Membership & Lapsation
MEMBERSHIP MATTERS IN MASSACHUSETTS
Membership will always be the lifeline of our great Order and we as Elks must do all that we can to preserve our lifeline.
The Massachusetts Elks Association begin this fraternal year 2023-2024 with 36,439 Members in our 55 Lodges spread out across this magnificent Commonwealth. This number generated after finishing the 2022-2023 year with a net gain of 55 Members. This has given us a net gain in consecutive years in which we have gained 210 Members through that 2-year period. This is a great accomplishment, and we must continue to build on that growth. Exalted Rulers you must have strong and constant communication with your Membership Committee regarding delinquent Members, reinstatements and applications for membership. It is important that we continue Initiating new Members frequently as we should not leave them in waiting too long. Our Association seems to average around 500 candidates in waiting and we need to do our best in lowering that average. These candidates have asked to join us so let’s not make them wait!
The other important aspect of membership is the involvement of our new Members in our activities and leadership roles. The best chance that we have in gaining their interest is throughout the “I” program (Interview, Indoctrinate, Initiate). This is where we have the perfect opportunity to emphasize on the Charitable works that our Lodges are involved in. It gives us the chance to interact with each candidate to see what their interests may be and to explain to them the needs that we have and the leadership opportunities within our Lodges. This is how we promote Elkdom! Tell them it’s great to be an Elk and give them a reason to stay!
I encourage all of you to visit Elks.org and utilize the information that has been made available for you in the Membership Toolkit.
Let’s do a threepeat in Massachusetts and help us continue to grow nationally with 3 in a row!
Bob Wambach PSP GLC
State Membership Chair