With more than One million members in more than 2,000 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. 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. 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. We can help you with this if you do not know three Elks. 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 cannot make application for membership for six months from the date of rejection. Please consider joining the Elks to help us carry out our mission. Elks Care, Elks Share. Please Contact Tom Kinsella at 315-468-4383 or firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Lodge at 315-672-3106 for more information.