ELKS Care, ELKS Share. Are YOU an ELK?
Elks Lodges bring so much more to their communities than just a building, golf course or pool. 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 needs, and by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans.
Who Can Be An ELK?
To be eligible for membership in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (B.P.O.E.), you must be a citizen of the United States over the age of 21 who believes in God.
An application must be proposed and sponsored by 3 members in good standing (details below) and the applicant must reside in the jurisdiction of the Lodge they wish to join. Application for membership is obtained from the Santa Maria Elks Lodge Secretary, can be found in the Lodge Office, or can be downloaded below.
Once a proposer fills in and signs their portion of the application, an applicant must fill in their portion, following the instructions listed on the application and answering all questions; the form is then signed by 2 proposer references. The completed application is then submitted to the Lodge Secretary or the Lodge Office with prescribed fees (listed below).
Applications will be read at a regular Lodge meeting. They will then be forwarded to the Investigating Committee, who may, at their discretion, set up a time for an applicant and their proposer to meet with the committee for an interview.
Once any interview is concluded, the committee will report to the Lodge concerning the applicant’s membership. Lodge members in good standing will be given notice not less than 10 days nor more than two months before a vote will be taken on an application. When the vote is concluded, the applicant will be notified and asked to present himself for indoctrination. During indoctrination, applicants will learn more about BPOE Lodge 1538 programs and charities. Applicants will also be told during indoctrination the date of initiation.
After an applicant is initiated, they can take part in all meetings and social functions of the Lodge. If for any reason an application is rejected, re-application for membership cannot be submitted for six months from the date of rejection.
The ELKS Obligation
The obligation assumed by every member of the Order as an essential part of his initiation involves certain duties which are necessarily implied, as well as those which are formally expressed.
By that obligation, so assumed, members become a member of the Order, not merely a member of their own Lodge. The rights and privileges thereby conferred upon them include the right to attend the meetings of any club house maintained by any other Lodge, in accordance with its rules and regulations relating thereto. Members are as much amenable to the Statutes of the Order as they are to the By-laws of their own Lodge.
Members are entitled to participate in the deliberations of their own Lodge; it is their duty to attend its meetings for that purpose, with proper regard for other duties which may also rest upon them. They share responsibility for their Lodge’s acts; and they should, by their vote in Lodge sessions and by the appropriate exercise of their influence, endeavor to have those acts reflect their own views. However they should, with good grace, yield to the majority will, when it has been duly registered.
The charitable and benevolent activities of a Lodge frequently require the personal attention of members other than its officers. Each member should readily respond to any official call upon him for any fraternal service that may be within his reasonable capacity to render.
It is only by the continued display of such spirit of fraternal cooperation that a Lodge can maintain itself as the instrumentality of community service it is designed to be. And, it is only by generously putting their individual service into this fraternal association that members will secure for themselves the greatest measure of satisfaction and happiness which should accompany membership in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
How to Apply
- Fill out and sign the application (download below or obtain in Lodge office).
- Three members in good standing must add their signatures to the application: one as the “Proposer” (top of application), and two as “Proposer References” (back of application).
- Submit the application to the office along with a partial fee in the amount of $50.
- Once the application has been submitted, applicants will be notified if any further information is needed – or if none is needed, applications will be reviewed in accordance with the above information. Once an application has been approved, applicants will be notified of the date of Candidate Orientation (a dinner meeting), as well as the date of the Candidate Initiation meeting. Applicants will also receive notice of the remainder of application fees as well as pro-rated annual dues. If you have questions, please call the office at 805.922.1538.
Click here to download the Application.