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Presidential Ponderings - October 2016

Al Skorupski

October brings with it the Arizona Elks Association Mid-Year Meeting at the Doubletree Hotel in Tempe. Most of you already know that there has been an adjustment in the dates of the Convention. There was a miscommunication between the Hotel and the Meetings Committee so the convention has shifted to one week later. In the scope of things to come, when the Arizona Elks meet for the Mid-Year Convention is of little consequence. What is of importance is that the Elks of Arizona gather to learn from one another, reenergize ourselves and at the completion of the three days together return to our communities and do the work that needs to be done as Arizona Elks.

It takes hours and hours of planning to hold a Mid-Year or Annual Meeting. The Arizona Elks Meetings Committee led by State Chairman Cheryl McKean (with her right hand, husband Tim) work long hours in an effort make your attendance at these State gatherings at pleasant one. When your see Cheryl or her committee people during the time of the Mid-Year Convention say a quick thank you for all their work –they will appreciate your good thoughts.

For many Lodges October brings with it the start of the “Social Season.” This would be a great month to hold a fund raiser for the Elks National Foundation or the Arizona Elks Major Projects. A social event that raises money to help support our children’s programs could make for a special night at your Lodge. I know that Diane and I would welcome the opportunity to support your Lodge fund raiser. In addition the Elks who are a part of the Major Projects would welcome the opportunity to come to your lodge and share all the information about the good works of Major Projects in Arizona.

Along with the “Social Season” comes with it the business of running an Elks Lodge. The Lodge side of the business is covered by the Grand Lodge Statues. When attending to Lodge business if you follow the guidelines and the rules and regulations as presented your Lodge will seldom, if ever have any problems.

Remember, on the “Club Side” or the “Business Side” of your local Elks Lodge running a social operation, a restaurant and a lounge. This is truly the business portion of a Lodge. Should any Arizona Elks Lodge need assistance with business issues, Dan Snyder and the members of the Business Practices Committee are willing to sit down with Lodge Leadership and review the Lodge’s Business for the fraternal year. Remember you need to call them, and ask for assistance. The numbers for the Business Practice Committee are in the Directory.

Two very important Elks to get to know are Rich Korona, The AEA State Website Coordinator, and Jack Page, the Editor of the Arizona Elks News. Need to advertise an event? Let Rich know all about it! Ha can assist you in getting the word out. Want to share information about a recent Lodge event – Let Jack know – He would love to publish your story in the next Arizona Elks Association News.

On a sad note, Safford/Clifton Lodge #1607 of the East District has ceased operation and returned the Lodge Charter to Grand Lodge. The Lodge was down to 140 paid members, most all of whom were not able or willing to take an Officers position, or chair a committee. Remember you can have a Lodge with no social quarters, but a social quarter without a lodge is a recipe for disaster. Take look at your own Lodge – Is your Office Corps complete, do you have active chairmen for your Grand Lodge and Arizona Elks Association Committees? To survive and prosper, all Elks Lodges need a strong community image, with the opportunities for new members to assume an active role in the Lodge programs.

But remember, be it the Business side or Social Side of the Lodge, all we do as Elks require, good, hard working, fun loving members in each Elk Lodge in Arizona. Have you recruited new member for your Lodge this month? There is always room for new Elk by your side to assist the Veterans, provide food for those in need, or to donate to the Arizona Elks Major Projects.


Alfred R. Skorupski, President
Arizona Elks Association

PS- I continue to recognize an Arizona Elks Association member who has gone above and beyond the normal goals of an Association State or District Chairmen.

The October recognition goes to State Chairman, Dan Snyder and the members of the AEA Business Practice Committee. Committee members are: Judy Zeman, Janet Leuer, Alane Asp, and Richard Kovaleski.

Need help with your Lodges Business side – Call Dan and the Members of the Business Practices Committee.

Arizona Elks Major Projects (AEMP) - October 2016 Message

Jimm Krausman

Arizona Elks provide a New Weapon in the War on Childhood Disease

At our Annual Convention last May the Exalted Rulers of Arizona Elks Association’s Lodges voted to give an extra $150,000 to the UofA Steele Children’s Research Center. This was in addition to the $250,000 we had already committed. The purpose of this generous gift? To buy a confocal microscope. A much needed piece of lab equipment.

