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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the requirements for membership?
    The Elks Lodge is open to membership for individuals who are: 1. At least 21 years of age 2. US Citizens 3. Believe in God 4. Are not trying to overthrow the US government.
  • If I am married, do both my spouse and I have to be US citizens?
    No. The Palo Alto Elks Lodge is a fraternal order. In most cases, only one adult in each family becomes a member. Their partner receives a spouse card which offers them access to the lodge but they do not have voting rights.
  • Is there an initiation fee? Required food and drink spend? Other fees?
    There is an application fee of $350 (as of the 2022-2023 year). There is no required spend on food or drink.
  • What is an athletic membership? Do I need this?
    The athletic membership offers access to the pool, gym, locker rooms, and racquetball courts. Most people choose to get this, but it is not required. Members without an athletic membership may use the bar, restaurant and social functions. If they wish to use the athletic facilities, they need to pay a daily fee.
  • When does membership renew? Do I pay for the full year if I join later in the year?
    The membership year starts on April 1. New members, who join after April 1, will pay pro-rated fees and dues, plus a fixed application fee.
  • How can I get a tour?
    Please contact us for a tour.
  • I am interested in joining but I don't know any Elk members. Can I still join?
    We can help introduce you. Please contact us for a tour.
  • Is the Elks Lodge affiliated with a particular religion?
    No. We have many members who are Jewish, Christian, Hindu and more. We are a diverse, non-political, and non-sectarian organization.
  • Who do I contact about hosting an event?
    If you are interested in hosting an event at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, please contact You can also visit our event center website:
  • Are there other Elks Lodges? Do I get access to them?
    Yes! There are around 2000 lodges (including almost 200 in the California-Hawaii area), and members have access to all the lodges.
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