Membership

Elks Care, Elks Share. Are YOU an Elk?

So you’ve been thinking about joining the Ballard Elks Lodge – What are your first steps?

  • If you know a current Elks member contact them and have them take you by the lodge to experience the social quarters or to an event to experience the fun.
  • If you don’t know a member come by the lodge some time when the Lounge is open and walk in and introduce yourself to the bar staff – let them know your interested in joining.
  • Download and Print our Membership Application or pick up a printed copy at the lodge during business hours.

It’s as simple as that!  The lounge is located on the second floor, to your left after you get to the top of the stairs.  Membership forms are available there and after spending some time meeting the other members in the lounge just fill out the form (with your sponsor and co-sponsors information), pay the nominal initiation fee and you are on your way to joining not only the Best Gosh Darn Elks Lodge In The Whole Wide World but you’ll be joining one of the most active community charity organizations in the area.  The entire process takes at least a month – perfection isn’t quick!

Elks Lodges bring so much to their communities. They are places where neighbors come together, families share meals, and children grow up.

Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, by undertaking projects that address unmet need, and by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans.

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Eligibility

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.

The Process

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 can help guide you through the application process.

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 front office during business hours or to the bartender along with $25 application fee.

Your application will be read at a regular Lodge meeting.  You will be contacted (via mail) by our Lodge Secretary with a welcome letter inviting you to our Investigative Committee (interview). Our interviews are conduction the third Tuesday of each month between 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

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 by our Lodge Secretary with a date to return for indoctrination (initiation).

You will also be told during the program the date you will be initiated. Initiation is on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

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.

Reinstatement

If you used to be a member and want to be reinstated follow the instructions here (Click Here)