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New Blood Drive Coordinator Needed

Our Ballard Elks Blood Drive chair has moved away and we need someone to step up and take the helm.

Every Elks Lodge has a prime responsibility to establish and maintain a position of leadership in the community by fostering, supporting or spearheading programs concerned with community involvement. Our bi-annual Blood Drive is one of the important ways we do this.

We have secured the date of October 11th with Bloodworks NW for the next drive, but it won’t happen unless a member or group of members steps up to the plate to coordinate.

The former chair has generously documented each step of the planning process to make turning it over to new blood very easy!

Please email volunteer@ballardelks.org if you are interested.

6 EASY STEPS TO PLANNING A BALLARD ELKS BLOOD DRIVE

1) Call our contact below at Bloodworks NW to suggest a few dates at least 6 weeks prior to when you want to host the event. Monday noon-6:00 works well which means 11-7:00 set up and finish up. Usually Boy Scouts have the hall starting at 7:00 on Mondays.

2) Determine whether the Elks lodge upstairs hall can be reserved for the event, then reserve it.

3) Confirm date with BloodWorks NW. They will provide sign-up sheet/schedule and posters to put up at the Elks and anywhere you think they might get some traction (schools, libraries, coffee shops, etc).

4) Work with Elks PR Committee to market the event. Send a blast email (contacts provided) 4 weeks before the event announcing it (place, time, etc) and ask prospects to email/call you to set appointments to donate (include a line “walk-ins welcome too”). (You can contact pr@ballardelks.org)

5) Do another PR/email blast 2 weeks before the event, a week before the event, and the day before the event. (You can contact pr@ballardelks.org to help make this happen)

6) You only need 1 person to be on site to host the event, but 2 is better and necessary if either wants to donate. Bloodworks NW does all the rest. Voila!

Elk of the Month, August 2017 – Jeremiah Smith

jeremiahAnother month has passed and I was very surprised to find out that not one person had been nominated by their fellow members for Elk of the Month! But that’s ok, because I had my sights on a particular member who is exhibiting those traits instilled in me as child by every scanda-houvian adult around me – “Son, if you see something that needs to be done, why didn’t you do it?” I can’t tell you how many times I heard that one, after a while it becomes ingrained in you and simply can’t help but do what needs to be done if you have the time and ability.

This member did exactly that. He saw that our parking spots for the disabled needed to be repainted, something that would better our lodge, and simply did it. The materials didn’t cost him much, he didn’t ask for reimbursement – he just did it. The funniest part to me; when the project was completed one of his fellow members let me know as Exalted Ruler and hoped that it was ok with me that he had just done it! Good stuff! But exactly the type of ownership in our lodge that instills the pride we all want to feel for our beloved benevolent organization.

I am honored to recognize the efforts by Jeremiah Smith for his loyal and meritorious services in the furtherance of the aims of our order. Jeremiah is involved with our very active Ballard Elks Paddle Club and by his actions is instilling that do what you see needs to be done attitude in a large group of active members that are involved at our lodge. Jeremiah, I was touched by your enthusiasm and efforts – your lodge thanks you.

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.

Elk of the Month 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 Jeremiah – keep up the great work!

~ Ben Braden

Join our Kitchen Committee!

There is a new committee idea brewing at the lodge.. and you have an opportunity to get involved and help us form it.

Our lodge has paid kitchen cooks to service the social quarters. But did you know that during most events the kitchen is run completely by volunteers?

The idea is to create a Kitchen Committee that can help with events (Bingo, Initiation Dinners, Veteran’s Day Dinner, Memorial Day Brunch, etc) and keep the kitchen always-ready for the cooks or next volunteer crew. You don’t have to be a chef or even know your way around our kitchen. The committee will create experts out of you.

Here are some ideas that might be incorporated into this new committee:

  • Require a Food Handler’s permit for all volunteers who handle food (easy to get online for $10 after taking a quick online class/test. Must have Flash on computer to do this.)
  • Create a list of kitchen volunteers that event chairs can call on for food serving events.
  • Seek members with the ability to cook, but also develop roles in food prep, serving, clean-up.
  • Maintain organization, cleanliness of kitchen, and documentation.
  • Work with chef to understand best organizational practices so that we don’t make his job harder.
  • Schedule and attend kitchen cleaning and organization “parties” for Elks members to show up and do a good cleaning.

Please email volunteer@ballardelks.org if you would like to get involved.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Wondering how to get involved at the lodge?

