When I arrived in New York in 1955, I heard about Coney Island Roller Coaster, so much I decided to go ride it! It was incredible. Scary at times, but exciting all the way! So has my year as your Exalted Ruler, ups and downs, exciting and very rewarding. I want to thank all the members that continued to encourage me to attempt to please everyone, which you know, it is an impossibility! But I did the best I could, with the help of an incredible array of Officers and Chair persons.
The events that the Officers spent long hours and tremendous planning to ensure our Members and their guests enjoyed a great meal and an enjoyable evening was rewarding in itself. The fact is all our Officers, their wives, husbands, and best friends represented our Lodge admirably in each and every trip we took out of town. The Members of our Lodge should be proud of the name Sun City Lodge #2559, it is synonymous with the friendliest and most accommodating Lodge in the State of Arizona!
I am not sure if everyone is satisfied with the way I tried to guide this lodge, but I will tell you that I did try to do the best job I was capable of. I am sorry the year of my tenure is coming to an end, but it was full of surprises, learned a lot from many PERS, and Sandra and I will always remember the great times, the hard times, and of course all the happy times that we shared with all of our friends, and new friends we acquired along the way.
Sandra and I would like to thank everyone for their continued encouragement, friendliness, and help during the incredible year as your Exalted Ruler and First Lady! We are not going to ride into the Sunset and disappear, we love you all!!!
I find it hard to believe that this is my final Chatter Article. I would like reflect on the some of the highlights of the past year. The most recent event was the fabulous Valentine’s Dinner & Dance. “Love was in the Air” as Susan DuFour and her crew of “cupids” put on a beautiful evening. The P.J. Party hosted by Janice New was a “hoot”. Our fun loving (crazy) bunch of ladies had a blast while showing off their P.J.’s.
Fun was had by all on our Casino Trips. Our Holiday Luncheon was a charming event. The Kids Shopping Spree went off without a hitch, the little kids were thrilled. The Halloween Bash was the best party ever! The Bake Sales were yummy! The Rummage Sale was a huge success. The Fashion Show gave us some new outfits to consider. Our Game Day themes and desserts were so creative and fun! Vets Bingo and the Valley Food Bank helped so many people. Eleanor Poe headed up a committee to redo our Auxiliary directory. Many thanks to all of the Chairladies assigned to the many committees that are needed “behind the scenes” to make our Auxiliary run smoothly. I will be forever appreciative to each and everyone of you sweet ladies for the kindness and assistance you have shown me.
All of our planning and hard work on these events enabled us to achieve our goals of providing much needed money for our worthy charities. The most amazing thing about this year was the fact that everyone worked together in harmony and fellowship. When something needed to be done, everyone “stepped up to the plate” to get the job done! Even more amazing is the fact that we all had fun, made new friends and created some wonderful memories.
Sherry Grudzien, President
Ladies Auxiliary BPOE #2559
Monday, March 2ndBoard Meeting at 9:30 am
Monday, March 9thGeneral Meeting
Monday, March 16thCasino Bus Trip to Wild Horse Pass Casino: Call Susan DuFour 825-5648 or Suzanne Davis 680-7025. Sign up sheet will be posted in the Lounge.
Monday, February 23rdAsian Moon Fashion Show by "Sher's"
Sunday, March 22ndBake SALE: 9:00 - Noon
Monday, March 23rd"Fling Into Spring" Game Day
Games: until 4:00
Saturday, March 28thInstallation of Officers: 3:00 pm
We renewed our sponsorship to the Sun Bowl softball field in Sun City.
The cleanup from the fire extinguisher incident on Wednesday, Nov. 12th, was completed on Thursday and reopened for business on Friday. The cost of the incident was $70,525.46. The insurance company is currently reviewing the cleanup process. All fire extinguishers have been secured to alleviate this from happening again.
We are going to try a recycling program with a company called VISTA PAPER. This will be for all paper products; paper, cardboard, shredded paper and newspaper. They will pay us $20.00 per ton if we can accumulate that much. The first month is a trial month and then will determine if we continue with the program.
The alarm system is still in the application for permit process.
The tree by the exit has been removed and all others trimmed. Red Yucca’s have been planted on the south end of the Lodge to help in the beautification process. Addison and Jackie Reynolds donated the Red Yuccas.
Some items under consideration are::
Adding lighting on the NW corner of the Lodge for better visibility for the Scouts
Possibility of a move is still under consideration
Expansion of the dining room
Moving the Secretary's office
Expansion of the Lounge
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.