Event News



Welcome to September! I can’t believe how fast summer has gone. Here’s some of what we have in store for your enjoyment this month. 

Monday September 2nd is Labor Day. We are putting the flags up on Oracle Rd at 7 AM, and down at 5 PM. Please help with either time, we can always use another pair of helping hands. Bingo is scheduled for Saturday September 10th at 2 PM. Come and join us for a fun time.  

Are you ready for some Football?? On Sundays, the lounge will now open at 10 AM for football games. Come on down and cheer for your favorite team. We will have a sign-up sheet for snacks throughout the season. Go Seahawks! 

Wednesday 9/11/19 is Patriot’s Day. The flags go up at 7 AM, and down at 5 PM. This is also the day our lodge is delivering meals to our first responders in our district. See the Community Activities article below for details. The Texas Hold ‘Em poker games have been moved to Saturday due to football on Sundays. The first game is scheduled for the 14th, and the second game is on Sunday the 29th for this month. The first game begins at 1:30, the Sunday game begins at 11:00. Please sign up in the lounge. Saturday September 21st is the date of our Elks Vice Presidents visit. Dennis Appel and his lady Deb will be visiting our lodge. There is a poker run in the morning. Show up with your motorcycle, car or truck to participate. Lunch will be served before the run, and an Italian dinner later on afterwards. There will be music and dancing. It is $20.00 per person if you are going on the poker run, and $15.00 for the dinner and entertainment. Please sign up in the lounge and check out the flyer for times and further details. And, don’t forget about LOBSTERFEST. Saturday the 28th is the date for the feast. Lobster is being flown in from the east coast and is always a lodge favorite. It’s $30.00 per person. The meal will be served from 5-6:30. Please sign up soon as it usually sells out. 

Heads Up-the taco bar is back in the lodge room as of October 1 st. The tacos will be $1.50 each and you can build your own special meal. In October, we are trying something new with Karaoke. We will be having it on Saturday October 5th at 5:00. There will be a potluck starting at 4 that day. Please join us for food, fun and song.  


 We still need volunteers for our Patriot’s Day project. We are delivering full turkey dinners to our first responders on 9/11/19 to remember those who sacrificed all on 9/11/01. It is also to remember our firefighters who put their lives on the line for us every day. There is a sign-up sheet in the lounge if you want to participate. We need 10 teams of volunteers to cook and deliver the meals on Wednesday the 11th around 4 PM. Please see me for any questions.  Thank you in advance.  

Marie Starjnski – september 2019 Elk of the Month

Strawberry lemonade pie, Mississippi pot roast, grasshopper pie, lasagna, chicken pot pies - these are only a few of my favorite things that our amazing chef Marie Starjnski makes at our Lodge for Wednesday night dinners and special events. Not only did she take on cooking crazy delicious meals, she also is one of our amazing bartenders! Whenever needed she is always there to lend a hand with any project that needs volunteers. 

Marie hails from New Richmond Wisconsin and has lived in our area since 2005. She has owned her own business, is an aroma therapist, a health coach and most importantly a wife and mom. Marie also used to work at an animal rescue facility and from her love of dogs, she has four very adorable fur babies. She has two kids who adore her and her husband, Ron, is a Lodge favorite as well. This couple has two of the biggest hearts in our Lodge and we appreciate them very much. 

Whenever she is tending bar, she always has a big smile for anyone that walks in the door which makes her an amazing ambassador for our Lodge. If you have not had her cooking, I strongly urge you to come on down and try a Wednesday night dinner, you will not be disappointed! Thank you Marie for being so fun and caring and for working so hard to make our Lodge look great.  


By Paul Slater

Howdy!  Well by the time you read this one lucky Elk is going to be our Queen of Hearts winner, and at least $24,000 richer. What a great run we had this time, lets hope we get yet another long run before the Queen makes her next appearance. 

