Who’s News

September 25, 2012

Elks Lodge takes Special Olympians to Mariners game

The Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge in Issaquah took 60 Special Olympics youths and their caregivers to a Seattle Mariners baseball game Sept. 23 thanks to a $2,000 grant from the Elks National Foundation.

The money also paid for transportation and refreshment costs.

The Mariners acknowledged the Special Olympians in attendance at the end of the fourth inning on the large scoreboard. The youths are members of the Issaquah Special Olympics baseball team.

Off the Press

August 21, 2012

The days of the cookie or bake sale as fundraiser are long past. Even the car wash doesn’t bring in as much as it used to. When the goal is to go way beyond the hundreds and bring in thousands of dollars for a cause, groups have turned to the big events to draw in the bigger spenders, such as community luncheons or the charity golf tournament.

David Hayes
Press reporter

Might I suggest another such option — the amateur poker tournament.

Ever since Chris Moneymaker (never a better name for a topic) won the 2004 World Series of Poker, everyone and their sister has tried their hand at Texas Hold ’Em. As the old timers say, it only takes a minute to learn, but a lifetime to master.

But if mastery is not your goal, then consider a fun time to be had by all. Every event has enough players with the knowhow to guide the newbies into knowing when to hold ’em, when to fold ’em, and when to walk away (hat tip to Kenny Rogers).

And I just happen to know a place right here in Issaquah that has a gambling license, blessed by the state, that allows sanctioned fundraisers for just said purpose — the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge.

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Elks host Independence Day breakfast before communty celebration

June 30, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. June 30, 2012

Independence Day revelers can stop at the local Elks Lodge for breakfast before celebrating the holiday.

Lake Sammamish Elks No. 1843 members plan to host a 4th of July Community Pancake Breakfast from 7-10 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, 765 Rainier Blvd. N., in downtown Issaquah.

The menu includes pancakes — of course — plus ham and eggs.

The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children. The breakfast is open to the public. Call 392-1400 to learn more.

After breakfast, revelers can catch the Kids, Pets ‘n’ Pride Parade and head to the Down Home Fourth of July and Heritage Day celebration.

Who’s News

March 20, 2012

Wounded warriors treated to snowmobiling trip

Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge and the Cascade Drift Skippers

A local group of wounded warriors were treated by the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge and the Cascade Drift Skippers for a day of snowmobiling and barbecue March 3.

Elks member Monte Russell (left) escorted to Snoqualmie Pass U.S. Army members (not in order) Ulises Osequera, Gregory Williams, Glenda Gates, John Steele, Rebecca Carroll, Jazz Burney, Jeanette Rodriquez, Jade Phillip and Bruce Harley.

Salmon Days Festival delivers mild, wild fun

October 4, 2011

Issaquah’s annual celebration returns for 42nd year

The S’Duk Albix parade float, with Snoqualmie Tribe members, enthralls Grande Parade spectators. Phot0 by Greg Farrar

Organizers promised a wild Salmon Days Festival.

The mild temperatures — misty clouds on Oct. 1 yielded to stray sunshine Oct. 2 — belied a rowdy theme, and crowds turned out in droves for the salmon-centric celebration.

The festival unfolded as a tribute to the untamed under the theme “Wild Things!” — a riff on the classic children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are.”

Salmon Days spanned Issaquah, from hydroplane races on Lake Sammamish to booths lined up downtown to a float-filled parade inching along city streets. The festival lured more than 150,000 people to Issaquah as the annual autumn celebration returned for a 42nd year.

To celebrate the occasion, Maple Valley resident Bob Taylor ordered a Flintstonian turkey leg from a Foods of the World booth along the trolley track and tore off a bite from the outsized drumstick.

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Elks’ lodge poker league rolls out the felt

August 16, 2011

Players of all skill levels invited to series of charity tournaments

ESPN’s live coverage of the 2011 World Series of Poker main event has the side effect of getting people’s blood pumping to join in on the action.

Participants of the Elks Lodge poker league get ready to shuffle up and deal at a recent tournament’s final table. By Tina Eggers

Whether you’re in search of some poker action outside the home game or somewhere closer than a card room or casino, then look no further than Issaquah’s Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge No. 1843.

