Happy April, Happy Elk New Year, Happy Spring, and Happy Easter!
We have some fun times planned for this month. Starting with: Karaoke on Friday April 5th at 6:30. Join us just after the Queen of Hearts drawing. It really is fun to sing, or sing along, or just watch the fun. Bingo is scheduled for Saturday April 6th at 2 PM. We really have a good time. Come and join us for a few laughs.
Texas Hold ‘Em card game is being held on Sunday April 7th at 1:30. Please sign up in the lounge so we know how many tables to set up.
On Saturday April 13th, Betty Cook is hosting a Cabi fashion show benefitting the New Building Fund. It is a luncheon and show starting at 11:00. The fashions are awesome, and they bring samples that can be tried on! It’s really fun. There will be raffle baskets to be won with your entry ticket to the show. Tickets are $15.00 per person, and if you’re interested, please contact Betty Cook.
The crazy bus trip to Laughlin is happening April 14-16. The trip is sold out, but there are a bunch of us still hanging out at the lodge-so come down and support the lounge on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The always fun dice game-Bunco is scheduled for Saturday April 20th . Ladies, come and join us for a fast-paced fun game. The fun starts at 1:00 PM. See the sign-up sheet in the lounge.
DON’T FORGET: The lodge will be closed on Easter Sunday April 21st .
Our Spring Western Party is all set for Saturday May 18th. We’re planning on Marie making some awesome BBQ chicken, baked beans, potato salad and dessert! Along with all the great food, we’ll have fellow Elks-Craig and Julie Reinhardt performing. Their band is called Night Hart and they will play all our favorite western-themed songs to entertain us all night long. The cost is only $15.00 per person. We are asking everyone to bring non-perishable food items for the food bank, or donations for the Veterans-like socks, underwear, or toiletries. If you have any questions, please contact me. We’ll have cocktails at 5 PM, and dinner at 6:00. Entertainment goes from 6:30- 9:00. I hope you will join us for a fun night.
REMEMBER: If you want to have Wednesday dinner with us, you need to sign up in the lounge by the end of business the Monday before!
I want to again, thank everyone who helped “Stuff-A-Bag” for the Impact food bank on Monday February 25th. We assembled 500 bags with chicken, soup, tomatoes and rice to be distributed to all patrons of the food bank in the month of March. The total weight of the bags was more than 4100 pounds! This project was made possible by two grants from our Grand Lodge, totaling $3500.00. Here is a photo of the awesome event, with most of us who helped create and deliver all the bags.
My choice for April’s Elk of the Month was a very easy decision. Deborah Derting is a Tucson native and has proudly served our communities with 22 years as a Pima County Sheriff’s Deputy before retiring. She has volunteered with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Catalina State Park for years. Her father was an Elk and she has really proved herself to be an amazing Elk as well. When faced with needing a Chaplain for my year, I asked her and she did not hesitate. She has really taken this position seriously and I know she will do an amazing job. She is a great addition to our Officer core and I look forward to watching her perform during Initiations as she is bringing something new to the ceremony. When we held our Lodge Open House, we decided that we needed a Greeter with a great attitude that would be the first person our guests would encounter. Deborah was our first choice hands down. She is always willing to help with anything and everything anytime. She always has a smile on her face and can make you laugh at the drop of a hat. When she walks through the Lodge door, you can sense the warmth she has about her instantly. To have such a special member at our Lodge is truly our honor. Thank you for all you do for our Lodge, you are truly appreciated.
So here we are in Spring!! We will certainly miss our snowbirds and wish them safe travels back to their other homes over the next couple of weeks. We have been busy on the House Committee, with lots of improvements and great ideas to improve our lounge and support all the fantastic things that we do as Elks for our Community, Kids, and Veterans. Please take time to read Jan’s article for all the fun we had last month, and more importantly what we are planning for April. It will be a great month with lots of fun. I try not to duplicate Jan’s awesome article, but I would be remiss not to shamelessly promote our spring event that will be held on 18.May. Where else can you get a great meal and live entertainment for only $15, plus either a nonperishable food item for our food bank efforts or a donation for the Vets!! I mentioned in last month’s article that we would have a price increase for beer, due to price increases from our distributors. Well after much feedback (actually NO feed back does anyone actually read this article??), we have decided to hold off on any increases for at least the first quarter of the new Elk year. We have been doing very well in the lounge (Thank you all!!) and will re-evaluate in June to make sure that we are in line with our budget projections. That is not to say there wont be some changes come 1.April.
