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President's Corner - April 2014

I extend my congratulations to all of the newly installed and appointed officers for the 2014-2015 lodge year. Thank you for stepping up to lead your lodge forward to another success-ful year.

As you start your year remember your Past Exalted Rulers can be a source of information to assist you. Also the State Asso-ciation Officers and chairmen are there to assist with your programs. Ask them anytime.

Last month Janet and I had the opportunity to attend the Utah State Association spring Convention in St. George. We had the opportunity to visit with our Grand Exalted Ruler Millard Pickering and his wife Susanne. They will be at our May Convention. Take the time to visit with them, they are great folks.

The District Deputies will be having their District Deputy Clinics this month. It is required that the appropriate officers and chairman attend these clinics are important as new offices. To learn and get the information back to your lodges to help get your year and committees up and running.

I hope that everyone will attend the AEA Annual Convention in Tempe on May 7th – 10th. The Business sessions are important to help your lodge have a successful year. There will be several important breakout sessions that will give a great deal of information that your Lodge needs. The Convention is a time to learn and share ideas with Elk members from all of the other lodges. Maybe we can get a great idea from someone to help us do better in our own lodges.

Janet has planned a great Ladies Lunch. So please attend. Also bring your books to the convention for the Steel Research Center. The theme for the Ladies luncheon is Red, White, and Blue West-ern. Please come and enjoy the entertainment at the Ladies Luncheon.

April 1st, anyone who has not paid their dues is delinquent. Now is the time to contact them to see if they need assistants or find what we need to do to get our Elks to pay and participate. Member-ship is the life blood of our lodges and the Elks.

The AEMP annual raffle is under way, so get your tickets for the red Jeep . Tickets are on sale now. We are having an Elks afternoon at the Diamond-Backs on Saturday, May 17th. Contact the AEMP office for your tickets.

My year as your State President will soon come to a close and a new year is starting for the State Association, we are here to assist you in your lodge. Call myself or the hard working State Com-mittee Chairman to help. This is what we are here for. Working together we can accomplish great things.

God Bless American and God Bless our Troops. God Bless Everyone.

Fraternally, Ed Leuer, President
Arizona Elks Association / 2013-2014


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Arizona Elks Major Projects (AEMP) - April Message

There have been many thinks happening at AEMP – I’ll try to recap what’s new at the Major Projects.

Construction is well under way at the site of the Translational Medical Clinic in Phoenix. We hope to have the Grand Exalted Ruler, Millard Pickering take part in the Opening Ceremony/ Ribbon Cutting during his visit to Arizona during the time of the Arizona Elks Association Annual Meeting at the Doubletree Inn and Conference Center in Tempe.

The Annual Arizona Elks Major Projects Mid-Year Raffle is in full swing. All Arizona Lodges

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have been mailed two posters of the Red Jeep Patriot (I told you the color might change). If you are interested in having the Jeep Patriot at your Lodge or community event to sell tickets to win this new compact SUV call the Major Projects Office and reserve your dates.

More next month....

Al Skorupski, PDDGER, PVP
Executive Director AEMP

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Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers - Elks Night at Chase Field / Sat May 17th

The Arizona Diamondbacks are proud to host the Arizona Elks Major Projects at Chase Field. Your reserved seating to cheer on the D-backs and support your Major Projects is right around the corner.

Tickets are available at special discounted rates and a portion of the proceeds from every ticket sold will benefit the AEMP.

To purchase tickets, you may go online to, contact the Major Projects Office, or any of the members of the Elks Major Projects.

Click the image below to download the order form.

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Mesquite, NV #2811 Annual Golf Invitational - Area 7 Major Project Fundraiser

June 9th - 11th

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Photo Contest

The Public Relations Committee has started a new contest! All you photographers need to pay attention to this. Photos should display an Arizona Elk performing an action which promotes the work of the Arizona Elks....

Photos must have been taken by an Elk in good standing or a member of the immediate family (spouse/sig other or child) of an Elk in good standing..........

Photos submitted must include the names of all individuals in the photo. Submissions will include the name of the person who took the photo and more.....

Written by Barbara Bowen - Sierra Vista #2065


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A Legacy of Giving

Arizona Elks Major Projects Donates $125,000 to the UA Steele Children’s Research Center

TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center has received $125,000 from the Arizona Elks Major Projects.

Al Skorupski, executive director of the Arizona Elks Major Projects, presented the check to Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, director of the UA Steele Center, at the December advisory board meeting.

This donation is part of the Elks’ commitment to raise $2.5 million for the UA Steele Center over the next 10 years.

Since 1991, the Elks have raised more than $5 million for the UA Steele Center. They have supported basic science research, education and clinical programs.

“We are so grateful for the Elks’ continued support,” said Dr. Ghishan. “They are truly our partners in improving children’s health, and we could not move forward without them.”

The Elks have committed to support the following UA Steele Center research areas and programs:
  • Basic science research in autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease.
  • Establishing the UA Steele Children’s Translational Research Center in Phoenix.
  • Establishing the Arizona Elks Endowed Chair in Statewide Pediatric Research.

“The 30,000 individuals who are members of the Arizona Elks Association are proud to support the UA Steele Center’s efforts to improve children's health,” said Al Skorupski, executive director of the Arizona Elks Major Projects. “Establishing the UA Steele Children’s Translational Research Center in Phoenix, supporting research and creating a new endowed chair are important steps to help children in Arizona who are struggling with illness and disease.”

Written by Darci Slaten - Director of Communications and Marketing, University of Arizona


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Business Practices

Attention Lodge Treasurers, Audit Committee Members, Trustees or any other Member interested in Lodge accounting practices - Donald Schultz, Area 7 Auditing and Accounting Committee Member, has passed down alot of good information and knowledge.

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Polar Plunge for AEMP........

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On January 1st, 2014.... Elk Members from all over the state visited Phoenix Lodge #335. Why???? To see the brave men and women take THE POLAR PLUNGE in the outdoor pool of the Lodge. Why would they do this??? This was the Second Annual "Polar Plunge" Charity Fundraiser. All proceeds go to the Arizona Elks Major Projects....

Creole Queen Paddle Cruise

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Going to the Grand Lodge Convention in New Orleans?

The Major Projects invites you to join with Elks and their guests from across Arizona in seeing the City of New Orleans from the deck of the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler on Monday evening, July 14th, 2014.

This dinner and two hour cruise will offer New Orleans style jazz for your listening and dancing pleasure. All proceeds from this event will benefit the children and the programs of the Arizona Elks Major Projects.

Click here to download the flyer to get the menu and other pertinent information on this fun cruise!