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Exalted Ruler's Message - November 2015

Rich Grudzien

I would like to thank everyone who contributed books for the Steele Children’s Research Center in Tucson. Most of the kids there are young cancer victims and books are a source of comfort when they are feeling low. Thank you Elks for opening your hearts.

On Tuesday, November 3rd, District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler Tim Woods, will be conducting our Annual Visit for Grand Lodge. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend the Meeting, as he will be our honored guest. November 7, the Ladies will be having a Craft Show. Stop by and start your Christmas shoppinng. Our Veteran’s Appreciation Dinner will be held on November 9th. Be sure to come and thank them for their Service. On November 14th, William Carr, AEA Vice President and his First Lady Rosemary will be here to enjoy our 38th Annual BBQ Western Night. There will be a “Tribute to Marty Robbins” on November 21st. Check the Chatter for more details on purchasing tickets to all of these events.

Many thanks to the Ladies Auxiliary for putting on a wonderful and very scary Halloween Party. We are fortunate to have such an active and hard working Auxiliary.

Join us on Saturday, November 21st at 1:00 pm for an Old Fashioned Tree Decorating Party. Bring a “goody” to share while helping us trim the tree in the Dining Room. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun.

Appreciating family and friends...Thanking God for all of his Blessings is the True Spirit of Thanksgiving. Praying God’s Blessing for you this Thanksgiving. Rich and Sherry

Rich Grudzien,
Exalted Ruler


Ladies Auxiliary Message - November 2015

Bonne Smith

Thanksgiving is more than a day of parades, football & family dinners, let us give thanks to all men and women who “Keep us out of Harm’s Way”. On behalf of the Ladies Auxiliary, a check was presented to the Arizona Elk’s Major Project for $700.00 at the AEA Mid-Year Convention, and we also issued a check in the amount of $499.00 to the Deseret Southwest Alzheimer’s Assoc. The Auxiliary supports and hopes your future events are successful.

Our first Bake Sale will be Sunday, November 15th from 9:00-12:00 pm during Breakfast. Stop by and pickup some delicious home goodies. The Christmas Children’s Shopping Spree is on Tuesday, December 8th. Details will be posted in the Lodge. Also, the Angel Tree will be set up on November 28th. Please choose an Angel and buy a toy or give a donation in the amount of $20.00. Don’t forget to check out the Craft Show 009866 on Saturday, November 7th from 9:00-2:oo pm.

Bonne Smith, President
Ladies Auxiliary BPOE #2559

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 2nd

Board Meeting: 9:30

Saturday, November 7th

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

Monday, November 9th

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

Sunday, November 15th

Bake Sale: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Monday, October 26th

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

Message from the Board of Trustees


We, the Trustees, would like your thought on removing the current E.N.F. Board information in the Dining Room, and all names and re-lated information. It has been discussed to use the Boards to display an Elks Pin Set donated by a deceased former Member of our Lodge, Clinton “Pete” Peterson. Please see any one of the Trustees to give your thoughts on the project. Dale Blomker, Trustee Chairman

“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.