Elks Club Membership Cost

How Much Does an Elks Club Membership Cost?

Last Updated on December 29, 2023
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

The Elks Club was founded in 1868 and is one of the largest and oldest fraternal organizations in the United States of America. It has over 1.2 million members who have joined in more the 2,000 communities.

This club is open to all citizens of the United States who are older than 21 years of age and believe in God. Men and women are both eligible for membership.

How Much Does an Elks Club Membership Cost?

The cost of an Elks Club Membership depends on the application fee which is anywhere between $60 and $85, and an annual fee that will start at around $40 and will go up to more than $550. For the initiation fee, you will have to pay between $60 and more than $1,050.

The cost of the initiation fee will be affected significantly by the geographical place where you are living as there are many locations, but in most situations, the initiation fee will be less than $250 and the monthly costs will rarely exceed $30.

At Wellesley, Massachusetts lodge, the application/initiation fee is $75, and the membership dues per year are $40. As a result, the full amount a future Elk member would owe would be $110.

The annual dues for a standard/regular membership at Fremont Elks Lodge 2121 are $160, and the half-year dues are $100. There is also a handling fee of $2.50 per transaction.

The required membership dues for 2023/2024 at Palo Alto Elks Lodge are $586.50. For those who would like to use the athletic facilities (pool, gym, locker room, racquetball), an additional annual athletic fee of $1170 for a family or $664 for an individual applies.

The annual membership fee for Elks Lodge 158 is $139.00, plus a 3% convenience fee. The single pool membership fee is $300.00, plus a 3% convenience fee.

On the other hand, according to a Yelp member, the initiation fee at the Elks Club in Honolulu is around $1,050, while the monthly costs are almost $35.

Elks Club membership details

Membership is only by invitation from a current member and requires a sponsor as well as other members to vote in acceptance.

As an Elks Club member, you will take advantage of many benefits such as regular lodge meetings for lunches throughout the week, dinner on different nights, cheap drinks, and occasional karaoke music and dancing. However, the amenities will vary from one club to another and it is recommended to check the official website of the Elk Club you joined to see your benefits.

The majority of the clubs post on their website their events and amenities. For instance, the members of Elks Club #496 are offered dart boards, dining options, a shuffleboard table, karaoke, a game room with a pool, and flat-panel televisions.

The main membership types available at Elks Club lodges

Active Member

The regular adult membership for age 21+ who has been voted in by the lodge. Pays full dues and can hold office and vote.

Life Member 

An Active member who has maintained membership for 30+ consecutive years. Dues are waived and have full privileges.

Honorary Life Member 

A distinguished non-member awarded lifetime status by the Grand Lodge without dues or voting rights.

Associate Member

Typically is the spouse of an Active member. With this membership, you can use facilities and assist with events but cannot vote or hold office. It has reduced dues.

National Life Member

An Active member who has held membership for 50+ years. Dues are waived and can be transferred between lodges.

Non-Resident Member

For Active members who now live abroad or a distance away. They can visit lodges but have no voting rights, and pay nominal dues.

Youth Member

Children/grandchildren must be sponsored by a parent/grandparent Active member. They use facilities until 21 and pay minimal dues.

Each local Elks Club may have additional special member categories as well per their bylaws and traditions according to the jurisdiction of the lodge you wish to join. There are both voting and non-voting classifications. As a member, you can pay your dues online

The club provides exclusive membership, a social atmosphere with peers, and opportunities to give back locally through lodges nationwide.

Being a member may also provide access to benefits and discounts, including access to other lodges around the country. All you have to do is to contact them.

You might also like our articles about the cost of membership at Bellevue Club, Augusta National, or Country Club of Virginia.

What are the additional expenses?

You may have to pay for the drinks and meals, but the Elks Club is well known for the low prices it charges for its food and drinks. For instance, you will have to pay less than $5 for a wine or beer.

In case you want to organize a private event such as a birthday party or even a wedding, then this will come with some costs that you need to take into consideration.

Important things to consider

Elks Club Lodge HawaiiIn order to become a member of the Elks Club, you need an invitation. It will take around two months for the club to approve your application. The first step in this membership application process is to appear in front of the Elks Investigation Committee and once you are admitted you will have to undergo initiation and indoctrination.

Also, another condition to becoming a member of this club is to have two co-sponsors who are current members and to live in the jurisdiction. After you pass the verification, you will get in front of the Investigation Committee, and a date and time will be set up for the interview. The majority of the applicants will receive a response somewhere between 10 days and 2 months after the interview is conducted.

Elks Club offers awards of more than $3 million every year for college scholarships as part of the Elks National Foundation. Among these scholarships, the Legacy Grants, the Most Valuable Student Grant, the Emergency Grants, and the Vocational Grants are included. Members who would like to save money on their education are allowed to apply for these scholarships.

Also, the Elks Club creates many opportunities to provide better education and enrich student lives through many no-cost programs. The young members of the Elks Club are partners in different community service programs. For instance, the Drug Awareness Program offers materials to communities and schools to encourage young people to make smart and healthy lifestyle decisions regarding alcohol and drug abuse.

The Elks are known for their rapid response to disasters. They often provide financial assistance, supplies, and volunteers to support disaster relief efforts.

Elks Lodges often provide grants to local community organizations and associations. These grants can support a wide range of causes, from education and healthcare to arts and culture.

Moreover, the Elks Club supports the Boys and Girls Clubs, arts programs, 4-H programs, and youth athletics, as part of the community outreach program. Often, the Elks Club is a meeting spot for the Scout troops. According to the club, the aim of these programs is to make sure that no child is ignored or forgotten.

If you want to find an Elks Club location close to you, visit their official website.


Alec Pow
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