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Presidential Ponderings - July 2016

Al Skorupski

Is you Lodge hosting a July Picnic? What a great opportunity to invite potential new members to take part in the celebration of our nations Independence! Show your potential members how Elks celebrate our great nation while having a grilled burger or hot dog. Have your potential members learn about this great order, our roots that cherish our freedom and independence. Have that application for membership ready for your guests and encourage them to join the Elks and celebrate America this summer.

July is also the month of the Elks National Convention, this year to be held in Houston, Texas, with the opening ceremonies on Sunday, July 3rd and concluding on the 7th!

One of the most memorable events for any State Association President is the Opening Ceremony and the procession and posting of the Associations State Flags. This will be a great honor and a lasting memory to carry the Arizona Flag at the opening ceremony of the Elks Grand Lodge Convention.

July also brings with it a new class of District Deputy Grand Exalted Rulers. The State of Arizona is again to be represented by four hard working and dedicated Elks. The new District Deputies who will take the oath of Office from the new Grand Exalted Ruler, Michael F. Zellen, member Saugus/Everett Lodge, Massachusetts are: West District, Tim Phillips, Gila Bend, South District, David Quackenbush, Tucson, #385, North District, Ray Stock, Flagstaff, and the East District, JeRay Bellon, Casa Grande Valley.

With the new District Deputies coming on board, it is also time to say goodbye to our current District Deputies. The state of Arizona again had four hard working Elks who met the challenge and opportunities to better understand the day to day working of the Elks and to assist Arizona Elk Lodges to more forward to achieve greater success as District Deputies. Those hard working Elks are offered my thanks and congratulations for a job well done. East District, Shelia Stephenson, Kearny Lodge #2478, North District, Sari McQuality, Jerome #1361, South District, Rich Botkin, Tucson, East #2532 and the West District, Tim Woods, Phoenix #335.

Remember this year’s motto for the Arizona Elks Association – I’m Proud to be An Arizona Elk! Let your friends and neighbors know the good work your Lodge does in the community. Ask them to consider standing by your side as a member to help the children in need in our community. Tell about the kids who are attending the Arizona Elks, Jack Warter Youth Camp free this summer – because Arizona Elks want to make a difference.

This has been a challenging year for the Youth Camp because of the forest fires in the mountains of North East Arizona. Several camping opportunities for Arizona children were canceled because of the threat of fire. The Camp Chairman, Tom Miller reported to me that the fires have burned close to the camp. Much damage has been done to the trees that surround the Elks Camp property. It is safe to say the camp would have burned if not for the efforts of the Forest Service and the fire Fighters involved in containing this fire.

Remember Arizona Elks make a difference every day helping children, funding research at the Steele Center, visiting our hospitalized veterans, at the V. A. Hospitals and veterans homes located in Phoenix, Prescott and Tucson.
Membership - Your neighbors, your co-workers, your friends would make great Elks – ask them to join!

Membership Chairman Jack Baillargeon and his District Chairman are hard at work to increase the number of Arizona Elks in this Association. Jack and I need your help to have a gain in membership this fraternal year we want to help the Elks Nationally have a gain in membership. More Elks mean more kids will receive scholarships, go to camp, or help Arizona Children to grow strong and tall because of the success of the researchers and doctors at the Steele research Center.


Fraternally,

Alfred R. Skorupski, President
Arizona Elks Association

FYI – I continue to bestow honors and thank you’ s to an Arizona Elks Association member who has gone above and beyond the normal goals of an Association State or District Chairmen.

The July award goes to – Ed Leuer, PSP. Ed recently relinquished the position of Chairmen of the Meetings Committee. Ed has working long and hard for many years insuring that the Mid-Year Convention and the Annual Convention have been enjoyable experiences for all Elks who attend these meetings. Need something done within the Arizona Elks Association? Call Ed!


Arizona Elks Major Projects (AEMP) - July 2016 Message


Jimm Krausman

Arizona Elks Exceed Expectations at U of A Steele Children’s Research Center!

Elk Year 15-16 was an incredible year for the Arizona Elks Major Projects, and we (i.e. every Elk in Arizona) celebrated at the Arizona Elks Association Annual Convention by voting to provide an extra $150,000 to the Children’s Research Center so they could buy a new Confocal Microscope. In addition to our semi-Annual $125,000 donation, we added ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND more dollars.

Pictured are AEMP Board President Ira Cohen, and UAHS Director of Development Lori Stratton holding the $150,00 Check. A Confocal Microscope is vital piece of research equipment that shows cells in 3-D and will enhance research efforts and speed the quest for cures for a myriad Diseases effecting Children. Clearly a valiant effort, one that make every Elk in Arizona feel proud. Confident in the knowledge that the B in B.P.O.Elks stands for Benevolent.

And the Benevolence doesn’t stop there. Marianne Lawrence, wife of outgoing AEA President Jack Lawrence sponsored a book drive, an effort to see that each of the 50,000+ children treated at the Steele CRC each year have a book to take home. This photo shows Lori again with Brian Taylor, the AEMP Exec Assistant’s Assistant, along with PDDGER Tom Miller, Camp Committee Chair and his wife Judy dropping off boxes of books as well as much needed children’s blankets, beanies, and burping clothes to the Children’s Research Center. If you paid your dues as a Arizona Elk, Congratulations, you are part of something special. If you added a little something for AEMP or participated in a fund raiser, thanks again, you are a special person among special people. If you sent a check, or bought some books or knitted a blanket, you should be celebrating the joy of families and children across Arizona. Arizona Elks- Benevolent, Beneficent, Bountiful, Benefactors to children, sigh…..


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.


Fraternally,

Jimm Krausman, PDDGER, PSVP
Executive Director AEMP

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Tucson East Elks Lodge #2532 was awarded a $1000.00 voucher from the Arizona Elks Major Projects to be used for a youth project in our area. Our Lodge Members chose "Youth On Their Own" to receive this grant. Click for more details...

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Membership Tri-Fold Brochure - PRINT READY - Just print & fold. There are ideas for every size Lodge. Together we are changing the mindset and our future. Membership growth is possible and the opportunity to succeed belongs to us. Click image below to download.

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2016 GL Convention


2016 Grand Lodge Convention Registration Forms

If arizona elksyou're planning on heading to Houston for the 2016 Grand Lodge Convention DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORMS TODAY and show your Arizona Spirit and comradery.

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Arizona Elks Red Vest Order Form

If arizona elksyou're planning on heading to Indianapolis for the 2015 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

Fisher House fisher house

A Unique Opportunity to Help Veterans and their Families.

Fisher House Foundation is best known for the network of comfort homes built on the grounds of majorarizona elks fisher house military and VA medical centers nationwide and in Europe. Fisher Houses are beautiful homes, donated to the military and Department of Veterans Affairs. These homes enable family members to be close to a arizona elksloved one at the most stressful time - during the hospitalization for a combat injury, illness or disease.

Click here for details on you can help with the new facility to be built in Tucson, AZ

 

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.

Have a Question? Call Us!
Arizona Elks

Have a question about our Arizona Elks State Association? Call our State Secretary, Pete Gillespie Toll Free at............. (855) 744-5887