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Exalted Ruler's Message - July and August 2014

Jose Corderro Torres

During the past two Arizona State Conventions, our Past Exalted Ruler, Sam Volrich was asked to sot at the podium table and lead a panel to answer questions about what is it that our Lodge does right by attracting new Members. As I have pointed out numerous times, we are the most friendly and accommodating Lodge in the West District, and probably in the State of Arizona. Saying that, we need to understand that the attrition due to deaths, mental health, moving away, or no longer enjoying our Lodge, has become a problem not only in our Lodge, but throughout the United States.

We must realize that the need to attract new Members is every Lodge Members duty and goal. By the same token, attracting them and keeping them is harder than we think. So, I would like to enlist those individuals who sponsored new Brother and Sister Elks, to reach out to delinquent Members, and attempt to find out why they have decided to not renew their Membership. Maybe their initial connection, and the fact that we are reaching out to them will rekindle their desire to come back and rejoin and help us understand what made them initially join our brotherhood.

We must also lend a hand to the Officers, even if it’s just a small way. Taking a few hours out of your day to help an Officer or a Committee member prepare for an event is part of what it is to be an Elk.

There are still some Committees lacking Chairpersons, and it is never too late to volunteer. The Lodge needs your help, and no matter how simple a task or job may be, it is so important for us to find the right individual to fill that position. You will never know how important you can be to our Lodge until you actually get involved and make a difference.

Last but not least, O ask for your help to keep our Lodge on its successful course by attending our meetings and become an important part of the running of “your” Lodge by voting on issues that affect the smooth “sailing of this Lodge.

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


Ladies Auxiliary Message - July and August 2014

Sherry Grudzien

The fireworks, patriotic colors & songs remind us of our freedom. This 4th of July, take a minute to truly enjoy our beautiful gift of freedom. Say a little prayer for all the people in the world who are not as blessed as we are.

Many thanks to the following ladies for their recent event:

June 23rd: Nina Paris and Carol Lauterbach hosted a “very sweet” Candy Capers Game Day Event. Everything was yummy! Great job ladies!

I would like to thank my awesome Board Members: Susan Du Four, Janice Gale, Carol Bateman, Pat Hutchison, plus the set up & cleanup crew for working together to present the father’s Day Dinner Dance. It was a fun filled, casual evening. Everyone had a great time.

Also, a huge THANK YOU to all of those who attended. Without all of our participation and support, these great fundraisers would not be successful!

Enjoy the lazy days of summer. Safe travels and see you in September.

Sherry Grudzien, President
Ladies Auxiliary BPOE #2559

Upcoming Events

Activities resume in September

September 8th

Board Meeting: Starts at 9:30
Vets Bingo: 2:15

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.