Veterans Committee

By Robert Kielsa PER / Belinda Waller

I’m happy to report that since April 1st, and with the help of many Elks, we have delivered $53,542 in material and financial donations for our local veterans. Travelers, don’t forget the small toiletries from your motels/hotels. Our next collection is on Wednesday, January 8th at 1 PM on the patio. 


Thank you to all our members who contributed Christmas presents for our veterans staying in the Veterans Hospital . Betty and Lee Cook, thank you for delivering our gifts to our hospitalized veterans! 


The green barrel in the lounge is for any donations you wish to make for either the homeless vets or for our HUD - VASH vets who have transitioned into some sort of housing. Homeless vets need shirts, socks, underwear, jackets and back packs. HUD - VASH vets need toilet paper, laundry and dish soap, paper towels, washcloths, trash bags, mops/brooms and floor cleaner. Bigger items may be placed in the POD in the parking lot, which is always unlocked for any contribution you wish to make. 


As I mentioned previously, we are expanding our veterans committee to provide better coverage for our local veterans needs. So I’m asking all Catalina Mountain Elks wishing to volunteer as a Veterans Support Coordinator for one of the following areas to contact me. There is no financial cost to you, only your time to coordinate an event. 

Blind Veterans 

Fisher House 

HUD - VASH 


Please email me at BobKielsa@gmail.com or call me at 520-825- 0240 for more information. This new structure will allow each team to set their own schedule and amount of time they wish to spend on their area. Even snow birds could work within this structure if they wish. 


Co-Chairs, Belinda Waller and Bob Kielsa  

Veterans Gift Worksheet

Gift Worksheets are available for download. 

1 excel worksheet does automatic tally

2 pdf file for printing