Support Ballard Elks Lodge #827

Support Ballard Elks Lodge #827

Support Ballard Elks Lodge #827

Support Ballard Elks Lodge #827 – We know that money is tight for a lot of people right now, however if you are able –  Please consider a donation to the lodge. 

Any amount is greatly appreciated.  All money collected will go to the operating fund to cover much needed operating costs.   

Thank-you in advance!

Donate to the Building Fund

The Ballard Elks Park-a-thon – Raise Funds for the Lodge!

The Ballard Elks Park-a-thon – Raise Funds for the Lodge!

The Ballard Elks are doing all we can to survive the Pandemic! We will begin our newest fundraiser …
The Ballard Elks Park-a-thon, starting July 1st 2020!
Tell your friends!!  Visit the Facebook Event Page
Non-Members – Park in our huge parking lot ALL DAY for just $20 while you kayak, paddle, swim or enjoy a stroll to Golden Gardens.
Bring a picnic lunch or takeout or order from Miri’s for a fun summer day!
Bring your bikes and ride the trail, knowing your vehicle is legally parked for the day!
(The Elks are not responsible for lost or stolen items)
Get yourself and your family out of the house and into open spaces and fresh air!
Of course members park for FREE with an up-to-date parking pass or membership card; just show it to the duty officer upon entry.
We will also be taking donations for our Building Fund. The pandemic may have shut us down for now, but our Lodge will still be there for us with your support!
Want to volunteer Saturday or Sunday?  Email to sign up!
Skyler Palmer: Tidal Currents and Marine Navigation Thurs to 7:30 – Zoom

Skyler Palmer: Tidal Currents and Marine Navigation Thurs to 7:30 – Zoom


Zoom Talk: Skyler Palmer: Tidal Currents and Marine Navigation

Public Hosted by 

Ballard Elks Paddle Club
Thursday evening 7/23 at 7:30p BEPC will host a talk by BEPC member and expert sailor and paddle boarder Skyler Palmer on how to plan for paddling trips and races by using tidal currents and marine navigation for making smart decisions. Skyler gave this talk last November and it was so popular and useful we decided to offer it again. This is going to be a terrific talk – don’t miss it!
Where to Meet:
Due to Phase 2 restrictions in place as of 7/20 this meeting will need to be held over Zoom. We are sorry for the late change!
Entry Fees
-Free for BEPC members but donations always welcome!
$10 for non-membersdonation options: PayPal to, mail cash or check payable to Ballard Elks to: Harry Oesterreicher, 5016 20th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Proceeds donated to the Elks Scholarship Fund.
Nick Papa – President
Skyler Palmer – Vice President for Race Events
Lisa Rider – Vice President for Non-Race Events
Jim Bohn – Secretary
Harry Oesterreicher – Treasurer

Ballard Elks Paddling Club Race Tonight 7pm –

Ballard Elks Paddling Club Race Tonight 7pm –

Ballard Elks Race Series #4
Safety meeting: 6.30pm
Start: 7pm
Register Here:
Reminder: last week we had a handful of racers who didn’t pre-register, and also wanted to pay with cash.
We want to include and accommodate everyone, but COVID makes this difficult. We cap our races at 24 entrants, and have introduced online payments to simplify registration and reduce person-to-person contact. With the largest daily increase of cases in WA last Thursday since COVID began, we encourage all to pre-register and won’t be able to accommodate walk-ups until conditions improve.
If you didn’t pay last week, that’s fine. If you feel like making a donation to the Paddle Club, here’s a Paypal link to do so.
Paypal for donation:

July Membership Meeting Will Be on Zoom

Things are moving forward at the Lodge as we adjust to Phase 2 of being open. Larry is back in the kitchen cooking up some awesome specials. The Social Quarters is back open and expanded into the Lodge Hall. It is offering some semblance of normalcy for us. Thank you to all who have come down to enjoy the facilities and pay your dues so far.

That being said, we have decided to hold this month’s Lodge Meeting via Zoom. Last time we had almost 40 people attend via Zoom. Since gatherings of that size are still limited, I felt this to be the safest option for our members. We will look at a hybrid in-person/Zoom option in August as things progress.

Jul 14, 2020 7:30 PM

If you would like to attend, please email Sean Reddy at for the Zoom link. Please note that your membership must be current to attend, and include your membership # in the email.

Ballard Elks Paddling Club Monday Race – July 6

Ballard Elks Paddling Club Monday Race – July 6

Summer Race Series #2: July 6th, 7pm
Mandatory skippers meeting at 6:30PM
to go over course and safety guidelines.

1) Signup link:
2) Cost: $5 for Elks (use discount code BEPC when checking out) $10 for non-members.
3) Max cap: 24 racers

Get it awn! Last week’s revival of the BEPC summer race series was hectic – that wind and current and chop!

This week we’ll extend the distance to 6K – about 3.7 miles – with a Palmer custom course that should give everyone a little bit of everything. Hoping for some fun breeze to ride back into the channel.

Treasurer Harry O has solved a known friction and moved out payment systems online. Paddle Club Members MUST use discount code BEPC to get membership price, otherwise the cost will be $10.

