April begins a new Elk Year. I am excited to be your new Exalted Ruler. I want to thank José Cordero Torres for his successful year as Exalted Ruler and for his help in preparing me for this year.
This month our Elk dues are required to be paid. Be sure to use all those drink tickets from last year. As of April 1st the bartenders will not honor them.
There are some important dates to mark on your event calendar. April 5th, Ian and his staff will provide a lovely Easter Brunch. Plan to attend the Inaugural Ball on Saturday, April 11th, the incoming Officer's will appreciate your support. Don't forget Mother's Day is just around the corner.
Please start the new Elks year by attending a House Committee or Trustee meeting. You will receive a great deal of information about your Lodge. Check the Chatter for meeting dates and times. All members are welcome.
Many thanks to the great job the office personnel do. Linda Boysen and Myrna Kerr are always available to assist you regarding your Elk needs and questions.
On Wednesday and Friday dance nights, please show your respect by joining and listening to the words of the "Toast to the Elk". Remember, it is a tribute to all Elk's living and deceased. I'm sure it will touch your heart as it does mine.
As we start the New Year at the Elk’s Lodge with a change of Officers, it is my privilege to present the Officers for the 2015-2016 year. Vice President: Karen Pitra, Secretary: Janice Gale, Treasurer: Carol Bateman, Sergeant-At-Arms: Rosie Strange.
I would also like to thank the Members that come forward to make a commitment to help with the events that we are planning. Our main goal is to give our charities the help and support they need. To reach this goal, we all need to work as a team.
Last years President Sherry Grudzien and her officers did a great job. We hope to follow with the same success.
It’s time to renew! Don’t forget to bring your Spouse ID Card, Widow’s Card or Elk’s Membership Card to the April meeting. Our Auxiliary dues are $12.00 Your new card will be issued at the meeting. I’m looking forward to a Great Year!
Bonne Smith, President
Ladies Auxiliary BPOE #2559
Monday, April 6thBoard 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.