Presidential Ponderings - January 2017
January brings with it a feeling of new spirit, renewed energy, hope for a better year and yes, for many, New Year’s Resolutions.
Now is the time to make some New Year’s regulations. I begin my list with the resolution to stop smoking and a reduction in the number of adult beverages that I have each week. This resolution stuff is easy. Then Diane looks over my shoulder and says you have never smoked and you never have more than two drinks a week. This resolution stuff is going to be harder than I thought. I start again - my first resolution for 2017 is:
1. To share with each new person, I meet that I am proud to be an Arizona Elk and I am proud of the good work Arizona Elks do every day, to make our communities a better place to live.
2. I promise to make a donation (this donation need not be large, but it will make a difference) each month to the Elks National Foundation and the Arizona Elks Major Projects. For your information 30 of the 44 Elks Lodges in Arizona have reached the Grand Exalted goal $4.65 per member. An additional 4 Arizona Lodges are very close to reaching that goal as well.
3. I will thank veterans for their service. Military Service that helped to protect our everyday freedoms. Please join with me and offer a word of thanks to the brave men and women who served in the military when you see a veteran.
4. I resolve to recruit a new member for our Order this year. State Membership Chairman Jack Baillargeon and the hard charging District Chairman are working every day to increase the number of Elks in Arizona. If every Elk recruited one new member this year our state would have a sizeable increase in membership. That would be great!
5. I resolve to work every day to live up to my motto “I’m Proud to Be an Arizona Elk”. Please join me in this worthwhile effort – it’s a great resolution to live up to.
January is also the month for many Arizona Elks Lodges to begin the process of assembling a new Officers Corp for the next Fraternal Year. Want to make a difference at your Lodge – step up become a Lodge Officer. Most Lodges have openings that need to be filled. Talk with your Lodge leaders about how you can help make a positive difference.
If being a Lodge Officer is not for you there are many Lodge committees (Like Drug Awareness, Hoop Shoot, Veteran’s Services, Americanism and Special Olympics – to name a few) that could use the work of a good Elks of two. Now is the time to step up and become a volunteer and a Proud Arizona Elk!
January is also the Month when the District Hoop Shoots take place in the four corners of the State. Will Arizona have a National winner? Take a couple of hours and attend a District Hoop Shoot. Watching these children sink shot after shot, you can easily see which of these children are committed to success. State Hoop Shoot Chairman Gregg Boyce and his top assistant and wife, Jeanne spend hundreds of hours and drive thousands of miles to ensure that the Arizona Elks Hoop Shoot Program is first rate.
Remember The Elks National Foundation: 30 out of the 44 Arizona Elks Lodges have met or surpassed the Grand Exalted Ruler’s Goal for this year – GREAT JOB! Remember we can do more!
Alfred R. Skorupski, President
Arizona Elks Association
PS- I continue to recognize an Arizona Elks Association member or committee member who has gone above and beyond the normal goals of an Association State or District Chairmen.
This month recognition goes to Gregg Boyce, State Chairman and the District Chairman, Dennis Appel, Russel Hall, Chuck Waugh, and Joe Jablonski of the Arizona Elks Association’s Hoop Shoot Committee. Because of their work and the support of the 44 Arizona Elks Lodges, thousands of Arizona Children will take part in this National Free Throw Shooting contest.