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Exalted Ruler's Message - February 2015

Jose Corderro Torres

The New Year burst into Arizona, cooling us down a bit, and reminding us that Mother Nature is still in charge of the Weather!! With that said, I would like to know, why our Members fill our Dining Room Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Sunday mornings and then fail to attend at least one of the two meeting days, where Lodge pertinent business is discussed? Rumors continue to circulate about the move to another location, or the expansion, or that nothing is going to get done. I have always felt that rumors are fun as long as they do not affect the continual progress of an institution, a Club or an Organization such as an Elk Lodge. Rumors can also deter the growth and success of any group, determined to grow and continue to serve the Community as the All-American Sun City Lodge #2559 has continued to do so for many years.

If we fail within the Lodge to resolve simple internal problems, how can we expect to attack and successfully come up with solutions on a larger scale enterprise? Can we come together at least once a month and stay apprised of what are the Trustees doing, want to do, and what have they done for the benefit of the Lodge?

How about the House Committee, what is going on with the service, the food, the lounge? You need to know that you are welcome to attend all of these meetings and be more involved and informed about our beloved Lodge. In my mind attending all those meetings once in a while will make you a better Elk member of this Lodge and really be proud of what this Lodge stands for.

It’s your Lodge, get involved, any little time you can donate to our lodge will benefit the children of the schools we help, the seniors we visit, and the Veterans we so passionately care for! Hope to see you in one of our Lodge meetings soon!

Fraternally Yours,
Jose Cordero-Torres


Ladies Auxiliary Message - February 2015

Sherry Grudzien

Ladies, get ready! February is full of busy days…remember being busy is a good thing!

Thanks to Linda Boysen for another great Chance-A-Rama fund raiser. Many thanks to Lori McDonnell and Mary Stokes for hosting a fun filled Game Day. “Let’s Have S’Mores Fun” desserts were delicious. Everyone had a very “sweet time”.

The Nominating Committee has presented the following Slate of Officers for 2015-2016.
President: Bonne’ Smith
Vice President: Susie Smith and Karen Pitra
Secretary: Janice Gale
Treasurer: Carol Bateman
Sergeant-At-Arms: Lori McDonnell and Rosie Strange

The elections will be held at the General Meeting on February 9th. Best of luck to all candidates.

Thank you all for your continuing support. I could not be your President without all your help.

Sherry Grudzien, President
Ladies Auxiliary BPOE #2559

Upcoming Events

Saturday, February 14th

“Love is in the Air” Valentine Dinner & Dance: Susan DuFour and her committee are planning a romantic evening. Make a date with your sweetheart to attend. Call Susan for more details. 623-825-5648

Sunday , February 15th

Bake Sale from 9 to 12: Call Lorraine Steinmetz 623-486-1277 to sign up to make desserts and to volunteer to help.

Tuesday, February 17th

Casino Bus Trip to Wild Horse Pass Casino: Call Susan DuFour 825-5648 or Suzanne Davis 680-7025. Sign up sheet will be posted in the Lounge.

Monday, February 23rd

GAME DAY: Janice New and Rosalie Ilic are planning a special fun filled game event. Sign up in the Lounge to attend.

Friday February 27th and Saturday February 28th

RUMMAGE SALE: Donate your gently used items (no junk please) for our sale. We have a small storage room off the “smoking patio” for storage and limited space in the basement. Call Sherry Grudzien 623-*933-3113 to sign up to help.

Message from the Board of Trustees

Look what we've done!!!

We renewed our sponsorship to the Sun Bowl softball field in Sun City.

The cleanup from the fire extinguisher incident on Wednesday, Nov. 12th, was completed on Thursday and reopened for business on Friday. The cost of the incident was $70,525.46. The insurance company is currently reviewing the cleanup process. All fire extinguishers have been secured to alleviate this from happening again.

We are going to try a recycling program with a company called VISTA PAPER. This will be for all paper products; paper, cardboard, shredded paper and newspaper. They will pay us $20.00 per ton if we can accumulate that much. The first month is a trial month and then will determine if we continue with the program.

The alarm system is still in the application for permit process.

The tree by the exit has been removed and all others trimmed. Red Yucca’s have been planted on the south end of the Lodge to help in the beautification process. Addison and Jackie Reynolds donated the Red Yuccas.

Some items under consideration are::

Adding lighting on the NW corner of the Lodge for better visibility for the Scouts

Possibility of a move is still under consideration

Expansion of the dining room

Moving the Secretary's office

Expansion of the Lounge

As always, if you have any comments or suggestions, please contact one of the Trustees. We are always open to your thoughts. See printed Chatter for phone numbers.


“Elks Care, Elks Share” at Benevilla Environs

Ed McDonnellAt 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”.

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7th Annual Community Partnership Award

Ed McDonnell, a member of the Sun City Elks Lodge, is the first Elk to receive this Award. Ed has beenEd McDonnell 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.

Elks Brighten Senior's Day!

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.Darrell Smith

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.