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Updated: July 6th, 2013
Welcome to the most wonderful time of the Year. I hope each and everyone had a great and blessed thanks-giving. We have so much to be thankful for. The State Soccer Shoot was great, watching the kids doing their best. It was great to present trophies and seeing them being excited about winning.
It was a great honor to be part of the Special Olympics Bowling held in Prescott. These special kids and young adults try so hard to do their best. Presenting them with the medals is so heart warming to see all the pride a little medal means to them.
December is the time when our lodges can shine as we have our Hoopshoot Contest, Clothe a Child, Christmas basket, and help so many less fortunate. This is the time of the year when Elkdom really swells and throbs. Our communities need to know what we do. Let’s get out and let them know. Try to participate in your communities Christmas parade to show what your lodge is all about.
With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season take a little time to say thanks for the blessing we have and pray for our active duty military who are protecting us during this holiday season.
January 1st, New Years Day, is the Polar Plunge at Phoenix #335 to raise money for the Arizona Elks Major Projects. You will have a great time. I am not sure if my heart doctor will allow me to participate in the plunge, but I will be there to root everyone on. Please look into the mirror and ask what can I do to help my lodge, then step up and volunteer. We all need you.
Janet and I wish each and everyone the best of the Holiday Season. May all your wishes come true.
Remember - “Elks Working to Help Others”. Keep up the good work!
Ed Leuer, President
Arizona Elks Association / 2013-2014
Arizona Elks Major Projects (AEMP) - December Message
December is upon us – We are in the middle of the Holiday Season – will we survive till January 2nd? Sure we will – we always do. I know I said that we would feature the Jack C. Warter Jr. Youth Camp this month but we need to talk about late breaking events concerning the Translational Medical Clinic that will soon open in Phoenix.
The January Major Projects article will feature the Youth Camp – I promise. We should have breaking good news to share about the Youth Camp at that time (good stuff I promise).
The Breaking News surrounding the opening of the Translational Medical Clinic is as follows.
The leadership of the University of Arizona, spearheaded by Doctor Gishan Director of the Steele Research Center, recently entered into a lease agreement for a commercial property that is situated at 4545 West Camelback Avenue. The space for the Translational Medical Clinic is located in business office complex called “The Park”. The photo above shows the sign board for the complex (I added the Sponsored in Part by the Elks of Arizona sign.) We have been promised by Doctor Gishan the name of the Elks will be prominently displayed. Plans are currently being drawn for the remodeling of this property to suit the needs of the youthful patients that will receive care and treatment there.
As we move forward with this project my New Year’s promise to all Arizona Elks is to keep all informed of the progress of this new and exciting partnership between the members of the Arizona Elks Association and the Steele Research Center.
Till then – have a safe and happy New Year!
More next month....
Al Skorupski, Executive Director
What are you doing New Year’s Day?
NO Not New Year’s Eve – but the day after the ringing in of year 2014? Live in the Greater Phoenix area? Do we have an event for you to attend! The Past Exalted Rulers of Phoenix Lodge #335 are once again spearheading the “Second Annual Polar Plunge” to benefit the Arizona Elks Major Projects. The PER’s goal for this fun event is 10K in one day!
2013 Mid-Year AEMP Raffle Winners
Thanks to all the people who entered the 2013 AEMP Mid Year Raffle. Your support goes a long way in helping out our Charites. Congratulations to the Winners below for being the lucky ones in the 2013 Mid Year Raffle!
The winner of the Arizona Elks Major Projects Raffle was Bob Moore, PER of Kearny Lodge #2478. Congratulating Bob is Past Arizona Elks Association President Leroy "Bugs" Lewis. Bugs Lewis currently services on the Major Projects Youth Camp Committee and like Bob Moore is a Past Exalted Ruler of Kearny Elks Lodge.
1st Prize (2013 Polaris)
Bob Moore from Kearney Lodge #2478
2nd Prize ($500)
Skip Schulzkump from Lake Havasu City Lodge #2399
3rd Prize ($300)
Bill Vrieze from Green Valley Lodge #2592
4th Prize ($200)
Matt Gardner from Ajo Lodge #1576
5th Prize ($100)
Chris Granillo from Kearney Lodge #2478
A Unique Opportunity to Help Veterans and their Families.
Fisher House Foundation is best known for the network of comfort homes built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers nationwide and in Europe. Fisher Houses are beautiful homes, donated to the military and Department of Veterans Affairs. These homes enable family members to be close to a arizona elksloved one at the most stressful time - during the hospitalization for a combat injury, illness or disease.
