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Elk of the Month!

The new year us upon us and it’s time for our first Elk of the Month for 2020.  January’s Elk of the Month joined our lodge in October of 2018 and almost immediately said “I want to help out,” and began running food orders for our social quarters.  She is in attendance at many of our events and helped represent our lodge at the annual Syttende Mai and Greenwood Parades, huge community awareness events about our lodge.  When asked to help with our Membership Social this past year she quickly replied yes.

This member learned about the Membership Committee and all the amazing things this committee does for our lodge, then she asked if she could join it.  Almost everything at our lodge functions on the backs of Volunteers and when we have a member seek out a position, ask to join a committee, it makes things exponentially easier for our officers while making our lodge better for all our members.  How did she find out about the Committee and it’s needs you ask?  She has attended every lodge meeting since she joined our Ballard Elks in October of 2018.  She’s taken the time to learn and support her lodge – because that’s what Elks do.

She is now taking on the role of Volunteer Coordinator for our lodge.  Making the effort to connect our members that want to volunteer with the people that need those volunteers.  As someone that has taken the time to learn our lodge and our system to the level she has we expect her to empower more new volunteers to step up and help out with her direction as Volunteer Coordinator.

Cindy Lund – Thank you!  You’ve gone above and beyond to help our lodge with your volunteer efforts.  To learn as much as you have about our lodge and do so much for our lodge in such a short time is commendable and exemplifies perfectly that Elks Do.

Well done and thank you from the Past Exalted Ruler Association and your fellow Elks at the Ballard Elks lodge 827.  It’s these types of actions that leave a lasting impression and prove a good deed honestly and properly preformed lasts forever.  It truly does.

Monthly Elk of the Month Award recipients not only get this article in the Antlers Newsletter & 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 Officer Installation Dinner each year. You can find the nomination form on our website (ballardelks.org), fill it out as best you can and get it to our Past Exalted Ruler Association before the 19th of each month – 827per@ballardelks.org

Elk of the Month!

The holiday season, that time for friends, family, and community and around our lodge it’s time for our annual Christmas Basket program began back in 1965 by our departed member PER Bill Chandler.  What began with passing the hat around to help a fellow Elk recently injured and in need, built into an amazing program helping build community in our neighborhoods and grounding our belief in helping our fellow man.

This past month a longtime member of 44 years stepped up and went above and beyond to help build the community we all value in our membership.  Interestingly, proposed by the same member that proposed Past Exalted Ruler Bill Chandler, this member built with his hands 60 gifts to be given out to our community with our Christmas baskets.  Energy and care put into 60 handmade connections to family, friends and brotherly love.

Peter Monsaas Jr. – Thank you!  You’ve gone above and beyond to help our lodge build community by making those amazing Ballard Elks emblazoned cribbage boards to be given away with our lodge Christmas baskets.  Your efforts are astounding in a day and age of online connections and quickly delivered gifts.  To do the work you did for such a noble cause exemplifies the values of Past Exalted Ruler Chandlers efforts and rekindles the value in personal effort for a great cause.  “The Christmas spirit around the holidays,” said PER Chandler, “generosity and helping others, is the best there is.”

Well done and thank you from the Past Exalted Ruler Association and your fellow Elks at the Ballard Elks lodge 827.  It’s these types of actions that leave a lasting impression and prove a good deed honestly and properly preformed lasts forever.

Monthly Elk of the Month Award recipients not only get this article in the Antlers Newsletter & 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 Officer Installation Dinner each year. You can find the nomination form on our website (ballardelks.org), fill it out as best you can and get it to our Past Exalted Ruler Association before the 19th of each month – 827per@ballardelks.org

Elk of the Month!

The short days are upon us and with our early darkness comes some amazingly fun night time gatherings and events, one of which was recently organized and motivated by a particular member that our lodge Past Exalted Ruler Association and our Ballard Elks members would like to recognize.  He is an Elk that is time and again organizing something fun for our members that raises some serious dough for our lodge charities.

This member, initiated in April of 2002, is someone that exemplifies the can do attitude we all aspire to.  He quickly became involved with our lodge after initiation and joined our officer corps, eventually serving as our Exalted Ruler and being elected by our membership to Honorary Life Membership status in 2012 for his achievements and dedication to our lodge and order.  Now years later he continues to stay involved with our lodge and consistently puts on wonderful events throughout the year that give our members volunteer opportunities, fun times with great food and tops it all off with amazing amounts of donations for our charities.

