Ludlow Elks Lodge
Elks Lodge #2448
Applications are available in the Secretary's
office any weekday
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 sponsor fills in the required portion, you will be given the Application for Membership. Fill it out, following the instructions and answering all questions. Return the completed application to the Lodge Secretary with the prescribed fees.
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 cannot make application for membership for six months from the date of rejection.
If you are or know a former member who has dropped his/her membership (No time limit) tell the former member that you would like to sponsor them to rejoin (reinstate). It is a very simple process that involves submitting a reinstatement application to be read at our lodge meeting and voted on.
There is a $15 fee with the application and the payment only of the current dues for the year. Depending on the date the reinstatement is made the dues are pro-rated according to the number of months left in the current lodge year.
Although a reinstatement is gaining back a former member, the lodge is also gaining a new member. As described above, it is easy and inexpensive.
Reinstatement also does not require the same steps as when a new member joins. There is no initiation fees, no indoctrination and no formal initiation.