Read on to learn more about upcoming opportunities for meeting other Elks and giving back to the community. Check out the Elks Facebook page for event details and contact us at volunteer@ballardelks.org to let us know you want to help out.

Oct. 15: Third Annual Frock Swap – Women’s Clothing exchange benefiting Mary’s Place
(Volunteer shifts available starting 9/5 – 10-15)

The Frock Swap event chairs are expanding their planning and event-day teams to match the event’s growing success. We have one-time shifts, multiple shifts, and team leader opportunities. Training is provided and leadership is encouraged. Come join the fun. The event takes place on October 15th. There is a lot to do to prep for this event, and a lot to do day-of event.

Sorting: Sun 10/1 & Sun 10/8 (3-5pm)

Grab a beverage, do some sorting, dress up our hard-working mannequins, and have fun.

Pre-Event Prep: Sat 10/14 (10am-1pm, 1-4pm, or 4-7pm shifts)

Stage for the event, move boxes into event space, load clothing onto racks, etc.

Event Day: Sunday 10/15

• 7am-11am: Not just for lady frockers…everyone is welcome!
Set up tables, changing area, bar, racks, merchandise clothing, jewelry, and accessories.

• 10am-1:30pm: Help on the floor, be an Elks representative, etc.

• 1:30pm-4pm: Help on the floor, be an Elks representative, etc.

• 4pm – 6pm: Calling all Elks members and friends. The more the
merrier as we get the frocking space back in order. Then we celebrate!

If you would like to sign up to help with this event, please email volunteer@ballardelks.org. 

Oct. 13 – AC/DC Cover Band Concert – For Those About to Rock…do it for the kids
We’re looking for volunteers to help with a Childrens therapy fundraising effort. We will be selling raffle tickets at concerts featuring local AC/DC cover band Problem Child. A local corporate sponsor will match funds raised! Promote and work with the band to raise awareness for the Elks and raise money for our kids. For more information contact Grims Gislason at grimsgiw@hotmail.com

Oct. 8: Shuck Shack Beach Party – Oyster Whisperers Wanted
Join us to make the 1st annual oyster party a shuckin’ success. We need volunteers for 2:30 – 5:30 pm shifts.
(4) Shuckers – Let us know if you need an oyster knife and gloves
(4) Rovers – Refill dishes and flatware; help with wrap-up
(2) Ice Runners – Run ice; help with wrap-up

If you would like to sign up to help with this event, please email volunteer@ballardelks.org. 

10/3 – Burgers and Bingo
This is a big, monthly event for the Ballard Elks. Well-attended, always fun and very successful. Each month we cook and serve at least 100 burgers w/fries and have about 150 people attend to play bingo. Sign up to help each month or just one time! Email volunteer@ballardelks.org to volunteer. The charity for this fundraising event rotates monthly.

(5) – Kitchen help – frying fries, assembling burgers and fries, serving (5:30-7pm)
(2) – Kitchen Clean-up – dishes, kitchen cleaning (7-pm – 8:30)
(2) – Sell raffle, snacks and special game general front of house help. (5:45 – 8:30pm)
(2) – Event clean-up – wipe down tables and Lodge Hall clean-up (9-9:30 pm)

If you would like to sign up to help with this event, please email volunteer@ballardelks.org. 

Join the Ballard Elks in the Greenwood Seafair Parade

image002The Ballard Elks will be participating in the Greenwood Seafair Parade again this year and we want you to march with us!!

Join Lois, as she rides along in Bob Ferguell’s Corvette, to represent our Lodge. It’s always a good time and a great way to participate in our community and demonstrate what the Ballard Elks Lodge is all about. Children are welcome to march, too. The more the merrier!

Details:

68th Annual Greenwood Seafair Parade

Wednesday July 26, 2017

Assembly Time: Grand Parade – 5pm

Parade Time: 6:00 PM Grand Parade – Immediately following

Info & Check-In: North 95th and Greenwood Ave North; Staging to continue North to 105th

Parade Route: Begins at N. 95th & Greenwood Ave North and proceeds south to N. 85th and then west to 6th Ave N.W. (approximately 1.5 miles).

 

Back to School Drive for Mary’s Place

Mary'sPlace_BTSMary’s Place is getting hundreds of kids ready to go back to school this fall! BALLARD ELKS #827 is on a mission to support them by collecting and filling 20 backpacks. Please help us reach this goal by dropping off items from their wish list at the Lodge in the bin marked “Mary’s Place Back to School Extravaganza” outside of the bar before August 15th.

