Wow, February went by “Super” fast. We’ll have a very busy March with all the events leading up to the changing of the guard here at the Elks. Please check the calendar for all the dates and times for the events. Some of our usual fun events will include:
Karaoke scheduled for Friday March 1st. Come on down at 6:30 just after the Queen of Hearts drawing to sing or to sing along, or to just cheer us on. You’ll have a great time.
Bingo happens on Saturday March 2nd at 2 PM. Join in on the fun. There will be lots of laughs. The Texas Hold ‘Em poker game is scheduled for 2 Sundays in March. 1st game is on the 10th and the 2nd game is on the 24th. Both games start at 1 PM. Please sign up in the lounge so we know how many tables to set up. Bunco is happening on Saturday the 16 at Noon: please note the time change. We’re starting early this day because of the awards ceremony later in the day. We really had a super time at the first Bunco game. 20 of us gathered and had fun learning the game and some of us actually won. It’s pretty fun, you should come and check it out.
The Rowdy and Ribs fund-raising event was a blast. About 30 of us enjoyed the food, music and the guest speaker telling us all about the Steele Children’s Research Center. The Elks have chosen this center as the Major Projects focus for the state of Arizona. Arizona Elks donate many funds to help the Steele Foundation assist children. We will post some photos in the next Bugle.
Save the Date: We’re planning a western-themed party later in the Spring. Saturday May 18th is the date we are considering. Stay tuned, we will post more information as we get closer to the date.
I want to 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. This project was made possible by two grants from our Grand Lodge, totaling $3500.00. At press time, the event had not yet happened-so check out next month’s Bugle to see photos of the awesome event.
I am happy to close out my year with recognizing Ken MacRae as our Elk Of The Month. Ken recently volunteered to deliver a donated tractor to the Jack C. Warter Youth Camp in the mountains. Lee Cook rode along with Ken to navigate the trip and help with the unloading. Ken also heard me talking about us needing a new cash register for the lodge. I’m happy to report we have a new register and Ken was very generous in helping us secure the machine. Thank you Ken!
I can’t believe that it is March already, but I am certainly ready for warmer weather!!
It was another good month for the house committee, revenue continues to be strong (thank you Queen of Hearts!), and Wednesday dinners continue to grow with Marie’s awesome meals. For the month of Feb we were served almost 20% more people than last year. Great job to the entire Wednesday dinner team, Marie, Betty, Jan and Mary and the other volunteers that help to step up each week (dishwashers!!).
We had a great time at the Super bowl party, and we all enjoyed the great pot luck dishes that were brought in. Here are a couple of pics from the party. As you can see, not an open seat in the bar area, and we had others in the lodge room watching on the big screen as well We have set a date of 18.May for our spring party. It will be a western theme as in the past. We will send out more info in next months Bugle, but make sure that you mark your calendars for what is always a fun night. One spin we will have to the event is that we will be asking everyone to help support our food bank activities. So, in addition to the ticket price we will be asking everyone to bring a food item. We will give out more details in the April newsletter, but we all thought that this would be another way we can increase our positive impact in our community while having a lot of fun.
I also wanted to let you know that we will be having a price increase on our beer. We have been able to absorb several price increases over the past couple of years. Unfortunately, this latest price increase from our distributors as resulted in the following price increases: Domestic beer will now be $2.75/bottle and Imports will be $3.75/bottle. The price increases will go into effect on 1.April.
On a more positive note we are getting really close to getting a POS (Point of Sale) system for the lodge. The system has been purchased and is being programed for our lodge uses. Not only will this allow us to better track volume and trends, but it will allow us to accept Credit Cards in the bar area!! We anticipate going live some time in March. When we do, I ask that we are all a little patient as the bartenders will be learning the new system. I am sure there will be a few bugs that will need to be worked out, as is a normal in an implementation with any a system.
Lastly, I wanted to give a shout out to one of our House Committee members who really stepped up and out this month: Gail Markwell, has been doing a great job coordinating Taco Tuesday, and revenues are up year over year! But this month Gail helped to start a Bunco game, and we had 20 first time players! What an amazing start to a new event. But wait, Gail wasn’t done, she took the initiative to clean out and organize the refrigerator in the kitchen, not easy or simple task!! Thank you, Gail, your passion and hard work, they are very much appreciated, as are all the volunteers that help make our lodge so special!!
Take care, paul
We had another busy month! I want to thank all of the new volunteers that have been participating in the clothing count. Donations have been coming in by the truck loads!! Thank you !! Just need to provide donors a few guidelines, we have on the donations.
We do not accept children’s clothing, toys, or household goods. When these items show up someone takes them to other agencies. It would help if we did not have to find homes for the additional items. Thanks!!
Currently with the last delivery being February 13th we have reached a total of $56,651.of donated clothing. I was asked if we received that much money. The answer is NO. This is a credit amount that is turned into the main lodge, which helps support our local lodge activities.
Next month I plan to include our three page clothing count sheets in the Bugle. This will provide you a document you may want to use when preparing taxes. And a copy can be placed in the bag of clothing you donate. Still working on the final arrangements for the blind veteran’s trip to the “Miniature Museum.” The program has been designed for people who have visual impairment. I was impressed with the design of the program and think the Vet’s will be pleased.
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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