To be a new 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.
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 with the prescribed fees.
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, in addition to non - voting membership privileges in about two thousand lodges nationwide.
TO RE-INSTATE OR TRANSFER AS A MEMBER:
The process to reinstate as a member because you have been dropped from the membership roles or want to transfer to our lodge from another lodge is fairly simple.
First: Come to the lodge during office hours - 9:00am to 1:00pm and see our lodge secretary. He will ask you a few questions and have you fill out a re-instatement form. The fee to re-instate is $25.00 and the current lodge year's dues and assessments.
Second: If you are coming back in from another lodge, our secretary will contact your old lodge and verify that you were a member. They will send our lodge a form releasing you.
Third: After everything has passed muster, our lodge secretary will report to the lodge and notify everyone through our monthly bulletin. A vote will be taken on the second Thursday of the month and if you are voted on favorably, you will again be a member of the BPOE.