“It’s hard getting in and out of this place,” says lodge administrator Tom Chendorain.
The lodge has been in various places around Wichita since 1952. The international fraternal and service organization, which supports a number of charities, was founded in 1913.
Chendorain says most of the Wichita members are between ages 60 and 90, so he’s wanting a place with easier access.
Also, the group owns its current 12,800-square-foot building and is looking for something a little smaller that it could at least initially lease.
“The utilities are killing us – and taxes,” Chendorain says.
Still, not all members are happy with the upcoming move.
“A lot of them are sad because we have the second-biggest dancing floor in the city, Chendorain says.