BECOMING A MEMBER
To be eligible for membership in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, you must be a citizen of the United States over the age of 21 who believes in God.
Click here to fill out a Membership Inquiry Form.
You can be sponsored by any member in good standing from any lodge in the country. You'll also need two other Elks who will be your references. The Elk who proposes you for membership will provide you with a copy of the Membership Application, or will email you a link to the online version of the form. Please follow all instructions and answer all questions. If applying via hard copy, please return your completed application to the Lodge Secretary with your $25 Application Fee.
Your application will be read at a regular Lodge meeting. When the vote is concluded, you will be notified and asked to present yourself and your spouse for Orientation. During Orientation, 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 your 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.
Local lodges are everywhere and can be found using our online directory to locate a Lodge near you.
Members: Did you know we can now send an online application to prospective candidates? It's simple. You need to be a registered user of elks.org, which is free. Go to: https://www.elks.org/emas/proposer.cfm?source=lodges and complete their info including email address. They will receive an email with a ID and pin and a link to complete their application. Then, they submit it and the Lodge Secretary will receive notification of the new application. You will also receive notification. Let's give it a try! Let's all invite one person!