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Ballard Wins!

Each month we receive a newsletter (not to be confused with the Magazine) from Grand Lodge filled with some informative and inspirational articles from our Grand Lodge officers and committee chairs.

If you’ve not read it before, you find them all online here at elks.org.

Wouldn’t you know it as you cruise through page one and read about some tips from our Grand Exalted Ruler, learn about prescription drug take-back day and get educated on some housekeeping items you scroll down to page 2 and what do you find there?

Ballard Elks a 5 star winner for the national website contest!

Well done to all the people that have worked and continue to work on our lodge website. One of many avenues we use to get information to our members and helps us have more fun at our lodge. Website, facebook, instagram, twitter, newsletter, elks.org virtual home page – you name it we are doing it and doing it well. Do you want to help out with any of these items? We need your help. Send an email to volunteer@ballardelks.org and ask!

It’s Game Time!

The Membership Committee is planning a new game incorporated into our Antlers Newsletter.  Members who actually read the monthly lodge newsletter might find their membership number hidden somewhere inside. When the member finds their number, the member comes to the next Lodge meeting to collect $25 in person, in cash.  The pot builds if it’s not claimed each month to a maximum of $300!

  • Only can be claimed at the next Lodge meeting after a newsletter is printed.  Generally the second Tuesday of the month after a newsletter comes out unless there is only one meeting in the next month, (July, August & December)
  • You must be present at the meeting to win.

How it works: a member number will be chosen at the second Tuesday of the month Lodge meeting by our Esquire. ((28311)) It will be recorded and then sent to the newsletter editing team to be hidden somewhere in the text of any article in the Antlers newsletter for the month after the number was drawn.  If you see your number in the newsletter bring it and yourself to the next lodge meeting after the newsletter was printed to claim your prize – and don’t forget your membership card!  You need to be a member in good standing to attend the meeting and therefore to claim the prize.

We’ve hidden a membership number in this text as an example. Did you find it?

The goal is to encourage members to receive the lodge newsletter, read the Newsletter and attend a meeting (even if it’s the only meeting of the year they attend to claim their prize!).  Below is the email activity report from the February 2019 Antlers Newsletter that was emailed out on January 30th, 2019.  Notice that over 1500 emails went out yet the newsletter was only opened to be read by 213 members that received it.  We have to be able to do better than 213! Conversely know that the newsletter was printed and mailed out to almost 500 members at an average cost of $1.20/member.  Affording to mail it everyone is a tremendous cost to the lodge so we appreciate those that receive it by email and are hoping to find an exciting way to get them read.

Learn more about the Antlers Newsletter by following this link.

Read past newsletters – Change how you receive the newsletter – Submit articles & pictures

Mary Lynn Bogdanovich (her idea)

& the Ballard Lodge Membership Committee

Elk of the Month!

Elk of the Month – We love having members nominate their fellow members for the Elk of the Month Award and this month we have a long time member of 13 years being nominated by a fellow member for the consistent behind the scenes work this member has been doing for years.

This member recently stepped away from one of the many behind the scenes tasks she does around the lodge and our eyes were opened to all she has helped with and continues to help with on a regular basis

Lorraine (Lorie) Ferguell is one of those steady and reliable volunteers who shows up for the essential jobs that just have to be done every month.   She has been working with our lodge secretary for years taking money and getting people registered on interview nights.  She’s been maintaining an email list to send out Antlers every month.  Involving not just keeping a list available, but chasing down email addresses that bounce back because they were illegible or changed, adding new contacts each month, and battling with the email server data limits to allow the high volume of emails to go through.  Lorie is consistently ready to help and has capable hands for whatever little tasks need doing around the office or around the Lodge.  At a recent candidate interview night, she got a rag and crawled under the lobby display table to dust because she could see it needed it!  She also noticed that it would be really nice to have a wall clock in the lobby on interview nights, so she went out and found a nice one and got it put up.

Lorie is a warm and friendly face at all the Lodge events, and her ‘get ‘er done’ attitude really helps things run smoothly in everything she tackles.

Lorraine Ferguell’s consistent efforts year after year shows us, once again, that there is no more important person at an Elk Lodge than the member.  We, as a lodge, cannot continue to function at a high level without our members volunteering their time and doing the hard work that keeps our lodge open for everyone to have fun at.  This is exactly the kind of active and engaged member that deserves the Elk of the Month Award.  Thank you for all you do Lorie – keep up the great work!

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

Thespian Elks Wanted!

