Who are the Elks?

No matter where you go in the country, an Elks Lodge is right around the corner. With nearly 800,000 members in 1,950 communities nationwide, Elks are providing charitable services that help build stronger communities. Join us in service to your community!

Community. When you join the Elks, you’re joining a community network.  As an Elk, you’ll always be welcome at any Elks Lodge, no matter where you move. Become an Elk to meet new friends and connect with your community!

Service. A core component of being an Elk is a dedication to service. Joining the Elks is a great way to remain active in your community. The Elks offer a variety of opportunities for giving back to the community. See causes we support in New Albany and upcoming Events for ways to get involved.

Take the next step! Learn more about becoming an Elk, complete the contact form below.  We’ll get you the details you need.

How To Become A Member

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.

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.

Interested in becoming an Elk and joining a Lodge?

Please fill out the form on this page and we’ll be in touch. 


If you have additional questions, we’ll be happy to answer any.  Simply contact us at this email address elks270@gmail.com or call the Lodge at (812) 945-8111.

Why Become A Member?


We Elks are a nationwide community-service organization of nearly a million American citizens. We love our Country and desire to preserve its cherished institutions, traditions and values. We respect our neighbors and constantly seek to promote their well-being. We love and enjoy life and believe this enjoyment is increased by sharing it with family, friends and all with whom we come in contact.


We seek to bring into our Order only those who delight in wholesome associations with congenial companions, men and women who possess a deep sense of patriotism, fair play and dedication to noble causes. Our Members find fulfillment in service to humanity, in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, aiding those in distress and proving themselves to be true friends to all in need.


We lead no one to our doors with any promised material benefits or fame. We pledge no advancement of personal or career ambitions; instead we vow to help each other become better and happier persons. We believe in not merely wishing others well but in manifesting this belief by deeds, seeking to server rather than to be served. To Elks, laughter is better than tears, and a kind word is more powerful than a frown. The dream of a better world becomes reality when shaped by enough willing hears and hands.


We question no one’s religion, nor do we exclude anyone because of creed, race, ethnic origin, educational attainment, vocation, material status or physical stature. We measure character by what one is and does, not by titles or position. We do not seek to impose different beliefs in place of personal commitments to God, Family and Country, nor do we ask anyone to act in any manner contrary to the dictates of conscience. We do not permit religious or political differences to intrude into organizational considerations at the local, district, state or national levels.


You can join with the millions of fine and nobel American Elks who have helped better the destiny and way of life for countless generations in our country for more than 140 years. The generosity is without fanfare and ofter, even without the recipient’s knowledge of the benefactor’s identity. You may even have been helped in the past. We have always been there, quietly providing help and encouragement. Now it’s your turn to get involved, to join America’s quite humanitarians, and to give your life new purpose and fulfillment.


The Elks Lodge in your community affords you the opportunity to join your neighbors and friends, and take a prominent role in the improvement of community life by the practice of the principles and virtues we have held sacred for over a century and a quarter – Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity. 


The value of cash, donated items, hours of service and miles driven exceeds thirty-million dollars yearly, bringing comfort, cheer and necessities to Veterans and active service personnel throughout the United States and abroad. In so doing, we fulfill our solemn pledge: “So long as there are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.”


Through the Elks National Foundation, a perpetual fund with assets of nearly four hundred million dollars, we provide more than seventeen million each year for college scholarship, grants for higher education to children of deceased Elks and other charitable, benevolent endeavors.


Through our local Lodge, district, state and national programs, we provide healthful activities, guidance and assistance to millions of boys and girls every year. we fund scholarship, athletics teams, summer camps, scouting and drug education programs.  We encourage civic environmental and patriotic involvement through essay contests, seminars and distribution of materials; as well as family-oriented activities in our Lodges.


Elks operate numerous camps, hospitals, clinics, training centers and in-home services for the care and treatment of children and adults with physical disabilities including vision and speech problems, all across the country.


In our many benevolences, Elks and Lodges throughout the United States spend nearly seventy-million dollars annually for community betterment and charitable programs. This is in addition to yearly donated hours, transportation costs and non-cash contributions worth nearly two hundred and forty-million dollars.


In more than 2,000 Elks Lodges throughout the United States, civic leaders prominent in public, business and professional life can be found. In these Lodges, located in the principal cities and towns throughout America, smiling faces and a warm welcome await you as an Elk. You’ll never have to stand alone in an uncaring world around you, now that you’re a Member of the American Elks family.