Event News



Hello summer! The temperatures are up and the number of people in town is down. Snowbirds have fled to their northern climes, but we’re still here enjoying the summer heat. We’ve got a few events planned to entertain all of you here in Catalina for July and August.

 July begins with Independence Day on Thursday July 4 th . We’re putting the flags up at 7 AM, and taking them down at 5 PM. Come show your patriotic spirit and help with the flags. Bingo is scheduled for Saturday July 6th at 2 PM. Bunco happens on Saturday July 13th at 1 PM. Come join us for a fun and fast dice game. The Texas Hold “Em card games are on Sunday July 14th and Sunday July 28th. Both games begin at 1:30. Please sign up in the lounge so we know how many tables to set up. 

Xmas in July is happening on Saturday July 20th. The event time is between 4 PM and 6 PM. We’re having a secret Santa gift exchange. Please bring a wrapped gift worth between $10.00 and $15.00 to play. We had a blast when we had this crazy gift exchange in December, so we thought we’d bring it back in July. We are thinking about also having a potluck this day. Let us know if you’re interested. Contact Kathy Mikittish or Jan Trudeau for questions. 

In August, we have these fun events to attend. Bingo is on Saturday August 3rd at 2 PM. Come and join the fun. Texas Hold ‘Em card games are scheduled for Sunday August 11th and again on Sunday August 25th. Please sign up in the lounge so we know how many people are coming. Bunco is planned for Saturday August 17th. It starts at 1 PM. Please come and check it out. It’s really a lot of fun.  


Through the generous donation from the PERA of $500.00, our lodge supplied the local food bank with food items needed to help feed some of our less fortunate neighbors. We purchased cans of tomatoes and lots of pasta to put into the basic food basket the food bank patrons receive every month. Here is a photo of Gloria and me delivering the goods to Impact. 

SAVE THE DATE: 9/11/19. Again, this year our lodge will be cooking and serving the 10 local firehouses in our district full turkey dinners. This date is Patriot’s Day and we remember our heroes-firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11/01, and our local first responders who protect us every day. There will be a sign-up sheet in the lounge. We need 10 teams of volunteers, so please consider being a part of a team to cook and deliver the meals. Contact me for any questions. Thank you in advance.  

Ron Trudeau – July 2019 Elk of the Month

Ron Trudeau – July 2019 Elk of the Month There have been many upgrades and repairs being done to the Lodge that most members don’t even notice. Parking lot lights, upgraded light fixtures in multiple buildings on site, many inside repairs, outdoor sign repair, tile repairs and many additional things. We have been very lucky to have Ron Trudeau do these things for us and so much more which is why he is July’s Elk of the Month. Ron was born in Southern California and lived in Truckee, for 30+ years which is where he met his lovely bride of 14 years, Jan. He also met some other amazing Lodge members while there in Gunny and Steve Shero. Probably his most amazing accomplishment is raising two beautiful daughters, Rene and Kristin, and being a loveable Grandpa to 3 grandchildren. Ron is always willing to lend a hand with anything at our Lodge as well as in the Community. He is an amazing friend to many and is very much appreciated by us all. Ron, thank you for all you have done for our Lodge over the years and in the future as well. 


By Paul Slater

Howdy! Summer finally is here, and soon the monsoons will make the Catalinas a beautiful green. As I have been discussing in past Bugle articles, we are going to go live with our Credit Card program starting 1.July!! As with any new system, I am asking that everyone have a little extra patience as we get used to the system. Here are a few points that will make this process easier for everyone: 

All sales in the lounge that are rung up on the register are eligible for Credit charge. There will be a $10 minimum for Credit/Debit card transactions The system will accept both Credit and Debit cards. However, we will not be offering the choice to get cash back on debit card transactions. In the future we will also accept Apply Pay, but at first we will stay with traditional cards 

When paying by card, you will have to come to the corner of the bar where the machine is located, by the cash register, as you will have to sign on the device. You can also add a tip either in an amount of % of the total. When you have completed the transaction, you can elect to get a receipt, by following the prompts on the device. We will be training the Bar Stewards the week of 24.June so things will be good to go on Monday, 1.July. The 

Queen of Heart continues to grow, even with several large payouts! Congrats to those lucky winners, but the Queen of Hearts is still hiding behind one of the few remaining cards. With the larger pot, we are getting more visitors hoping to find the Queen, which is great? However, please remember that if you are visiting, to sign the visitor book, and to show the Bar Steward your current Elks Membership card. This will help avoid any misunderstandings, which we have had recently, and to improve the speed of service from the Stewards. In addition, you must be an Elk in good standing and have your signed Elks Card in order to purchase Queen of Hearts tickets. 

Don’t forget our Christmas in July on the 20th at 4pm. Bring a wrapped gift and have fun watching the exchange of the most wanted gifts! We had a blast in December so you will want to make sure that you participate this time!! 

Here is an early “Save the Date” we are planning this year’s Night Under the Stars and it is tentatively 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. It will be a great night of great food and live music. Look for sign up sheets this month, and as always please pay when signing up. 

This month’s shout out goes to Cynthia Ford. Cynthia is our custodian and is the reason why the lodge is always spotless every day, regardless of the mess we make some evenings.  Thank you so much Cynthia for making our lodge a great place to gather.  

Take care, paul  

Veterans Committee


Robert Kielsa PER

Wow, June was a spectacular month for generating clothes for our veterans. I’m happy to say our lodge has amassed and delivered $23,269 men’s and women’s clothing, books and miscellaneous (small travel size) toiletries for the Southern Arizona VA Health Care. All this has been accomplished from April 1st, the start of Gloria’s ER year! Our next two collection dates are Wednesday, July 10th at 1 PM, and Wednesday, August 14th 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 I’ve mentioned in the past, 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 June 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. Mark your calendars, we have a welcome back luncheon scheduled for our Paralyzed Veterans on Saturday, July 27th. 

2. 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. 

3. 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.  

 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.  


APRIL 13TH @ 11:00 AM


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


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 jjberegi@gmail.com or Call 520-954-7223