LKDN Fraternal Groups General Information

Fraternal Groups General Information

Click on any of the links below for a summary of that group's information.


Organization: Elks
Mission: "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."
Founded: 1968
Home Office Location: 2750 N. Lakeview Avenue
Chicago IL 60614
Number of Chapters: 2,000
Number of Members: 850,000
General: You must be sponsored by a member of the Elks Lodge and reside in the jurisdiction of the Lodge you wish to join. You also need two other Elks who will be your co-sponsors. The Elk who proposes you for membership must obtain a Membership Application from the Lodge Secretary.
Minimum Age: 21
Gender: Male
Community Service Programs State grants, scholarships, youth programs, veteran services
Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram
Newsletters: Only to members


Kiwanis International

Organization: Kiwanis International
Mission: To assist Kiwanis International in serving the children of the world.
Founded: 1939
Home Office Location: Kiwanis International Foundation
3636 Woodview Trace
Indianapolis IN 46262
Number of Chapters:  
Number of Members: 600,000
General: Clubs in 80 nations
Minimum Age: No Minimum
Gender: Male & Female
Community Service Programs Kiwanis One Day, Key Leader, Terrific Kids, Bring up Grades, Read Around the World, Young Children Priority One, and Key Club
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, Google+, Instagram, and Flickr
Newsletters: Yes


Knights of Columbus

Organization: Knights of Columbus
Mission: Accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.
Founded: 1882
Home Office Location: Knights of Columbus Headquarters
1 Columbus Plaza
New Haven CT 06510
Number of Chapters: 14,000
Number of Members: 1,800,000
General: Global. Must be Catholic. The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
Minimum Age: 18
Gender: Male
Community Service Programs From international charitable partnerships with Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission and Habitat for Humanity to our own Food for Families and Coats for Kids projects and other purely local charities
Social Media: Facebook and Twitter
Newsletters: Only to members


Lions Club

Organization: Lions Club
Mission: To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs. - See more by clicking here.
Founded: 1917
Home Office Location: Lions Clubs International Headquarters
300 West 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523-8842
Number of Chapters: 45,158
Number of Members: 1,350,000
General: Lions Clubs International extends our mission of service every day in local communities, in all corners of the globe. The needs are great and our services broad, including sight, health, youth, elderly, the environment and disaster relief. Our international network has grown to include over 200 countries and geographic areas.
Minimum Age:  
Gender: Males and females - can become a Lion at age 12
Community Service Programs We serve. In over 200 countries, in hospitals and senior centers, in regions battered by natural disaster, in schools and eyeglass recycling centers, Lions are doing community volunteer work, helping, leading, planning and supporting.
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, Flickr, Blog
Newsletters: Only to members



Organization: Masons
Mission: Free Masons help to build a better world through a unique and worthy process of building better men to live in it.  The Free Mason Motto is:  "Better men make a better world."
Founded: 1717
Home Office Location: 1733 16th St. NW,
Washington, D.C. 20009-3103
Number of Chapters: Worldwide
Number of Members: 3,000,000
General: Masons strive to promote community and human welfare and inspire acts promoting benevolence, charity and good will toward all mankind; translating Masonic principle and conviction into personal actions ultimately making the world in which they live a better place.
Minimum Age: 18
Gender: Males
Community Service Programs Gives almost $1.5 million each day to causes that range from operating children's hospitals, providing treatment for childhood language disorders, treating eye diseases, funding medical research, contributing to local community service, and providing care to Masons and their families at Masonic Homes.
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn
Newsletters: Only to members


Moose Lodge

Organization: Moose Lodge
Mission: The Moose is about celebrating life together, serving those in need within our local community, supporting our children at Mooseheart and standing by our senior members at Moosehaven.
Founded: 1888
Home Office Location: Moose International
155 S International Dr
Mooseheart IL 60539
Number of Chapters: 4,000
Number of Members: 1,400,000
General: One group for men and one for women. The Moose organization contributes between $75 to $100 million worth of community service (counting monetary donations, volunteer hours worked and miles driven) annually.
Minimum Age: 21
Gender: Male and Female
Community Service Programs The Moose is about celebrating life together, serving those in need within our local community, supporting our children at Mooseheart and standing by our senior members at Moosehaven.
Social Media: Facebook and YouTube
Newsletters: Only to members


Rotary International

Organization: Rotary International
Mission: Rotary Clubs help clubs focus their service efforts in promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies.
Founded: 1905
Home Office Location

One Rotary Center
1560 Sherman Ave. Evanston, IL 60201-3698

Number of Chapters: 34,000
Number of Members: 1,200,000
General: Rotary brings together community leaders from all continents, cultures, and occupations to share their ideas for making the world a better place. By combining their distinct skills and expertise, Rotary members are tackling some of the world's most pressing problems – from local initiatives like feeding the hungry to global efforts like eradicating polio.
Minimum Age: Interact 12-18 yrs old, Rotaract 18-30 yrs old
Community Service Programs We focus our efforts in six areas: promoting peace, preventing diseases, providing access to clean water and sanitation, enhancing maternal and child health, improving basic education and literacy, and helping communities develop.
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube
Newsletters: Open to Everyone



Organization: VFW
Mission: To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military, and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans. 
Founded: 1899
Home Office Location

VFW National Headquarters
406 W. 34th St.
Kansas City MO 64111

Number of Chapters: 6,800
Number of Members: 1,400,000
General: If you have received a campaign medal for overseas service; have served 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days in Korea; or have ever received hostile fire or imminent danger pay, then you're eligible to join our ranks. Veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Persian Gulf, Iraq, Kosovo Afghanastan.
Minimum Age: Based on service
Gender: Male and Female
Community Service Programs Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country. 
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blogger, Google+
Newsletters: Only to members


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