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Vocational Scholarships!

Apply for ScholarshipsThe Vocational Scholarship Committee is excited to offer two students (one male, one female) who are graduating high school or receiving their GED this year each a vocational scholarship of $1,000 or more. The scholarship is to help with tuition, fees, books, and materials from a vocational program. Vocational programs can include nursing schools, technical schools (culinary arts, massage therapy, office management, fashion design, etc.).

The top applicants for these vocational scholarships will also be given a chance to win additional vocational scholarship funds at the state level. This is the first year that the Ballard Elks Chapter is offering a local vocational scholarship, designed to help students who are seeking an alternative to traditional college education and can benefit from funding support.

In early January, the committee reached out to several Seattle high schools and provided information to share with students. We look forward to receiving applications and awarding the scholarships this spring.

If you know a student who is interested or has questions about the scholarship, please contact: Melissa Day at ballardelksvocational@gmail.com.

Note: applications are due at the Ballard Elks Lodge by March 2, 2018.

Vocational Scholarship Flyer 2018

Elk of the Month!

Elk of the month header December2/3rds of the way through our Elk year and our members continue to astound me with their enthusiasm to help out around the lodge with whatever they can within their abilities.  December’s Elk of the Month winner is one that has consistently stepped up to deal with problems around the lodge that only a skilled tradesman should deal with and when some projects become more than a volunteer should be taking care of he brings in the right professionals to get the work done at a discounted price for the lodge.

This member continues to help with the plethora of needs around the lodge and is helping a group work towards new fixtures that will ultimately save the lodge money on our utility bills that we can then re-direct towards charity or other dire need projects around our vast facility.

Joe GiseburtLeading by example and deserving of respect and thanks from myself and our members I am honored to recognize the efforts and involvement of our member, Joe Giseburt, by designating him as Elk of the Month.  Joe – your efforts do not go unnoticed even though they often are happening out of sight and the results of your work go unnoticed because things are working as they should be.

Thank you for using your talents and trades experience for the betterment of the lodge we all care about.  Your efforts are inspiring to those around you and instill the ownership and pride in our lodge each and every member wants to have.

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 in the Antlers, 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 Joe – 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.”

Your awards will be presented at the regular lodge meeting on January 9th, 2018, please be in attendance.  If you cannot attend you can pick up your award in the lodge social quarters after January 9th 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)

  • Anne Tiller – 1 Pin
  • Alexandria Leuzzi – 1 Pin
  • Ben Braden, Exalted Ruler – 3 Pins
  • Darrell Kirk – 1 Pin
  • Geogios Lazarou – 1 Pin
  • Grims Gislason, Past Exalted Ruler – 3 Pins
  • Jake Hall, Past Exalted Ruler – 1 Pin
  • Jean Lehman – 1 Pin
  • Jenny G. Whitmer – 1 Pin
  • Joseph Tiffany, Past Exalted Ruler – 1 Pin
  • Julia Weisenburger – 2 Pins
  • Julie Price – 1 Pin
  • Katherine B. Logan – 1 Pin
  • Kevin B. Smith – 1 Pin
  • Kimberly Jean Schooley – 1 Pin
  • Kimberly Miska – 2 Pins
  • Mark Marzano – 1 Pin
  • Michael Rosetti – 1 Pin
  • Natalie Godinez – 1 Pin
  • Rhonda Carlson Lee – 1 Pin
  • Sarah Mann – 1 Pin
  • Robin Haley – 2 Pins
  • Stephanie Hillman – 1 Pin
  • Tracy Anderson – 1 Pin
  • Tricia Lee Nelson – 1 Pin
  • Wendy Hamal Redding – 1 Pin

Congratulations to everyone that has received a membership award.  At just 2/3rds of the way through this Elks year we have a few members on the verge of earning their 11 new initiate member watch, 26 members bringing in over 3 new initiates, another 24 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 – Than you for your help.

New Menu!

It’s time to get your Herring on!

