Elk of the Month – We’ve had some great nominations this year for Elk of the Month from our members but this month we have a nomination that goes beyond the one Elk one Award philosophy and opens the door to nominate a group of Elks that exemplify the reason we are here as members of the Elks. To have fun with each other and pool our energy’s together to make something bigger than ourselves. Something we couldn’t have done on our own.
I was still an officer when these Elks came to us with an idea for a fun event at our lodge. My initial reaction to their idea was along the lines of “this will never work,” and I don’t think I was alone in that reaction – But – and there is always a but, we had a group of enthusiastic Elks members that wanted to do something together to make some fun happen at our lodge and hopefully raise some funds for charity. How could we say no?
Friday Night Bingo checks all the boxes of Elkdom. Yeah, other than the bingo part it’s a far cry from conventional but our little hamlet of Ballard hasn’t ever been known for that attribute for as long as I can remember. This group of Elks organizes an event each and every month that brings Elks together, inside our lodge, to have fun. And I gotta tell ya, if you’ve not been to one of these events you’re missin’ out. Over a hundred people will be in attendance and enjoying the themed evenings and capitalizing on the ability to share a little of the fun we have as Elks with their friends as they drag them along as guests. I’ve heard many a conversation along the lines of “this is what you do as Elks?” Followed by “Yes, and the thousands we raised tonight goes to charity!”
And I mean thousands. Since beginning this event in October of 2017 these Elks have not only created some amazing fun for hundreds of Elks and their guests they have raised over $29,000 for charities like Tall Elks Children’s Therapy Program, Mary’s Place, The Paradise Elks Lodge disaster relief, our Lodge Building Fund and more. In just 15 nights they have raised over $29,000 – Wow!
Catherine Rundell, Wendy Sedlacek, Dee Ann Evans, April Schoen, Lisa Merlin, Jennifer Morris, Roy Ridgeway, Nicole Mathews, Allison Krieger, Jill Yerkovich – Thank you! As a group you have created a microcosm of what it means to be an Elk and through your efforts are helping build the fun in Ballard and giving meaning to both your membership and the membership of every other member of our lodge by using that fun to build our charitable giving to our community. Well done and thank you.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org