What a fun time we all had on Saturday April 21st at our 1st BBQ of the season. I want to thank everyone who helped make the evening special. We had a packed house and dined on awesome ribs and chicken courtesy of Terry P, and Tom W. Thanks for the all day effort to smoke and barbeque all the food for us. And, thanks to the kitchen staff who set up the room, decorated, served dinner and cleaned up too. It takes a lot of helpers to make this all happen. The Patrick Rayl band was terrific! They had us up on the dance floor all night, song after song. We’ve got a few things on the calendar for May. Here are some highlights:
Friday May 4th we have Karaoke scheduled. Come on down and sing, or just enjoy the entertainment and antics. We really do have a lot of fun.
Sunday May 6th the Youth awards are happening. That’s at 1 PM if anyone wants to attend. It’s really cool to see the future of our community getting awards for their accomplishments.
Sunday May 13th is Mother’s Day. Bring your Mom, or not, and attend our ceremony to pay tribute to all our mothers-here or departed. It is a very touching event. There will be some light refreshments served and then Bingo commences just afterward. So come and join the fun.
Sunday May 20th has the Texas Hold ‘Em card game. It starts at 1:30. Please sign up in the lounge so we know how many tables to set up.
Fellow Elks, Well April has been a very busy month for the House Committee. With Cindy gone the committee has been doing Taco Tuesday, Wednesday night dinner and Friday Queen of Hearts food. I need to take this time to say what an excellent group of Elks I’ve worked with this month. We were able to handle everything plus have fun doing it. On April 18th. we added Trivia Happy Hour and got a nice response from the people playing. Jamie did a wonderful job leading the group in questions and it looked like everyone was enjoying themselves. After that we had a Baked Potato Bar, Chief Salad and dessert dinner. It turned out to be a fun night which we will include again in June. We got some great comments on our different dinners on Wednesday and some of the sandwich changes on Friday nights. Starting May 1st. our new cook Amy Richards will be joining us and bringing some innovative ideas for Wednesday night. She is going to start out on May 2nd. with Italian Cheese Stuffed Shells with meat sauce, May 9th. BBQ Chicken Sandwiches and salads, May 16th. a European special of sausage, cabbage and noodles, May 23 will be Italian Wedding Soup and Hot prime rib sandwiches and ending the month on the 30th is Chicken Fajitas with rice and beans.
Our April 21st. BBQ was an all-day affair. Our chiefs started at 6:30 am getting the ribs and chicken ready to smoke. Betty, Jan T., Mary & Belinda did an excellent job of decorating the clubroom and some of our handy men put up the lights. This party was such a success because of the hard work by the volunteers who really pitched in. Thank you all!
May is going to also be a fun month with Karaoke on Friday the 4th. Mother’s Day celebration on May 13th. at 1:00 pm followed by bingo. Texas Hold’ Em is on May 20th at 1:30 pm. We will have our usual Taco Tuesday serving from 4:30 to 6pm. And Friday night snacks consisting of different sandwiches. On the last Friday of the month we will serve hamburgers, hotdogs and brats.
It was 150 years ago when the Jolly Corks changed their name and their mission. The history portion of the Grand Lodge web page says, “When one of their members died shortly before Christmas in 1867, leaving his wife and children destitute, the Jolly Corks decided that in addition to good fellowship, they needed a more enduring organization to serve those in need.” And they labeled themselves as “Benevolent and Protective.” It seems the welfare of the children of the newly deceased Jolly Cork weighed heavily on their minds It could have been different; some members wanted the order described as “Antediluvian.” It is an odd word meaning either “prehistoric” or “ridiculously old fashioned.” The Founding Fathers of Elkdom made the right choice. And now, inspired by destitute children, benevolence is still the order of the day.
Arizona Elks Major Projects was mandated by the Arizona Elks Association to help children in 1992, when the UofA Steele Children’s Research Center became the primary focus of the AEMP. In 2007 the Arizona Elks Youth Camp was added to the mission.
Win a John Deere Gator with a 14’ Big Tex trailer! Get tickets at your Lodge or www.elks4kids.org Get a few extras and sell them to you friends. Or watch for them in your mail in July. Drawing is in October.