How to Join the Elks Lodge

by Charmiane Wilson

The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks (BPOE) is one of the largest charity-focused fraternal organizations in the United States. The organization seeks to serve local communities through use of benevolent programs. With chapters in each of the 50 states, there likely is an Elks lodge near you. If you are interested in joining this organization, there is a specific process that must be followed.

Confirm you are a U.S. citizen older than 21. The organization also requires you believe in God.

Ask an Elks member to sponsor you. This member must live in the same jurisdiction as the lodge you are interested in joining and must obtain a membership application from the secretary of the lodge.

Ask two additional Elks members to serve as co-sponsors for you.

Fill out the appropriate sections of the application and have your sponsor fill out his portion. The completed application must be turned in to the lodge secretary. Your application will be forwarded to an investigating committee after being read at an Elks meeting.

Wait for a phone call from the investigating committee. This call will be to set up an interview to be attended by both you and your sponsor.

Wait while the committee reports to the lodge. After this happens, the members will vote in no less than 10 days and no more than two months. If you are accepted as a member, you and your spouse will be asked to attend an indoctrination, where you are told more about the charities and programs in which the lodge is involved. You will be given a date for your initiation ceremony.

About the Author

Charmiane Wilson's writing career began in 1992 as a contributing reporter and writer to "Hollywood Beat" entertainment magazine. This position lasted until 2005, when she returned to her passion of writing fiction. Her novel, "A Series of Prayers," was published in late 2008. She holds an associate degree in business from Axia College.

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