Elks Lodges bring so much more to their communities than just a building, golf course or pool. They are places where neighbors come together, families share meals, and children grow up. Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, by undertaking projects that address their immediate needs, and by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans.
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 and one who believes in God. You must be sponsored by a member of the Elks Lodge and reside in the jurisdiction of the Lodge you wish to join. You also need two other Elks who will be your co-sponsors. The Elk who proposes you for membership must obtain a Membership Application from the Lodge Secretary.
Once your proposer fills in the required portion, you will be given the Application for Membership. Fill it in, following the instructions and answering all questions. Return the completed application to the Lodge Secretary (949)830-3557. Your application will be read at a regular Lodge meeting and will be forwarded to the Investigating Committee, who will call you to set up an interview.
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 (orientation). During indoctrination, you will learn more about the Benevolent Order and it’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 cannot reapply for membership for six months from the date of rejection.
If you’d like to join Mission Viejo-Saddleback Valley Lodge you may stop by the office during business hours to fill out an application. A $50 processing fee is required to initiate your application. If you’d like to join another Lodge in the Orange Coast District local Lodges are everywhere and can be found using our online directory to locate a Lodge near you.