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 September 24, 2021.

A. Pipeline – As of Friday September 24th the lodge had 724 active members, 71 candidates in the pipeline, and 125 delinquents which puts our lapsation rate at 18.80%. To pay dues hotlink here (https://elkslodge9.org/index.php/shop ) to get current then be on the lookout
for your membership card which will gain entrance to all 1882 lodges in Elkdom. Twelve new members were initiated Sunday September 19th which leaves 71 in-process candidates. Of those; 34 applicants are ready for orientation, 36 applications are in the hands of the investigating committee, and 1 application is ready for affiliation. So far in
fiscal 2022 we’ve increased membership by 66 (60 by Initiation, 2 Affiliated, 4 Reinstated) and decreased by 7 (1 by dropped, 6 by deaths) which puts us at a +59 for the year. Countrywide, by Initiating 59 we’re ranked 107th (of 1882) while Greater Wildwood New Jersey #1896 remains at the top with a +435 while Gateway-Portland Oregon #408 is at the bottom with -408. In Missouri, we’re #3 (of 74) behind the Show Me leader Cape Girardeau #639 with +78 while Nevada #564 picks up the rear with a -20.

B. Age – Our average age of 55.03 ranks us the 81st youngest lodge in the country while Bibb County, Alabama #2878 leads at 46.81 y/o while Massillon North Canton Ohio #2029 brings up the rear at 79 y/o. In Missouri, we’re youngest of Metro District 4780 and the 8th youngest in the state while Webb City #861 continues to lead at 50.17 y/o while Osage Community #2705 picks up the rear at 73.39 y/o.

C. Size – With 724 members we’re the largest lodge in Metro District 4780, 13th largest in Missouri (lead by Festus-Crystal City #1721 with 1997 while Adrain #2864 counters with 49), and 239th largest in the Country (lead by Greater Wildwood, New Jersey #1896 with 6220).

D. Summary – As September concluded the 6th month of fiscal 2022 All American #9 is a SpaceX Rocket Ship with seats for more. If you have a prospect, get him or her up to the Friday October 29th Costume Party because @ the Red, White, and Blue American loving Saint Louis #9 we Kneel for God and Stand for the Flag.

Tim Luby, PER/Trustee – 09/24/21

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