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Exalted Ruler's Message - January 2015

Jose Corderro Torres

History tells me that controversy will follow those who feel they must be elected to power so as to imprint their beliefs on others. This is true as we can remember, Genghis Khan, Napoleon, Hitler, Mussolini, and many others. At least those of us who stay informed, listen and gather enough information to allow us to make a personal and correct decision when voting for a person or party. That is the reason I have always asked our Membership to come to our meetings and stay informed. Keeping your ears close to the pulse of the Lodge Membership is always the best source of information.

I hope that you were able to attend the Lodge New Year’s Eve Party, because you missed a good one if you did not! The food was great, music was enjoyable, and above all, the company of our Brother and Sister Elks, family and guests was by far the greatest gift you will ever receive.

Now let’s gear up to meet all the challenges 2015 is going to place in front of us, and make it worthwhile to ensure Sun City Lodge #2559 continues to be the friendliest and most accommodating Lodge, not only in the West District, but in all Arizona!

Fraternally Yours,
Jose Cordero-Torres


Ladies Auxiliary Message - January 2015

Sherry Grudzien

Another year has just flown by. A new year has begun. Happy 2015!

The following thank you messages should have been in the January Chatter, not December. Karen Horsley and Janice Gale put on a lovely, fun filled Holiday luncheon. A big thank you to Darrell Smith for leading us in Christmas songs. Terrific job, ladies.

Many thanks to Barb Fowerbaugh and Carol Lauterbach for all their hard work on the Children’s Shopping Spree event. Thanks to all of the members who donated the gifts for the kids. Our generous donations brought smiles to a bunch of little kids. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Here is a breakdown of the funds we have given to our projects:

$200.00 to ENF Matching Funds event
$1,500 to The Doves
$600.00 to The Red Wagon Project
$300.00 to The Children’s Shopping Spree
$900.00 to The Honor Flight Project
$1,000.00 to the kitchen (new utility carts)

I have asked Bonne Smith to take on a project and we all need to help her! Bonne will be the “Captain” to make sure we make our guests and new members feel welcome. Sometimes we get busy greeting and catching up with our friends and we tend to forget all about someone who might be a guest or new member. If you see someone you don’t know, please take a minute to make them feel welcome. If a new person asks to sit at your table during lunch, please make room for them or if they ask to play games, invite them to join your group or help them find a group to play with. Let’s strive to be kind and make everyone feel welcome. Remember, we were all “new ” once upon a time.

Start gathering your “good stuff” for our Rummage Sale in February. Keep them at your house for now. I am looking for a spot at the Lodge to store things. I will keep you posted. Also be on the lookout for the Chance-A-Rama raffle tickets which will be mailed to your home. The drawing will be held on February 9th at the General Meeting. Buy lots of tickets….good luck!

Something to think about..... “Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold.

Happy New Year! My wish to each of you is good health, love and lots of laughter! Thanks to all of you for your continuing support.

Sherry Grudzien, President
Ladies Auxiliary BPOE #2559

Upcoming Events

January 6th

Board Meeting: 9:30 am

January 12th

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

January 26th - GAME DAY

Social: 11:00
Lunch: 11:30
Cards & Games: til 4:00

Message from the Board of Trustees

Look what we've done!!!

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

As always, if you have any comments or suggestions, please contact one of the Trustees. We are always open to your thoughts. See printed Chatter for phone numbers.


Ugly Sweater Contest

Thursday, January 8th

Ed McDonnell


“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.