Looking at the Microscope itself is not particularly awe inspiring. It doesn’t fill a room or shoot off lasers, or even play music. For $150,000 you would think it would at least have leather seats and satellite radio, but alas its appearance is no more impressive than a copy machine. And yet it is truly an awe inspiring machine.

Ira CohenIt allows Doctors and Research Scientists to look deeper and farther into cells than ever before. No cell goes unexplored in the quest to find new ways to attack Childhood Autoimmune Diseases that disable and kill children everywhere. On a recent tour one Doctor explained, “It’s the type of equipment that draws the best researchers to Steele. The best and brightest want to work with the best equipment available.” The plaque explaining it was donated by you, the Arizona Elks is being engraved, in the meantime a paper sign reminds researchers where it came from. But they know, they know who the Arizona Elks really are, and how much they do for Children.

What is the key to defeating devastating childhood diseases? The best Doctors on Earth, working with the best equipment on Earth, donated by the Best People on Earth, Arizona’s B.P.O. Elks.

2016 Mid-Year Raffle is Underway
2015 was a great year for AEMP and 2016 is going to be even better. We are starting the Mid-Year Raffle early this year and have already procured a 2016 Polaris RZR complete with 75HP ProStar 900 Engine; Electronic Power Steering; High-Flow Clutch intake system; Long Wheelbase for smooth ride: 27"GBC 8 Ply Dirt Commander Tires; Tubular Frame and D- Pillars for improved Suspension Performance; High Performance On Demand All Wheel Drive; Trail friendly low gear. This vehicle comes complete with a 12ft Trailer Custom made by Rockland Trailers.

Tickets are once again $5 or 3 for $10. Purchase your tickets from your Lodge AEMP Represenative or buy online here.


Jimm Krausman, PDDGER, PSVP
Executive Director AEMP

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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.


What Elks are Saying!

Together let us embrace and exemplify our theme - Elks live, Elks give.

2013-14 Grand Exalted Ruler Millard Pickering - Sapulpa, OK Lodge #1118

Here I am on an adventure of a lifetime - Serving the AZ Elks Association and working to carry out the Grand Lodge and the Arizona Elks Programs. My motto for this year is - "Elks Working to Help Others".

2013-14 AEA State President Ed Leuer - Prescott #330

When the flag needs repair, it should be mended and restored to its original condition. However, if it is no longer possible, it should be burned with dignity or properly folded and sent to the American Legion, Boy Scouts, or Girl Scouts.

Per the Flag Code of the United States of America

The motto of the Membership Committee for the past several years has been “PLUS ONE”. This year, the committee has added a tag line to that motto.. “Quality over Quantity”.

PDDGER, State Chairperson - Membership Bill Foucher - Mesa-Buckhorn #2656

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A Unique Opportunity to Help Veterans and their Families.

Fisher House Foundation is best known for the network of comfort homes built on the grounds of majorarizona elks fisher house military and VA medical centers nationwide and in Europe. Fisher Houses are beautiful homes, donated to the military and Department of Veterans Affairs. These homes enable family members to be close to a arizona elksloved one at the most stressful time - during the hospitalization for a combat injury, illness or disease.

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Arizona Elks Core Programs

  • Ritual
  • Blood Drive
  • Hoop Shoot
  • Americanism
  • Scholarships
  • Soccer Shoot
  • Major Projects
  • Social Welfare
  • Youth Activities
  • Drug Awareness
  • Leather Program
  • Special Olympics
  • Dictionary Project
  • Veterans Services
  • Youth Recognition
  • Elks National Foundation
  • Americanism Essay Contest
  • Community Investments Program
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Join the Elks Now: The Arizona Elks is among the most active states in the country. Join our Order today and find out how you can help!

Our Famous Hoop Shoot Program
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A Free Throw Program for kids. The Hoop Shoot is free to participants and provides an opportunity to compete, connect and succeed.

Elks Drug Awareness
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The Elks has the largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States. We are very proud of our dedicated volunteers!

Dictionary Program
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Elks have donated more than 1.2 million dictionaries to third-grade students as sponsors of The Dictionary Project over the last 6 years.

Elks Support Veterans
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Since 1917, hundreds of thousands of Elks have given generously of their time, energy and resources so that the lives of our ill and aging veterans will be enhanced.

ENF Scholarship Opportunities
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ENF provides more than $3.64 million in college scholarships each year through its three scholarship programs.

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