President's Corner - July 2014
The next time you hear the song 'Red Solo Cup', imagine the excitement I felt when the Tempe Elks Lodge gave me a celebration send off. There were so many friends and relatives from across the state and I was truly honored by your attendance. A very special thank you to the PER Association of the Tempe Lodge who spearheaded this event. A mere thank you will never suffice for the appreciation I hold for all of you. My heartfelt thanks for the members of my Lodge who worked so hard to make this party a huge success.
As I write this, many of the Lodges have received their ENF Grants. The Elks Na-tional Foundation makes funds available to the Lodges in the form of Gratitude, Promise and Beacon Grants. If you don't apply, you are leaving money on the ta-ble that your Lodge could use to further your charitable works. The King of ENF Grants is DDGER Jack Baillargeon from Catalina Mountain. He has advised me that he will assist anyone who needs help.
Patty and I were privileged to attend the Area 7 Golf Tournament in Mesquite, Ne-vada. We had 5 golfers from Page at $30.00 per person for money returned to our Major Projects. Thank you Wayne McIntire, Jimmie Davis and your three coun-terparts for your dedication. The tournament held during the week makes it diffi-cult for people to get time off from work. Maybe next year they can propose a different schedule.
Flag Day programs across the state provided an opportunity to make the general public aware of our Flag's proud history as well as inform them of the involvement of the Elks in this patriotic event.
Again this year the Arizona Elks Major Projects has a new car raffle. Promote this major fund raiser inside and outside your Lodge. Remember, 'A man never stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child'!
We all celebrated the anniversary of this great Nation. The 4th of July is a time to renew your love of country and appreciate all that we have. If you love your free-dom, 'Thank a Vet'! I hope your 4th was safe and memorable.
I am at your service, remember 'To serve, not to be served'!
Jimmy S. Davis