Credit card machine has been running well, and I am happy to let everyone know that we have upgraded it to a wireless machine. This means the Bar Steward will bring the machine to you, so no need to crowd at the corner of the bar to complete the transaction. I want to thank Judy Humitz for all her hard work in making this a reality. 

The house committee has been working on new ideas to bring new events to our members. The Christmas in July was another great success! We all had a lot of fun, and look forward to the next one in Dec. The next new event was the Cook Your Own Steak night on 24.Sept. It has sold out (50 people!) and we will look for the next date as the participation is incredible! Thank you to Kathy Mikitsh for this great idea. If anyone has additional thoughts for an event, please don’t be shy and share them with me, any house committee member or even better, come to a House Committee meeting on the first Thursday of the month at 4:30. We are always looking for new members. 

Don’t forget about this year’s Night Under the Stars which is set for 26.Oct. This is the largest event that we do each year and is sure to sell out quickly, so you will want to sign up early as it is already quite a few who have already signed up. It will be a great night of great food and live music by The Patrick Rayl Band. Look for sign up sheets this month, and as always please pay when signing up. 

This month’s shout out goes to our amazing team of Bar Stewards. Ricky, Kathy and Marie, along with our backups Rhiannon and Nynetta are always working together to make sure that we have the best Elks bar environment. We constantly hear from guests what a great place our Lounge is, and it is thanks to our fantastic team. Not only they are the friendliest bartenders in the area, they have done an incredible job working with our vendors to help keep our costs low. Thanks to these extra efforts, we are able to keep our prices the same even with a couple of price increases. Please take a moment to thank each of them for all they do for all of us.  

Take care, paul  

Veterans Committee

By Robert Kielsa PER / Belinda Waller

I’m happy to say our lodge has amassed and delivered $29,908 men’s and women’s clothing, books, a luncheon and travel assistance, as well as miscellaneous (small travel size) toiletries for the Southern Arizona VA Health Care. Our next collection date is Wednesday, September 11th at 1 PM on the back patio. We would like to remind all of our travelers, staying at motels while on their summer journeys, please save up and bring in all your unused mini toiletries for our homeless veterans. 

As always, our homeless veterans need new underwear, back packs and socks. Our familiar green barrel will remain in the lounge for whatever you wish to contribute. As I mentioned in the July/August report the HUD - VASH program is specifically designed to help veterans and their families transition into housing. These veterans receive food stamps; however, the stamps do not cover cleaning products. Specifically they need the following supplies: Toilet Paper, Dish Soap, Sponges, Wash Cloths, Laundry Soap, Paper Towels, Brooms, Mops, Dust Pans, Liquid Floor Cleaner, Small Trash Cans and Trash Bags. You may use the green barrel in the lodge for any donations you are be able to make. Or, if you prefer, you may drop big items off in the Veterans Pod in our parking lot. 

Dates to remember: 1. You will have an opportunity to see two new veterans ceremonies this year. The first is the POW/MIA ceremony on Friday, September 20th at 9 AM. 2. The second new ceremony will be on Veterans Day November 11th at 10 AM. Both events are open to the public. 

Co-Chairs, Belinda Waller and Bob Kielsa  


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.  

WEBSITE News by Jim Beregi

Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge 2815


Two ways to call up the website: http://catalinaelks.com or https://elks2815.org/

If you would like to stop the mailing of the newsletter and view it online only.  

Do the following--

Look for the word BUGLE at the top of the first page of the website and click on it.  Then fill in the form and click on send.  Thanks.

Remember all emails from our lodge  will come from:
Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge 2815 email address:  elks2815@gmail.com  Please read them, Thanks.

A google calendar has also been setup with access from the website. The calendar allows users to look at previous months as well as future months.  Look for it at the bottom of the first page.

Look for weekly emails for announcements and events. Remember to look for emails from:   elks2815@gmail.com with the subject “Elks Lodge 2815 News”.  

These changes should make it easy to communicate with our members. I am open to adding additional features as we move forward.  

Your suggestions are welcome.  Email beregijim@gmail.com or Call 520-954-7223