Do you want to have some fun with fellow Elks?

Do you enjoy acting, meeting new people and going to fun places?

Do you enjoy competition and want to represent your lodge?

If you answered yes to the above questions We Want You to help us create the Ballard Elks Lodge #827 Ritual Team.  Positions from coach & choreographer to acting positions of Exalted Ruler, Lecturing/Loyal/Leading Knights, Esquire, Chaplain, Inner Guard, fundraising and more are needed.

We are creating this from scratch – all positions are needed

Let’s have some fun at the lodge and create a ritual team to represent us at district, regional, state and national competitions.  Enjoy our initiation ritual, connect your talents with our lodge, build pride in your membership and create pride in your fellow members by you competing for our lodge at ritual competitions.

Contact our Exalted Ruler or Past Exalted Rulers to learn more and say yes to represent our lodge in ritual competitions – Ben Braden, Past Exalted Ruler (benjaminbraden@aol.com)

Membership Awards!

Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Awards

Another group of Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Award pins of the 2018/2019 Elks year have been earned!

We are honored to recognize our member’s efforts in bringing our 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 are four members that our Grand Exalted Ruler Micheal T. Luhr and your lodge membership committee would like to thank and congratulate for meeting and some exceeding the 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 create our Grand Exalted Rulers vision that “Working Together To Make A Difference” and have it become a reality

These awards were presented at the regular lodge meeting on February 12th, 2019.

Our Ballard Elks Lodge Member’s Receiving a Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Award From Initiation in the 2018/2019 Grand Exalted Ruler’s Year

Mary Lynn and Joe pictured receiving their membership pins
  • Mary Lynn Bogdanovich (her third pin)
  • Joe Tiffany, Past Exalted Ruler
  • Scott Radford
  • Jean Lehman

Our Ballard Elks Lodge Member’s Receiving a Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Award From Initiation in the 2018/2019 Grand Exalted Ruler’s Year

Mary Lynn receiving her Membership Award Watch
  • Mary Lynn Bogdanovich
    • Received an Elks watch for bringing in 11 new members during the Grand Exalted Rulers term in office.

Grand Exalted Ruler Award pins (pictured above) 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. Congratulations & Thank you!

Elk of the Month!

Elk of the Month – For January the Past Exalted Rulers Association would like to recognize a 5 year member that goes above and beyond to keep our lodge moving forward and meeting our obligations each and every year.

Almost on her own this member managed and personally sold our entire allotment of Washington State Elks Association Calendar Raffle tickets enabling our lodge to not only support our state Associations bottom line but meet a requirement that saves our lodge money on yearly audit requirements.  You’ve seen her holding station outside our meetings and events doing the thankless work that we all benefit from.

Over the year Susan makes an effort to attend many of our events as well as help each and every event organizer with their event forms and numbers.  Susan attends our lodge meetings regularly and always has the answers we need when financial questions come to the lodge floor.  Susan spends many of her days working as our lodge book keeper and spends many of her evenings volunteering for our lodge on those tough jobs that fall by the wayside – even to the point of working diligently on lodge budget committee – as they are this month.

Susan Cook’s consistent efforts year after year shows us, once again, that there is no more important person at an Elk Lodge than the member.  We, as a lodge, cannot continue to function at a high level without our members volunteering their time and doing the hard work that keeps our lodge open for everyone to have fun at.  This is exactly the kind of active and engaged member that deserves the Elk of the Month Award.  Thank you for all you do Susan – keep up the great work!

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

Membership Awards!

Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Awards

Another group of Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Award pins of the 2018/2019 Elks year have been earned!

We are honored to recognize our member’s efforts in bringing our 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 two members that our Grand Exalted Ruler Micheal T. Luhr and I would like to thank and congratulate for meeting and some exceeding the 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 create our Grand Exalted Rulers vision that “Working Together To Make A Difference” and have it become a reality

These awards will be presented at the regular lodge meeting on January 8th, 2019.

Our Ballard Elks Lodge Member’s Receiving a Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Award From Initiation in the 2018/2019 Grand Exalted Ruler’s Year

  • Mary Lynn Bogdanovich
  • Arni Thomson

Grand Exalted Ruler Award pins (pictured above) 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. Congratulations & Thank you!

Elk of the Month!

Elk of the Month – For December the Past Exalted Rulers Association would like to recognize a 9 year member that goes above and beyond helping each and every year.

