Traverse City Elks Mission Statement
What is the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks?
The Elks exist 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 is government.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America also serves people and communities through benevolent programs.
We seek to bring in to our Order only those who delight in wholesome associations with congenial companions, men and women who possess a deep sense of patriotism, fair play and dedication to noble causes.
We pledge no advancement of personal or career ambitions; instead we vow to help each other become better and happier persons. We believe in not merely wishing others well but manifesting this belief by deeds, seeking to serve rather than to be served.
We measure character by what one is and does, not by titles or position. We do not seek to impose different beliefs in place of personal commitments to God, Family or Country, nor do we ask anyone to act in any manner contrary to the dictates of conscience. We do not permit religious or political differences to intrude into our organizational considerations at the local, district, state or national levels.
We are not strictly a social club. We are dedicated and respected citizens seeking to serve our community and our Country.