Ritualistic Committee

This committee helps lodges with ceremonial aspects of the Elks, including proper meeting conduct, introduction of dignitaries, and Elks traditions.

Committee Members

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The new 11 o’clock toast contest!

by Peter Nelson, PDDState Ritualistic ChairJuly 22, 2021 To the Exalted Rulers and all PERs. Next year at the Grand Lodge convention in Atlanta, there will be two new contests.   The first is the 11o'clock toast, and the second is the final Salute to the Flag...

The Ritualistic Committee is Here to Help Your Lodge

As a committee we will make ourselves available to any Lodge of individual Lodge Officer who would like our help. We know that most really do not think that either doing the Ritual from memory, or reading it (and reading what is on the page) makes a difference, but it does. So again please call us for any help that we can offer. We are here to serve you, please use us.

The whole purpose of the exemplification of the ritual is to impress the candidate with the lesson it teaches. The ceremony should be presented at all times from this standpoint. There is no activity throughout Elkdom that more consistently and continually furthers the fundamental principles of our Order than that of a dignified and impressive rendition of the ritual.

The first impressions are usually the most lasting and the opportunity for the Lodge officers to impress the candidate with the principles of our Order is on the night that he/she is initiated. It must be remembered that the first knowledge of the aims and principles of Elkdom is experienced when a candidate is being inducted as an Elk. Therefore, one of the most important contributions the officers of all Lodges can make is an impressive induction of a candidate into our great Order.