Event News



Well, October is here. I’m looking forward to cooler weather and fun times. Last month on Sat., Sept. 21st, we hosted the AZ Elks Vice President Dennis Appel and his Lady Deb. We all had a ball with the poker run and dinner and entertainment. Congrats to Deb Appel for having the winning hand in the poker run!! And, I’m sure you all had a great time at the Lobsterfest on Sept. 28th. Always a good time! 

Here are some fun activities we have planned for you at the Elks this month: Karaoke is back—with a twist—we’re going to have it on Saturday, Oct. 5th at 5 PM. We are planning on a potluck that same day at 4 PM. Please come join us for food and fun! There’s a sign-up sheet in the lounge for the potluck. Hope to see you there. Texas Hold’Em games are scheduled for Sat., October 12th at 1:30 PM, and again on Sun.,  Oct. 27th at 11 AM. Please sign up in the lounge so we know how many tables to set up. We’ve got Bingo happening on Sat., October 19 at 2 PM. Come and check it out. 

It’s finally here: NIGHT UNDER THE STARS!!!! ==Oct 26th. Our awesome evening will be super fun. Get a bit dressed up and come down to check out the delicious food and excellent entertainment. The Patrick Rayl band will be performing – they’re an Elks favorite. Dinner is set for 6 PM, cocktails at 5 PM. The music is scheduled for after dinner and into the night. There are a few more spots left for this wonderful evening. The cost is $40.00 per person and you can sign up in the lounge. Please pay for the event when you sign up. Thank you.  


I want to thank everyone who helped with the Patriot’s Day firefighter dinners. All 10 firehouses in our district enjoyed turkey dinners on 9/11/19. It was a great team effort. Check out “The Bugle” on page six to see photos of some of the firehouses we delivered our meals to. 

Believe it or not, Christmas 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. 

Thank you in advance. 

Poker Run Crew - October 2019 Elks of the Month

As a two time Exalted Ruler, I have come up with some crazy ideas that sound like so much fun and so easy to accomplish. Well, long story short, thank goodness we have amazing volunteers that make those crazy ideas turn into a smooth running reality. My current idea was a Poker Run for our visiting Dignitary, Vice President Dennis Appel and his Lady Deb, that was held on September 21st. If you are not sure what a poker run is, you travel to five different stops and you pick a playing card at each one. Whoever has the best poker hand at the end, wins. I have participated in poker runs before but never actually organized one – didn’t think about that part. In steps Ron Starjnski – his wife Marie was last month’s Elk of the Month. He found the perfect route, rode it to get mileages to stopping points, created a map, typed up the directions and made the rules sheet in nothing flat, whew! Then we needed volunteers at the five stops. Every person I asked said yes without hesitation. Doing double duty at stops one and five, which were at our Lodge, big kudos to our House Committee Chairman, Paul Slater. Stop two was at the Coolidge/Florence Elks Lodge where Kayleen Borah sat with her light up the room smile. What fun she was! Stop three was the Dairy Queen at Picacho Peak and I-10. Harry and Pam Wedwaldt had this one covered perfectly, and they were stationed outside on a very warm day. The fourth stop was at Park Links and the Florence Highway. Lisa Chavez and Morgan Kern had a pop up set up, goodie bags and water for all the participants. My heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you as this successful poker run would not have existed without you all!  


By Paul Slater

Howdy! Well the Queen was finally found! Congrats to Ray. What a great run we had this time, lets hope we get yet another long run before the Queen makes her next appearance. 

This month, I have a favor to ask of our members: With Sunday football starting back up, the drink chips are flying around, which makes it just one of the great reasons to join us on Sundays! However, this mean we need A LOT of chips to pass out, which unfortunately has caused us to sometimes run out of chips on Sunday. So, my ask is if you happen to be “saving” several chips, can you please start using them now. This will help us both on Sunday to make sure we have enough chips as well as keeping us from having to buy more chips. Thanks in advance for your help. 

Looks like summer may have finally said goodbye, and maybe we still will get some much-needed monsoons. We are looking forward to our snowbirds returning, we missed them and hope their travels back to sunny AZ are safe and uneventful. For those that are returning, make sure you check out some of the scheduled changes all the great events we have planned over the next couple of months.

Don’t forget about this year’s Night Under the Stars which is set for 26.Oct. This is the largest even 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 2 different groups: First again to our Bar Stewards. The last couple of Queen of Hearts nights were CRAZY busy, but as always, Ricky, Kathy, Marie, and Nynetta, stepped up and handled everything professionally and perfectly. I guess by now I shouldn’t be surprised since they always seem to step up. The second group is YOU, our members. With the Queen growing so large, we had a lot of visiting Elks members, and everyone made them feel so welcomed. In fact, we had at least 7 different lodges coming in to try to win the big pot. Y’all showed them why Catalina Mountain Elks is such a special place.      Thank you!!  

Take care, paul  

Veterans Committee

By Robert Kielsa PER / Belinda Waller

Normally our summer months are a little slow for us in terms of our clothing collection for our veterans. I’m so proud to tell you that since April 1st, and with the help of many Elks, we have delivered $33,866 in donations for our local veterans. With our snow birds returning, I expect our numbers will improve even more. Thank you to everyone who has donated clothing, books and toiletries for our veterans! Travelers, don’t forget the small toiletries from your motels/hotels. Our next collection is on Wednesday, October 9th at 1 PM on the patio. 

I’m happy to say we have delivered $777 in new t-shirts, socks, jeans, undershorts and back packs to our homeless veterans. In addition, we delivered $582 of cleaning supplies to our veterans transitioning into housing. Our perennial green barrel is in the lounge for any donations you wish to make, such as toilet paper, laundry and dish soap, paper towels, washcloths, trash bags, mops/brooms and floor cleaner, new t-shirts, socks, underwear and back backs. Bigger items may be placed in the POD in the parking lot. The POD is always unlocked and you are welcome to drop of any contributions in it. 

I have been thinking about our method of contributing to our veterans and believe we can do a much better for our service personnel. The biggest issue Belinda and I face is the amount of time necessary to manage all the different veteran areas. Invariably, when I sit through an initiation, I hear new members express interest in helping our veterans. So I’m asking all interested Catalina Mountain Elks, to contact me if you have interest in volunteering as a Veterans Support Coordinator for one of the following areas we now try to support. I say try because at the present Belinda and I try to manage all of these areas and we just can’t do the job as well as we would like because of the work load. I believe our lodge could address the following veteran area needs if we could have one coordinator responsible for each area. The time commitment would be controlled by the coordinators and their volunteers, they would only need to plan for their one annual event. 

Homeless Veterans 

Blind Veterans 

Fisher House HUD - VASH 

Wheelchair Veterans Christmas at the VA Hospital

 Christmas at the Arizona Veterans Home 

Please email me at BobKielsa@gmail.com or call me at 520- 825-0240 for more information. I would like to meet with you and explain the structure and responsibilities of your chosen area. Belinda and I will take you to your contact people within the VA and will help you to get organized. This new structure will allow each team to set their own schedule and amount of time they wish to spend on their area. Even snow birds could work within this structure if they wish. Please give this initiative some consideration, because if there is one thing I have learned, giving to veterans is one of the greatest feelings I have experienced as an Elk! A Date To Remember; Our second new Veterans ceremony will be on Veterans Day November 11th at 10 AM and it is 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