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Care & Share!

 

Ballard Elks Members have helped their lodge donate almost half a million dollars to our community since 2004!  Amazing work Ballard – through charitable giving and volunteer hours you have helped your lodge make a huge impact on our community’s welfare.  Give yourself a solid pat on the back for being part of the Ballard Elks and helping our lodge, through our members efforts, do good in our community.

By joining our lodge and being one person putting your efforts together with other likeminded and benevolent members you are part of something bigger than yourself and are helping all those other members of our lodge reach heights that they otherwise couldn’t have reached without combining your and every other members involvement.  Thank you for all you do.

So where do these numbers come from you ask?

These numbers come from a report our lodge turns in to the Grand Lodge each and every year reporting the previous Elk years monetary donations along with our volunteer hours you report after each event you help out at.  Those hours mean something to your lodge.  When we apply an hourly number to that volunteer time the true value of our lodges charitable donations to our community, the direct impact we as members have, is quantifiable and reportable not only to our fellow members but to our community through our various public relations committees and to our local, state and national government through our various government relations committees.

Those volunteer hours matter so keep reporting them!

Below is the actual yearly numbers that were reported to Grand Lodge.  Now we all know that most of us forget to log our volunteer hours so the actual numbers are probably a lot more than reported.  Reported as Elks year ending in:

  • 2004 – $48,664
  • 2005 – $39,614
  • 2006 – $21,430
  • 2007 – $41,583
  • 2008 – $19,353
  • 2009 – $13,687
  • 2010 – $24,157
  • 2011 – $31,487
  • 2012 – $17,663
  • 2013 – $38,595
  • 2014 – $26,138
  • 2015 – $34,885
  • 2016 – $25,073
  • 2017 – $28,174
  • 2018 – $31,021

** Note: 2004 is as far back as the national database goes on computer – since founding in 1903 the Ballard Lodge’s value to our community is certainly much, much more than is reported here.

Elk of the Month!

Elk of the Month – That member of our lodge that has stood out from the herd and gone above and beyond for their fellow members in some notable way.

The Past Exalted Ruler Association is proud to have been assigned the duty of recognizing the efforts of our members through the Elk of the Month Program.  Thank you Exalted Ruler Tamayao for asking our Association to take over this rewarding membership program.

For the Month of August the Past Exalted Rulers Association would like to share with you the consistent efforts of one of our members.  In just 2 years this member has continually impressed us with their desire to help out in any way they can

The Past Exalted Rulers Assocation can think of no better example of a newer member getting involved than Jill Yerkovich is getting involved.  Her enthusiasm to become involved and help our lodge succeed is nothing short of amazing and deserves the recognition and congratulations from our lodge.  Not only because Mrs. Yerkovich consistently overcomes very difficult situations without much guidance or information but because she keeps coming back and trying again no matter how uncomfortable that lack of guidance or information made her feel by putting her in akward and often difficult situations without the answers she needs.

Mrs. Yerkovich has eagerly joined the membership committee helping build all the new member packets and organizing the new initiates contact information so we not only have the correct information but can give our Secretary a definitive list of exactly who was initiated.

Mrs. Yerkovich is also jumping in to help with running the door at our monthly burgers and bingo event as well as doing the same at the monthly Friday night bingo event.

Mrs. Yerkovich is integral in planning the membership social party with Mrs. Bogdanovich to involve and educate our new members from this past year and educate them and our long time members on the committee needs of our lodge – this exemplifies the true heart of Elkdom and the attributes of a perfect candidate for the Elk of the Month.

We do what we do as Elks not for recognition or personal gain but for the greater and nobler good of the lodge and the community we live in.  We know that these members didn’t step up and volunteer to be rewarded for their efforts but our Past Exalted Rulers Association wants to thank these members and by doing so each month will develop a pool of eligible recipients for the Elk of the Year Award given each year to the member who is always willing to help, the member our lodge can rely upon to step up and get things done.

