Charity Lodge No. 62-AFM
The Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina was formed in 1737. Charity Lodge No. 62 received its charter from the Grand Lodge of AFM in 1857 and is one of the oldest organizations in our community.
The Lodge is an active participant in several annual events, including the Independence Day program/picnic and the annual Civic Organizations Barbeque Dinner.
The Lodge also provides several scholarships.
Elloree Garden Club
Originally, the Elloree-Parler Garden Club, the organization was founded in early 1941 with twenty members. The purpose of the club was to help in the beautification of the town.
Throughout the years, the club has been involved in flower shows, holiday houses, the planting of shrubbery, bedding plants throughout the town, and maintaining the grounds at the historic "Old Jail House." Annual projects include the Yard of the Month contest, Christmas doorway contest, food baskets for families at Christmas, decorating a Christmas tree at the Regional Medical Center, support National Garden Club Week by placing flower arrangements in the town, and sponsoring youth to attend Camp Wildwood.
Evergreen Garden Club
The Evergreen Garden Club began in June 1955 to serve Elloree in civic projects through beautification and pride in the community. It continues to be a vital part of the many projects which keep Elloree the beautiful home we love.
With each season, member work diligently and graciously to enhance the parks, community center, museum, race track, personal yards, and any other spot calling for the talented hands of its members.
With much pride, the Evergreen Garden Club thrives on hard work and never finds a project too large or too small. Close-knit members who love gardening make this organization useful and enjoyable.
The Evergreen Garden Club is primarily responsible for keeping Loyns Park, the town's nature park, looking beautiful, and joins the Elloree Garden Club in maintaining the Town's welcome signs. The Evergreen Garden is also an active participant in the town's annual Service Day, which serves to beautify the town.
Elloree Lions Club
The Elloree Lions Club, chartered February 8, 1938, has completed 68 years of service to this community.
They pay for eye exams and buy glasses for low income residents and hold an annual Candy Day that raises money for sight preservation programs in our state.
The Lions are a very active group in the community, participating in the annual Barbeque Dinner, the Independence Day program/picnic, Trunk or Treat, Service Day, and the Cooking on Cleveland cook-off. The Lions Club is also a sponsor of the Elloree Lions Dixie Youth ball teams in Midway.
Their primary fundraisers include selling brooms and cookbooks, Candy Day, the Barbeque Dinner, and the annual Lions Club Breakfast with Santa, held each December as part of Small Town Christmas.
Elloree Midway Athletics
The Elloree Midway Athletics organization sponsors Wee Ball, Tee Ball, Coach Pitch, Softball, and baseball teams as part of the Lake Marion Dixie Youth organization. The teams practice at the Elloree ballfield on Harlin Street and in Midway. All games are held at the Midway ballfield.
Current board members for the organization include:
President: Lee Polin
Vice-President: Chad Lyons
Secretary: Tiffany Canaday Stearns
Treasurer: Chasity Sanders Avinger
Knights of Pythias Elloree Lodge #80
The Elloree Lodge #80 Knights of Pythias was chartered in 1896 and has maintained an average membership of 50 men over the years.
Past and present activities of the Lodge include the sponsoring and Palmetto and Pony League baseball teams and the sponsoring of contestants for the Elloree Trials pageant.
The Knights are a very active group in the community, participating the annual Barbeque Dinner and the Independence Day program/picnic. They are also strong supporters of the Pythian Sisters of Elloree Temple No. 4.
The Lodge was one of the three original builders and owners of the Elloree Community Building and meets there monthly on the second Tuesday.
Mentor Book Club
The Mentor Book Club was organized in 1951 to improve the library facilities of the town and to help the members keep in touch with current topics and books.
Noting the Town's need for a permanent library building, the club bought an old abandoned ice house on Cleveland Street in 1952, and on March 18, 1953, the Mentor Library began serving the public with a total of 246 books on the shelves.
Until recently, the Mentor Library was supported entirely by the Mentor Book Club. Now it has joined the Orangeburg County Library System and offers a wide circulation of books. Click here for the Mentor Library's webpage.
The Book Club is an active part of the community, participating in the annual Independence Day program/picnic and the Cooking on Cleveland cook-off.
Pythian Sisters of Elloree Temple No. 4
The Pythian Sisters of Elloree are a relatively new organization, but they are one of the most active groups in the community.
The Pythians were organized to serve the community through civic projects and they have worked hard to meet that goal, participating in the Elloree Trials, Pork Fest, Trash to Treasures, Independence Day program/picnic, Cooking on Cleveland cook-off, and Small Town Christmas.
The Sisters also hold an annual Easter Egg Hunt and were the primary organizers of the Town's annual Trunk or Treat event on Halloween.