How to Become a Member
The Order is a non-political, non-sectarian and strictly American fraternity. Proposal for membership in the Order is only by invitation of a member in good standing. To be accepted as a member, one must be an American citizen, believe in God, be of good moral character and be at least 21 years old.
What does it mean to be an Elk?
For over 140 years, the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks has been dedicated to serving our fellow citizens.
Here in Florida, the 56,000 men and women of the Elks in 100 Lodges from the panhandle to the Keys are enjoying the camaraderie, compassion, community outreach, and support that are all part of being an Elk.
Although you may already be aware of the social benefits of our great fraternal organization, you may not know that each Lodge has its own unique amenities. Florida Elks enjoy indoor and outdoor sports activities, entertainment, parties, dances, dining, and much more.
More importantly, Florida Elks take great pride in giving back to our communities. Nationally, each year, the nearly one million Elks working together with the Elks National Foundation provide over $80 million for charitable programs such as the Hoop Shoot competition, scholarships, drug awareness in our schools, and assistance for veterans of all wars.
In Florida alone, Elks provide millions of dollars in assistance to the neediest among us:
The Army of Hope provides assistance to veterans and military families
The Elks Children’s Therapy Program brings mobile, in-home therapy services to children across the state
The 400-acre Elks Youth Camp in Umatilla builds character while simultaneously inspiring Florida’s youth by teaching respect and responsibility
As a member of our order, you will be supporting all of these programs while enjoying all of the benefits of being an Elk.
If you are looking for something meaningful that truly makes a difference in your local community and the lives of others, and if you and your spouse want to meet new and interesting people who share your values and commitments to our country, then you’ve found it.
We hope that you’ll take that next step and make the Florida Elks part of the next chapter in your life. Together we can do great things.
Click here to contact the Elks for more information.
So you are thinking about becoming an Elk?
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America is a non- political, non-sectarian and strictly American fraternity. Proposal for membership in the Order is only by invitation of a member in good standing. To be accepted as a member, one must be an American citizen, believe in God, be of good moral character and be at 21 years old.
Now that you know what we expect, fill out the application and submit it our lodge. After your application is submitted you can expect the following.
*APPLICATION *INVESTIGATION/ORIENTATION *INITIATION
Please allow 1-2 months for completion of the membership process.
The application fee for our lodge is $25.00. Please include this amount with your application and make the check payable to “Tarpon Springs Elks Lodge 1719.” Our annual dues are $78.50. The dues will be prorated based on your scheduled intiation date. The dues may be paid with your application fee or when you meeting for the investigation session. The Elks year runs from April 1 to March 31. When your application is submitted, you will receive a letter giving you the time, location, and appropriate dress for each meeting you are required to attend.
INVESTIGATION: This is a one-on-one interview with a member of the committee.
ORIENTATION: Where you will learn about Elkdom, The Grand Lodge, Florida state Elks, our lodge and the many different Elks programs. (Your Spouse may attend this with you.)
INITIATION: This is part of a lodge meeting and is generally held the forth Tuesday of the month. Please understand that ONLY Elk members and candidates being initiated are permitted in the building during our lodge meetings.
If you have ever been an Elk before at any other lodge or are a current member in another lodge, please see the secretary for the appropriate form.
Should you have a problem meeting the scheduled times and dates, contact us and let us know.