Category Archives: Members

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Want to get to know other lodge members and have some fun? Read about upcoming volunteer opportunities and email volunteer@ballardelks.org for more info.

Summer Craft & Flea Market: August 5th

Set-up, help sell raffle calendars, work an Elks info table, clean-up and overall event management help.
2 to help with set-up: 10am-12pm
4 to help Elks info table/raffle calendar sales: 2 shifts 12pm-3pm and 3pm-6pm
2 for clean-up: 5:30pm-6:30pm

Membership Social: August 15th

Set-up, 3:00-5:00, need 2 volunteers
Clean up, 9:00-10:00, need 4 volunteers
Food and Libation servers
Front door greeters and membership card checks
Raffle tickets and bead sales

Fun way to meet other members while helping to host our membership social downstairs on the patio! Please email mlbogey@comcast.net or jill_yerkovich@yahoo.com if you can help out, even for only one hour.

Special Initiation Dinner: August 21st

Set-up, serving and clean-up
4-6 volunteers. See description of duties in Monthly Initiation Dinner.
High School Volunteers welcome!

Car Show: September 3rd

6 a.m. set-up, 4 volunteers
2 p.m. breakdown, 4 volunteers
1 (or 2) volunteers for a couple of hours to remind attendees to vote. Tally the votes at 1:30.
Call Mae at 206.284.7384 if you would like to volunteer. High School Volunteers welcome!

Also at the Car Show, we need some people to help sell WA State Elks Raffle Calendars. 8 am – 2pm: 2-4 volunteers needed, can be shifts. Email Susan at books@ballardelks.org to help with this.

Frock Swap

This is one of our biggest and most successful annual events, and takes a lot of volunteers to make it so awesome. From planning all the event details, to sorting the clothing being dropped off, to event set-up, to working the day of the event, to team leadership – there are MANY ways to get involved. Training is provided and leadership is encouraged. Come join the fun! Opportunities start now, with the planning committee, and go through October 7th, event day!
If you are interested in getting involved, email volunteer@elksfrockswap.com. We will also have an online schedule and sign-up available soon!

Calendar Raffle Ticket Sales

Each year our Lodge is responsible for selling a certain number of WA State Elks Calendar Raffle tickets. We are looking for a few people who can commit to one or two upcoming events, and a few who are willing to do the sports nights/weekends on a more regular basis just bringing out the tickets, mingling and selling.

Susan also usually sets up outside of Bingo, Initiation dinners and other events. These would be a great opportunities to help her out, train and do a quick 30-60 minute stint to get comfy with it.

Email Susan at books@ballardelks.org if you would like to help with this.

Monthly Initiation Dinners

Did you know that these monthly dinners are run entirely by lodge volunteers? Join the team who makes this classic lodge event happen!

Be the Cook – make it your own or let us show you how
The current member volunteer is moving on and we need members who can cook the steaks, potatoes, etc. Ideally, we’d have a team of cooks to rotate through each month. Experienced and non-experienced welcome – we can show you the ropes! Must be available at 3:30pm. Food Handlers Permit preferred.

Kitchen Help
4:30pm-6:30pm Prep salads and condiments. Food Handlers Permit.

Serving & Clean Up
5:00pm – 8pm Set-up and serving. The crew then gets everything back in order and cleans the kitchen.

Food Runners

During these summer months, our bar and kitchen staff gets REALLY busy. We need people to volunteer to help deliver food from the kitchen to our hungry members and guests. Shifts are from 6-9pm, Monday – Saturday. You can sign up to do it on a regular basis, OR get on Eric’s list of people to reach out to when we need someone. Email manager@ballardelks.org if you would like to help out. (This is a great way to get some steps in – if you track them. 🙂 )

She won the Silver!

Congratulations to Amber Kosciolek for her recent silver medal performance!

Amber, daughter of Ballard Elks member Karen Kosciolek, recently competed in the 50-meter walker race at the Special Olympic Games and took home the Silver Medal!  This is Amber’s 6th year competing in the 50 meter walker race, she has also qualified for state 3 times in the past.  Her next competition is May 19th at Newport High School.

Congratulations from the Ballard Elks Lodge, Amber. Way to get out there and compete at a high level!

Membership Awards!

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Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Awards

We are honored to recognize our member’s efforts in bringing the 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 is our final member from the 2017/2018 Elks year that our Grand Exalted Ruler Malcolm J. McPherson, Jr. and I would like to thank and congratulate for meeting and some exceeding our membership award goal of bringing in 3 new or reinstated members to our order.  By bringing our community members within our walls you help build the stepping stone needed to enable our lodge to achieve our Grand Exalted Rulers goal of “Strengthening Elkdom Through Community Awareness.”

