“HAPPY NEW YEAR”. As we venture into this exciting new era let us remember the principles of Elkdom: Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love, and Fidelity. These great principles are what continue to make Elks what we are today. We have witnessed many events during the past year within our great nation. As Americans we have struggled thru some trying situations. Our country’s leaders have had serious disagreements and the recent election system was turned upside down by the American people. When the smoke cleared, we still stood together as Americans. As Americans, we had and continue to have the right to challenge the things we disagree with in our government. We did so and now stand together to aid in the rebuild of this great nation for the good of all American citizens.
As Elks, we cherish our rights as loyal Elk members. Each of us has the same rights and privileges afforded through our statutes, rules, and regulations. No more, no less, regardless of tenure or title/position in Elkdom. As your Exalted Ruler coming to the end of my elected term, I challenge each of you to strive diligently to adhere to the great principles of our order. Take time to read your statutes and rules. There are some great lessons to be learned from past experiences having occurred in Elkdom. Many of our country’s founding fathers were great Elks. As we embark into the New Year we will have new officer elections. Become involved in this process; find out who desires to continue to lead our Lodge and why. You have a voice in this process. Offer your time and experience to these Individuals or put your name in the process as a candidate. We will undertake new and challenging events in the New Year. Be patient and don’t be hesitant to ask questions when you don’t understand what is going on. This is your Lodge and you have all the rights and privileges it affords to you as an Elk member.
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.