July and August went by like a tornado, and we started September with a bang! A new dance floor was installed and everyone is delighted. The annual Arizona Elks Major Project Golf Tournament was held in Show Low on Sep. 6th and 7th and 12 members of your Lodge participated, with Roger Ehrlich winning first place in a closest to the hole and the straightest drive contests, congratulations Roger! Plus, the event collected over $14,000 dollars in contributions which will go to the Steele Children’s Hospital in Tucson and the Youth Camp in Globe.
Monday, Sept. 8th, was a bad day in our Lodge as we had to close for the day as the monsoon was so bad most of the employees could not come in to work. Hopefully everyone that was disappointed by missing lunch and Spaghetti Night will understand, and will return as soon as we can get back on track.
As we prepare to travel to Tempe in October for the mid-year State Convention, I would like to invite those of you that can travel such short distance, to make an attempt to come out during those three days to show your support for your Lodge delegation. If interested, check with the Secretary for dates and place.
We are still looking for more volunteers to fill a few vacancies in some of our committees. Please check with any of the Chair Officers to see if any of the activities will interest you. Last but not least, don’t forget to attend one of our monthly meetings, as we continue to move forward in many of our endeavors. Don’t be one of those individuals which will ask later, "how did we approve that expenditure"? Be involved, be there, be informed, and vote! See you at the next meeting!
Soon the beautiful weather we all brag about will be upon us! Yipee, it’s about time!
A big "Thank You" goes out to Carole Holmes, Patti Dann and Dorothy Pappas for a “Rootin’ Tootin’” fun filled Western Game Day! The entertainment was delightful and lunch was great! Good job, ladies!
Mark your calendars for these October events. On October 14th, Susan DuFour and Suzanne Davis will be hosting a bus trip to the Vee Quiva Casino. The cost is $10.00 (paid in advance.) Sign up in the Lounge. Call Susan DuFour 825-5648 or Suzanne Davis 680-7025 for more information. See ad in the Chatter and poster in the Lounge for more details.
Saturday, October 25th Sandi Sandhagen and her “creepy crew” have planned a very scary night! Get ready for “A Ghost’s & Gobblin’s Gathering” Halloween Party. No host bar 5pm. COSTUME JUDGING PROMPTLY at 6 pm. Dinner will be served @ 6:30. Music by “Midnight Moon”. Tickets go on sale September 26th. Tickets will be sold in the Ticket Booth @ the Lodge every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5 to 7 pm. Call Sandi 876-8334 or Pat H. 225-7368. See ad in Chatter and poster in the Lounge for more details.
Sherry Grudzien, President
Ladies Auxiliary BPOE #2559
October 6thBoard Meeting: Starts at 9:30
General Meeting: Starts at 11:00
Lunch: Starts at 11:30
Cards & Games: Until 4:00
October 13th - General MeetingSocial: 11:00
Games: Until 4:00
October 14thCasino Bus Trip: Bus Leaves at 9:00 am
October 25thHalloween Dance and Party
October 27thGame Day
November 1stCraft Fair: 9:00 - 2:00
The Trustees have had a busy summer. July started with the July 3rd storm causing flooding in the lower level and numerous alarms and loss of smoke and fire sensors. Service Master was used to dry out and clean the flooding. Tyco attempted to repair our alarm system but was found to not have replacement parts. This resulted in our need to replace the complete alarm system, security and fire. After discussions with our insurance company it was determined that insurance would cover the replacement of our alarm system. That is in process as I write this report.
Also, we are in the process of coordinating the repair of the drain system in both men’s and women’s restroom. This will entail shutting down both restrooms during the repair. Porta-potties will be used during this process which will include a hand washing station.
Our summer shutdown concluded with the following items completed:
Replacement of the carpet in the Secretaries office
Replacement of the Lounge ceiling tiles
Cleaning of all carpets on upper and lower level
All chairs in lounge and dining room were steamed cleaned
The greenery in the dining room was taken out and cleaned
The dance floor was replaced with a new oak dance floor
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.
July 10th, 2013
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.