Whew, we managed to survive a hectic busy month of October! Sandra and I would like to thank all of you who contributed so much for a fun filled Casino Night! The Vets really benefited from your participation. We congratulate Gary and Jackie Drumheller for their tremendous effort in hosting such a fun-filled night.
The Blood Drive was successful, as we again stepped forward and delivered such a life saving necessity for those members of our Community who were in need of plasma. Glad to have Kevin whom is so dedicated and always manages to reach out and bring in the donors! I was very pleased with the participation of our Officers and their wives, and all those members who gathered to honor the First Responders, and their families at Law and Order Night.
We did a half step as we celebrated Halloween as only our Lodge members can do it. We've put our costumes back into storage for next year.
Sandra and I attended the Elks Association mid-term State Convention held in Tempe. Those of you who came forth on ENF Matching Funds, and helped the Lodge to surpass last year’s donations, Rich Grudzien and I thank you very much, Let’s do it again next year! We continue to reach out and bring in new members, and as I have stated before, we have the greatest Membership Committee there is, YOU the Members of this Lodge!
Fall is upon us and some are welcoming those cool, and sometimes frigid nights as we expect a very cold winter. At least that is what the Farmer’s Almanac has forecasted. With that in mind, we welcome our winter visitors, and hope they will enjoy our new dance floor as much as those who stay all year around have done so far.
I invite all our Members to come to our monthly meetings as it is important for everyone to stay informed, and directly be involved in the running of the Lodge. See you at the Lodge meetings, and silence your cell phones!
Lots of luck, laughs and fun took us to a great Casino Bus Trip! Suzanne Davis and Susan DuFour worked very hard planning this event. The raffle prizes on the bus were terrific. Win, lose or break even everyone had a blast! Thank you, ladies.
A “Ghost & Goblin Gathering Halloween Party” provided some fabulous costumes. Some were scary and some were beautiful! So much talent among our group was amazing. Sandi Sandhagen and her crew planned this party all summer. The food, music and decorations were just wonderful. I was so impressed with their organizational skills and their ability to work as a TEAM! By working together and helping each other, it lightened the load for everyone. Awesome job, ladies. Again, I thank each and everyone of you for stepping up to the plate” to host this event for me.
On behalf of our Ladies Auxiliary, I presented a check to Elks Major Projects fund at the mid-year meeting in Tempe. Our generous donation will go a long way to help others.
A bake sale will be happening on November 16th. There will be lots of goodies for sale. Please contact Lorraine Steinmetz to drop off baked goods or to help.
Join us on November 24th, for a “ Thanksgiving Turkey Trot” Game Day. This should be lots of “gobble gobble” fun! Remember, there will not be a Game Day in December.
Sherry Grudzien, President
Ladies Auxiliary BPOE #2559
November 3rdBoard Meeting: Starts at 9:30
November 10th - General MeetingSocial: 11:00
Games: Until 4:00
November 14thTurkey Trot Lunch and Games Day: 11-4
December 1stHoliday Luncheon: We will have entertainment, a lovely lunch and lots of yuletide fun.
December 6thChildren's Shopping Spree
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.