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Presidential Ponderings - January 2017

Al Skorupski

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!


Fraternally,

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.


Arizona Elks Major Projects (AEMP) - January 2017 Message


Jimm Krausman

AEMP - A History of Giving

AEMP – A History of Giving

For 25 years Arizona Elks have supported research at the UofA Steele Children’s Research Center. As Steele celebrates their 25 years of attacking diseases plaguing children, Arizona Elks are proud they have been with them the whole time.

This Silver Anniversary marks more than $6 million in giving by Arizona Elks Major Projects. Money that has done incredible things- 2 endowed chairs continuing to give, a Translational Research Center in Phoenix, The Marvin Lewis Pediatric Teaching Center, and the Arizona Elks Clinic for Children and Young Adults.

There is an old proverb called “For Want of a Nail.” It has several forms, but simply put –

For want of a nail the shoe was lost
For want of a shoe the horse was lost
For want of a horse the rider was lost
For want of a rider, the battle was lost
For want of the battle the war was lost
For want of the war, the Kingdom was lost
All for the want of a nail.

Our Arizona Elks Major Projects has provided an entire box of nails to the Steele Center; the latest a $150,000 Confocal Microscope. A recent press release from Steele celebrates a $1.73 million National Institute of Health grant awarded to Steele for work on Autoimmune Diseases. A grant based on a research done by Pawel Kiela and Dr. Fayez Ghishan. The Confocal Microscope was critical to this research.

So celebrate 25 years of Research at the Steele Center, and while you are at it, celebrate 15 years of the Jack C. Warter youth Camp. Celebrate 79 Years of Arizona Elks Major Projects, and let’s think of a special way to do more.
Let’s make this 25th Anniversary one to remember!


Fraternally,

Jimm Krausman, PDDGER, PSVP
Executive Director AEMP

www.elks4kids.org

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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.




2017 Grand Lodge Convention


2017 Grand Lodge Convention Registration Forms

If arizona elksyou're planning on heading to Reno, NV for the 2017 Grand Lodge Convention DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORMS TODAY.

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Red Vest Order Form


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If arizona elksyou're planning on heading to Reno for the 2017 Grand Lodge Convention order your RED VEST TODAY and show your Arizona Spirit and comradery.

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We are offering the Arizona Elks Red Vests in sizes S, M, L, XL, and XXL. You can have your vest with or without a front pocket.

You have the option of Jerry Grimes from Kingman picking up your vest for you, or you may have the vest delivered to your home.

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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
 
Arizona Elks

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
Arizona Elks

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

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