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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!

 

Care & Share!

 

Ballard Elks Members have helped their lodge donate almost half a million dollars to our community since 2004!  Amazing work Ballard – through charitable giving and volunteer hours you have helped your lodge make a huge impact on our community’s welfare.  Give yourself a solid pat on the back for being part of the Ballard Elks and helping our lodge, through our members efforts, do good in our community.

By joining our lodge and being one person putting your efforts together with other likeminded and benevolent members you are part of something bigger than yourself and are helping all those other members of our lodge reach heights that they otherwise couldn’t have reached without combining your and every other members involvement.  Thank you for all you do.

So where do these numbers come from you ask?

These numbers come from a report our lodge turns in to the Grand Lodge each and every year reporting the previous Elk years monetary donations along with our volunteer hours you report after each event you help out at.  Those hours mean something to your lodge.  When we apply an hourly number to that volunteer time the true value of our lodges charitable donations to our community, the direct impact we as members have, is quantifiable and reportable not only to our fellow members but to our community through our various public relations committees and to our local, state and national government through our various government relations committees.

Those volunteer hours matter so keep reporting them!

Below is the actual yearly numbers that were reported to Grand Lodge.  Now we all know that most of us forget to log our volunteer hours so the actual numbers are probably a lot more than reported.  Reported as Elks year ending in:

  • 2004 – $48,664
  • 2005 – $39,614
  • 2006 – $21,430
  • 2007 – $41,583
  • 2008 – $19,353
  • 2009 – $13,687
  • 2010 – $24,157
  • 2011 – $31,487
  • 2012 – $17,663
  • 2013 – $38,595
  • 2014 – $26,138
  • 2015 – $34,885
  • 2016 – $25,073
  • 2017 – $28,174
  • 2018 – $31,021

** Note: 2004 is as far back as the national database goes on computer – since founding in 1903 the Ballard Lodge’s value to our community is certainly much, much more than is reported here.

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.

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!