Starting on Monday 1.April, we will start using our new Cash register/POS system. The team has been working hard on getting it set up, and we will go live on Monday. As with anything new, I am anticipating a few hiccups the first couple of weeks, and I want to ask everyone to have a little patience as our awesome bartenders get use to the new system. I know that they have all worked hard to learn the new system, but there may be some glitches that come up, so I just ask for a little patience. The new system will be the first of a couple of enhancements, after we go live, we are looking at May to implement Credit Card acceptance for the lounge!! We have already identified the company that will handle the processing, and as soon as we are comfortable with the new POS system, we will introduce the credit card program!!
If you do read this article, you will see that each month I make a concerted effort to recognize someone that has gone above and beyond to help the House Committee with their stewardship. This month I couldn’t pick just one, because truthfully, most of the membership has no idea how hard our House Committee members work to make our lodge a special place. So, for the past couple of months I have been talking about the new POS system. If it wasn’t for Larry Valverde spending unknown number of hours late at home learning and programming the new system, we would have never been able to go live in April. In addition to that there are 2 other special people I want to recognize this month are Cheryl Galligos and Pat Cox. Both women help in capturing our meeting minutes, never an easy task with 15-20 people all trying to get their point made, plus keeping me focused during our meetings!! In addition, all the flyers you see in the lodge, helping to promote our lodge activities are created by Cheryl. It is because of these special people along with the rest of the committee that makes being your house committee chair, easy and fun!!
Take care, paul
What a great year this has been!!!As you know taking care of the veterans is one of the Elks Lodge main projects. It is so great when we go the Veterans Hospital and the veterans living facilities that are located in Tucson we can be proud of the way we treat our veterans!! In addition to collecting clothing and the Christmas presents we also provide and pay for outings for some of the Vet’s.
Last year, we sponsored a trip to the Biosphere for a group of blind veterans. They had a great time!! So we ask again this year. Do you have somewhere that you would like to visit? The answer was -- The Mini Museum! I was a little concerned about this selection. But when I call the Mini Museum about the visual issue some of the veterans have, her answer was bring them we have a special program for the visual impaired. Great!! So in April the Catalina Elk’s will be sponsoring another outing for the Blind Veterans.
Many of you will remember, we delivered Christmas gifts to Vet’s who live at the Veteran complex (Remember the Eskimo Doll). Well, while we were there I ask if there was anything they needed, that the Elk’s lodge could help with? The answer was we could use a new grill. So, as promised, Bob and I delivered a new Grill to them on 3/8/19.
This month brings the end of a challenge that has been going on for the full year. Bob said to me at the beginning of the year “I bet you cannot reach $50,000 credit mark for the Vet’s clothing collection.” I accepted the challenge and thanks to all of you , who donate clothes, helped count the clothing and delivering the clothing to the vets. We reached a total of over $63,428!!!
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.
A D O P T- A- H I G H W A Y PICK-UP MARCH 8TH @ 8:00 AM (By Betty Cook) VOLUNTEERS NEEDED !! There’s a sign-up sheet in the Lounge. Come to the Walgreens/Chase Bank parking lot facing Oracle Rd., in Rancho Vistoso, by 7:45 to get the vests, “picks”, & bags. We are responsible for both sides of SR 77, Mile 82-83, (Oracle Rd.) starting from the Tangerine Rd. intersection, north to where Urgent Care is located on the west side. Newcomers & “oldtimers” are welcome. The more people we have, the less time it takes. Questions?—call me @ 825-7566 or see me at the Lodge.
LUNCHEON & “CABI” FASHION SHOW
APRIL 13TH @ 11:00 AM
SPRING HAS SPRUNG AS OF MARCH 20TH so we’ll be
offering new fashions by “Cabi” just in time for Easter, or
cruises, camping trips, etc. etc. Tickets will
only cost $15.00 which will include a delicious lunch before
viewing the gorgeous clothes and placing your orders! This
event is a fund-raiser for our “New Bldg. Fund” so bring your
friends & neighbors to support this event. Tickets can be purchased from Betty Cook at the Lodge or by calling her @ 825-
7566 or requesting tickets via email & making arrangements
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