Jim's Jibberish - June 2017
My Brothers and Sisters,
I want to thank all of you members that were able to attend our May convention and attend the Installation of Officers on Satur-day morning for our new year. I hope that you will give our new Corps of Officers your support and help throughout the year. I look forward to a new year and getting to meet more and more of our members across the state. Jan and I are committed to visiting as many Lodges as we possibly can through this year. We have just arrived home from the California-Hawaii Elks Convention in Palm Springs, where we met many new friends and reacquainted with some older friends. We had a wonderful visit, but, nothing beats Arizona!!
As we start a new year, let’s look at our state motto for the year, “Good Communication Breeds Success”. What does this really mean? It starts with telling our new members at orientation what the real BPOE is. The great things we do with Veterans, Children in our communities and the unbelievable support we receive from the Elks National Foundation and our own Arizona Elks Major Projects. What are the results of supporting them, to you our members? They give us the ability to show what is done at the University of Ari-zona’s Steele Children’s Research Center in Tucson and the free admission to our Jack C.
Warter, Jr. Youth Camp in Young, AZ.
What about the great things we do every day in our communities, and do we let the entire state know our success? I’m a bit surprised to see that in the final Public Relations report of the year, 19 Lodges showed nothing! We all know this is not accurate, but that’s what we are saying. Are we ashamed of our good works? No-no! “Good Communication Breeds Success”. Please make every effort to let all members of our association know of your good deeds. Please use the Elks News and our Website to show off your pro-grams. Also, meet with a representative of your local news paper and ask if you cannot get your activities and events published. Keep it brief, but, pictures are worth a thousand words, so the saying goes.
I’m looking forward to our Organizational Meeting on June 17th at the Phoenix Lodge #335 at 10 am to see what our State Chairs/Committees have in store for our future goals.
Hopefully, we’ll see many of you in Reno in July. We are looking forward to it and I’ll be proud to wave the flag as our State is introduced at the Opening Ceremonies. Until next month, I ask you to spread the word...
Jim Casacchia, President
Arizona Elks Association