Once again the holidays are upon us and Sue and I want to wish everyone a safe and joyous Christmas. The last weekend of October, the Mid-Year Elks Convention was held in Tempe. I was proud to represent our Lodge at the Convention. It was nice to see old friends and make new ones. One of the most important meetings held at the Convention pertained to membership retention. Since 1980 membership has declined from over 1.5 million members to less than 800,000. This is a decrease of 3% per year for the last 33 years! I represented our Lodge on a panel with other E.R.’s from the other districts. All on the panel agreed that a warm and friendly atmosphere as well as making members and guests feel welcome was crucial to our success. We all also agreed that a Membership and Lapsation Committee that is willing to go the extra mile in their efforts to gain and maintain members is very important. Good luck to all the Lodges in their efforts in gaining and maintaining membership. In the West District, our Lodge came in first place in membership gains in the 2012-2013 Elk year.
The Foundation and Groundwork of Our Order is "To do unto others as we would they should do unto us".
There are many events happening this month: the Elks Memorial Service, the Children’s Shopping Spree, the Red Wagon Food Basket and the Angel Tree are just a few. Tickets will go on sale for the New Years Eve Gala immediately following the Memorial Service on Sunday, December 1st. The tickets are $50.00 per person. The music will be provided by Blue Notes who will feature two more musicians. Tickets are limited to the first 300 sold. Once again, Sue & I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas...Be Patient and Safe.
Sam Volrich, ER
T.E.A.M. - Together Elks Achieve More
My Christmas wish is for peace, good health and happiness in the coming year for all our members.
A donation of $1000 was presented to Gerry Kroloff, Vice President of Community Relations for the Aging from the Ladies Auxiliary to the elder abuse program, the Doves.
Instead of a Game Day this month our “Lunch with Santa” will be on December 2nd, with entertainment and a special visit from Santa and you may be a lucky lady to receive a gift from him. Please call Kathy 623-217-4166 or Barbara 623- 977-8440 for tickets ($12). Game Day will resume on January 27th and will be hosted by Donna McKettrick.
Thank you Pat Rutledge and Patti Dann for selling all the wonderful desserts at our Bake Sale and thank you to everyone who baked, frosted, purchased or helped in any way to make this event a success.
We had a howling good time at the Halloween Party. Our member’s imagination showed in the costumes that were designed and worn that evening. Thank you, Patti Rutledge for a fun Halloween Party.
Last call to turn in your Chance-A-Rama raffle tickets. The winning tickets will be drawn at our General Meeting, on December 9th. Carol and Suzanne entertained us on our way to Harrah’s Casino on October 29th. Even though we didn’t win at the Casino the raffles that took place on the bus for meals and libations made the losing feel better. Thank you Dottie Moller and Leatha Conaty for hosting, our last Game Day for this year, on November 25th.
Lee Kankiewicz, President
Ladies Auxiliary BPOE # 2559
Dec 2ndHoliday Luncheon: Happy Hour at 11:00
Dec 9thBoard Meeting - Starts at 9:30
General Meeting (social, lunch, meeting, & cards) - Starts at 11:00
A new front door purchase has been approved for a cost not to exceed $3,850
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 for $4,200.00 and is in place in the Lodge
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
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.