What a crazy summer we’ve had. Lots of heat, lots of rain, and lots of fun. In July, we hosted a “Christmas in July” event. It was a blast! We had tons of food and lots of laughs at the gift exchange. We’ll have to do this one again. In August, we had a beach themed party. A few hearty souls had fun with the hula hoop contest and great food, too.
Looking forward to September, we have some great activities planned for you. Saturday, September 4, is Bingo, and again on Saturday, the 18th. The fun starts at 2:00 pm. Come join us for some laughs. Texas Hold ‘Em card game is on Sunday, September 5, at 1:30 pm. Please sign up in the lounge so we know how many tables to set up. The card games will be moving to Saturdays as, believe it or not, football season is upon us. And, with that announcement, the lounge will open up at 10:00 am on Sundays, starting on the 12th. On Saturday, September 25 we are having the Holy Toledo Pizza truck here. They will bring the pizza oven to us. They will also serve chicken wings. All this yummy food is only $15.00 per person. Dinner is at 5:00 pm. Please sign up and pay in the lounge. There will be a lodge cleanup day on Saturday, September 18, at 9:00 am. Please come and help spruce up the lodge in advance of our Elks V.P. visit.
Flags will be going up on Monday, September 6, Labor Day, and also on Saturday, September 11, the 20th Anniversary of 9/11/01. Flags are raised at 7:00 am, and come down at 5:00 pm. Our lodge will also be honoring our First Responders for the 9/11 20th Anniversary. Please see the Community Activities article for more details. There will be a new member Open House on Tuesday, September 28, at 5:00 pm. Come and check out what we are all about and all the volunteering possibilities.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are unable to honor our First Responders on 9/11 as we have done. In the past, we made full Thanksgiving dinners for all 10 firehouses in our district. For the 20th Anniversary of 9/11/01, we are seeking monetary donations so we may present a check in their honor to Impact of Southern Arizona, our local food bank. Please consider making a donation to this very worthwhile cause. There’s a jug in the lounge for cash donations, or if you prefer, write a check to Catalina Mt. Elks #2815 and write 9/11 Project in the memo line. Thank you!
Well, we finally are having a real monsoon season. It is so nice to see the Catalina Mountains showing its greenery, especially after last year’s fires!!
Over the past 2 months we have had a ton of fun at the lodge, and I hope that you were able to be a part of the activities. If not, don’t worry as we have several activities scheduled for September. Make sure you take a moment to read Jan Trudeau’s article and check out the monthly calendar. Just to make sure that everyone knows, there are sign-up sheets for both the Paint Party and the Pizza Night, with cut-off dates. Make sure you check them out as they are both going to be a lot of fun.
Everyone should have received an email from the Catalina Mountain Elks asking about draft beer. I have gotten quite a few responses but would like to get more feedback as we continue to investigate the potential to add draft beer to our lodge. You can either reply to the original email or shoot me an email. My email is at the end of this article.
Each month I always try to recognize someone who has gone above and beyond to help our lodge be such a special place. But, since it has been 2 months since my last article, I have a few to recognize . . .
In the past 2 months Pat Cox and Cheryl Galligos have let me know that they are stepping down from their respective roles. Pat has had the unenviable task of taking meeting notes for several years. If you have ever been to a House Committee meeting, you would understand this is not an easy task. Her ability to capture the important points of all the discussion has been amazing, and her notes help keep us in compliance with Grand Lodge directives. We will miss her and wish her the best going forward.
If you have ever wondered who does all those amazing flyers, it is Cheryl Galligos. In addition, she coordinates (herds the cats!!) to have an accurate calendar of events. If that wasn’t enough, she also would take meeting minutes to give Pat a break. She and Paul are going to start traveling more, and we wish them safe travels and look forward to when they stop by the lodge.
The other shout-out goes to Kathy, Marie and Hanna, our bar stewards. They each stepped up to cover while Ricky took a much-deserved vacation. I have said it before, our awesome bar stewards really do make my role so much easier!!
Lastly, as you can see, we have had some people stepping down from the House Committee. If you are looking to help support the lodge and have a lot of fun along the way, please consider joining, or at least coming to one of our meetings, which are open to our members. We meet the first Thursday of the month at 4:30 pm. I Hope to see some new faces in the upcoming months!
As always, if you have questions or concerns, you can always reach out to me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (520.268.2375) Take Care! Paul
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