Ritual Contest

Sherry Sparks, PER
NCD Chair

(530) 632-3921


Welcome to the NCD Ritual Page!

Each lodge in the District is assessed a District assessment fee, whether they participate or not in the Ritual--all the Lodges are urged to participate in the 2016 contest. Even if a Lodge team has to read part of the Ritual, it is important for Lodges to be able to read the part impressively and to know the basic movements, so that new members are impressed with the beauty and the lessons of the Ritual. 

“Ritual” is the backbone of every Elks Lodge. It explains the very best reasons why the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America exists. It is hoped that every Officer and Member will embrace the teachings exemplified in the Ritual, in both their Lodge and personal lives.

The purpose of the Ritual Contest is to:

  • Ensure that each Officer knows the Ritual of Initiation so the candidate is impressed with the lessons it teaches.

  • Ensure that the Ritual is performed in a standardized manner, nationwide.

  •  Increase Officer Camaraderie and teamwork.

The Ritual Contest is held annually, nationwide, in every District. In North Central District, each Elks Lodge hosts the contest on a rotational basis. The 2016 NCD Ritual Contest will be held on April 23 at Marysville Lodge #783, the host lodge. Food and beverages will be available for breakfast and lunch on Saturday, April 23, followed by the Saturday night Awards Dinner.

Contest Room floor plan and Practice times will be published as the dates approach…

Preliminary Ritual Contest times for each Lodge will also be drawn at the DD Clinic. 

If you have any questions on any Ritual Contest matters, please email me or call me at: the information above.

I wish each and every of you the very best in your performance.

Sacramento Contest Room Setup (pending)

Practice Schedule (pending)


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