Presidential Ponderings - November 2016
The eleventh month of the year is typically when Elks of all ages begin to focus their thoughts on family, friends and the holiday season. For Elks Lodges the month of November is one of the busiest, and most enjoyable times of the year.
Many Lodges offer Thanksgiving meals to veterans, low income families, as well as their neighbors. My home Lodge, Willcox #2131 provides a free Thanksgiving dinner for anyone in the community who does not want to be alone during the holiday. Members of a RV group from Tucson travels to the Willcox Lodge, park their motorhomes and travel trailers at the Lodge’s RV Park and joins with Willcox members working side by side in the kitchen as they prepare Thanksgiving Dinner complete with all the fix-ings for all who are hungry.
All across Arizona many Elks Lodges provide the same type of a holiday experience for their members and community.
If your Lodge does little to spread the holiday cheer, there is something you can do about it. Ask your Exalted Ruler if you can form a holiday Celebration group. Get the word out to your members solicit donations from your members and the local community and help make your Lodge a com-munity headquarters for a homegrown Thanksgiving celebration. Start small 20 to 25, people for a Thanksgiving feast. Once established,, watch your celebration grow- I know it will.
Most Arizona Lodges Work hand in hand with the members of the Arizona Elks Association So-cial and Community Welfare Committee to provide for a joyous Christmas season. Thousands, yes thousands of Arizona children are involved in shopping sprees in their local communities. These shopping sprees often result in new clothing, new shoes, underwear and socks. The Lodge Santa’s always make sure there are Christmas gifts for all the children and many Lodges prepare and serve a meal for all the children as well.
Also as 2016 comes to an end don’t forget to make your donation to the Elks National Foundation and the Arizona Elks Major Projects. All gifts made to these two organizations are fully tax de-ductible.
Speaking about the Elks National Foundation reminds me that State Chairman, David Dean and the District Chairman have done a great job working with the Lodges and their members to reach the Grand Exalted Rulers goal of $4.65 per member. As I write this article 19 of the 44 have reached or surpassed that goal.
By surpassing that Grand Lodge goal, a Lodge qualifies to apply for a Grant from The National Foundation. All Arizona Lodges should redouble their efforts in an attempt to receive one or more of those of those National Grants.
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.
The November thank you goes to the Board Members and District Representatives who are hard at work every day making the Arizona Elks Major Projects one of the best in the Nation. Board President Ira Cohen, Board Members and District Representatives, thanks for all you do for the children of Arizona.
Arizona Elks Major Projects (AEMP) - October 2016 Message
Arizona Elks provide a New Weapon in the War on Childhood Disease
At our Annual Convention last May the Exalted Rulers of Arizona Elks Association’s Lodges voted to give an extra $150,000 to the UofA Steele Children’s Research Center. This was in addition to the $250,000 we had already committed. The purpose of this generous gift? To buy a confocal microscope. A much needed piece of lab equipment.
Looking at the Microscope itself is not particularly awe inspiring. It doesn’t fill a room or shoot off lasers, or even play music. For $150,000 you would think it would at least have leather seats and satellite radio, but alas its appearance is no more impressive than a copy machine. And yet it is truly an awe inspiring machine.
It allows Doctors and Research Scientists to look deeper and farther into cells than ever before. No cell goes unexplored in the quest to find new ways to attack Childhood Autoimmune Diseases that disable and kill children everywhere. On a recent tour one Doctor explained, “It’s the type of equipment that draws the best researchers to Steele. The best and brightest want to work with the best equipment available.” The plaque explaining it was donated by you, the Arizona Elks is being engraved, in the meantime a paper sign reminds researchers where it came from. But they know, they know who the Arizona Elks really are, and how much they do for Children.
What is the key to defeating devastating childhood diseases? The best Doctors on Earth, working with the best equipment on Earth, donated by the Best People on Earth, Arizona’s B.P.O. Elks.
2016 Mid-Year Raffle is Underway
2015 was a great year for AEMP and 2016 is going to be even better. We are starting the Mid-Year Raffle early this year and have already procured a 2016 Polaris RZR complete with 75HP ProStar 900 Engine; Electronic Power Steering; High-Flow Clutch intake system; Long Wheelbase for smooth ride: 27"GBC 8 Ply Dirt Commander Tires; Tubular Frame and D- Pillars for improved Suspension Performance; High Performance On Demand All Wheel Drive; Trail friendly low gear. This vehicle comes complete with a 12ft Trailer Custom made by Rockland Trailers.
Tickets are once again $5 or 3 for $10. Purchase your tickets from your Lodge AEMP Represenative or buy online here.
Jimm Krausman, PDDGER, PSVP
Executive Director AEMP
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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.