February 16, 2018 The 150th Anniversary of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
The Elks Creed
Believe in the goodness of thyself as well as in others Protect childhood with tenderness, old age with respect Cherish with reverence the memory of those who have passed Observe faithfully the Golden Rule Enjoy the good things of Earth Keep within thee the glorious sunshine of youth And remailn always in good cheer
Who We Are
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE; also often known as the Elks Lodge or simply The Elks) is an American fraternal order and social club founded in 1868. It is one of the leading fraternal orders in the U.S., & recognized as the premier charitable organization in the nation, having nearly one million members with over 3000 Elks Lodges across the country.
The B.P.O.E. 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 its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself 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 through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share.