Author: Brad Hole

2018 Christmas Basket Program

2018 Christmas Basket Program

Our 2018 Christmas Baskets for the Needy Program kicks off the day after Thanksgiving. We’ll be collecting donations for the baskets at the Lodge November 23 through December 13th. (See shopping list below. Cash donations are also appreciated to purchase perishable items).

(Photo above of all our volunteers getting ready to head out for delivery in 2017)




Assemble all baskets first. When they are complete, deliver baskets.

Deliver: drivers needed to deliver the baskets. Drivers need to partner with someone, no one goes solo. We will find you someone day of if you don’t have a partner.

Clean up: starts as soon as all baskets have left the lodge hall.

Those interested & available please come to the lodge on the dates/times listed above. Thank you. Johnny Muzevic/Chairman.

****************************WISH LIST***************************

(All donations welcomed and appreciated!)

  • TOYS and GAMES and TOYS! UNWRAPPED – ages newborn to 18
  • Canned fruit/veggies
  • Peanut & Nut Butters
  • Tea/hot choc
  • Kid type snacks
  • Canned meats
  • Jams/Jelly


CHRISTMAS BASKETS provide through your generous donations, items to prepare a traditional ham or turkey dinner and toys for 50-70 families.

Collection boxes for non-perishable items will be in place Thanksgiving weekend outside the social quarters. Monetary donations check can be made at any time. Make checks payable to Ballard Elks, and note: Christmas Baskets on the check. Leave checks and cash with the bartender on duty or mail/deliver to the office.

Residual items from this program will be donated to the Ballard Food Bank on December 15th after all baskets have been confirmed delivered. THANK YOU!!!

Landscaping Clean-Up Day at the Ballard Elks

Landscaping Clean-Up Day at the Ballard Elks

Volunteer Opportunity: Please join our Landscape Committee for a FALL CLEAN UP at the Ballard Elks on Sunday, September 30th, 9-Noon.

We’ll be weeding the parking lot area and pruning some of the rhododendrons. We’ll also be working on removing the half palm tree on the beach side, and laying down barrier for wood chips.

Please bring your own tools (clippers, racks, buckets, chain saws, gloves, ect). Please let me know if you can volunteer. Any amount of time will help!

Please RSVP to Kim Carroll –
Thank you!

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Want to get to know other lodge members and have some fun? Read about upcoming volunteer opportunities and email for more info.

Summer Craft & Flea Market: August 5th

Set-up, help sell raffle calendars, work an Elks info table, clean-up and overall event management help.
2 to help with set-up: 10am-12pm
4 to help Elks info table/raffle calendar sales: 2 shifts 12pm-3pm and 3pm-6pm
2 for clean-up: 5:30pm-6:30pm

Membership Social: August 15th

Set-up, 3:00-5:00, need 2 volunteers
Clean up, 9:00-10:00, need 4 volunteers
Food and Libation servers
Front door greeters and membership card checks
Raffle tickets and bead sales

Fun way to meet other members while helping to host our membership social downstairs on the patio! Please email or if you can help out, even for only one hour.

Special Initiation Dinner: August 21st

Set-up, serving and clean-up
4-6 volunteers. See description of duties in Monthly Initiation Dinner.
High School Volunteers welcome!

Car Show: September 3rd

6 a.m. set-up, 4 volunteers
2 p.m. breakdown, 4 volunteers
1 (or 2) volunteers for a couple of hours to remind attendees to vote. Tally the votes at 1:30.
Call Mae at 206.284.7384 if you would like to volunteer. High School Volunteers welcome!

Also at the Car Show, we need some people to help sell WA State Elks Raffle Calendars. 8 am – 2pm: 2-4 volunteers needed, can be shifts. Email Susan at to help with this.

Frock Swap

This is one of our biggest and most successful annual events, and takes a lot of volunteers to make it so awesome. From planning all the event details, to sorting the clothing being dropped off, to event set-up, to working the day of the event, to team leadership – there are MANY ways to get involved. Training is provided and leadership is encouraged. Come join the fun! Opportunities start now, with the planning committee, and go through October 7th, event day!
If you are interested in getting involved, email We will also have an online schedule and sign-up available soon!

