This Fraternal Order was founded "To promote and practice the four cardinal virtues of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its members; to quicken the spirit of American Patriotism and cultivate good fellowship."
So, what is the difference between Elks and Masons?
The Elks started as a social group and evolved into a charitable, benevolent and fraternal organization. They do require a belief in God (or higher being) and are open to both genders. The Freemasons are much older and can show show operations of a Lodge by the Reguis Manuscript which dates back to around 1390.
Additionally, can anyone go to a Moose Lodge?
"YOU ARE EITHER A MEMBER OR A GUEST!" All active members of the Order shall be admitted to the social quarters of any lodge of the Loyal Order of Moose unless his or her privileges have been suspended in accordance with the laws of the Order.
What does the Moose Lodge represent?
The Loyal Order of Moose is dedicated to the communities in the area. Members of the lodge raise funds by volunteering their time and considerable talents in a variety of projects. Their activities provide comfort and solutions to people who often don't know who the Moose are or what they do.
Can a woman join the Elks Lodge?
To be a member of the Elks, a candidate must be at least 21 years of age, profess a belief in God and be sponsored by a current member. Under a 1995 amendment to the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of Elks, the national Elks organization, women are allowed to join this previously all-male organization.