The Installation Ceremony was a very impressive event. The newly installed Officers are now ready to step into their new roles. I’d like to welcome some new faces to our slate of Officers. Tim Willems, Chaplain, Hugh Dixon, Lecturing Knight and Sandy Elliott, 5th year Trustee. Congratulations to all the Officers.
The Inaugural Ball was a lovely event and everyone had a great time. Thanks to everyone who attended, to Ian and his staff for a wonderful dinner and to all those who set up and cleaned up! A special thanks to Rob De Friese for all the wonderful photos at the Installation and the Inaugural Ball.
May has a couple of great events happening. The Mother’s Day Tribute and the P.E.R. Memorial Day Picnic. Check the Chatter for more details.
As your Exalted Ruler, I invite all members to attend the House Committee and Trustee Meetings. This is the best way for you to be informed about the Lodge. You will also have the opportunity to provide suggestions at those meetings.
I hope I will see you at a meeting soon. We are all Ambassadors of our Lodge. Invite a new person to get to know us and help our membership grow.
Congratulations to the new Exalted Ruler Richard Grudzien and his lady Sherry. On behalf of the Ladies Auxiliary, I wish you and your Oﬃcers success in achieving your goals this year!
The Elks Association Convention will be held in Tempe on May 13‐16, 2015. A check for $700.00 will be presented to the Arizona Elks Major Projects on behalf of the Ladies Auxiliary. These funds are allocated for the Steele Children’s Research Center in Tucson and the Jack Warter Youth Camp in Globe, AZ.
The Inaugural Ball! Ladies in their beautiful ball gowns, men in tuxedoes, lovely dinner, wonderful music; a night to remember. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves.
Many thanks to Leatha Conaty and Rosie Strange for hosting Game Day! A job well done!
Our host for the next game day this month are: Karen Horsley and Elaine Ruppert.
Bonne Smith, President
Ladies Auxiliary BPOE #2559
Monday, May 4thBoard Meeting at 9:30 am
Monday, May 11thGeneral Meeting
Cards: Until 4:00
Monday, May 18thGame Day with Lunch: 11:00 am til 4:00
Saturday, June 20thFathers Day Dinner / Dance: Starts at 5:00 pm
The Trustees had a somewhat quiet month. The alarm system was completed, tested, and put on line. Also, the final bill was paid. The insurance company did pay for the installation.
The lodge ceiling fans were approved to be replaced; that will be completed during the August shutdown.
The display case was approved to be replaced. My wife Judy, and I will be doing this in the near future.
Air conditioning for the kitchen was approved on the floor at the 3/17/2015 meeting at a cost of $18,227.23. Jackie Reynolds will coordinate the installation. It is planned to be completed before the summer weather is upon us.
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.