Presidential Ponderings - August 2016
The summer months are prime time to prepare your local Lodge and the State Association activities for the busy fall season ahead. The children of Arizona will soon be back in school and the youth programs sponsored by the State Association and implemented by the local Lodges will soon be in high gear. Make sure you use the resources of the Arizona Elks and the National Association to enhance your local Lodge programs.
Youth Activities State Chairman Diane Polk of Chino Valley and her District Chairman are ready and willing to help your Lodge’s gear up your youth programs. Youth programs information are available from the members of this hard working committee. For example, Student of the Month Certificates are available- just request them.
State Drug Awareness Chairman Jack Ponzo and his District Chairman have all the latest Drug Awareness information and materials available for distribution to the children in your area, all you need to do is to request the materials. Also it is not too early to request your “Red Ribbons” for distribution during the Elks celebration of “Red Ribbon” week. Remember, the Elks Drug Awareness Poster is always a big hit with the Kids. You need to get out in your local schools and sell this contest to the school leadership.
August is also the month for the new District Deputy Grand Exalted Rulers to host there first clinic. This is an opportunity for all Exalted Rulers and District Chairman to hear firsthand about the new Grand Exalted Ruler’s National Program that is in the process of implementation by the State and District Leaders of the Arizona Elks Association.
Because of the fire in the mountains surrounding the Arizona Elks Association Youth Camp – the number of camping days have been severely limited this summer. The camp itself was saved from the flames by the men and women of the U.S. Forest Service and the fire fighters who attacked the blaze. One of the reasons the camp was spared was the fact that the camp grounds was used as a staging area and equipment parking area during the time of the fire. Just another reason the Arizona Elks help make Arizona a better place for our children to live.
Every month is a month to focus on membership. Jack Baillargeon, State Membership Chairmen is hard at work along with the District Chairman to help rebuild the Arizona Elks Membership numbers. A number of exciting membership happenings will soon be before us. Join in and bring in a new member or two. Nationwide the Elks are looking to obtain a gain in membership this year. This is the year the Elks end the membership losing streak.
Last year 13 states ended the year with a gain in membership – now is the time for Arizona to join that positive number.
Alfred R. Skorupski, President
Arizona Elks Association
FYI - I continue to recognize an Arizona Elks Association member who has gone above and beyond the normal goals of an Association State or District Chairmen.
The August thank you goes to Jerry and Linda Grimes. For many years now Jerry and Linda have planned, organized and staffed the Arizona Elks Association Hospitality Room at the Elks Grand Lodge Convention. This year was no exception. Their hard work was well appreciated by all Arizona delegates who attended the convention.
If you have attended a Grand Lodge Convention and enjoyed the hospitality of your fellow Arizona Elks Jerry and Linda contributed greatly to that enjoyment.
Even though the dust has barely settled from the “Houston Experience” Jerry and Linda are already hard at work making plan for the next Grand lodge Convention that will be held in next July in the biggest little city in the world - Reno, Nevada.
Jerry and Linda – thanks for all you do....
Arizona Elks Major Projects (AEMP) - August 2016 Message
Your Arizona Elks Major Projects continue to impact the lives of Children around our State, now even more than ever before.
Great strives are being made in understanding Autism at Translational Health Clinic in Phoenix. Thank you AEMP Supporters! A new Confocal Microscope at the Steele Children’s Research Center will impact the health of thousands of Arizona Children for years to come. Thank you AEMP Supporters.
The Youth Camp is finally open and receiving kids at no charge. Hundreds of children in are learning to put down their computers and commune with nature at the Jack C. Warter Youth Camp. Thank you AEMP Supporters!
And the Community Rewards program has already sent checks to Scouting, baseball, JROTC, and other youth groups around the State. Thank You AEMP Supporters!
As Arizona Elks, we have done some incredible things, but we can and will do more. Keep sharing those blessings and the Joy we spread will have no limits.
2016 Mid-Year Raffle is Underway
2015 was a great year for AEMP and 2016 is going to be even better. We are starting the Mid-Year Raffle early this year and have already procured a 2016 Polaris RZR complete with 75HP ProStar 900 Engine; Electronic Power Steering; High-Flow Clutch intake system; Long Wheelbase for smooth ride: 27"GBC 8 Ply Dirt Commander Tires; Tubular Frame and D- Pillars for improved Suspension Performance; High Performance On Demand All Wheel Drive; Trail friendly low gear. This vehicle comes complete with a 12ft Trailer Custom made by Rockland Trailers.
Tickets are once again $5 or 3 for $10. Purchase your tickets from your Lodge AEMP Represenative or buy online here.
Jimm Krausman, PDDGER, PSVP
Executive Director AEMP
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If you're planning on heading to Indianapolis for the 2015 Grand Lodge Convention order your RED VEST TODAY and show your Arizona Spirit and comradery.
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You have the option of Jerry Grimes from Kingman picking up your vest for you, or you may have the vest delivered to your home.
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UA Steele Children’s Research Center Receives $2 Million from CDC to Continue Identifying Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz., —The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Steele Children’s Research Center received a four-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to continue its Arizona Developmental Disabilities Surveillance Program (ADDSP).
The ADDSP is part of a multi-site effort to track autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and intellectual disabilities (ID) among U.S. school children.
ADDSP has conducted ASD surveillance in Arizona since 2000 as part of the Autism and Developmental Disability Monitoring (ADDM) Network. The UA pediatrics team reviews thousands of special education and clinic records each study year to report on the number of 4- and 8-year-old children with ASD and/or ID and on the demographic and behavioral characteristics of the affect-ed children. In study year 2010, ADDSP reported that approximately 1 in 64 8-year-olds living in Maricopa County had ASD, an in-crease from 1 in 154 children in 2000.
The study is led by co-principal-investigators Sydney Pettygrove, PhD, epidemiologist and assistant professor, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and Margaret Kurzius-Spencer, MPH, MS, PhD, assistant profes-sor, UA Department of Pediatrics and the UA Steele Center.
“We will continue this intensive effort to monitor the prevalence of ASD and ID among 4- and 8-year-old children,” said Dr. Kurzius-Spencer. “Our goals are to improve understanding of these disorders and to carry out education and outreach activities, working in tandem with our community partners.”
The University of Arizona is one of 10 ADDM sites throughout the nation to receive funding this grant cycle. The data are collected systematically at these sites and are used by the CDC and others to com-pare ASD occurrence in different areas of the nation, to identify changes in prevalence over time and to improve the understanding of the impact of ASD on the community.
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are lifelong developmental disabilities characterized by repetitive or restricted behaviors or interests and marked impairment in social communication and interaction. ASD include autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS, including atypical autism), and Asperger disorder. ASD begins in early childhood and lasts throughout a person’s life.
“Our next study year will be the definitive work on how the change from the DSM-IV to the DSM-5 criteria affects the prevalence of ASD and will allow us to continue to examine disparities in early screening and identification of ASD,” said Dr. Pettygrove.
Co-investigators on the project include:
Sydney Rice, MD, associate professor and developmental pediatrician; Division of Genetics and Developmental Pediatrics, UA Department of Pediatrics; UA Steele Children’s Research Center
Jennifer Andrews, MBA, coordinator, Division of Genetics and Developmental Pediatrics, UA Department of Pediatrics;
Gondy Leroy, PhD, associate professor; Management Information Systems
Paul Hsu, PhD, associate professor, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.