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Exalted Ruler's Message - March 2014

sam volrich

Greetings, for the final time as your Exalted Ruler. Congratulations, go out to our newly elected Officers for 2014-2015 Elk Year. The Installation of Officers is scheduled for March 30th at 1:00 pm.

As many of you know (or don't know) the deadline for articles due to Chatter Editor is the first Friday of every month. That is why when you read the Newsletter you are reading events that have happened many weeks ago. For example, the Charity Ball occurred on January 25th so this is my first opportunity to talk to you about it. Our Guest of Honor was Bill Matthews, West District V.P. and his Lady Becky. The meal was excellent, all of the donated items were sold and we raised over $3,900.00. I would like to thank Jose and Sandra Cordero-Torres for all of their hard work and efforts for making the event a success.

As mentioned in the above paragraph about deadlines, I hope that all the events in February went well. Events in March include the Spring Dance, the Blood Drive, the Elks Play, the Meat Raffles, and the Officer Installation. Please refer to the Chatter for dates and times of these Events.

If you are on a Lodge Committee or a Committee Chair and are not planning to move on next year, please contact our E.R. elect Jose Cordero-Torres so he can find a replacement. I hope the transition to the New Elk Year goes well.

this Elk Year has been great. We are way above last years total in revenue and charitable donations. Our membership is up and more members are coming in and enjoying the facilities. All of our Elk programs have seen increases in participation not only by our membership, but by those who the programs are meant for. I hope this trend will continue next year.

I wish to thank everyone who went the extra mile to make this year a success: the Officers, the Committee personnel, the Office Staff, the Kitchen and Bar Staff, Ladies Auxiliary, the Elker Helpers, the Maintenance Staff and everyone else who contributed this year. I'd also like to thank the membership for coming out and supporting the Lodge and all of its activities.

My how time flies. April 1, 2008, six years ago, I became an Officer in our Lodge. I started out as the Chaplain and have worked my way up to the top, one Chair at a time. There are so many people who have helped and guided me throughout the years. I have met many that inspired me to learn more about Elkdom and to continue on. Thank you to Rick Caul for getting me involved and “Saint” Connie for all of her efforts as well. From the bottom of my heart, I want to Thank everyone that has helped support and guide me. The road to the top has not always been smooth, but it has been a helluva ride.....

Sam Volrich, ER
T.E.A.M. - Together Elks Achieve More


Ladies Auxiliary Message - March 2014

Lee Kankiewicz

THANK YOU to all the Ladies who have helped and supported me through the year. The Auxiliary’s existence and success depends on the participation of all its members.

The following ladies were elected as the Auxiliary officers for the coming year: Sherry Grudzien, President, Susan DuFour, Vice President, Janice Gale, Secretary, Carol Bateman, Treasurer, and Pat Hutchinson, Sergeant-at-Arms.

On February 8th our “Heart to Heart” dinner dance was first class thanks to the efforts of Judy Howell and Janis McLean. The menu and music were a great compliment to each other. The escort service to enter the dining room was a novel and welcome addition to this event.

Our Bake Sale on February 9th displayed a great variety of treats. Thank you Patti Rutledge and Patti Dann for your loyalty in selling the delicious bake goods.

It was fun wearing the beads and masks that were provided by Sheila Willems and Patti Drexel. Thank you for the fun Game Day “Prelude to Mardi Gras” on February 24th.

Our March calendar is still very busy. As promised another casino trip to Harrah’s Ak Chin will go on Tuesday, March 11th. Our escorts Carol Bateman and Suzanne Davis will again be with us on the bus to create the fun and games. Thank you ladies.

March 17th is our “Leap into Fashion” fashion Show. Tickets are on sale on Wednesday and Friday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 for $13. Fashions will be presented by Draper and Damons. Thank you Karen Hartman and her committee for undertaking this event.

Connie Caul and Rosie Strange will be hosting the March Game Day on the 24th. “Bloomin Spring” is the theme with a menu of soup and make your own sandwich and dessert for only $6.50.

Our last general meeting on March 10th of this Elk year will include a Memorial Service honoring Norma Kurtz and Shirley Walker.

Finally, our Book and Information Exchange lunch will take place on Wednesday, March 26th for the outgoing officers and committee chairladies and the new officers and committee chairladies. It will be a pot luck and the outgoing officers and chairladies are requested to bring a cold salad or dessert. I will provide the entrée and lunch will be served at 11:30 AM in the Lodge Dining Room. The Budget Committee will meet right after lunch.

Congratulations to next year’s officers and best wishes for a successful year. A heartfelt special thank you to my two hard working friends who always came to my aid when I needed additional support. Bonne Smith and Susan DeFriese.

Lee Kankiewicz, President
Ladies Auxiliary BPOE # 2559

Upcoming Events

March 3rd

Board Meeting: Starts at 9:30
Vets Bingo: 2:15

March 10th - General Meeting & Memorial Service

Social: 11:00
Lunch: 11:30
Meeting: 12:30
Games: Until 4:00

March 11th

Casino Trip:8:30 at the Lodge for pick up

March 17th

Fashion Show - "Leap into Fashion": Fashions by Draper & Damons

March 24th

Game Day: “Bloomin' Spring”

March 26th

Book and Information Exchange Lunch: Starts at 11:30

March 30th

Installation of Officers: Ceremony starts at 1:00 pm downstairs in the Lodge Room

Message from the Board of Trustees

Look what we've done!!!

A new front door purchase has been Installed

A new heating cabinet has been approved for a cost not to exceed $3,200.00. This is to be used to keep food warm when dishing up food for large groups.

A new pull tab machine was purchased and Installed for $4,200

New traffic barricades were purchased to be used to stop auto traffic in the first lane outside the back door to make is safer when Bingo participants depart

A new patio cover was donated and has been installed outside the kitchen for an employee break area

The By-Law change increasing the Secretary’s salary has been approved by Grand Lodge Judiciary and was affective November 1, 2013

The total cost for the new walk-in cooler/freezer was $52,658.34. The Grand Lodge has been informed as required. The original approval amount on the floor of the Lodge was $55,000.00

The Bi-Annual budget review was completed with only minor changes and no additional monies needed, in fact some line items were reduced in budgeted expenses

Don’t hesitate to contact any of the Trustees with concerns or questions, 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.