Our pre-race routine will follow last time’s successful and safe format: masks on until on the water, will launch in heats set day of the race, drafting is OK, pass at safe distance, and in all circumstances off water maintain physical distancing.

It takes a village, or in this case a flotilla!

Share’n is Care’n Committee Update

Covid-19 Volunteer Work

The response has been nothing short of amazing for this lodge committee.

We now have 25 members going through our entire membership list and making attempts at contacting each and every person from our oldest to our youngest members, to our delinquent members and our new candidates alike.  One of these volunteers knows the burden of this virus too well as she sits home recovering from a thankfully mild case while thinking of her friends going through a much more severe sickness.

In these calls and emails our volunteers are asking our members what we can do for you.  Help with walking a dog, bringing a meal by, going grocery shopping and the like.  We’ve had some fun requests like a young good-looking companion to keep me company or beer delivery services.  These, of course, are in jest and bring some lighthearted conversation to an otherwise stressful situation while just waiting things out with so many unknowns.  But each member contacted now knows where they can turn if they do need help.  That is a comfort each member can hold onto.

The Share’n committee has also put together a list of over 30 members willing to do something to help.  To go get those groceries or walk that dog or sew up some protective gear and more.  We have the volunteers ready to help above and beyond the 25 members making phone calls and emails.

On the negative side we have learned about an elderly member who recently passed away (unrelated to the covid-19 virus) and two other members that are in the hospital struggling with the virus itself.  This virus is real to our lodge and community.

Please know that the Share’n is Care’n committee does have some basic funding from previous fundraising events we’ve had at the lodge.  If you want to do something below but need help with funds please ask.  If you need funds to get a lift to the doctor please ask.  Email to

Specific requests we have received:

  • A member that recently moved out of our region shared struggling with getting food for her and her family. This person’s contact was passed on to our lodge Standing Relief Committee for them to follow up with
  • A member that is a doctor at Harbor View asked for help with childcare services. Elementary age kids that live in the Loyal Heights area.  Information was shared from another member not on our committee about what the Ballard Boys and Girls club is offering for childcare for those in the health care industry.  More may be needed in this situation from our membership.
  • A member working at the Columbia Lutheran Home on Phinney came to us with a number of requests:
    • We are in desperate need of nurses and nurse aides [at the Columbia Lutheran Home]. They have released the regulations so even those who are retired can be working.
    • We also need housekeepers, laundry workers, maintenance and kitchen help. If you know someone out of work right now they could start right away.
    • We could use disposable or washable gowns (we have found that washable choir robes are perfect with elastic at the wrists) and masks
    • We need cards and letters for our Residents. Something handmade would be wonderful.  Cards to brighten their day and give them a little hope and kindness.
      • Cards can be mailed to:

Columbia Lutheran Home
Share’n Cards
4700 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, Washington 98103

    • We also have some sewing projects if you know someone who sews.
    • Staff comfort requests
        • Hand lotions (travel size so they don’t share them)
        • K Cup for coffee maker
        • Individually packaged snacks (not homemade due to the risk of foodborne illness)
        • Sanitizing wipes

Please contact for any of the above items for Columbia Lutheran Home:
via email at
Beth Hartman
Columbia Lutheran Home
4700 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103



Share’n is Care’n

As Elks, our members are never forgotten, never forsaken.  In these uncertain times Elks remember this obligation and step up to help their fellow members, give them hope and fellowship, possibly a helping hand if so needed.

We are lucky here at Ballard Elks Lodge #827, years ago our wonderful member Sharon Goochey created the Share’n is Care’n fund that still exists today to help our members in need.  It’s now that we are truly thankful for Sharon’s foresight.

SHARE’N – Send Help And Resources Elk Nation

The original mission Statement –

Sharon pictured center

To help Ballard Elks Members in sickness or distress.  The goal is ‘ease of day,’ meaning, how can we help make someone’s day easier while they are dealing with their current situation?  This could be meal deliveries, cab rides to doctor appointments, small household projects, help with errands, etc.

It is now that we need your help to honor Sharon’s foresight and reinvigorate this amazing program – if for nothing more than a phone call from a fellow member giving hope and kindness.

We need a minimum of 20 members to step up and offer to help contact each and every one of our members, say hello, have a conversation, ask what they need and how they can get help or how they can give help to their fellow Elks.

Logistics –

  • Directly contact by phone (preferably) or email our 2000+ members. Contact information will be provided to you by the committee organizer.
    • With 20 members helping that is approximately 100 phone calls each – no matter where they live.
    • Make a record of your contact and what they need or can offer
      • Need a phone call back to chat
      • Need a lawn mowed
      • Need something delivered from the store
      • Can help someone with
      • Can offer financial assistance if needed
    • Follow through with what they need or can offer to it’s end.  You don’t have to do it yourself but you will need to make an effort to find someone that can do it or connect the member with someone they can help.
    • Follow up with everyone regularly through these tough times
    • Build the fellowship in our membership through your efforts.

This will be time consuming, but your efforts will be rewarding.

The Share’n is Care’n committee is re-instituted and we need 20+ members for our working committee and committee Chair(s).  If you want to run this program or help out we need  you to say so.

No Member is Alone

Can You Help?

Please contact Ben Braden at to get on board today.