Becoming an Elk

Enrich your life and the lives of others 

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

Find camaraderie in Elks Lodges throughout the US

Within the Elks, you’ll find individuals who possess a deep sense of patriotism, fair play, and dedication to charitable 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. Elks do not exclude anyone because of race, gender or gender-identity, creed, ethnic origin, educational attainment, vocation, or physical stature. We measure character by what one does and is, not by title or position. 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.

Compassionate Elks

Elks seek fulfillment of their existence in service to humanity, desire 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 $700 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

The Elks provides 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.

Caring Elks

Across the country, Elks operates numerous hospitals, clinics, training centers, and in-home services for the care and treatment of children and adults with disabilities that include vision and speech, and also mental impairment, and emotional problems.

Commitment to Country 

Elks expend over $4 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 of countless thousands in our country. Elks have been there, quietly providing help and encouragement for over 150 years. Now it’s your turn to get involved, to join America’s quiet humanitarians, and begin giving your life new purpose and commitment.


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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 lapsed, 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 are approved for reinstatement. 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: 

You must be a U.S. citizen, 21 or older, willing to salute the Flag, be of good character, and believe in God.

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

You must be sponsored by a member of the Elks Lodge. You also need two other Elks who will be your references. If you do not know any Elks members, please contact us. There may be Elks who want to sponsor you after meeting you.

Your name will be read at a regular Lodge meeting. Your application will then be forwarded to the Advisory Board, who will call you and set up a time for you and your sponsor to meet for an interview.

After the interview is concluded, the committee will report to the Lodge concerning your application, and the Lodge will vote on it.

If your application is approved, you will be notified and asked to present yourself and your spouse for an orientation, where you will learn more about the Order’s programs and charities. 

After you are initiated, you can take part in all meetings and social functions of the Lodge.