The Order is a non-political, non-sectarian and strictly American fraternity. Proposal for membership in the Order is only by invitation of a member in good standing. To be accepted as a member, one must be an American citizen, believe in God, be of good moral character and be at least 21 years old
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 can provide you with a paper copy of the Membership Application, or both of you can use the online application, print and sign. Please follow all the instructions and answer all the questions. Once the app. is completed it can be emailed to the Lodge Secretary (email below) along with the proof of payment of the $200 application fee (which you can pay online under - Membership - Membership Application Fee - Include your Sponsors Elk Membership number).
Your application will be read at a regular Lodge meeting and your name will be posted in our newsletter.
Your application will then be forwarded to the Membership Investigating Committee, who will contact you to set up a time for you and your sponsor to meet with the committee. At that meeting both of you will be interviewed. You will also be informed during the interview the date you will be Initiated as a Member.
After the interview is concluded, the committee will report to the Lodge concerning your membership. The proposed new member will be given notice of not less than 10 days nor more than two months before the lodge vote will be taken.
When the vote is concluded, you will be notified and asked to present yourself and your spouse for Orientation. Your Elk sponsor (and their spouse) will also attend the Orientation to introduce you. During this time, you will learn more about the Order's programs and charities.
Only the proposed candidates and Elk members can attend the Initiation Ceremony. (Your Elk sponsor must also attend the initiation ceremony). After your Initiation you will receive your membership card. You can now partake in all meetings and social functions.
If for any reason your application is rejected, you can submit a new application for membership after six months from the date of rejection.