Flag at Half-Staff

We have received notification of the following from our Grand Lodge Secretary via our District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler and our flag has been place at half-staff:

Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Sutherland Springs, Texas Shooting

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

We are deeply saddened by the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, which took the lives of more than 25 innocent victims while they were attending church. As we mourn the victims of this Flag half staffunprovoked act of violence, we pray for healing and comfort for all the family members and loved ones who are grieving.

As a mark of respect for the victims of this senseless act of violence perpetrated on November 5, 2017, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, November 9, 2017. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

DONALD J. TRUMP

Fraternally yours,

Bryan R. Klatt

Grand Secretary

 

 

Elk of the Month!

Elk of the month header OctoberOctober finds me with a plethora of members that could be nominated for the Ballard Elks Lodge Elk of the Month.  The sheer volume of events and maintenance issues happening around our lodge has truly brought out the membership and the work and help has been commendable.  But – one member has truly stood out and gone above and beyond to help our lodge and I’m excited to have the October Elk of the Month be a member who immediately recognized we needed help, that he had the experience and time to help and jumped right in to help the lodge succeed

This long time member recognized the lodge needed a cook to continue providing our members food in our social quarters, something that helps the lodge meet its bottom line but also something that is a huge benefit to each and every member – a place to visit with friends and fellow members in a safe and comfortable environment with good food and drink to pass the time.  Then, thiIMG_20171025_160634s member went above and beyond just helping fill a vacant cooks position and providing great eats but is also taking the time to help train new cooks and make sure the high standards he has created transfer on to our new employees – all as a volunteer.

Has the food been amazing recently?  I know your answer is yes.  You have Larry Gislason to thank for that.   Yes, Larry is our Past Exalted Ruler Grims Gislason’s brother.  I am honored and thankful to recognize the efforts by Larry Gislason for his loyal and meritorious services in the furtherance of the aims of our order.  Larry has raised the bar for volunteering at the lodge while at the same time raising the bar on the quality of food served in the lounge!

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. 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 an 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 (ballardelks.org), fill it out as best you can and get it to our Exalted Ruler before the 19th of each month – exaltedruler@ballardelks.org

Congratulations  and thank you Larry – keep up the great work!

 

Attention!

Attention-Grabbing-Headlines-clickOBPlease know that the Ballard Elks Lodge will only be available to Saints & Sinners Costume Ball ticketed members and guests Saturday evening October 28th.  The Halloween event sold out on tickets and due to capacity issues we will need to limit access to ticketed individuals only.  We apologize for the inconvenience but please know that the event will raise a few thousand dollars for our Elks charities – it’s for a good cause.

An alternative for an Elks experience for anyone not holding a ticket – take the opportunity to visit the Shoreline Lodge #1800 or the Seattle Lodge #92.

The Shoreline Lodge has a very open and modern social quarters, are open from 3pm on and will be open into the evening – you can even bring your underage family members along as they have the proper separation needed for minors!  They are located east of I-5 just North of 145th on 15th NE.  https://www.elks.org/lodges/home.cfm?LodgeNumber=1800

The Seattle 92 Lodge has recently moved into the old Ponti’s restaurant located just West of the Freemont  Bridge on the south side of the ship canal.  They will be having an initiation on Saturday and would welcome an audience of fellow elks members who then will want to stick around for an evening of fellowship.  https://www.elks.org/lodges/home.cfm?LodgeNumber=92

 

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!

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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

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Ballard Elks Jacket Raffle!

Win This Amazing Jacket!

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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!

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Membership News

  • Membership as of April 1, 2017: 1466
  • Membership gain since April 1, 2017: 190
  • Delinquent members: 197
  • Delinquent member percentage: 13.7% (third highest in the North District)
  • Membership gain/loss as of October 1, 2017: -7

Please take the time to look at the membership numbers above.  Even though we are bringing in a lot of members and it seems like we are doing great on the surface we have not yet brought in more members than are currently delinquent.  These delinquent members will be dropped at the end of this Elks year.  If the end of the year was today we would be at negative seven members (-7).

