Presidential Ponderings - October 2016
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.