He has proved pivotal to the success of events like our Salmon Dinner and Anti-Bullying plays and was recently seen spending countless hours preparing things for our annual Saints and Sinners Ball with all the other amazing event volunteers.  Not only did this event create fun for hundreds of members it brought in over $9,500.00 for lodge charities.  Supporting our Building Fund, Children’s Hospital, WSEA Therapy Program, Elks National Foundation, Christmas Baskets, Lodge Thanksgiving Dinner, Family Friday Night’s, Boy & Girl Scouts, MVS Scholarships, Youth Activities & our PER Association.  AMAZING!

Grims Gislason – Thank you!  You’ve gone above and beyond to help our lodge succeed for years and years.  Your support of Elkdom through proposing members, being active and motivational around our lodge and even your time in a state committee chair position sets the example of what it means to dedicate your time and energy to help build the social capital in our lodge and Elkdom we all benefit from.  Your efforts are helping build the fun and friendship in Ballard and is encouraging those around you, both new and long time members, to recognize what great opportunities we have and how they can do more for our lodge and our community.  Well done and thank you from the Past Exalted Ruler Association and your fellow Elks at the Ballard Elks lodge 827.  It’s these types of actions that leave a lasting impression and prove a good deed honestly and properly performed lasts forever.

Monthly Elk of the Month Award recipients not only get this article in the Antlers Newsletter & 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 Officer Installation Dinner each year. You can find the nomination form on our website (ballardelks.org), fill it out as best you can and get it to our Past Exalted Ruler Association before the 19th of each month – 827per@ballardelks.org

Elk of the Month!

Fall is definitely upon us and as the crockpots come out of the cabinets the Past Exalted Ruler Association and our Ballard Elks Lodge would like to recognize an Elk that is grabbing the helmet by the horns and is resetting the bar of what a new member of our lodge can accomplish in their first year as an Elk.

This member of the Ballard Elks Lodge, initiated in September of 2018 (yep, just over a year ago), is someone that exemplifies the can do attitude we all aspire to.  She quickly became involved with our lodge membership committee after initiation and by April of 2019 became co-chair of this extremely important lodge committee.  She has proved pivotal to the success of events like our membership appreciation party in August and was recently seen spending countless hours preparing things for our 5th annual Frock Swap with all the other frocking volunteers.  She is a member of the Ballard Emblem Club #216 and has recently served as an officer and their president.

Shana Jackson – Thank you!  You’ve gone above and beyond to help our lodge succeed, to support Elkdom and to set the example of what it means to jump in feet first and quickly become connected to Elkdom and our community.  Your efforts are helping build the fun and friendship in Ballard and is encouraging those around you, both new and long time members, to recognize what great opportunities we have and how they can do more for our lodge and our community.  Well done and thank you from the Past Exalted Ruler Association and your fellow Elks at the Ballard Elks lodge 827.  It’s these types of actions that leave a lasting impression.

Monthly Elk of the Month Award recipients not only get this article in the Antlers Newsletter & 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 Officer Installation Dinner each year. You can find the nomination form on our website (ballardelks.org), fill it out as best you can and get it to our Past Exalted Ruler Association before the 19th of each month – 827per@ballardelks.org

Elk of the Month

What an amazingly busy and fun time we’ve had around the lodge this summer!  As we come into our even busier fall months the Past Exalted Ruler Association and our Ballard Elks Lodge would like to recognize an Elk that time and time again has stepped up to run not only some fun lodge events but does the behind the scenes things that makes us all thankful and proud to call him an Elk.  You’ve seen him welcoming people to the lodge and consistently organizing volunteers to do good for our community

This member of the Ballard Elks Lodge, initiated in February of 1991 was recognized by the lodge with Honorary Life Member status in 2005.  He has served as a lodge officer multiple times, acting as our Exalted Ruler in 2004 and a lodge trustee after that.  He has ran and organized our Christmas Basket program for easily 12 years and this past month put on one of the most well attended Ballard Elks Car Shows any of us can remember.  Raising thousands for our lodge and charity while at the same time hosting an event that every age group in our lodge could come and enjoy.  With literally hundreds of spectators wandering through our parking lot during the event we exposed our lodge, the great things we do and incredible fun we had to many in our community

Johnny Muzevic – Thank you!  You’ve gone above and beyond to help our lodge succeed, to support Elkdom and to set the example of what it means to be connected to Elkdom and our community.  Your efforts are helping build the fun and friendship in Ballard and is encouraging those around you to recognize what great things we have and look into how they can do more for our fellow lodge members and our community.  Well done and thank you from the Past Exalted Ruler Association and your fellow Elks at the Ballard Elks lodge 827.  It’s these types of actions that leave a lasting impression.

