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Our Past Exalted Ruler Association

We’re completing our first year!  The Ballard Past Exalted Ruler Association, in the process of being reborn, is now coming up on its first complete year of meetings and activities in longer than any of us can remember.  A significant achievement and one our lodge and fellow Elks are beginning to see a benefit from.

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Elk of the Month! – Cindy Lund

The new year us upon us and it’s time for our first Elk of the Month for 2020.  January’s Elk of the Month joined our lodge in October of 2018 and almost immediately said “I want to help out,” and began running food orders for our social quarters.  She is in attendance at many of our events and helped represent our lodge at the annual Syttende Mai and Greenwood Parades, huge community awareness events about our lodge.  When asked to help with our Membership Social this past year she quickly replied yes.

This member learned about the Membership Committee and all the amazing things this committee does for our lodge, then she asked if she could join it.  Almost everything at our lodge functions on the backs of Volunteers and when we have a member seek out a position, ask to join a committee, it makes things exponentially easier for our officers while making our lodge better for all our members.  How did she find out about the Committee and it’s needs you ask?  She has attended every lodge meeting since she joined our Ballard Elks in October of 2018.  She’s taken the time to learn and support her lodge – because that’s what Elks do.

She is now taking on the role of Volunteer Coordinator for our lodge.  Making the effort to connect our members that want to volunteer with the people that need those volunteers.  As someone that has taken the time to learn our lodge and our system to the level she has we expect her to empower more new volunteers to step up and help out with her direction as Volunteer Coordinator.

Cindy Lund – Thank you!  You’ve gone above and beyond to help our lodge with your volunteer efforts.  To learn as much as you have about our lodge and do so much for our lodge in such a short time is commendable and exemplifies perfectly that Elks Do.

Well done and thank you from the Past Exalted Ruler Association and your fellow Elks at the Ballard Elks lodge 827.  It’s these types of actions that leave a lasting impression and prove a good deed honestly and properly preformed lasts forever.  It truly does.

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! – Peter Monsaas Jr.

The holiday season, that time for friends, family, and community and around our lodge it’s time for our annual Christmas Basket program began back in 1965 by our departed member PER Bill Chandler.  What began with passing the hat around to help a fellow Elk recently injured and in need, built into an amazing program helping build community in our neighborhoods and grounding our belief in helping our fellow man.

This past month a longtime member of 44 years stepped up and went above and beyond to help build the community we all value in our membership.  Interestingly, proposed by the same member that proposed Past Exalted Ruler Bill Chandler, this member built with his hands 60 gifts to be given out to our community with our Christmas baskets.  Energy and care put into 60 handmade connections to family, friends and brotherly love.

Peter Monsaas Jr. – Thank you!  You’ve gone above and beyond to help our lodge build community by making those amazing Ballard Elks emblazoned cribbage boards to be given away with our lodge Christmas baskets.  Your efforts are astounding in a day and age of online connections and quickly delivered gifts.  To do the work you did for such a noble cause exemplifies the values of Past Exalted Ruler Chandlers efforts and rekindles the value in personal effort for a great cause.  “The Christmas spirit around the holidays,” said PER Chandler, “generosity and helping others, is the best there is.”

Well done and thank you from the Past Exalted Ruler Association and your fellow Elks at the Ballard Elks lodge 827.  It’s these types of actions that leave a lasting impression and prove a good deed honestly and properly preformed lasts forever.

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

Membership Awards!

Another group of Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Award pins for the 2019/2020 Elks year have been earned!

We are honored to recognize our member’s efforts in bringing our community into the walls of our great lodge and strengthening the Great Heart of Elkdom by proposing new members to our lodge and benevolent society and then seeing these members through to initiation and finally membership in our order. Below are members that our Grand Exalted Ruler Robert L. Duitsman and your lodge membership committee would like to thank and congratulate for meeting and some exceeding the membership award goal of bringing in 3 new or reinstated members to our order.

These awards will be presented at our January 14th lodge meeting.

Our Ballard Elks Lodge Member’s Receiving a Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Award From Initiation in the 2018/2019 Grand Exalted Ruler’s Year

    • Mike Strandoo – 1 pin for bringing in 3 new members
    • Alexander Vaughan – 1 pin for bringing in 3 new members
    • Stephanie Hillman – 1 pin for bringing in 3 new members
    • Dee Ann Evans – 1 pin for bringing in 3 new members
    • Mary Lynn Bogdanovich – 1 membership award watch for bringing in 11 new members & 1 pin for bringing in 3 new members (her 5th pin of the year)

Grand Exalted Ruler Award pins are earned for any combination of 3 new or reinstated members.  One pin for every three members proposed and initiated during the Grand Exalted Rulers year.  A Grand Exalted Ruler Award watch is earned for any combination of 11 new or reinstated members. Congratulations & Thank you!

