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.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Wondering how to get involved at the lodge? Read on to learn of upcoming opportunities for meeting other Elks and giving back to the community. Check out the Elks Facebook page for event details and contact us at, to let us know you want to help out.

Third Annual Frock Swap – Women’s Clothing exchange benefiting Mary’s Place
(Volunteer shifts available starting 9/5 – 10-15)

The Frock Swap event chairs are expanding their planning and event-day teams to match the event’s growing success. We have one-time shifts, multiple shifts, and team leader opportunities. Training is provided and leadership is encouraged. Come join the fun. The event takes place on October 15th. There is a lot to do to prep for this event, and a lot to do day-of event.

Virgin Frockers – you have a fresh perspective and enthusiasm
Player Frockers – you’ve done this before – your Frock Swap experience is indispensable
Mother Frockers – head up Marketing/Communications, Merchandising, Volunteer Coordinating, Collections, Registration, Event Set-Up, Raffle/Silent Auction, and Post-Event Donation Distribution.

Just want to pitch in when you can?

Clothes sorting begins the September 5 and we’ll need volunteers for weeknight sorting shifts straight up until the event day.

Day-of event (October 15) – we need volunteers to help us work the door, sell raffle tickets, bar tend and keep the clothing organized as people shop.

9/4 – Ballard Elks Car Show
Beer garden, burgers, dogs and CARS. This is one of the only car shows in the area that happens ON Labor Day! Contact Mae Moldenhauer at 206-284-7384 or email to volunteer.

(6-10) people 6am – 8am: Set-up BBQ, beer garden, tables, chairs, tents, kegs
(2) people 10am – 2pm: Cooks burgers and dogs
(2) people 8am – 2:30pm: Distribute/collect ballots for People’s Choice Award
(6-10) people 2:30pm – until done: Break it down

9/5 – Burgers and Bingo
This is a big, monthly event for the Ballard Elks. Well-attended, always fun and very successful. Each month we cook and serve at least 100 burgers w/fries and have about 150 people attend to play bingo. Sign up to help each month, or just one time! Email to volunteer.

(5) – Kitchen help – frying fries, assembling burgers and fries, serving (5:30-7pm)
(2) – Kitchen Clean-up – dishes, kitchen cleaning (7-pm – 8:30)
(2) – Sell raffle, snacks and special game general front of house help. (5:45 – 8:30pm)
(2) – Event clean-up – wipe down tables and Lodge Hall clean-up (9-9:30pm)

9/10 – Annual Crab Feed
The Ballard Elks Crab Feed is back! We need volunteers for 11:00am – 5:00pm shifts.
(4) Set-up – Put tables out and other general set-up needs
(4) Servers – Help serve food and general needs during event
(4) Clean-up – Dishes, wipe tables, sweep, mop and get the room spic and span for Dancing with Lauren which happens after Crab Feed

9/24 Shuck Shack Beach Party – Oyster Whisperers Wanted
Join us to make the 1st annual oyster party a shuckin’ success. We need volunteers for 2:30 – 5:00pm shifts.
(4) Shuckers – Let us know if you need an oyster knife and gloves
(4) Rovers – Refill dishes and flatware; help with wrap-up
(2) Ice Runners – Run ice; help with wrap-up

AC/DC Cover Band Concert – For Those About to Rock…do it for the kids
We’re looking for volunteers to help with a Childrens therapy fundraising effort. We will be selling raffle tickets at concerts featuring local AC/DC cover band Problem Child. A local corporate sponsor will match funds raised! Promote and work with the band to raise awareness for the Elks and raise money for our kids. For more information contact Grims Gislason at


Greenwood Seafair Parade 2017!

Wednesday July 27th was the annual Greenwood Seafair Parade celebrating 67 years parading through Greenwood from 95th and Greenwood down to 85th where the procession takes a right turn and continues on west to 6th for the end of the event.


Seven loud and proud members of our lodge, led by John Carreiro, paraded through Greenwood in support of our young and growing lodge.  Now Parading, the verb, is defined as walk or march in public in a formal procession or in an ostentatious or attention-seeking way, and parade we 7 did.  Continue reading

Elks of the Month, July

Elk of the Month, July 2017 – Natalie Deleon

Another month and another nomination for Elk of the Month!  Opening the nomination email from our online nomination form I was thankful to see it was for a member that is going above and beyond for her lodge and is doing it mostly behind the scene, unbeknownst to most of the members of our lodge.

