Charles E. Redeker
Founded September 26,
1912 and incorporated under a special
Dominion of Canada Charter, the first lodge
was established in Vancouver, B.C. and the
Officers and members expanded the Elks
organization across Canada. Charles E.
the first National Leader of the Elks of
all-Canadian, fraternal organization in
Canada developed. Prior to 1912, an Elks
organization flourished in the USA. The Elks
of Canada are not affiliated with the
American Elks, but share a common history
and enjoy a friendly relationship.
In the USA, the Elks began with a
group of actors and entertainers led by Charles A.
Vivian, an Englishman. They chose the name Elk
because of the animal’s stately qualities. The
framework of the organization was developed at a
meeting in New York on February 16, 1868 and spread
rapidly becoming one of the most respected and
successful organizations in the United States of
America. It was only natural to base the Elks of
Canada on such a fine example.
The Elks of Canada have grown to
nearly 300 lodges with close to 20,000 members and
are committed to our Vision of being the most
progressive family focused organization in Canada,
meeting community and member needs and expectations.
Over the years changes have been made to realize
this Vision. In 1998 a referendum was passed by the
membership removing the word male from the
Constitution - permitting women to join the Elks.
The qualifications to become a
member of the Elks are: any person of good
reputation, a believer in a Supreme Being, an
adherent of lawful government and having attained
the age of majority as established by the province
or territory in which the Lodge is located.
Members are initiated by their
home lodge, become members of the National Order and
receive a warm welcome in any lodge they visit
across Canada. Think of it as a “national network”
All applicants must complete a
membership application and be proposed by a member
in good standing at a regular meeting of a Lodge.
Membership fees are collected and a ballot/vote upon
the admission of the candidate is taken. (Fees are
determined by each local Lodge.) Once approved each
member is “initiated” into the Elks by a special and
meaningful ceremony. Once initiated they are
entitled to all the privileges of membership in the
Elks of Canada.
The men and women of the Elks of
Canada promote and support community needs across