New Eats

The New Menu is ready at the Ballard Elks Lodge

Release Date Saturday December 9th!

pdf appsCome on down to the Ballard Elks Lodge Saturday before uncle Torvald and aunt Ingabritt find out about the new menu and eat all the herring!  Take a look at this appetizer menu, Pickled Herring, Frikadeller (Danish Meatballs), Elk Dip, Lettuce Wraps, Charcuterie Tray!  We’ve got your Salads too – Cobb, House, Caesar, Spinach, Cucumber and the old standby’s Wings, Nachos, Quesadilla, Fries, Onion Rings and Tots.  Wow that looks amazing!  Why have anything else?

pdf breakfastBreakfast you say – Now it’s looking good for Breakfast – Eggs Benedict, Omelets, Ship wrecked Scramble, Burritos, Elkwich – Wow I’m getting hungry.  Chicken and Waffles you say – we got that and yogurt too!

But I hear ya, Yah Sure, you want something more to eat that a little appy or weekend breakfast, how about that dinner menu?  Burgers, Rubens, Beer Battered Cod.  Tuna Sandwich, BLT or one of them Vegi Sandwiches?  We got Grilled Cheese, Spicy Chicken, Burger dip and Cheese Steak – want to get your Turkey on, Get the Club!

Of course there will always be rotating specials for both dinner and breakfast some cpdf burgers and sandwichesome down early, come down often and enjoy the great new food at your Ballard Elks Lodge.  Your patronage helps keep the lounge open and offering more and more to all the members – keep coming through that door and order up some Herring today!  As Stan Boreson always said – if you keep some pickled herring handy things will always turn out dandy.

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New Eats at the Lodge!

I ran into this amazing conglomeration of tasty lookin’ yars of herring in the lodge while cooking for IMG_20171205_173630 - smburgers and bingo last night and it got me to asking some of those really hard questions like – “Why would we have all these tasty lookin’ yars of herring in the lodge frig?” and “why shouldn’t we just open em up and have at em before uncle Torvald figures out they’re here?”  To which I heard exalted from behind me “No, you can’t have any of them yars of tasty lookin’ herring, those are for the new menu!”

HOLY MAKEREL, NEW MENU ???!!!!???? You Say?

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“A new menu is coming out soon at the lodge –  so get your thoughts off devouring that tasty lookin’ herring you see there!”

So for the halibut I sleuthed around  a bit and you know what I found?  Draft copies of a new menu for the Ballard Elks Lodge!  Oh wouldn’t Uncle Torvald be so happy if he could see this menu today!  Yah no wonderfully flavorful Lutefisk but Uncle Torvald always did love his herring and would often slide on over to the Danish side of town for their tasty meatballs.

I was able to take a peak through the secret menu file room before they threw me arse out and yeppers, wouldn’t you know it, a new menu with some amazing looking eats!  It could be released within the next week but I was so teary eyed with bliss from seeing the appy menu I forgot to read the release date….  Silly me – You’ll learn it here first, as soon as I know, you know.  All the old favorites are there but the new additions look amazing!

Get Your Herring On Ballard

There’s a new menu comin’ to the Ballard Elks Lodge!

Elk of the Month!

Elk of the month header NovemberEach month this decision gets harder and harder – who should be the Elk of the Month?  What with the amazing things happening around our lodge the choice isn’t getting any easier.  The Friday night Bingo team has ran with what I thought was an odd idea and created an undeniable success.  A new member stood up and made a Halloween candy drive for deployed troops happen.  The Hoop Shoot, Veterans day, regular Bingo, Trivia and more…yet Elk of the Month is still here to decide upon.

One member came to mind, and not just for his contributions this past month, which of course are commendable, but for his past, continued and ongoing contributions toward the youth in our community, their connection to our lodge and our lodge membership as a whole.

This member consistently holds the bar high with not only his efforts and activities but his demeanor around the lodge and in our community.  He has been integral in bringing the Boy Scouts to our lodge.  Has been a central part of their continued involvement in our lodge and has recently built upon that success to bring Cub Scouting into our lodge.  He has taken over, with the help of his wife Peg, our New Year’s Eve festivities and stepped up to help out with many other items around our lodge.