Our membership Chair Tasha McMullin has had help from Christopher Webster and Marty Paulson along with a few other members.  They have done tireless work to get our delinquency rate to the point that it is, lower than it’s ever been at this time of the year.  Both Tasha and Christopher are also busy running two other very important committees – the House Committee and the Building Committee. Marty is also busy, and doing an amazing job, with the Elks National Foundation Grants.  We need to step up and take the time to help out the Membership Committee, by not only continuing to bring in new members to help offset our rather high delinquency rate (there are only two lodges in our district higher than us) we need to step up and help our membership committee retain members.  Maybe our delinquency rate being high is a product of our growth, but no matter, it’s where we are at and we need to overcome it to do our part for the organization we all are obligated to.  Could be that we don’t do a good job of engaging the newly recruited or the long time members or everyone in between – we can change that with more volunteers helping out.

Are you interested in forming a new sub-committee to our lodge membership committee that will be focused on membership engagement?  Reaching out to all our membership and attempting to make sure that their expectations about our lodge and what it offers them meets the reality in front of them?  If successful this committee could keep many members from ending up on the delinquent member list all together and could have the side effect of creating more fun around our lodge, the kind of fun that brings in our membership and in turn has them bring in their family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to join our order.  Contact your Exalted Ruler to volunteer – exaltedruler@ballardelks.org

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Monday SUP Races Support Scholarships!

Thanks to the efforts of the Ballard Elks Paddle Club, the race organizer Salmon Bay Paddle and sponsors like Kavu the Monday Night Stand Up Paddle races were able to donate $1250 to the Ballard Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship committee AND $1250 to the all new Ballard Elks Vocational Scholarship Committee AND $190 to the Ballard Elks building fund! Well done everyone that participated on the Monday Night SUP races!

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Pictured here is Rob Casey center handing out $1250 to the Ballard Elks MVS Scholarship Committee of Kelly Kelly McCormick Jones, Cindy Peterson, Ethan & Tricia Nielsen AND handing out $1250 to the Ballard Elks Vocational Scholarship Committee member Mindy Norris.

 

Elk of the Month, September – Michael Hagen

IMG_20170926_171327September brings me 3 members nominated for the Ballard Elks Lodge Elk of the Month and with the tireless work and debates of the Elk of the Month Committee we came to the very difficult decision of picking one of the three very qualified nominees– no easy task!  But I’m excited to have Septembers Elk of the Month be a member who immediately after joining jumped right in and said “How can I help?”

This member joined after attending the Wine Club night and he has become quite a fixture around the Lodge. He has spent the time getting to know people and has a wonderful, friendly, positive attitude.  He has looked for every opportunity to help out around the Lodge. If he hears of an event coming up he says “Do you need help? I have my food handler’s permit. What time should I be here?”  He has signed on to help prep and cook steak dinner for the new initiates each month, coming in at 4pm to get things started. He has also stepped up and taken over the grill for Burgers for Bingo night. As a brand new member, he came in to volunteer for our Volunteer Appreciation Party helping Louis set up, serve the dinner, and stayed to help clean up. He has volunteered to help cook when the lodge cook needs a night off and has recently volunteered to help shuck oysters for the Share’n is Care’n event AND volunteered to be a duty officer for our hall rental events!

I am honored to recognize the efforts by Michael Hagen for his loyal and meritorious services in the furtherance of the aims of our order.  Michael is motivated and involved and took that “volunteer just 5 hours” to a whole new level.

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. 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 & 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 2018/19 Officer Installation Dinner. You can find the nomination form on our website (ballardelks.org), fill it out as best you can and get it to our Exalted Ruler before the 19th of each month – exaltedruler@ballardelks.org

Congratulations Michael – keep up the great work!