Presidential Ponderings - July 2016
Is you Lodge hosting a July Picnic? What a great opportunity to invite potential new members to take part in the celebration of our nations Independence! Show your potential members how Elks celebrate our great nation while having a grilled burger or hot dog. Have your potential members learn about this great order, our roots that cherish our freedom and independence. Have that application for membership ready for your guests and encourage them to join the Elks and celebrate America this summer.
July is also the month of the Elks National Convention, this year to be held in Houston, Texas, with the opening ceremonies on Sunday, July 3rd and concluding on the 7th!
One of the most memorable events for any State Association President is the Opening Ceremony and the procession and posting of the Associations State Flags. This will be a great honor and a lasting memory to carry the Arizona Flag at the opening ceremony of the Elks Grand Lodge Convention.
July also brings with it a new class of District Deputy Grand Exalted Rulers. The State of Arizona is again to be represented by four hard working and dedicated Elks. The new District Deputies who will take the oath of Office from the new Grand Exalted Ruler, Michael F. Zellen, member Saugus/Everett Lodge, Massachusetts are: West District, Tim Phillips, Gila Bend, South District, David Quackenbush, Tucson, #385, North District, Ray Stock, Flagstaff, and the East District, JeRay Bellon, Casa Grande Valley.
With the new District Deputies coming on board, it is also time to say goodbye to our current District Deputies. The state of Arizona again had four hard working Elks who met the challenge and opportunities to better understand the day to day working of the Elks and to assist Arizona Elk Lodges to more forward to achieve greater success as District Deputies. Those hard working Elks are offered my thanks and congratulations for a job well done. East District, Shelia Stephenson, Kearny Lodge #2478, North District, Sari McQuality, Jerome #1361, South District, Rich Botkin, Tucson, East #2532 and the West District, Tim Woods, Phoenix #335.
Remember this year’s motto for the Arizona Elks Association – I’m Proud to be An Arizona Elk! Let your friends and neighbors know the good work your Lodge does in the community. Ask them to consider standing by your side as a member to help the children in need in our community. Tell about the kids who are attending the Arizona Elks, Jack Warter Youth Camp free this summer – because Arizona Elks want to make a difference.
This has been a challenging year for the Youth Camp because of the forest fires in the mountains of North East Arizona. Several camping opportunities for Arizona children were canceled because of the threat of fire. The Camp Chairman, Tom Miller reported to me that the fires have burned close to the camp. Much damage has been done to the trees that surround the Elks Camp property. It is safe to say the camp would have burned if not for the efforts of the Forest Service and the fire Fighters involved in containing this fire.
Remember Arizona Elks make a difference every day helping children, funding research at the Steele Center, visiting our hospitalized veterans, at the V. A. Hospitals and veterans homes located in Phoenix, Prescott and Tucson.
Membership - Your neighbors, your co-workers, your friends would make great Elks – ask them to join!
Membership Chairman Jack Baillargeon and his District Chairman are hard at work to increase the number of Arizona Elks in this Association. Jack and I need your help to have a gain in membership this fraternal year we want to help the Elks Nationally have a gain in membership. More Elks mean more kids will receive scholarships, go to camp, or help Arizona Children to grow strong and tall because of the success of the researchers and doctors at the Steele research Center.
Alfred R. Skorupski, President
Arizona Elks Association
FYI – I continue to bestow honors and thank you’ s to an Arizona Elks Association member who has gone above and beyond the normal goals of an Association State or District Chairmen.
The July award goes to – Ed Leuer, PSP. Ed recently relinquished the position of Chairmen of the Meetings Committee. Ed has working long and hard for many years insuring that the Mid-Year Convention and the Annual Convention have been enjoyable experiences for all Elks who attend these meetings. Need something done within the Arizona Elks Association? Call Ed!