About Us

It is the Elks 150th Anniversary (2018)

Elks are community. No matter where you go in the USA, an Elks Lodge is right around the corner. With nearly 800,000 members and more than 1,900 Lodges nationwide, Elks are providing charitable services that help build stronger communities.

Elks National Foundation (ENF) – Our legacy to the future

The mission of the Elks National Foundation (ENF) is to help Elks build stronger communities. We fulfill this pledge by investing in communities where Elks live and work. We provide tomorrow's leaders, our youth, with lifelong skills; honor the Elks pledge to never forget our veterans; help the state Elks associations accomplish their charitable objectives and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elks communities. 

Like all Elks, the Foundation values the belief that charity is the greatest of all virtues and that by sharing and giving we have the power to replace sorrow and despair with hope and confidence. Donations to the Foundation help us fund programs that match our cornerstone values of knowledge, integrity and community.

Our programs include Scholarships (college financial aid), Hoop Shoot (youth basketball program), Drug Awareness (information for youth), Elks National Memorial (honoring their service), Elks Veterans Services (programs for veterans), Community Investments (serving local communities by putting Grants to use) and State Projects (Maine Children’s Cancer, Scarborough).

At its February meeting in Savannah, Georgia, the Elks National Foundation Board of Trustees approved appropriations and distributions for the 2017-18 fiscal year totaling $33.14 million.

Community Investments Program$12.53 million
State Elks Association Grants$9.35 million
Scholarship Programs$4.68 million
Elks National Veterans Service Program$1.5 million
Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest$974,880
Elks Drug Awareness Program$729,340
Elks Memorial Building Maintenance$750,950

How is the Elks National Foundation (ENF) helping the State of Maine?

During the 2016-2017 Lodge year, the Elks of Maine donated $95,405.19 to the Elks National Foundation. This year the ENF will give back $165,850.00 to share with the people and communities of Maine. That means the ENF gave back $1.738 for every dollar donated by the Elks of Maine.

Drug Awareness Program for Youth

The Elks National Drug Awareness Program strives to teach all children and parents about the dangers of illegal drug use and prevent the abuse of legalized and prescription drugs. As the largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States, the program relies on state, district and Lodge volunteers to promote a drug-free lifestyle. By taking pride in America’s communities and youth, the program takes action against youth drug use through education and inspiration.

Hoop Shoot

The Elks National Hoop Shoot is a free throw program for youth 8 – 13. Through the Hoop Shoot program, the Elks have been developing and reinforcing grit for more than 45 years--long before researchers and experts concluded that grit is so important for our children.

The grit movement started a few years ago when psychologist Angela Duckworth studied people in challenging situations, including National Spelling Bee participants, rookie teachers in tough neighborhoods, and West Point cadets. Her research suggested that grit was a more accurate predictor of success than social intelligence, good looks, physical health, or IQ.

Youth Celebrations

Each year the Rockland #1008 Elks host celebrations with the youth of our members corresponding to national holidays like Christmas, Easter, and Halloween. Games, activities, and food are shared with children and grandchildren of members providing a festive and enjoyable time at the Lodge.

Christmas Food Baskets

Each year the Rockland #1008 Elks distributes 100 or more baskets of food to needy families in the midcoast of Maine during the Christmas season. The families are qualified by the local Salvation Army. The baskets given out consist of a turkey and all the trimmings to ensure the recipient families have a Christmas meal available to them.


Rockland Elks #1008 hosts a weekly bingo on Wednesday nights open to the public supported by volunteers from the Lodge and meals offered by Rockland Emblem Club volunteers.

Local High School Scholarships

The Rockland Elks #1008 distributes eight (8) $2,000 scholarships to qualifying high school seniors. All applications are evaluated by a Lodge volunteer committee and scholarships are awarded at local high school awards ceremonies.