Category Archives: The Lodge

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

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

Vocational Scholarship Flyer 2018

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 (

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.

Hoop Shoot November 18, 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 on November, 18th  2017  at the Ballard Boys and Girls Club 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!