Author: Brad Hole

Back to School Drive for Mary’s Place

Mary'sPlace_BTSMary’s Place is getting hundreds of kids ready to go back to school this fall! BALLARD ELKS #827 is on a mission to support them by collecting and filling 20 backpacks. Please help us reach this goal by dropping off items from their wish list at the Lodge in the bin marked “Mary’s Place Back to School Extravaganza” outside of the bar before August 15th.

Their wishlist includes:
-Backpacks
-Sneakers and socks ages 5-18
-Jeans and T-shirts ages 5-18
-Protractors
-12″ rulers
-Black or Blue pens
-#2 Pencils
-Yellow Highlighters
-Pink Pearl Erasers
-Crayons
-Colored Pencils
-Elmer’s School Glue
-1″ three ring binders
-3×5 white, ruled index cards
-Spiral notebooks
-Basic calculators
-Gift cards for school supplies and clothing

For more wish list items, visit marysplaceseattle.org

If you don’t have time to shop, we’ll be accepting cash donations, too!

Questions or want to help? danastyc@gmail.com

Elk of the Month: June 2017 – Dee Ann Evans

Elk of the Month: June 2017 – Dee Ann Evans

I was thrilled when I discovered that I had a nomination for our June Elk of the Month award – I didn’t need to nominate someone myself! Opening the nomination email from our online form I was even more thrilled to discover that it was for a member with that “Ya Sure, Ya Betcha” attitude I wrote about in the June Antlers Newsletter.

Dee Ann is not only attending every single event that happens at the lodge, she simply looks
around and starts doing something. If Dee Ann happens to be asked to do something we never hear “No”. In fact, I regularly find her as I’m doing a sweep through the hall and kitchen
after an event happily scrubbing the dishes in the kitchen — all by herself!
I am honored to recognize the efforts by Dee Ann Evans for her loyal and meritorious services in the furtherance of the aims of our order. Dee Ann not only attends events, she says yes to
anyone asking for help, looks for people to ask if she can help and even continues to look at the people around her and bring them into the lodge to become members – Dee Ann is leading by example and myself and our lodge thanks her.

We do what we do as Elks not for the 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 Dee Ann – keep up the great work!

Help us support the Second Chances Scholarship at the WA State Elks Summer Convention

Goody Bags

Each year, every WA Elks Lodge is sent 4 goody bags to fill, which are then sold for $5 a piece at the Dorothy Yothers 2nd Chances Scholarship table at the summer convention. If every lodge brings their 4, that’s $760 which goes towards the scholarship fund. It’s a fun and easy fundraiser. Some of the lodges fill more than those four!

We are looking for people to help fill the bags with goodies, either through donating items or taking one and filling it yourself. Snack bars, individually wrapped candies, small bags of chips, lodge pins are all examples of what we have included in the past.

If you just want to bring a box of snack bars, or a bag of candy, or… whatever you think would make a nice addition to the bags, to the Lodge, you can put it in the blue bin by the display case and we will get the bags filled! If you want to put together your own goody bag, feel free to do so! Just leave it in the bin and we’ll be sure it makes it to the convention.

We must have the bags filled by June 14th, in order to get them to the convention.

Auction Donations

This year, they are also looking for donations for an auction. The organizer has acquired several pieces of costume jewelry for the auction, and plans on bringing a basket of goods, as well. She has suggested donations of wine or gourmet food to help us put together another basket for the auction. Or… if you have any items you would like to donate to the auction, they would be much appreciated.

Donations needed by June 14th, in order to get them to the convention.

About the Dorothy Yothers 2nd Chances Scholarship:

Open to any female over 25 years of age who plans to pursue an eligible Vocational/Technical course in the state of Washington , above and supplemental to high school or preparatory school level. All applicants must be citizens of the United States of America on the date the application is filed. This application must be filed with The Washington State Elks Association. This scholarship is not intended for women seeking Bachelors Degrees or post graduate degrees.

Application Form

 

Elk of the Month: May 2017 – Marty Paulson

Elk of the Month: May 2017 – Marty Paulson

We do what we do as Elks not for the recognition or personal gain but for the greater and nobler good of the lodge and the community we live in. As your Exalted Ruler I hope to share with you, each month, a member of our lodge that is doing their part to further the aims of our order. Now I know that these members didn’t step up and volunteer to be rewarded for their efforts but never the less I think our lodge and myself should 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.

Without further babbling by your Exalted Ruler it gives me great pleasure to announce our first Elk of the Month recipient for the 2017/2018 Elks year – Marty Paulson.

