Skip to comments.Woman denied membership in all-male Elks Club
Posted on 04/19/2006 1:30:14 PM PDT by keat
Chapter only one in Central California with no female members
Merced resident Michele Arancibia applied for membership to the service organization in March, but was rejected following an April 6 vote. Arancibia and several Elks members say her gender is all that kept her out of the club, located at 1910 M St.
"I realize that there are a lot of old-timers out there," said the 55-year-old Arancibia. "But I didn't think it was still like this. It's sad, really."
The controversy over Arancibia's recent bid for membership began prior to the election when a current Elks member reportedly made phone calls to other members, urging them to attend the April 6 vote.
"I heard that a member had been calling around, asking other members to show up to vote against my joining," said Arancibia.
Several Elks members present at the April 6 meeting confirmed that a member stood up prior to the vote and pressed other members to deny Arancibia membership specifically because of her gender.
"There was a particular individual who stood up and urged members not to vote for females," said Merced resident John Burk, a 20-year member of the Elks.
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It was probably her sex too.
On the other hand, there already is a "Moose Club" in her area. She looks more like a moose than an elk. She also may try to become an Eagle but she would never got off the ground there.
Actually, the women are in the Doe's.
The men join the Elks, the women the Does.
But some women want in the Elks themselves. It seems sort of silly to me. They just sit around and play cards and have dances anyway.
They do participate in some worthy causes, and Elks looks good on your resume.
I've always wondered, just the same, why people want entrance into a social club where nobody wants to socialize with them. I mean, next this stupid woman will probably be suing to brind her "significant other" and stick HER in the Does.
No, I'm a middle-aged female. Having a GUY in a San Francisco fabric store wait on you is probably no different than having a GAL wait on you.
Correct me if I'm wrong but aren't there all women organizations in the US that won't allow men to enter? I am sure there are several around. If this is the case what complaint does this person have? Since when does a private club have to comply with PC rules? Down with PC, up the republic.
She's too old to be an EAGLE Scout and then there's that 'gender' thing again.. OH, wait - that's not what you were talking about.. NEXT....
You mean I'm not a lesbian? But, but, I like women!(love them in fact) so I must be a lesbian trapped in a man's body!
As a teenager I went to the local Elks Lodge with a friend.
It was a great place with very nice people.
*sigh* I hate it when women try to push there way into men's clubs. How many men do you see trying to get into the Red Hat Society? Men and women should be able to have separate clubs once in a while.
Enough said. If I'm a black 56 year old male who just got out of prison after serving a 30 year sentence for rape, sodomy, and murder, can I join a the Girl Scouts in CA?
Be careful with that. I knew a guy who thought that and has since had a sex change. Then, complains about gay marriage not being legal because he/she married a woman before he became a she. Oh. But, that's a whole other can of worms.
No, no, I would not have a sex change operation because I am the perfect lesbian! I have a lesbians desires and a mans equipment. See how that works out?:)
No, but can I ask what you're doing for dinner Friday?
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