Thank you for visiting the Missouri Elks Association website. We hope that this will become your place to turn for information, to catch up on other Lodge news, and to learn more about this distinctly American, fiercely patriotic, and family-orientated fraternal organization known as the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
I have the honor of being elected to the position of President of the MEA for the 2013-2014 year. It is my privilege and responsibility to promote throughout Missouri this fine organization's chief principles while gathering ideas to make it better and stronger. My slogan for this year is "Hole In One Fore Membership". (Golfer not bad speller!) Although one can argue that the current economic conditions have hit our volunteer organizations the hardest, some of the downturn rests solely on all of our shoulders. Soliciting new members is very important but so is retaining our current ones. Some of our members have left disillusioned, disappointed, or discouraged. Help them to remember why they wanted to join in the first place; fellowship, involvement in lodge activities, service and community projects as well as a place where the entire family can feel welcome and comfortable. A little work on our part will not only bring in new members but keep those we have happy and productive.
As my wife, Ruth, and I travel around the state this year, please feel free to let us know how we can help you accomplish your goals. Let's work together for the good of the Order and spread the word of what a great organization we have in the BPOE. We can carry out this achievement by our exemplary actions and attitudes. Always remember that Elks Care - Elks Share!
President, Missouri Elks Association
To inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care - Elks Share.