This award will be presented at the regular lodge meeting on May 8th, 2018 by our Exalted Ruler Nestor Tamayao.  Grand Exalted Ruler Award pins are earned for any combination of 3 new or reinstated members.  One pin for every three members.  A Grand Exalted Ruler Award watch is earned for any combination of 11 new or reinstated members.  Want to know where you stand on earning an award, take a look here (http://ballardelks.org/membership/ballard-elks-top-recruiters/)

Our Final Ballard Elks Lodge Member Receiving a Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Award For Initiation in the 2017/2018 Elks Year

  • Kenny Stuart –  Receiving his first pin for bringing in 3 new members

Congratulations to everyone that has received a membership award this past year.  We are done with this past Elks year, 2017/18, and we have two members who have earned a membership watch, 40 members brought in over 3 new initiates and another large group of members that were on the cusp of earning a membership pin with 2 new initiates and over 200 members have brought in one new initiate.  With your help the power of our lodge to pursue benevolent activities in our community continues to grow and grow – Thank you for your help.

Membership Awards!

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Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Awards

We are honored to recognize our member’s efforts in bringing the 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 is a list of members that our Grand Exalted Ruler Malcolm J. McPherson, Jr. and I would like to thank and congratulate for meeting and some exceeding our membership award goal of bringing in 3 new or reinstated members to our order.  By bringing our community members within our walls you help build the stepping stone needed to enable our lodge to achieve our Grand Exalted Rulers goal of “Strengthening Elkdom Through Community Awareness.”

These awards were presented at the regular lodge meeting on April 10th, 2018.  If you did not attend you can pick up your award in the lodge office after April 11th, 2018.  Grand Exalted Ruler Award pins are earned for any combination of 3 new or reinstated members.  One pin for every three members.  A Grand Exalted Ruler Award watch is earned for any combination of 11 new or reinstated members.  Want to know where you stand on earning an award, take a look here (http://ballardelks.org/membership/ballard-elks-top-recruiters/)

Ballard Elks Lodge members receiving a Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Award (to date & in no particular order)

  • Tammy Walker –  Receiving her first pin for bringing in 3 new members
  • John Stimac – Receiving his first pin for bringing in 3 new members
  • Cindy Olsby – Receiving her first pin for bringing in 3 new members
  • Kathleen Greer-Wilkes – Receiving her first pin for bringing in 3 new members
  • Salena Reeves – Receiving her first pin for bringing in 3 new members
  • Terri Leigh Both – Receiving her first pin for bringing in 3 new members
  • Anne Tiller – Receiving her 2nd & 3rd pins for bringing in 9 new members
  • Grims Gislason, Past Exalted Ruler – Receiving his 4th pin for bringing in 12 new members
  • Ben Braden, Past Exalted Ruler – Receiving his 5th pin for bringing in over 15 new members

Congratulations to everyone that has received a membership award.  We are done with this past Elks year, 2017/18, and we have two members who have earned a membership watch, 40 members brought in over 3 new initiates and another large group of members that are on the cusp of earning a membership pin with 2 new initiates and over 200 members have brought in one new initiate.  With your help the power of our lodge to pursue benevolent activities in our community continues to grow and grow – Thank you for your help.

Final Initiation of 2017/2018

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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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Elk of the Month!

Elk of the Month March HeaderAs the 2017/18 Elks year comes to an end I’m discovering again that we are a very lucky lodge.  To have so many great members stepping up and helping out, making one little part of the lodge their pride and joy, is absolutely amazing and unheard of in many lodges around the country.  So this month I’ve watched members jumping up and saying “I’ll help out, what can I do?”  Every time I turn around someone is offering their time to this committee or that.  This particular member’s actions have been noticed by so many members around the lodge that no less than 4 Elks have nominated her for Elk of the month in the past few weeks.  Her Proposer, Todd Marvin, will be proud to know that he brought into our lodge someone with the energy and dedication to our order that other members are noticing – and she has done this in less than three short months since she was initiated in January of this year, 2018.

27982826_10155528654514302_406907510501873833_oMary Lynn Bogdanovich, you have achieved something only one other member of this lodge has achieved this year in such a short time as a member.  Your enthusiasm, energy and can do attitude is being noticed by your fellow members to the point they are taking the time to talk about your efforts and recommend you to others for your service to the lodge.  Your actions are causing other members to make that extra effort they otherwise may not have chosen to make.  You are not only giving yourself pride in our lodge but by your actions are giving other members that same feeling of pride in our organization.

Since joining in January 2018, Mary Lynn has not only come to the lodge meetings she has jumped to help with any event she can.  If my memory is correct she helped set up the tables for her own initiation dinner!  We found her knee-deep in our February kitchen shut down helping our kitchen committee with everything from the least desirable jobs to the sprucing, polishing and organization it needed.  This past month Mary Lynn traveled to visit with her daughter in the mid-west and is taking the time to go to the nearest lodge meeting to her daughter’s house because she would be missing our early March meeting.

