Membership

Costs

  • $100.00 – Initiation Fee (due upon completion of application)
  • $203.50 – Annual Dues (may be prorated depending Initiation date)
  • $50-$300 – Optional Pool Membership (sold separately)

Stats – United States of America + Missouri

– Of the 1882 Elks Lodges in the Country, Missouri has 74 Lodges separated into five districts; Metro East #4780, East Central #4760, Northeast #4800, West Central #4940, Southwest #4920, Metropolitan West #4790, Northwest #4840, & Southeast #4880.

– St. Louis #9 is one of 8 Lodges in Missouri Distinct 4780 which includes; Affton #2635, Crestwood #2503, Ellisville #2664, Florissant #2316, Manchester #2058, St. Charles #690, & Troy #2805.

Membership Reports as of June 28, 2021.

As of Monday June 28th the lodge has 699 active members, 49 candidates in the pipeline, and 161 delinquents. To pay dues hotlink over to the commerce page
(https://elkslodge9.org/index.php/shop ) and get current then be on the lookout for a membership card which will gain your entrance into every lodge in Elkdome.  Seventeen new members were Initiated Monday June 21st which leaves 8 applicants ready for orientation, 36 applications in the hands of the investigating committee, 2 applications ready for balloting, 2 new applications to first read during the Monday July 19th Lodge meeting, and 1 pending transfer.

So far in fiscal 2022 we’ve increased by 36 (34 initiated & 2 affiliated) and decreased by 2 (deaths) which puts us at a +34 for the year.  This plus number ranks us 102nd (of 1882) in the country (Chelmsford-Lowell, Maryland #2310 remains as the tops with a +262 while Lowell, Maryland #2283 remains at the bottom with -285), we’re 2nd (of 74) in Missouri (De Soto #689 is tops with +39 while Osage Community #2705 brings up the rear with a -4), and #1 in our District (of 8).

Our average age of 55.23 ranks us the 71th youngest in the country (Bibb County, Alabama #2878 leads at 46.59 y/o while Wahpeton North Decota #2147 brings up the rear at 77.19 y/o), 10th in Missouri (Webb City #861 is the youngest at 50.6 while Osage Community #2705 is the oldest at 73.45), and 1st in the District.

Our 699 members ranks us (by size) the 242nd largest in the Country (lead by Greater Wildwood, New Jersey #1896 with 6030), 13th 13th in Missouri (lead by Festus-Crystal City #1721 with 1947), and 1st #1 in the District.

In summary, at the 1/3rd point of the fiscal we’re in an envious position with 49 Flag loving Americans waiting to join us with hundreds out there yet to discover our magic.  If you have a prospect, get him or her up for an upcoming steak night or a live music event on the East Patio because at the Red, White, and Blue American loving Saint Louis #9 we Kneel for God and Stand for the Flag.

Godspeed,
Timothy Regan Luby,

Membership and Retention
Committee Chair – June 28, 2021

Overview

– In 2020, the lodge had a net loss of -13 members which ranked us #42 in Missouri and 881st in the Country.

– In 2019, the lodge took in a net +16 new members which ranked #8 in Missouri and #96 in the Country.

– In 2018, the lodge took in a net +20 new members which ranked #15 in Missouri and #293 in the Country.

– In 2017, the lodge took in a net +128 new members which ranked #1 in Missouri and #51 in the Country.

– In 2016, the lodge took in a net +290 new members which ranked #1 in Missouri and #25 in the Country.

– In 2015, the lodge took in a net +411 new members which ranked #1 in Missouri and #17 in the Country.

Becoming a Member

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 can be sponsored by any member in good standing from any lodge in the country. You’ll also need two other Elks who will be your references. The Elk who proposes you for membership will provide you with a copy of the Membership Application, or will email you a link to the online version of the form. Please follow all instructions and answer all questions. If applying via hard copy, please return your completed application to the Lodge Secretary.

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 can submit a new application for membership after six months from the date of rejection.

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What my Elks membership card really tells me?

An old article first printed in 1932 but still relevant today!

I hold in my hand a little scrap of paper, two by three inches in size. It is of no intrinsic worth, not a bond, check, or receipt for values, yet it is my most priceless possession. It is my membership card in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America.

It tells me that I am an American citizen–the proudest title in all the world that can be conferred upon a man. It tells me that I am the peer of emperors and kings, the ruler of my own destiny, the maker of my own fortune. It tells me that I am a citizen of a land where democracy rules, where brotherhood prevails, where tolerance holds sway, where justice is enthroned.

It tells me that I have joined with 800,000 other Americans in the pledging of allegiance to our country and its laws; in placing the American flag first in our hearts as loyal Americans and first upon our altars as loyal Elks.

It tells me that I have entered into a spiritual and material kinship with my fellow Elks to practice charity in word and deed; to forgive and forget the faults of my brothers, to hush the tongue of scandal and innuendo; to care for the crippled, the hungry and the sick; and to be just to all mankind. It tells me that in 1,500 cities under good fellowship prevails a home among brothers and friends; a home dedicated not only to the high principles for which the Order of Elks stands, but to the need of play, which is inherent in the heart of every man.

It tells me that my loved, my home, my fireside, and my household, are under the protection of every member of this great Order, who has sworn to protect and defend mine, as I have sworn to protect his. It tells me that should I ever be overcome by adversity, the hand of every Elk in all the world will be stretched forth to assist me in my necessities. It tells me that if old age should find me alone and homeless, that, as an honored guest of our Order, surrounded by my old comrades, and with every comfort and luxury, I may sit upon the veranda at Bedford in Virginia, and watch the evening sun sink behind the Peaks of Otter for the last time before my fading eyes.

And, finally, it tells me, Brothers, that when my final exit from the stage of life has been made, there will be gathered in my Lodge Room friends and brothers, who, when the Eleventh hour has been struck, will recall to mind my virtues, though they be few, and will write my faults, though they be many, upon the sands.

Reprinted from Denison, TX Lodge 238

A May 18, 2018 article from the Wall Street Journal