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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!

2017 Ballard Elks Vehicle Decals

Beginning in April, all Ballard Elks Members will be mailed a Ballard Elks Lodge vehicle decal. Show your support of our growing lodge by displaying the decal in your back window.  This will also help us be able to keep track of who is parking in our lot – especially during the summer months.

We’re working with a great company called out of Oregon who were kind enough to provide us with a nonprofit discount.  carstickers-logo

Volunteer Opportunities for November – December

Looking for some opportunities to volunteer and get involved? Here’s a list of volunteer needs through December. Please email if you can help with any of these events.

  • Arts & Crafts for Kids – 11/19
  • Steak Dinner and Initiation Night– 11/22
  • Burgers and Bingo – 12/8
  • Julebukking – 12/16
  • Family Christmas Party – 12/17
  • Steak Dinner and Initiation Night – 12/27 – 6pm

Steak Dinner And Initiation Night – We are always looking for members to come down to help set up, serve, and clean up from the dinner. If you are able to volunteer for these nights, please email show up night of. As a bonus, you can stay following the dinner and welcome our newest initiates!

Roles of Elks Officers

Follow this link and click on Flow Chart on the left button bar for an organization flow chart describing the expected duties and oversight of each position described below

Exaulted Ruler– The “President.” He/she is the Executive Officer of the Lodge and enforces and performs duties required by the Laws of the Order and the By-Laws of the Lodge. The ER appoints all committees and has general supervision over all matters pertaining to the Lodge.

Leading Knight
– “1st Vice-President.” Assists the Exalted Ruler in the performance of his/her duties. Will officiate in the absence of the Exalted Ruler.

Loyal Knight – “2nd Vice President.” Second in command in the absence of the Exalted Ruler.

Lecturing Knight – “3rd Vice President.” Third in command in the absence of the Exalted Ruler.

The Exalted Ruler, Leading Knight, Loyal Knight and Lecturing Knight are “Chair Officers” and are members of the House Committee. Ideally, the Knight positions are rotated through the chairs in their respective order and become Exalted Ruler. In addition, the Knights perform any duties appointed to them or that is specified in the Laws of the Order or Lodge By Laws.

Secretary – Records minutes of Lodge meetings, maintains Lodge accounts, receives all monies and forwards to the Treasurer, reads/answers all correspondence, prepares/administers membership cards.

Treasurer – Receives all monies from the Secretary and gives a receipt, pays approved bills of the Lodge, maintains record of receipts and disbursements, and signs all checks.

Trustees – The Lodge Trustees control the funds and property of the Lodge and hold regular monthly meetings, keep a record of all investments and purchase all Lodge supplies, provide for an Accident Prevention Program and present an annual Lodge budget.

Tiler – Stationed at the door of the Lodge at all meetings, he/she permits no person to enter without previous announcement and permission from the Exalted Ruler.

Esquire – Is stationed to the right of the Exalted Ruler during Lodge meetings. He/she organizes the Lodge, prepares candidates for initiation and introduces visiting members.

Chaplain – Stationed to the left of the Exalted Ruler during Lodge meetings, he/she recites the opening and closing prayers, and performs the duties required by the Laws of the Order and By Laws of the Lodge.

Inner Guard – Positioned at the inner door during Lodge meetings, the Inner Guard allows only those qualified to enter.

The Chaplain, Esquire, Inner Guard and Tiler are appointed by the Exalted Ruler. All other positions are elected. All officers perform other duties as appointed or as required by the Laws of the Order or Lodge By Laws.

House Committee – The House Committee is made up of the Chair Officers (ER, Leading, Loyal and Lecturing Knights.) and the 5 Trustees. The House Committee controls the bar and social quarters of the Lodge. All decisions and actions of the House Committee are subject to the control and direction of the Lodge and its members by discussions and vote at Lodge meetings. The Exalted Ruler is the chairman of the House Committee.

Volunteer Opportunities in September

Looking for some opportunities to volunteer and get involved? Here’s a list of volunteer needs through September. Please email if you can help with any of these events.

  • Bingo and Burgers Night – 9/6
  • Car Show – 9/5
  • Oktoberfest – 9/23
  • Coin Box Brunch – 9/24
  • Kitchen Cleaning Party – 9/10
  • Storage Room Cleaning Party – 9/10
  • Steak Dinner and Initiation Night – 9/27

Frock Swap Donation Organization – We need people for shifts all month to help sort and organize donations coming in. Email us at and we’ll get you scheduled in!

Grounds Committee Cleaning Party – The Elks Grounds Committee is seeking volunteers for weekend mornings during the months of September and October to help clean up the foliage near the front of the building and in the parking strips. Whether you have pruning skills or would just like to be a part of a great group of people who want to help improve the look of our grounds, please email Christy at about your interest in joining our work parties this fall.  This is a great opportunity to volunteer and meet new people!