This is the love and dedication to our order that not only makes a member stand out and shine as Elk of the Month it motivates other members around her to do more for the lodge.  To make that extra little effort because of the admiration they have for a fellow member’s enthusiasm.  This is the down in the trenches definition of community service through a benevolent organization.  Thank you, Mary Lynn, for joining our great order and stepping up, asking how you can help and following through with some amazing effort.

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.

Award recipients not only get this article, 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 and thank you Mary Lynn – keep up the great work and excellent can-do example for our members!

 

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.  Shippytim@gmail.com

 

Membership Awards!

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Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Awards

I am honored to recognize our member’s efforts in bringing the 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 is a list of members that our Grand Exalted Ruler Malcolm J. McPherson, Jr. and I would like to thank and congratulate for meeting and some exceeding our membership award goal of bringing in 3 new or reinstated members to our order.  By bringing our community members within our walls you help build the stepping stone needed to enable our lodge to achieve our Grand Exalted Rulers goal of “Strengthening Elkdom Through Community Awareness.”

These awards were presented at the regular lodge meeting on March 13th, 2018, please be in attendance.  If you cannot attend you can pick up your award in the lodge social quarters after March 16th 2018.  Grand Exalted Ruler Award pins are earned for any combination of 3 new or reinstated members.  One pin for every three members.  A Grand Exalted Ruler Award watch is earned for any combination of 11 new or reinstated members.  Want to know where you stand on earning an award, take a look here (http://ballardelks.org/membership/ballard-elks-top-recruiters/)

Ballard Elks Lodge members receiving a Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Award (to date & in no particular order)

  • Mara Garrity –  Receiving her first pin for bringing in 3 new members
  • Benjamin Braden – Receiving his 4th pin for bringing in over 12 new members

Congratulations to everyone that has received a membership award.  We are almost done with this Elks year we have one member who has earned a membership watch, another member  earning their 11 new initiate member watch, 32 members bringing in over 3 new initiates, another large group of members that are on the cusp of earning a membership pin with 2 new initiates and almost 200 members have brought in one new initiate.  With your help the power of our lodge to pursue benevolent activities in our community continues to grow and grow – Thank you for your help.

Elk of the Month!

Elk of the Month february HeaderThere is absolutely no shortage of members that are being considered as Elk of the Month.  This month has been particularly hard to designate who is the Elk of the month with all the amazing things that are happening around the lodge.  The Kitchen is getting completely stripped out and cleaned, our Grant applications are getting written and awarded, our Budget committee is buckling down and meeting weekly, our Vocational Scholarship group is ready for their applications, our MVS Scholarship group is meeting and developing plans, our Scouting leaders are starting their new year, our Veterans Chair is getting things done – and more.

Traci Williams 2So it’s with great pride that I get to recognize the efforts of one of our members who has not only stepped up to chair a committee at our lodge, a big thing in itself, but is using her enthusiasm and energy to make her position, what her committee can do, bigger and better than it could ever be without her.  Traci Williams you are one in a million and your lodge thanks you for not only stepping up and taking on the role of our Veterans Committee Chair but you’ve used your enthusiasm and connections to share the Elks and the Ballard Elks out there in the community and our State.

Traci has gone above and beyond with her recent work through our veterans committee.  Take a read on our website news (Our Lodge Made a Difference) or the article in the March Newsletter about the donation our lodge helped create for an officer’s family in need.  It is directly because of Traci’s can do attitude our lodge was able to make a difference.

Leading by example and deserving of respect and thanks from myself and our members I am honored to recognize the efforts and involvement of our member, Traci Williams, by designating her as Elk of the Month. Traci- your enthusiastic efforts and your recent committee work are well deserving of our thanks and this award.  Thank you for what you have done for the lodge and what you will continue to do for the lodge and our community.

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.

Award recipients not only get this article, 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 and thank you Traci – keep up the great work and excellent can do example for our members!

 

Elk of the Month!

Elk of the month header December2/3rds of the way through our Elk year and our members continue to astound me with their enthusiasm to help out around the lodge with whatever they can within their abilities.  December’s Elk of the Month winner is one that has consistently stepped up to deal with problems around the lodge that only a skilled tradesman should deal with and when some projects become more than a volunteer should be taking care of he brings in the right professionals to get the work done at a discounted price for the lodge.

This member continues to help with the plethora of needs around the lodge and is helping a group work towards new fixtures that will ultimately save the lodge money on our utility bills that we can then re-direct towards charity or other dire need projects around our vast facility.

Joe GiseburtLeading by example and deserving of respect and thanks from myself and our members I am honored to recognize the efforts and involvement of our member, Joe Giseburt, by designating him as Elk of the Month.  Joe – your efforts do not go unnoticed even though they often are happening out of sight and the results of your work go unnoticed because things are working as they should be.

Thank you for using your talents and trades experience for the betterment of the lodge we all care about.  Your efforts are inspiring to those around you and instill the ownership and pride in our lodge each and every member wants to have.

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.

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 and thank you Joe – keep up the great work and excellent can do example for our members!