My wife asked me the other day what I thought about joining the Moose, the Elks, or some sort of organization like that. She was looking for a mix of things to do with the kids and things to do with just us. I told her come to the gun club but that wasn't what she had in mind I went and visited the local Moose lodge. The woman who gave me a tour had booze on her breath, which was an immediate turnoff. Inside there were a bunch of guys sitting around at the bar. Nothing wrong with that but...not exactly what I was after. They say "the family fraternity" so maybe there's more to it - I'm going to check out another one. I visited the Elks - much bigger/nicer, but most of the activities were adult things - bingo, poker, etc. The guy who gave me the tour said they have some family events but not as many as they used to years ago due to demographics. There's an Eagle lodge nearby but I haven't visited them. I know that fraternal organizations on the whole have declined since their heyday in the 50s-70s but I've always admired them. I was a Mason years ago in a different state. So...Elks? Moose? What are your thoughts?