Happy New Year! Welcome to 2020. I hope this year brings joy and good cheer to all! This month at the Elks, we have a few activities for you. We begin with Bingo on Saturday January 4th. The fun starts at 2 PM. Please come and join us.
The Texas Hold ‘Em poker games are scheduled for Saturday January 11th and Saturday January 25th. Both games start at 1:30 PM. Please sign up in the lounge so we know how many tables to set up.
We are having an Elks paint party put on by “Hues and Booze” on Saturday January 18th. Happy hour starts at 2 PM, and the painting fun is at 3PM. All the supplies are provided-no experience necessary. The cost is $35.00 and $10.00 goes back to the lodge for the new building fund. Come join us-If I can do it so can you. (P.S. I can only draw a stick figure)
There is still some football to enjoy on Sundays this month. The lodge opens at 11:00 on Sundays and we have 5 TV’s showing all your favorite teams. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Sunday February 2nd. We will be hosting a Super Bowl party starting at 3 PM. We’ll have a potluck and games and prizes. The game starts around 4:30. We will post a signup sheet for potluck items. Come join us for food, fun and football.
Another item to look out for is the Elks Major Projects fundraiser to be held on Saturday February 1st. Lisa Chavez is planning the “Have A Heart” event. There will be food, raffles, a guest speaker and lots of fun. Please see the flyer in the Bugle for further information.
I want to thank everyone who helped our lodge “adopt” 22 children this Christmas. We purchased clothing, toys and art supplies for all these kids. The project is sponsored through Impact of So. AZ-our local food bank. With the help of the PER’S and generous donations from our awesome Elks, we made all these children have a merrier Christmas. Here we have me, Gloria Cisneros-ER delivering the gifts to Michelle Santorelli at Impact. Thanks to all the wrappers who helped make this project so much fun. ELKS CARE, ELKS SHARE.
Just around the corner in February, we will be having another “stuff-abag” project. Please put this on your radar and I will post more information as it becomes available.
Choosing the Elk of the Month is actually very difficult because we have quite a few members that are involved with so many aspects of the Lodge and we would not be so successful without them. Having said that, this month goes to Harry Wedwaldt. As the avid golfers in our Lodge know, Harry is a major player in the organization of our Lodge’s annual Golf Tournament. This golf tournament brings in a lot of donations every year and is definitely one of our most premier events that is enjoyed by many. Harry has been gracious enough to volunteer to spear head this tournament for many years now and we hope he continues to. In addition to that, he also organizes and runs our Texas Hold ‘Em days and due to its popularity is currently a twice a month event. It is a great time for players to gather and bluff their way through the game and hope not to be the first to walk out the door. Harry also helped with our poker run this year, which was for our official Vice President’s visit. He and his lovely bride, Pam, did an outstanding job out in the heat waiting for us all to pass his station at the Dairy Queen on I-10. Harry will also be there to stuff bags for our community events, shop with the kids for our shopping sprees and do whatever is asked of him. He is a very important part of our core group at the Lodge and much appreciated by all.
Happy New Year. I trust that everyone's holidays were excellent and the travels were uneventful. I personally am looking forward to 2020 and some great things for our Elks lodge.
One of the things that we are planning is "experimenting" with some entertainment on Fridays after the Queen of Heart has been drawn. The crowds have been great on Fridays and we would like to keep the fun going afterwards. Right now we are looking at one Friday each month, and will adjust based on how well it is received and attended. As I am writing this (23.Dec) our first try will be lowkey with some dance music via the new speaker system in the Lodge room on Friday the 27th. If you have any ideas or requests, please shoot me an email or text.
Remember, that our price adjustment goes into affect in Jan. Starting on 1.Jan, Domestic beers will be $3.00 Premium beers will be $4.00 Well drinks will be $3.00 (Last months letter had a typo a $4) In addition, we will have a new BLACK chip that will be worth $3.00 on available on 1.Jan, and we will no longer be selling the $2.50 chips. All outstanding $2.50 red/pink chips will be valid until 1.March. So check your counters and other hiding places for those chips, and make sure that you redeem them before 1.March.
This months shout out goes to Bill and Carol Behrendsen. If you are ever enjoying Taco Tuesday, you have certainly seen them. The coordinate a large group from their community to come down and enjoy some tacos and friendship. On any given Tuesday, Bill and Carol will bring anywhere from 20-50 hungry taco lovers to our lodge. They are such a great group of people and it is our pleasure to have them come and visit. Next time you are at the lodge say Hi to Bill and Carol and meet some of their neighbors. They are a great group!!
Looking forward to the Super Bowl! I know that Jan Trudeau is working on some fun things to make the game a great and fun event for all that come. You don't miss out on the fun, food and oh yea,the game!!
Take care, paul
I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for your generous donations during the Mid-Year Convention! This has been our most successful year EVER for Arizona Elks Major Projects. That is because of each and every one of you and your dedication to bettering the lives of children across our great state and beyond. I am in awe of how generous the Elks are! When people ask me who the Elks are, my first response is “they are the most charitable people you will ever meet”.
At the Mid-Year convention, I set a goal of reaching $250,000 in donations from lodges by the end of our fiscal year in March. I am excited to announce that the lodges have now donated over $250,000 and exceeded our goal! The vehicle raffle had a record-breaking year by raising over $70,000. This is entirely because of you.
We have already begun our next vehicle raffle and I am excited to see what records we can break next year through the ticket sales. We will be raffling off a Honda Pioneer 1000-5 Deluxe and posters with raffle tickets will be sent out to your lodge very soon.
Let’s finish out the year better than we ever have and continue saving and changing the lives of children in Arizona!
Katie Murdoch, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org 520-326-556