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News, Notices and Updates from Your Exalted Ruler, Cindy Olsby

  News, Notices and Updates

From Your Exalted Ruler, Cindy Olsby

Hello members!
I hope this email finds you safe and healthy and enduring this latest round of COVID requirements.  I have some good news – the Lodge hours will be going back to our regular closing hours effective February 1st.  And all of your favorite lodge activities will be back in February as well – Wine Club, Bingo, Trivia and more!  See below for all the exciting things happening in your lodge in February, a sneak peak for a March event and a special request from the Grant Committee.  Officer elections are in February too – so read below if you are interested in being an Officer!  I hope to see you at the Lodge soon.

Fraternally yours, Cindy

COVID REGULATIONS REMINDER
Anyone entering the Lodge is required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result.  Membership cards are being stamped to indicate that you’ve shown proof of vaccination so that you only need to show your card with that stamp when you enter the Lodge in the future.

We also have limited the number of tables in the social quarters, and the number of chairs at each table, so please do not move furniture.

Please help to keep all members safe, wear masks and practice social distancing!  We’ll get through this!

Social Quarters Hours

Effective February 1st, we are back to our regular schedule:

Sunday:  9:00 AM to 8:00 PM 

Monday – Saturday 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM


FEBRUARY MEETINGS

Sunset Bay Lodge Board Meeting:  Monday, Feb 7 at 6:00 PM

Lodge 827 Board Meeting:  Tuesday, February 8 at 6:00 PM

Lodge Meeting and Officer Nominations:  Tuesday, February 8 at 7:30 PM

 

House Committee Meeting:  Tuesday, February 22 at 5:30 PM

Meeting, Initiation and Elections: Tuesday, February 22 at 7:30 PM

All members in good standing are Welkcome!

BY-LAWS CHANGES

Attention Members:  We are revising the By-Laws.

Please see the February Antlers for the proposed changes which will be voted on at the March 8th Lodge meeting (7:30 PM meeting start time).

Do you have an idea for a Lodge fundraiser?  Then let’s make it happen!

Most Lodge activities started as the brainchild of a member who got involved and made it happen!  Proceeds from activities support our Lodge funds – the operating fund, the building fund, etc.  Without these special events we cannot survive!

If you have an idea for a fundraiser, email your Exalted Ruler and she’ll help you to make it happen!

Grant Committee Needs Shopping Volunteers!

Do you like to shop?  What if you could shop, not spend a dime of your own money, earn volunteer hours, and give back to the community?  It’s a win, win!
Our lodge uses the ENF Focus grant and the ENF Welcome Home Kit program to buy supplies for veterans moving from homelessness to a sober, safe space apartment.  These kits can include many basics for move in such as dishes, coffee makers, pots and pans, sheets, pillows, towels, personal care supplies, cleaning supplies, folding chairs/tables, etc.  The grant committee is in need of volunteers to fill the shopping requests and deliver the items to the VA social workers.  We receive up to 2-3 requests each week and are looking to build a fantastic shopping team.  If you are interested, please contact Betsy McElroy (betsymc2@gmail.com) and Marty Paulson (martypaulson1@gmail.com) for more information.

The grant committee is also looking for space to store these supplies.  If we have space we can take advantage of sales and special deals to stock up on high demand items, enabling us to stretch our dollars and serve more vets!  If you have extra dry garage or warehouse space or any storage options to help us to increase our contributions to our community please contact Betsy McElroy (betsymc2@gmail.com) for more details.


NOMINATION, ELECTION, AND INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS

The elective Officers of this Lodge shall be an Exalted Ruler, an Esteemed Leading
Knight, an Esteemed Loyal Knight, an Esteemed Lecturing Knight, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and five Trustees.  See the By-Laws (available at www.ballardelks.org website) for full descriptions of each position.

Nominations for new officers will take place at the February 8th meeting.  If a position did not receive a nomination at that meeting then nominations can take place at the February 22nd meeting.

Elections will take place at the February 22nd meeting.  

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Texas Hold ‘Em and Spaghetti Dinner!

January 31st!

Uncle Harold’s Spaghetti with Caesar Salad and Garlic Bread for $10
Texas Hold ‘Em Buy-In for $25.00 and starts at 6:30 PM

  
Ballard Elks Emblem Club Wild West Bunco!

Saturday, February 5th 

Giddy Up! It’s Bunco time!
6:00 PM cocktail hour, 7:00 PM Bunco
$10 per person (cash or check only)
We’ll have prizes for the most buncos, most wins, a 50/50 raffle, and a silent auction.

