a member.

"I hope that this is a legacy that my children will follow," said Stertz.

LEWISTON, ID — A vacuum roars to life. Metal chairs snap shut, stowed away one by one. Silverware clinks as its gathered by the handful.
It's all bustle and activity at Lewiston's Elks Lodge on Thursday. Only one day left to spruce up for an event a hundred-plus years in the making.
Thomas Eier says, "We're celebrating 150 years of life of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks."

Friday, February 16th, the lodge will be joining in the nationwide celebration of a century and a half of service to the community. The order is best known for charitable work for youth and veterans.
Eier says, "We're going to open up the doors and allow people to come and look at the Elks Lodge and see the story of what we've done."

See the story because the past will be brought to life by characters like Lewiston's Madame Bonhore.
'Madame,' in her French accent, says, "We are the ones who tell the story."

Madame Bonhore was the owner of Lewiston's Hotel de France. Never heard of it? That's because Madame started the hotel in 1861.

Our local Elks Lodge, the biggest in Idaho, was founded in 1904. But Idaho was just a young territory when the national order was formed in 1868.

The Order of the Elks was founded by a troup of actors, fitting given Friday's theatrical performances, in New York City all those 150 years ago.

That story, plus a historical retelling of how Idaho's capital was stolen from Lewiston, will play out in real life at Friday's event.



Marvin Dwight Chamberlain, age 62, of Twin Falls passed away Sunday April 9, 2017 in the Twin Falls Care Center following a bout with cancer. He was born August 23, 1954 in Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington to Pauline E. Peterson and Lyman R. Chamberlain. Marvin was born with physical deformity of his hands which required several surgeries as a small child. Despite the many surgeries his attitude toward life was positive. When he was young the family moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho where he began his education.

While in Idaho Falls, Idaho the family bought land and built a cabin in Island Park. Marvin had many fond memories of summers spent working with family members on the cabin and enjoying the natural beauty and wildlife of the area. He was especially fond of recounting the time he and an aunt discovered a totem floating in the river by Coffee Pot Rapids. They fished the totem out and took it to the cabin, hence the name Totem cabin, and the naming of the road on which the cabin stood.

Marvin attended schools in Idaho Falls, graduating from Idaho Falls Senior High where he had been active in Band and the German Club. Marvin then enrolled at Idaho State University where he eventually graduated and began his business career. At ISU Marvin was a resident of Colonial Hall. At Colonial Hall he made many lifelong friendships. He earned the nickname, "Mama Marvin" because of his care and watching out for fellow residents. While at ISU Marvin participated in the band, student council support, and worked in the campus post office until his graduation. From the time of his graduation he was a loyal supporter of the ISU Alumni Association.

Following graduation from ISU Marvin took a position with an accounting firm in Montana. While with this firm he continued to master his skills and gain experience to eventually allow him to earn his recognition as a Certified Public Accountant, a title for which Marvin was proud.

Having attained his CPA Marvin took an opportunity to become a partner in a CPA firm in Twin Falls, Idaho. Within a few years Marvin took over the firm as sole owner of Marvin D. Chamber Ian CPA, a position he held until his death.

Marvin was independent and committed to serving his community. In his private times Marvin was an avid coin and stamp collector. Marvin's' concern for his community could be seen in his involvement, most often as treasurer, for many groups and organizations. Most notable are the American Red Cross,
Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Boy Scouts of America, Camp Malibu, Kiwanis, and the Airport Road Free Will Baptist Church.

From his service to the American Red Cross Marvin recounted stories of his transporting blood to be delivered in a timely manner to help possibly save a life. Several appreciations and recognitions were given him for his service to the Red Cross.

As a member of the Elks Marvin took on many roles and positions including that of Exalted Ruler. He was honored for his service to the Elks by being named the Elk of the Year for the local lodge and at the state level, the Hall of Honor award. In addition to his local Elks Lodge he served on the Elks Hospital Board. He was also involved with the Elks Scholarship program and several youth support activities including the Boy Scout program. He supported the Elks Rehab Hospital and participated in the annual food drive to provide additional resources to the hospital. Many lifelong friendships were forged from his Elk
involvement, both locally and nationally.