 

Membership Awards!

Another group of Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Award pins for the 2019/2020 Elks year have been earned!

We are honored to recognize our member’s efforts in bringing our community into the walls of our great lodge and strengthening the Great Heart of Elkdom by proposing new members to our lodge and benevolent society and then seeing these members through to initiation and finally membership in our order. Below are members that our Grand Exalted Ruler Robert L. Duitsman and your lodge membership committee would like to thank and congratulate for meeting and some exceeding the membership award goal of bringing in 3 new or reinstated members to our order.

These awards will be presented at our January 14th lodge meeting.

Our Ballard Elks Lodge Member’s Receiving a Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Award From Initiation in the 2018/2019 Grand Exalted Ruler’s Year

    • Cindy Olsby – 1 pin for bringing in 3 new members (her 2nd pin of the year)
    • Kristopher Purdy – 1 pin for bringing in 3 new members
    • Dana Brooks – 1 pin for bringing in 3 new members
    • Evan Boyd – 1 pin for bringing in 3 new members
    • Mary Lynn Bogdanovich – 2 pins for bringing in 6 new members (her 3rd and 4th pin of the year)
    • Kirk Utter – 1 pin for bringing in 3 new members

Grand Exalted Ruler Award pins are earned for any combination of 3 new or reinstated members.  One pin for every three members proposed and initiated during the Grand Exalted Rulers year.  A Grand Exalted Ruler Award watch is earned for any combination of 11 new or reinstated members. Congratulations & Thank you!

 

Elk of the Month!

The short days are upon us and with our early darkness comes some amazingly fun night time gatherings and events, one of which was recently organized and motivated by a particular member that our lodge Past Exalted Ruler Association and our Ballard Elks members would like to recognize.  He is an Elk that is time and again organizing something fun for our members that raises some serious dough for our lodge charities.

This member, initiated in April of 2002, is someone that exemplifies the can do attitude we all aspire to.  He quickly became involved with our lodge after initiation and joined our officer corps, eventually serving as our Exalted Ruler and being elected by our membership to Honorary Life Membership status in 2012 for his achievements and dedication to our lodge and order.  Now years later he continues to stay involved with our lodge and consistently puts on wonderful events throughout the year that give our members volunteer opportunities, fun times with great food and tops it all off with amazing amounts of donations for our charities.

He has proved pivotal to the success of events like our Salmon Dinner and Anti-Bullying plays and was recently seen spending countless hours preparing things for our annual Saints and Sinners Ball with all the other amazing event volunteers.  Not only did this event create fun for hundreds of members it brought in over $9,500.00 for lodge charities.  Supporting our Building Fund, Children’s Hospital, WSEA Therapy Program, Elks National Foundation, Christmas Baskets, Lodge Thanksgiving Dinner, Family Friday Night’s, Boy & Girl Scouts, MVS Scholarships, Youth Activities & our PER Association.  AMAZING!

Grims Gislason – Thank you!  You’ve gone above and beyond to help our lodge succeed for years and years.  Your support of Elkdom through proposing members, being active and motivational around our lodge and even your time in a state committee chair position sets the example of what it means to dedicate your time and energy to help build the social capital in our lodge and Elkdom we all benefit from.  Your efforts are helping build the fun and friendship in Ballard and is encouraging those around you, both new and long time members, to recognize what great opportunities we have and how they can do more for our lodge and our community.  Well done and thank you from the Past Exalted Ruler Association and your fellow Elks at the Ballard Elks lodge 827.  It’s these types of actions that leave a lasting impression and prove a good deed honestly and properly performed lasts forever.

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!

Fall is definitely upon us and as the crockpots come out of the cabinets the Past Exalted Ruler Association and our Ballard Elks Lodge would like to recognize an Elk that is grabbing the helmet by the horns and is resetting the bar of what a new member of our lodge can accomplish in their first year as an Elk.

This member of the Ballard Elks Lodge, initiated in September of 2018 (yep, just over a year ago), is someone that exemplifies the can do attitude we all aspire to.  She quickly became involved with our lodge membership committee after initiation and by April of 2019 became co-chair of this extremely important lodge committee.  She has proved pivotal to the success of events like our membership appreciation party in August and was recently seen spending countless hours preparing things for our 5th annual Frock Swap with all the other frocking volunteers.  She is a member of the Ballard Emblem Club #216 and has recently served as an officer and their president.

