Recently I read an article authored by a wise and tenured Elk. As I read his thoughts, I realized that truth always has a way of coming to the surface, if we allow it. The contents of this Elks’ writings are absolutely in keeping with the principles of ELKDOM. I have obtained permission to share these thoughts with the members of our Lodge and do so with complete support and agreement of what is contained herein.
“We have all witnessed the election of a new President of the United States, and the confirmation of new Cabinet Members to guide our country in the coming years. I'm sure all noted the taking of the obligation of the office for which they were elected. As Elks, we all also took an oath in our initiation to uphold the statutes, constitution, rules and regulations, and the bylaws of our lodge. As officers, we double downed on that obligation when we were installed as officers of this lodge. The tenets of our order are Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love, and Fidelity. They must all stand together in order to make this lodge a better place. The Elks are an organization that runs by our statutes, whether we like all of them or not; they are enforced until revised. The Past Grand Exalted Ruler John Amen wrote in October of 2014, "a lodge that follows the statutes will be a successful and financial lodge". I truly believe that statement. Support of the statutes and officers should be paramount in our Lodge. Our officers have volunteered their service to the Lodge and our community. The ritual states that rulings should be fair and impartial. There should be no room for egos and self promotion. We need to work and pull together and remember the oath and obligation that we individually took as Elks.”
From these thoughts, may we each search our own hearts and minds and evaluate what “The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks” means to us.
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.