Marty wanted to get involved, she asked everyone around her what she could do and was often told the project was handled, that they didn’t need help. Marty didn’t stop at “no” and continued to ask those around her what she could help with, and finally, through perseverance of character, Marty found what she could help out with, and dove in with both hands over her head to figure out how to be our Elks National Foundation Grant Writer . She has learned all the particulars about each grant and how to apply and win funds for our lodge.

Marty didn’t stop there; she kept asking what she could help out with and now spends a good amount of time in our lodge office helping with our burgeoning pile of paperwork building up from our amazing growth in membership. She is working behind the scenes, getting things done for our lodge that benefit each and every one of us – so it gives me great pleasure to award the May 2017 Elk of the Month Award to Marty Paulson!

Award recipients not only get this article on our website and in the Antlers Newsletter, they receive a 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.  Do you have someone you would like to nominate for Elk of the Month?  Go here to fill out the form

Congratulations Marty – keep up the great work!

Cub Scouts Open House hosted by Boy Scout Troop #827

Poster_OpenHouseMay2017Your opportunity to become a SCOUTING FAMILY!

SOME BOYS AVOID OBSTACLES, SCOUTS OVERCOME THEM
The life lessons learned in Scouting form a foundation to embrace opportunity and overcome obstacles in life.
• A fun and safe environment to learn and grow while developing interests and skills
• Character building and development centered around good morals and values
• The chance to learn life skills that help Scouts be successful adults and contributing members of society
• Exciting outdoor experiences boys love like hiking, camping, mountain biking, and more.

Cub Scouting is for boys in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years of age. Boy Scouting is for boys who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade.

MONDAY MAY 8TH – 7PM –AGENDA:
1. Preopening
2. OPENING
3. Activity Time
4. Joining Process
5. Closing

FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS:
Learn about the Scout Program at the Ballard Elks and your opportunity to participate and sign up your boys up for the program.

FOR BOYS:
See and learn about Scouting in Action. Our Boy Scout troop will give you all a taste of the scouting program in action.
• Play an Activity Game
• Flag Ceremony
• Build a Fire
• Cook a simple meal
• Set up a Tent in a Camp site

FOR ELK MEMBERS:
This is your chance to put your Elk Membership to work for the community and the lodge. No previous scouting experience necessary, all we ask is for a little bit of your time and enthusiasm and you can have a positive benefit to the Scout program and the community. Scouts do everything from basic Scout skill work, you know like camping, hiking, fire building, first aid, boating, fishing, orienteering, tying knots, sailing, engineering, science, rocket building, pinewood derby, camping, hiking, citizenship, citizenship activities, cooking, birding, animal ID, computer skills, robotics, and on and on.

Come on down and help us out. Express your interest by contacting Scott Radford by emailing swradford09@gmail.com or calling 206-383-0828. We’ll find some way in which you can contribute. There are many single-instance volunteer opportunities such as teaching a 1 hr skill such as cooking, environmental science, host scouts to your boat or business and show them what you do. Help run the pinewood derby, or bring snacks to a meeting. You will be guiding tomorrow’s Elks Members today!!Your opportunity to become a SCOUTING FAMILY!

SOME BOYS AVOID OBSTACLES, SCOUTS OVERCOME THEM
The life lessons learned in Scouting form a foundation to embrace opportunity and overcome obstacles in life.
• A fun and safe environment to learn and grow while developing interests and skills
• Character building and development centered around good morals and values
• The chance to learn life skills that help Scouts be successful adults and contributing members of society
• Exciting outdoor experiences boys love like hiking, camping, mountain biking, and more.

Cub Scouting is for boys in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years of age. Boy Scouting is for boys who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade.

MONDAY MAY 8TH – 7PM –AGENDA:
1. Preopening
2. OPENING
3. Activity Time
4. Joining Process
5. Closing

FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS:
Learn about the Scout Program at the Ballard Elks and your opportunity to participate and sign up your boys up for the program.

FOR BOYS:
See and learn about Scouting in Action. Our Boy Scout troop will give you all a taste of the scouting program in action.
• Play an Activity Game
• Flag Ceremony
• Build a Fire
• Cook a simple meal
• Set up a Tent in a Camp site

FOR ELK MEMBERS:
This is your chance to put your Elk Membership to work for the community and the lodge. No previous scouting experience necessary, all we ask is for a little bit of your time and enthusiasm and you can have a positive benefit to the Scout program and the community. Scouts do everything from basic Scout skill work, you know like camping, hiking, fire building, first aid, boating, fishing, orienteering, tying knots, sailing, engineering, science, rocket building, pinewood derby, camping, hiking, citizenship, citizenship activities, cooking, birding, animal ID, computer skills, robotics, and on and on.

