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President's Corner - September 2014

As I begin this article, I am mindful that the District Deputies have held their first clinics. I was privileged to attend two of the four. My apolo-gies to Don Polk and the North District and Jack Baillergeon of the South. I already had unshakable commitments to two other events and could not attend their clinics. Word has it, they conducted a fine clinic. Thank you Don and Jack.

Emphasis by the other two DDs stresses the dire necessity for all of us to take a meaningful look at our membership efforts. Bill Foucher con-stantly reminds us of the inevitability if we do not stem this annual de-cline we experience. As I have stated, the solution exists, it is our chal-lenge to find it. Recruiting in the Lounge is definitely not the answer. I met with the Membership Chair and the Public Relations Chair in an effort to establish a plan of action to be presented at the Mid-year Con-vention. If you want to be enlightened, come to the seminar that these two gentlemen have scheduled.

National Patriotism week is the week of September 7 thru September 13. We have the opportunity to show our patriotic side by remembering not only our military and veterans but our first responders who are gener-ally first on the scene in large scale disasters. Show your Elks Pride, it's important.

As the mid-year convention approaches, gear up for some excitement this year. Patriotism will flourish at the Ladies Luncheon. First Lady Patty and her bevy of cohorts have planned a super afternoon for you.

Our beloved State Sponsor PGER Ken Moore has retired. We will miss him terribly. In its infinite wisdom, Grand Lodge has appointed one o the most eloquent and entertaining Past Grands as our new State Sponsor. Come to the convention and visit with the Honorable PGER Louis J. 'Jim' Grillo and his gracious Lady Lucia. Jim will bring a lot to the con-vention but I warn you, he is 100% Elk. I also took the liberty of inviting Hugh Scanlon, member Grand Lodge Board of Trustees, Area 7. He too is all Elk. The President of the California Hawaii Elks Association, Floyd 'Skip' Henke and his wife Karen will light up our convention. And don't forget our own Don Waggoner, Grand Esteemed Leading Knight and Manny Rodriguez on the Grand Lodge Activities Commit-tee. This is going to be a fantastic convention.
The Arizona Elks Major Projects have their annual raffle for a new Jeep. Get your tickets early and of-ten. Support for this great organization provides assistance to Arizona youth at the Children's Research Center and the Jack Warter Youth Camp near Globe.

On a final note, I cannot close without a commentary on our Ritual. Where would we be without it. I am convinced that the ritual, 'the soul of Elkdom' is and should be protected as an endangered species. If you haven't competed, you don't really know the true experience of a finely crafted and smoothly operating team. You form bonds that will never die.

I am at your service, remember 'To serve, not to be served'!

God bless us one and all.

Jimmy S. Davis
President, AEA

 

Jimmy Davis

Arizona Elks Major Projects (AEMP) - September Message

For those of you who are golfers (or claim to be) remember the Arizona Elks Association State Golf Tournament will be held in Show Low, hosted by the Show Low Elks Lodge, September 6th and 7th. There is still time to sign up for a fun and cooler weekend in Show Low. Call Walt Lewendowski (520) 820-3437 or Gregg Boyce (928) 521-2254 for more information. Looking forward to seeing you on the golf course.

The Arizona Elks Major Projects is sponsoring a second trip to see the Arizona Diamondbacks play baseball. On Saturday, September 13th the Diamondbacks will play the San Diego Padres. The first pitch is scheduled for 5:10 pm. There is a full page flyer about the game, the cost for tickets and how to order on this website. The last time the Arizona Elks were at the Diamondbacks over 200 Elks and guests attended. All who attended had a great time and enjoyed the smack down put on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Looking forward to seeing you at the game

A special thank you is offered to Tucson East Lodge for hosting a Christmas in July, Dinner, Dance and Raffle with all proceeds being donated to the Arizona Elks Major Projects.Ira Cohen

AEMP District Representative Ira Cohen, along with, Nancy Drezdon, President of the #2532 Ladies Auxiliary and Alan Swope, the Current Exalted Ruler are pictured presenting donation checks to be used to help support the programs operated by the Arizona Elks Major Projects. These funds will be used to assist children who attend the Jack C. Warter Jr. Youth Camp, or receive treatment at the Translational Clinic in Phoenix, or at the Steele Research Center in Tucson.

