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Fraternal organizations

Published 5/2/2012

American Legion

Post locators: Visit www.legion.org.

The American Legion is a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to fellow service members and veterans.

Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks

Lodge locators: Visit www.elks.org.

Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, by undertaking projects that address unmet need, and by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans.

Fraternal Order of Eagles

Lodge locators: Visit www.foe.com.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international nonprofit organization uniting fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills and promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope.

Rotary Club

Club locators: Visit www.rotary.org.

Rotary members believe world changes start with a commitment to "Service Above Self." They volunteer in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, eradicate polio and more.

Knights of Columbus

Council locator: Visit www.kofc.org.

The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. The founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity are still followed. 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.

Kiwanis Club

Chapter locators: Visit www.kiwanis.org.

A global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time, with service at the heart of every Kiwanis Club.

Lions Club

Chapter locators: Visit www.lionsclubs.org.

The clubs strive to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding.

Order of the Eastern Star

Chapter locators: Visit www.easternstar.org.

The stated purposes of the organization are: charitable, educational, fraternal and scientific. Eastern Star strives to take good people and through uplifting and elevating associations of love and service, and through precept and example, build an Order which is dedicated to charity, truth and loving kindness.

Masonic Lodge

Lodge locators: Visit www.gl-ks.org.

The Freemasonry goal is to promote a way of life that binds like-minded men in a worldwide brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences; by teaching the great principles of brotherly love, relief and truth; and by the outward expression of these through its fellowship, its compassion and its concern, to find ways in which to serve God, family, country, neighbors and self.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Post locators: Visit www.vfw.org.

The organization's goal is to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts; to serve our veterans, the military and our communities; and to advocate on behalf of all veterans.

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