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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!

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