Membership Requirements

The BPO Elks is distinctively American. Our requirements for membership in our Order are very basic and very easy to meet. There are four qualifications:

(a)   A citizen of the United States of America who will pledge allegiance to and salute our Flag.

(b)  Not less than twenty -one (21) years of age

(c)   A believer in God.

(d)   Of good character.

That's it! The Order of Elks welcomes anyone who meets the above qualifications without prejudice.

The following paragraphs are copied from the Grand Lodge site (the information for candidates page).

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 Application for Membership. Fill it in, following the instructions and answering all questions. Return the completed application to the Lodge Secretary.

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 can submit a new application for membership after six months from the date of rejection.

For more information about Elk Membership at the Point Pleasant Lodge contact Amanda Horton , (732) 600-8561.