Since 1987, the Atascadero Elks Lodge has made over $850,000 in donations to community programs

ATASCADERO — On July 27, the Atascadero Elks Lodge #2733 celebrated the academic achievements of local high school graduates by awarding six $1,000 scholarships to students from Atascadero High School and Templeton High School. The Elks Scholarship program aims to support and empower young individuals as they embark on their college journeys.

Ronnie Maxwell, the exalted ruler of the Atascadero Elks Lodge, expressed the organization’s dedication to helping local graduates succeed and thrive in their higher education pursuits. Recognizing the immense potential of the youth, Maxwell emphasized that they represent the future leaders who will shape society in the years to come.

Since its establishment in 1987, the Atascadero Elks Lodge has made significant contributions to various community programs, totaling over $850,000 in charitable donations. These programs encompass a wide range of areas, such as youth activities, local sports, assistance for handicapped and needy children, patriotic initiatives, and veterans’ support. Additionally, the Elks actively engage in drug awareness programs at local schools and generously distribute dictionaries to third-graders in the area.


The Atascadero Elks Lodge operates with a mission to uphold the principles of charity, justice, brotherly love, and fidelity. The organization firmly believes in promoting the welfare and happiness of its members while fostering a spirit of American patriotism. 

Committed to cultivating good fellowship, the Elks aim to perpetuate themselves as a fraternal organization that serves the community through benevolent programs.

The scholarship recipients, Ashlin Imhoff from Atascadero High School, and five other deserving graduates, were honored during a dinner event held at the Elks Lodge. As these young scholars prepare to step into the next chapter of their lives, the generous financial support from the Atascadero Elks Lodge will undoubtedly alleviate some of the burdens associated with pursuing higher education.

Feature Image: (From left) Atascadero Elks Scholarship Committee Chair Susan Jones, Atascadero High School graduate and scholarship winner Ashlin Imhoff, and Atascadero Elks Exalted Ruler Ronnie Maxwell are shown July 27 during a dinner event honoring Imhoff and five other scholarship winners. Contributed Photo