Monthly Elk of the Month Award recipients not only get this article in the Antlers Newsletter & Online, they receive a $12 gift certificate to our social quarters, an Elk of the Month certificate to pin on their wall and are in the running for Elk of the Year, awarded at the Officer Installation Dinner each year. You can find the nomination form on our website (ballardelks.org), fill it out as best you can and get it to our Past Exalted Ruler Association before the 19th of each month – 827per@ballardelks.org

Congratulations Jill – keep up the great work!

 

Membership Awards!

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Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Awards

We are honored to recognize our member’s efforts in bringing the community into the walls of our great lodge and strengthening the Great Heart of Elkdom by proposing new members to our lodge and benevolent society and then seeing these members through to initiation and finally membership in our order.

Below is our final, Final members from the 2017/2018 Elks year that our Past Grand Exalted Ruler Malcolm J. McPherson, Jr. and I would like to thank and congratulate for meeting and some exceeding our membership award goal of bringing in 3 new or reinstated members to our order.  Two finals above because basically we missed some members last time but still want to honor them with their Grand Exalted Ruler Pins!

By bringing our community members within our walls you help build the stepping stone needed to enable our lodge to achieve our Past Grand Exalted Rulers goal of “Strengthening Elkdom Through Community Awareness.”

This award will be presented at the regular lodge meeting on September 11th, 2018 by our Exalted Ruler Nestor Tamayao.  Grand Exalted Ruler Award pins are earned for any combination of 3 new or reinstated members.  One pin for every three members.  A Grand Exalted Ruler Award watch is earned for any combination of 11 new or reinstated members.  Want to know where you stand on earning an award, take a look here (http://ballardelks.org/membership/ballard-elks-top-recruiters/)

Our Final, Final (really it is) Ballard Elks Lodge Member’s Receiving a Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Award From Initiation in the 2017/2018 Past Grand Exalted Ruler’s Year

  • Michael Mondellol
  • Dee Ann Evens
  • Shelia Cloney
  • Duane Stensland
  • Erik Bartlett
  • Ben Braden

Congratulations to everyone that has received a membership award this past year.

She won the Silver!

Congratulations to Amber Kosciolek for her recent silver medal performance!

Amber, daughter of Ballard Elks member Karen Kosciolek, recently competed in the 50-meter walker race at the Special Olympic Games and took home the Silver Medal!  This is Amber’s 6th year competing in the 50 meter walker race, she has also qualified for state 3 times in the past.  Her next competition is May 19th at Newport High School.

Congratulations from the Ballard Elks Lodge, Amber. Way to get out there and compete at a high level!

Membership Awards!

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Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Awards

We are honored to recognize our member’s efforts in bringing the community into the walls of our great lodge and strengthening the Great Heart of Elkdom by proposing new members to our lodge and benevolent society and then seeing these members through to initiation and finally membership in our order.

Below is our final member from the 2017/2018 Elks year that our Grand Exalted Ruler Malcolm J. McPherson, Jr. and I would like to thank and congratulate for meeting and some exceeding our membership award goal of bringing in 3 new or reinstated members to our order.  By bringing our community members within our walls you help build the stepping stone needed to enable our lodge to achieve our Grand Exalted Rulers goal of “Strengthening Elkdom Through Community Awareness.”

This award will be presented at the regular lodge meeting on May 8th, 2018 by our Exalted Ruler Nestor Tamayao.  Grand Exalted Ruler Award pins are earned for any combination of 3 new or reinstated members.  One pin for every three members.  A Grand Exalted Ruler Award watch is earned for any combination of 11 new or reinstated members.  Want to know where you stand on earning an award, take a look here (http://ballardelks.org/membership/ballard-elks-top-recruiters/)

Our Final Ballard Elks Lodge Member Receiving a Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Award For Initiation in the 2017/2018 Elks Year

  • Kenny Stuart –  Receiving his first pin for bringing in 3 new members

Congratulations to everyone that has received a membership award this past year.  We are done with this past Elks year, 2017/18, and we have two members who have earned a membership watch, 40 members brought in over 3 new initiates and another large group of members that were on the cusp of earning a membership pin with 2 new initiates and over 200 members have brought in one new initiate.  With your help the power of our lodge to pursue benevolent activities in our community continues to grow and grow – Thank you for your help.

