Membership and Lapsation

“Life Blood of Our Order”

Mission: The Membership and Lapsation Committee should employ such means and methods, not contrary to the Laws of the Order, as may be best adapted to secure applications for membership in the Order, to increase the Lodges in the State and provide guidance necessary to the Lapsation Committees of Lodges to restore former members who have been dropped for non-payment of dues.

Rick Gathen
New!! Rick Gathen, Grand Lodge Membership/Public Relations Manager, has prepared several slide presentations that can be of use to Lodge Membership Chairs motivating Lodge members to pursue new members, encourage delinquent members to get current, and motivate former members to reinstate their memberships. To see these useful presentations, click here to go to the download page.

Grand Lodge also has a good video on the elks. To see it, go to: and choose one of the options to view the video.

If you would like to become an Elk, click here to fill out a Membership Inquiry Form online and your request will be directed to the appropriate lodge. Or if you know an Elk, ask them for a membership application.

If you are an Elk and would like to propose someone for membership, go to "Invite a Friend to Join" enter the information requested and an invitation to membership will be sent to the person.

A good source of Membership news is the Membership page on Go to for interesting news items and resource locations. To see the top recruiters in Virginia, go to for a listing of the Top 25 Proposers.

The late Frank Poole, PER, PDDGER, PSVP, created a presentation package that can be very useful in recruiting and indoctrination. Go to for this valuable resource. There are links to both a .pdf and a PowerPoint presentation.

Justin Reiter - Kimberly

Raymond E. Dameron, JR. – Elizabeth

Dana Petrak -Steven

Paul C. Shoemaker – Bonnie

Angela Batey

What's New!

VEA Membership Chair Justin Reiter's Note on Reinstatements; 4/12/2017

A Message From the VEA Membership Chair to all Virginia Elks; 3/16/2016

Geoff Cox Letter on Membership for 2015-2016; 1/21/2016

GL Membership Manager Rick Gathen's New Membership Brochure; 10/10/2015

Virginia Beach 2268 Holds Member Appreciation Event ; 4/22/2015

Letter from Justin Reiter, VEA Membership Committee Chair; 4/14/2015

VEA Holds Second Annual Training Meet at Charlottesville 389; 3/16/2015

VEA Second Annual Training Day Agenda; 2/27/2015

Holiday Note from Rick Gathen, GL Public Relations Manager; 12/6/2014

Note From Rick Gathen, GL Membership and PR Manager; 10/10/2014

Front Royal 2382 Has 8 Elks Win GER Awards for New Members; 6/7/2014

VEA Membership Training Material from Frank Poole, 2nd VP; 10/22/2013

Roanoke 197 initiates its 100th New Member this Lodge Year ; 2/9/2013

Ten Lodges Receive Membership Awards at VEA Fall Meeting; 10/15/2012

Portsmouth-Chesapeake 82 ER Gives 2 GER Membership Awards; 3/21/2012

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