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Our Lodge Made a Difference

Traci Williams
Veteran’s Committee Chair, Ballard Lodge #827

pierce_county_black_flagDeputy Daniel McCartney was shot and killed by what was thought to be burglary suspects in Pierce County early January of this year.  Deputy McCartney was a proud Navy Veteran of six years serving in Everett on the air craft carrier Abraham Lincoln as an Electronics Technician.

As the Veteran’s Chairman, I attended our January lodge meeting, just after the shooting, and asked our lodge members if we could donate to the McCartney family, utilizing our Veteran’s Committee funds that we’ve worked to establish.  My motion was immediately amended by a fellow member to donate 5 times what I was asking for and unanimously approved by the lodge floor!

I then contacted the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office about presenting this check from the lodge and a date was set to meet with them.  Two days after the Lodge meeting, I went to my Veterans of Foreign Wars meeting in Renton and told them that I collected a $500 donation from the Ballard Elks and my Post said, “They’re not even a Veterans organization; why are they donating?”  This, of course, gave me the perfect opportunity to talk about what the Elk members do and what our mission is as the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America.  To not be outdone, the Veterans of Foreign Wars quickly voted to also match our Elks donation of $500, so I now have $1,000 to bring to the Peirce County Sherriff!

That following week, I went to a VFW meeting in Everett; told them the story as part of a report I was giving as a State Officer, and to not be outdone by “An ELKS lodge?!?!” and the Renton VFW, they too voted to match our donation and they handed me a check right then for $500.  Now, that’s $1,500!!

The following week, I went to our VFW State Convention that focused on Youth Essay winners.  At the awards dinner, one of the Everett members came up to me with someone else and said, “She’s the one taking donations.”  This biker (full leathers and all) said, “Don’t tell them where you got this” and handed me $100 cash!  That’s $1,600 to the McCartney family that they otherwise wouldn’t have had if we, as a lodge, didn’t recognize the worth of our public servants, our first responders and their help for our community!!

finally I had my meeting with the Deputy Chief of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office and took the time to talk with him and share our story, specifically asking where the money would be best put to work.  With tears in his eyes it was decided to donate to the fund that “paid the bills” associated with the funeral itself.  Unbeknownst to me, the family has to pay for a majority of all costs associated with the full funeral.  The Deputy Chief teared up when I handed him the money, saying the family so appreciates the outpouring of support from organizations like ours.  It was obvious how much Deputy McCartney will be missed by his family; family in blue; and community at large.  I’m sure our token of appreciation went to great use!!

Thank you for not hesitating to help when asked and thank you for letting me be your Ballard Elks Lodge #827 Veterans Committee Chairman.

Meetings are Cool!

Bill Chandler PER as Lecturing KnightBallard, WA:  Past Exalted Ruler night was amazing at the Ballard Elks Lodge #827 last night, February 13th.  Grims Gislason, Past Exalted Ruler, sat in as Exalted Ruler, Anthony Gibbs, Past Exalted Ruler, sat in as Esteemed Leading Knight, Joe Tiffany, Past Exalted Ruler, sat in as Esteemed Loyal Knight and our recently departed Bill Chandler, Past Exalted Ruler, sat in memory in the position of Esteemed Lecturing Knight and was part of his lodge of sorrow as read by the Past Exalted Ruler Grims Gislason.

Ballard rained money over the newly refinished lodge hardwood floor raising funds for the Washington State Tall Elks Therapy Program for Children in that way only Lodge RoomBallard knows how.  Coins jingled and jangled across the floor throughout the meeting, raining down at the alter and over the podiums at times while people attempted to speak…:)

With the 70 or more members in attendance our Past Exalted Ruler worked his way through the massive agenda that included everything from recognizing our departed member Bill Chandler, Past Exalted Ruler, to our Boy Scout troop and Cub Scout pack presenting our charters (as we, the Ballard Elks, are their charter organization) to lodge repairs being approved, 3 new events being approved, a revised lodge By-Laws being presented, 6 Grand Lodge Membership Award Pins and 1 Grand Lodge Watch were presented

Jackpot Winner!

Jackpot Winner!

, 47 Elks National Foundation recurring donor award pins presented, 3 Grand Lodge Grants were approved, exciting committee reports were made and the evening culminated with a member winning the Jackpot of $827!  And not just any member, this member had just been initiated in January and was at her first meeting!  It pays to come to the meetings – it really does.

In the middle of the meeting it was our Past Exalted Rulers time to accept nominations for our 2018/2019 officer positions.  Although many members respectfully declined being nominated to chaired and trustee positions, deferring to personal constraints, the lodge was able to get people nominated for all positions but one.  Please consider stepping up to help your lodge by being an officer.  Your background, views and opinions are needed to help this small group keep our massive organization moving forward.  Come help with a committee if you don’t have the time to dedicate to be an officer.  Every little thing you can do will help your fellow member and your lodge.

