Last month we were very busy, First Vice-President West District, Jack Lawrence and his Lady Marianne enjoyed our company during our fund raising BBQ! It was very well attended and everyone had a great time! Then on the 10th the Lodge welcomed 45 Veterans, as well as the cake cutting ceremony celebrating the United States Marine Corps 239th Birthday! Semper Fi Leathernecks’! The Sounds of the Southwest provided a patriotic repertoire of songs honoring all the Services. That was a warm up for the visit of our very own DDGER Lee Frye and his Lady Patty, on the 18th of the month! Our Officers presented themselves very well and, an initiation ceremony was performed for 23 new Lodge Members! Welcome aboard and please, do not forget to scan all the committees just in case you find one that might interest you. It is what we do in our Lodge, and we are always looking for fresh ideas. Become involved in Elkdom!
More and more of our northern members have returned to our Lodge to enjoy the new dance floor, and of course the great food provided by our always reliable kitchen staff. The bathroom is finally done, which means, unpolluted fresh air, Thank You Trustees. As the sun sets each and every day, we are preparing to welcome the New Year. Sandra and I hope that you start thinking about attending our New Year’s Ball. Tickets will go on sale after the Memorial Service on the 7th.
Please do not forget to attend our meetings, they are important. You need to stay informed, and have a say on every vote, so later you will not be asking, how did that get passed, or when did that happen? So see you on the first and third Tuesday of every month!
Get ready, get set --- go! The holidays are such a busy, fun filled time of the year. Shopping, parties, gatherings with family and friends. Don’t forget to pause and take time to enjoy the joy of the season.
The November game day “Thanksgiving Turkey Trot” hosted by Rosalia Ilic was so much fun! Thank you for all your creative thoughts and efforts.
A big Thank You goes out to Lorraine Steinmetz and her helpers for an awesome Bake Sale. The baked goodies our members prepared were yummy! Thanks to everyone for your participation.
Our 2nd Annual Holiday Luncheon was a lovely event. The lunch and entertainment were outstanding. I can’t thank Karen Horsley and Janice Gale and their “little Elves” enough for a job well done. It was a charming afternoon spent with friends and guests celebrating the holiday season.
The “Angel Tree” project was a huge success. Many thanks to all our members who took the name of a child off the tree and returned with a wonderful gift. Your kindness and generosity was very heartwarming. Barb Fowerbaugh & Carol Lauterbach were so organized they did a fantastic job gathering, shopping, wrapping the gifts for 50 kids. Everything was set up on the stage and ready for the kids when Santa arrived to pass out the gifts. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for again showing how great our Auxiliary members are! May Peace be your gift this Christmas. I wish you good health and happiness to last all year long.
Sherry Grudzien, President
Ladies Auxiliary BPOE #2559
December 1stHoliday Luncheon: Starts at 11:00 am
December 6thChildren's Shopping Spree: 5:00 am til aroud 11:00 am
December 8thBoard Meeting: 9:30 am
General Meeting: 11:00 am
December 13thFood Basket Distribution: Morning
The Trustees have had a busy summer. July started with the July 3rd storm causing flooding in the lower level and numerous alarms and loss of smoke and fire sensors. Service Master was used to dry out and clean the flooding. Tyco attempted to repair our alarm system but was found to not have replacement parts. This resulted in our need to replace the complete alarm system, security and fire. After discussions with our insurance company it was determined that insurance would cover the replacement of our alarm system. That is in process as I write this report.
Also, we are in the process of coordinating the repair of the drain system in both men’s and women’s restroom. This will entail shutting down both restrooms during the repair. Porta-potties will be used during this process which will include a hand washing station.
Our summer shutdown concluded with the following items completed:
Replacement of the carpet in the Secretaries office
Replacement of the Lounge ceiling tiles
Cleaning of all carpets on upper and lower level
All chairs in lounge and dining room were steamed cleaned
The greenery in the dining room was taken out and cleaned
The dance floor was replaced with a new oak dance floor
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.