Their wishlist includes:
-Backpacks
-Sneakers and socks ages 5-18
-Jeans and T-shirts ages 5-18
-Protractors
-12″ rulers
-Black or Blue pens
-#2 Pencils
-Yellow Highlighters
-Pink Pearl Erasers
-Crayons
-Colored Pencils
-Elmer’s School Glue
-1″ three ring binders
-3×5 white, ruled index cards
-Spiral notebooks
-Basic calculators
-Gift cards for school supplies and clothing

For more wish list items, visit marysplaceseattle.org

If you don’t have time to shop, we’ll be accepting cash donations, too!

Questions or want to help? danastyc@gmail.com

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Elk of the Month: June 2017 – Dee Ann Evans

I was thrilled when I discovered that I had a nomination for our June Elk of the Month award – I didn’t need to nominate someone myself! Opening the nomination email from our online form I was even more thrilled to discover that it was for a member with that “Ya Sure, Ya Betcha” attitude I wrote about in the June Antlers Newsletter.

Dee Ann is not only attending every single event that happens at the lodge, she simply looks
around and starts doing something. If Dee Ann happens to be asked to do something we never hear “No”. In fact, I regularly find her as I’m doing a sweep through the hall and kitchen
after an event happily scrubbing the dishes in the kitchen — all by herself!
I am honored to recognize the efforts by Dee Ann Evans for her loyal and meritorious services in the furtherance of the aims of our order. Dee Ann not only attends events, she says yes to
anyone asking for help, looks for people to ask if she can help and even continues to look at the people around her and bring them into the lodge to become members – Dee Ann is leading by example and myself and our lodge thanks her.

We do what we do as Elks not for the 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 Dee Ann – keep up the great work!

Help us support the Second Chances Scholarship at the WA State Elks Summer Convention

Goody Bags

Each year, every WA Elks Lodge is sent 4 goody bags to fill, which are then sold for $5 a piece at the Dorothy Yothers 2nd Chances Scholarship table at the summer convention. If every lodge brings their 4, that’s $760 which goes towards the scholarship fund. It’s a fun and easy fundraiser. Some of the lodges fill more than those four!

We are looking for people to help fill the bags with goodies, either through donating items or taking one and filling it yourself. Snack bars, individually wrapped candies, small bags of chips, lodge pins are all examples of what we have included in the past.

If you just want to bring a box of snack bars, or a bag of candy, or… whatever you think would make a nice addition to the bags, to the Lodge, you can put it in the blue bin by the display case and we will get the bags filled! If you want to put together your own goody bag, feel free to do so! Just leave it in the bin and we’ll be sure it makes it to the convention.

We must have the bags filled by June 14th, in order to get them to the convention.

Auction Donations

This year, they are also looking for donations for an auction. The organizer has acquired several pieces of costume jewelry for the auction, and plans on bringing a basket of goods, as well. She has suggested donations of wine or gourmet food to help us put together another basket for the auction. Or… if you have any items you would like to donate to the auction, they would be much appreciated.

Donations needed by June 14th, in order to get them to the convention.

About the Dorothy Yothers 2nd Chances Scholarship:

Open to any female over 25 years of age who plans to pursue an eligible Vocational/Technical course in the state of Washington , above and supplemental to high school or preparatory school level. All applicants must be citizens of the United States of America on the date the application is filed. This application must be filed with The Washington State Elks Association. This scholarship is not intended for women seeking Bachelors Degrees or post graduate degrees.

Application Form

 

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Elk of the Month: May 2017 – Marty Paulson

We do what we do as Elks not for the recognition or personal gain but for the greater and nobler good of the lodge and the community we live in. As your Exalted Ruler I hope to share with you, each month, a member of our lodge that is doing their part to further the aims of our order. Now I know that these members didn’t step up and volunteer to be rewarded for their efforts but never the less I think our lodge and myself should 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.

Without further babbling by your Exalted Ruler it gives me great pleasure to announce our first Elk of the Month recipient for the 2017/2018 Elks year – Marty Paulson.

Marty wanted to get involved, she asked everyone around her what she could do and was often told the project was handled, that they didn’t need help. Marty didn’t stop at “no” and continued to ask those around her what she could help with, and finally, through perseverance of character, Marty found what she could help out with, and dove in with both hands over her head to figure out how to be our Elks National Foundation Grant Writer . She has learned all the particulars about each grant and how to apply and win funds for our lodge.

Marty didn’t stop there; she kept asking what she could help out with and now spends a good amount of time in our lodge office helping with our burgeoning pile of paperwork building up from our amazing growth in membership. She is working behind the scenes, getting things done for our lodge that benefit each and every one of us – so it gives me great pleasure to award the May 2017 Elk of the Month Award to Marty Paulson!