So, nominations are;

  • Exalted Ruler – Nestor Tamayao
  • Esteemed Leading Knight – Erik Howes
  • Esteemed Loyal Knight – Sean Reddy
  • Esteemed Lecturing Knight – Cindy Olsby
  • Secretary – Lois Morgensen
  • Treasurer – Tammy Walker
  • 5 Year Trustee – Vacant
  • 4 Year Trustee – Tasha McMullin
  • 3 Year Trustee – Joe Tiffany, Past Exalted Ruler
  • 2 Year Trustee – Arni Thomson
  • 1 Year Trustee – Katie Logan
  • Nominations for positions without anyone nominated for them can happen at the February 27th meeting (GLS 3.080)
    • Nominations need not be seconded and a motion to close nominations is unnecessary. (Opinion 1)
    • Nominees are not required to openly accept a nomination, and need not be present. (Opinion 10)
    • Nominations may be made on election night (February 27th, 2018) only if no nomination for that office has been made or if all candidates for that office have declined or withdrawn. (Opinion 12)

IMG_7011Know that there is a Grand Lodge citation that our lodge can apply for if, and only if, we don’t have a Past Exalted Ruler in an elected or appointed position – and we would love to apply for that citation.  Our Past Exalted Rulers will jump to fill a position left vacant because they each know that without a full governing board the task of running this lodge multiply’s and can become unmanageable.  These members have already put in their time and heart for our lodge, let them step back, guide and help the lodge officers through an active Past Exalted Rulers Association.  Your lodge needs you.

So to recap – The lodge meetings are cool, people have fun, great things happen and you, our members direct our lodge for the future – and could walk away with $827 real American Dollars!  See you on February 27th to help welcome a possible 80 new candidates into our order – yes we have 80 people that should be eligible for initiation on February 27th.

Ben Braden
Exalted Ruler 2017/2018
exaltedruler@ballardelks.org

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.”

Your awards will be presented at the regular lodge meeting on February 13th, 2018, please be in attendance.  If you cannot attend you can pick up your award in the lodge social quarters after February 13th 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)

  • Marty Paulson – 1 Pin
  • Sharon Goochey – 1 Pin
  • Todd Marvin – 1 Pin
  • Joe Giseburt – 1 Pin
  • Michael Goodman – 1 Pin
  • Catherine Rundell – 1 Pin
  • Ben Braden – 1 watch

Congratulations to everyone that has received a membership award.  We are almost done with this Elks year we have a few members on the verge of 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 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 – Than you for your help.

Member Recognition Pins!

ENFLogoJPGI am honored to be recognizing our member’s efforts to support the Elks National Foundation and strengthening the Great Heart of Elkdom by making recurring donations to our foundation that does so much good for Elkdom throughout the country.

Below is a list of members that the Elks National Foundation and I would like to thank and honor for their continued financial support of the Elks National Foundation.  When supporting the Elks National Foundation each year you help enable our lodge to receive the grants we need to do good throughout our community and to achieve our Grand Exalted Rulers goal of “Strengthening Elkdom Through Community Awareness.”

The Elks National Foundation created the Road to Renewal recognition program in 2016 by offering a wonderful recognition opportunity – the Road to Renewal Pin Set.  Following your first gift to the Elks National Foundation in the previous fiscal year you receive one of the pins in the set:

ENF Donor Pin Set

  • Second consecutive year of support—Great Heart pin.
  • Third consecutive year of support—Youth pin.
  • Fourth consecutive year—Veterans pin.
  • Fifth consecutive year—Community pin.

Your pin will be presented at the regular lodge meeting on February 13th, 2018, (your Exalted Rulers Birthday) please be in attendance.  If you cannot attend you can pick up your pin in the lodge social quarters after February 13th, 2018.

Ben Braden
Exalted Ruler
Ballard Elks Lodge #827
2017/2018

Ballard Elks Lodge members receiving a Road to Renewal Pin;

Second Year Donors

Ms. Katherine Aina
Mr. Mark Berens
Mr. Benjamin Braden
Mr. Timothy Burggraff
Mr. Tony C. Cuervas
Mr. Matt Glenovich
Mr. Don Gonzales
Mr. Camden Hardy
Mr. Thomas Henderson
Mr. Tim Hess
Mr. Grady Hughes
Mr. Thomas F. Key
Ms. Heather Kolkey
Mr. Leonard Kreiss!
Mr. Thomas Layborn
Mr. Robert McCormick
Mr. Dennis Melton
Mr. Kevin Nelson
Mr. Wayne Okino
Ms. Margaret Radford
Mr. Tim Sandeman
Mr. Brian Saye
Ms. Sara Stevens
Mr. Scott Thomas
Mr. Mitchell Wall
Mr. Christopher S. Webster
Mr. Ron West
Mr. Harry Yoshimura

Third Year Donors

Mr. William K. Buller
Mr. Mark W. Collins
Mr. Doug Forslund
Mr. Joe R. Giseburt
Ms. Deborah Gollnick
Mr. John King
Mr. Ted Kuoppamaki
Ms. Michelle McCormick
Mr. Raymond McCormick
Mrs. Sharon E. Nelson
Ms. Shelli Petersen
Mr. John Richardson
Mr. Mark Romero
Ms. Jacque Sigurdson
Mr. James D. Stremme
Ms. Anne Tiller
Mr. Steve Tsukuno
Mr. Thomas J. Turner
Ms. Julia Weisenburger

Elk of the Month!

