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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

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 is two members that our Grand Exalted Ruler Micheal T. Luhr and I 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.

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 the regular lodge meeting on January 8th, 2019.

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

  • Mary Lynn Bogdanovich
  • Arni Thomson

Grand Exalted Ruler Award pins (pictured above) 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. Congratulations & Thank you!

Elk of the Month!

Elk of the Month – For November the Past Exalted Rulers Association would like to thank our member that made a nomination of a fellow member and are excited to share with you an Elk that has enthusiastically volunteered for our lodge on a regular basis each and every year.

This member puts in countless hours organizing and preparing for our yearly Halloween party.  Everything from meeting with the sound crew and lighting crew to organizing the DJ’s all the way up to tracking down, scheduling and organizing all the bands for the party.  Not just this year but for the past 9 years.

This member not only organizes everything but they even play in one of the bands as well!  Generally for free too, so the most money can go to our Elks Charities – this past year the Saints & Sinners ball brought in a gross of over $16,000 and a lot of people had a heck of a good time.  This member often covers the cost of the designing and printing of the flyers and takes the time to promote the event throughout North Seattle’s pertinent venues and even goes as far as personally selling about 100 tickets to the event each and every year while also managing the online ticket sales. They will even come in the day before the event to set up and stay late afterwards to clean and break down the event, common practice for this Elk of the Month

Todd Marvin shows us, once again, that there is no more important person at an Elk Lodge than the member.  The Member that channels their passion into an event at our lodge that raises funds, creates a fun event for our members & guests and ultimately supports our community.  This is exactly the kind of active and engaged member that deserves the Elk of the Month Award.  Members empowered through our lodge use our resources to do great things.  Thank you for all you do Todd – keep up the great work!

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.  We know that these members didn’t step up and volunteer to be rewarded for their efforts but our Past Exalted Rulers Association wants to thank these members and by doing so each month will develop a pool of eligible recipients for the 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.

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

Our first three 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 is the first members of the 2018/2019 Elks year that our Grand Exalted Ruler Micheal T. Luhr and I 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.

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

This award was announced at the regular lodge meeting on November 13th, 2018.

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

  • Rob Casey
  • Sandra Reed
  • Anneka McSherry

Grand Exalted Ruler Award pins (pictured above) 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. Congratulations & Thank you!

Elk of the Month!

Elk of the Month – That member of our lodge that has stood out from the herd and gone above and beyond for their fellow members in some notable way.

For the Month of October the Past Exalted Rulers Association would like to thank our amazing member that made a nomination of a fellow member and share with you an Elk that has enthusiastically volunteered for our lodge on a regular basis since joining in 2015.

This member recently co-chaired the Frock Swap with Anne Tiller.  An amazingly successful event that this year raised over $13,000 for our lodge and Jubilee, a shelter for abused women and their children.  This member was the charity liaison and volunteered over a couple of weeks work (80 hours!) the month before the event.  She not only did the research to find the charity with the greatest need, she also helped train and supervise the many volunteers sorting clothes each night for a month before the event.  As well, she also spent hours supervising and coordinated the shifts of volunteers working the Frock Swap event and it was a job well done.

This members is also active in other areas of our lodge.  She is a founding member of the Grant committee with Marty Paulson and her innovative ideas have been funded through the Elks National Foundation Grants.  She also frequently meets with various members to coordinate service fund raisers.  She is the first to say “How can I help?” and is a wonderful asset to our lodge.

Evan Wight shows us, once again, that there is no more important person at an Elk Lodge than the member.  Members empowered through our lodge use our resources to great things.  Thank you for all you do Evan – keep up the great work!

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.  We know that these members didn’t step up and volunteer to be rewarded for their efforts but our Past Exalted Rulers Association wants to thank these members and by doing so each month will develop a pool of eligible recipients for the 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.

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

Congratulations Evan – keep up the great work!

 

Elk of the Month!

Elk of the Month – That member of our lodge that has stood out from the herd and gone above and beyond for their fellow members in some notable way.

For the Month of August the Past Exalted Rulers Association would like to thank our wonderful member that made a nomination of a fellow member and share with you an Elk that has quietly and diligently volunteered for our lodge over the last ten years.