Ballard Elks Lodge Makes National News





Perhaps some of you have heard over the past few months that the Ballard Elks Lodge has been recognized as The Fastest Growing Elks Lodge in the Country. The news of our growth has reached outside the walls of the Grand Lodge and caught the interest of the national press.

A few months ago a feature writer from a digital publication out of New York called BuzzFeed reached out to us after hearing the great things our lodge was doing. That initial contact lead the writer to spend two weeks at our lodge, attending lodge events and learning more about us. The result was a feature article that just came out last week. We wanted to be the first to share it with you!

Ballard Elks / BuzzFeed Article

As you read through the story you may recognize a few names and faces, as well as, a few new ones. The diversity of our lodge is what makes us who we are. If you haven’t stopped by the lodge in a while, please do. Whether that’s attending or volunteering for one of our events or joining us for one of our monthly meetings. We all share the spirit of Elkdom and can do even greater things together!

Announcing the formation of the Ballard Elks Paddling Club!

13062492_10209172134281533_6314585717728398435_nWe are very excited to report to you that at the April 12, 2016 lodge meeting a proposal to form a Ballard Elks based Paddling Club was presented and approved by the board and membership. The Ballard Elks Paddling Club (BEPC) then held its first official meeting on Tuesday April 19, 2016 and nominations were taken for the first Ballard Elks Paddle Club board of directors. The second BEPC meeting is scheduled for Wed. April 27, 2016, 7:00 p.m. at the Ballard Elks to elect the board. By the time you read this in the May Antlers we will be fully organized and well on our way to adding paddle sports to the list of benefits of membership in the Ballard Elks Lodge #827.

Any current Ballard Elks Lodge #827 members that have an interest in joining the BEPC should email us at or show up at the meeting.

The paddle club’s main purpose is to promote safe paddling sports within the 827 lodge, raise funds for charity through events, and help manage the issues surrounding paddling at the lodge.

In addition to the approval of formation of the BEPC, an additional proposal was presented and approved by the board (with conditions) for a paddleboard storage area to be established on the Lodge property. We are very happy to report that those conditions have been satisfied, that the lodge membership has approved the proposal during the April 26, 2016 lodge meeting and the BEPC will be moving forward on that project soon.

The BEPC plans on including the Boy Scout Troop 827 into the site preparation and our Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts will be invited for a water safety/paddleboarding intro class in June. The BEPC will also be conducting ongoing intro to paddleboarding events open to the 827 membership.
Questions? Please email us at

Girl Scout Cookies Season is Here!

girlscout_cookieflyer3Who wants Girl Scout Cookies?

We’ve got Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos and MUCH MORE!!

Support Ballard Girl Scout Troop #40827 and place your orders Jan. 22 – Feb 6. Cookies will be delivered the first week of March. Cookies are $4 per box.

Our Girl Scout Troop is participating in the Operation Cookie program, so if you don’t want the cookies, please consider placing an order to send to our military troops overseas.

To order, email, or find a #40827 Girl Scout or Scout Leader to order directly from them.

Our Scout Leaders are: Sharon Goochey, Katie Logan, Robin Haley, LIz King and Kylie Keller.

Also, the Scout Leaders will be hanging around the Lodge Social Quarters with forms and pens in hand to take your orders!

Thank you for supporting the Ballard Elks Girl Scout Troop #40827!

Ballard Elks 2016 Hoop Shoot

Hoop_shoot_flyerThe Ballard Elks #827 competition for the 40th Annual Elks ―Hoop Shoot”®, the national free throw shooting contest for children ages 8 through 13, will be held at the Ballard Boys & Girls Club on January 19th at 3:30pm.
Nearly three million students from across the country entered last year’s competition for boys and girls in age categories 8 to 9; 10 to 11; and 12 to 13.

Each contestant has 25 shots at the hoop. The boy and girl in each age group with the best scores advance through four tiers of competition to qualify for the national finals in Springfield, Mass.

Learn More about the Hoop Shoot Program

We need volunteers!

Volunteer duties include helping with registration, chasing balls and keeping our contest running smoothly and efficiently. Children are welcome to volunteer as ball chasers!

To volunteer to help with the Hoop Shoot, contact Cindy Olsby:




Girl Scout updates and cookie sales coming up!

We had another successful Girl Scout meeting last night at the lodge!! 28 girls showed up (we now have 31 members) to receive their first badge, the friendship badge and to craft their name tags and folders for paperwork. Please note, your generous donations allowed us to provide a friendship badge for every girl last night. They were SO EXCITED!!!!

We are also working on our Cookie selling strategy – SO GET READY – we can take pre-orders starting late January – so be on the lookout for alerts from us when we can start actually taking orders AND the girls will be selling IN PERSON at some lodge events in March. We will keep you posted on EVERYTHING cookie sales.

This is also a gentle reminder that we are still in ramp up mode and accepting donations (craft supplies and cold hard cash most needed). Please email to donate!

Here’s some photos from our meeting including Claire our newest member (age 5).

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