Elk of the month header JanuaryThis member has gone above and beyond for our lodge for longer than many of us can remember.  Often her efforts go unnoticed and without praise but her affection for our community and lodge never waiver.

This member continues to create new events (Paint and Sip), helps whenever the lodge asks and a few years back came up with the Polar Plunge event that today has become a fixture – a pillar event if you will – at the Ballard Elks Lodge.  An event that brings our members to our lodge on the first day of the year reconnects them to Ballard Lodge #827 and rekindles both their desire to have fun at the lodge but also to raise money for charity while they are having that good time! Fun, camaraderie, community and charity – this is why we are here as Elks.

cindy OlsbyLeading 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, Cindy Olsby, by designating her as Elk of the Month. Cindy – your consistent efforts over the years and your recent new event idea and fun well attended Polar Plunge are well deserving of our thanks and this award.  Thank you for what you have done for the lodge and what you 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 Cindy – keep up the great work and excellent can do example for our members!

Way To Go Ballard!

Membership Commendation 827Congratulations Ballard – You helped your lodge win a membership commendation from our Grand Exalted Ruler Malcolm J McPherson. Jr.!  Every lodge in the Nation was encouraged to initiate new members in the months of August and September and you helped your lodge bring in 96 new members in those two months alone.  96 new members was well over 4 times what any other lodge in the North District of Washington State initiated and more than likely is the highest number in the state!

That is something to be proud of!  You made this happen.  Your efforts, passion and desire is what is attracting your friends, family and fellow neighbors into our lodge and Elkdom as a whole.  Keep up the Great work Ballard!

Do you want to take that energy and passion you have and bring it to the 150th National Convention in San Antonio Texas this summer to help us welcome next years Grand Exalted Ruler from our sister state of Alaska?  This year will be incredible with the 150th celebration and combine that with the festivities planned by Alaska and Washington to celebrate the installation of the new Grand Exalted Ruler it’s an event not to miss!

Full Informational packet and State Registration Form here (.pdf) – Due by March 23rd, 2018

Vocational Scholarships!

Apply for ScholarshipsThe Vocational Scholarship Committee is excited to offer two students (one male, one female) who are graduating high school or receiving their GED this year each a vocational scholarship of $1,000 or more. The scholarship is to help with tuition, fees, books, and materials from a vocational program. Vocational programs can include nursing schools, technical schools (culinary arts, massage therapy, office management, fashion design, etc.).

The top applicants for these vocational scholarships will also be given a chance to win additional vocational scholarship funds at the state level. This is the first year that the Ballard Elks Chapter is offering a local vocational scholarship, designed to help students who are seeking an alternative to traditional college education and can benefit from funding support.

In early January, the committee reached out to several Seattle high schools and provided information to share with students. We look forward to receiving applications and awarding the scholarships this spring.

If you know a student who is interested or has questions about the scholarship, please contact: Melissa Day at ballardelksvocational@gmail.com.

Note: applications are due at the Ballard Elks Lodge by March 2, 2018.

Vocational Scholarship Flyer 2018

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!

 

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.”

Your awards will be presented at the regular lodge meeting on January 9th, 2018, please be in attendance.  If you cannot attend you can pick up your award in the lodge social quarters after January 9th 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)

  • Anne Tiller – 1 Pin
  • Alexandria Leuzzi – 1 Pin
  • Ben Braden, Exalted Ruler – 3 Pins
  • Darrell Kirk – 1 Pin
  • Geogios Lazarou – 1 Pin
  • Grims Gislason, Past Exalted Ruler – 3 Pins
  • Jake Hall, Past Exalted Ruler – 1 Pin
  • Jean Lehman – 1 Pin
  • Jenny G. Whitmer – 1 Pin
  • Joseph Tiffany, Past Exalted Ruler – 1 Pin
  • Julia Weisenburger – 2 Pins
  • Julie Price – 1 Pin
  • Katherine B. Logan – 1 Pin
  • Kevin B. Smith – 1 Pin
  • Kimberly Jean Schooley – 1 Pin
  • Kimberly Miska – 2 Pins
  • Mark Marzano – 1 Pin
  • Michael Rosetti – 1 Pin
  • Natalie Godinez – 1 Pin
  • Rhonda Carlson Lee – 1 Pin
  • Sarah Mann – 1 Pin
  • Robin Haley – 2 Pins
  • Stephanie Hillman – 1 Pin
  • Tracy Anderson – 1 Pin
  • Tricia Lee Nelson – 1 Pin
  • Wendy Hamal Redding – 1 Pin

Congratulations to everyone that has received a membership award.  At just 2/3rds of the way through this Elks year we have a few members on the verge of earning their 11 new initiate member watch, 26 members bringing in over 3 new initiates, another 24 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 – Than you for your help.