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President's Corner - March 2015

Jimmy Davis

It has been said that March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb. We certainly experienced some wild and crazy weather this year, snow in the high country and rain in the val-ley. Many of you duffers out there were excited by the fact that Tiger Woods had condescended to appear at the Waste Manage-ment Phoenix Open. Not being a golfer, I'm more interested in what occurs in baseball spring training.

The Lodges have all gone through the process of nominating and electing officers for the 2015 - 2016 Lodge Year. Now it is time to set your course for this year and make your Lodge a strong and vibrant show place for the Order. Not the least of these tasks will be your approach to the Ritual of Initiation. What have you planned for initiating new members? I urge you to take a serious look at this effort. Declining membership could be a direct result of failing to properly instruct new members in who we are! The ritual is our best chance to make a good first impression! If your Lodge Officers come together as a team you will administer the affairs of your Lodge with ease and you will develop a bond of lasting friendship with each other. In addition, you can create a spirit of fellowship with your counterparts in other Lodges. Until you enter the realm of ritual competition you cannot experience what a truly enjoyable time this is.

It is time to bring together your best offerings in the various brochure contests to reflect your pride of accomplishment within your Lodge. As I and the Vice Presidents pointed out in our visitations this year, help is available, all you need do is ask.

The State Hoop Shoot is over and the winners boarded the Junk Food Express traveling to Las Vegas for the Regional contest. Traveling with these young contestant is a thrill that is indescribable. I used the term 'winners' out of context. There are no losers in the Elks Na-tional Hoop Shoot, the ones who progress just had a little keener eye on the backboard and basket.

As we close out this Lodge Year, we must be mindful of the needs of the Arizona Elks Major Projects and the Elks National Foundation. Don't be caught up in the thinking that these organizations are flush and don't need our support. Stop and consider the great works that these entities contribute each year to the youth and communities at large. All their great ac-complishments are completed because of and directly with your contributions to their efforts.

As always when our National President makes his appearance on Capitol Hill to make his report on what the contributions to society of the B. P. O. E. are, he needs your input. Please keep your Charity Records Book current. This is his ammunition to validate our efforts.

I thank all of you who are members in good standing for your continued support.

May God continue to bless all of you.


Remember, "To serve, not to be served."

Jimmy S. Davis
President, AEA


Arizona Elks Major Projects (AEMP) - March Message


Al Skorupski

March is an exciting month for the Major Projects. Plans are being made for a busy spring of Lodge based funds raising efforts on behalf of the Major Projects. There are dinner dances, cookouts, and other special events that will be held in Elk Lodges all across the state of Arizona. Please make an effort to support these events at your local Lodge.

The Grand Prize for the Arizona Elks Major Projects 2015 Mid-Year Raffle is a Titanium Silver Polaris Ranger 900 Crew - It could be yours!

Options include: Automatic Transmission, Seats 5, Power Steering, Digital Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Trip Meter, Hour Meter, Clock, Gear Indicator, Fuel Gauge, Hi-Temp, Coolant Temperature, Service Indicator, Seat Belt Reminder, Rally Wheels, 2 Direct Current Outlets, a 875 cc Engine, Fuel Injection, Four Wheel Disc Brakes, Versa-Trac.

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Mother Road Harley Davidson of Kingman, Arizona supports the Arizona Elks Major Projects and has provided financial support for this vehicle. The Grand Prize winner of the Polaris Ranger 900 Crew will also receive a 14 x 8 foot utility trailer from Trailers Plus of Kingman Arizona. This trailer is made to haul this all-terrain vehicle!

The Arizona Elks Major Projects is looking for Lodges to display the Polaris ATV. This is a great opportunity to raise funds for the Major Projects and increase the visibility of your Lodge at the same time. Call the Major Projects office at (520) 326-0556 or toll free at (888) 808-8627 to reserve your weekend opportunity to sell raffle tickets and sell Elkdom at the same time.

Baseball season will soon be here! The Arizona Diamondbacks are hoping for a better year this season. The Arizona Elks Major Projects will once again sponsor a day at Chase Field. Make your Calendars and order your tickets (scroll down) for the Diamondbacks verses the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, April 11th. The game starts at 5:10pm.