Marvin had been a Boy Scout and soon found himself serving the Boy Scouts. He served as a WEBELO Den Leader and Cub Pack Master, committee member and then became Scoutmaster, another of those positions that he held until his death. He became active in the Snake River Council serving as Council Treasurer as well as a trainer and merit badge counselor. He and his troop attended Philmont Scout Camp in New Mexico, a highlight of his Scouting experience. As a youth Marvin had been a Boy Scout with an Elks sponsored troop in Idaho Falls. Marvin reached the rank of Second Class Scout, but he
went no further. Later as a Scoutmaster he would recount to numerous Scouts how he wished he had gone forward to attain his Eagle Scout. He would use this to encourage them to continue toward that goal. Marvin enjoyed cooking and seemed to thrive in teaching the Cooking Merit Badge to Scouts. He has survived many meals cooked by young Scouts and encouraged them to become better cooks. For his service to Boy Scouts, Marvin was awarded the District Award of Merit, the Silver Beaver, and most recently the highest volunteer award the council offers, the Sentinel Award. When asked which of his volunteer roles made him proudest he thought for a moment and stated being a Scout leader because of the influence on the young men he had been able to play.

Marvin accepted Jesus as his personal savior in the Airport Road Free Will Baptist Church. His commitment was followed by his profession of faith with his baptism. Soon he became treasurer of the church as well as the Idaho Free Will Baptist Youth Camp. He also personally contributed to the camp with scholarships allowing kids to go to camp.

Through his church and family association Marvin became a volunteer with Camp Malibu, a Young Life camp in Canada. Teens from his church had attended the camp. He and family members, especially his father, would travel to Canada twice a year to open and then close the camp for the camping season.

Another of the groups Marvin valued was the Kiwanis. As with other organizations Marvin was a part of, he soon became the Treasurer of not only the local club, but several activities of the Kiwanis. He was a Key Club Advisor for Twin Falls High School. His interest in German from high school may have influenced his commitment to the Kiwanis annual Oktoberfest event. Marvin has served as club president and other offices on both the local and state levels. He was awarded the Juneau Shinn Community Service Award by the Kiwanis in recognition of his volunteer service.

Marvin has earned numerous awards, certificates, and recognitions in honor of his service to his community and nation. Many certificates and plaques line his home and office walls showing the appreciation for his tireless service. His wry sense of humor and willingness to volunteer set him apart from many.

Marvin is survived by his father, Lyman Chamberlain of Idaho Falls, ID, and his brother David Chamberlain of Sedro-Wolley, WA, and his family which include David's wife Trina and their three children Danni, (her daughter Emory), Tracy and Jeffrey. He is also survived by several cousins in Washington and Idaho. Marvin often recounted a special memory with his brother David, from a Tiger Cruise aboard the USS Carl Vinson while David served in the U.S. Navy. This gave Marvin an opportunity to both see his brother in his chosen profession and sail from Hawaii to California aboard an aircraft carrier.

A Memorial Service for Marvin Chamberlain will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday April 29, 2017 at the Snake River Elks Lodge, 412 E. 200 S in Jerome, Idaho. There will be a reception following the Memorial Service. Rev. Jim O'Donnell will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Reynolds Funeral Chapel. Marvin requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be given to either the Idaho Free Will Baptist Youth Camp or Snake River Council Boy Scouts of America. Gift's may be sent to his office, P.O. Box 25 Twin Falls, ID 83303 for disbursement.

Marvin expressed his appreciation for the many friends he has made through his involvement in activities which have enriched his life and in turn the lives of others with his church, Red Cross, Kiwanis, Boy Scouts, and Elks. Three words that sum up his life view of volunteering and working with others would be, "I'll do it."