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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become an Elk

To be eligible for membership in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, you must be a citizen of the United States over the age of 21 who believes in God.


You must be sponsored by a member of the Elks Lodge you wish to join. You also need two other Elks who will be your co-sponsors (references). 

The new procedure is as follows: 

1. Membership applications will only be available to be handed out by the secretary on general lodge meeting nights.  Any member that would like an application to propose a new member, must sit through the general lodge meeting, and at the conclusion of the meeting can get 1 new member application.  

2. To propose a new member, you must also sit through a general lodge meeting, and at the conclusion you can turn in your completed application with payment to the membership chairperson.  You can propose 1 new member per month.

3. When a candidate comes in for their interview, it is the duty of the investigating committee to determine residency.  If the candidate has no permanent address or immediate family member in Brigantine, most likely that member will be instructed to join their local lodge, as per one of the questions on the new member application asking: "have you been a bona fide resident within the jurisdiction of this Lodge immediately preceding the date of this application?"

These new rules are not meant to slow down or discourage new membership.  On the contrary, we have a responsibility to initiate new members that believe in volunteerism, helping veterans, special needs, drug awareness, promotes Americanism, and wants to help our community at large.  Please nominate people who hold these values close at heart, and we will continue to lead this great lodge in the direction that our founder Harry McGarrigel envisioned. 

When the vote is concluded, you will be notified and asked to present yourself for indoctrination. During indoctrination, you will learn more about the Order's programs and charities. You will also be told during the program the date you will be initiated.


After initiation as an Elk, you can take part in all meetings and social functions of the Lodge.


If for any reason your application is rejected, you cannot make application for membership for six months from the date of rejection.

Note: Once you are Member, you can propose someone for Membership in another Lodge other than ours.

How can I Volunteer, Do I need to be a member to volunteer

You do not need to be a member in order to volunteer with us. We welcome anyone that would like to give their time to help others. Here is how to get in touch to Volunteer:

Exalted Ruler Mark Virgilio:

Leading Knight Karol Anderson:

Loyal Knight Joe O’Connell:

Lecturing Knight Howie McElhenny:

Secretary Jeanne DiCecco:

House Committee Chair John Stone:

Veterans Committee Joe Kelly:

Special Needs Children Donna Fulmer:

Membership Winnie Galbraith:

Board of Directors Karol Anderson:

501c3 President Karen Geller:

Drug Awareness Michael McNally:

Americanism Juli Vitello:

Electronic Communications:  David Weiner:

For volunteer opportunities, please look out for requests in the daily/weekly email updates.  You can also get information on volunteering from the sign-up boards in the lounge and the following meetings:

I am a boat slip holder and would like to earn volunteer hours by assisting around the Lodge. Who do I contact?

In order to keep your boat slip you must volunteer at least 25 hours per year, 15 for wait list folks. There are many ways to earn volunteer hours. Dennis Reilly is our Lodge Volunteerism Chairperson. Dennis will be able to let you know how to volunteer. Contact Dennis by sending him an email at

How do I transfer my Elk membership from another Lodge to Brigantine Lodge?

To start the transfer (Demit) process, contact your current Lodge Secretary. That person will reach out to the Brigantine Lodge Secretary to begin the Demit process to Brigantine Elks Lodge 2428. If you have further questions regarding a Demit to the Brigantine Lodge, please send an email to Lodge Secretary Jeanne DiCecco at 

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