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 – exaltedruler@ballardelks.org

Help us support the Second Chances Scholarship at the WA State Elks Summer Convention

Goody Bags

Each year, every WA Elks Lodge is sent 4 goody bags to fill, which are then sold for $5 a piece at the Dorothy Yothers 2nd Chances Scholarship table at the summer convention. If every lodge brings their 4, that’s $760 which goes towards the scholarship fund. It’s a fun and easy fundraiser. Some of the lodges fill more than those four!

We are looking for people to help fill the bags with goodies, either through donating items or taking one and filling it yourself. Snack bars, individually wrapped candies, small bags of chips, lodge pins are all examples of what we have included in the past.

If you just want to bring a box of snack bars, or a bag of candy, or… whatever you think would make a nice addition to the bags, to the Lodge, you can put it in the blue bin by the display case and we will get the bags filled! If you want to put together your own goody bag, feel free to do so! Just leave it in the bin and we’ll be sure it makes it to the convention.

We must have the bags filled by June 14th, in order to get them to the convention.

Auction Donations

This year, they are also looking for donations for an auction. The organizer has acquired several pieces of costume jewelry for the auction, and plans on bringing a basket of goods, as well. She has suggested donations of wine or gourmet food to help us put together another basket for the auction. Or… if you have any items you would like to donate to the auction, they would be much appreciated.

Donations needed by June 14th, in order to get them to the convention.

About the Dorothy Yothers 2nd Chances Scholarship:

Open to any female over 25 years of age who plans to pursue an eligible Vocational/Technical course in the state of Washington , above and supplemental to high school or preparatory school level. All applicants must be citizens of the United States of America on the date the application is filed. This application must be filed with The Washington State Elks Association. This scholarship is not intended for women seeking Bachelors Degrees or post graduate degrees.

Application Form

 

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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!

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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

Help

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 – volunteer@ballardelks.org

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 – volunteer@ballardelks.org

Cub Scouts Open House hosted by Boy Scout Troop #827

Poster_OpenHouseMay2017Your opportunity to become a SCOUTING FAMILY!

SOME BOYS AVOID OBSTACLES, SCOUTS OVERCOME THEM
The life lessons learned in Scouting form a foundation to embrace opportunity and overcome obstacles in life.
• A fun and safe environment to learn and grow while developing interests and skills
• Character building and development centered around good morals and values
• The chance to learn life skills that help Scouts be successful adults and contributing members of society
• Exciting outdoor experiences boys love like hiking, camping, mountain biking, and more.

Cub Scouting is for boys in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years of age. Boy Scouting is for boys who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade.

MONDAY MAY 8TH – 7PM –AGENDA:
1. Preopening
2. OPENING
3. Activity Time
4. Joining Process
5. Closing

FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS:
Learn about the Scout Program at the Ballard Elks and your opportunity to participate and sign up your boys up for the program.

FOR BOYS:
See and learn about Scouting in Action. Our Boy Scout troop will give you all a taste of the scouting program in action.
• Play an Activity Game
• Flag Ceremony
• Build a Fire
• Cook a simple meal
• Set up a Tent in a Camp site

FOR ELK MEMBERS:
This is your chance to put your Elk Membership to work for the community and the lodge. No previous scouting experience necessary, all we ask is for a little bit of your time and enthusiasm and you can have a positive benefit to the Scout program and the community. Scouts do everything from basic Scout skill work, you know like camping, hiking, fire building, first aid, boating, fishing, orienteering, tying knots, sailing, engineering, science, rocket building, pinewood derby, camping, hiking, citizenship, citizenship activities, cooking, birding, animal ID, computer skills, robotics, and on and on.

Come on down and help us out. Express your interest by contacting Scott Radford by emailing swradford09@gmail.com or calling 206-383-0828. We’ll find some way in which you can contribute. There are many single-instance volunteer opportunities such as teaching a 1 hr skill such as cooking, environmental science, host scouts to your boat or business and show them what you do. Help run the pinewood derby, or bring snacks to a meeting. You will be guiding tomorrow’s Elks Members today!!Your opportunity to become a SCOUTING FAMILY!

SOME BOYS AVOID OBSTACLES, SCOUTS OVERCOME THEM
The life lessons learned in Scouting form a foundation to embrace opportunity and overcome obstacles in life.
• A fun and safe environment to learn and grow while developing interests and skills
• Character building and development centered around good morals and values
• The chance to learn life skills that help Scouts be successful adults and contributing members of society
• Exciting outdoor experiences boys love like hiking, camping, mountain biking, and more.

Cub Scouting is for boys in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years of age. Boy Scouting is for boys who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade.

MONDAY MAY 8TH – 7PM –AGENDA:
1. Preopening
2. OPENING
3. Activity Time
4. Joining Process
5. Closing

FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS:
Learn about the Scout Program at the Ballard Elks and your opportunity to participate and sign up your boys up for the program.

FOR BOYS:
See and learn about Scouting in Action. Our Boy Scout troop will give you all a taste of the scouting program in action.
• Play an Activity Game
• Flag Ceremony
• Build a Fire
• Cook a simple meal
• Set up a Tent in a Camp site

FOR ELK MEMBERS:
This is your chance to put your Elk Membership to work for the community and the lodge. No previous scouting experience necessary, all we ask is for a little bit of your time and enthusiasm and you can have a positive benefit to the Scout program and the community. Scouts do everything from basic Scout skill work, you know like camping, hiking, fire building, first aid, boating, fishing, orienteering, tying knots, sailing, engineering, science, rocket building, pinewood derby, camping, hiking, citizenship, citizenship activities, cooking, birding, animal ID, computer skills, robotics, and on and on.

