So you want to know more about Elks and what we do....

Grand Lodge Youth Activities Committee Drug Education
Scholarships Scouting
Youth Veterans Services Hoop Shoot

By going to any of the above links you can definitely see that the Elks are more than a social club. It was the Elks who were instrumental in the observation of Flag Day. The Elks built and gave to our country what became the first Veterans Hospital. The Elks do a tremendous amount of good work here in Virginia and all over the United States. We honor our area Valedictorians, their parents and their Principals with awards dinners and programs. In addition to our lodge scholarships our State Association this year gave out over $32,000.00 in scholarships from funds generated from the interest of the Elks National Foundation.

Every month, we are working with the many veterans, who are in nursing homes and hospitals. Through our Thanksgiving and Christmas Basket Programs, we supply food to needy families. We support the youth with our Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest, Drug Awareness Pool Parties and Dances. We have five Drug Trailers that cover the entire state. We contribute funding and anti drug literature to local police department's D.A.R.E. programs. We don't stop there, we support the Salvation Army with Christmas donations, we send underprivileged youth to camp every summer and we buy wheelchairs for those who can't afford them.

We would like to invite you to become one of us. 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.

Click here to fill out a Membership Inquiry Form

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 Invitation 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.

If for any reason your application is rejected, you cannot make application for membership for six months from the date of rejection.

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