Calendar Raffle Ticket Sales

Each year our Lodge is responsible for selling a certain number of WA State Elks Calendar Raffle tickets. We are looking for a few people who can commit to one or two upcoming events, and a few who are willing to do the sports nights/weekends on a more regular basis just bringing out the tickets, mingling and selling.

Susan also usually sets up outside of Bingo, Initiation dinners and other events. These would be a great opportunities to help her out, train and do a quick 30-60 minute stint to get comfy with it.

Email Susan at if you would like to help with this.

Monthly Initiation Dinners

Did you know that these monthly dinners are run entirely by lodge volunteers? Join the team who makes this classic lodge event happen!

Be the Cook – make it your own or let us show you how
The current member volunteer is moving on and we need members who can cook the steaks, potatoes, etc. Ideally, we’d have a team of cooks to rotate through each month. Experienced and non-experienced welcome – we can show you the ropes! Must be available at 3:30pm. Food Handlers Permit preferred.

Kitchen Help
4:30pm-6:30pm Prep salads and condiments. Food Handlers Permit.

Serving & Clean Up
5:00pm – 8pm Set-up and serving. The crew then gets everything back in order and cleans the kitchen.

Food Runners

During these summer months, our bar and kitchen staff gets REALLY busy. We need people to volunteer to help deliver food from the kitchen to our hungry members and guests. Shifts are from 6-9pm, Monday – Saturday. You can sign up to do it on a regular basis, OR get on Eric’s list of people to reach out to when we need someone. Email if you would like to help out. (This is a great way to get some steps in – if you track them. 🙂 )

Homeless Veterans Supplies Drive

The Ballard Elks Lodge is collecting supplies to be delivered to the Washington State Department of Veteran’s Affairs during April and May. This community effort is being paired with a $2,500 grant from the Elks National Foundation to aide vets going into housing.

The supplies needed are:

  • Socks
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Cat and dog food
  • Protein bars
  • Toiletries, such as shampoo, razors, soap, etc..

The donation bin is located outside of the bar upstairs at the Ballard Elks.

March with the Ballard Elks in the Syttende Mai Parade!

March with the Ballard Elks in the Syttende Mai Parade!

We are looking for Ballard Elks to participate in downtown Ballard’s annual Syttende Mai Parade (or Norwegian Constitution Parade) on May 17th, 6-8 pm.  This is a grand Ballard mid-week Spring tradition and always a big turnout!  This year there will be Royal Norwegian dignitaries flying out to Seattle just to attend this!

Our goal is to get at least 100 Elks, friends and family of members dressed in Viking costumes to march behind the Boy Scout banner and flag carriers.

I will need 4 or more convertible automobiles and driver/owners to drive our Elks Dignataries (Lois, Exalted Ruler, Knights and Trustees) in the parade. (A flatbed pickup with chairs would be another option, but not as elegant).  Other vehicles will make up part of the procession as well, such as the Official BPOE logo utility trailer.

If you are a new member and have yet to volunteer for an event, this is an ideal opportunity for you. It’s easy and fun duty, and a grand way to help promote our club to the local community while getting to know fellow members and make new friends!

This will count towards your annual volunteer hours requirement as almost 5 hours (meeting at Olaf’s Tavern at 4:30 to get in costume and begin the lineup/formation, parade at 6, and debrief at 8 pm, wrapping up no later than 8:30).

If you can participate, please contact our organizer, Tim Arnot.


New Blood Drive Coordinator Needed

Our Ballard Elks Blood Drive chair has moved away and we need someone to step up and take the helm.

Every Elks Lodge has a prime responsibility to establish and maintain a position of leadership in the community by fostering, supporting or spearheading programs concerned with community involvement. Our bi-annual Blood Drive is one of the important ways we do this.