Western Attire encouraged.  


February 17, 2022
Check-in starts at 6:30 PM, trivia starts at 7:00 PM

• $10 entry fee per team.
• Maximum six people per team (and at the table).
• Food (TBD), beverages, and popcorn available for purchase.
• Raffle for charity with fun prizes to win. $1 per ticket. Different charity each month.
• Prizes for winning team and the best team name.
• Honor system: please keep your electronic devices closed.

Volunteers needed!
1) Check vaccination cards at the door and sign-in guests
2) Food and beverage runners

Email Cindy Peterson (doncinpete@comcast.net) and Kelly Jones (kmkjones@comcast.net) for more info and to volunteer.

Sunset Bay Lodge at the Ballard Elks
Special Rates for Winter Rentals!

Sunset Bay Lodge at the Ballard Elks is offering discounted rates between now and Memorial Day. The North Room is available weekdays and Sundays for $2,400 for members, $3,000 for non-members. The South Room, otherwise known as Secret Beach Bar, is available Monday – Thursday at the same price! (Rates for the other days vary slightly based on date and availability.)

Both spaces are perfect locations for birthday parties, retirement parties, class reunions, weddings, anniversaries, family get-togethers, celebrations of life, company meetings, auctions, fundraisers, you name it!

We have formed partnerships with vendors who can provide food, staff, décor, DJ’s, bands, specialty lighting and more – everything you need to make your special event a memorable one.

Check out the website for photos and more information at http://www.sunsetbaylodgeballard.com and see our article in the February Antler’s for a profile on one of our great vendors partners!

Email karrig@sunsetbaylodgeballard.com today to book your next event!

Lodge 827 will remain closed and will not reopen until Thursday January 13th at 3:00 PM.

Update!!! update!!! Update!!!!!

Dear Lodge 827 Members,
Due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 omicron variant within our county and city, Lodge 827 will remain closed and will not reopen until Thursday January 13th at 3:00 PM. The Lodge will then close nightly at 9:00 PM from that date until further notice.

Stay safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you back at the Lodge later this week for Taco Thursday.

We will be downstairs seven days a week!

As we come to the end of the regular NFL season and move into the playoffs we will be in the downstairs social quarters 7 days a week. Come on down and enjoy the new TV set up (4 different games can be on at one time) and a TV in the family area as well. The patio will also be open and heated for your enjoyment.

Just a reminder that we now have food 7 days a week!

We look forward to seeing you down at the Secret Beach Bar.

January Newsletter

News, Notices and Updates

From Your Exalted Ruler, Cindy Olsby

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to my fellow 827 Members!  I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and hope that I’ll see many of you at the upcoming Elks events listed below – such as the New Year’s Eve party and the Polar Plunge!  Or Trivia!  Or Bingo!

And yes, I’m plunging!!

Fraternally yours, Cindy

COVID REGULATIONS STILL IN EFFECT 
People ages 12 and older are required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result to enter indoor and outdoor establishments in King County – including the Ballard Elks Lodge.  Membership cards are being stamped to indicate that you’ve shown proof of vaccination so that you only need to show your card with that stamp when you enter the Lodge in the future.

To find COVID-19 vaccination locations near you, visit kingcounty.gov/vaccine.

Volunteers Needed – New Year’s Eve Party!

Is your New Year’s Resolution to volunteer more at the Elks?  Now’s your chance to log some volunteer hours by helping out at the New Year’s Eve Party! 

Volunteers are needed in these areas:

  • Setup and Decorating 12/31, 3:00 – 4:30 or 4:30 – 6:00
  • Welcome Table: Check vax cards and collect tickets and greet the guests! (1 hour shifts)
  • Raffle Ticket Sales (1 hour shifts)
  • Food / Trash Monitor – help bus tables and empty trash bins (1 hour shifts)
  • Post-Event Clean Up January 1st, 9:30 – 10:30 or 10:30 – 11:30
To volunteer or for more information go to:  https://forms.gle/aQevyGQvAwbysXD9A

LODGE MEETING

Tuesday, January 11th, 7:30 PM

Make it your New Year Resolution to attend more lodge meetings –

starting with this one!

All members are Welkcome!

JANUARY WINE CLUB!

THURSDAY, JANUARY 13th, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

  • $15.00 for 4 tastings
  • Upstairs Lodge Hall
  • 60 people max
CONVENTION!