Monthly Elk of the Month Award recipients not only get this article in the Antlers Newsletter & 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 Officer Installation Dinner each year. You can find the nomination form on our website (ballardelks.org), fill it out as best you can and get it to our Past Exalted Ruler Association before the 19th of each month – 827per@ballardelks.org

Elk of the Month

This month the Past Exalted Ruler Association and our Ballard Elks Lodge would like to recognize an Elk that has gone above and beyond helping our lodge this year, an Elk from another lodge that’s making the connection through Elkdom to help us succeed.  You’ve seen her jumping in to help out at our lodge meetings and special initiations, filling vacancies and reciting the needed words and rituals from memory.

She is a Past Exalted Ruler from the Lake City Lodge #1800, a member of the Ballard Lodge Past Exalted Ruler Association and a member of the Lynwood Lodge 2171.  She has freely offered to help with events like our 2019 crab feed and jumps at the opportunity, each and every year to help install the officers of our lodge.  Recently she dropped her evening plans and quickly drove to our lodge to fill a last minute ritual position vacancy at our August special initiation and help make that event a huge success for our newly initiated members and for our Washington State Elks Association President, Greg Heimgartner, who was invited and in attendance for our special initiation night.

Kay McAndie – Thank you!  You’ve gone above and beyond to help our lodge succeed, to support Elkdom and to set the example of what it means to be connected to Elkdom and our fellow lodges.  Your efforts are helping build the fun and friendship in Ballard and is encouraging those around you to recognize what great things we have and look into how they can do more for our fellow lodges and state association.  Well done and thank you from the Past Exalted Ruler Association and your fellow Elks at the Ballard Elks lodge 827.  It’s these types of actions that leave a lasting impression.

Monthly Elk of the Month Award recipients not only get this article in the Antlers Newsletter & 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 Officer Installation Dinner each year. You can find the nomination form on our website (ballardelks.org), fill it out as best you can and get it to our Past Exalted Ruler Association before the 19th of each month – 827per@ballardelks.org

Elk of the Month!

This month the Past Exalted Ruler Association and our Ballard Elks Lodge would like to recognize the selfless and hugely needed work by our amazing members Rachel Rodriguez and Rick Weisz.  You’ve all seen the peanuts hanging at the east of the bar, all bagged up and numbered, ready for purchase and enjoyment.  Those peanuts, that entire program, is managed by Rachel and Rick.  They buy the peanuts, package them up and have them available for us all to enjoy.

The cool part here is that the money raised is earmarked by them to make our lodge better.  Recently they funded a shortfall on the camera project and provided the needed funds to complete the project.  They’ve used their profits to buy needed tv’s for the lounge as well as all the materials needed to paint the entire social quarters – and they did most of the work themselves!  They’ve done so many good things for our lodge with this program that we can’t help but thank them for their efforts

Rachel and Rick – Thank you!  Your efforts are helping build the fun in Ballard and is encouraging those around you to have fun, enjoy our facilities and volunteer to help out around the lodge.  Well done and thank you from the Past Exalted Ruler Association and your fellow lodge members.

Monthly Elk of the Month Award recipients not only get this article in the Antlers Newsletter & 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 Officer Installation Dinner each year. You can find the nomination form on our website (ballardelks.org), fill it out as best you can and get it to our Past Exalted Ruler Association before the 19th of each month – 827per@ballardelks.org

Elk of the Month!

This month the Past Exalted Ruler Association and our Ballard Elks Lodge would like to recognize the selfless and hugely needed work by our amazing member Sue Gregor.  You’ve all seen Sue regularly down at the lodge serving you food in our social quarters while volunteering as a food runner.  Take a moment to say hello and thank Sue for bringing your food order from the kitchen to the social quarters and she will quickly respond with a huge smile.

