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Presidential Ponderings - March 2017

Al Skorupski

The month of March is the eleventh month of the current Elks Year. One of the most active times of the state Elks and the local Lodge year as well. The State Association Committee Chairman are reviewing their committees work over the past eleven months and beginning to prepare their reports, hopefully highlighting their committee successes this past year. At the same time I am confident they are reviewing areas that could be improved for the next Association year.

At the local Lodge level arrangements are being made for the installation of officers and the Lodges goals for the next fraternal year are being discussed by the incoming Lodge Officers. Exalted Rulers and Lodge Officers are you ready to begin the new Elks year?

March is also a great time to review your Lodge by-laws and House rule and regulations. These two documents need to be reviewed and updated every five years or sooner if significant changes to your Lodge and club operations have recently taken place.

State Hoop Shoot Contest Winners Determined

The Arizona Elks Association State Hoop Shoot Contest was held at Cactus Canyon Middle School in Apache Junction on February 11th. Hoop Shooters from the four corners of the state took part in this annual contest. The six State Contest winners: Kenadi Stuart, Show Low Lodge, Triston Rhodes, Raceway Lodge, Aracely Dicochea, Tucson #385, Barron Silsby, Chandler, Mylee Demuth, Damon Attakai, Holbrook, then boarded the Junk Food Express on Friday, February 24th for the annual trek to Las Vegas Nevada for the West Regional Hoop Shoot Contest.


Four of the six Arizona Kids who competed in the West Regional Contest Finished in First Place and will represent Arizona in the National Hoop Shoot Contest to be held on Saturday, April 22nd in Chicago. Kenadi Stuart, Show Low Lodge, Triston Rhodes, Raceway Lodge, Mylee Demuth and Damon Attakai, representing Holbrook Lodge are your Arizona winners.

Have you paid your dues for the coming year? All Arizona Elks should have received their dues notices by now. Take a minute and send or bring your dues to your Lodge Secretary. Early payment is always appreciated. Remain a “Proud Arizona Elk” that a good thing!

All Lodge Officers, especially the Exalted Ruler for next Elks year, now is the time to be setting your Lodge events calendar. Making plans with your Officer Corps for the success of your Lodge for the soon to be “New Year” for the Elks of Arizona. Like in all aspects of life communication is one of the major building blocks for success. Exalted Rulers talk to your Officers on a regular basis, go over the Lodge calendar every month. Tell people what you expect of them as they are vital part of your team.


Alfred R. Skorupski, President
Arizona Elks Association

FYI - Each month we will honor an Arizona Elks Association member who has gone above and beyond the normal goals of an Association State or District Chairmen.

This month’s recognition goes to the Public Relations Committee led by friend Sam Burkhardt. Sam came out of retirement to lead the Public Relations Committee. As expected Sam and his committee members, Susan Stokes, Renee Higginbotham, Joe Miller, Judy Melott and worked hard and did a creditable Public Relations job for the Arizona Elks. Thanks so much for your work on behalf of the Association.

Arizona Elks Major Projects (AEMP) - March 2017 Message

Jimm Krausman

March 2017

Arizona Elks are great supporters of the U.S. Military both Active Duty and Veterans. We put yellow ribbons on our cars and remember them in our prayers. One of the oldest traditions in Elkdom is – “As long as there are Veterans in our hospitals, Elks will never forget them.”

What has that got to do with our Arizona Elks Major Projects? I can think of no better way to Support our Troops than supporting programs that help take care of their children. One small way we can serve those who serve.

U.S. soldiers shake hands with Afghan children while patrolling through a village near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 24, 2015. The soldiers are assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class David Wheeler

Arizona Elks sponsor the Jack C. Warter Youth Camp which provides a happy healthy environment for all children to enjoy the wonders of nature and the great outdoors, a diminishing commodity in the “digital age.”

Arizona Elks Major Projects supports the research at the UofA Steele Children’s Research Center. Doctors and researchers take on the challenges of childhood diseases that strike hundreds of families in Arizona every year, including Military families. Arizona Elks keep this mission active.

Your support makes the Arizona a better place for children, the same Mission that compels many of our soldiers to Defend our Freedom. Support Our Troops, Care for Our Children.

Many great Elks will be gathering at our Youth Camp from April 17-23 to help prepare for a busy summer. You can help, contact Tom Miller at 520-591-6272 if you want to help.

Or maybe just buy or sell a few tickets on our great Can-Am Commander Mid-Year Raffle. Tickets are available at the Lodge or on-line at Whether it is by thoughts, words, or deeds. Arizona Elks can always find a way to help.


Jimm Krausman, PDDGER, PSVP
Executive Director AEMP

Show your support and purchase an AEMP shirt today

2017 Mid-Year Raffle is Underway
2016 was a great year for AEMP and 2017 is going to be even better. We are starting the Mid-Year Raffle early this year and have already procured a 2017 Can-Am Commander.

This beauty is Viper Red with a 999.9cc Rotax V-Twin, liquid cooled engine. It has a multifunctional digital readout with; Speedometer, Tachometer, Odometer, Trip and hour meters, fuel, gear position, sport/ECO Mode, diagnostics and clock.

It features lots of storage and a dump bed on the back. It has a Digitally Encoded Security System, Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires; and a DC outlet in the console. It comes with a 14’ Big Tex Trailer, complete with radial tires, including a trailer spare.

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

May Convention Registration Forms

May 10th - 13th, 2017

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2017 Grand Lodge Convention

2017 Grand Lodge Convention Registration Forms

If arizona elksyou're planning on heading to Reno, NV for the 2017 Grand Lodge Convention DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORMS TODAY.

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Red Vest Order Form

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If arizona elksyou're planning on heading to Reno for the 2017 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.

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2017 Grand Lodge Convention Volunteers Needed in Reno- July 16th - 19th 2017 - Click here for details.

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2017 Hoop Shoot Photos - And now there are six. On February 11th, 2017, the AEA held its State Hoop Shoot contest to decide which of the 24 champions would represent the state of Arizona at the Regional Shoot in Las Vegas, NV. With the wonderful help of all the volunteers that showed up and supported this wonderful program (officials pictured below) and the many that showed up to watch an amazing competition, it all went off without a hitch. See pics below of all the winners as well as AEA President Al SKorupski and AEA Hoop Shoot Director Gregg Boyce

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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

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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Here are some of the Elks Core Programs!

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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
Arizona Elks

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
Arizona Elks

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

Dictionary Program
Arizona Elks

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
Arizona Elks

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
Arizona Elks

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

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