Event News




Hello to May! Here are some fun activities for all of you this month. 

Beginning with Karaoke on Friday May 3rd . The fun starts around 6:30-just after the Queen of Hearts drawing. Come join us for some fun. Saturday May 5th, we are hosting the Youth Awards Banquet. This is to honor deserving young people for their contributions and accomplishments. The ceremony starts at 1 PM. Please plan on attending-it’s very moving. 

Texas Hold ‘Em poker game are being held on two Saturday’s this month. The first game is scheduled for Sunday May 5th , and the second game is Sunday May 19th. The fun begins at 1:30 both days. Please sign up in the lounge so we know how many tables to set up. 

Saturday May 11th, Bunco is scheduled for a 1:00 start. It’s a fast-paced dice game that’s tons of fun. Mother’s Day is Sunday May 12th. The Elks have a wonderful ceremony honoring all Mothers. The festivities begin at 1 PM. Please come and witness the awesome ceremony, honoring Mothers, young and old. There is a light lunch afterwardquiche and fruit-and there will be flowers and prizes for Mothers like most kids, most grandkids, etc. And, if you didn’t think that was enough, we’re having Bingo following the Mother’s Day event. Please join us for both. 

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! Memorial Day is Monday May 27th. Please come and help put up the flags at 7 AM, and take down at 5 PM. We really appreciate any and all help we can get to display all our flags on Oracle Road.  


 All quiet on the western front. 

Elks of the month: Paul Slater

May 2019 Elk of the Month -- My choice for May’s Elk of the Month is our House Committee’s fearless leader, Paul Slater. When I became an ER the first time through, the hardest position to fill was the House Committee Chairman. It is a position that has so many different facets to it and is a huge responsibility. This person has to deal with many different personalities, is in charge of scheduling and coordinating events, keeps the House in budget for all activities and meals, makes sure volunteers are available for events, oversees the bar stewards and their scheduling and many other in the background activities. Even when I want to plan out events that are 11 months away, he smiles through it all - but I am glad I don’t know what he’s really thinking! This is a huge commitment for anyone to undertake as a volunteer, and not only did Paul step up to finish out the past year, he continued on for me this year. This was my biggest “Whew” moment when looking for 2019- 2020 Officers. I will admit, I would not have what it takes to do what Paul does and he does it so effortlessly and extremely well. Paul has been a great addition to an already amazing House Committee group and I look forward to being a part of the great year they will have. Thank you so much for all of your hard work and dedication!  


By Paul Slater

What happened to Spring? I think it lasted all of 2 weeks!! I guess times really does fly when you are having fun, which is what all of us did on the Laughlin trip. 

May will be another fun month, with our Hoedown on 18.May. There is still time and space to join in a night of food music and dancing all for only $15. 

We are going to make a change in our reservation set up for Wednesday dinners. Effective immediately, the only way to guarantee a meal is to sign up on the sheet in the lounge, or call the lodge, before the end of business on Monday. Unfortunately, the email method lead to a few mistakes and we underestimated the number of attendees. Marie and the team did a great job to feed everyone, but we can’t run the risk of someone thinking they have reserved a spot, and then run out of food. 

Our awesome bar stewards have done a great job in mastering the new POS register system. I huge shout out to Ricky, Kathy, Marie and Rhiannon for the extra effort. I also want to thank all of you for your patience as we implemented the new system. I think it went as smoothly as possible, so again thank you to everyone!! 

One of the next steps will be to bring credit card payments into the lounge. We have discussed this as a team and we are now targeting 1.July as a go live date. This will give us time to secure all the necessary approvals, as well as setting up the processes and training for the new credit card system. 

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. Last month I pointed out the hard work that Cheryl and Pat give us every month. Unfortunately, in my haste, I left out one more team member, Jan Webster. Jan is at every meeting and helps keep track of the minutes and is almost always present at every function as well as there to lend a hand for so many miscellaneous tasks that probably go unnoticed by most of the membership. As always, please thank Jan for her hard work that helps make our lodge a such great place! Take care, paul  

Take care, paul  

Veterans Committee


Robert Kielsa PER

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Belinda Waller for the work she did for my year as Exalted Ruler. Belinda started out the year with a goal I set of $50,000 for our veterans. Well, long story short, she blew that goal out of the water. Belinda hit over $74,000 in supplies to our veterans. Wow, way to go Belinda! 

I’m happy to say, as of May 1st, our lodge has generated $6,340 in men’s and women’s clothing, books and miscellaneous (small travel size) toiletries for the Southern Arizona VA Health Care. Our next collection date is Wednesday, May 8th at 1 PM on the back patio. Presently our vet storage pod is situated on our North parking lot while our parking lots, within our fenced area, are chip sealed. If you have donations, and the pod is locked, please leave your bags outside the pod door. 

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. 

I’m excited to tell you about two new veteran ceremonies ER Gloria and her team will be performing this year. You will have an opportunity to see the POW/MIA ceremony on Friday, September 20th at 9 AM. This event is open to the public. The second ceremony will be on Veterans Day November 11th at 10 AM. This event is also open to the public. 

Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815 is proud to again this year to support our Paralyzed Veterans Association. Unfortunately we did not receive the grant we normally use to support the travels of these vets so we had to be a little creative. Your veterans co-chairs were happy to contribute $1,000 for this worthwhile cause. We also received $1,000 from our PERs. We have scheduled a Welcome Back Luncheon for the group for Saturday, July 27th. Our veterans committee does not have a budget, we raise our own funds. With the donation to our paralyzed veterans we are down to a couple hundred in our account. If you would like to help, by contributing to our committee, I can promise all funds will go to the support of our veterans. 

Finally as we head into our “HOT” summer months I would like for you to think about our homeless veterans who need the basics for their comfort and health. When you’re shopping if you could pick up some new undershorts, light t-shirts or socks it would go a long way making their lives better. Our familiar green barrel will be in the lounge for whatever you can contribute. 

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