Originally posted by Boatphone
Thank you all for the great information. Sounds like a really good group, also, good information on the rituals being less complex now.
Glad I could be of some help, along with all the rest of the ATS members.
Information pertaining to joining, can be found on:
My mom was an officer, and she was in charge of writing the monthly newsletter. Although she is a decent writer, she is hardly tech savvy, so that
meant that I got to type up and write some of the articles. I was able to learn a lot about the traditions of the organization, the history, and the
people, and in the process, I saw some stuff I probably shouldn't have seen pertaining to ritual. And out of respect I will not reveal any of it,
but I can tell you that it is very beautiful and symbolic.
I was really heavily involved with this organization my entire life, and although I was not old enough to join, I was able to attend many community
service projects that they organized. And I even helped to set up and execute a charity golf tournament for the Bal-swan children's center. We were
able to raise $5,000 and got over $10,000 worth of door prizes, donated. I was the recipient of thier annual scholarship, I still thank them every
chance I get for that little peace of mind.
I really do think that anyone who joins the Elks club will become a more social, more postive, and all around better person. The friends you make
during your experience, with the elks club, or any other fraternal organization for that matter.
My mom unfortunately is no longer an elk, due to certain unpleasantness in the lodge (nothing bad at all, just lost interest in it because of the
attitudes of some new members toward the organization). She is now a member of the fraternal organization of eagles, which is quite similar to the
elks club. If you are interested in another possible choice for a service fraternity, the american legion is another good choice.
Whatever choice you make will no doubt be a good one. These are some outstanding organizations who are motivated to help the community, have fun, and
learn to be a better person. So have fun, and remember...you get back just as much as you put in.