Becoming A Member

Elks Care, Elks Share

If you are thinking of joining the Bend Elks Lodge here are some ways you can become a member of our organization:

  • If you know a current Elks member, reach out to them and ask them if you can join them for a visit to a social event or a visit to the member’s only club.
  • If you don’t know a member, stop by the lodge and introduce yourself to some of the members and let them know of your interest in joining.
  • Download and print a copy of our membership application, fill it out and bring it to the Lodge. Or come to the lodge and pick up a copy to fill out. Talk to our Lodge Secretary for help.


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.

New Member Process

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 orientation. During orientation, 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.


If you used to be a member and wish to reinstate your membership, follow the instructions HERE.