Category Archives: Members

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.

 

 

Elk of the Month!

This month the Past Exalted Ruler Association and our Ballard Elks Lodge would like to recognize the selfless and hugely needed work by our amazing members Rachel Rodriguez and Rick Weisz.  You’ve all seen the peanuts hanging at the east of the bar, all bagged up and numbered, ready for purchase and enjoyment.  Those peanuts, that entire program, is managed by Rachel and Rick.  They buy the peanuts, package them up and have them available for us all to enjoy.

The cool part here is that the money raised is earmarked by them to make our lodge better.  Recently they funded a shortfall on the camera project and provided the needed funds to complete the project.  They’ve used their profits to buy needed tv’s for the lounge as well as all the materials needed to paint the entire social quarters – and they did most of the work themselves!  They’ve done so many good things for our lodge with this program that we can’t help but thank them for their efforts

Rachel and Rick – Thank you!  Your efforts are helping build the fun in Ballard and is encouraging those around you to have fun, enjoy our facilities and volunteer to help out around the lodge.  Well done and thank you from the Past Exalted Ruler Association and your fellow lodge members.

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

Ballard Elks Fight Song

Did you know we had a song?

You never know what will happen at a Ballard Elks Lodge Meeting!

Presented at our July 9th lodge meeting – “Yes, We’re From Ballard!” – a 100+ year old song written and copyrighted for our lodge.  How cool is that?  Thank you Darrel for finding this and bringing to our lodge meeting.

Yes, We’re From Ballard!
Words and Music by Walter Fryburg
Copyrighted MCMXIX (1919)

We’re a red-hot bunch of Ballard Elks and we’re out to have some fun,
We are out to chase the gloom and blues, and to put them on the run.
We have no time to mourn or weep, For it makes us feel like Hell,
If you make us blue, it’s good-bye you, We will have to say Fare-well.

Chorus:
Yes, we’re from Ballard, from good old Ballard,
The home of live ones
Down by the sea; the western sea.
We do some crowing, But watch us Growing,
Lodge eight two seven B.P.O.E, Yes, we’re from E!

There may be lodges larger far than old Ballard eight two sev’n
But a better bunch can not be found, unless perhaps in heav’n.
Just make a call at any time, we will make you feel at home,
We will take your hand, and well treat you grand, so you’ll never want to roam.

Chorus:
Yes, we’re from Ballard, from good old Ballard,
The home of live ones
Down by the sea; the western sea.
We do some crowing, But watch us Growing,
Lodge eight two seven B.P.O.E, Yes, we’re from E!

Our brother’s faults up on the sand are written and erased
But their virtues live in memory, where they can not be effaced.
We try to live the golden rule, and we practice what we preach,
Join in our song, we are going strong, we’re the bunch from Ballard Beach!

Chorus:
Yes, we’re from Ballard, from good old Ballard,
The home of live ones
Down by the sea; the western sea.
We do some crowing, But watch us Growing,
Lodge eight two seven B.P.O.E, Yes, we’re from E!

Download the pdf here.

 

 

Membership Awards!

Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Awards

Pictured receiving pins: Nestor “Baby” Tamayao (PER), Mary Lynn “Skeeter” Bogdanovich (Tiller), Dee Anne Evans (Treasurer). Ben Braden (PER) awarding pins.

Our Final 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 – AND – a member receiving a Grand Exalted Ruler membership award watch for bringing in 11 new members!

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 our July 9th lodge meeting.

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

    • Dee Ann Evans – 1 pin for bringing in 3 new members (her 3rd pin of the year)
    • Cathy Anne Prentice – 1 pin for bringing in 3 new members
    • Karl Uri – 1 pin for bringing in 3 new members
    • Lori Queen – 1 pin for bringing in 3 new members (her 2nd pin of the year)
    • Mary Lynn Bogdanovich –  1 pin for bringing in 3 new members (her 8th pin of the year)
    • Nestor “Baby” Tamayao, PER – 1 pin for bringing in 3 new members
    • Rob Casey – 1 pin for bringing in 3 new members (his 2nd of the year)

Grand Exalted Ruler Award pins are earned for any combination of 3 new or reinstated members.  One pin for every three members proposed and initiated during the Grand Exalted Rulers year.  A Grand Exalted Ruler Award watch is earned for any combination of 11 new or reinstated members. Congratulations & Thank you!

