Category Archives: The Lodge

Hoop Shoot 2017!

Hoop Shoot Winner

The 2016 Ballard Elks Hoop Shoot Winner scores first place in the Girls 12-13 Category at District Competition. 20 out of 25 free throws! Way to go

It’s time to start thinking about the Hoop Shoot Competition!  Ballard Elks Lodge members Cindy Olsby, Katrina Sigurdson & Sylvia Olsby are getting things organized to do a hoop shoot in December  2017 and have our winners ready to attend the North District competition on January 6th, 2018!



Blood Drive Success!

The blood drive went really well on yesterday and our team enjoyed their time at this drive. We hope everyone had a great experience too.

Blood Drive Results:

  • Total Registered Donors: 27 people
  • We welcomed 2 first-time donors!
  • Units of Blood Collected: 18 units
  • Lives Saved: Since each donation can save up to three lives, the blood that was collected will help save the lives of up to 54 patients in our community.

Please help us share these amazing results and pass along our thanks to everyone for their contribution!

Most importantly, thank you for your efforts to recruit, promote and plan! You are as much a part of our ongoing success as the donors who share this very special, lifesaving gift.

Since you can donate every 56 days, these donors will be eligible to give blood again by December 6th. Normally, we have two blood drives a year – would you be available and interested to increase our frequency? J

Thank you again for your support to our mission!

Wendy Chu

Donor Resources Representative – North Seattle/South Snohomish

Bloodworks NW

19723 Highway 99 • Suite F • Lynnwood, WA 98036


Ballard Elks Jacket Raffle!

Win This Amazing Jacket!

WP_20170602_003A Brand New Dickies Insulated Eisenhower Jacket Black

Complete with a 10″ Elks Clock Patch on the back and a 4″ 827 patch on the front!

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The Particulars on the Raffle:

  • $10 per ticket
  • Need not be present to win – Write your Name and Phone Number on the ticket
  • 100 tickets will be sold
  • Tickets will be pulled after the lodge meeting on November 28th
  • One jacket, one XL jacket will be given as the prize.
  • The jacket will be hanging in the lounge.
  • Proceeds got to the Past Exalted Rulers fund to help offset the costs for the Past Exalted Rulers to attend state & grand lodge functions and continue to support the lodge officers.

Buy your tickets today at the lodge – ask about the raffle in the social quarters!

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 if you would like to get involved.

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!


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).


Jacket Raffle Winners!

Friday evening June 2nd the winning tickets for our Jacket Raffle were pulled in the lounge.  We ultimately sold all 200 tickets!  Thank you everyone who purchased a raffle ticket as you helped us raise $1000 to offset the costs to the lodge from our district and convention officer/member requirements.  The Jackets and patches were graciously donated by our Exalted Rulers wife Jennifer Braden who also worked her fingertips to the bone sewing on the large patches through the durable Dickies jackets – Thank you Jennifer!

WP_20170602_002The first ticket pulled was for our member Mark Dean who excitedly answered the phone call and headed right down to the lodge to pick up his XL Ballard Elks Dickies Jacket.  Congratulations Mark – we know you will wear it proudly!

WP_20170602_003The second ticket pulled was for the XXL jacket and the winner was Jon Anderson, Past Exalted Ruler Lodge #2706 Soldotna, Alaska.  Mr. Anderson also answered his phone and asked if we thought we might make more money if he had us auction it off right then.  We jumped at his gracious offer and were able to raise another $50 from, probably the only guy big enough for the XXL size there that night – Bill!

WP952017060295002With Mr. Anderson’s (PER) generous offer we were able to pull in a total of $1050.00 for the lodge.  Thank you everyone and Thank you again Mrs. Braden – hope you regain feeling in our fingertips soon….:)

WP952017060295004If you have any questions about these jackets and patches, where to get them, etc., please feel free to contact our Exalted Ruler Ben Braden with your questions –


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!

Win a BPOE Jacket!

Win This Amazing Jacket!


A Brand New Dickies Insulated Eisenhower Jacket Black

Complete with a 10″ Elks Clock Patch on the back and a 4″ 827 patch on the front!

WP_20170517_004The Particulars on the Raffle:

  • $5 per ticket
  • Need not be present to win
  • 200 tickets will be sold
  • Tickets will be pulled on June 2nd
  • Two jackets, one XL and one XXL will be given as prizes so two tickets will be pulled on June 2nd – One is hanging in the lounge.
  • Proceeds got to the officers fund to help offset the costs to the lodge for things like the installation dinner, conventions, clinics, etc.

Buy your tickets today at the lodge – ask about the raffle in the social quarters!

Volunteer Opportunities


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 –

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 –