Category Archives: Events

Anti-Bullying Month!

We Need Your help to make sure this message reaches the most kids in our community it can.  Please download the PDF, print it and post at your school or community center or ???

Taproot Theater performs these plays in schools, churches, community centers and other places like the Elks and often the organization can’t afford the fees and Taproot steps in with their financial assistance program and makes sure the costs are covered and the message gets to the kids.  We want to support this program.  It can save lives!  If you or your business can pledge any amount towards this charitable program we would greatly appreciate it.



Membership Social!

PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR – Our annual Membership Social is ON!

Mark your calendars for Friday, August 9 for a fun evening of raffles, prizes, food and drink and camaraderie downstairs in our lodge’s first floor event space

There will be opportunities for all to learn more about and even sign up to help out your favorite Elks’ events!

Come enjoy an evening with old friends, meet new friends and learn more about how to best participate in your Lodge and its events and activities!

2018 Christmas Basket Program

Our 2018 Christmas Baskets for the Needy Program kicks off the day after Thanksgiving. We’ll be collecting donations for the baskets at the Lodge November 23 through December 13th. (See shopping list below. Cash donations are also appreciated to purchase perishable items).

(Photo above of all our volunteers getting ready to head out for delivery in 2017)




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 day of if you don’t have a partner.

Clean up: starts as soon as all baskets have left the lodge hall.

Those interested & available please come to the lodge on the dates/times listed above. Thank you. Johnny Muzevic/Chairman.

****************************WISH LIST***************************

(All donations welcomed and appreciated!)

  • TOYS and GAMES and TOYS! UNWRAPPED – ages newborn to 18
  • Canned fruit/veggies
  • Peanut & Nut Butters
  • Tea/hot choc
  • Kid type snacks
  • Canned meats
  • Jams/Jelly


CHRISTMAS BASKETS provide 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 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.

Residual items from this program will be donated to the Ballard Food Bank on December 15th after all baskets have been confirmed delivered. THANK YOU!!!

Landscaping Clean-Up Day at the Ballard Elks

Volunteer Opportunity: Please join our Landscape Committee for a FALL CLEAN UP at the Ballard Elks on Sunday, September 30th, 9-Noon.

We’ll be weeding the parking lot area and pruning some of the rhododendrons. We’ll also be working on removing the half palm tree on the beach side, and laying down barrier for wood chips.

Please bring your own tools (clippers, racks, buckets, chain saws, gloves, ect). Please let me know if you can volunteer. Any amount of time will help!

Please RSVP to Kim Carroll –
Thank you!

Final Initiation of 2017/2018


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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March with the Ballard Elks in the Syttende Mai Parade!

We are looking for Ballard Elks to participate in downtown Ballard’s annual Syttende Mai Parade (or Norwegian Constitution Parade) on May 17th, 6-8 pm.  This is a grand Ballard mid-week Spring tradition and always a big turnout!  This year there will be Royal Norwegian dignitaries flying out to Seattle just to attend this!

Our goal is to get at least 100 Elks, friends and family of members dressed in Viking costumes to march behind the Boy Scout banner and flag carriers.

I will need 4 or more convertible automobiles and driver/owners to drive our Elks Dignataries (Lois, Exalted Ruler, Knights and Trustees) in the parade. (A flatbed pickup with chairs would be another option, but not as elegant).  Other vehicles will make up part of the procession as well, such as the Official BPOE logo utility trailer.

If you are a new member and have yet to volunteer for an event, this is an ideal opportunity for you. It’s easy and fun duty, and a grand way to help promote our club to the local community while getting to know fellow members and make new friends!

This will count towards your annual volunteer hours requirement as almost 5 hours (meeting at Olaf’s Tavern at 4:30 to get in costume and begin the lineup/formation, parade at 6, and debrief at 8 pm, wrapping up no later than 8:30).

If you can participate, please contact our organizer, Tim Arnot.



Attention-Grabbing-Headlines-clickOBPlease know that the Ballard Elks Lodge will only be available to Saints & Sinners Costume Ball ticketed members and guests Saturday evening October 28th.  The Halloween event sold out on tickets and due to capacity issues we will need to limit access to ticketed individuals only.  We apologize for the inconvenience but please know that the event will raise a few thousand dollars for our Elks charities – it’s for a good cause.

An alternative for an Elks experience for anyone not holding a ticket – take the opportunity to visit the Shoreline Lodge #1800 or the Seattle Lodge #92.

The Shoreline Lodge has a very open and modern social quarters, are open from 3pm on and will be open into the evening – you can even bring your underage family members along as they have the proper separation needed for minors!  They are located east of I-5 just North of 145th on 15th NE.

The Seattle 92 Lodge has recently moved into the old Ponti’s restaurant located just West of the Freemont  Bridge on the south side of the ship canal.  They will be having an initiation on Saturday and would welcome an audience of fellow elks members who then will want to stick around for an evening of fellowship.


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 if you are interested.


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

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 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!

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 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 

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

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 

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 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