“As this emblem is first in our hearts as loyal Americans, so is it close to our altar as loyal Elks. The gentle breezes with lingering caress kiss the folds of no flag which can compare with it in beauty. There is no such red in budding rose, in falling leaf or sparkling wine; no such white in April blossom, in crescent moon, or mountain snow; no such blue in woman’s eye, in oceans depth or heaven’s dome; and no such pageantry of clustering stars and streaming light in all spectrum of the sea and sky.” (taken from the Elks ritual of initiation)
As we approach the time in our country when decisions must be made as to leadership, I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on the symbol of our great Nation. As Elks we honor the flag of our country. As your Exalted Ruler, I just ask that we recall this beautiful portion of our ritual and stand united in our beliefs; holding high the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity.
The Ladies Auxiliary will have a new Board of Officers. Many thanks to the Nominating Committee: Past President Kathy Kane, Connie Caul, Patti Dann and Carole Holmes for their efforts in presenting the following: President-Karen Pitra, Vice President-Janice Gale, Sec-retary-Connie Caul, Treasurer-Linda Boysen, Sergeant-At-Arms-Sandy Bechtold. Karen Pitra “Went Over the Top” with the Valentine Dinner and Dance. Every-thing was absolutely lovely. Everyone had a great time. The Bake Sale on February 14th displayed a great variety of treats. Thank you Patti Dann and Pat Rutledge for your loyalty in selling the delicious baked goods.
Our Rummage Sale on February 26 and 27th was a success. Many thanks to all my volun-teers that stepped up to the plate. It couldn’t have happened without you.
The Fashion Show “Puttin’ on the Ritz” will be Monday, March 21st featuring fashions from Draper’s and Damon’s. Reserve your table early, tickets go fast.
Game Day on March 28th will be hosted by Janice McLean and Judy Howell. Think Spring Bonnets. Thank you Linda Boysen for the great job managing the Chance-A-Rama Raffle. The winners are: Audrey Williams, Pat Drexler, Claudia Harper, Judy Blomker, Sherry Grudzien, Joyce Bianchini and Margarete Hoffman. The Auxiliary Book Exchange for the outgoing and incoming Officers and Chairladies will take place on March 29th There will be a Potluck Luncheon and you are requested to bring a cold salad. Bonné will bring the rolls and dessert.
Bonne Smith, President
Ladies Auxiliary BPOE #2559
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.