The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) is an American fraternal order and social club founded in 1868. BPOE is also often known as the Elks Lodge or simply The Elks. The headquarters of BPOE is in Chicago, Illinois.
The mission of BPOE is:
a. to inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity;
b. to recognize a belief in God;
c. to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members;
d. to quicken the spirit of American patriotism;
e. to cultivate good fellowship; and
f. to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization.