A small group of Elks’ ladies began meeting together in 1917 to wrap bandages for World War I. They enjoyed the sociability, and at the same time felt the joy of accomplishment. The combination of assisting others and enjoying good fellowship appealed to other women, and a community group came together.
Fifteen members of a group of ladies in Providence, Rhode Island, related to members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, who were active under the name of “Emblem Club”, developed the idea of a national organization of such groups. The organization was chartered in the State of Rhode Island as the Supreme Emblem Club of the United States of America by Esther A. Sweeney, Mary T. Duffy, Alice Farrell, Mary L. Clark and Charlotte O’Connor of the “Original Fifteen”, on April 27, 1926.
During the first year, nine Clubs were formed in four of the six New England States. Today, Emblem Clubs are in all six of the New England States. Growth has been steady on the east coast, and on the west coast since 1932, when the first Club in the west was organized.
Today, Emblem Clubs are located in every section of our Country, and the organization is continuously progressing in the charitable works whereby it was organized. Emblem Club members are of many diverse talents, abilities, and ages, all of whom combine to make Emblem a very special national organization.
Emblem Club members are recognized for the charity work they do in their communities, scholarships they provide, their dedication to patriotism, and their support of the Elks and our Veterans.