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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: https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=216215
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
sharen@ballardelks.org

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 sharen@ballardelks.org

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 bethhartman@columbialutheranhome.org
or
Beth Hartman
Columbia Lutheran Home
4700 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

 

 

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!

 

Cub Scout Fundraiser

The Cub Scouts are raising money for their new Pinewood Derby track and for pack scholarships helping those in need with scouting costs. Please come by when you see us in the lobby and pick up a Chinook Book for $25.

Direct donations are always accepted and appreciated.

The Cub Scouts will be selling them over the next few months at several events.

The Chinook Books have some GREAT local coupons. Swansons, Mighty O Doughnuts, Cupcake Royal, Razzis Pizza, Ballard and Central Markets, Goodwill, as well as Washing state Ferries, 5th avenue Theater and bus passes. Thanks to all those who have already purchased them.

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