Presidential Ponderings - September 2016
After Labor Day the Lodge and Arizona Elks Association year activities begin to really get active. The Major Sate athletic event is the Annual Cedrick Austin State Golf Tournament. Golfers of all skill levels take to the golf course with two things in mind, have a fun day with fellow Elks and to raise some funds for the Arizona Elks Major Projects. Funds raised will be used to continue our support of The Jack C. Warter Jr. Wilderness Youth Camp and to help support the Children’s Research Center in Tucson. If you don’t golf there are many different ways to help the raise the funding needed to continue these fine children focused programs, you can sponsor a tee sign or sponsor a golf cart. Donations of raffle prizes are always welcomed. Tucson East Lodge is hosting the event this year; contact Rich Botkin, PDD for more information (520) 904-4837.
This year as in most years the focus remains on membership. To maintain the good work the Elks do in the community we must have the members who will support our community based activities with their volunteer time and efforts, the donations that we rely on to support the community programs we provided.
The Membership Procurement and Retention Committee is headed by a new Chairperson – Jack Baillargeon of Catalina Mountain Lodge. Jack served as Lodge Secretary for many years and was a major influence in helping Catalina Mountain grow and prosper as an Elks Lodge. Let’s all work together this year to make a difference in membership. I have three goals that I ask all Arizona Elks to join with me and make a positive impact this year.
Let’s work to have your Arizona Elks Lodges complete the fraternal year with a plus one in membership. That’s goal if we all work together that can be reached.
For the Sate Association our goal should be a net gain in membership. For several years in a row Arizona showed a gain in Membership – we have slipped some in membership in the past several years but that can be corrected – with your help!
The Grand Exalted Ruler Mike Zellen’s goal this year is to have a gain in National Membership. For over the past 20 years – each year has ended with a membership loss. This past year that loss in membership totaled less than one percent on the National scope. Arizona, with a gain in membership this year can assist the National Elks Organization to end the year with a gain in membership – that would be outstanding!
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 September recognition goes to: AEMP Camp Chairman, Tom Miller. Tom is one of the most positive Arizona Elks that I know. Tom is always up beat, involved and committed to the “Warter Youth Camp Success”. Tom leads a group of committed Youth Camp volunteers in providing all the upkeep, cleaning and project management at the Camp. We have a camp to be proud of because of Tom and his band of Youth Camp volunteers. Next time you see Tom or one of the many Camp volunteers, say thank you for all the work they do on behalf of the Elks of Arizona.
Arizona Elks Major Projects (AEMP) - September 2016 Message
In every corner of the State, Arizona Elks continue to propel the UA Steele Children’s Research Center forward in improving children’s lives through their generous legacy of giving.
For more than two decades, this extraordinary partnership has positively impacted the Steele Center’s ability to improve children’s health through research.
In 2015 Arizona Elks donated more than $250,000, the 4th installment of a 10 year $2.5 million commitment. This year we will do more. Elks across Arizona are finding new ways to raise money and celebrate the joy of giving to our fantastic Arizona Elks Major Projects.
These efforts have significantly aided the Steele Center’s fight to cure autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and many others. Research projects in Phoenix and Tucson; funded by Arizona Elks attracted the best Doctors and Scientists to the Steele Center and have earned millions more in Government Grants. Yet there is more to be done.
The beautiful child seeming to give you a tiny thumbs up is Emily. She and her family appreciate your efforts more than you know. Though the breakthroughs at Steele Center did not come in time to save Emily’s life, perhaps they will be in time for the next sweet baby suffering with childhood disease. All research needs is money; thanks Arizona Elks, for all you give and how you inspire others.
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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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.