I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now on to the next holiday—Christmas!!
I can’t believe it’s already December. Here are some of the activities we have planned for you this month:
Sunday, December 4th, is our Elks Memorial Service at 11 am. Please come and share in this wonderful service remembering our departed brothers and sisters. The Lounge will be closed during the service, but will reopen directly afterward. On Wednesday, December 7th, we will put up the flags on Oracle Road for National Pearl Harbor Day. They go up at 7 am and come down at 5 pm. Come and give a hand.
We have the Texas Hold ‘Em card game on Saturday, December 10th. The game starts at 1 pm. Please sign up in the Lounge so we know how many tables to set up. Saturday, the 17th, is Bingo . We start the fun at 2 pm. Later that afternoon we have the Secret Santa Gift Exchange. If you want to participate, please bring a wrapped gift worth approximately $15-20. It’s always a fun time—come check it out.
There is also a potluck so bring something to share. Sign up in the Lounge so we know what food you’re bringing. Dinner is planned for 5 pm, and gift exchange around 6. The Dart Tournaments are on the back patio on Saturdays at 5 pm, except on December 17 and Christmas Eve. Football is still here every Sunday. The Lounge opens at 11 am, and we have plenty of televisions so you can watch your favorite team. Wednesday dinner continues to delight. Cindy has wonderful dishes planned, so sign up the Monday before and come and enjoy.
On Christmas Eve, Alane and Steve will serve up their awesome tomato soup and sandwiches. Always delicious and appreciated. Thank you Alane & Steve!! FYI, we will be open on New Year’s Day at regular hours, from 11 to 7.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, too!!
Our Lodge “adopted” 20 kids from our local food bank-Impact of Southern Arizona. At press time, we were still doing last minute shopping and wrapping of clothes, toys, and art supplies. We will deliver the presents to Impact the first week of December. I am still accepting monetary donations for this awesome project. See me at the Lodge, or you can write a check to “Catalina Mt. Elks #2815” and write Adopt-a-Family in the memo line. Thanks to all who have donated—this really will make a difference in these kids’ lives.
Thank you for your participation and generosity. Jan
Hard to believe that it is already December and 2023 is right around the corner.
While November was a relatively quiet month, December is going to be BUSY. As mentioned last month, we will have our Secret Santa event on December 17th, with a Potluck at 5 and the Secret Santa to follow right after. It is suggested that the gift should be around $20. Make sure you check out the flyers in the Lounge and the website for “reminders.” For New Year’s Eve we will be open for reduced hours, 1-6 pm, to allow everyone to get to their local NYE parties later that evening.
This month’s shoutout goes to Betty Cook, who coordinates the holiday decoration every year at the Lodge to bring a little more Christmas spirit to our great Lodge. She would love to have helpers to put up the tree on December 3rd for the Children’s Shopping pree and for the kids to meet Santa that afternoon, as well as on the 4th to finalize the decoration after the Elks Memorial event at 10 am.
We continue to look for new members for the House Committee. Please consider joining, or at least come to one of our meetings, which are open to our members. We meet the first Thursday of the month at 4:30. 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 at:
firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (520) 268-2375)
Take Care! Paul
Merry Christmas to all! You probably have heard that I, along with my sister Cindy, are the new Co-Chairs working to have one of the very best Christmas Shopping Sprees for some underprivileged children at Roadrunner Elementary school in Marana Unified School District. Most of you are aware Joyce Garcia did an amazing job for 15 years coordinating this event along with the Easter Clothe-A-Child and Dictionary Donations for children! Her heart is so huge, and it's humbling and rewarding to be able to take over the reins from her to manage these projects. The bar is held very high, and we hope to do as great a job!
As of this publication, on December 3, we have already escorted the children on a shopping spree for clothes. We met at the Walmart Garden Department at 8:30 am.
Thankfully, in this post-pandemic year, we were once again fortunate to celebrate the after-shopping party at the Lodge. The Golder Ranch Fire Department shuttled Santa and Mrs. Claus to the Lodge to deliver toys to the children!
We wish to personally thank our Members for supporting this event—be it with a donation, your communication efforts, managing paperwork, your time decorating the Lodge, escorting children, helping in the kitchen and bar, cleaning up, and, certainly, we can't leave out Mr. and Mrs. Claus. In addition, we sincerely thank Jan Trudeau and Joyce Garcia for always making yourselves available to assist with our questions, direction, and great coaching.
We're very excited to ensure the children had a day they will never forget. In fact, it was a great day for everyone!
Any questions or comments, please contact either Leslie at 520-484-0516 or Cindy at 520-909-3731.Congratulations to us all!
AEMP also announced their new Calendar Raffle. The raffle begins November 1st and ends March 31st, though an “early bird” drawing of three tickets will be done during the AEA Mid-Year Meeting in October. Tickets are $10 each, or three tickets for $20. Ticket drawn Monday through Friday are awarded $25, Saturday and Sunday $50, Holidays $100. Three Early Bird Winners are awarded $150, and two Grand Finale Winners are awarded $500. For more information, please read the posters in the Lodge. You can get your tickets from the bar stewards.
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