Kingsville, TX 1926

Elks History

Elks History

With more than 1.1 million members in more than 2,100 local lodges nationwide, the Elks are one of the largest and most active fraternal organizations in the world! Organized on February 16, 1868, we are the largest American Benevolent Organization in the United States of America, consisting of American Citizens of the United States and its Territories.

The Order of the Elks is a benevolent organization, not a Social-Business Club. It is dedicated to Service to our Communities and our Country. The various phases of our work, whether it be with the fortunate or unfortunate youths, care of the needy, Veterans Service, furtherance of Americanism, or other Benevolent activities, offer you a wide choice from which you may choose areas of interest.

Upon attaining membership in our Order, you will become part of a National Organization, which has members from every prominent city of our Country, who are respected Citizens in their Communities and are proud to say that they belong to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America.

Your local Order is involved in Civic/Community Affairs such as drug awareness, charities, community welfare, community affairs, law and order, summer camps, poster contests, essay contests, blood drives, Boy and Girl Scouts, Veterans Service, and youth sports. Your local lodge has something for every member.

We are involved in Drug Awareness, Hoop Shoot, Veteran Services, and scholarships for our local students.