British Columbia
Elks Association

As the Provincial Association for the National Elks of Canada, we are a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that fundraises for charitable purposes throughout British Columbia.

From local sporting events to large-scale donation drives, the members of the BC Elks Association have raised millions of dollars in our long history to improve local communities, assist individuals in need, and support other charitable causes.

The British Columbia Elks Association represents and serves 42 Elks of Canada Lodges in British Columbia. Together with the over 1500 men and women in these Lodges, we share the common belief to promote and support community needs in British Columbia. As well as strive to be a recognizable volunteer organization focusing on helping children, communities and families by meeting members’ needs through fraternal social activities.

If you are interested in joining the Elks, or are inquiring about how our Lodges can assist your cause, please contact us.

By email: office@bcelks.ca
by Phone: 1-888-For-Elks (1-888-367-3557) – Toll Free

BC Elks Executive 2024 / 2025

  • President:  Charles Beamin
  • Immediate Past President: Randy Schellenberg
  • 1st Vice President: Laurie Kidd
  • 2nd Vice President: Ruth Hoyte
  • 3rd Vice President: Larry Oakley
  • 1st Director: Angele Grenier
  • Chairman Finance Committee: Bert Chen
  • Chairman Judiciary Committee: Ron Molnar

Presidents Message

Charles Beamin 2024/2025 President

Brothers, Sisters and Ladies of the Royal Purple Elks,

Greetings to all my fellow Elks.

I consider it a privilege to serve the BC Elks Association and its members.  Elkdom has faced many challenges in the last few years and we will make
every effort to meet those challenges and to see our organisation thrive. Our membership numbers are in decline and I believe that with the good efforts of individual lodges to retain current members and recruit new ones we will see that trend reversed. We are fortunate to have our three children’s camps which do much to finance BC Elks but also, and perhaps more importantly, to raise our profile in our communities.

My theme for this upcoming year is ” To Belong and To Contribute “. To belong to an Elks Lodge provides one with an opportunity for friendship and support and to serve your community. And, through the Elks and Royal Purple Fund for Children and the BC Family Hearing Resource Society, the worthy goal of supporting children across Canada.  Let us cultivate an atmosphere of belonging to an organization that shares common goals and values across the province. Pay attention to the constitutions of the BC Elks ànd the Elks of Canada. Many of our traditions bind us together. Supporting the Children’s Fund and the BC Elks Children’s Camps is a shared goal.

A member contributes to their Lodge by volunteering to take on various tasks, of which there are many, including serving on the executive, volunteering at functions sponsored by your Lodge and by taking responsibility to organize functions in your Lodge for the benefit of the community or your members or both. Another very important contribution is to help cultivate an atmosphere of acceptance and forgiveness within your Lodge. What is clear is that we all need to do more to retain the members that we already have and that it is the responsibility of each and every member to conduct themselves in a manner that is becoming of all Elks.

Serving on the Executive of the BC Elks is a significant responsibility. Thank you to my fellow Executive members and Committee members for their dedication and service. Finally, thank you to White Rock 431 for hosting this year’s Conference. Well done!

I am looking forward to visiting as many lodges and members as possible this year. It is always inspiring.

Charles Beamin
President BC Elks Association 2024 – 2025

Benefits of Membership

Joining your local Elks lodge is a great way to meet new people and become involved in your local community.  The opportunities in each lodge differ but will usually include a variety of social activities such as darts, bowling, crib nights, trivia nights, and more. Check with your local lodge to see what is offered in your area.

The Elks have a history of service and have a strong community presence and you will gain opportunities to network and meet a variety of people as well as give back to your community. Some of the events that local lodges may participate in include Christmas parades and Easter egg hunts for kids and fund-raisers to help children who might not otherwise be able to go to summer camp have a fun camping experience.

The ELKs also sponsor regional, provincial and national yearly tournaments in darts and bowling.

Gain opportunities to grow your leadership skills with the various conferences and seminars available to members.

We look forward to seeing you soon!