what does it mean to be an elk?

Elks Lodges are part of the communities where they live and work. 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, meet the needs of today’s veterans, and improve the quality of life.  Each Elks Lodge has the potential to help their community in the way they choose.  For example:


  • Our Livonia Elks Lodge donates the use of our facilities such as hosting a Boy Scout Troop or the use of our banquet hall for Livonia’s Annual “Daddy – Daughter Dance”
  • Livonia Elks have supported “Veterans Returning Home”, a nonprofit that helps transition homeless veterans out of homelessness and into society.
  • Livonia Elks visit the John D. Dingell Veterans Hospital and provide a small amount of comfort to those who are healing through sponsoring an occasional luncheon or providing snacks to those receiving treatment.
  • Livonia Elks have addressed specific needs of developmentally and/or physically disabled families in Livonia through the acquisition and donation of specialized learning tools, wheelchairs and bicycles.
  • Livonia Elks are working with a Livonia Head Start and PoWeR! Book Bags to promote literacy through giving each child a total of six age-appropriate books throughout the school year

Do You Have What It Takes To Be An Elk?

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.

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