Category Archives: Members

Elk of the Month, September – Michael Hagen

IMG_20170926_171327September brings me 3 members nominated for the Ballard Elks Lodge Elk of the Month and with the tireless work and debates of the Elk of the Month Committee we came to the very difficult decision of picking one of the three very qualified nominees– no easy task!  But I’m excited to have Septembers Elk of the Month be a member who immediately after joining jumped right in and said “How can I help?”

This member joined after attending the Wine Club night and he has become quite a fixture around the Lodge. He has spent the time getting to know people and has a wonderful, friendly, positive attitude.  He has looked for every opportunity to help out around the Lodge. If he hears of an event coming up he says “Do you need help? I have my food handler’s permit. What time should I be here?”  He has signed on to help prep and cook steak dinner for the new initiates each month, coming in at 4pm to get things started. He has also stepped up and taken over the grill for Burgers for Bingo night. As a brand new member, he came in to volunteer for our Volunteer Appreciation Party helping Louis set up, serve the dinner, and stayed to help clean up. He has volunteered to help cook when the lodge cook needs a night off and has recently volunteered to help shuck oysters for the Share’n is Care’n event AND volunteered to be a duty officer for our hall rental events!

I am honored to recognize the efforts by Michael Hagen for his loyal and meritorious services in the furtherance of the aims of our order.  Michael is motivated and involved and took that “volunteer just 5 hours” to a whole new level.

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 & 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 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 Michael – keep up the great work!

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!

Elk of the Month, August 2017 – Jeremiah Smith

jeremiahAnother month has passed and I was very surprised to find out that not one person had been nominated by their fellow members for Elk of the Month! But that’s ok, because I had my sights on a particular member who is exhibiting those traits instilled in me as child by every scanda-houvian adult around me – “Son, if you see something that needs to be done, why didn’t you do it?” I can’t tell you how many times I heard that one, after a while it becomes ingrained in you and simply can’t help but do what needs to be done if you have the time and ability.

This member did exactly that. He saw that our parking spots for the disabled needed to be repainted, something that would better our lodge, and simply did it. The materials didn’t cost him much, he didn’t ask for reimbursement – he just did it. The funniest part to me; when the project was completed one of his fellow members let me know as Exalted Ruler and hoped that it was ok with me that he had just done it! Good stuff! But exactly the type of ownership in our lodge that instills the pride we all want to feel for our beloved benevolent organization.

I am honored to recognize the efforts by Jeremiah Smith for his loyal and meritorious services in the furtherance of the aims of our order. Jeremiah is involved with our very active Ballard Elks Paddle Club and by his actions is instilling that do what you see needs to be done attitude in a large group of active members that are involved at our lodge. Jeremiah, I was touched by your enthusiasm and efforts – your lodge thanks you.

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.

Elk of the Month 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 Jeremiah – keep up the great work!

~ Ben Braden

Join our Kitchen Committee!

There is a new committee idea brewing at the lodge.. and you have an opportunity to get involved and help us form it.

Our lodge has paid kitchen cooks to service the social quarters. But did you know that during most events the kitchen is run completely by volunteers?

The idea is to create a Kitchen Committee that can help with events (Bingo, Initiation Dinners, Veteran’s Day Dinner, Memorial Day Brunch, etc) and keep the kitchen always-ready for the cooks or next volunteer crew. You don’t have to be a chef or even know your way around our kitchen. The committee will create experts out of you.

Here are some ideas that might be incorporated into this new committee:

  • Require a Food Handler’s permit for all volunteers who handle food (easy to get online for $10 after taking a quick online class/test. Must have Flash on computer to do this.)
  • Create a list of kitchen volunteers that event chairs can call on for food serving events.
  • Seek members with the ability to cook, but also develop roles in food prep, serving, clean-up.
  • Maintain organization, cleanliness of kitchen, and documentation.
  • Work with chef to understand best organizational practices so that we don’t make his job harder.
  • Schedule and attend kitchen cleaning and organization “parties” for Elks members to show up and do a good cleaning.

Please email volunteer@ballardelks.org if you would like to get involved.

Elks of the Month, July

Elk of the Month, July 2017 – Natalie Deleon

Another month and another nomination for Elk of the Month!  Opening the nomination email from our online nomination form I was thankful to see it was for a member that is going above and beyond for her lodge and is doing it mostly behind the scene, unbeknownst to most of the members of our lodge.

This member came to me about a year ago when I was acting as Chairman of the Governing Board and said – “I can do that.”  I did my best to dissuade her as what she was asking to do is a lousy stressful volunteer position.  She looked me in the eye and said Continue reading

Join the Ballard Elks in the Greenwood Seafair Parade

image002The Ballard Elks will be participating in the Greenwood Seafair Parade again this year and we want you to march with us!!

