From the time the Lodge was first organized, it was apparent that the brothers were desirous of having a ladies organization associated with them. A club was formed and was known as the 1296 Ladies club shortly after the Lodge was instituted. It functioned as a local club to the time when James J. Burns, Jr. exalted ruler was in office during the years 1932-1933. It was during this year that the state convention was held once more in Greenfield. It was also during that convention that the Greenfield Emblem Club No. 43, on June 13, 1933, was organized with Mrs. Dalia (Nora M.) Petrin as it’s first President.
The 1296 Ladies Club served principally as a local club and there were many who hesitated to become part of the national Emblem Clubs.
Mary Ward became interested in organizing an Emblem Club after much persuasion by an Officer of the National Club from Providence, Rhode Island.
Certain members of the Greenfield Emblem Club #43 rose to high offices in the national organization, among who are Mrs. Frederick Barnard, who became Supreme President and Mrs. Henry Beaumier, who became the Supreme Marshall and served Mrs. Barnard while in Office. Mrs. Stephen Wolanske also was installed as President of the Mass. State Association of Emblem Clubs. Terri O’Connell served as Supreme Organist in 2009 for Supreme President Mary Clifford of Waterbury, Ct.. Then again, in 2011 for Supreme President Donna Mazzola of Newton, Ma.
The Club has a very long list of Community Service states Terri O’Connell & Elsie Gilman Past Presidents of the Emblem Club. Along with maintaining the Garden Plots at Shattuck Park, two of their many major gifts and charities are the “Adopt a Family” and the “Warm the Children”. They have received a State Honorable Mention for their charitable work with “Friends of the Library”. Also a $1,000 Scholarship awarded annually. It is the motto of the Club to involve themselves in Community Service to “Improve the quality of life in our community.
Currently they have fifty-six members, meeting on the first Monday of the month at 6.00 at the Elks Lodge. Those eligible for membership must be sixteen years of age with United States citizenship.