Shana Jackson – Thank you!  You’ve gone above and beyond to help our lodge succeed, to support Elkdom and to set the example of what it means to jump in feet first and quickly become connected to Elkdom and our community.  Your efforts are helping build the fun and friendship in Ballard and is encouraging those around you, both new and long time members, to recognize what great opportunities we have and how they can do more for our lodge and our community.  Well done and thank you from the Past Exalted Ruler Association and your fellow Elks at the Ballard Elks lodge 827.  It’s these types of actions that leave a lasting impression.

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

Help Your Lodge!

 

We need your help and involvement to continue to build upon the efforts of our past lodge members and officers to take this lodge, it’s growing membership and amazing facility, through the next few years and beyond.  It’s time to think about renewing the officer’s at the lodge.  Yes, our year won’t come to end until March 31st, but nominations for officers are taken at the first lodge meeting in February 2020.

Just 4 Months Away!

This is our chance to help lay down the course of the lodge and have our voices heard by placing capable members in position to lead our lodge that have the ability to act and make the direction a reality.  These officers do much more than act out the rituals of our meetings.  They take the time, each and every day, to deal with the activities of our lodge, support our members and their events, represent our members at the state and national levels and do the necessary work and make the important decisions to keep this lodge open for the generations of members to come through its doors.

What our lodge needs is a dedicated group of members that recognize the worth of this organization and can dedicate the time to make the necessary decisions and changes our lodge needs to keep our doors open for our members and their amazing volunteer energy.  Many of our officers are working full time jobs and have active growing families – don’t see retirement as a barrier to becoming an officer!

Your involvement makes success happen.

Often a current officer will move to the next position in line, ensuring institutional knowledge and development of the necessary skills as one progresses through the chairs.  This does not mean you can’t nominate another member for any position.  If you believe a current officer is not up to the task or isn’t representing our lodge as you would like, you are welcome to be nominated or nominate someone else for any position.

  • Nominations for Officers – February 11th, 2020
  • Nominations for positions without anyone nominated can happen on Election Day
  • Nominations on election day cannot be made for positions that have someone already nominated for that position
  • Election of Officers – February 25th, 2020

Each of us willingly joined this organization that our predecessors put their hearts and souls into.  We joined because what they created, nurtured and promoted was something that appealed to us.  Whether it was a connection to our community and its youth and veterans or the social connection to our neighbors that being a member offers, it’s something we each needed and had fulfilled when we joined the Elks.

There is also an opportunity to fill lodge appointed positions – Esquire, Chaplain, Inner Guard, Tiller, Organist, Presiding Justice, and Forum Mediator.  Each has unique duties that can be both challenging and rewarding of you just step up and ask about doing it.

There are more opportunities for you at the committee level – membership, drug awareness, youth activity, public relations and more.  Find the manuals on our website (ballardelks.org) and read up about the focus of each committee then tell the officers or Past Exalted Rulers that you want to do this – help the committee or take it on as a chair – we need your help to fulfill our duty to our lodge, our past members, our current members and all those amazing people in our community that will be joining our lodge in the years to come.

We have the opportunity to do something great as Elks.  It takes work, it takes time, there are going to be some bumps in the road, but if our members step up and jump on this opportunity and try, just try to do their best, we will have fulfilled our duty as an Elk.  We can’t do it without you.

Join your Past Exalted Rulers on the third Tuesday of November, the 19th, to ask us any questions you have and learn more about what you can expect with any of these positions.  We are here for our lodge – contact us via email with any questions at 827per@ballardelks.org

Membership Awards!

Our First group of Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Award pins of the 2019/2020 Elks year have been earned!

We are honored to recognize our member’s efforts in bringing our community into the walls of our great lodge and strengthening the Great Heart of Elkdom by proposing new members to our lodge and benevolent society and then seeing these members through to initiation and finally membership in our order. Below are four members that our Grand Exalted Ruler Robert L. Duitsman and your lodge membership committee would like to thank and congratulate for meeting and some exceeding the membership award goal of bringing in 3 new or reinstated members to our order.

These awards will be presented at our October 8th lodge meeting.

Our Ballard Elks Lodge Member’s Receiving a Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Award From Initiation in the 2018/2019 Grand Exalted Ruler’s Year

    • Cindy Olsby – 1 pin for bringing in 3 new members 
    • Grims Gislason, Past Exalted Ruler- 1 pin for bringing in 3 new members

Grand Exalted Ruler Award pins are earned for any combination of 3 new or reinstated members.  One pin for every three members proposed and initiated during the Grand Exalted Rulers year.  A Grand Exalted Ruler Award watch is earned for any combination of 11 new or reinstated members. Congratulations & Thank you!