Scott Radford 1280x960Leading by example and deserving of respect and thanks from myself, our members and our community, I am honored to recognize the efforts and involvement of our member, Scott Radford, by designating him as Elk of the Month.  Scott your efforts do not go unnoticed even though they often happen behind the scenes and without much thanks or fanfare.  Scouting is a large part of the lodge’s connection with our community and your continued efforts help our lodge succeed while helping the youth of our community become knowledgeable and productive citizens of our future.

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 post on the website but also an article in the Antlers, 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 Scott – keep up the great work!

 

December Newsletter Released!

It’s that time again – The December newsletter is ready for consumption and online on our virtualAttention-Grabbing-Headlines-clickOB page!  Disco Bingo brings in thousands for Charity! Grants, hygiene drives, candy for the troops – things are happening around the lodge. Read about the upcoming Christmas craft fair, our new Cub Scout Troop and more – the December 827 newsletter, hot off the hard drive and out on the googleweb for Elks consumption!

https://www.elks.org/lodges/lodgenews.cfm?LodgeNumber=0827

Mobile App Update!

Have you taken a look at our Mobile App recently?  It recently got an entire new look with an updated news section containing Lounge Specials, what’s happening around the Updated App November 2017lodge and more!  The lodge event list is full and active and while your there take the time to click on one of the donation links and help reach our Tall Elks and Elks National Foundation goals.  Haven’t paid your dues yet – you can get them caught up here – just click on pay your dues!

We now have over 1000 users of our mobile app!  Don’t have it yet – Go here and follow the link to download it and have it available on your Mobile Android or Iphone device.

Jacket Raffle Winner!

Thank you to everyone that purchased a raffle ticket for the Dickies 827 patched up insulated Jacket.  All 100 tickets were sold, raising $1000 for the Past Exalted Rulers Fund.

The Winner?  traci Williams

Nestor Tamayao pulled the winning ticket and it went to our Past Exalted Ruler Grims Gislason!  Grims then almost immediately gifted the jacket to our Veterans Committee Chairman Traci Williams who is absolutely ecstatic about wearing the Jacket around!

Thank you everyone!

2017 Christmas Baskets

2017 CHRISTMAS BASKET PROGRAM

**THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY DONATED**

***VOLUNTEER OPPS FOR CHRISTMAS BASKET ASSEMBLY & DELIVERY**

IMG_0707DECEMBER 15TH Noonish – SORT DONATIONS

DECEMBER 16TH – 7:30 A.M. – LET THE FUN BEGIN!!  Assemble all baskets first. When they are complete, deliver baskets.

Deliver: drivers needed to deliver the baskets. Drivers need to partner with someone; no one goes solo. We will find you someone on delivery day if you don’t have a partner.

Clean up: starts as soon as all the baskets have left the lodge hall.  Those interested and available please come to the lodge on the dates/times listed above. Thank you. Johnny M.

********SHOPPING IDEAS FOR SUPPLEMENTAL NICE TO HAVE’S*******

(All donations welcomed and appreciated!)

TOYS! TOYS! TOYS! – UNWRAPPED – ages newborn to 18

  • Canned fruit/veggies
  • Ground coffee (12oz)
  • Kid type snacks
  • Peanut & Nut Butters
  • Relish Tray Items
  • Hygiene Items
  • Tea & Hot Chocolate
  • Popcorn & Jello
  • Jams & Jelly’s

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CHRISTMAS BASKETS provided through your generous donations, items to prepare a traditional ham or turkey dinner and toys for 50-70 families.

Collection boxes for non-perishable items will be in place Thanksgiving weekend outside the social quarters. Monetary donations in the form of cash or check can be made at any time. Make checks payable to Ballard Elks, and note Christmas Baskets on the check. Leave checks and cash with the bartender on duty or mail/deliver to the office.

Ballard Elks provides through your generous monetary donations the fresh items including: turkeys/hams/fruit/vegetables/butter etc. In order to ensure that each basket has the same basic items, this year we will use funds donated to purchase the basic non-perishable goods that make up the meal.  Items remaining from this program will be donated to the Ballard Food Bank on December 16th after all baskets have been confirmed delivered. THANK YOU!!!