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The Benevolent and Protective order of Elks is one of the oldest and largest organizations in the United States. The B.P.O.E. was formed and organized on February 16, 1868, in New York City. The Waukesha lodge was chartered on May 12, 1898. The Wisconsin Elks Association was formed in 1902. The first president of the Wisconsin Elks Association was A.F. Warden of Waukesha Lodge #400.

Today there are nearly 1 million members of the Elks in 2,250 local Lodges found throughout all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Lodges are the focal point for many community service and Charitable programs that have become an Elks Tradition. Early in its history, the Elks supported groups such as the Salvation Army and the Red Cross. In 1871, the Elks staged a benefit for the Chicago Fire. The organization has responded to every major disaster since then: the Seattle fire, the Johnstown flood of 1889, the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995, and the Red River Flooding of 1997 are just a few. This is in addition to the community service that has become an Elks Tradition.

Learn more about the history of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.


Who are Elk Members
Elk Members are American Citizens who guide their course in life by the Cardinal Principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love, and Fidelity.


Who can join the Lodge
To be eligible for membership in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be over the age of 21 who believes in God.
  • Be sponsored by a member of the Elks Lodge
  • Reside in the jurisdiction of the Lodge you wish to join.


Membership Benefits
Benefits received by belonging to the Waukesha Lodge of Elks #400 are: Semi-Monthly Lodge meetings, monthly Lodge bulletin, monthly Elks magazine, Old Timers monthly meetings, and a Lodge membership admission card that entitles you to attend and participate in all Lodge functions, not only in your Home lodge, but in any lodge throughout the United States.

For more information on the Waukesha Elks Lodge Membership, please call (262) 717-9488, or complete a membership inquiry form online.


Already an Elk and wish to propose someone for membership?
The Grand Lodge now has an interactive online form to allow you to propose a candidate for membership electronically. You will need the candidate’s name and e-mail address, and will also need to have an account activated on the Grand Lodge website. You may propose for membership in Waukesha Elks #400 or any other lodge. The link is available on the Grand Lodge site or by clicking here.