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Diane's Doings - April 2017

Al Skorupski

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.

Thanks much…..
Diane Skorupski

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!

Arizona Elks Major Projects (AEMP) - March 2017 Message

Jimm Krausman

April 2017

Ours is a Charity of not just alms, but thoughts, words, and deeds… We have some great examples of that this month.

AEA President Al Skorupski saw an opportunity to utilize our benevolence in a special way. When he got news that a Willcox High School Student had won a local science fair, he contacted her teacher and arranged for the exceptional young lady to tour the UofA Steele Children’s Research Center. On March 10, 2017, Willcox High School Teacher, Mr. White brought 8 students to the CRC and learned what it was like to work in a modern lab.

AEA President Al & AEMP President Ira Cohen accompanied the group as they learned of the incredible opportunities that have for a future in science. The Confocal Microscope purchased by Arizona Elks was a highlight of the tour. Al took the opportunity to explain how Arizona Elks had made such a huge impact on the Steele CRC and the future of Science and Children in Arizona.

Another example was apparent at the Sahuarita Elks 2851 Lodge meeting on March 1st when Chuck Fitch, PER, had a presentation to make. The picture here is Chuck presenting to AEMP Executive Director, Jimm Krausman more beanies for the babies in the Arizona Elks Sponsored Neonatal Unit of the UofA Steele Children’s Research Center.

More beanies, the 3 he is showing so proudly are the 12,998th, 12,999th and 13,000th beanie Chuck has crocheted for the babies at the Steele Center. THIRTEEN THOUSAND! That’s 295 skeins of yarn, over 60 miles of yarn, Chucks loving hands have knitted into beanies, for babies. 4,333 hours of knitting, $1,770 in yarn. The numbers are staggering.

Yes, ours is a Charity of Alms, thoughts, words, and deeds. The more than $6 million that Arizona Elks have raised for the Steele Children’s Research Center is just a part of our benevolence. The thousands of books, toys, blankets, and beanies are not part of that number. They are a great part of the charitable heart of Arizona Elks. The opportunity to show kids the value of their education in science is another part.

Thanks Al & Chuck, and thanks to every Elk in Arizona who has contributed their money, time, efforts and prayers to the Children of Arizona. Those in the Steele Center, those at our camp, have better opportunities because of you.


Jimm Krausman, PDDGER, PSVP
Executive Director AEMP

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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.

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2017 Grand Lodge Convention

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Arizona Elks

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

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