Presidential Ponderings - June 2016
The month of June continues to be the most active time of the state Elks year for the Americanism Committee led by State Chairman Diana Adams.
This month the Elks celebrate Flag Day, one of the most stirring Elk Rituals. A Flag Day Ceremony done impressively, is a joy to listen to. The Past Exalted Rulers of your Lodge will be more than happy to assist Officers Corps in planning and executing this mandatory Elks Program.
Flag Day is a most important holiday and ceremony to me because I was born on June 14th (many, many years ago). My Mother often told me that the small town where I was born flew the Stars and Stripes on the main streets to tell all towns folks that it was my birthday. PS – I have another story to share about my birthday, ask me about it the next time you see me!
Have you recruited a new member for your Lodge and our Order? As members of the Arizona Elks Association we all have the responsibility to work towards increasing our membership. We all know a good neighbor, who would make a fine Elks. Now is the time to ask them to join your Lodge and our Association.
For you Exalted Rulers, Lodge Officers and House Committee members, June is also the month you should begin your planning for a successful fall social seasons at your Lodge. A little planning will go a long way in helping you have a successful Lodge year.
Lodge Officers, the summer months are also a great time to learn your Ritual parts. PS – That includes the Opening and Closing rituals for regular Lodge meetings. If you need help with any of the Lodge Ritual ceremonies, State Ritual Chairman, Tim Woods, Phoenix #335, and the District Chairman, Mike Murphy, Tempe #2251, Larry Carver, Kingman 468, Larry Hamal, Willcox #2131 and are willing to assist your Lodge in learning your ritual parts and pulling your ritual team together. Many of the Past Exalted Rules were excellent Ritual Officers, they too would be willing to help – just ask them!
Alfred R. Skorupski, President
Arizona Elks Association
FYI- Each month I will honor an Arizona Elks Association member who has gone above and beyond the normal goals of an Association State or District Chairmen.
The June award goes to Jack Ponzo of Green Valley. Jack work as the State Chairman of the Drug Awareness Committee is well documented. Need help with you Lodge based Drug Awareness Program? Jack and his District Committee people are there to help you grow your Drug Awareness Program.
Arizona Elks Major Projects (AEMP) - June 2016 Message
Summer is here and the Jack C. Warter Youth Camp is filling up with excited campers. From Scouts to Church groups, hundreds of Arizona youth have an opportunity to hike, fish, and commune with nature thank to the efforts of many Arizona Elks. In 2016 this opportunity is offered at no charge to qualified Youth Groups. Teams of dedicated Volunteer Elks maintain and improve the camp facilities every year. More than 50 of these dedicated Volunteers showed up at the camp from April 11-17. 2016. Their reward is a simple thank-you, or much more importantly, they share the joy these campers experience.
The success of the Jack C. Warter Youth Camp belongs totally to Arizona Elks. We don’t just maintain and improve the camp, we own it. We open it, we close it, we advertise it, we fund it, we support the camp fully. There are lots of ways to share the joy, through charitable gifts, thoughts, words and deed. If you are a part of this vast support network, take a few minutes this summer to bask in the glow of our camper’s joy. Then share it with everyone you know, you can help a child get to camp this summer.
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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2016 State Hoop Shoot Pics
2016 Regional Hoop Shoot Pics
Tucson East Elks Lodge #2532 was awarded a $1000.00 voucher from the Arizona Elks Major Projects to be used for a youth project in our area. Our Lodge Members chose "Youth On Their Own" to receive this grant. Click for more details...
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2016 GL Convention
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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.