So You Want to Become
To be eligible for membership in any Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, you must be a citizen of the United States, age 21 years or older, who believes in God.
Why Be a Member of the Elks?Because... We Elks are a nationwide community-service organization of well over 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.
Because... We seek to bring into our Order only those who delight in wholesome associations with congenial companions, men and women who posess a deep sense of patriotism, fair play and dedication to noble causes. Our Members are people who find the fulfillment of their existence in service to humanity; in feeding the hungry; sheltering the homeless; aiding those in distress; proving themselves to be true friends to all in need.
Because...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 serve 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 hearts and hands.
Because...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.
Because...You can join with the millions of fine and noble American Elks who have helped better the destiny and way of life for countless generations in our country for over 130 years. The generosity is without fanfare and often 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 quiet humanitarians and to give your life new purpose and fulfillment.
Because...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.
Because...We expend over sixteen million dollars yearly to bring encouragement, cheer and comfort to veterans throughout the United States in fulfillment of our solemn pledge: "So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them."
Because...Through the Elks National Foundation, a perpetual fund with assets exceeding three hundred and fifty million dollars, we provide over fourteen million each year for college scholarships, grants for higher education to children of deceased ELks and other charitable, benevolent endeavors.
Because...Through our local Lodge, district, state and national programs, we provide healthful activities, guidance and assistance to over eight million boys and girls every year. We fund scholarships, athletic teams, summer camps, scouting and drug education programs. We encourage civic, enviromental and patriotic involvement through essay contests, seminars and distribution of materials as well as family-oriented activities in our Lodges.
Because...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.
Because... In our many benevolences, Elks and Lodges throughout the United States spend over forty-five million dollars annually in our various works of community betterment and charitable programs. This is in addition to yearly donated hours equivalent to over one hundred million dollars.
Because... 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.
Summary of the Steps for Becoming A Gateway ElkTo become a Gateway Elk you must also be sponsored by an Elk member in good standing. The Gateway Elk who proposes you for membership must obtain a Membership Application from the Lodge Secretary and must fill out a section of it. Then the Application will be given to you – fill it in, following the instructions and answering all questions. Return the completed application to the Lodge Secretary with the prescribed fees.
- SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION – New Members, as well as Re-instatements, Transfers and Associates, submit a properly completed application to be read in Lodge. The application must be signed by the applicant and Proposer.
- PUBLICATION – Notification of these applications must be published in the Lodge newsletter, The Gatepost (Check the Gatepost calendar for the deadline date). If this deadline is not met, the applicant must wait for the following month to be Initiated.
- INTERVIEW– Applicants meet with a member of the Lodge to discuss why they want to be an Elk and to "get to know you". Without being interviewed, the applicant's name may not come up for vote and must wait for the following month to repeat the process. Letters with an appointment for Interview are mailed two weeks prior to the Interview appointment.
- BALLOT – After being voted into the Lodge, Re-instatements, Absolute Dimits and Transfers receive their membership cards and are invited to attend Orientation and Initiation, when they will be introduced to the Lodge and it's members.
- ORIENTATION– The last mandatory step for New Members before INITIATION, when they learn what is involved in belonging to Gateway Elks Lodge #2411.
- INITIATION – Applicants must attend INITIATION and have all fees paid before becoming a member of Gateway Elks Lodge #2411.
After initiation as an Elk, you can take part in all meetings and social functions
of the Lodge.
If you do not know an Elk member and are interested in joining the Order, CLICK HERE to download a membership application.
Fill out the application and submit it to the Lodge Office (either by mail, fax or in person) at:
711 NE 100th St
Portland, OR 97220.