SEMI-ANNUAL MEETING 2022 January 13th – 16th
DoubleTree by Hilton-Seattle Airport

Represent Lodge #827, meet fellow Elks from all the other Washington state lodges and join your lodge’s officers at the WA State Elks Winter Convention.  We are hosting the North District Hospitality suite too!  Check with our Exalted Ruler as to how you can help or email leadingknight@ballardelks.org.

For more information, visit:  https://waelks.org/register-for-winter-convention/


Welkcome Back Trivia!
January 20, 2022 and beyond!Trivia Is Back!  The rumor is true – Trivia Night is returning to the Ballard Elks in January. Mark your 2022 calendar for the third Thursday of every month, starting with January 20. Check-in starts at 6:30 p.m., trivia starts at 7 p.m.

Here’s the scoop.
• $10 entry fee per team.
• Maximum six people per team (and at the table).
• Food (TBD), beverages, and popcorn available for purchase.
• Raffle for charity with fun prizes to win. $1 per ticket. Different charity each month.
• Prizes for winning team and the best team name.
• Honor system: please keep your electronic devices closed.
• COVID guidelines apply – all participants must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to enter the Ballard Elks. Masks are required when you are not eating or drinking. If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home.

Volunteers needed!
1) We need someone to check vaccination cards at the door and sign-in guests
2) Food and beverage runners

Email Cindy Peterson (doncinpete@comcast.net) and Kelly Jones (kmkjones@comcast.net) for more info and to volunteer.

  SAVE THE DATE!

Ballard Elks Emblem Club Bunco

Saturday, February 5th
6pm cocktail hour, 7pm Bunco!

Sunset Bay Lodge at the Ballard Elks
– Special Rates for Winter Rentals! –

Sunset Bay Lodge at the Ballard Elks is running a special between now and Memorial Day. The North Room is available weekdays and Sundays for $2,400 for members, $3,000 for non-members. The South Room, otherwise known as Secret Beach Bar, is available Monday – Thursday at the same price! (Rates for the other days vary slightly based on date and availability.)

Both spaces are perfect locations for birthday parties, retirement parties, class reunions, weddings, anniversaries, family get-togethers, celebrations of life, company meetings, auctions, fundraisers, you name it!

We have formed partnerships with vendors who can provide food, staff, décor, DJ’s, bands, specialty lighting and more – everything you need to make your special event a memorable one.

Check out the website for photos and more info: http://www.sunsetbaylodgeballard.com

 

December Events

Chef Will is in the house!  
Our new cook’s first day is Wednesday, December 1st.  Come on down to the Lodge and “welkcome” him to the 827!He’ll be cooking Wednesday thru Saturday nights 4:00 – 8:00 PM and Sunday Breakfast 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  *Chef Cliffy is cooking breakfast 12/4 and 12/11 by the way…

And get ready for a new menu with a Southern influence, coming soon!

P.S.  We are still looking for a cook for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights!

COVID REGULATIONS ARE STILL IN EFFECT 
People ages 12 and older are required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result to enter indoor and outdoor establishments in King County – including the Ballard Elks Lodge.  Membership cards are being stamped to indicate that you’ve shown proof of vaccination so that you only need to show your card with that stamp when you enter the Lodge in the future.

To find COVID-19 vaccination locations near you, visit kingcounty.gov/vaccine.

Elks Memorial Service – Sunday December 5th

You are invited to the annual Ballard Elks Memorial Service.  Please join us to remember the Elk Brothers and Sisters we have lost these past two years.

Breakfast will begin at 10 AM with a Short Ceremony to follow.

Please RSVP to 206-784-0827

Hoop Shoot Contest
Saturday, December 11, 4:30 PM
The Ballard Elks Lodge annual Hoop Shoot contest is December 11th at 4:30pm at the Ballard Boys and Girls Club!

We are looking forward to a great turn out this year, and seeing all the kids having a blast. The winners of each age group advance to regionals in Mount Vernon in January with a possible chance of qualifying for the finals in Chicago!

Come on out and join the fun!

Ballard Elks Holiday Festivus!
Sunday, December 12th, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
We have raffle items from Nordic Heritage Museum, KAVU, Peddler Brewing Company, Skal Beer Hall, Walrus and Carpenter, Picolino’s and MANY MORE!!! 

LODGE MEETING
Tuesday, December 14th, 7:30 PM

This will be our only meeting in December.
Don’t miss it!

All members are Welkcome!

Christmas Basket Program – Help Needed!
Food Drive Thru December 14th, 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Help Clean Up December 16th, 1:30 PM
Basket Delivery December 18th, 9:30 AM