A Virtual Home Page (VHP) is a fast, simple, and inexpensive way to put your lodge on the Internet. No special expertise is required. Simply submit a few simple online forms and your lodge can have an effective presence on the Grand Lodge web site. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (below) and you'll be online in no time!
Yes! Each Virtual Home Page has its own website address within the Elks.org website, such www.elks.org/3 for San Francisco, CA, Lodge No. 3, or elks.org/622 for Annapolis, MD Lodge No. 622. You can also register a custom domain with an Internet Service Provider and then "point" that domain to your Virtual Home Page.
Each Virtual Home Page includes space for:
Lodge News: Post your newsletter on the Internet! With your Virtual Home Page, you can publish your news immediately - no more waiting for printers or the U.S. Post Office. Even better, your news will available to all of Elkdom - not just the folks on your mailing list.
Lodge Facilities: Do you have a lounge? Restaurant? RV hookups? Golf Course? Post your facilities on your Virtual Home Page and they'll become a part of our searchable database so traveling Elks can find the services they need when they're on the road.
Lodge Officers: Publish your lodge directory online. Each directory listing can (optionally) include a name, spouse, current office, past offices, address, telephone number, and email address:
Lodge Calendar: Lodge events can be posted in a familiar calendar format with a "hot-linked" detail screen where you can include a full description of the event, contact information, and lots more. Your members can even display a "printer-friendly" version to create a hard copy of your calendar.
Lodge Links: You can now post links to external web pages that feature additional information about your lodge, your programs, or your community.
Extra Pages: You can now customize your site with "extra" pages for topics like Lodge History, Lodge Location or any topic that's appropriate to your lodge. These pages will be included automatically in the menu of options that appear on the left side of your Virtual Home page.
Images: You can now upload up to two hundred images for display on your Virtual Home Pages.
ENF Reports: A variety of reports from the Elks National Foundation are now available from within your Virtual Home Page. You don't have to do anything - the reports for your lodge are included and updated automatically by the Foundation!
Virtual Home Pages can be updated by your Lodge Secretary or an authorized "Cyber-Assistant." Cyber-Assistant access is FREE, and Cyber-Assistants can be appointed online by your lodge secretary through the "STAFF" tab on the CLMS2Web Main Menu:
*Important: Cyber-Assistant appointments will not be accepted via postal mail, fax, or phone. All appointment must be submitted online.
If you'd like to be appointed Cyber-Assistant of your lodge, be sure to register as a member of the Elks.Org web site if you haven't done so already.
A Virtual Home Page is not as flexible as a regular website that you might set up with an Internet Service Provider, but it's much easier to create and maintain. Although you'll have limited control over the "look and feel" of your site, you'll be able to post information quickly and without any sort of programming expertise. If you can browse the Internet you're qualified to create a Virtual Home Page.
Yes! Your lodge can upload images that can be easily "attached" to any of the pages on your Virtual Home Page.
No problem. Submit the address of your "off-site" home page and a link will appear automatically on every one of your Virtual Home Pages.
Yes. Information posted to your "Virtual Home Page" is included in a searchable database that can be accessed by members nationwide. Traveling Elks looking for a particular type of facility, for example, will be able to search the database for matching lodges in a given area. This type of feature is not available through regular web sites. All lodges are encouraged to develop a Virtual Home Page, even those that have an established home page elsewhere.
Actually, Virtual Home Pages don't need to be created - they exist automatically for every lodge. To update your pages, simply select the EDIT VHP button on the left side of your Virtual Home Page. You'll be taken the the main editing area, where you'll find options for editing all of the pages on your site.
Yes. Virtual Home Pages are available for State Associations at no charge. Like the VHPs for local lodges, State Association Virtual Home Pages are easy to establish and maintain, and offer a wide range of features.
Your State Secretary can appoint an Internet Administrator through their elks.org State Association Dashboard.