I have been blessed to serve in the Elks in several different lodges and most of the chair positions and while I hope to continue to find new ways to continue and grow I am still in awe of the obligation and what we promise to ourselves and each other when we join.
I, in the presence of God and this Lodge of Elks, do solemnly promise and swear that I will never reveal any of the confidential matters of this Order which have been, or may hereafter be, committed to my charge and keeping.
I will support the Constitution, and obey the Statutes, rules and regulations of this Order, and the By-Laws of Mojave Lodge, No. 2059, and those of any other Lodge of which I may hereafter become a Member.
I will uphold the Constitution and laws of the United States of America.
I will propose no one for membership in this Order whom I do not sincerely believe to be worthy thereof.
I will ballot for a worthy candidate and against an unworthy candidate when proposed by another.
I will not permit any political, sectarian or personal prejudice to influence me in the slightest degree in the exercise of my right of franchise in the Order.
I will obey any lawful summons sent me by any competent authority of the Order.
I will never apply to the courts for redress in any matter concerning the Order, without first appealing to the councils of the Order.
I will never reveal to anyone, not an Elk, the name of a Member asking or receiving aid or relief from the Order.
I will not, directly or indirectly, use my membership in this Order, nor any emblem, insignia or sign thereof, for business or commercial purposes.
I will never introduce into the Order anything of a political or sectarian character, nor in any way by my conduct bring reproach upon it.
I will always protect our Members, their good names and their families; and I will always respect and defend the purity and sanctity of their homes and firesides.
If I break this Obligation, may I wander through the world forsaken; may I be pointed out as a being bereft of decency, unfit to hold communion with true and upright Members.
And may God help me, and keep me steadfast in this my solemn and binding Obligation in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America.. Amen
Then from the station of Fidelity, we are reminded…
I trust that you may continue to merit their approval, and become a true and faithful member among us. To accomplish this, you must at all times have in mind the solemn and binding Obligation which you have so recently assumed, and I charge you that your highest duty as an Elk is to keep it inviolate. Conscience will not permit you to expunge a paragraph, eliminate a sentence, or evade a responsibility; nor can you lay it aside when you leave the Lodge room, for it must henceforth be your constant guide and faithful monitor.
Fidelity implies strict adherence to our Obligation and faithfulness in the discharge of our duty as members of society.
At the end of the day, when we remember our agreement and focus on the good we do for the community and our fellow Elks, we make a great team and I want to say thank you. May you and yours be blessed! See you at the lodge.
Kira Wagner, PER
Exalted Ruler 2019-2020 Mojave Lodge #2059