Elks Care, Elks Share -Are YOU an Elk?

Elk Lodges bring so much to their communities -they are places where neighbors come together, families share meals, and children grow up in a safe supportive environment. Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, by undertaking projects that address unmet needs, and by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans.

So you’ve been thinking about joining the San Rafael Elks Lodge...

What are your first steps?

If you know a current Elk member contact them and have them bring you to the Lodge to experience a social evening, or to an event to experience the fun. If you don’t know a member, come by the Lodge weeknights after 5 pm. Just sign the guest book at the front lobby, walk in and introduce yourself to the members – let them know you are interested in joining.

It’s as simple as that!  Membership forms are available in person, or download and print our Membership Application below. After spending some time meeting the other members, complete fill out the application (with your sponsor and co-sponsors information - and you are on your way to joining not only the Liveliest Elks Lodge In The Whole-Wide-World but you’ll be joining one of the most active community charity organizations in the area.

How to Join the Lodge

New members are required to be sponsored by a current Elk in good-standing, and reside in the jurisdiction of the San Rafael Lodge. Elks have the exclusive right to extend Elk privileges to family, friends and associates. The Elk who sponsors you will usually introduce you to other Elks who may serve as your two other references. 

If you are interested in joining, please download an application, get a form from the lobby, or contact Monica, the Membership Chair by email: mmcmillanafs@gmail.com

Elks membership is open to both men and women. To join Elk Lodge 1108, you must be a U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years of age, and believe in God and our country.

The Process

The Elk who proposes you for membership can help guide you through the application process. The entire process can take a month to six weeks - an interview must be scheduled, and initiations take place the first Thursday meeting of every month.

After your proposer fills in the required portion, fill in your section of the Application for Membership, following the instructions and answering all questions. Either return the completed application to the lodge office or you may give it to the bartender in the evening.

You may also fill out the application digitally - ask your sponsor to invite you via elks.org to become a member. You will be sent an online application to complete, which  automatically goes to the Lodge Secretary for processing.

Your application will normally be read at the next regular Lodge meeting (sometimes this is delayed if Officers are at the National Lodge Annual Meeting). You will be contacted either via mail by the Lodge Secretary with a welcome letter inviting you to our Investigative Committee (interview), or by a phone call from the Membership Committee Chair.

Once the interview is concluded, the committee will report to the Lodge concerning your membership. The members will be given a notice not less than 10 days nor more than two months before the vote will be taken. When the vote is concluded, you will be notified by our Lodge Secretary with a date to return for indoctrination (initiation). Initiations are conducted on the first Thursday meeting of every month.

After your initiation as an Elk, you may then take part in all meetings and social functions of the Lodge.

If for any reason your application is rejected, you can submit a new application for membership after six months from the date of rejection.


If you used to be a member and want to be reinstated follow the instructions here (Click Here)

Associate Members:

If you are a member of another lodge and tend to spend a lot of time here in San Rafael, maybe Associate Membership is for you. Please contact the office to get an application. Secretary@elks1108.org or Office@elks1108.com. Phone: 415-453-1108