As February approaches, it’s time to elect the new Officers for 2016/2017. The P.E.R.’s will conduct the Lodge Meeting on February 2nd where nominations will take place for the following Lodge Officers; Exalted Ruler, Leading Knight, Lecturing Knight, Loyal Knight, Treasurer, Secretary and 5th year Trustee. Mark your calendar to attend this very important meeting. This is your opportunity to nominate the candidate of your choice, with elections to follow on February 16th.
The Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting another fabulous Valentine’s Dinner and Dance on February 13th. Get your tickets early, this is a popular event that will sell out quickly. February 27th, our very own theatre troupe, the Elk’s Players will be presenting a wonderful performance for your enjoyment.
February is a month of love and compassion. Let’s always remember what we as Elks aspire to, Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity.
It’s a new beginning and will be a great year! Let’s welcome this New Year with smiles on our faces. “Live for today and Hope for Tomorrow.”
Karen Pitra is working hard on putting together the Valentine Dinner and Dance which will be held on February 13th. Tickets are going fast.
On January 25th Sandi Sandhagen and Pat Hutchison hosted the first Game Day of the New Year with a theme of “Scarves”. Great job, Girls.
Patti Dann and Pat Rutledge are at it again. They are hosting a Bake Sale on Sunday, February 14th at 9:00 am.
Don’t forget the Rummage Sale on February 26th & 27th. Start bringing your “goods” in.
“Thank you” to all our Members that took an Angel off the Tree and also supported the “Red Wagon”. You really made Christmas special for many needy people.
Bonne Smith, President
Ladies Auxiliary BPOE #2559
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.
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.