Get Involved with the Traverse City Elks

The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks is a volunteer service organization. We have many ways for members to get involved in both our lodge and the Traverse City community. We’ve outlined many of them below.

Becoming an active member of the Traverse City Elks Lodge is simple.  All you have to do is read the list below, see where you might best fit in, then call the Secretary’s Office and let us know you’d like to volunteer. We’ll then point you to the right committee head or event coordinator.

The Lodge meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month. Members are encouraged to attend.

Become an Elks Officer or Trustee

Send us a message to learn how you can become more involved as an officer or a trustee.


The Membership Committee actively recruits new members, investigates proposed new members, mentors new members, retains current members, reinstates lapsed members and display a good understanding of the Order’s programs/opportunities and how that translates back to the community.

Auditing and Accounting

This committee provides advice, guidance and assistance to the Lodge in the practical application of the Laws of the Order to matters of auditing, accounting, bookkeeping and budgeting. The duties of each committee member include review of the Annual Financial Report and making recommendations to the Lodge.

Care Pack For Kids

This unique charity program established by the Lodge discreetly provides nutritious, child-friendly, easy-to-prepare food for chronically hungry children in everyday backpacks to take home over weekends and out-of-school times.

Community Activities

This committee works with all other committees that are involved with either Lodge or outside activities and coordinates any other function that may be necessary such as Public Relations, etc. The Lodge uses its own float for area festivals and parades to note the presence of Elks in the community.

Lodge Bulletin

This primary communication of the Lodge publicizes past and upcoming Lodge activities for the membership. This committee works with the Lodge Secretary to write articles, submit pictures and organize the publication.


The Americanism Committee implements the patriotic activities planned by the Grand Lodge and cooperates with local organizations to promote patriotic community endeavors.

Bell Ringing

The Bell Ringing Committee works with the Salvation Army to organize, solicit participation and carry out bell ringing in front of local stores during the Christmas holiday season.

Blood Drive

The Blood Drive Committee plans and executes Blood Drives at the Lodge as frequently as possible.

Drug Awareness

This committee develops and conducts drug awareness programs for the Lodge.

Elks National Foundation

The Elks National Foundation committee solicits donations for this Elks Charity.

Flag Day

Led by the Leading Knight, this committee makes all preparations for the Elks annual Flag Day ceremony on June 14th. This committee follows the principles laid out by the Grand Lodge.

Golf Outing

This committee plans and puts on our annual golf-outing benefit. They are also responsible for putting on the annual inter-Lodge Golf Tournament.

Government Relations

The purpose of the Elks Government Relations Program is to help our Order’s right to exist as a private organization and to establish positive relationships with our legislators – local, state and national.

Hoop Shoot

An annual competition for boys and girls between 8 and 13 years of age shooting for free-throws. Volunteers are needed for set-up, promotion, event assistance and tear-down.

Long Range Planning

This committee works in conjunction with the officers and trustees to establish future improvements for the Lodge and Club.

Public Relations

This committee works to tell the stories of Elk’s activities and programs of the Lodge to gain favorable media coverage and create a greater interest in joining the Order.


This committee reviews applications for the Most Valuable Student Scholarship Program and selects those that merit consideration at the district and state level.

Veteran’s Committee

The goal of this committee is to make the Elks the most visible force in voluntary service to our Veterans.

Youth Activities

The multitude of activities for young people offered by the Elks is coordinated by the Youth Activities Committee. The goal is to provide a wholesome and character-building environment for the boys and girls of the community.