We have secured the date of October 11th with Bloodworks NW for the next drive, but it won’t happen unless a member or group of members steps up to the plate to coordinate.

The former chair has generously documented each step of the planning process to make turning it over to new blood very easy!

Please email if you are interested.


1) Call our contact below at Bloodworks NW to suggest a few dates at least 6 weeks prior to when you want to host the event. Monday noon-6:00 works well which means 11-7:00 set up and finish up. Usually Boy Scouts have the hall starting at 7:00 on Mondays.

2) Determine whether the Elks lodge upstairs hall can be reserved for the event, then reserve it.

3) Confirm date with BloodWorks NW. They will provide sign-up sheet/schedule and posters to put up at the Elks and anywhere you think they might get some traction (schools, libraries, coffee shops, etc).

4) Work with Elks PR Committee to market the event. Send a blast email (contacts provided) 4 weeks before the event announcing it (place, time, etc) and ask prospects to email/call you to set appointments to donate (include a line “walk-ins welcome too”). (You can contact

5) Do another PR/email blast 2 weeks before the event, a week before the event, and the day before the event. (You can contact to help make this happen)

6) You only need 1 person to be on site to host the event, but 2 is better and necessary if either wants to donate. Bloodworks NW does all the rest. Voila!

Elk of the Month, August 2017 – Jeremiah Smith

jeremiahAnother month has passed and I was very surprised to find out that not one person had been nominated by their fellow members for Elk of the Month! But that’s ok, because I had my sights on a particular member who is exhibiting those traits instilled in me as child by every scanda-houvian adult around me – “Son, if you see something that needs to be done, why didn’t you do it?” I can’t tell you how many times I heard that one, after a while it becomes ingrained in you and simply can’t help but do what needs to be done if you have the time and ability.

This member did exactly that. He saw that our parking spots for the disabled needed to be repainted, something that would better our lodge, and simply did it. The materials didn’t cost him much, he didn’t ask for reimbursement – he just did it. The funniest part to me; when the project was completed one of his fellow members let me know as Exalted Ruler and hoped that it was ok with me that he had just done it! Good stuff! But exactly the type of ownership in our lodge that instills the pride we all want to feel for our beloved benevolent organization.

I am honored to recognize the efforts by Jeremiah Smith for his loyal and meritorious services in the furtherance of the aims of our order. Jeremiah is involved with our very active Ballard Elks Paddle Club and by his actions is instilling that do what you see needs to be done attitude in a large group of active members that are involved at our lodge. Jeremiah, I was touched by your enthusiasm and efforts – your lodge thanks you.

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.

Elk of the Month 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 (, fill it out as best you can and get it to our Exalted Ruler before the 19th of each month –

Congratulations Jeremiah – keep up the great work!

~ Ben Braden

Join our Kitchen Committee!

There is a new committee idea brewing at the lodge.. and you have an opportunity to get involved and help us form it.

Our lodge has paid kitchen cooks to service the social quarters. But did you know that during most events the kitchen is run completely by volunteers?

The idea is to create a Kitchen Committee that can help with events (Bingo, Initiation Dinners, Veteran’s Day Dinner, Memorial Day Brunch, etc) and keep the kitchen always-ready for the cooks or next volunteer crew. You don’t have to be a chef or even know your way around our kitchen. The committee will create experts out of you.

Here are some ideas that might be incorporated into this new committee:

  • Require a Food Handler’s permit for all volunteers who handle food (easy to get online for $10 after taking a quick online class/test. Must have Flash on computer to do this.)
  • Create a list of kitchen volunteers that event chairs can call on for food serving events.
  • Seek members with the ability to cook, but also develop roles in food prep, serving, clean-up.
  • Maintain organization, cleanliness of kitchen, and documentation.
  • Work with chef to understand best organizational practices so that we don’t make his job harder.
  • Schedule and attend kitchen cleaning and organization “parties” for Elks members to show up and do a good cleaning.

