Event News



Fall is truly here and I’m enjoying the cooler temps (Ha Ha.) And, welcome back to all the snowbirds. Don’t forget, we still have Taco Tuesday and Wednesday dinner. For Wednesday dinner you will need to sign up by closing time on the Monday before. We do this because we need to shop for the dinner on Tuesdays. 

Night Under The Stars was spectacular-as usual. We had so much fun with the awesome dinner. Thanks to Cindy and crew for all the hard work. The Patrick Rayl band kept us going well into the night dancing and singing along. Great job. A big thank you to everyone who made the evening special. 

Here are some fun activities we have planned for you at the Elks this month. Karaoke is back! With the same twist….We are going to have it on Saturday November 16th at 5 PM. We are planning on a potluck that same day at 4 PM. Please come join us for food and fun. There is a sign-up sheet in the lounge for the potluck in the lounge. See you there! Texas Hold “Em games are scheduled for Saturday November 9 th at 1:30, and again on Saturday November 23rd at 1:30. Please sign up in the lounge so we know how many tables to set up. 

We’ve got Bingo happening on Saturday November 30th. The fun starts at 2 PM. Come and check it out. Monday November 11th, we have a Veterans Day ceremony planned. Come and join us at 10:00. And, the flags go up at 7:00 AM, and down at 5:00 PM. We can always use help. 

Sundays, the lounge now opens at 11:00. Daylight saving time ends November 3rd. Now you can get some more shut-eye Sunday mornings before coming in to cheer for your favorite football team.  


Again this year, we are looking for volunteers for the “Stuff a Bag” for Thanksgiving. Impact of Southern Arizona-the local food bank needs help on the Monday before Thanksgiving. This year it’s the 25th. Golder Ranch fire house is the location. The sign-up sheet is in the lounge. Please come and help create the bags to be distributed to needy families for the Thanksgiving holiday. Time TBD. I will post the time as soon as I can get the information. 

Christmas really is just around the corner. Our lodge is planning on “adopting” 20 local children to buy Christmas gifts for to help make their holidays more special. This program is organized through Impact of Southern AZ. I am looking for monetary donations for the “Adopt A Family” program. Please consider donating to this very special event. You can write a check to the Elks and write “adopt a family” in the memo line. If you have any questions, please ask me for information. Please take a look at the poster in the lounge with all the Thank You notes from last year’s project. We can make a difference.

Thank you in advance. 

Elk of the Month -- ALANE ASP

There seems to be at least one thing in everyone’s life that they are not really good at. ONE of the many things that baffle is accounting. I am not fond of learning about financials but am fascinated by people who are amazing at them. The November Elk of the Month is superb at this very thing and she is Alane Asp. 

Up until this year, she was our Lodge Treasurer for many years and always made everything look so easy. During that time, she got everything at our Lodge in perfect alignment to always shine during our audits and was always there to provide all the information we needed for various committee’s needs and meetings. She has taught our new Treasurer, Larry Valverde, how to do the same thing and I appreciate her time on that. 

She has been helping many other Lodge’s with their financials and reporting for years now and I know for a fact that they all are so appreciative of her help. She has moved on to be the Arizona Elks Association Treasurer this year and they are very lucky to have her. She is currently our Esteemed Loyal Knight which means in 2021 she will be our Lodge’s Exalted Ruler. 

Alane has always been there to help out with our Soccer and Hoop Shoots, the Christmas Shopping Spree and any other function that she is asked to do. She and her husband, Steve, love to golf and travel in their RV with their beloved cat. Thank you so much for all your years of dedication to our Lodge, we are all greatly indebted to you.  


By Paul Slater

Howdy! The Night Under the Stars was a fantastic success, a special thank you to the entire team that worked so hard to make it a special night. Cindy and her kitchen team once again served a spectacular dinner. But most of you don’t realize the work behind the scenes that happens to ensure a great event. For instance, there were several members that made the delicious appetizers, there was a small “army” that puts up the tent and moves all the tables and chairs outside. There is another group that assembles the flower arrangements and decorates for the event. All of this was done by our members, who once again demonstrate why our Lodge is so special. 

As most of you know we have resumed “normal” taco nights on Tuesday. Gail has done a nice job in coordinating the evening and has been successful in recruiting new team members to volunteer. A special thanks goes out to Danny, Bonnie and Colleen for stepping up to help with the first official Taco Night!  

Here is a save the date for our Annual Secret Santa which will be held on Saturday 21.Dec at 4pm. Gifts should be between $10-15 and can be serious or gag gifts. This is always a lot of fun, and we will have a Potluck as well, so make sure you mark your calendar and sign up to bring you favorite potluck dish. 

This month’s shout out goes to Judy Humitz. Judy coordinated the Night Under the Stars, and without her and the countless volunteers she orchestrated, the evening would have never been as much fun for all of us.  

Take care, paul  


Katie Murdoch, Executive Director

Catalina Mountain Donates Playground Equipment and Art Supplies to Students By Pat Cox Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge Project Chairperson Joyce Garcia and Robert Hurt delivered $900 worth 

of playground equipment and $600 in gift certificates for art supplies to Roadrunner Elementary School in the Marana Unified School District. The teachers will purchase art supplies at Walmart with the gift certificates. The equipment delivered to the school included soccer balls, basketballs, tetherballs, a variety of different size balls, soccer goals and hula hoops. Funds from an Elks National Foundation Grant and generous donations from members of Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge made this gift possible. “The continued support from the Elks Lodge has meant the world to our students, faculty and community,” said Roadrunner School Principal Kristina Brewer.