The 2011 fall Texas Hold ’Em Poker League starts Aug. 27 and organizers are looking for more players to fill out the roster.

The league, now in its sixth year, has attracted players of varying skill levels. Sharyn Solum, 65, recently retired, was looking for a hobby to fill her free time when a former city co-worker and Elks member introduced her to the action.

“Tina Eggers brought me in to try it out,” Solum said regarding Issaquah’s city clerk. “I’d been playing for a couple of years but learned a lot more from the more experienced players.”

The league follows the same format as any other tournament, with only a few differences. Played each month the first and third Saturday (the league kicks off early Aug. 27 because of the holiday weekend Sept. 3), players buy in for $35 and may re-buy as many times as they want when they go broke for the first three rounds of action.

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Birthday celebration helps others with rare developmental disorder

July 19, 2011

Dalean Pack prepares to blow out the candles on her 23rd birthday cake. By Dale Pack

Dalean Pack smiled as friends and family wished her a happy 23rd birthday at the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge No. 1843 on June 16. But the party was more than just a birthday celebration.

Dalean, who was diagnosed with pachygyria soon after birth, is the Washington Elks Therapy Program for Children poster girl. The party was also a fundraiser for the program.

Dalean, of Preston, was originally diagnosed with lissencephaly, a gene-linked brain malformation that results in the absence of folds, called gyri, in the cerebral cortex.

“Doctors said she wouldn’t make it past her first year,” Dalean’s father Dale Pack said.

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Off the Press

July 5, 2011

Our police blotter page is routinely one of the most well-read sections of our paper.

David Hayes Press Reporter

Its clever, pithy headlines elicit chuckles while informing readers of criminal activity in our community.

Unfortunately, a police report is only funny as long as it happens to someone else.

Last week, the Elks Lodge was broken into in an incident you will most likely read about soon on the blotter page. As a member, I was enraged to discover the breach of our public sanctum. Secretary Don Schafer went to work June 30 to discover his office door open, which he always locks when he leaves. After discovering his office trashed, he feared the worst.

“When I saw the bar area, I said, ‘Oh, shit’ and called the police,” Schafer said.

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Issaquah High School graduate becomes SAT coach

June 7, 2011

Stephen Jacobson did so well on the SAT, he’s teaching a course to help others ace the test.

Stephen Jacobson

Jacobson, a 2009 graduate of Issaquah High School, earned a 2,380 out of a possible 2,400 on his SAT exam. Now, the sophomore at Vanderbilt University is majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in engineering management.

Not surprisingly, math is his favorite section of the SAT, but he has an encyclopedia of tips he plans to share concerning the reading and writing sections, too.

“It’s about beating the test,” Jacobson said. “It’s not about knowing everything.”

This past year, Ivy Insiders, a program offered through Revolution Prep, contacted Jacobson, asking him if he would teach a prep SAT class this summer in Issaquah. The hiring process for Ivy Insiders is selective; only undergraduates who have scored in the 99th percentiles on the SAT within the past three years can teach the company’s classes.

The company also looks at leadership qualities, and was impressed with his résumé, which included earning his Eagle Scout badge and placement as a National Merit scholar.

“Stephen is our ideal instructor,” Ivy Insiders Program Director Jane Gagnon said. “He was a community leader in high school and he scored fabulously well on the SAT. We thought that Stephen would be the perfect role model.”

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Issaquah poker tournament fosters sister city ties

March 29, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. March 29, 2011

Pull up a chair at the poker table and help foster the sister-city bond between Issaquah and Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Members of the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge, alongside the municipal Sister Cities Commission and the nonprofit American Moroccan International Exchange, host a Texas Hold ‘em poker fundraiser at 6 p.m. April 8 at the lodge, 765 Rainier Blvd. N.

Proceeds from the poker tournament benefit Sister Cities Commission activities, such as helping to bring artists to Issaquah from Chefchaouen to share art and culture in local schools and at the Salmon Days Festival.

Registration starts at 5 p.m. April 8 and all participants must be registered before the 6 p.m. start time. The buy-in is a $50 donation. The awards include donated prizes and cash. Call 837-3000 to learn more.

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