Packer Heritage Trail Marker 9: Elks Club

Photographed January 22, 2015
Erected 2012 by Packers Heritage Trail Foundation
Sponsored by Tom and Dawn Olejniczak Family /
Mark and Nancy Olejniczak Family
Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin
44° 30.607′ N, 88° 1.02′ W

The Elks Club was the site of an annual sports banquet that honored many of the biggest names in Packer history from the Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi eras.

The first was billed as the "Lombardi Testimonial Banquet" and was held in April 1962, four months after the Packers won their first NFL title under Lombardi. League Commissioner Pete Rozelle attended and presented Lombardi with the Ed Thorp Trophy, given each year to the NFL champion.

Later in 1962, Lambeau was honored here when he was inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1965, the six Packers inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in its first two classes were honored. On hand were Lambeau, Don Hutson, Johnny (Blood) McNally, Cal Hubbard, Clarke Hinkle and Mike Michalske. The guest of honor at the 1967 banquet was Bart Starr.

The first Packers Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held here on Sept. 19, 1970. And for most of Lombardi's tenure, the Packers ate their Thanksgiving dinner here. In the early 1960s, they'd fly back from their game in Detroit and come directly here from the airport to meet their families.

Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin purchased the building from the Elks in 1995. The building opened in 1959.
The marker is located at the intersection of South Adams and Crooks Streets, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54301.

See also, Brown County: Packers Heritage Trail and Packers Heritage Trail Map, for a complete list of markers and their locations.

The official website of the World Champion Packers

 1964 Elks Banquet (from left): George Halas,
Elks Exalter Ruler Gerald Libman, Parkers
President Dominic Olejniczak, Vince Lombardi

 The marker is located next to to Elisha Morrow House / Captain's Walk Winery
(on the National Register of Historic Places).

 Screenshot of vintage postcard provided by
The Elks Club, Green Bay, Wis.
Postmarked December 5, 1918

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