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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!

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. 

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!!

Special Initiation!

The Ballard Elks Lodge #827

Special Initiation December 11, 2016

The Ballard Elks Lodge, along with the Washington State Elks Association State Presidebimlindseynt Bim Lindsey, invite you to join us Sunday December 11th, 2016 at 11am for brunch and special initiation of new members to the Ballard Elks Lodge #827 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the United States of America.  Our State President, Bim Lindsey, will be joining us in welcoming into the fold our special group of December initiates.

  • Sunday December 11th, 2016
  • Brunch served 10am until 2pm – Members and Guests Welcome
  • Initiation begins at 11am **Members only during initiation
  • Seahawks will be on in the lounge at 1:30pm – Members and Guests Welcome

Traditionally the Ballard Elks Lodge does not do initiations in the month of December.  But in deference to the requests from qualified candidates that have been unable to attend a 4th Tuesday initiation along with encouragement from our Grand Lodge to conduct special initiations our Officers have organized a Sunday Brunch initiation to accommodate these candidates and fulfill the wishes of our Grand Lodge.

cropped-elks-final-web-transperant.pngFor any questions on the Special Initiation please contact admin@ballardelks.org

Christmas food basket

Christmas Baskets for Needy Families

 

12311085_1300690466623455_4788661326415621035_nMany of us will sit down this holiday season with family and friends to give thanks for all that we have been given.  Others are not so fortunate. Not knowing how you will feed yourself or your family can be heartbreaking.

Every year the Ballard Elks 827 Lodge puts together Christmas baskets containing a Turkey or Ham, sides and a toy for each child.  If you would like to help with a food, charitable contribution, or even helping us putting these together and delivering them; here are the details:

Donations will be accepted up to December 16th, extra food items will be donated to Ballard Food Bank.  We will sort the donated and purchased food items throughout the afternoon to be ready to put baskets together starting 7:30am December 17th.

After the baskets are boxed, the families receiving the baskets will be assigned to drivers for delivery (maybe as early as 10-10:30am).

If you want to help assemble the baskets please show up at the lodge at 7:30am on December 17th.

We will be making deliveries (2 people per delivery car) after 10:00am

We usually provide 50 (or more) Christmas Baskets for needy families in our communities

Food Wish List

Cranberry Sauce , Marshmallows, Evaporated milk, Candy Canes, Canned Pumpkin,  Jell-O, Canned pineapple, Popcorn, Canned yams, French Fried onions, Stuffing mix, corn muffin mix,  Gravy packets for ham & poultry,  Canned vegetables, cream of mushroom soup

Cat/dog food (smaller bags if dry), Cat litter, Cat/dog toys,
Unwrapped toys for boys & girls
Hygiene items always appreciated
Ballard Elks provides, through your generous monetary donations, fresh items including: turkeys/hams/apples/oranges/celery/carrots/onions/potatoes/pie crusts/biscuits/butter etc. Residual items from this program will be donated to the Ballard Food Bank on December 19th.

Monetary donations in the form of cash or checks can be made at any time. Make checks payable to Ballard Elks, and note: Christmas Baskets on the check. Leave with the bartender on duty or mail to the office.

Questions / RSVP to Volunteer:

Johnny Muzevic: jmuzballardelks@hotmail.com / (206) 582-9688

 

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 volunteer@ballardelks.org 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 volunteer@ballardelks.org show up night of. As a bonus, you can stay following the dinner and welcome our newest initiates!

Volunteer Opportunities in September

Looking for some opportunities to volunteer and get involved? Here’s a list of volunteer needs through September. Please email volunteer@ballardelks.org 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 volunteer@ballardelks.org 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 christy.sea@gmail.com about your interest in joining our work parties this fall.  This is a great opportunity to volunteer and meet new people!

 

Aloha Bunco

BREAK OUT YOUR
HAWAIIAN SHIRTS AND GRASS SKIRTS; WE’RE
ROLLING DICE ISLAND STYLE!

Ballard Emblem Club #216 Presents Aloha Bunco 2016!

buno alohaWhen: Saturday, June 25th, 2016
Where: Ballard Elks Lodge
5pm-6pm social hour, 6pm bunco starts
(all players must be in their seats at 6pm)
$10 buy-in
Please bring a snack to share
Prizes for most buncos, most wins, 50/50 raffle and more!
Proceeds to benefit Ballard Emblem Club charities

Aberdeen Elks Car Show

Aberdeen Elks #593
CAR SHOW
August 20, 2016

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Registration starts at 8 AM

Awards at 2 PM – Entry $15

Breakfast & lunch available – ice cream social

ABERDEEN ELKS, 1712 S. BOONE ST.

On the Westport Highway

For more information: (360) 580-7941

Special opportunity to support our Exalted Ruler, Jake Hall, for upcoming Seattle MS Walk! Register today.

Please walk with Team Hall and Ballard Elks Lodge #827 Exalted Ruler, Jake Hall, on April
10, 2016, for MS Walk.  All are welcome. Register here!  

Jake Hall and family.

Jake Hall wanted nothing more than to be a strong husband and parent one day when the MS hit.  

In April 2015, after the shock wore off from being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, our own Exalted Ruler, Jake Hall, rallied to raise $7,000 in the Seattle MS Walk.  With the support of his family, fiancee, friends and lodge, Jake’s effort received special commendation from the MS Society for “Rookie team of the year!”   It was such a great experience that this year, Jake Hall has set the bar higher with a goal to raise $10,000.

How can you help Jake Hall, Exalted Ruler of Ballard Elks Lodge #827, tackle MS?

  1. Register to walk or run under the banner of Team Hall.  It’s a lovely route set up just for the 5.5 mile MS Walk in the heart of Seattle, along the water starting around the University of Washington. (map)
  2. Bring your friends, family and co-workers to walk with you under the banner of Team Hall.  All are welcome.  It’s free, easy and rewarding – have them register here.
  3. Once you are registered and listed under Team Hall, ask your friends and family to support your trek with a small donation.  All proceeds go to MS Society and count towards Team Hall’s contribution.
  4. Donate to MS Society for Team Hall now.    

Many employers have a matching program where you can double your impact. See link in the donor form or click here to find out if you can double your impact.

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People with MS might appear drunk due to involuntary body movements, but they are not drunk.

Elks invited to show solidarity with Exalted Ruler; join Team Hall and walk with Jake.

Any Elk ever touched by MS is especially invited to walk, run or saunter with us in the beautiful Spring air (April 10, 2016 ). It will be a blast to walk or run under the banner of Team Hall! Let’s show Seattle how the Elks rally for and support each other. Sign up to walk with Team Hall now.

After you have signed up, please ask your friends and family to support your feat of athleticism with a donation. They can do that easily online at the Team Hall page on MS Society website. Proceeds for all walkers and runners will be pooled under Team Hall and go to MS Society.

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Team Hall in the house! Rookie Team of the Year in MS Walk Seattle 2015.

If you are not able to walk with us on April 10 or donate,  you can still help in other ways:

  • Recruit and encourage others to register as part of Team Hall on MS Society website.
  • Share this with businesses whose employees might participate, especially if they have a matching program.

Jake Hall has said that he is an open book.  He is happy to answer questions about MS anytime; just ask.  Click to learn more about Jake Hall.

Contact:  Jake Hall, (206) 919-1331 or jakehall827elks@gmail.com

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