Come on down and help us out. Express your interest by contacting Scott Radford by emailing swradford09@gmail.com or calling 206-383-0828. We’ll find some way in which you can contribute. There are many single-instance volunteer opportunities such as teaching a 1 hr skill such as cooking, environmental science, host scouts to your boat or business and show them what you do. Help run the pinewood derby, or bring snacks to a meeting. You will be guiding tomorrow’s Elks Members today!!

2017 Ballard Elks Vehicle Decals

Beginning in April, all Ballard Elks Members will be mailed a Ballard Elks Lodge vehicle decal. Show your support of our growing lodge by displaying the decal in your back window.  This will also help us be able to keep track of who is parking in our lot – especially during the summer months.

We’re working with a great company called CarStickers.com out of Oregon who were kind enough to provide us with a nonprofit discount.  carstickers-logo

Christmas Baskets for Needy Families

Christmas Baskets for Needy Families

 

12311085_1300690466623455_4788661326415621035_nMany of us will sit down this holiday season with family and friends to give thanks for all that we have been given.  Others are not so fortunate. Not knowing how you will feed yourself or your family can be heartbreaking.

Every year the Ballard Elks 827 Lodge puts together Christmas baskets containing a Turkey or Ham, sides and a toy for each child.  If you would like to help with a food, charitable contribution, or even helping us putting these together and delivering them; here are the details:

Donations will be accepted up to December 16th, extra food items will be donated to Ballard Food Bank.  We will sort the donated and purchased food items throughout the afternoon to be ready to put baskets together starting 7:30am December 17th.

After the baskets are boxed, the families receiving the baskets will be assigned to drivers for delivery (maybe as early as 10-10:30am).

If you want to help assemble the baskets please show up at the lodge at 7:30am on December 17th.

We will be making deliveries (2 people per delivery car) after 10:00am

We usually provide 50 (or more) Christmas Baskets for needy families in our communities

Food Wish List

Cranberry Sauce , Marshmallows, Evaporated milk, Candy Canes, Canned Pumpkin,  Jell-O, Canned pineapple, Popcorn, Canned yams, French Fried onions, Stuffing mix, corn muffin mix,  Gravy packets for ham & poultry,  Canned vegetables, cream of mushroom soup

Cat/dog food (smaller bags if dry), Cat litter, Cat/dog toys,
Unwrapped toys for boys & girls
Hygiene items always appreciated
Ballard Elks provides, through your generous monetary donations, fresh items including: turkeys/hams/apples/oranges/celery/carrots/onions/potatoes/pie crusts/biscuits/butter etc. Residual items from this program will be donated to the Ballard Food Bank on December 19th.

Monetary donations in the form of cash or checks can be made at any time. Make checks payable to Ballard Elks, and note: Christmas Baskets on the check. Leave with the bartender on duty or mail to the office.

Questions / RSVP to Volunteer:

Johnny Muzevic: jmuzballardelks@hotmail.com / (206) 582-9688

 

Roles of Elks Officers

Follow this link and click on Flow Chart on the left button bar for an organization flow chart describing the expected duties and oversight of each position described below

Exaulted Ruler– The “President.” He/she is the Executive Officer of the Lodge and enforces and performs duties required by the Laws of the Order and the By-Laws of the Lodge. The Exalted Ruler appoints all committees and has general supervision over all matters pertaining to the Lodge.

Leading Knight
– “1st Vice-President.” Assists the Exalted Ruler in the performance of his/her duties. Will officiate in the absence of the Exalted Ruler.

Loyal Knight – “2nd Vice President.” Second in command in the absence of the Exalted Ruler.

Lecturing Knight – “3rd Vice President.” Third in command in the absence of the Exalted Ruler.

The Exalted Ruler, Leading Knight, Loyal Knight and Lecturing Knight are “Chair Officers” and are members of the Governing Board and the House Committee. Ideally, the Knight positions rotate through the chairs in their respective order and become Exalted Ruler. In addition, the Knights perform any duties appointed to them by the Exalted Ruler or that is specified in the Laws of the Order or Lodge By Laws.

Secretary – Records minutes of Lodge meetings, maintains Lodge accounts, receives all monies and forwards to the Treasurer, reads/answers all correspondence, prepares/administers membership cards.

Treasurer – Receives all monies from the Secretary and gives a receipt, pays approved bills of the Lodge, maintains record of receipts and disbursements, and signs all checks.