Come on down and help us out. Express your interest by contacting Scott Radford by emailing swradford09@gmail.com or calling 206-383-0828. We’ll find some way in which you can contribute. There are many single-instance volunteer opportunities such as teaching a 1 hr skill such as cooking, environmental science, host scouts to your boat or business and show them what you do. Help run the pinewood derby, or bring snacks to a meeting. You will be guiding tomorrow’s Elks Members today!!

2017 Ballard Elks Vehicle Decals

Beginning in April, all Ballard Elks Members will be mailed a Ballard Elks Lodge vehicle decal. Show your support of our growing lodge by displaying the decal in your back window.  This will also help us be able to keep track of who is parking in our lot – especially during the summer months.

We’re working with a great company called CarStickers.com out of Oregon who were kind enough to provide us with a nonprofit discount.  carstickers-logo

Top Proposer!

Read All About It!

The new proposer numbers are in!

287 upright and outstanding citizens have been initiated, reinstated or affiliated into the Ballard Elks Lodge #827 this Elks Year (so far that is…still 2 initiations to go). These Two Hundred and Eighty Seven new members were proposed by 153 different people in our lodge.  All things being equal that’s almost 2 members per proposer, but we all know that’s not how the cookie normally crumbles.  There is always that go getter, that overachiever we are amazed by that does the extra work to make us all look good – right?

Well who is that person at the Ballard Elks Lodge?

Topping the list is none other than one of our most enthusiastic and active Ballard Elks Lodge Past Exalted Rulers and the current Washington State Elks Association Membership Chair – Grims Gislason!  Congratulations Grims – keep up the outstanding work with membership!

Rank First Name Last Name Total
1 Grims B Gislason 21
2 Karl Johan Uri 12
3 Benjamin Braden 8
3 Rob Casey 8
5 Erik Howes 7
5 Cindy Olsby 7
5 Catherine Rundell 7
8 Jake Hall 5
8 Joseph Tiffany 5
10 Camden Hardy 4
10 Darrell Kirk 4
10 Alexander V Vaughan 4

Read the particulars about what these numbers represent and view the entire proposer list to see where you’re at by going to our Top Recruiter page here.

Special Initiation!

The Ballard Elks Lodge #827

Special Initiation December 11, 2016

The Ballard Elks Lodge, along with the Washington State Elks Association State Presidebimlindseynt Bim Lindsey, invite you to join us Sunday December 11th, 2016 at 11am for brunch and special initiation of new members to the Ballard Elks Lodge #827 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the United States of America.  Our State President, Bim Lindsey, will be joining us in welcoming into the fold our special group of December initiates.

  • Sunday December 11th, 2016
  • Brunch served 10am until 2pm – Members and Guests Welcome
  • Initiation begins at 11am **Members only during initiation
  • Seahawks will be on in the lounge at 1:30pm – Members and Guests Welcome

Traditionally the Ballard Elks Lodge does not do initiations in the month of December.  But in deference to the requests from qualified candidates that have been unable to attend a 4th Tuesday initiation along with encouragement from our Grand Lodge to conduct special initiations our Officers have organized a Sunday Brunch initiation to accommodate these candidates and fulfill the wishes of our Grand Lodge.

cropped-elks-final-web-transperant.pngFor any questions on the Special Initiation please contact admin@ballardelks.org

Christmas food basket

Christmas Baskets for Needy Families

 

12311085_1300690466623455_4788661326415621035_nMany of us will sit down this holiday season with family and friends to give thanks for all that we have been given.  Others are not so fortunate. Not knowing how you will feed yourself or your family can be heartbreaking.

Every year the Ballard Elks 827 Lodge puts together Christmas baskets containing a Turkey or Ham, sides and a toy for each child.  If you would like to help with a food, charitable contribution, or even helping us putting these together and delivering them; here are the details:

Donations will be accepted up to December 16th, extra food items will be donated to Ballard Food Bank.  We will sort the donated and purchased food items throughout the afternoon to be ready to put baskets together starting 7:30am December 17th.

After the baskets are boxed, the families receiving the baskets will be assigned to drivers for delivery (maybe as early as 10-10:30am).

If you want to help assemble the baskets please show up at the lodge at 7:30am on December 17th.

We will be making deliveries (2 people per delivery car) after 10:00am

We usually provide 50 (or more) Christmas Baskets for needy families in our communities

Food Wish List

Cranberry Sauce , Marshmallows, Evaporated milk, Candy Canes, Canned Pumpkin,  Jell-O, Canned pineapple, Popcorn, Canned yams, French Fried onions, Stuffing mix, corn muffin mix,  Gravy packets for ham & poultry,  Canned vegetables, cream of mushroom soup

Cat/dog food (smaller bags if dry), Cat litter, Cat/dog toys,
Unwrapped toys for boys & girls
Hygiene items always appreciated
Ballard Elks provides, through your generous monetary donations, fresh items including: turkeys/hams/apples/oranges/celery/carrots/onions/potatoes/pie crusts/biscuits/butter etc. Residual items from this program will be donated to the Ballard Food Bank on December 19th.

Monetary donations in the form of cash or checks can be made at any time. Make checks payable to Ballard Elks, and note: Christmas Baskets on the check. Leave with the bartender on duty or mail to the office.

Questions / RSVP to Volunteer:

Johnny Muzevic: jmuzballardelks@hotmail.com / (206) 582-9688