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