Presidential Ponderings - March 2017
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.