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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

Elk of the Month!

Elk of the Month – For January the Past Exalted Rulers Association would like to recognize a 5 year member that goes above and beyond to keep our lodge moving forward and meeting our obligations each and every year.

Almost on her own this member managed and personally sold our entire allotment of Washington State Elks Association Calendar Raffle tickets enabling our lodge to not only support our state Associations bottom line but meet a requirement that saves our lodge money on yearly audit requirements.  You’ve seen her holding station outside our meetings and events doing the thankless work that we all benefit from.

Over the year Susan makes an effort to attend many of our events as well as help each and every event organizer with their event forms and numbers.  Susan attends our lodge meetings regularly and always has the answers we need when financial questions come to the lodge floor.  Susan spends many of her days working as our lodge book keeper and spends many of her evenings volunteering for our lodge on those tough jobs that fall by the wayside – even to the point of working diligently on lodge budget committee – as they are this month.

Susan Cook’s consistent efforts year after year shows us, once again, that there is no more important person at an Elk Lodge than the member.  We, as a lodge, cannot continue to function at a high level without our members volunteering their time and doing the hard work that keeps our lodge open for everyone to have fun at.  This is exactly the kind of active and engaged member that deserves the Elk of the Month Award.  Thank you for all you do Susan – keep up the great work!

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 – For December the Past Exalted Rulers Association would like to recognize a 9 year member that goes above and beyond helping each and every year.

This member puts in countless hours organizing and hanging our lodge Christmas decorations each year.  She consistently helps out our fellow Past Exalted Ruler Johnny Muzevic with our Christmas Basket Program and goes out of her way to help organize, schedule and staff our lodge hoop shoot event held at the Boys and Girls Club.

Over the years Katrina has organized some super successful and fun events like a corn hole tournament and a beer pong tournament.  For those of you lucky enough to have been at them you know how fun they were.  She helps with centerpieces for Veterans Day, helps with our officer installation efforts and helps set up and tear down and has spent countless hours cleaning everything from our catering kitchenette to the social quarters.

Katrina Sigurdson’s consistent efforts year after year shows us, once again, that there is no more important person at an Elk Lodge than the member.  The Member that channels their passion into an event at our lodge that raises funds, creates a fun event for our members & guests and ultimately supports our community.  This is exactly the kind of active and engaged member that deserves the Elk of the Month Award.  Members empowered through our lodge use our resources to do great things.  Thank you for all you do Katrina – keep up the great work!

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 – For November the Past Exalted Rulers Association would like to thank our member that made a nomination of a fellow member and are excited to share with you an Elk that has enthusiastically volunteered for our lodge on a regular basis each and every year.

This member puts in countless hours organizing and preparing for our yearly Halloween party.  Everything from meeting with the sound crew and lighting crew to organizing the DJ’s all the way up to tracking down, scheduling and organizing all the bands for the party.  Not just this year but for the past 9 years.

This member not only organizes everything but they even play in one of the bands as well!  Generally for free too, so the most money can go to our Elks Charities – this past year the Saints & Sinners ball brought in a gross of over $16,000 and a lot of people had a heck of a good time.  This member often covers the cost of the designing and printing of the flyers and takes the time to promote the event throughout North Seattle’s pertinent venues and even goes as far as personally selling about 100 tickets to the event each and every year while also managing the online ticket sales. They will even come in the day before the event to set up and stay late afterwards to clean and break down the event, common practice for this Elk of the Month

Todd Marvin shows us, once again, that there is no more important person at an Elk Lodge than the member.  The Member that channels their passion into an event at our lodge that raises funds, creates a fun event for our members & guests and ultimately supports our community.  This is exactly the kind of active and engaged member that deserves the Elk of the Month Award.  Members empowered through our lodge use our resources to do great things.  Thank you for all you do Todd – keep up the great work!

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.  We know that these members didn’t step up and volunteer to be rewarded for their efforts but our Past Exalted Rulers Association wants to thank these members and by doing so each month will develop a pool of eligible recipients for the 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.

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 – That member of our lodge that has stood out from the herd and gone above and beyond for their fellow members in some notable way.

For the Month of October the Past Exalted Rulers Association would like to thank our amazing member that made a nomination of a fellow member and share with you an Elk that has enthusiastically volunteered for our lodge on a regular basis since joining in 2015.

This member recently co-chaired the Frock Swap with Anne Tiller.  An amazingly successful event that this year raised over $13,000 for our lodge and Jubilee, a shelter for abused women and their children.  This member was the charity liaison and volunteered over a couple of weeks work (80 hours!) the month before the event.  She not only did the research to find the charity with the greatest need, she also helped train and supervise the many volunteers sorting clothes each night for a month before the event.  As well, she also spent hours supervising and coordinated the shifts of volunteers working the Frock Swap event and it was a job well done.