 

We have a Winner!

$100 Winner!

Ron found his Membership number in the Antlers!

Congratulations Ron Benish and thank you for taking the time to read our outstanding monthly newsletter!  The $100 pot is a big thank you for reading the newsletter, finding your membership number hidden within and coming to the next lodge meeting after the newsletter comes out to claim your prize money.  The prize pot starts over in August with $25 in the pot!

The Newsletter Number Game 

The Membership Committee created a membership game incorporated into our monthly Antlers Newsletter.  Members who 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 in one  year!

    • 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!).  Our lodge sends out over 1500 emails with the newsletter linked to inside and generally it is opened to be read by about 300 members that received it.  Conversely know that the newsletter is also printed and mailed out to almost 500 members each month 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 you all to read our lodge newsletter – the primary form of communication between the lodge and the member.

Elk of the Month!

This month the Past Exalted Ruler Association and our Ballard Elks Lodge would like to recognize the selfless and hugely needed work by our amazing member Sue Gregor.  You’ve all seen Sue regularly down at the lodge serving you food in our social quarters while volunteering as a food runner.  Take a moment to say hello and thank Sue for bringing your food order from the kitchen to the social quarters and she will quickly respond with a huge smile.

It seems like every time we turn around Sue is doing something, helping out with some event without ever being asked.  Sue’s having fun volunteering at our lodge and that fun, that energy of her’s is contagious and spreading quickly to those around her.

Sue Gregor – Thank you!  Your efforts are helping build the fun in Ballard and is encouraging those around you to have fun and volunteer to help out around the lodge.  Well done and thank you from the Past Exalted Ruler Association and your fellow lodge members.

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 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 – AND – a member receiving a Grand Exalted Ruler membership award watch for bringing in 11 new members! 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 our June 25th lodge meeting. Our Ballard Elks Lodge Member’s Receiving a Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Award From Initiation in the 2018/2019 Grand Exalted Ruler’s Year
    • Dee Ann Evans – 1 pin for bringing in 3 new members
    • Erik Bartlett- 1 pin for bringing in 3 new members
    • Grims Gislason – 1 pin for bringing in 3 new members (his 2nd pin of the year)
    • Mary Lynn Bogdanovich –  1 watch from bringing in 11 new members and 1 pin for bringing in 3 new members (her 7th pin of the  year)
These awards will be presented at the Lodge meeting June 25th – please be in attendance to help congratulate our members! Grand Exalted Ruler Award pins are earned for any combination of 3 new or reinstated members.  One pin for every three members proposed and initiated during the Grand Exalted Rulers year.  A Grand Exalted Ruler Award watch is earned for any combination of 11 new or reinstated members. Congratulations & Thank you!  

Elk of the Month!

This month the Past Exalted Ruler Association and our Ballard Elks Lodge would like to recognize the selfless and mostly behind the scenes work by our amazing long-time member Ken Bartlett.  You’ve all seen Ken regularly down at the lodge serving you food in our social quarters while volunteering as a food runner.  Take a moment to say hello and thank Ken for bringing your food order from the kitchen to the social quarters and he will quickly respond – no thanks needed, this is fun!  I get to meet so many new people.

It seems like every time we turn around Ken is saying How can I help and saying it with a huge smile on his face.  Ken’s having fun volunteering at our lodge and that fun, that energy of his is contagious and spreading quickly to those around him.

Ken Bartlett – Thank you!  Your efforts you are helping build the fun in Ballard and is encouraging those around you to have fun and volunteer to help out around the lodge.  Well done and thank you from the Past Exalted Ruler Association and your fellow lodge members.

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

What the heck is the Fraternal Committee?

An often heard question and something as the chairman of the committee I have to remind myself exactly what it is on a regular basis – you are not alone in that question.

To paraphrase section 13.022 of our Grand Lodge Statutes;

The Fraternal Committee shall implement the patriotic activities planned by the Grand Lodge. It shall handle the arrangements for Flag Day services. It shall secure applications for membership in the Order, conduct a planned program for Orientation, indoctrination and investigate the character of all applicants for membership and reinstatement.  Furthermore, it shall investigate and report on all delinquencies, encourage Members to pay their dues and promote the reinstatement of lapsed Members.

