WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- It's been the site of weddings, class reunions, brunches and conversations over Friday night beers, but come Aug. 16, the Elks Club in Waynesboro will be no more.
BPO Elks Lodge 731 will keep its charter, but the club itself was a financial drain, Exalted Ruler David Sanders said.
"We're going to close the doors and start the process of selling our furnishings," he said.
A meeting has been scheduled for Aug. 17 to allow members to decide where to meet in the future and where to store memorabilia.
Declining membership and the increasing cost of goods contributed to the "hard decision" to close the club, Sanders said.
"We were losing up to $4,000 a month. ... Everybody's pretty well surprised we made it this long," he said.
Sanders said the deficit could be reduced or eliminated with small games of chance, but state law limits the club to paying out $5,000 per week. Enforcement in Waynesboro has increased in recent years and resulted in several fines for clubs, including the Elks.