Membership

Fiscal 2023 (April 1st, 2022 through March 31st, 2023) Costs

  • $100.00 – Initiation Fee (due upon completion of application)
  • $208.50 – Annual Dues (may be prorated depending Initiation date)
  • $50-$300 – Optional Pool Membership (sold separately)

Stats – United States of America + Missouri

– Of the 1857 Elks Lodges in the Country, Missouri has 73 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.

** If looking to reinstate contact Membership Chairman Tim Luby – trluby@gmail.com **

Membership Report as of April 28, 2022

In March I reported that we finished fiscal 2022 with a +105 membership total which ranked #2 (of 72) in Missouri behind Festus Crystal City #1720 with +145.  I spoke too soon as a few days later the BPOE website reflected that our +105 was #1 in the State which will earn a plaque for our recognition wall.

After beginning the fiscal year (April 1st) with 770 members, All American Nine has 779 active members, 58 candidates in the pipeline, 23 Life Members (a 30 year Elk who’s at least 65 years old) and 302 delinquents. To pay dues hotlink here ( https://elkslodge9.org/index.php/product/membership-dues ) then be on the lookout for your 2022-2023 membership card which will gain entrance to every one of the 1882 lodges in Elkdom. Six new members were Initiated Monday April 25th and of the in-process candidates; 17 are in the hands of the Investigative committee, 27 are ready for Balloting, and 14 are ready for Orientation.  Going forward we’re imploring proposers Initiation Rituals which are happening Monday May 2nd, Sunday May 15th, Sunday June 5th, and Monday June 20th.

After the first month of fiscal 2023 we’ve increased membership by 9 (6 by Initiation, 2 by Affiliation, 1  by Reinstatement) which is countered by 302 delinquents.  In all of Elkdome, a +9 ranks us 175th (of 1882) while Newport Harbor California with +61 is at the top while Sun City Arizona #2559 is at the bottom with -168.  In Missouri, a +9 ranks us #8 (of 72) behind Show Me leader Eureka-Pacific #2644 with a +25 while Manchester #2058 picks up the rear with a -12.

Age

Our average age of 55.20 ranks us the 63th youngest lodge in the Country (of 1882) while Boone Iowa #2884 leads with 47.03 y/o while Brookings South Dakota #1490 brings up the cane at 77.63. Missouri, we’re the 2nd youngest (of eight, behind Ellisville #2664) in Metro District 4780 and the 9th youngest in the state (of 72) while Webb City #861 continues to lead at 49.96 y/o while Osage Community #2705 picks up the rear at 73.62

Size

We’re the 199th largest lodge in the Country (led by Greater Wildwood, New Jersey #1896 with 6599), 9th largest in Missouri (led by Festus-Crystal City #1721 with 2037 while Adrain #2864 counters with 38), and the largest in Metro District 4780 (Affton #2635 has 525, Crestwood #2503 has 320, Florissant #2316 has 303, Ellisville #2664 has 195, Troy #2805 has 174, St. Charles #690 has 160, and Manchester #2058 has 152).

Summary

As April (stats as of 04/28/21) concludes the 1st month of fiscal 2023 All American #9 is a Tweeting SpaceX Rocket Ship with seats for more. If you have a prospect, get him or her up to one of the six live music events this summer because @ the Red, White, and Blue – American loving Saint Louis #9 we Kneel for God and Stand for the Flag. I’m into keeping Saint Louis #9 on or near Mount Rushmore so toss me an email (trluby@ gmail. com) to get involved.

Godspeed,
Timothy Regan Luby
Chair

Overview

– In fiscal year 2022 (April 1st-2021 through March 31st-2022) the lodge had a net gain of 138 which ranked #1 (of 75) in Missouri and #45 (of 1876) in the Country.

– In fiscal 2021 (April 1st-2020 through March 31st-2021) the lodge had a net gain of 120 which ranked #1 in Missouri and #55 in the Country.

– In fiscal 2020 (April 1st-2019 through March 31st-2020) the lodge had a net gain of 124 which ranked us #2 in Missouri (behind Eureka Pacific Lodge #2664 who had a net gain of 160) and 86th in the Country.

In fiscal 2019 (April 1st-2018 through March 31st-2019) the lodge had a net gain of 232 which ranked us #1 in Missouri and #38 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