It shall implement the activities program of the Lodge, its State Association, and the Grand Lodge. It shall Arrange for the observance of Elks Memorial Day.  It shall publicize the Elks National Foundation, its programs, activities, and charities, it shall encourage and solicit contributions, and recognize all gifts made to the Foundation. It shall implement the program of the Elks National Veterans Service Commission.

That my fellow Elks is a lot of stuff!  Think of the fraternal committee is as a tree with its roots grounded in our Grand Lodge and our lodge being the trunk that’s reaching upward and with each branch representing our various sub-committees extending out into the membership and our community.  The tree doesn’t exist without its roots – its life and direction from our Grand Lodge Statutes and Programs.  Without a solid trunk, our lodge, the branches are left with nothing to support them and all they want to do. Without vibrant and active branches and leaves reaching out and creating the energy needed to continue the efforts of the roots and trunk the tree fails over time and falls back into the ground from which it came.

So here’s the thing – your lodge needs your help to make sure the branches and leaves are as vibrant as they can possibly be.  The Fraternal Chair can do little more than help each of these committees succeed, there is simply too much to do.    There is no way one person could do all that is needed in each committee.

Each committee can do oh so many great things, but only if they had enough members filling the committee positions.  Some of our committees are doing great work and have large groups of members helping them out – but they can always use more.  Many of our committees have just one or two members and these committees could do so much more with your help.  A few of our committees lack any member at all to do the great things they could be doing – these leafless branches are not contributing to the vibrancy of our lodge and need your help.

Please talk with me about how you can get involved and help make this place more amazing than it already is.

Ben Braden
Fraternal Chair
fraternal@ballardelks.org

Committee opportunities and manuals can be found here: http://ballardelks.org/get-involved/the-fraternal-committee/

 

Elk of the Month!

Elk of the Month – We’ve had some great nominations this year for Elk of the Month from our members but this month we have a nomination that goes beyond the one Elk one Award philosophy and opens the door to nominate a group of Elks that exemplify the reason we are here as members of the Elks.  To have fun with each other and pool our energy’s together to make something bigger than ourselves.  Something we couldn’t have done on our own.

I was still an officer when these Elks came to us with an idea for a fun event at our lodge.  My initial reaction to their idea was along the lines of “this will never work,” and I don’t think I was alone in that reaction – But – and there is always a but, we had a group of enthusiastic Elks members that wanted to do something together to make some fun happen at our lodge and hopefully raise some funds for charity.  How could we say no?

Friday Night Bingo checks all the boxes of Elkdom.  Yeah, other than the bingo part it’s a far cry from conventional but our little hamlet of Ballard hasn’t ever been known for that attribute for as long as I can remember.  This group of Elks organizes an event each and every month that brings Elks together, inside our lodge, to have fun.  And I gotta tell ya, if you’ve not been to one of these events you’re missin’ out.  Over a hundred people will be in attendance and enjoying the themed evenings and capitalizing on the ability to share a little of the fun we have as Elks with their friends as they drag them along as guests.  I’ve heard many a conversation along the lines of “this is what you do as Elks?” Followed by “Yes, and the thousands we raised tonight goes to charity!”

And I mean thousands.  Since beginning this event in October of 2017 these Elks have not only created some amazing fun for hundreds of Elks and their guests they have raised over $29,000 for charities like Tall Elks Children’s Therapy Program, Mary’s Place, The Paradise Elks Lodge disaster relief, our Lodge Building Fund and more.  In just 15 nights they have raised over $29,000 – Wow!

Catherine Rundell, Wendy Sedlacek, Dee Ann Evans, April Schoen, Lisa Merlin, Jennifer Morris, Roy Ridgeway, Nicole Mathews, Allison Krieger, Jill Yerkovich – Thank you!  As a group you have created a microcosm of what it means to be an Elk and through your efforts are helping build the fun in Ballard and giving meaning to both your membership and the membership of every other member of our lodge by using that fun to build our charitable giving to our community.  Well done and thank you.

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