Fraternally,

al skorupski

Al Skorupski, PDDGER, PVP
Executive Director AEMP

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2015 Diamondback Game

Saturday - April 11th

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AEA May Convention Forms


Arizona Elks 2015 May Convention Registration Forms

May 13th - 16th 2015

arizona elksIf you will be attending the 2015 Annual AEA May Convention, please download these forms and return to Ed Leuer before April 19th, 2015.

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Click for Registration Form #2

Call Ed Leuer at (928) 301-2369 or

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NOTE: If you would rather print the form out and use a pen and pencil to fill it out,

Click here to download and print out blank forms


 

2015 GL Convention


2015 Grand Lodge Convetion Registration Forms

If arizona elksyou're planning on heading to Indianapolis for the 2015 Grand Lodge Convention DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORMS TODAY and show your Arizona Spirit and comradery.

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Call Jerry Grimes at (928) 727-5925 or

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Red Vest Order Form


Arizona Elks Red Vest Order Form

If arizona elksyou're planning on heading to Indianapolis for the 2015 Grand Lodge Convention order your RED VEST TODAY and show your Arizona Spirit and comradery.

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We are offering the Arizona Elks Red Vests in sizes S, M, L, XL, and XXL. You can have your vest with or without a front pocket.

You have the option of Jerry Grimes from Kingman picking up your vest for you, or you may have the vest delivered to your home.

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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.


2015 AZ Elks State Soccer Shoot Pics

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2015 South District Ritual Hoop Shoot Pics

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2015 District Ritual Competition Pictures (and VIDEO!)

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Christmas Shopping and Party at Phoenix #335

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Food Basket Preparation at Phoenix #335

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Soccer Shoot Winners

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Honor Flight

Arizona Elks November 15th, 2014: Phoenix #335 host 120 Honor Flight Veterans Click here for more photos


Young Readers Day - Phoenix #335

Al Kayal November 12th, 2014: Phoenix #335 at Arrowhead Elementary. Click here for more photos


Veterans Day Parade in Phoenix

Phoenix 335 November 11th, 2014: Phoenix #335 participated in the Phoenix Veterans Parade. Click here for more photos


Veterans Day Parade in Tempe

Jimmy Davis November 11th, 2014: Tempe Elks co-hosted the Tempe Veterans Day Parade this morning and had AEA President Jimmy S. Davis & First Lady Patty Davis as our dignitary. As you probably know, Jimmy is an US Air Force veteran. Click here for more photos


AEMP Raffle Winner!!!

Bill Luke

On the left is Billy Turnbull from Bill Luke Jeep and on the right is the recipient Robert A. Nugent the winner of the jeep. Robert is from Green Valley.


2014 - 15 State Website Contest Results

November 9th, 2014

The judging was completed by the IT Websites District Chairpeople – each one judging all entries except those from their own district. The scoring was based upon three criteria: Content, Design, and News. Of those 9 Lodges who entered the contest, one winner emerged with an awesome score of 82 (out of 90 possible points).

1st Place: Prescott #330 - Score of 82

2nd Place: Green Valley #2592 - Score of 71

3rd Place: Apache Junction #2349 - Score of 67

4th Place: Sun City #2559 - Score of 61

5th Place: Sedona #2291 - Score of 57

6th Place (tie): Coolidge-Florence #2350 - Score of 54

6th Place (tie): Jerome #1361 - Score of 54

7th Place:Raceway #2852 - Score of 45

8th Place: Catalina Mountain #2815 - Score of 35

Prescott #330 website information was forwarded on to Ashley Buckwell, GL Fraternal Committeeman, and will now be judged at the National Level and will be competing against the other states for the 5 Star Website Award. Winners should be announced in Indianapolis next summer (hopefully).


"Thank You" from the Social Welfare Committee

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AEA Golf Tournament Pictures

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Lodge Activities - Brochure

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Convention News Video - With Gus Noble at the End

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Convention Photos

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Social Welfare Golf Pics

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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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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. Test

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..