Alameda Elks Open 100-Year Time Capsule

The Alameda Elks Lodge #1015 celebrated the 100th anniversary of its building’s commemoration this past Saturday, May 22.

Elks from around the Bay Area attended the special program, which included the opening of a time capsule dated October 17, 1909, when the building’s cornerstone was laid.

Larry Lulofs, the 104th Exalted Ruler of the Alameda Elks Lodge #1015, and Bill Lawrence, Elk of the Year 2006-2007, removed the time capsule from a corner in the building (after Lawrence had spent hours extracting it) and shared it with the assembled guests.

Inside the time capsule, Elks had placed a “San Francisco Chronicle” newspaper, a program from the building’s commemoration, a pocket watch, U.S. flag with 46 stars (in 1909), photos of the original Alameda Elks Lodge building, a telegram¬†and other memorabilia.

Guests were very delighted to be a part of the historic Elks’ event, and they started giving their opinions on what the Elks of 2010 should put in their time capsule… to be opened in 2110.¬† (An iPod?, printout of emails?)

Janet Levaux