The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
Who Are the Elks?
Since 1868, millions and millions of Americans have joined the Elks. Find out why!
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 need, and
by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans.
Interested in becoming an Elk and joining a Lodge? Click here for more info.
A fraternal order with nearly a million members and a 141-year history.
A network of more than 2000 lodges in communities all over the country.
A generous charitable foundation that each year gives millions in scholarships, an inspiration to youth,
a friend to veterans and more.
To inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize
a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members;
to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate
itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and
communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating Elks Care and Elks Share.
The Elks organization was founded in New York City on February 16, 1868 under the
name "Jolly Corks" by 15 actors, entertainers and others associated with the theater.
In ensuing years, membership expanded to other professions.
This Fraternal Order was founded "To promote and practice the four cardinal virtues of
Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to promote the welfare and enhance the
happiness of its members; to quicken the spirit of American Patriotism and cultivate
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 We Do
The Order spends more than $80,000,000 every year for benevolent, educational and
patriotic community-minded programs in such fields as benefiting physically handicapped
children, sponsoring Elks National Foundation scholarships, scouting, athletic teams,
veterans' works, a national "Hoop Shoot" free-throw contest involving more than 3 million
children, physical and occupational therapy programs and patriotic programs.
The youth of our country have always been important to the Order. It is for this reason the
Elks Drug Awareness Education Program was launched to warn primary grade students and
their parents of the dangers in drug use. Additionally, every lodge observes June 14th as
Flag Day, a tradition which the Elks began in 1907 and was later adopted by the Congress
as an official observance.
Public service is an integral part of being an Elk. In keeping with this tradition, Elks create and
participate in many programs to better their communities and demonstrate that Elks Care - Elks Share!
All across the nation our Elk State Associations sponsor programs to build stronger communities by assisting those in need through scholarships, medical research, recreational opportunities, and lots more. For more information on this program click here.
The yearly Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Program is open to all boys and girls ages 8 through 13. The contest starts at the lodge level and advances through district, state and regional contests before the national finals in the spring. For more information on this program click here.
The Elks Drug Awareness Program distributes literature and organizes events to make kids and their parents aware of the dangers posed by alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs. Try the program's Drug Awareness quiz and test your knowledge! For more information on this program click here.
A monument in the truest sense, the Elks National Veterans Memorial was built in 1926 to honor Americans whose profound sacrifices for the nation can never be recognized by mere words. For more information on this program click here.
Elks Veterans Service Commission
Since the early days of Elkdom, the Veterans Service Commission has patriotically served those Elks who have fought for our great nation. For more information on this program click here.
Community Investments Program
Through the Elks National Foundation's Community Investments Program, Lodges can apply for grants to serve their communities, meeting local needs. For more information on this program click here.
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
10070 West Indiantown Road, Jupiter, Florida 33478
President Ronald Reagan Addresses The B.P.O.E.
1988 Grand Lodge Convention in Las Vegas, NV.
Elks Care. Elks Share. Are You an Elk?
Jupiter Elks Lodge #2469