Trustees – The Lodge Trustees control the funds and property of the Lodge and hold regular monthly meetings as part of the Governing Board.  They keep a record of all investments and purchase all Lodge supplies, provide for an Accident Prevention Program and present an annual Lodge budget as well as being members of the House Committee.

Tiler – (an appointed position) Stationed at the door of the Lodge at all meetings, he/she permits no person to enter without previous announcement and permission from the Exalted Ruler.

Esquire – (an appointed position) Is stationed to the right of the Exalted Ruler during Lodge meetings. He/she organizes the Lodge, prepares candidates for initiation and introduces visiting members.

Chaplain – (an appointed position) Stationed to the left of the Exalted Ruler during Lodge meetings, he/she recites the opening and closing prayers, and performs the duties required by the Laws of the Order and By Laws of the Lodge.

Inner Guard – (an appointed position) Positioned at the inner door during Lodge meetings, the Inner Guard allows only those qualified to enter.

The Chaplain, Esquire, Inner Guard and Tiler are appointed by the Exalted Ruler. All other positions are elected. All officers perform other duties as appointed or as required by the Laws of the Order or Lodge By Laws.

House Committee – The House Committee is made up of the Chair Officers (Exalted Ruler, Leading, Loyal and Lecturing Knights.) and the 5 Trustees. The House Committee controls the bar and social quarters of the Lodge. All decisions and actions of the House Committee are subject to the control and direction of the Lodge and its members by discussions and vote at Lodge meetings. The Exalted Ruler is the default chairman of the House Committee.

Governing Board – the Governing Board is made up of the Chair Officers (Exalted Ruler, Leading, Loyal and Lecturing Knights.) and the 5 Trustees.  The Governing Board controls the lodge facility and it’s assets.   All decisions and actions of the Governing Board are subject to the control and direction of the Lodge and its members by discussions and vote at Lodge meetings. A Chairman is chosen by the members of the Governing Board.

Volunteer Opportunities in September

Looking for some opportunities to volunteer and get involved? Here’s a list of volunteer needs through September. Please email volunteer@ballardelks.org if you can help with any of these events.

  • Bingo and Burgers Night – 9/6
  • Car Show – 9/5
  • Oktoberfest – 9/23
  • Coin Box Brunch – 9/24
  • Kitchen Cleaning Party – 9/10
  • Storage Room Cleaning Party – 9/10
  • Steak Dinner and Initiation Night – 9/27

Frock Swap Donation Organization – We need people for shifts all month to help sort and organize donations coming in. Email us at volunteer@ballardelks.org and we’ll get you scheduled in!

Grounds Committee Cleaning Party – The Elks Grounds Committee is seeking volunteers for weekend mornings during the months of September and October to help clean up the foliage near the front of the building and in the parking strips. Whether you have pruning skills or would just like to be a part of a great group of people who want to help improve the look of our grounds, please email Christy at christy.sea@gmail.com about your interest in joining our work parties this fall.  This is a great opportunity to volunteer and meet new people!

 

Ballard Elks Featured on King 5’s – Evening

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Watch the full segment here
SEATTLE – You might think of the Elks Club as a place for a few cigar-chomping old men.  But Ballard’s Elks Lodge #827 is a whole new scene.
“We’re having a little bit of a resurgence,” said spokesman Brad Hole.
There’s something very modern happening at this chapter of the century-and-a-half-old social club.  It has one of the youngest memberships in the nation.
“We’re also the fastest-growing lodge in the country,” Hole said.
In just four years, Ballard has blossomed.
“It’s gone from about 400 members to over 13-hundred now,” Hole added.
What’s the secret?  Could be the location.
Hole said, “We’ve got this amazing lodge that’s on the water. Beautiful view.  We’ve got a deck.  We’ve got a little private beach here.”
Visitor Marco Scheuer added, “The sunset here is unreal.”
They also have a community-oriented philosophy. In addition to the club dues that keep the place running, activities like weekly standup paddle board races raise money for scholarships. And events throughout the year contribute to other local and national charities.
“As we grow that number gets higher and higher,” Hole said.
Sure, you’ll still spot some gray hair around here. And that’s part of the charm.
“We have 25-year-olds and we have people in their 90’s,” Hole said.
But the days of the all-male Elks club are long gone.  Something that took Natalie DeLeon by surprise just before she joined.
“When I asked a group of guys that I saw up on the deck, I said,  ‘Can girls go up there?'”  DeLeon recalled. “And they’re like, ‘Yes, of course they can.'”
The drinks are still strong, and so is the camaraderie, which is why this old club looks like it has a very bright future.
Hole said, “There’s something pretty special here.”

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