Membership Awards!

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Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Awards

We are honored to recognize our member’s efforts in bringing the community into the walls of our great lodge and strengthening the Great Heart of Elkdom by proposing new members to our lodge and benevolent society and then seeing these members through to initiation and finally membership in our order.

Below is a list of members that our Grand Exalted Ruler Malcolm J. McPherson, Jr. and I would like to thank and congratulate for meeting and some exceeding our membership award goal of bringing in 3 new or reinstated members to our order.  By bringing our community members within our walls you help build the stepping stone needed to enable our lodge to achieve our Grand Exalted Rulers goal of “Strengthening Elkdom Through Community Awareness.”

These awards were presented at the regular lodge meeting on April 10th, 2018.  If you did not attend you can pick up your award in the lodge office after April 11th, 2018.  Grand Exalted Ruler Award pins are earned for any combination of 3 new or reinstated members.  One pin for every three members.  A Grand Exalted Ruler Award watch is earned for any combination of 11 new or reinstated members.  Want to know where you stand on earning an award, take a look here (http://ballardelks.org/membership/ballard-elks-top-recruiters/)

Ballard Elks Lodge members receiving a Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Award (to date & in no particular order)

  • Tammy Walker –  Receiving her first pin for bringing in 3 new members
  • John Stimac – Receiving his first pin for bringing in 3 new members
  • Cindy Olsby – Receiving her first pin for bringing in 3 new members
  • Kathleen Greer-Wilkes – Receiving her first pin for bringing in 3 new members
  • Salena Reeves – Receiving her first pin for bringing in 3 new members
  • Terri Leigh Both – Receiving her first pin for bringing in 3 new members
  • Anne Tiller – Receiving her 2nd & 3rd pins for bringing in 9 new members
  • Grims Gislason, Past Exalted Ruler – Receiving his 4th pin for bringing in 12 new members
  • Ben Braden, Past Exalted Ruler – Receiving his 5th pin for bringing in over 15 new members

Congratulations to everyone that has received a membership award.  We are done with this past Elks year, 2017/18, and we have two members who have earned a membership watch, 40 members brought in over 3 new initiates and another large group of members that are on the cusp of earning a membership pin with 2 new initiates and over 200 members have brought in one new initiate.  With your help the power of our lodge to pursue benevolent activities in our community continues to grow and grow – Thank you for your help.

Final Initiation of 2017/2018

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We had the distinct pleasure of welcoming 8 new members into our order on Saturday March 31st, 2018 – the final day of our 2017/2018 Elks Year.  To top it off the ritual was performed by our State of Washington’s Championship Ritual Team from the Yakima Lodge #318!  With this group of new initiates our new member total for the 2017/18 Elks year will reach over 370 new members to our lodge.  Best Gosh Darn Elks Lodge In The Whole Wide World.

IMGP2939These wonderful members drove across the mountains, two and half hours each way, to help our lodge create that lasting impression upon the minds of our new members that well help them succeed as new Elks.  As well, it gave our State Championship Ritual Team the opportunity to practice their trade in an unfamiliar setting with the chance to overcome the various obstacles that invariably arise when performing in an unfamiliar setting – as they will be doing at National Convention.

IMGP2943This group will be traveling to San Antonio Texas for the 150th anniversary National Convention this coming July – at their own expense.  Our lodge took this opportunity to raise for them $124 through a 50/50 raffle and our lodge Past Exalted Ruler Association wrote them a check for $100 as well.  A small token of thanks for their efforts on our lodges behalf and a small amount of funds to help offset their costs of travel and lodging in San Antonio where they will be representing our Washington State Elks Association and all of it’s lodges when they compete in the National Ritual Team contest on our behalf.

