Hello October! We’ve got some fun and interesting plans for the month. We start the month out with Karaoke on Friday October 5th, right after the Queen of Hearts drawing at 6:30. Come join us for some fun and laughs.
Texas hold’em is set for two Saturdays.1st on the 6th, and again on the 20th. The game starts at 1:30. Please sign up in the lounge so we know how many tables to set up. Bingo and Trivia are scheduled for Saturday the 13th. Bingo starts at 2:00 followed by snacks at 5:00, and Trivia at 6PM. Bring a bite to share at 5:00. Come and check out one or both of these fun activities.
Football is in full swing. Come join us on Sundays at 10AM. We have food available-and please sign up to bring food on a particular Sunday. There is a sign-up sheet in the lounge. Starting Sunday November 4th, the lounge will open up at 11AM, when daylight savings time ends. Go Seahawks!!
We are trying something new for Wednesday October 31 st dinner. We are having a potluck instead of our usual dinner and the cost will be only $5.00, and FREE if you wear a costume!! There is a sign-up sheet in the lounge if you want to bring something to share.
The Night Under the Stars event happens on Saturday October 27th. Join us for a night of fun starting at 5 PM for cocktails, and dinner at 6 PM. It’s a prime rib dinner with all the fixin’s. We are putting up the big tent outdoors, hanging the twinkle lights and planning on having a wonderful time. The Greg Spivey band is scheduled to perform-they are awesome entertainers.
We also have a raffle drawing for cash prizes. All this fun is only $35.00 per person. Please sign up and pay in the lounge.
I want to thank everyone who helped shop, cook, donate and deliver the Patriot’s Day dinners on 9/11. A lot of time and effort wet into making the dinners for the 10 firehouses in our Elk’s district. We strive to show our support for our first responders, both here and in the past for their sacrifice for all of us.
I’m very proud to announce that our lodge participated in a “corporate sponsorship” with the local food bank. We purchased 500 bags of rice and some soup for Impact of So Az, to distribute to their clients in the month of October. This event was possible because of the generous donation of monies from the PER’s and the Queen of Hearts.
I had the privilege to work with my choice for Elk of the Month in September. I was amazed at the amount of work she put into one of her many contributions to our community. I want to thank Joyce Garcia for all the time, work and her own money into a number of her initiatives for children. I found out she buys, with her own money, all 300 of the dictionaries she personally hands out to third graders. Joyce loads her books into her vehicle each day for her trips to the schools. She has such a great relationship in each school and to watch her introduce the children to what the dictionary can teach them is a joy to behold. In-addition to the dictionary program, Joyce also coordinates our annual children’s Christmas shopping spree which helps many deserving children. Also, Joyce has helped with veterans initiatives, Steele Children’s Research Center and art supplies for needy schools. Thank you Joyce for all your wonderful hard work for our communities children and your exceptional representation of the Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815!
Hi fellow Elks, September has been a fun month starting with making Turkey dinners for the Golder Ranch Fire Department on Patriots Day. The C Shift from Station 375 along with volunteers John C., Pam & Harry plus fire personnel Captain Steve, Engineer Bryan, Paramedics Mitch and Zach, and Firefighters Jake and Kurt. They really appreciated the Elks doing this for them. Great young men. (Mot pictured volunteers Judy & Peg L. )
On September 15 we did the 60s &70s Trivia. We started out with a great Potluck at 5 pm and followed with Trivia at 6 pm. The players put teams together with a 1st. Place, 2nd.place and 3rd. Place. All seemed to really enjoy it especially the ones who went home with money.
Our Wednesday night dinners have been going great with volunteers cooking up their specialties. We want to thank Betty for her meatloaf, Kathy for her Swedish Meatballs, Jack & Gail for their Lasagna with Italian Sausage and Alane & Steve with their Salisbury Steak. October’s menu will be Beef Stew, Marinated Steak, Spaghetti with Meat Balls and Chicken. On Wednesday the 31st. we’re having a Halloween Potluck. Hardworking Wednesday night volunteers Mary & Betty. Kathy our Bartender showing off her Birthday Tee. Kathy celebrated with a cake and a lot of goodies. She had a great Elks type Birthday.
Upcoming events are Karaoke on October 5th, NFL Football every Sunday, Texas Hold’em on October 6 and 20th. Remember Tacos are back in the clubroom with the Taco Bar available. And the Big Event is of course “Night Under the Stars on Saturday October 27th. We have Greg Spivey back with his band which seems to be a favorite of a lot of members. VP Dan Snyder and his First Lady will be attending. The menu for the night is Prime Rib, Baked Potatoes & Green Bean Casserole. There will also be our big Raffle for the night. Please sign up fast as we can only handle the first 80. Looking forward to seeing you all at the Elks in October.
Well I’m glad to say goodbye to the triple digits and hello to our beautiful Fall temps! We have had a fair summer for our veterans collections. We ended with total contributions for our first six months of our Elks year of $18,755. I’m hoping collections pick up when our Snow Birds return. Here is a special reminder to our travelers, please bring in any unused toiletries you collect on your travels. The Veterans Committee has set a goal of $50,000 in donations for the 2018 - 2019 year. As a reminder, we collect mens and women’s clothing, books, CD’s, DVD’s, travel (small) toiletries and small bottled water. As we approach the cool weather, jackets, sweat shirts and backpacks are also needed.
Our October State Convention is scheduled for the weekend of October 19, 20 and 21 in Tempe, AZ. Each year the new President of our Arizona Elks Association’s wife asks the lodges for help in some charitable drive. This year, 1st Lady Debi Murphy has requested we contribute $20 Walmart gift cards for our veterans. If you can help in this drive please either drop them in the green veterans barrel in the lounge, or give them to Belinda or Bob.
We made a delivery of our collection to building 90 on the Southern Veterans Campus on the 24th of September. I asked if they had any special needs. Our contact, without hesitation, said disposable razors and white crew socks. He indicated that with the 14 we brought in, he now had 14 razors. Again the green barrel in the lounge can be used for your donation. Our collection date this month is Wednesday, October 10th at 1 PM on the back patio. Your donations can be dropped off in the POD located in back parking lot. Co-Chairs, Belinda Waller and Bob Kielsa
It was 150 years ago when the Jolly Corks changed their name and their mission. The history portion of the Grand Lodge web page says, “When one of their members died shortly before Christmas in 1867, leaving his wife and children destitute, the Jolly Corks decided that in addition to good fellowship, they needed a more enduring organization to serve those in need.” And they labeled themselves as “Benevolent and Protective.” It seems the welfare of the children of the newly deceased Jolly Cork weighed heavily on their minds It could have been different; some members wanted the order described as “Antediluvian.” It is an odd word meaning either “prehistoric” or “ridiculously old fashioned.” The Founding Fathers of Elkdom made the right choice. And now, inspired by destitute children, benevolence is still the order of the day.
Arizona Elks Major Projects was mandated by the Arizona Elks Association to help children in 1992, when the UofA Steele Children’s Research Center became the primary focus of the AEMP. In 2007 the Arizona Elks Youth Camp was added to the mission.
Win a John Deere Gator with a 14’ Big Tex trailer! Get tickets at your Lodge or www.elks4kids.org Get a few extras and sell them to you friends. Or watch for them in your mail in July. Drawing is in October.