The lodge painting day was “too much fun”!! About 40 of us aspiring artists painted a southwestern scene. Everyone had a blast and you can see our results in the picture. AND, we raised over $400.00 for the new building fund. Great job everyone!
The Have-A-Heart fundraiser is happening on Saturday February 1st. There are still tickets available. The cost is $25.00 per person and the proceeds go to the Steele Children’s Research Center. There will be a guest speaker, awesome ribs-Cindy style, and music by Rowdy Johnson. This all starts at 5 PM with cocktails and lots of raffles. It’s going to be an awesome night, so come join us and support our Arizona State major projects program.
Super Bowl is next on Sunday February 2nd. Come cheer for your favorite team-the San Francisco 49ers are playing the Kansas City Chiefs. We’ve got a potluck and games and prizes. There is a sign-up sheet for food if you are interested in bringing something. Join us at 3:00 for the food and fun, the game starts around 4:30.
Bingo is scheduled for Saturday February 8th. It all starts at 2 PM. Come and play and enjoy the fun. Texas Hold ‘Em card games are scheduled for two Sundays. The first is on Sunday the 9th, and the second game is on Sunday the 23rd. Both games start at 1:30. Please sign up in the lounge so we know how many tables to set up.
President’s Day is observed on Monday February 17th. Please help us with the flags for this patriotic holiday. They go up at 7 AM, and down at 5 PM.
Our 2nd annual Elks open house will be held on Saturday February 29th-leap year day!! Come check it out-bring a friend and see all the awesome things the Elks do. It is an open house format where we detail all our programs and fund raising events.
We have received a new Beacon grant from the grand lodge and we are having a “stuff-a-bag” project on Monday February 24th. We will be stuffing 550 bags for Impact of Southern Arizona-our local food bank. The bags will have soup, crackers and canned chicken. With all these bags to create and deliver, we need as many folks as possible to help out. It will be at 2:00 PM in the lodge room. There will be a sign-up sheet in the lounge. Please come and help out-bring a friend. Thank you.
You are reading this article, along with everything else in this month’s Bugle, because of the hard work done by our February Elk of the Month, Ray Bruns. Ray is our Bugle Editor extraordinaire and we are very lucky to have him as such an integral part of our Lodge. There is a lot more to organizing this Bugle than just printing and folding it – as you can see Ray and his crew doing monthly on the last weekend of the month. He has to first of all make sure that we all have our articles turned in ahead of time so he can place them and adjust as necessary for room allowed. The world is full of procrastinators and I for one, am one of those people when it comes to articles. I have given him my fair share of headaches over the years but he is always patient and very nice when he sends me the reminder emails. He does an outstanding job of making sure the layout is the best it can be and always adds little touches to make each page grab your eye. Every year he participates in the Statewide Elk’s Bulletin contest and as all the Past Exalted Rulers know, he wins a lot of awards for his dedication. He takes pride in his Lodge and it definitely shows in his passion for making this publication outstanding every month. Thank you, Ray, for the amazing job you have done all these years as Editor and as a great example of what being an Elk is all about.
I can't believe that it is already February, seems like just a few days ago we were celebrating Christmas. I guess time really does fly when you are having fun, which is what we have been doing at our lodge lately. If you missed the Paint Night, you missed a great time. We had 42 artists all creating their own personal Rembrandt. Everyone had lots of fun and laughs. It was such a success (we raised $420 towards the new home fund) that we will look to hold another night later this year.
Looking forward, we will have our annual Super Bowl party and pot luck. Make sure you get to the lodge early to grab a seat. We will have games and prizes to keep the excitement high, especially if you team didn't make it this year (sorry Packer fans, close but... well there is always next year!).
This month's shout out goes to our Bar stewards, Ricky, Kathy and Marie. They have such a great chemistry between them and each of them is always willing to step up to cover for their team member when needed. A little extra shout out to Marie, who presented the Paint Night idea and it was easily one of the best events we have held in the past year. Just goes to show how important it is to share new ideas for events and the great impact they can have for our lodge.
As always, thank you to our entire membership that makes our lodge so special. I constantly hear from visitor how much fun they have when visiting our lodge, and that is do to all of you making them feel welcomed and included in our lodge.
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