If you would like to make a donation to our State Ritual Team please contact our Lodge Secretary with your donation.

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Elk of the Month!

Elk of the Month March HeaderAs the 2017/18 Elks year comes to an end I’m discovering again that we are a very lucky lodge.  To have so many great members stepping up and helping out, making one little part of the lodge their pride and joy, is absolutely amazing and unheard of in many lodges around the country.  So this month I’ve watched members jumping up and saying “I’ll help out, what can I do?”  Every time I turn around someone is offering their time to this committee or that.  This particular member’s actions have been noticed by so many members around the lodge that no less than 4 Elks have nominated her for Elk of the month in the past few weeks.  Her Proposer, Todd Marvin, will be proud to know that he brought into our lodge someone with the energy and dedication to our order that other members are noticing – and she has done this in less than three short months since she was initiated in January of this year, 2018.

27982826_10155528654514302_406907510501873833_oMary Lynn Bogdanovich, you have achieved something only one other member of this lodge has achieved this year in such a short time as a member.  Your enthusiasm, energy and can do attitude is being noticed by your fellow members to the point they are taking the time to talk about your efforts and recommend you to others for your service to the lodge.  Your actions are causing other members to make that extra effort they otherwise may not have chosen to make.  You are not only giving yourself pride in our lodge but by your actions are giving other members that same feeling of pride in our organization.

Since joining in January 2018, Mary Lynn has not only come to the lodge meetings she has jumped to help with any event she can.  If my memory is correct she helped set up the tables for her own initiation dinner!  We found her knee-deep in our February kitchen shut down helping our kitchen committee with everything from the least desirable jobs to the sprucing, polishing and organization it needed.  This past month Mary Lynn traveled to visit with her daughter in the mid-west and is taking the time to go to the nearest lodge meeting to her daughter’s house because she would be missing our early March meeting.

This is the love and dedication to our order that not only makes a member stand out and shine as Elk of the Month it motivates other members around her to do more for the lodge.  To make that extra little effort because of the admiration they have for a fellow member’s enthusiasm.  This is the down in the trenches definition of community service through a benevolent organization.  Thank you, Mary Lynn, for joining our great order and stepping up, asking how you can help and following through with some amazing effort.

We do what we do as Elks not for recognition or personal gain but for the greater and nobler good of the lodge and the community we live in. I know that these members didn’t step up and volunteer to be rewarded for their efforts but never the less we will thank these members and by doing so can develop a pool of eligible recipients for the coveted Elk of the Year Award given each year to the member who is always willing to help, the member our lodge can rely upon to step up and get things done.

Award recipients not only get this article, they receive a $12 gift certificate to our social quarters, an Elk of the Month certificate to pin on their wall and are in the running for Elk of the Year, awarded at the 2018/19 Officer Installation Dinner. You can find the nomination form on our website (ballardelks.org), fill it out as best you can and get it to our Exalted Ruler before the 19th of each month – exaltedruler@ballardelks.org

Congratulations and thank you Mary Lynn – keep up the great work and excellent can-do example for our members!

 

Membership Awards!

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Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Awards

I am honored to recognize our member’s efforts in bringing the community into the walls of our great lodge and strengthening the Great Heart of Elkdom by proposing new members to our lodge and benevolent society and then seeing these members through to initiation and finally membership in our order.

Below is a list of members that our Grand Exalted Ruler Malcolm J. McPherson, Jr. and I would like to thank and congratulate for meeting and some exceeding our membership award goal of bringing in 3 new or reinstated members to our order.  By bringing our community members within our walls you help build the stepping stone needed to enable our lodge to achieve our Grand Exalted Rulers goal of “Strengthening Elkdom Through Community Awareness.”