Award recipients not only get this article on our website and in the Antlers Newsletter, they receive a 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.  Do you have someone you would like to nominate for Elk of the Month?  Go here to fill out the form

Congratulations Marty – keep up the great work!

Cub Scouts Open House hosted by Boy Scout Troop #827

Poster_OpenHouseMay2017Your opportunity to become a SCOUTING FAMILY!

SOME BOYS AVOID OBSTACLES, SCOUTS OVERCOME THEM
The life lessons learned in Scouting form a foundation to embrace opportunity and overcome obstacles in life.
• A fun and safe environment to learn and grow while developing interests and skills
• Character building and development centered around good morals and values
• The chance to learn life skills that help Scouts be successful adults and contributing members of society
• Exciting outdoor experiences boys love like hiking, camping, mountain biking, and more.

Cub Scouting is for boys in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years of age. Boy Scouting is for boys who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade.

MONDAY MAY 8TH – 7PM –AGENDA:
1. Preopening
2. OPENING
3. Activity Time
4. Joining Process
5. Closing

FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS:
Learn about the Scout Program at the Ballard Elks and your opportunity to participate and sign up your boys up for the program.

FOR BOYS:
See and learn about Scouting in Action. Our Boy Scout troop will give you all a taste of the scouting program in action.
• Play an Activity Game
• Flag Ceremony
• Build a Fire
• Cook a simple meal
• Set up a Tent in a Camp site

FOR ELK MEMBERS:
This is your chance to put your Elk Membership to work for the community and the lodge. No previous scouting experience necessary, all we ask is for a little bit of your time and enthusiasm and you can have a positive benefit to the Scout program and the community. Scouts do everything from basic Scout skill work, you know like camping, hiking, fire building, first aid, boating, fishing, orienteering, tying knots, sailing, engineering, science, rocket building, pinewood derby, camping, hiking, citizenship, citizenship activities, cooking, birding, animal ID, computer skills, robotics, and on and on.

Come on down and help us out. Express your interest by contacting Scott Radford by emailing swradford09@gmail.com or calling 206-383-0828. We’ll find some way in which you can contribute. There are many single-instance volunteer opportunities such as teaching a 1 hr skill such as cooking, environmental science, host scouts to your boat or business and show them what you do. Help run the pinewood derby, or bring snacks to a meeting. You will be guiding tomorrow’s Elks Members today!!Your opportunity to become a SCOUTING FAMILY!

SOME BOYS AVOID OBSTACLES, SCOUTS OVERCOME THEM
The life lessons learned in Scouting form a foundation to embrace opportunity and overcome obstacles in life.
• A fun and safe environment to learn and grow while developing interests and skills
• Character building and development centered around good morals and values
• The chance to learn life skills that help Scouts be successful adults and contributing members of society
• Exciting outdoor experiences boys love like hiking, camping, mountain biking, and more.

Cub Scouting is for boys in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years of age. Boy Scouting is for boys who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade.

MONDAY MAY 8TH – 7PM –AGENDA:
1. Preopening
2. OPENING
3. Activity Time
4. Joining Process
5. Closing

FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS:
Learn about the Scout Program at the Ballard Elks and your opportunity to participate and sign up your boys up for the program.

FOR BOYS:
See and learn about Scouting in Action. Our Boy Scout troop will give you all a taste of the scouting program in action.
• Play an Activity Game
• Flag Ceremony
• Build a Fire
• Cook a simple meal
• Set up a Tent in a Camp site

FOR ELK MEMBERS:
This is your chance to put your Elk Membership to work for the community and the lodge. No previous scouting experience necessary, all we ask is for a little bit of your time and enthusiasm and you can have a positive benefit to the Scout program and the community. Scouts do everything from basic Scout skill work, you know like camping, hiking, fire building, first aid, boating, fishing, orienteering, tying knots, sailing, engineering, science, rocket building, pinewood derby, camping, hiking, citizenship, citizenship activities, cooking, birding, animal ID, computer skills, robotics, and on and on.

Come on down and help us out. Express your interest by contacting Scott Radford by emailing swradford09@gmail.com or calling 206-383-0828. We’ll find some way in which you can contribute. There are many single-instance volunteer opportunities such as teaching a 1 hr skill such as cooking, environmental science, host scouts to your boat or business and show them what you do. Help run the pinewood derby, or bring snacks to a meeting. You will be guiding tomorrow’s Elks Members today!!