Past Presidents Meeting
The Arizona Elks Past State Presidents met at the Arizona Golf Resort in Mesa, AZ on Sept. 28-29th. Pictured standing from left to right is Jerry Grimes, John James, Lee Schwein, Don Waggoner, Charles Serventi, Manny Rodriguez, Bugs Lewis, Larry Lee, Tom Shelby and our current President, Ed Leuer. Seated are Homer Sylvers, Richard Conway, Earl Wilford and Pete Gillepie.
Creole Queen Paddle Cruise
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 Queen 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!
2013 AEA Charity Golf Tournament Pics
Drug Awareness Essay Contest National Winner is our AEA State Winner, Riley Goldsmith
I am pleased to announce that the 2012-2013 Drug Awareness Essay Contest National Winner is our AEA State Winner, Riley Goldsmith.
Riley was an 8th grade student at Continental School in Green Valley, Arizona and was sponsored by the Green Valley Lodge #2592. She will attend high school beginning in August. Riley received her Arizona Elks Association state award consisting of an Elks Award Plaque and a $100 grant at her 8th Grade Graduation on May 22, 2013.
A National Award from the Grand Lodge Drug Awareness Program will be sent to me in the next few days, and will be awarded to Riley at a later date to be determined.
Please congratulate Riley on her achievement!
Chair, Drug Awareness
Arizona Elks Association
UA Steele Children’s Research Center Receives 5-Year Grant
UA Steele Children’s Research Center Receives 5-Year Grant, Enabling High School Students to Participate in the ‘Summer Institute on Medical Ignorance’ The “Summers in Children’s Research for Diverse High School Students” grant gives students hands-on basic science research experience working with physicians and scientists throughout the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.
TUCSON, Ariz. – The UA Steele Children’s Research Center has received a 5-year research education grant enabling high-school students from around Arizona to participate in the “Summer Institute on Medical Ignorance,” known as SIMI, at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.
The program, “Summers in Children’s Research for Diverse High School Students,” is funded by the National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, grant number 1R25HD070811-01A1.
The program gives students hands-on basic science research experience working as paid scientists with physicians and researchers throughout the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.Each student has a mentor in the lab, guiding the research project.
The principal investigators are Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, professor and head, UA Department of Pediatrics and director of the Steele Center; Marlys Witte, MD, professor, UA Department of Surgery; and Francisco A. Garcia, MD, MPH, adjunct professor, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
Students studying with Steele Center researchers are:
- Thy Tran, Central High School (Phoenix); mentor, Hua Xu, PhD, associate professor, pediatrics
- Kara Gilchrist, Valley High School (Sanders); mentor, Melissa Halpern, PhD, associate professor, pediatrics
- Kiana Adams-Baker, Sunnyside High School (Tucson); mentor Melissa Halpern, PhD, associate professor, pediatrics
- Rowe “Rowdy” Kruger, St. Gregory College Preparatory School (Tucson); mentor, Robert Erickson, MD, Holsclaw Family Professor of Human Genetics and Inherited Diseases and professor of pediatrics
- Diana Pham, University High School (Tucson); mentor Pawel Kiela, DVM, PhD, associate professor, pediatrics
- Melissa Vasquez, San Miguel High School (Tucson); mentor, Pawel Kiela, DVM, PhD, associate professor, pediatrics
Tran and her mentor Dr. Xu are exploring the roles that sodium-hydrogen exchanger NHE8 plays in mucosal protection throughout the gastrointestinal tract. Recently, Steele Center investigators discovered that bile acid, an important molecule for fat absorption, could inhibit NHE8 expression Tran’s project is to clone the region of the NHE8 gene promoter that is responsible for bile acid regulation of NHE8 gene expression.
“This program gives us a rare opportunity to interact with high school students and show them what is biomedical research and how such research is benefitting human health,” said Dr. Xu. “Through programs like this, we hope to stimulate students’ interest in pursuing a career in biomedical research.”
“My summer experience was truly fascinating, because everything I’ve learned was altogether divergent from the text-book approach,” said Tran. “Observing and working towards a process so complex such as molecular cloning is definitely different in a lab setting than at a school desk. This program has helped me accept my ignorance within the realms of medical science, stimulated my curiosity and furthered my quest for answers.”
“This program is a wonderful opportunity for high school students to explore science in a working lab,” said Dr. Ghishan. “We want them to discover firsthand the exciting world of research and discovery.”
Vice Mayor Bill Gates: Interview with Phoenix Elks #335 Exalted Ruler Robert Rapps
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