Join Lois, as she rides along in Bob Ferguell’s Corvette, to represent our Lodge. It’s always a good time and a great way to participate in our community and demonstrate what the Ballard Elks Lodge is all about. Children are welcome to march, too. The more the merrier!

Details:

68th Annual Greenwood Seafair Parade

Wednesday July 26, 2017

Assembly Time: Grand Parade – 5pm

Parade Time: 6:00 PM Grand Parade – Immediately following

Info & Check-In: North 95th and Greenwood Ave North; Staging to continue North to 105th

Parade Route: Begins at N. 95th & Greenwood Ave North and proceeds south to N. 85th and then west to 6th Ave N.W. (approximately 1.5 miles).

 

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Elk of the Month: June 2017 – Dee Ann Evans

I was thrilled when I discovered that I had a nomination for our June Elk of the Month award – I didn’t need to nominate someone myself! Opening the nomination email from our online form I was even more thrilled to discover that it was for a member with that “Ya Sure, Ya Betcha” attitude I wrote about in the June Antlers Newsletter.

Dee Ann is not only attending every single event that happens at the lodge, she simply looks
around and starts doing something. If Dee Ann happens to be asked to do something we never hear “No”. In fact, I regularly find her as I’m doing a sweep through the hall and kitchen
after an event happily scrubbing the dishes in the kitchen — all by herself!
I am honored to recognize the efforts by Dee Ann Evans for her loyal and meritorious services in the furtherance of the aims of our order. Dee Ann not only attends events, she says yes to
anyone asking for help, looks for people to ask if she can help and even continues to look at the people around her and bring them into the lodge to become members – Dee Ann is leading by example and myself and our lodge thanks her.

We do what we do as Elks not for the 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 Dee Ann – keep up the great work!

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Elk of the Month: May 2017 – Marty Paulson

We do what we do as Elks not for the recognition or personal gain but for the greater and nobler good of the lodge and the community we live in. As your Exalted Ruler I hope to share with you, each month, a member of our lodge that is doing their part to further the aims of our order. Now I know that these members didn’t step up and volunteer to be rewarded for their efforts but never the less I think our lodge and myself should 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.

Without further babbling by your Exalted Ruler it gives me great pleasure to announce our first Elk of the Month recipient for the 2017/2018 Elks year – Marty Paulson.

Marty wanted to get involved, she asked everyone around her what she could do and was often told the project was handled, that they didn’t need help. Marty didn’t stop at “no” and continued to ask those around her what she could help with, and finally, through perseverance of character, Marty found what she could help out with, and dove in with both hands over her head to figure out how to be our Elks National Foundation Grant Writer . She has learned all the particulars about each grant and how to apply and win funds for our lodge.

Marty didn’t stop there; she kept asking what she could help out with and now spends a good amount of time in our lodge office helping with our burgeoning pile of paperwork building up from our amazing growth in membership. She is working behind the scenes, getting things done for our lodge that benefit each and every one of us – so it gives me great pleasure to award the May 2017 Elk of the Month Award to Marty Paulson!

Award recipients not only get this article on our website and in the Antlers Newsletter, they receive a 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.  Do you have someone you would like to nominate for Elk of the Month?  Go here to fill out the form

Congratulations Marty – keep up the great work!

Volunteer Opportunities

Help

We are looking for motivated members to volunteer their time and enthusiasm to help out around the lodge.  We have positions for everything from youth activities to community outreach to building maintenance – whatever your interest and passion may be we have something you can help out with.  Please contact our Volunteer Chair – volunteer@ballardelks.org

Some specific needs we have currently:

  • Elks National Foundation Coordinator
    • Your lodge needs a volunteer to step up and help our grant writer match grants with ideas and volunteers to make things happen.   Duties include recognizing items that a grant from the Elks National Foundation can fund and working with our Grant Writer to get the funds to the right person to make great things happen and motivating someone to come up with an idea that an Elks National Foundation Grant can fund.  We have a very able grant writer, now we need the go between person.
  • Safety & Accident Prevention Committee
    • Our lodge needs volunteers to create and run our Accident Prevention Program, with one member designated as Accident Prevention Manager, to continually review and implement a policy, in concert with Grand Lodge and State Association programs, to protect the Lodge from claims for accidents and injuries.
  • Vocational Scholarship Committee
    • We need volunteers to organize, promote and run a Vocational Scholarship Committee.  Our state has money to give away to both graduating seniors and adult reeducation that simply does not get used.  You will be creating this committee from the ground up and figuring out how to make it work but how cool will it be to GIVE AWAY money to people in our community?

Please contact our Volunteer Chair – volunteer@ballardelks.org