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Elk of the Month!

Elk of the Month March HeaderAs the 2017/18 Elks year comes to an end I’m discovering again that we are a very lucky lodge.  To have so many great members stepping up and helping out, making one little part of the lodge their pride and joy, is absolutely amazing and unheard of in many lodges around the country.  So this month I’ve watched members jumping up and saying “I’ll help out, what can I do?”  Every time I turn around someone is offering their time to this committee or that.  This particular member’s actions have been noticed by so many members around the lodge that no less than 4 Elks have nominated her for Elk of the month in the past few weeks.  Her Proposer, Todd Marvin, will be proud to know that he brought into our lodge someone with the energy and dedication to our order that other members are noticing – and she has done this in less than three short months since she was initiated in January of this year, 2018.

27982826_10155528654514302_406907510501873833_oMary Lynn Bogdanovich, you have achieved something only one other member of this lodge has achieved this year in such a short time as a member.  Your enthusiasm, energy and can do attitude is being noticed by your fellow members to the point they are taking the time to talk about your efforts and recommend you to others for your service to the lodge.  Your actions are causing other members to make that extra effort they otherwise may not have chosen to make.  You are not only giving yourself pride in our lodge but by your actions are giving other members that same feeling of pride in our organization.

Since joining in January 2018, Mary Lynn has not only come to the lodge meetings she has jumped to help with any event she can.  If my memory is correct she helped set up the tables for her own initiation dinner!  We found her knee-deep in our February kitchen shut down helping our kitchen committee with everything from the least desirable jobs to the sprucing, polishing and organization it needed.  This past month Mary Lynn traveled to visit with her daughter in the mid-west and is taking the time to go to the nearest lodge meeting to her daughter’s house because she would be missing our early March meeting.

This is the love and dedication to our order that not only makes a member stand out and shine as Elk of the Month it motivates other members around her to do more for the lodge.  To make that extra little effort because of the admiration they have for a fellow member’s enthusiasm.  This is the down in the trenches definition of community service through a benevolent organization.  Thank you, Mary Lynn, for joining our great order and stepping up, asking how you can help and following through with some amazing effort.

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, 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 Mary Lynn – keep up the great work and excellent can-do example for our members!

 

Elk of the Month!

Elk of the Month february HeaderThere is absolutely no shortage of members that are being considered as Elk of the Month.  This month has been particularly hard to designate who is the Elk of the month with all the amazing things that are happening around the lodge.  The Kitchen is getting completely stripped out and cleaned, our Grant applications are getting written and awarded, our Budget committee is buckling down and meeting weekly, our Vocational Scholarship group is ready for their applications, our MVS Scholarship group is meeting and developing plans, our Scouting leaders are starting their new year, our Veterans Chair is getting things done – and more.

Traci Williams 2So it’s with great pride that I get to recognize the efforts of one of our members who has not only stepped up to chair a committee at our lodge, a big thing in itself, but is using her enthusiasm and energy to make her position, what her committee can do, bigger and better than it could ever be without her.  Traci Williams you are one in a million and your lodge thanks you for not only stepping up and taking on the role of our Veterans Committee Chair but you’ve used your enthusiasm and connections to share the Elks and the Ballard Elks out there in the community and our State.

Traci has gone above and beyond with her recent work through our veterans committee.  Take a read on our website news (Our Lodge Made a Difference) or the article in the March Newsletter about the donation our lodge helped create for an officer’s family in need.  It is directly because of Traci’s can do attitude our lodge was able to make a difference.

Leading by example and deserving of respect and thanks from myself and our members I am honored to recognize the efforts and involvement of our member, Traci Williams, by designating her as Elk of the Month. Traci- your enthusiastic efforts and your recent committee work are well deserving of our thanks and this award.  Thank you for what you have done for the lodge and what you will continue to do for the lodge and our community.

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, 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 Traci – keep up the great work and excellent can do example for our members!

 

Elk of the Month!

Elk of the month header JanuaryThis member has gone above and beyond for our lodge for longer than many of us can remember.  Often her efforts go unnoticed and without praise but her affection for our community and lodge never waiver.

This member continues to create new events (Paint and Sip), helps whenever the lodge asks and a few years back came up with the Polar Plunge event that today has become a fixture – a pillar event if you will – at the Ballard Elks Lodge.  An event that brings our members to our lodge on the first day of the year reconnects them to Ballard Lodge #827 and rekindles both their desire to have fun at the lodge but also to raise money for charity while they are having that good time! Fun, camaraderie, community and charity – this is why we are here as Elks.

cindy OlsbyLeading by example and deserving of respect and thanks from myself and our members I am honored to recognize the efforts and involvement of our member, Cindy Olsby, by designating her as Elk of the Month. Cindy – your consistent efforts over the years and your recent new event idea and fun well attended Polar Plunge are well deserving of our thanks and this award.  Thank you for what you have done for the lodge and what you continue to do for the lodge and our community.

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, 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 Cindy – keep up the great work and excellent can do example for our members!

Elk of the Month!

Elk of the month header December2/3rds of the way through our Elk year and our members continue to astound me with their enthusiasm to help out around the lodge with whatever they can within their abilities.  December’s Elk of the Month winner is one that has consistently stepped up to deal with problems around the lodge that only a skilled tradesman should deal with and when some projects become more than a volunteer should be taking care of he brings in the right professionals to get the work done at a discounted price for the lodge.

This member continues to help with the plethora of needs around the lodge and is helping a group work towards new fixtures that will ultimately save the lodge money on our utility bills that we can then re-direct towards charity or other dire need projects around our vast facility.

Joe GiseburtLeading by example and deserving of respect and thanks from myself and our members I am honored to recognize the efforts and involvement of our member, Joe Giseburt, by designating him as Elk of the Month.  Joe – your efforts do not go unnoticed even though they often are happening out of sight and the results of your work go unnoticed because things are working as they should be.

Thank you for using your talents and trades experience for the betterment of the lodge we all care about.  Your efforts are inspiring to those around you and instill the ownership and pride in our lodge each and every member wants to have.

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, 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 Joe – keep up the great work and excellent can do example for our members!

 

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!

 

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!

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