Founded in 1927, Cocoa Elks 1532 is the oldest Elk's Lodge on Florida's Space Coast. Our original Lodge building was dedicated in 1929 and is representative of the unique building style found throughout historic Downtown Cocoa Village. Starting with just 31 charter members, the Lodge was formally installed on June 9th, 1927 and grew to 169 members over the next two years while meeting in rented quarters in Cocoa. The cornerstone for the existing Lodge building was laid on August 29th, 1929 and the Lodge building was officially dedicated on December 5th, 1929. Over the course of the next 50 years, several additions were added to the original building including the Dining Room and Kitchen, the current Bar and Lounge area, and the Pool Room. The original foyer and Lodge room have been maintained in their original forms and are the architectural highlights of the Lodge.
View the 1928 Dedication Program
1961 District Vice President Visit
Frank C. Kauffman, Vice President, East Central District, Florida State Elks Association, made his official visit Thursday evening to the Cocoa Lodge of Elks. Following a dinner and social hour, Kaufmann delivered a message from the State President at the club's regular meeting. Subjects covered in the talk were Americanism, Patriotism, and Harry Anna (Crippled Children's Home) Trust Fund Certificates. Pictured above from left to right are: Hank D'Amico, Esteemed Leading Knight; Kaufmann; and Newt Jones, District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler. Kaufmann is a member of Lodge 1463 at DeLand.
Published in the Cocoa Tribune, Friday August 25th, 1961
1968 Officer Installation
Cocoa Lodge BPOE Installs Officers
More than 150 Elks, their wives and guests witnessed the installation of the 1968-69 officers at Cocoa Lodge No. 1532 Thursday Night. Henry D'Amico, District Deputy of the BPO, Elks Grand Exalted Ruler Robert E. Boney for the Florida East Central District, presided and delivered the principal ritualistic charges to the new officers. New Exalted Ruler is Simon Fougere, who succeeds Frank Poitras. Poitras' year of service was praised by D'Amico and other Lodge members. He was presented with a Past Exalted Ruler's pin. Other officers installed were Robert Storm, Leading Knight; Benny Green, Loyal Knight; Anthonty C. Nesotas, Lecturing Knight; Ralph Sansome, Esquire; D'Amico, Secretary; John Bridges, Treasurer; Lawrence W. Cline, Inner Guard; John Fletcher, Tiler; Max Robertson, Chaplain; and Benjamin E. Wiggins, Trustee for five years. A highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of an Honorary Life Membership in the Lodge to D'Amico, who, besides being the current District Deputy, is also a Past Exalted Ruler of the Lodge and a past Vice President of the Florida Elks Association. In presenting the honor, C.N. (Newt) Jones pointed out the Cocoa Lodge has presented less than 10 such memberships in its 40-year history. Jones himself is one of those honored. Cline, the new Inner Guard, was presented with a certificate, pin and desk set as the "Elk of the Year" in Cocoa Lodge. The selection is made on recommendation of the local lodges to the Grand Lodge. Everett Ware, of New Smyrna Beach Lodge, was organist for the ceremony. Among visiting Elks were officers and members from lodges at Titusville, Melbourne-Eau Gallie, Vero Beach, Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach, as well as several out of state visitors. The Ladies of the Elks, headed by President Mrs. Simon Fougere, were guests of the Lodge at a cocktail party and dinner preceding the installation ceremony.
Published in the Evening Tribune, Friday April 5th, 1968
1968 Flag Day Ceremony
Representatives of Veterans posts, their auxillaries, the Knights of Columbus and other patriotic groups took part in the annual observance of Flag Day in Cocoa Lodge No. 1532, B.P.O. Elks. The ritualistic ceremony, opened by Cocoa Exalted Ruler Simon Fougere, was conducted be Exalted Rule Jack Kirkman, Cocoa Beach Lodge No. 2387 with the response by K.L. Vang Sness, Exalted Ruler of Melbourne-Eau Gallie Lodge. Among those attending were Esther Denyer, senior Vice Commander, VFW Auxillary No. 4534; Jean Wood, Chaplain, American Legion Post 22 Auxillary; Louise Mauldin, junior Vice Commander VFW Auxillary; Edna Morgan, President VFW Post 4534 Auxillary; Nellie Taylor, past District President VFW. Douglas Pinder, Loyal Knight, Cocoa Beach Lodge BPOE; Kirkman; Vang Sness; Robert Storm, Leading Knight, Cocoa Lodge BPOE; Fougere; Larry Cline, Inner Guard, Cocoa Lodge; Anthony Mesotas, Lecturing Knight, Cocoa; Fred Barnwall Jr., acting Esquire; David Newson, Americanism committee chairman, Cocoa Lodge; Leo Armacost, Warden District 7, Knights of Columbus; George F. Shaw, Grand Knight, Cape Canaveral Council No. 4826, KofC; and Paul Tremblay, past Faithful Navigator, Commodore John Berry, General Assembly, 4th Degree, KofC and Henry D'Amico, Cocoa lodge Past Exalted Ruler and District Deputy.
Members of Boy Scout Troop No. 313, Rockledge, and Scoutmasters took part in the Elks' Flag Day ceremony. The Scouts carried in replicas of the flags memorialized in the ritual, beginning with the Pine Tree flag.
Published in 'The Evening Tribune', Monday June 10th 1968
In 1977, Cocoa Elks 1532 celebrated its' 50th Anniversary. Click on the link below to view the program which includes pictures of the Lodge and advertisments from local businesses, many of which still exist today. Elks Clubs have always been know for their affordable prices ... How about $3.00 for a Prime Rib Dinner? Check out the program of events on Page 18.
View a copy of the 50th Anniversary Program