Elk of the Month!

Elk of the Month – For January the Past Exalted Rulers Association would like to recognize a 5 year member that goes above and beyond to keep our lodge moving forward and meeting our obligations each and every year.

Almost on her own this member managed and personally sold our entire allotment of Washington State Elks Association Calendar Raffle tickets enabling our lodge to not only support our state Associations bottom line but meet a requirement that saves our lodge money on yearly audit requirements.  You’ve seen her holding station outside our meetings and events doing the thankless work that we all benefit from.

Over the year Susan makes an effort to attend many of our events as well as help each and every event organizer with their event forms and numbers.  Susan attends our lodge meetings regularly and always has the answers we need when financial questions come to the lodge floor.  Susan spends many of her days working as our lodge book keeper and spends many of her evenings volunteering for our lodge on those tough jobs that fall by the wayside – even to the point of working diligently on lodge budget committee – as they are this month.

Susan Cook’s consistent efforts year after year shows us, once again, that there is no more important person at an Elk Lodge than the member.  We, as a lodge, cannot continue to function at a high level without our members volunteering their time and doing the hard work that keeps our lodge open for everyone to have fun at.  This is exactly the kind of active and engaged member that deserves the Elk of the Month Award.  Thank you for all you do Susan – keep up the great work!

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

Another group of 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 two members 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

These awards will be presented at the regular lodge meeting on January 8th, 2019.

Our Ballard Elks Lodge Member’s Receiving a Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Award From Initiation in the 2018/2019 Grand Exalted Ruler’s Year

  • Mary Lynn Bogdanovich
  • Arni Thomson

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 – For December the Past Exalted Rulers Association would like to recognize a 9 year member that goes above and beyond helping each and every year.

This member puts in countless hours organizing and hanging our lodge Christmas decorations each year.  She consistently helps out our fellow Past Exalted Ruler Johnny Muzevic with our Christmas Basket Program and goes out of her way to help organize, schedule and staff our lodge hoop shoot event held at the Boys and Girls Club.

Over the years Katrina has organized some super successful and fun events like a corn hole tournament and a beer pong tournament.  For those of you lucky enough to have been at them you know how fun they were.  She helps with centerpieces for Veterans Day, helps with our officer installation efforts and helps set up and tear down and has spent countless hours cleaning everything from our catering kitchenette to the social quarters.

Katrina Sigurdson’s consistent efforts year after year 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 Katrina – keep up the great work!

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 second group of 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 second group of 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

These awards were announced at the regular lodge meeting on December 12, 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

  • Mary Lynn Bogdanovich
  • Karen Kosciolek
  • Lori Queen

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!

Elks Opportunity & Duty

We need your help and involvement to continue to build upon the efforts of our past lodge members and officers to take this lodge, it’s growing membership and amazing facility, through the next few years and beyond.

Our nominations for officers begin at the first lodge meeting in February, the second Tuesday, and finalize with nominations and a vote at the second lodge meeting in February, the fourth Tuesday, the 26th.  Each elected position is open for nominations, only those positions with no one nominated for it can be nominated for on the 26th, so be prepared for nominations on February 12th.

Elected Positions:

  • Exalted Ruler
  • Esteemed Leading, Loyal & Lecturing Knight
  • All 5 Trustee Positions
  • Lodge Secretary and Treasurer

So here’s the deal; we as Elks have this amazing infrastructure behind us.  A massive organization that our predecessors created, funded and invested in a way that if we seize the opportunity to utilize its power to do good in our community it’s there for the asking.  What we need are a dedicated group of members that recognize the worth of this organization and can dedicate the time to make the necessary decisions and changes our lodge needs to keep our doors open for our members and their amazing volunteer energy.

We have a duty, as Elks, to build upon the efforts of our predecessors.  Each of us willingly joined this organization that our predecessors put their hearts and souls into.  We joined because what they created, nurtured and promoted was something that appealed to us.  Whether it was a connection to our community and its youth and veterans or that organizational community social connection to our neighbors that being a member offers it’s something we each needed and had fulfilled when we joined the Elks.  We have the efforts of our previous members and officers to thank and repay for this.

The positions of Esteemed Lecturing Knight and 5 Year Trustee are ones open each and every year for a new person, a new voice with all their passions and direction, to get aboard and join our lodges governing board – but know that each and every position is open for nominations as well and often people’s lives can change mid-commitment and a knights position or trustee position will become vacant come February.  So think about these elected positions, talk with a current officer or Past Exalted Ruler about them and how you can help your lodge.

Not interested in being an officer, member of the governing board and caretaker of our lodge facility and finances?  We have opportunities for you at the committee level – membership, drug awareness, youth activity and more.  Find the manuals on our website (ballardelks.org) and read up about the focus of each committee then tell the officers or Past Exalted Ruler that you want to do this – help the committee or take it on as a chair – we need your help to fulfill our duty to our lodge, our past members, our current members and all those amazing people in our community that will be joining our lodge in the years to come.

We have the opportunity to do something great as Elks.  It takes work, it takes time, there are going to be some bumps in the road, but if our members step up and jump on this opportunity and try, just try to do their best, we will have fulfilled our duty as an Elk.  We can’t do it without you.

Learn More about the Officer Opportunities Here

Learn More about the Committee Opportunities Here

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!

2018 Christmas Basket Program

Our 2018 Christmas Baskets for the Needy Program kicks off the day after Thanksgiving. We’ll be collecting donations for the baskets at the Lodge November 23 through December 13th. (See shopping list below. Cash donations are also appreciated to purchase perishable items).

(Photo above of all our volunteers getting ready to head out for delivery in 2017)

IMG_0707***VOLUNTEER OPPS FOR CHRISTMAS BASKET ASSEMBLY & DELIVERY**

DECEMBER 14TH Noonish – SORT DONATIONS

DECEMBER 15TH – 7:30 A.M. – LET THE FUN BEGIN!!

Assemble all baskets first. When they are complete, deliver baskets.

Deliver: drivers needed to deliver the baskets. Drivers need to partner with someone, no one goes solo. We will find you someone day of if you don’t have a partner.

Clean up: starts as soon as all baskets have left the lodge hall.

Those interested & available please come to the lodge on the dates/times listed above. Thank you. Johnny Muzevic/Chairman.

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(All donations welcomed and appreciated!)

  • TOYS and GAMES and TOYS! UNWRAPPED – ages newborn to 18
  • Canned fruit/veggies
  • Peanut & Nut Butters
  • Tea/hot choc
  • Kid type snacks
  • Canned meats
  • Jams/Jelly

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CHRISTMAS BASKETS provide through your generous donations, items to prepare a traditional ham or turkey dinner and toys for 50-70 families.

Collection boxes for non-perishable items will be in place Thanksgiving weekend outside the social quarters. Monetary donations check can be made at any time. Make checks payable to Ballard Elks, and note: Christmas Baskets on the check. Leave checks and cash with the bartender on duty or mail/deliver to the office.

Residual items from this program will be donated to the Ballard Food Bank on December 15th after all baskets have been confirmed delivered. THANK YOU!!!