This members is also active in other areas of our lodge.  She is a founding member of the Grant committee with Marty Paulson and her innovative ideas have been funded through the Elks National Foundation Grants.  She also frequently meets with various members to coordinate service fund raisers.  She is the first to say “How can I help?” and is a wonderful asset to our lodge.

Evan Wight shows us, once again, that there is no more important person at an Elk Lodge than the member.  Members empowered through our lodge use our resources to great things.  Thank you for all you do Evan – keep up the great work!

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.  We know that these members didn’t step up and volunteer to be rewarded for their efforts but our Past Exalted Rulers Association wants to thank these members and by doing so each month will develop a pool of eligible recipients for the 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.

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

Congratulations Evan – keep up the great work!

 

Elk of the Month!

Elk of the Month – That member of our lodge that has stood out from the herd and gone above and beyond for their fellow members in some notable way.

For the Month of August the Past Exalted Rulers Association would like to thank our wonderful member that made a nomination of a fellow member and share with you an Elk that has quietly and diligently volunteered for our lodge over the last ten years.

This member is one of those very important people “behind the lines” that help out and get things done in areas that most members wouldn’t have any idea someone is volunteering to help. This member works the door selling tickets for events, helps you get a burger at the Car Show, year after year.  This member cleans the storage room or helps in some way to maintain our building, serve food, sell raffle tickets, works on kitchen duty, and jumps to help out if she see someone in need around the lodge.

This member doesn’t limit herself to helping out around our lodge and was recently seen with nail pouch hanging from her waist while helping with her companies Delta Building for Veterans, a partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

Most importantly, Lydia Evans volunteers in the lodge office putting together membership cards each and every year.  It is very likely that Lydia sent you your card these past years and put all those little stickers on it for your Elk charity donations marked on your renewal form – And your card is one of over 1600 each sent out each Spring!!.  That is volunteering.

While she is not alone in this effort, she is very committed to getting the daunting jobs done.  She with many of the lodge mailings throughout the year and helps our lodge secretary in any way needed around the office when she is available.

Lydia works full time in a career that takes her out of town every week.  She does this all, and has for many years, on her days off, whenever she can.  Now THAT is an extraordinary volunteer for our lodge.

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.  We know that these members didn’t step up and volunteer to be rewarded for their efforts but our Past Exalted Rulers Association wants to thank these members and by doing so each month will develop a pool of eligible recipients for the 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.

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

Congratulations Lydia – keep up the great work!

 

Elk of the Month!

Elk of the Month – That member of our lodge that has stood out from the herd and gone above and beyond for their fellow members in some notable way.

The Past Exalted Ruler Association is proud to have been assigned the duty of recognizing the efforts of our members through the Elk of the Month Program.  Thank you Exalted Ruler Tamayao for asking our Association to take over this rewarding membership program.

For the Month of August the Past Exalted Rulers Association would like to share with you the consistent efforts of one of our members.  In just 2 years this member has continually impressed us with their desire to help out in any way they can

The Past Exalted Rulers Assocation can think of no better example of a newer member getting involved than Jill Yerkovich is getting involved.  Her enthusiasm to become involved and help our lodge succeed is nothing short of amazing and deserves the recognition and congratulations from our lodge.  Not only because Mrs. Yerkovich consistently overcomes very difficult situations without much guidance or information but because she keeps coming back and trying again no matter how uncomfortable that lack of guidance or information made her feel by putting her in akward and often difficult situations without the answers she needs.

Mrs. Yerkovich has eagerly joined the membership committee helping build all the new member packets and organizing the new initiates contact information so we not only have the correct information but can give our Secretary a definitive list of exactly who was initiated.

Mrs. Yerkovich is also jumping in to help with running the door at our monthly burgers and bingo event as well as doing the same at the monthly Friday night bingo event.

Mrs. Yerkovich is integral in planning the membership social party with Mrs. Bogdanovich to involve and educate our new members from this past year and educate them and our long time members on the committee needs of our lodge – this exemplifies the true heart of Elkdom and the attributes of a perfect candidate for the Elk of the Month.

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.  We know that these members didn’t step up and volunteer to be rewarded for their efforts but our Past Exalted Rulers Association wants to thank these members and by doing so each month will develop a pool of eligible recipients for the 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.

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

Congratulations Jill – keep up the great work!

 

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!