Event News



It’s already June, where did the time go? We’re getting ready for the heat, so come on down to the Elks and join us for some fun. 

On Mother’s Day, we had a very special ceremony honoring mothers, both here and departed. About 30 of us participated and we enjoyed a wonderful luncheon.

 Western night was a blast! There was a full house dining on awesome BBQ fare and sides, and lots of dancing and singing along to Night Hart. Thanks, Julie and Craig for a very fun night.

Looking forward to some fun activities this month like: 

Bingo is scheduled for Sunday June 2nd at 2 PM. Come join in on the fun. Karaoke happens on Friday June 7th. The fun begins at 6:30, right after the Queen of Hearts drawing. Plan on joining us for some laughs and song. We’ll have Bunco again on Saturday June 8th. The game begins at 1 PM. Come see what it’s all about. Our Texas Hold ‘Em games will be held on two Sundays in June. The first game is on the 9th, and the second one will be on the 23rd. The games start at 1:30. Please sign up in the lounge so we know how many tables to set up. Thanks. 

On Friday June 14th, we are having a Flag Day ceremony. The event starts at 10 AM. Please come and join us for a moving tribute to the American flag. We are also putting up the flags on Oracle. We could use some help putting them up at 7 AM, and taking them down and folding them at 5 PM. Father’s Day is on Sunday June 16th. We are going to have an informal potluck if you’d like to join us. There will be a flyer in the lounge and also a sign-up sheet if you want to participate. It should be fun.  


I want to thank everyone who brought items to our Western party on May 18th. We collected and delivered 48 pounds of food for the food bank, and numerous toiletries and socks and underwear for the Veterans. Way to go Elks. 

Cheryl Galligos – June 2019 Elk of the Month

Cheryl Galligos is the June Elk of the Month. Over the past years, I have often helped to create event fliers and compose the Lodge calendars that you all see around. Luckily, Cheryl volunteered to take over this task and has done so with great enthusiasm. These projects are very important to any Lodge and require a lot of time, organizational skills and hard work. Cheryl must communicate with many different committees to make sure their events are listed in the calendar as well as create an informative and creative flier to catch our member’s attention. In addition to that, she must coordinate with the kitchen to get a month’s Wednesday night dinners in advance to post in the Bugle as well as create a Lodge flier for them. Then there are the various Holidays to keep track of as well as football season as these can change our operational hours and so everyone needs to be aware of those changes. She does all of this in a very organized fashion and strives to have everything done perfectly. In addition to all of that, she also takes the House Committee meeting notes every month which is a huge undertaking as so many topics are covered in a short amount of time. Cheryl is always there to help with events or anything she is needed for. She is indeed a huge asset to our Lodge and thank you so much, Cheryl, for the great job you do!  


By Paul Slater

Howdy! Well we are certainly settling into our new normal as most of our snowbirds have left and it is mostly just us full timers left to enjoy a little less traffic and some beautiful weather as we head into summer. But just because there are a few less members, doesn’t mean we are slowing down as a House Committee. We have great things planned for our members, and as always, we are always looking for new ideas and new volunteers .

The high light in May for me, was easily the Sold Out Hoedown Western night!! Betty and team did a great job in decorating the room. (I loved the lanterns, what a great touch). Marie delivered another fantastic dinner, and a big shout out to her husband Ron for enduring the smoke and flames to finish off the chicken. It was delicious! I think everyone had a great time and we collected a lot of food and items to help support our charitable efforts, so thank you to everyone! I hope you enjoyed the evening. 

The POS system journey continue to go well, even with a few hiccups, but the Bar Stewards always find a way to keep things running smoothly, until Larry Valverde can come in and make the corrections. We are still on track for credit card billing in the lounge for July. So hopefully many of you will no longer need to keep that check in the back of your wallet. 

This month’s shout out goes to Betty Cook. She constantly amazes me with her energy and willingness to always help out. But what most impresses me is her ability to always know what decorations we have, and more important where they are! To the rest of the House Committee, than you for all you do to help make our lodge such a great place!  

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