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Exalted Ruler's Message - October 2015

Rich Grudzien

October kicks off the busy season in Elkdom. Check your Chatter for more details and mark your calendars.

We begin on October 3rd as Gary Drumheller and Crew open the month with the Veteran’s Casino Night. Lots of cool prizes can be won and the Veteran’s benefit from the proceeds! October 13th we honor the Police, Firefighters and EMT’s who saves lives everyday. The event is so worthwhile, please plan to attend to give these folks some much needed praise! The Ladies Auxiliary will again be pu􀆫ng on their terrific Halloween Party.

Do you want to see some unbelievable costumes? Start planning yours now. I am always amazed what our Members and Guests can come up with!

Who are the Elks? We are Members of more that 2,000 Elk Lodges around the United States. Many are prominent civic leaders, business owners and professionals from all walks of life. We spend countless hours giving back to the community and helping those in need. Always be proud to share with people you meet alone life’s path that you are never alone because you are a member of the American Elk’s Family. Never forget our principles of Charity, Jus􀆟ce, Brotherly Love and Fidelity.

Rich Grudzien,
Exalted Ruler


Ladies Auxiliary Message - October 2015

Bonne Smith

Now that October is here we are busy enjoying cooler weather and are busy with our Fall actvites. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 13th for our Casino Trip to Lone Butte Casino. The bus leaves promptly at 9:00 am and returns at 4:00 pm. Sign up on the bulletn board in the Lodge. Don’t forget to park on the North side of the Lodge.

The moon is full, the bats are circling, the zombies are roaming and the ghosts are floatng. Midnight Moon is tuning up for the Halloween Party which will be on Saturday, October 31st. Come with or without a costume. This Party is a MUST!

November 7th is our Annual Craft Show. If you are interested in selling your crafts, please contact Bonné Smith at 623-695-1707 or Sandy Sullivan at 623-271-7149 to reserve a table. Mark your calendar to start you holiday shopping here.

Bonne Smith, President
Ladies Auxiliary BPOE #2559

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 5th

Board Meeting: 9:30

Monday, October 12th

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

Tuesday, October 13th

Casino Bus Trip: Bus leaves at 9:00 am

Monday, October 26th

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

Saturday, October 31st

Halloween Dinner Dance: 11:00 am til 4:00 pm

Saturday, November 7th

Craft Show: 9:00 am til 2:00 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.