Message from the Missouri Elks Association

State President, Jim Ross

2024-2025 MEA State President

Welcome to the Missouri Elks Association (MEA) website. I hope you enjoy your visit with us. My name is Jim Ross and I have the privilege of serving as the Missouri Elks Association State President for the fraternal year 2024-2025.

The MEA was instituted on October 12, 1909 with our oldest Lodge, St. Louis #9, being instituted on December 8, 1878. So, the Elks have been alive and well in Missouri for 147 years.

On our website you will find information about our State Major Project (Missouri Benevolent Trust Dental Program), State Programs, Contact Information, Photos, Forms and a little about our history. Be sure to check out the “History of MEA” under MENU on the left, great reading and take the time to view the pictures of the MEA Past State Presidents. Missouri Elks are proud of all the charitable work we do and volunteer hours we put into our communities while expecting nothing in return, because "We Are - The Elks"

My motto for this year is "PULLING TOGETHER FOR ELKDOM" and the slogan is "Keeping Elkdom on Track". Together we can accomplish so much more than acting alone. There is a vast amount of knowledge available in our membership and as leaders/elks we need to tap into those resources for a greater Elkdom. Teamwork is fulfilling and the results are amazing. Join a team today!

Kathy and I are looking forward to visiting with everyone during our travels around our state this year and making new friends, meeting new people and sharing stories. It promises to be a fun and exciting year and we invite all of you to join us in making our new memories fantastic.


Jim Ross, State President

Missouri Elks Association

Mission Statement

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.

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