Who We Are
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America has more than 1 million members in more than 2,100 local Lodges nationwide.
The Elks are one of the largest and most active fraternal organizations in the world! Mission Statement
To inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love, and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of our members; to quicken the spirit of American Patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate the Order as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and communities of this nation through benevolent programs, demonstrating that
If you would like to learn more about the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks or how to become a member of the Palm Coast Lodge 2709 or a local Lodge in your area (Find a nerby Lodge), please call the Lodge at (386) 446-2709 x101. We will be happy to answer your questions.
We are citizens of the United States over the age of 21 who believe in God.
The Elks organization first began as the "Jolly Corks" and was lead by London born comic, singer and dancer, Charles Vivian.
Although first congregating for their own amusement, the Jolly Corks, a group of artists and thespians, decided to dedicate the group to helping the needy. This idea first began when one of the Jolly Corks died leaving his wife and children alone.
On February 16, 1868, in New York City, the Jolly Corks formed the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, lead by Mr. Vivian.
As social activities and benefit performances increased, the popularity of the group swept across the country. Soon, groups from other cities were requesting permission to form their own Lodges.
The Elks then asked the New York State Legislature for a Charter that would allow the Grand Lodge to establish Lodges anywhere in the United States. The charter was granted and on March 10, 1871, the founding group received the first local charter as New York Lodge No. 1.
And still today the Elks-continue the tradition and uphold the four virtues of our Order – Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity.
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