COLDWATER LODGE NO 1023

P.O. Box 48 - 47 Division Street
Coldwater MI 49036-0048
Phone 517.278.5558

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Coldwater Lodge No. 1023 is situated in the county seat
of Branch County, in the South-Central District
of the Michigan Elks Association.
The current membership of 400 is active in community affairs,
State programs and Grand Lodge programs.

OUR COLDWATER OFFICERS 2007-2008

Officers:

Exalted Ruler Penny Geishert, PER
Esteemed Leading Knight Vacant
Esteemed Loyal Knight Jesse Henkaline
Esteemed Lecturing Knight Phyllis Coffey
Esquire Jody Stout, PER
Chaplain Dan Satow, PER
Inner Guard Roy Peacock
Tiler  Kathy Coe-Howard
Organist Emeritust  Boris Burkovskis
Secretary  Edwin Geishert Jr, PER 
Treasurer  Vacant


Trustees:

5 year trustee Sell

4 year trustee Wayne Case, Chairman

3 year trustee Charles Bruschard

2 year trustee Terry Coffey

1 year trustee Scott Glascock

The charter application for B.P.O.E. 1023 was signed on January 29, 1906 by approximately 50 men. The petition was approved and the lodge was instituted on April 26, 1906. In March 1908 the Coldwater Elks bought the building at the southeast corner of Division and Pearl Streets to house lodge activities.


Coldwater Lodge #1023

The building which was built in 1864 as a Spiritualist Church at a cost of $28,000, was purchased by the Elks for $7,000 in 1908 and it has an interesting history. The three story brick building is of Roman Revival design and at the time it was built the front entrance was flanked by impressive twin towers. The church changed its name several time in the next few years; Independant Congregational, Hope Chapel, and finally in 1868, the Unitarian Church. It was later owned and occupied by Fred and Marietta (Cutter) Smith both prominant names in Coldwater history.

Coldwater is known as the City of Flags and flies flags on all street poles at every holiday and summer weekends. With this in mind the Lodge is quite proud to be flying the largest flag, 12'x18', in the county from a 50 foot pole, the tallest free standing in Branch County.

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