Greetings all! I hope everyone is doing well and had a Happy Easter. My first month as Exalted Ruler has been a little hectic, but thanks to the turnover from PER Alane Asp and the GREAT team of Officers and this year’s Committee Chairs it has actually gone pretty smoothly. Thank you all so much for your help and dedication!!
April was a good month for our Lodge. The children’s Easter shopping spree was a huge hit. The collection of Jewelry donations for the AEMP to deliver to Steele Children’s Hospital to provide presents for the children to give to their Moms on Mother’s Day far exceeded our expectations. Many thanks go out to all of you who donated and to those “behind the scenes” who did all of the cleaning and packaging. Great job! Thank you for your hard work.
A few things coming up in May:
The Youth Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 7th. Lisa Chavez is our coordinator for this event and has done this for several years. This is the day that we get to honor some of the youth in our community with awards and scholarships for their achievements. The ceremony starts at 10:00 am.
Mother’s Day Ceremony is Sunday, May 8th. At 12 noon, our Lodge will be performing the annual Elks Mother’s Day celebration. This is a special ceremony to honor all Mothers past and present. It will be followed by a light appetizer and dessert buffet. This is open to all members, guests, and the public. Come join us.
Sooo, it’s May and a lot of our Elks family and friends are heading out of town for cooler weather. While you’re on the road and gone to visit family and friends, please be safe and have fun. We will miss you and will be looking forward to seeing you when you return. Keep in touch with us back here.
As we get into the hot weather months, please remember to drink lots of water and if you are going to be hiking, remember to bring water and drink at least .5 liters (16 ounces) per hour minimum. Most experts recommend 1 liter per hour.
For my first real informational article, I will start off by saying thank you to Joyce Garcia, and Jack and Gail Baillargeon for their work with the Easter Shopping Spree. Joyce and 25 other Elks took 25 kids from Roadrunner Elementary school to get new clothes and shoes. They also received an Easter basket provided by Joyce, and each received a bag of school supplies donated by Jack and Gail. Each child received $140 worth of much needed items.
The Jewelry Collection for the children at Steele Children’s Hospital totaled 600 pieces collected, cleaned, and boxed for the children as gifts for their moms on Mother’s Day. New Books, crayons, coloring books, and toys are still being collected for the children at Steele. These items can be put in the box in the Lounge. Thank you all for your generous donations, whether it is books, jewelry, or volunteering to help when needed, we all make a difference. I’ll see you at the lodge!
Hello from the Secretary’s desk!
I want to thank all those who helped me out this past month, since I had shortened hours in the office. I am now back to my regular hours of Monday 9-1, Tuesday and Thursday 10 -2. As a reminder, the office phone number is (520) 825-0893.
I must do my duty and remind those who have not paid their dues to please get them in ASAP. You are missing out on exciting things going on at the Lodge—Bingo, Texas Hold’em, Dart Tournaments, and, of course, Queen of Hearts just to name a few. So please get your dues paid and come join us.
Lodge Stats Year-To-Date
Membership to Date 546
Pending Transfer 1
Life Members 71
Average Age 70
Something to Think About
Last month’s Bugle contained pictures from Awards Night. I would like to highlight some of the special award winners. Marie Starjnski, Jack Baillargeon, and Harry Beatty received special recognition for their efforts on behalf of the Lodge.
Onita Davis was recognized as our Citizen of the Year. Veterans are near and dear to Onita. She is a Charter Member of the American Legion Auxiliary for Oro Valley Unit 132 and served in a leadership role since the Unit’s inception. She is also on the Board of Tucson Veterans Serving Veterans. She also led the way in bringing Wreaths Across America to Northwest Tucson. This year a wreath was placed on every veteran grave in the Veterans Cemetery in Marana.
Ron Starjnski was recognized as our Officer of the Year. Ron has conducted many repairs for the Lodge and worked on several special board projects. The Past Exalted Ruler’s Association made a great choice.
Paul Slater was recognized as the Elk of the Year. Paul has served as House Committee Chair for several years and has built a great team, managed COVID well, and has maximized profits for the Lodge. Congratulations to them and to all the other recipients who received awards that night!
Alane Asp, PER