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Exalted Ruler's Message - July 2015

Rich Grudzien

July and August bring to us the hottest months of the year. Just remember, this too shall pass and our wonderful weather will return. Some Members will be off to Indianapolis, Indiana to attend the Grand Lodge Convention beginning July 5th. I am looking forward to meeting members from other Lodges across the country. It will be interesting sharing ideas and projects with them. I’m proud to represent our Lodge as your Exalted Ruler.

For those Members lucky enough to escape the Arizona summer to cooler places, enjoy yourself. When you return take notice of the many improvements that will take place in August while the Lodge is closed for 2 weeks. Not to worry, our bar service will still be available while the work takes place. The dining room and kitchen will not be available from August 10th until August 22nd. On Sunday August 23rd the Lodge will once again serve the wonderful breakfast we all enjoy.

In September, the PER picnic will be held on September 7th. Enjoy the hamburgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings. Yummy!

The Lodge is always in need of volunteers. Many of our new members are already volunteering! Thank you all so much. Gary will welcome helpers for the Veterans projects, Sandy Sandhagen is always looking for more Elker Helpers, committee chairpersons and helpers are always needed. Think about helping our Lodge to grow and prosper by volunteering your time and talents.

Remember we are all Ambassadors for the Elks. As you travel around the country this summer, stop in any of the Elk Lodges along the way. You will be welcomed and glad you stopped. Invite your friends and family to attend an event or go to dinner & dancing. This is one way you can help pave the way for new members to join our Lodge. Have a safe and wonderful summer.

Rich Grudzien,
Exalted Ruler


Ladies Auxiliary Message - July 2015

Bonne Smith

The warm weather is upon us! Many Ladies are leaving or have already reached their summer destinations in the cooler area. The game day for June was hosted by Carole Holmes and Dorothy Pappas. They had a Luau theme which was fun and colorful. Thanks for the hard work to all of you for the great events you have hosted.

Those of us that have to suffer through the hot weather, are already planning the events for Fall. This will be an exciting year that we are looking forward to enjoying.

The Father's Day event was a success! Thanks to all who participated in making the day special. Many compliments were given for trying a new idea. We had many happy Raffle winners.

Bonne Smith, President
Ladies Auxiliary BPOE #2559

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 14th

General Meeting
Social: 11:00
Lunch: 11:30
Meeting: 12:30
Cards: Until 4:00

Monday, September 28th

Game Day with Lunch: 11:00 am til 4:00 pm

Message from the Board of Trustees

Somewhat quiet month....

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.

As always, if you have any comments or suggestions, please contact one of the Trustees. We are always open to your thoughts. See printed Chatter for phone numbers.
Dale Blomker; Chairman - Board of Trustees

“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.