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President's Corner - May 2015

Jimmy Davis

As I begin this bittersweet 'swan song' it is difficult to express, in words, the great pride I have for having served this organiza-tion. This will be my final article as President of the Arizona Elks Association but I assure you, it is not my intent to imitate the movies and 'fade to black'! Patty and I are so honored and humbled to have had this opportunity to represent the great State of Arizona. Our visits to California, Utah and Nevada are etched indelibly in our minds and the new friends we met will sustain us forever. Where ever we traveled, we were always in-troduced as being from Arizona, the state that sets the stan-dards. We can all relish the pride in that accomplishment.

This was by no means, a one man show. The Vice Presidents were so very adept at spreading the good news of Elkdom as they made their visits across the state. Thank you Jack Lawrence, Mike Murphy, Larry Carver and David Quackenbush for a job well done. You have raised the bar and those who come after you will benefit from your great work.

Where would we be without the Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs who worked diligently to promote all the programs of our Order. My hat is off to all of you. Most notably was the Elks Hoop Shoot. It was truly gratifying to witness these young people who participated across the state. The ones who rode the 'Junk Food Express' to Las Vegas were and are a tribute to the efforts put forth for this great event. Following the competition in Las Vegas, I received personal thank you notes from the shooters that were heart warming to say the very least.

And then there is the group that, by their very nature, are the heart of this organization, the Past State Presidents. Without their guidance and assistance, I would have been hard pressed to be even remotely successful. They were all just a phone call away and responsive any time I called.

The Officers of the Arizona Elks Association are to be commended for their service as well. Those who assumed the position of escorts for our visiting Elks were more than courteous and helpful, they were exceptional. All of the officers were most efficient and their service is truly appreciated by myself and all the Elks they served so very well.

To all the members of the Arizona Elks Association and especially my home Lodge Tempe # 2251 Patty and I say thank you for your support throughout the entire year. You truly made this a year to remember and we can never thank you enough. We will always remember the courtesies extended and we cherish the friendships we have formed over this past year.

In closing, how could I not express my deep concern about the state of Ritual? In my 40+ years in this Order I have witnessed many truly great renditions of the Ritual of Initiation. Ritual is the soul of Elkdom and I believe, without it, we become common place and stagnant. I make this impassioned plea to all Lodges, we must encourage the officers to commit them-selves to this great tradition. It isn't a task we have to perform, it should be a labor of love and something we look forward to. Stand up and be counted. Let us revive the Rituals to the standards we all know and love.

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

Jimmy S. Davis
President, AEA


Arizona Elks Major Projects (AEMP) - May Message


Al Skorupski

Why do Elks raise thousands of dollars from the Members and our local communities to in turn give that money away to children who would benefit from our assistance? My opinion is that Elks provide this service to children because “Arizona Elks Care, Arizona Elks Share.”

Several months ago I received a phone call from my daughter, this in itself not an unusual occurrence, she calls often. The reason for this call was quite unique however. She was attending a birthday party at a local park for a three year old and there were kids having fun. The parents of the child having the birthday had a bubble machine operating and the kids were running through the bubbles, just having fun. Just then the wind direction changed and several kids had the bubble mixture blow into their eyes. Several of the kids had to have their eyes flushed. After a few minutes all was well with the kids – except for one little girl - Marisol. Somehow the bubble mixture affixed itself to her eye. And no amount of flushing made the soap mixture go away. My Daughter is a part of the medical community and she is well aware of the Arizona Elks Association with the Steele Research Center. She asked for my help with this little girl. So, I called the staff associated with the Steel Center, told the little girls story and asked if there was a children’s eye specialist at University Medical Center who could see the little girl right away.
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To make a long story shorter, the little girl was seen by one of the best eye doctors in Tucson that afternoon, her eye received the treatment that she required and the real possibility of loss of vision in one eye for the three year old was averted. Like anything else treatment by an eye specialist costs $$$.

The parents had insurance and the policy covered most of the costs, but there was a balance payment required. The Major Projects, because of your support, paid the balance due. A little girl’s sight restored thanks to the Arizona Elks.

Fraternally,

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Al Skorupski, PDDGER, PVP
Executive Director AEMP

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Mesa-Buckhorn Elks Major Project Benefit Group Trip


Mesa-Buckhorn Elks Major Project Benefit Group Trip

Aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Navigator Of The Seas Sailing October, 11th 2015

7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise

Included: Shipboard accommodations, ocean transportation, most meals, some beverages and most onboard entertainment.

Not Included: Air transportation**; transfers**; items of a personal nature, such as shore & land excursions**, specialty restaurant fees, some beverages, photographs, gratuities/service fees, medical services, etc.

** You can add these during or after the reservation process.

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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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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,

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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.

Call Jerry Grimes at (928) 727-5925 or

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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.


Phoenix #335 Youth Awards..

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2015 AZ Elks State Soccer Shoot Pics

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2015 South District Ritual Hoop Shoot Pics

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Hoop Shoot

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..