Becoming an Elk

Enrich your life and the lives of others 

If you want to make a difference while having the time of your life and making lifelong friends, consider becoming a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

Camaraderie In Elks Lodges throughout the US

You’ll find individuals who possess a deep sense of patriotism, fair play, chivalry, and dedication to noble causes. Elks pledge no advancement of personal or career ambitions; instead Elks want to help each other become better and happier persons. Elks believe in not merely wishing others well but in manifesting this belief by deeds: seeking to serve rather than to be served. Elks do not exclude anyone because of race, sex, creed, ethnic origin, educational attainment, vocation, material status or physical stature. We measure character by what one does and is, not by title or positions. We do not seek to impose different beliefs in place of personal commitments to God, Family and Country, nor do we ask anyone to act in any manner contrary to the dictates of his or her conscience.

Compassion Elks

Find fulfillment of their existence in service to humanity, desiring to join in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, aiding those in distress, and proving themselves to be true friends to all in need. Through the Elks National Foundation, a perpetual fund with assets exceeding $400 million, we provide millions each year for college scholarships, grants for higher education to children of deceased Elks and other charitable, benevolent endeavors.

Youth Elks

Provide healthful activities, guidance and assistance to over 8 million boys and girls every year. We not only fund scholarships, but athletic teams, summer camps, scouting and drug awareness programs. We encourage youth through civic, environmental and patriotic involvement through essay contests as well as family oriented activities in our Lodges.

Care Elks

Operate numerous hospitals, clinics, training centers and in-home services for the care and treatment of children and adults with disabilities including vision and speech problems, as well as mental impairment and emotional problems, all across the country.

Commitment to Country 

Elks expend over $2 million yearly to bring encouragement, cheer and comfort to hospitalized veterans throughout the United States in fulfillment of our solemn pledge:   “So long as there are veterans the Elks will never forget them.”

Community Outreach 

The Elks Lodge in your community affords you the opportunity to join your neighbors and friends by taking a prominent role in the improvement of your community life. As an Elk you will join the millions of other fine American citizens who helped better the destiny and way of life for countless thousands in our country. Elks have been there, quietly providing help and encouragement for over 140 years. Now it’s your turn to get involved, to join America’s quiet humanitarians, and begin giving your life new purpose and commitment.


Visit the Lodge or contact Membership to learn more about the Alameda Elks. We love showing off our building and talking about how much fun we have!


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If your membership has lapsed, we want you back! We would like to welcome previous members to re-join Elkdom. If your membership has been lapsed for three years or more, we want to invite you become a member again. You will not have to pay back dues, and your membership will restart the date you attend initiation. The important thing is to start connecting with your friends and having fun again. Everything else takes care of itself. Reach out to the Membership Committee today.

Apply for Membership

To be eligible to join: 

U.S. citizen, 21 or older, and believes in a Higher Power.

You can start the process online by providing your contact information here.

You must be sponsored by a member of the Elks Lodge and reside in the jurisdiction of the Lodge you wish to join. You also need two other Elks who will be your co-sponsors. 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.

Your application will be read at a regular Lodge meeting. It will then be forwarded to the Investigating Committee, who will call you and set up a time for you and your sponsor to meet with the committee so that they can interview you.

After the interview is concluded, the committee will report to the Lodge concerning your membership. The members will be given a notice not less than 10 days nor more than two months before the vote will be taken.

When the vote is concluded, you will be notified and asked to present yourself and your spouse for indoctrination. During indoctrination, you will learn more about the Order’s programs and charities. You will also be told during the program 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 can submit a new application for membership after six months from the date of rejection