I can’t believe the holiday season is upon us already. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving spending time with family and friends.
This December we have some events and activities you might enjoy. These include: Sunday December 1st is our Elks Memorial day. This service is to remember all our fallen Elks brothers and sisters from the past year. It is a very moving ceremony. Please join us at 11:00 AM. A light snack will be served after the ceremony. The annual kids Christmas shopping spree is taking place on Saturday December 7th. This is Joyce Garcia’s awesome program and the kids will be at the lodge for a pizza party, Santa and gifts and games. Volunteer to help and/or just come and see lots of smiling faces. Any questions, contact Joyce.
Texas Hold ‘Em poker games are scheduled for 2 dates this month. The first is Sunday December 8th at 11:00 AM, and the second date is Sunday December 22nd-again at 11:00 AM. Please sign up so we know how many tables to set up. Saturday December 21st, we are having a White Elephant gift exchange. If you want to participate, please bring a wrapped gift worth $15.00-$20.00. We will start the fun at 3 PM. Consider joining us for a fun afternoon. We’ve had a blast with this sort of gift exchange in the past.
The lodge will be closed on Wednesday December 25th - Christmas Day-so everyone can spend the holiday with family and friends. There will be NO tacos on Tuesday December 24th. Hours on Christmas Eve will be 1:00-5:00. And, New Years Eve hours will be 1:00-5:00 also. We are not having Bingo this month-we will resume this fun activity in the new year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!
I want to thank all the hard-working Elks who helped with the Stuff a Bag project for Thanksgiving. We helped Impact of So. AZ to assemble over 300 food bags to be distributed to needy families right here in Catalina for the Thanksgiving holiday. I know we made a big difference.
It’s the giving time of year. This December for Christmas, our lodge is “adopting” 20 children. We are buying presents of clothing, toys and art supplies. This is so they can have a Merry Christmas. I am still looking for monetary donations to help fund this very worthwhile project. Please consider donating by making out a check to the Catalina Mt. Elks #2815, and write “adopt a family” in the memo line. This project is for local needy families here in our community. Thank you if you have donated already, I hope more of you can help make more children’s dreams of a Merry Christmas come true.
Running any business entails a lot of different aspects and one of the most important things is advertising. You need to let the public know you exist and what you have done and can do. The Elks are one of the best kept secrets in the Country. The majority of people have no idea what amazing things that the Elks do.
We are very privileged to have the most amazing Public Relations guru in Pat Cox – December’s Elk of the Month. For many years, Pat has worked very hard to get our Lodge’s accomplishments out to the masses and she is extremely good at what she does. We have been in the Elk’s National Magazine so many times, which is no small feat considering there are over 2000 active Lodges in the Country. She gets us in the State publications on a constant basis as well. She has a great rapport with so many Community publications that they are happy to print her articles. She also takes photos at many of our Lodge events that we use for brochures and in this Bugle. You can see her volunteering at every Wednesday night dinner, on Friday Queen of Heart’s nights and many other events.
Pat is an amazing Elk who gives her all for our Lodge. Thank you Pat for all the years you have shared our Lodge’s pride with the whole Country.
I wanted to start off the month’s letter with an important update and changes that will go into affect on 1. Jan.2020. As most of you know AZ has instituted an increase in minimum wages that result in a $1/hr increase in 2019 and another one for 2020. In addition our vendors have increased our prices each of the past 3 years and have notified us that they will have another increase at the first of the year. As a result, we will be increasing our prices for some of our drinks.
Starting 1. Jan. 2020 the following will change:
1. All beer will increase $.50, resulting in Domestic beer= $3, Premium beer= $4
2. All well drinks will increase $.50, resulting in well liquor drink= $4 All other drinks, including premium liquor and all wines will remain the same price.
These increases will allow us to remain compliant to our costs of goods sold under Grand Lodge guidelines, and should allow us to avoid any additional increase for the next few years. We will also introduce a new $3 chip (color TBD) on 1.Jan.2020 to match the cost of domestic beer and well drinks. All red/pink $2.50 chips will be valid and accepted until 1.March.2020. After the 1.March date, these chips will no longer be accepted/valid. So please make sure that you use up all these chips, we estimate that there are approximately 250-350 chips outstanding.
If you have any concerns. thoughts on these changes, please contact me, and not the bar stewards. They were not part of this decision, so it would be unfair to direct your comments to them. My personal email is: firstname.lastname@example.org, please feel free to email if you would rather not talk in person.
I can’t believe that it is almost Christmas, but at least the top of Mount Lemmon is looking like a winter wonderland. Speaking of Christmas, don’t forget about our Secret Santa later this month! This month’s shout out goes to our new members, Dan and Bonnie Letchford. Since they joined our lodge they have jumped in to join the HC and are volunteering anywhere they can. If you come in for Tacos on Tuesday, they might be working hard to serve you, make sure you say hi and thanks for being great Elk members.
Take care, paul
I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for your generous donations during the Mid-Year Convention! This has been our most successful year EVER for Arizona Elks Major Projects. That is because of each and every one of you and your dedication to bettering the lives of children across our great state and beyond. I am in awe of how generous the Elks are! When people ask me who the Elks are, my first response is “they are the most charitable people you will ever meet”.
At the Mid-Year convention, I set a goal of reaching $250,000 in donations from lodges by the end of our fiscal year in March. I am excited to announce that the lodges have now donated over $250,000 and exceeded our goal! The vehicle raffle had a record-breaking year by raising over $70,000. This is entirely because of you.
We have already begun our next vehicle raffle and I am excited to see what records we can break next year through the ticket sales. We will be raffling off a Honda Pioneer 1000-5 Deluxe and posters with raffle tickets will be sent out to your lodge very soon.
Let’s finish out the year better than we ever have and continue saving and changing the lives of children in Arizona!
Katie Murdoch, Executive Director email@example.com 520-326-556