• $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 1884 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/Lapsation Reports as of March 1st, 2021.

Beginning Membership total as of 04/01/20 = 683. Since – Increases; 68 Initiated, 1 Affiliated, 9 Reinstatement, Subtotal = 78.  Decreases; 87 Dropped, 2 Transferred Out, 1 Absolute Demit, 9 Death 9, Subtotal = 99.

Note, there are 8 Lodges in the District, 74 Lodges in Missouri, and 1884 Lodges in the Country.

– With 662 members we’re the largest lodge (by size) in the district, 15th in Missouri, and 282nd in the Country.
– With an average age of 55.26 we’re the youngest lodge (by age) in the district, 10th youngest in Missouri, and 82nd 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

In 2014, the “Sleepy little lodge on Ladue” was treading water with around 210 members (no stats are available)

Stats – Pipeline

  • Currently, St. Louis Lodge #9 has 27 perspective members in the pipeline.
  • Upcoming Initiation Rituals (Hall of America) are Sunday March 21st (12:00) and Sunday April 25th (12:30).
  • All stats above are as of 03/01/21 per Membership Chair Timothy Luby/p.E.R.

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.

Click above to fill out a Membership Inquiry Form

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