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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: bepc827@harryo.com
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!

Ballard Elks Featured on King 5’s – Evening

Watch the full segment here
SEATTLE – You might think of the Elks Club as a place for a few cigar-chomping old men.  But Ballard’s Elks Lodge #827 is a whole new scene.
“We’re having a little bit of a resurgence,” said spokesman Brad Hole.
There’s something very modern happening at this chapter of the century-and-a-half-old social club.  It has one of the youngest memberships in the nation.
“We’re also the fastest-growing lodge in the country,” Hole said.
In just four years, Ballard has blossomed.
“It’s gone from about 400 members to over 13-hundred now,” Hole added.
What’s the secret?  Could be the location.
Hole said, “We’ve got this amazing lodge that’s on the water. Beautiful view.  We’ve got a deck.  We’ve got a little private beach here.”
Visitor Marco Scheuer added, “The sunset here is unreal.”
They also have a community-oriented philosophy. In addition to the club dues that keep the place running, activities like weekly standup paddle board races raise money for scholarships. And events throughout the year contribute to other local and national charities.
“As we grow that number gets higher and higher,” Hole said.
Sure, you’ll still spot some gray hair around here. And that’s part of the charm.
“We have 25-year-olds and we have people in their 90’s,” Hole said.
But the days of the all-male Elks club are long gone.  Something that took Natalie DeLeon by surprise just before she joined.
“When I asked a group of guys that I saw up on the deck, I said,  ‘Can girls go up there?'”  DeLeon recalled. “And they’re like, ‘Yes, of course they can.'”
The drinks are still strong, and so is the camaraderie, which is why this old club looks like it has a very bright future.
Hole said, “There’s something pretty special here.”

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