Requirements for Membership


To be eligible for membership in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, you must be a citizen of the United States, of good character, over the age of 21 who believes in God.


You must be proposed by a member of the Elks Lodge and reside in the jurisdiction of the Lodge you wish to join. The Elk who proposes you for membership must obtain a Membership Application from the Lodge Secretary.


After your proposer fills in the required portion, you will be given the Application for Membership. Fill it in, following the instructions and answering all questions. Return the completed application to the Lodge Secretary or your proposer with your application fee of $40.


Your name will be proposed for membership at a regular Lodge meeting and your application will be forwarded to the Investigating Committee.  You will be called to set up a time for an interview.


After the interview is concluded, the committee will report to the Lodge the results of their interview. The members will be given notice of not less than 10 days nor more than two months before the balloting for new members.


When the ballot is concluded, you will be notified and asked to present yourself for orientation. During orientation, you will learn more about the Order’s programs and charities, and the date you will be initiated.


After initiation as an Elk, you can take part in all meetings and social functions of the Lodge. If for any reason your application is rejected, you cannot make application for membership for six months from the date of rejection.