It seems like every time we turn around Sue is doing something, helping out with some event without ever being asked.  Sue’s having fun volunteering at our lodge and that fun, that energy of her’s is contagious and spreading quickly to those around her.

Sue Gregor – Thank you!  Your efforts are helping build the fun in Ballard and is encouraging those around you to have fun and volunteer to help out around the lodge.  Well done and thank you from the Past Exalted Ruler Association and your fellow lodge members.

Monthly Elk of the Month Award recipients not only get this article in the Antlers Newsletter & 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 Officer Installation Dinner each year. You can find the nomination form on our website (ballardelks.org), fill it out as best you can and get it to our Past Exalted Ruler Association before the 19th of each month – 827per@ballardelks.org

Elk of the Month!

This month the Past Exalted Ruler Association and our Ballard Elks Lodge would like to recognize the selfless and mostly behind the scenes work by our amazing long-time member Ken Bartlett.  You’ve all seen Ken regularly down at the lodge serving you food in our social quarters while volunteering as a food runner.  Take a moment to say hello and thank Ken for bringing your food order from the kitchen to the social quarters and he will quickly respond – no thanks needed, this is fun!  I get to meet so many new people.

It seems like every time we turn around Ken is saying How can I help and saying it with a huge smile on his face.  Ken’s having fun volunteering at our lodge and that fun, that energy of his is contagious and spreading quickly to those around him.

Ken Bartlett – Thank you!  Your efforts you are helping build the fun in Ballard and is encouraging those around you to have fun and volunteer to help out around the lodge.  Well done and thank you from the Past Exalted Ruler Association and your fellow lodge members.

Monthly Elk of the Month Award recipients not only get this article in the Antlers Newsletter & 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 Officer Installation Dinner each year. You can find the nomination form on our website (ballardelks.org), fill it out as best you can and get it to our Past Exalted Ruler Association before the 19th of each month – 827per@ballardelks.org

Elk of the Month!

Elk of the Month – We’ve had some great nominations this year for Elk of the Month from our members but this month we have a nomination that goes beyond the one Elk one Award philosophy and opens the door to nominate a group of Elks that exemplify the reason we are here as members of the Elks.  To have fun with each other and pool our energy’s together to make something bigger than ourselves.  Something we couldn’t have done on our own.

I was still an officer when these Elks came to us with an idea for a fun event at our lodge.  My initial reaction to their idea was along the lines of “this will never work,” and I don’t think I was alone in that reaction – But – and there is always a but, we had a group of enthusiastic Elks members that wanted to do something together to make some fun happen at our lodge and hopefully raise some funds for charity.  How could we say no?

Friday Night Bingo checks all the boxes of Elkdom.  Yeah, other than the bingo part it’s a far cry from conventional but our little hamlet of Ballard hasn’t ever been known for that attribute for as long as I can remember.  This group of Elks organizes an event each and every month that brings Elks together, inside our lodge, to have fun.  And I gotta tell ya, if you’ve not been to one of these events you’re missin’ out.  Over a hundred people will be in attendance and enjoying the themed evenings and capitalizing on the ability to share a little of the fun we have as Elks with their friends as they drag them along as guests.  I’ve heard many a conversation along the lines of “this is what you do as Elks?” Followed by “Yes, and the thousands we raised tonight goes to charity!”

And I mean thousands.  Since beginning this event in October of 2017 these Elks have not only created some amazing fun for hundreds of Elks and their guests they have raised over $29,000 for charities like Tall Elks Children’s Therapy Program, Mary’s Place, The Paradise Elks Lodge disaster relief, our Lodge Building Fund and more.  In just 15 nights they have raised over $29,000 – Wow!

Catherine Rundell, Wendy Sedlacek, Dee Ann Evans, April Schoen, Lisa Merlin, Jennifer Morris, Roy Ridgeway, Nicole Mathews, Allison Krieger, Jill Yerkovich – Thank you!  As a group you have created a microcosm of what it means to be an Elk and through your efforts are helping build the fun in Ballard and giving meaning to both your membership and the membership of every other member of our lodge by using that fun to build our charitable giving to our community.  Well done and thank you.

Monthly Elk of the Month Award recipients not only get this article in the Antlers Newsletter & 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 Officer Installation Dinner each year. You can find the nomination form on our website (ballardelks.org), fill it out as best you can and get it to our Past Exalted Ruler Association before the 19th of each month – 827per@ballardelks.org