As Elks, we strive to make our lodge the friendliest lodge in Elkdom. Sometime it seems that we insist on having rules that are inconvenient to our members and guests. These rules, however; are what permit us to function as a private organization, remain a 501c business entity for tax purposes and maintain our liquor license. Impartiality is the key to enforcing these rules and regulations. No one Elk has any more or less responsibility to follow these rules than any other.
House Rules govern the actions of members and guests present in the Lodge. Rule #1. REQUIRES EVERY PERSON ENTERING THE LODGE TO SHOW A CURRENT MEMBERSHIP/ASSOCIATE OR LODGE IDENTIFI CATION CARD, OR BE THE REGISTERED GUEST OFF A CURRENT MEMBER. Spousal card and Widow card holders are individually documented and registered guests of our Lodge and ARE not required to sign into the guest book. THEY must have their guests signed in by a current Lodge member. The Host on duty shall be a current Lodge member and may sign in these guests if they choose to do so. The Host is on duty throughout the event and therefore, these guests may remain in the Lodge for the duration of the event. There is no requirement for the Host to act as the signer for any visiting guest.
Lodge guests are not Elk members. They have not taken the oath or obligation which would require them to comply with our statutes, rules and regulations. Thus they do not have the rights and privileges enjoyed by Lodge members and must be signed into our guest book. All guests are the sole responsibility of the member that signed them into the Lodge. These guests may remain in the Lodge so long as the sponsoring member is present. All guests must leave the Lodge when their signing member leaves. GRAND LODGE STATUTE #14-130 & #14-140 STATES THAT ONLY CURRENT MEMBERS CAN SIGN GUEST(S) TO THE LODGE. As the Exalted Ruler of this Lodge, I encourage you to consider joining the Elks. As a member, you are entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America.
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
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.
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.