Diane's Doings - April 2017
Your State President’s message starts below. I’ve hijacked the first paragraph to ask you a favor….
Come time of the May Convention in Tempe many Lodges collect Children’s Books. These books should be sorted by age group and condition and placed in sturdy boxes (like a bankers file boxes) for transportation to the Steele Research Center.
Children who come to the Elks Clinic (over 1,000 a month) many times are read to by Hospital volunteers while they are waiting to see the Doctor. (Yes kids have to wait as well.) These children are given the opportunity to select a book to take home to read and to share with their brothers and sisters.
Each book that is placed in the “Elks Book Rack” has a sticker applied to the inside of the cover – Donated by the Members of the Arizona Elks Association. The books we collected in October are long gone. It is my request as the first Lady of Arizona as well as a retired Librarian, that all 44 Elks Lodges embrace this book donation program and donate the books we need for the next six months.
New books and slightly used books are needed – no junk please – these books are for the children who are patients at the Arizona Elks Clinic at the Steele Center. Any questions call me (520) 293-5598 or my right hand Lady, Judy Miller of San Manuel (520)334-0854.
Presidential Ponderings - April 2017
On the 20th of April, Diane and I will be flying to Chicago to attend the National Hoop Shoot Contest. Four Arizona Kids will be participating in this National Event. What a great way to bring this Fraternal Year to a close. Will Arizona have a National Champion? Only time and lady luck will tell. These dedicated “Hoop Shooters” are just one of the many things that are right with this country! Diane and I will be cheering them on. I’ll let you know how the kids from Arizona do.
The month of April - the 12 month of the Elks Year.
My motto for the State Association this past year was - "I'm proud to be an Arizona Elk"
When you spoke about what Elks do for your community your responses should have included:
1. We support the Elks National Foundation (a non-profit foundation) with our donations and in return the Elks have one of the largest national scholarship programs available for our youth.
2. We have two State Major Projects - The Jack C. Warter Jr. Wilderness Youth Camp, near Young Arizona. "A youth camp with no daily use fees for the campers - as long as the children are part of organized Youth Group". The Steele Children's Research Center housed at the University of Arizona. For over 20 years the Elks of Arizona have partnered with the Doctors and Researchers in an effort to find cures for Cancer, Diabetes, and diseases that attack premature babies. During this time nearly 6 million dollars have been given by Arizona Elks and their families to the Researchers and Doctors at the Steel Center.
3. The Elks of Arizona care for our Veteran’s both in the hospital and in the community. In fact the National Elks make the statement "has long as there are Veterans the Elks will never forget them.
4. Local Lodges in Arizona provide Hoop Shoot and Soccer Shoot Programs, as well as school assistance programs, and clothe a child programs for both Christmas and Easter.
These are just a few of the possible responses to that age old question - What do Elks do????? Please continue to share the good works of the Elks – Tell people what Elks do!
The second question should have inquired to all you spoke too: Have you ever considered becoming an Elk? Have you shared with that person what Elks do, then it’s on you to continue that information sharing session by asked them to join the our Order….
Remember – New members for the Order should always be our first priority. We all know someone who should be an Elk – Ask them…
A second slogan I picked up this year as Diane and I traveled across the state was – We (Elks) can do more. The Elks of Arizona do a lot of great things, but as my sponsor often told me “You Can Do More.”
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 members. This final month I offer my sincere thanks to all of the Officers who proudly served the State Association. Thanks to the vice Presidents, Jim Casacchia, Frank Buso, David Dean and Roger Ehrlich who shared my message this year. The Appointed Officers, Mike Weishan, Sargent at Arms, Pat Riley, Chaplain, Reed Schmieden Tiler, and Renee Higginbotham, Inner Guard. The State Photographer, Robert Rapps, and the State Organist, Bob Bjornaas, thanks for all your help! Great job Guys and Gals!