This member is one of those very important people “behind the lines” that help out and get things done in areas that most members wouldn’t have any idea someone is volunteering to help. This member works the door selling tickets for events, helps you get a burger at the Car Show, year after year.  This member cleans the storage room or helps in some way to maintain our building, serve food, sell raffle tickets, works on kitchen duty, and jumps to help out if she see someone in need around the lodge.

This member doesn’t limit herself to helping out around our lodge and was recently seen with nail pouch hanging from her waist while helping with her companies Delta Building for Veterans, a partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

Most importantly, Lydia Evans volunteers in the lodge office putting together membership cards each and every year.  It is very likely that Lydia sent you your card these past years and put all those little stickers on it for your Elk charity donations marked on your renewal form – And your card is one of over 1600 each sent out each Spring!!.  That is volunteering.

While she is not alone in this effort, she is very committed to getting the daunting jobs done.  She with many of the lodge mailings throughout the year and helps our lodge secretary in any way needed around the office when she is available.

Lydia works full time in a career that takes her out of town every week.  She does this all, and has for many years, on her days off, whenever she can.  Now THAT is an extraordinary volunteer for our lodge.

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.  We know that these members didn’t step up and volunteer to be rewarded for their efforts but our Past Exalted Rulers Association wants to thank these members and by doing so each month will develop a pool of eligible recipients for the 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.

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

Congratulations Lydia – keep up the great work!

 

Elk of the Month!

Elk of the Month – That member of our lodge that has stood out from the herd and gone above and beyond for their fellow members in some notable way.

The Past Exalted Ruler Association is proud to have been assigned the duty of recognizing the efforts of our members through the Elk of the Month Program.  Thank you Exalted Ruler Tamayao for asking our Association to take over this rewarding membership program.

For the Month of August the Past Exalted Rulers Association would like to share with you the consistent efforts of one of our members.  In just 2 years this member has continually impressed us with their desire to help out in any way they can

The Past Exalted Rulers Assocation can think of no better example of a newer member getting involved than Jill Yerkovich is getting involved.  Her enthusiasm to become involved and help our lodge succeed is nothing short of amazing and deserves the recognition and congratulations from our lodge.  Not only because Mrs. Yerkovich consistently overcomes very difficult situations without much guidance or information but because she keeps coming back and trying again no matter how uncomfortable that lack of guidance or information made her feel by putting her in akward and often difficult situations without the answers she needs.

Mrs. Yerkovich has eagerly joined the membership committee helping build all the new member packets and organizing the new initiates contact information so we not only have the correct information but can give our Secretary a definitive list of exactly who was initiated.

Mrs. Yerkovich is also jumping in to help with running the door at our monthly burgers and bingo event as well as doing the same at the monthly Friday night bingo event.

Mrs. Yerkovich is integral in planning the membership social party with Mrs. Bogdanovich to involve and educate our new members from this past year and educate them and our long time members on the committee needs of our lodge – this exemplifies the true heart of Elkdom and the attributes of a perfect candidate for the Elk of the Month.

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.  We know that these members didn’t step up and volunteer to be rewarded for their efforts but our Past Exalted Rulers Association wants to thank these members and by doing so each month will develop a pool of eligible recipients for the 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.

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

Congratulations Jill – keep up the great work!

 

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, Final members from the 2017/2018 Elks year that our Past 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.  Two finals above because basically we missed some members last time but still want to honor them with their Grand Exalted Ruler Pins!

By bringing our community members within our walls you help build the stepping stone needed to enable our lodge to achieve our Past Grand Exalted Rulers goal of “Strengthening Elkdom Through Community Awareness.”

This award will be presented at the regular lodge meeting on September 11th, 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, Final (really it is) Ballard Elks Lodge Member’s Receiving a Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Award From Initiation in the 2017/2018 Past Grand Exalted Ruler’s Year

  • Michael Mondellol
  • Dee Ann Evens
  • Shelia Cloney
  • Duane Stensland
  • Erik Bartlett
  • Ben Braden

Congratulations to everyone that has received a membership award this past year.