This member puts in countless hours organizing and hanging our lodge Christmas decorations each year.  She consistently helps out our fellow Past Exalted Ruler Johnny Muzevic with our Christmas Basket Program and goes out of her way to help organize, schedule and staff our lodge hoop shoot event held at the Boys and Girls Club.

Over the years Katrina has organized some super successful and fun events like a corn hole tournament and a beer pong tournament.  For those of you lucky enough to have been at them you know how fun they were.  She helps with centerpieces for Veterans Day, helps with our officer installation efforts and helps set up and tear down and has spent countless hours cleaning everything from our catering kitchenette to the social quarters.

Katrina Sigurdson’s consistent efforts year after year shows us, once again, that there is no more important person at an Elk Lodge than the member.  The Member that channels their passion into an event at our lodge that raises funds, creates a fun event for our members & guests and ultimately supports our community.  This is exactly the kind of active and engaged member that deserves the Elk of the Month Award.  Members empowered through our lodge use our resources to do great things.  Thank you for all you do Katrina – keep up the great work!

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

Membership Awards!

Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Awards

Our second group of Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Award pins of the 2018/2019 Elks year have been earned!

We are honored to recognize our member’s efforts in bringing our 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 the second group of members of the 2018/2019 Elks year that our Grand Exalted Ruler Micheal T. Luhr and I would like to thank and congratulate for meeting and some exceeding the 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 create our Grand Exalted Rulers vision that “Working Together To Make A Difference” and have it become a reality

These awards were announced at the regular lodge meeting on December 12, 2018.

Our Ballard Elks Lodge Member’s Receiving a Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Award From Initiation in the 2018/2019 Grand Exalted Ruler’s Year

  • Mary Lynn Bogdanovich
  • Karen Kosciolek
  • Lori Queen

Grand Exalted Ruler Award pins (pictured above) 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. Congratulations & Thank you!

Elks Opportunity & Duty

We need your help and involvement to continue to build upon the efforts of our past lodge members and officers to take this lodge, it’s growing membership and amazing facility, through the next few years and beyond.

Our nominations for officers begin at the first lodge meeting in February, the second Tuesday, and finalize with nominations and a vote at the second lodge meeting in February, the fourth Tuesday, the 26th.  Each elected position is open for nominations, only those positions with no one nominated for it can be nominated for on the 26th, so be prepared for nominations on February 12th.

Elected Positions:

  • Exalted Ruler
  • Esteemed Leading, Loyal & Lecturing Knight
  • All 5 Trustee Positions
  • Lodge Secretary and Treasurer

So here’s the deal; we as Elks have this amazing infrastructure behind us.  A massive organization that our predecessors created, funded and invested in a way that if we seize the opportunity to utilize its power to do good in our community it’s there for the asking.  What we need are a dedicated group of members that recognize the worth of this organization and can dedicate the time to make the necessary decisions and changes our lodge needs to keep our doors open for our members and their amazing volunteer energy.

We have a duty, as Elks, to build upon the efforts of our predecessors.  Each of us willingly joined this organization that our predecessors put their hearts and souls into.  We joined because what they created, nurtured and promoted was something that appealed to us.  Whether it was a connection to our community and its youth and veterans or that organizational community social connection to our neighbors that being a member offers it’s something we each needed and had fulfilled when we joined the Elks.  We have the efforts of our previous members and officers to thank and repay for this.

The positions of Esteemed Lecturing Knight and 5 Year Trustee are ones open each and every year for a new person, a new voice with all their passions and direction, to get aboard and join our lodges governing board – but know that each and every position is open for nominations as well and often people’s lives can change mid-commitment and a knights position or trustee position will become vacant come February.  So think about these elected positions, talk with a current officer or Past Exalted Ruler about them and how you can help your lodge.

Not interested in being an officer, member of the governing board and caretaker of our lodge facility and finances?  We have opportunities for you at the committee level – membership, drug awareness, youth activity and more.  Find the manuals on our website (ballardelks.org) and read up about the focus of each committee then tell the officers or Past Exalted Ruler that you want to do this – help the committee or take it on as a chair – we need your help to fulfill our duty to our lodge, our past members, our current members and all those amazing people in our community that will be joining our lodge in the years to come.

We have the opportunity to do something great as Elks.  It takes work, it takes time, there are going to be some bumps in the road, but if our members step up and jump on this opportunity and try, just try to do their best, we will have fulfilled our duty as an Elk.  We can’t do it without you.

Learn More about the Officer Opportunities Here

Learn More about the Committee Opportunities Here