Don’t forget to mail in your raffle tickets for the Mid-Year Raffle. The 2014 Jeep Patriot will be raffled during the time of the AEA Convention in October, in Tempe.

More next month!

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Al Skorupski, PDDGER, PVP
Executive Director AEMP

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Lodge Activities - Brochure

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Mid Year Convention

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Convention Photos

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Social Welfare Golf Pics

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Social Welfare - Looking for Gift Baskets

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Phoenix Lodge 335 held Steak Fry for Firefighters from 4 local stations

Firefighters from our area celebrate firefighter night with a steak dinner provided by Phoenix Elks Lodge 335. While members from lodge remember 9-11

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State Golf Tournament

State Tournament Will proceed come Rain Snow or Sunshine

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Sock Hop at Apache Junction Elks

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UA Steele Children’s Research Center Welcomes New Special Events and Development Coordinators

Sept. 2, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. – Katie James, MPA, and Michelle MacDonald have joined the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center as coordinators, special events and development.

Katie James, MPA As members of the Katie Jamesdevelopment team, both James and MacDonald will coordinate special events benefitting the UA Steele Center and the University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s.

In addition to coordinating special events, James will serve as a liaison and representative to volunteer groups and donors who support the UA Steele Center, such as Kids of Steele and UA-affiliated groups.

James graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in history and the UA with a Master of Public Administration. James has a strong background in non-profit operations, special events, grant writing and volunteer coordination.

“Supporting the mission to improve children’s health through research and discovery is a very rewarding opportunity,” said James. “I’m excited to be part of the Steele Center team and grateful to be surrounded by compassionate people who are working together to build a stronger community and make a difference in this world.”

Michelle MacDonald In addition to coordinatingMichelle McDonald special events, MacDonald will serve as a liaison and representative to Father’s Day Council Tucson and other community-based organizations and donors who support the UA Steele Center.

MacDonald completed a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the UA, she worked as a regional director for First Things First, supervising the activities of a volunteer grant-making body in north Pima County, guiding members to build and expand an early childhood education and health system in Arizona.

“I have spent the last seven years of my career advocating for the wellbeing of children,” said MacDonald. “The innovative research and treatment I have encountered since joining the development team has been inspiring and has the power to improve outcomes for children. I look forward to promoting children’s healthy development in my work with the Steele Center and Diamond Children’s.”

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

 

Supply Train

The Coolidge-Florence Elks Lodge received the $2,000 Gratitude Grant. Our goal is to supply much needed school supplies and dictionaries to the 10 grade schools in our 2 school districts.

Supply Train

This year, with a combination of our Gratitude Grant and the generosity of our members, we were able to donate over $2,300 worth of school supplies and $1,300 worth of dictionaries to our 10 district grade schools!

On Saturday, August 16th our schools visited the lodge to receive their supplies and they were all very thankful!

Pictured left to right: Toby Haugen-Skyline Ranch, Katie Hall-San Tan Heights, Angie Paul-Magma Ranch, Derilyn Paddock-Florence K-8, Tammy Borin-Florence K-8, Pat Rodriguez-Florence K-8, Debbie Boehnlein-Circle Cross Ranch, Jessie Arroyos-Heartland Ranch, Ben Armstrong-West, Larry Peterson-Exalted Ruler, Bionisio Singco-Circle Cross Ranch, Tara Walter-Walker Butte, and Don Fiedler-Chaplain (Not Pictured: Kathy Brown-Anthem K-8 and Joanne Pike-Copper Basin)

 


Social Welfare Community Event Grant 2014-15

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Click here to apply for the 2014-15 Arizona Elks Community Grant Application..