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Exalted Ruler's Message - September 2014

Jose Corderro Torres

In July I was fortunate enough to attend the National Convention where our new Grand Exalted Ruler, John D. Amen was installed. At the convention 14 of 22 resolutions were passed. One of the most important sessions that I attended was concerning membership decline. This past year the Elks as a whole has seen a decline in over 23,000 members. According to the session, a Lodge our size should have a committee of 24 members. Our Lodge is doing a great job with only having a few volunteers. It was mentioned that the Lodges that continue to grow are those engaged in providing guidance and services to the community. I believe this to be true as our Lodge has been active with helping homeless Veterans, visiting Alzheimer’s patients, Drug Awareness and Hoop Shoot and Soccer programs for the youth.

The scholarship program is another example of how our Lodge contributes to the community. Kelly Ryan Murphy received her first scholarship from this Lodge and today she is part of the Grand Lodge Advisory Board for the Elks National Foundation for Most Valuable Students. A big Thank you to Kelly for giving back to the Elks Community.

Once more I am asking for those of you who would like to be involved in the continuing success of this Lodge, to come forward and donate your time, be on a committee as a member or Chairperson. There are plenty of spots to be filled and I am confident that we have members available to fill those empty spots. We should not waste our experience and talents just because we are retired. See you all at the next meeting!

See you in the Lodge Room!
Fraternally Yours,
Jose Cordero-Torres


Ladies Auxiliary Message - September 2014

Sherry Grudzien

Welcome back ladies! I hope your summer was a healthy and happy one. We have lots of work to do, plus we have some fun and exciting events planned. As the summer comes to an end, we are looking forwarding to being together and working hard to meet our goals. Our Exalted Ruler, José Cordero Torres, will be sharing an awesome video with us at our October meeting. You will be impressed to see how much we help others. Don’t miss this meeting!

Due to raising food costs, increases are sometimes a “necessary evil”. Beginning in October, the cost for the Game Day lunch will be $7.00. The Meeting Day lunch will remain at $6.50.

Sounds like Carole Holmes, Dorothy Pappas & Patti Dann are planning a Western themed Game Day! Brush off your cowgirl boots & cowgirl hats for this one. Thank you ladies, this should be really fun! Don’t forget to sign up in the Lounge. See you there on September 22nd.

Time flies by so quickly, it’s time to start saving your items for our Rummage Sale in January, 2015. We have a small storage room off the patio to store items. We are still looking for additional places to store things. Know anyone with an empty garage, bedroom? Please keep your ears and eyes open!

Sherry Grudzien, President
Ladies Auxiliary BPOE #2559

Upcoming Events

September 8th

Board Meeting: Starts at 9:30
General Meeting: Starts at 11:00
Lunch: Starts at 11:30
Cards & Games: Until 4:00

September 15th - General Meeting

Social: 11:00
Lunch: 11:30
Meeting: 12:30
Games: Until 4:00

September 22nd

Social: 11:00
Lunch: 11:30
Games: Until 4:00

Message from the Board of Trustees

Look what we've done!!!

A new front door purchase has been Installed

A new heating cabinet has been approved for a cost not to exceed $3,200.00. This is to be used to keep food warm when dishing up food for large groups.

A new pull tab machine was purchased and Installed for $4,200

New traffic barricades were purchased to be used to stop auto traffic in the first lane outside the back door to make is safer when Bingo participants depart

A new patio cover was donated and has been installed outside the kitchen for an employee break area

The By-Law change increasing the Secretary’s salary has been approved by Grand Lodge Judiciary and was affective November 1, 2013

The total cost for the new walk-in cooler/freezer was $52,658.34. The Grand Lodge has been informed as required. The original approval amount on the floor of the Lodge was $55,000.00

The Bi-Annual budget review was completed with only minor changes and no additional monies needed, in fact some line items were reduced in budgeted expenses

Don’t hesitate to contact any of the Trustees with concerns or questions, see printed Chatter for phone numbers.


“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.