As we approached the end of another calendar year, we have witnessed the American people voice their challenge to our government leaders. Americans have chosen a new leader and will stand united with him in furtherance of his promise to fulfill their hopes and dreams.
As ELKS, we need to stand together in fulfilling the oath and obligation we took during our initiation. We were deemed worthy of the confidence of our brothers and sisters at the time we were approved for membership in the Lodge. We were reminded that our highest duty as an Elk Is to keep that obligation inviolate. We are not permitted to expunge a paragraph, eliminate a sentence, or evade a responsibility, nor can we lay it aside when we leave the lodge room.
The principles of our Order are Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love, and Fidelity. Fidelity is the motto of the station of the Exalted Ruler. Fidelity implies strict adherence to our obligation and faithfulness in the discharge of our duties as members of society. As your elected “Exalted Ruler” I took this same oath and additionally swore to serve as the Lodge leader with impartiality. I strive daily to represent all Elk members with respect and impartiality. I, as an Elk, do not agree with all the rules and regulations that govern our order. I do, however; firmly believe that until these rules and regulations are officially revised or eliminated, as Elks we must abide by them.
Further, I stand strong in my position that every Elk has the same rights in the Lodge. Each has one vote on any issue that comes before the Lodge. I also believe that authority comes with the responsibility of proper implementation. Not all Elks have equal authority. The December “Chatter” contained an article setting forth the areas of authority/responsibility in the Lodge. I still have many complaints as to individuals not accepting the limit of their authority. Please re-read the article as well as your oath and obligation. I believe these principles are what make us what we are today. Elkdom was not born out of one individuals quest for power or control. The purpose was and is today to build a strong America by keeping the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love, and Fidelity alive forever.
God Bless America
We, the Trustees, would like your thought on removing the current E.N.F. Board information in the Dining Room, and all names and re-lated information. It has been discussed to use the Boards to display an Elks Pin Set donated by a deceased former Member of our Lodge, Clinton “Pete” Peterson. Please see any one of the Trustees to give your thoughts on the project. Dale Blomker, Trustee Chairman
At the invitation of Benevilla, the Sun City Elks recently visited the Wirtzie’s Preschool and Child Care facility, as well as Lucy Anne's Place, the first adult day center in Arizona to have a built-in intergenerational program. Both are located at Benevilla’s main campus in Surprise, AZ. Made up of structured and purposeful activities, the optional intergenerational program promotes unique interaction between adult participants enrolled in Lucy Anne's Place and children enrolled in Wirtzie's. Both care centers showcase Benevilla’s mission of “cultivating caring communities”.
In addition to eight Sun City Elks and “Dancer”, a team member’s pet therapy dog, “Elroy the Elk” came along to entertain the kids and give each a stuffed animal memento. Visits made by the Sun City Elks to Benevilla on August 22 and September 12, and other local care centers and agencies are part of the Sun City Elks lodge #2559 Community Outreach and Services program. “Elks Care, Elks Share”.
Ed McDonnell, a member of the Sun City Elks Lodge, is the first Elk to receive this Award. Ed has been involved in many programs sponsored by the Lodge.
With untold hours of research, he introduced “Prevention through Education” Drug Awareness program in 13 schools located in the Dysart and Peoria Unified School Districts, plus 2 Charter Schools.Continuing in Drug Awareness, he introduced a new program designed for Junior & Senior High Schools, “The Truth About Drugs”.
He has taught his programs at the Arizona Elks Assoc. Conventions and the National Convention. He is well known and highly regarded by the Police Departments of Peoria, Surprise, and El Mirage. Through his efforts, the Sun City Lodge was presented 1st place Awards for Drug Awareness for 5 years,
Seemingly, a tireless man and an accomplished speaker, Ed has introduce a new program called “Meet & Greet” for community outreach in which Elks will visit Seniors suffering from Alzheimers and dementia, trying to comfort, sing with and entertain them.
Each is given a stuffed animal before leaving.
During the past year the Sun City Elks has brought their “Meet ‘n Greet” community outreach program to more than 1,200 seniors residing in 25 local Memory Care centers for residents with varied stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
These one on one visits, always accompanied with smiles, laughs and the sharing of individual journeys has now expanded to a new stage. The Sun City Elks has introduced music therapy into “Meet ‘n Greet”.
One lodge member, Bob Bjornaas, has produced a collection of organ music from the 40’s thru 80’s, most of which are mellow and comforting, yet uplifting and entertaining. Where already instituted, they are being used both in group ‘sing a long’ sessions, and some are played within their room for relaxation. The most recent music was introduced by the Elk’s own troubadour, Darrell Smith, on July 10th. Along with his guitar, Darrell shares a collection of country, gospel, and other music familiar to most.
These musical therapy additions to the lodge’s “Meet ‘n Greet” Program are part of a continued evolution of our community outreach commitment.