Please email if you would like to get involved.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Wondering how to get involved at the lodge?

Read on to learn more about upcoming opportunities for meeting other Elks and giving back to the community. Check out the Elks Facebook page for event details and contact us at to let us know you want to help out.

Oct. 15: Third Annual Frock Swap – Women’s Clothing exchange benefiting Mary’s Place
(Volunteer shifts available starting 9/5 – 10-15)

The Frock Swap event chairs are expanding their planning and event-day teams to match the event’s growing success. We have one-time shifts, multiple shifts, and team leader opportunities. Training is provided and leadership is encouraged. Come join the fun. The event takes place on October 15th. There is a lot to do to prep for this event, and a lot to do day-of event.

Sorting: Sun 10/1 & Sun 10/8 (3-5pm)

Grab a beverage, do some sorting, dress up our hard-working mannequins, and have fun.

Pre-Event Prep: Sat 10/14 (10am-1pm, 1-4pm, or 4-7pm shifts)

Stage for the event, move boxes into event space, load clothing onto racks, etc.

Event Day: Sunday 10/15

• 7am-11am: Not just for lady frockers…everyone is welcome!
Set up tables, changing area, bar, racks, merchandise clothing, jewelry, and accessories.

• 10am-1:30pm: Help on the floor, be an Elks representative, etc.

• 1:30pm-4pm: Help on the floor, be an Elks representative, etc.

• 4pm – 6pm: Calling all Elks members and friends. The more the
merrier as we get the frocking space back in order. Then we celebrate!

If you would like to sign up to help with this event, please email 

Oct. 13 – AC/DC Cover Band Concert – For Those About to Rock…do it for the kids
We’re looking for volunteers to help with a Childrens therapy fundraising effort. We will be selling raffle tickets at concerts featuring local AC/DC cover band Problem Child. A local corporate sponsor will match funds raised! Promote and work with the band to raise awareness for the Elks and raise money for our kids. For more information contact Grims Gislason at

Oct. 8: Shuck Shack Beach Party – Oyster Whisperers Wanted
Join us to make the 1st annual oyster party a shuckin’ success. We need volunteers for 2:30 – 5:30 pm shifts.
(4) Shuckers – Let us know if you need an oyster knife and gloves
(4) Rovers – Refill dishes and flatware; help with wrap-up
(2) Ice Runners – Run ice; help with wrap-up

If you would like to sign up to help with this event, please email 

10/3 – Burgers and Bingo
This is a big, monthly event for the Ballard Elks. Well-attended, always fun and very successful. Each month we cook and serve at least 100 burgers w/fries and have about 150 people attend to play bingo. Sign up to help each month or just one time! Email to volunteer. The charity for this fundraising event rotates monthly.

(5) – Kitchen help – frying fries, assembling burgers and fries, serving (5:30-7pm)
(2) – Kitchen Clean-up – dishes, kitchen cleaning (7-pm – 8:30)
(2) – Sell raffle, snacks and special game general front of house help. (5:45 – 8:30pm)
(2) – Event clean-up – wipe down tables and Lodge Hall clean-up (9-9:30 pm)

If you would like to sign up to help with this event, please email 

Join the Ballard Elks in the Greenwood Seafair Parade

image002The Ballard Elks will be participating in the Greenwood Seafair Parade again this year and we want you to march with us!!

Join Lois, as she rides along in Bob Ferguell’s Corvette, to represent our Lodge. It’s always a good time and a great way to participate in our community and demonstrate what the Ballard Elks Lodge is all about. Children are welcome to march, too. The more the merrier!


68th Annual Greenwood Seafair Parade

Wednesday July 26, 2017

Assembly Time: Grand Parade – 5pm

Parade Time: 6:00 PM Grand Parade – Immediately following

Info & Check-In: North 95th and Greenwood Ave North; Staging to continue North to 105th

Parade Route: Begins at N. 95th & Greenwood Ave North and proceeds south to N. 85th and then west to 6th Ave N.W. (approximately 1.5 miles).