This member came to me about a year ago when I was acting as Chairman of the Governing Board and said – “I can do that.”  I did my best to dissuade her as what she was asking to do is a lousy stressful volunteer position.  She looked me in the eye and said Continue reading

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).


Back to School Drive for Mary’s Place

Mary'sPlace_BTSMary’s Place is getting hundreds of kids ready to go back to school this fall! BALLARD ELKS #827 is on a mission to support them by collecting and filling 20 backpacks. Please help us reach this goal by dropping off items from their wish list at the Lodge in the bin marked “Mary’s Place Back to School Extravaganza” outside of the bar before August 15th.

Their wishlist includes:
-Sneakers and socks ages 5-18
-Jeans and T-shirts ages 5-18
-12″ rulers
-Black or Blue pens
-#2 Pencils
-Yellow Highlighters
-Pink Pearl Erasers
-Colored Pencils
-Elmer’s School Glue
-1″ three ring binders
-3×5 white, ruled index cards
-Spiral notebooks
-Basic calculators
-Gift cards for school supplies and clothing

For more wish list items, visit

If you don’t have time to shop, we’ll be accepting cash donations, too!

Questions or want to help?


Troop 40827 update

Your Ballard Elks Girl Scout troop has been very busy! In May the Scouts did a beach and parking lot clean up, they also voted to donate 20% of their Cookie Sale proceeds to 2 charities –  The Ballard Food bank and an animal charity. The rest of the cookie money goes to cover the cost of bridging (when they “graduate” to the next level based on their school age) and an end of year BBQ celebration in Golden Gardens which will be in late July. They also had a go fishing fundraiser at the Ballard Seafood Fest.

Pasta dinner1As for our Annual Pasta fundraiser held in May we will use the proceeds to cover camping costs in August, badges and pottery outing as well as monthly supplies needed. The Scouts will be donating 10% back to the lodge as a thank you for the generous room donated to us for our dinner for a total of $516.00 donated back to the lodge. Thank you to everyone who supported and attended this event!

pasta dinner 4The Troop is now divided into sub groups; Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadets. Each sub troop has a leader or co-leaders that are responsible for developing and implementing the curriculum for the Scouts. For example, the Daisies are working on their Daisy Leaves: Count It Up, Money Counts, and Making Choices, the Brownies recently earned their Money Manager Badge and will be choosing and attending a performance at Seattle Children’s Theater and the Juniors have been focusing on gearing up and planning for the August camping trip. Our Cadet is working on a self-selected journey (media). We are now at 36 Scouts total. We will have some adjustments/openings after the bridging ceremony.

Girl Scouts Fish throwIf you would like to join, volunteer, donate or just reach out – email us at


Elk of the Month: June 2017 – Dee Ann Evans

I was thrilled when I discovered that I had a nomination for our June Elk of the Month award – I didn’t need to nominate someone myself! Opening the nomination email from our online form I was even more thrilled to discover that it was for a member with that “Ya Sure, Ya Betcha” attitude I wrote about in the June Antlers Newsletter.

Dee Ann is not only attending every single event that happens at the lodge, she simply looks
around and starts doing something. If Dee Ann happens to be asked to do something we never hear “No”. In fact, I regularly find her as I’m doing a sweep through the hall and kitchen
after an event happily scrubbing the dishes in the kitchen — all by herself!
I am honored to recognize the efforts by Dee Ann Evans for her loyal and meritorious services in the furtherance of the aims of our order. Dee Ann not only attends events, she says yes to
anyone asking for help, looks for people to ask if she can help and even continues to look at the people around her and bring them into the lodge to become members – Dee Ann is leading by example and myself and our lodge thanks her.

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. I know that these members didn’t step up and volunteer to be rewarded for their efforts but never the less we will 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.

Award recipients not only get this article in the Antlers, 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 2018/19 Officer Installation Dinner.

You can find the nomination form on our website (, fill it out as best you can and get it to our Exalted Ruler before the 19th of each month –
Congratulations Dee Ann – keep up the great work!

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 –

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