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Why Be A Member of The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks?alt

 

BECAUSE...

...We Elks are a nation-wide fraternal organization of well over 800,000 American citizens. We love our country and desire to preserve its cherished institutions,traditions and values. We respect our neighbors and constantly seek to promote their well being. We love and enjoy life and believe this enjoyment is increased by sharing it with family, friends and all with whom we come in contact.

BECAUSE We seek to bring into our fraternal family only those who delight in wholesome associations with congenial companions. Only persons who possess a deep sense of patriotism, fair play, chivalry and dedication to noble causes. Persons who find the fulfillment of their existence in service to humanity, desiring to join in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, aiding those in distress; proving themselves to be true friends to all in need.

BECAUSE We lead no one to our doors with any promised material benefits or fame. We pledge no advancement of personal or career ambitions; instead we want to help each other become better and happier persons. We believe in not merely wishing others well but in manifesting this belief by deeds, seeking to serve rather than to be served. To Elks, laughter is better than tears and a kind word is more powerful than a frown. The dream of a better world becomes reality when shaped by enough willing hearts and hands.

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