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President's Corner - December 2014

At the risk of being politically incorrect I take this opportunity to wish each of you a Very Merry Christmas and may God continue to bless you. It is that time of year when all the world pauses to reflect on what this holiday season means to each of us. What-ever direction your holidays take you, let the joy of the seasons be your driving force. May the peace that passes all understand-ing continue to be your guide.

As usual, the Arizona Elks will be providing much needed cloth-ing for needy children as the Children's Shopping Spree gets in to full swing. Thank you members of the Social Welfare Commit-tee for your support in this most notable effort.

Many of us are busy making our final visitations to the Lodges. May the spirit of these visits per-meate the Lodges with a sense of true concern for what we stand for as Elks.

The deadline for entering the Lodge Bulletin contest is rapidly approaching. Show your Elks pride and let everyone know you are proud of your Lodge.

As we gear up for the Hoop Shoot we are reminded of our Getty Powell winner B. J. Burries and we encourage all the shooters out there that you can realize your dream if you apply yourself.

The State Soccer Shoot was held at the Tempe Lodge on November 9 and the weather was most accommodating. The shooters were amazing from all areas of the state and the winners received their trophies and soccer balls. There were no losers and all enjoyed the food and refreshments after the event. Thank you Richard Esparza and your crew.

We are on the verge of a brand new year. Celebrating New Years Eve and New Years Day is a tradition we all remember. Our family has a very special meal on January 1 that promises good luck and good fortune for the year. I'm sure that is true for many of you. My wish is for a safe and enjoyable time for everyone.

It is the dawn of a new year and the membership issues still plague us. How about a resolution state wide to really concentrate our efforts in finding a solution to this perplexing problem. Per-haps we can't solve it this year but with a momentous effort, we can at least slow this runaway train and gain some perspective in Membership Recruiting and Retention.

What would my article be without a mention of Ritual? District contests are planned in preparation for the State contest in May. I ask each Exalted Ruler to examine your conscience and provide a meaningful reason for not participating. Ritual is the soul of Elkdom and all Officers should be encouraged to be a part of this team effort. You will never know the enjoyment that comes from a well organized team appearance unless you join with us in competition.

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

Jimmy S. Davis
President, AEA

 

Jimmy Davis

Arizona Elks Major Projects (AEMP) - December Message

People often ask me why would I work for a non-profit, a program that raises huge sums of money – then you give it all away?

I answer that question many different ways. Sometimes I talk about the kids in the hospital who because of the gifts from the Elks will get better, feel better and become a successful member of our society.

Sometimes I talk about the thousands of kids who get to go to the Jack C. Warter Wilderness Youth Camp and in turn what they learn from the wilderness and the animals that share the forest.

Today I want to share with you a note that I recently received at the Major Projects Office. A Hospital volunteer sent me the note that you see in this article.

Elks all across the state collect books on behalf of the Major Projects. Some are new, purchased at a local store; some are donated by Elks families whose child no longer lives at ome and the adults want to make sure these books end up in the hands of a child who wants to read. Sometimes Elks get donations from local schools and the Public Library. The books are collected at the Mid-Year and at the Elks Annual Convention. Thank goodness I and several of the Arizona Elks Major Projects drive pickup trucks. At the conclusion of the Mid-Year Convention over 500 books were collected. The books were loaded into the waiting trucks and were taken to The Children Research Center.

So if you ever think to yourself that all these books are piling up in a warehouse somewhere, I ask you to reread the note from Tom Mardin. Arizona Elks put smiles on children’s faces every day. So the next time you are at your lodge and the Major Projects chairman ask if you have any books to spare please say yes and make that donation of a gently used or a new book. You will be glad you did and every so often you will find yourself smiling – smiling because you have made a difference in some child’s life.

From the members of the Board of Directors, the camp committee volunteers, the District Representatives of the Major Projects here’s wishing that you and your family enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.

Fraternally,

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Al Skorupski, PDDGER, PVP
Executive Director AEMP

www.elks4kids.org

 


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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.


 

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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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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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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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. 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..