These awards were presented at the regular lodge meeting on March 13th, 2018, please be in attendance.  If you cannot attend you can pick up your award in the lodge social quarters after March 16th 2018.  Grand Exalted Ruler Award pins are earned for any combination of 3 new or reinstated members.  One pin for every three members.  A Grand Exalted Ruler Award watch is earned for any combination of 11 new or reinstated members.  Want to know where you stand on earning an award, take a look here (http://ballardelks.org/membership/ballard-elks-top-recruiters/)

Ballard Elks Lodge members receiving a Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Award (to date & in no particular order)

  • Mara Garrity –  Receiving her first pin for bringing in 3 new members
  • Benjamin Braden – Receiving his 4th pin for bringing in over 12 new members

Congratulations to everyone that has received a membership award.  We are almost done with this Elks year we have one member who has earned a membership watch, another member  earning their 11 new initiate member watch, 32 members bringing in over 3 new initiates, another large group of members that are on the cusp of earning a membership pin with 2 new initiates and almost 200 members have brought in one new initiate.  With your help the power of our lodge to pursue benevolent activities in our community continues to grow and grow – Thank you for your help.

Ballard’s 4 Star Website!

cropped-elks-final-web-transperant.pngThe Ballard Elks Lodge wins best website in the State of Washington and scores in the top 20 nation wide!  Way to go Ballard Elks Lodge online team – keep up the great work!

From the April Grand Lodge Newsletter (linked here):

States and Lodges that win the Net!

Grand Lodge Fraternal Committee
Submitted by William J. Schran and Robert R. Hinkle, Committee Members

Results of the Grand Lodge Fraternal Committee’s two 2017–2018 website contests have been announced.
The winners of the State Association Website Contest are:

Five Star Winners!

  • Arizona: arizonaelksassociation.org
  • California/Hawaii: chea-elks.org
  • Colorado: coloradoelks.org
  • Idaho: idahoelks.org
  • Iowa: iowaelks.org
  • Louisiana: laelks.org
  • New Jersey: njelks.org
  • Wisconsin: wielks.com

Four Star Winners!

  • Arkansas: arelks.homestead.com
  • Connecticut: ctelks.org
  • Georgia: gaelks.org
  • Illinois: illinoiselks.org
  • Kansas: kselks.org
  • Kentucky: kyelks.org
  • Maryland-Delaware-DC: mddedcelks.org
  • Michigan: mielks.org
  • Minnesota: mnelks.org
  • North Carolina: ncelks.org
  • Ohio: ohioelks.org
  • Pennsylvania: paelks.com
  • Texas: texaselks.org
  • Virginia: virginiaelks.org
  • West Virginia: wvelks.org
  • Wyoming: wyoelks.org

The winners of the Local Lodge Website Contest are:

Five Star Winners!

  • Anchorage, AK No. 2868: anchorageelks2868.org
  • Mission Viejo-Saddleback Valley, CA No. 2444: mvelks.com
  • Vero Beach, FL No. 1774: veroelks.com
  • Mt. Vernon IL No. 819: elks819.org
  • Burlington, IA No. 84: elks84.org
  • Annapolis, MD No. 622: elks622.com
  • Traverse City, MI No. 323: elkstc.com
  • Silver City, NM No. 413: silvercity.com
  • Poughkeepsie, NY No. 2868: bpoe275.org
  • Lebanon, OH No. 422: lebanonelks.com
  • Connellsville, PA No. 503:
  • paelks.com/elks503.html
  • Morgantown, WV No. 411: bpoe411.org

Four Star Winners!

  • Dalton, GA No. 1267: daltonelks.org
  • New Castle, IN No. 484: elks484.com
  • Frankfort, KY No. 530: frankfortelks.org
  • Middlesex, NJ No. 1488: middlesexelks.com
  • Ballard, WA No. 827: ballardelks.org

Three Star Winners!

  • Mountain Home, ID No. 2276: facebook.com/MountainHomeElksLodge2276
  • Houlton, ME No. 835: facebook.com/HoultonElksLodge835

Congratulations to the State Associations and Local Lodges that participated. We encourage all webmasters to look at other websites to get new ideas for your own sites.

Star Award Program:
Five stars 90-100 points
Four stars 80-89 points
Three stars 70-79 points

Full information and contest form can be found HERE