Arizona Elks Major projects

Board of Directors
                                                             President      - Ira Cohen         Casas Adobes # 2663
                                                             Vice President - Roy Haddick       Bullhead City # 2408 
                                                             Secretary      – Ken Adams         Sierra Vista # 2065 
                                                             Treasurer      - Tim Woods         Phoenix # 335
                                                             EAST           - Wes Hawkins       Safford-Clifton # 1607 
                                                             EAST           - Sheila Stephenson Kearny # 2478 
                                                             NORTH          - Bill Justice      Page # 2498
                                                             WEST           - Albert S. Kayal   Phoenix # 335

                                                             Executive Director – Jimm Krausman Sierra Vista # 2065 
                                                             Assistant          - Cathy Wright
                                                             Statutory Agent    - Tom Sylvester Tucson East # 2532 
                                                             Member At Large    – Dan Snyder    Raceway # 2852
                                                             Ex-Officio Member  - Mike Murphy   Tempe # 2251 
                                                             Financial Advisor  - Bob Burns     Tucson East # 2532
District Representatives
                                                                EAST  - Randy Appel    Chandler # 2429 
                                                                NORTH - Diana Polk     Chino Valley # 2842 
                                                                SOUTH - John Doucette  Sahuarita # 2851 
                                                                WEST  - Robert Gleason Sun City # 2559
Camp Advisory Committee
                                                            Chairman - Tom Miller          San Manuel # 2007 
                                                            East     - Dennis Appel        Chandler # 2429
                                                            North    - Jerry Haynes        Payson # 2154
                                                            South    - Lee Cook            Catalina Mountain # 2815 
                                                            West     - Valentino Bianchini Sun City # 2559
                                                                       Ed Warner  Pinal Mountain # 2809
                                                                   EAST  - Dennis Appel  Chandler # 2429 
                                                                   NORTH - Jerry Haynes  Payson # 2154 
                                                                   SOUTH - Jim Miller    Tucson # 385 
                                                                   WEST  - Larry Bodwell Phoenix # 335


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Arizona Elks Major Projects (AEMP) – Jan 2018 Message

Jimm Krausman

May 2018

It was 150 years ago when the Jolly Corks changed their name and their mission.  The history portion of the Grand Lodge web page says, “When one of their members died shortly before Christmas in 1867, leaving his wife and children destitute, the Jolly Corks decided that in addition to good fellowship, they needed a more enduring organization to serve those in need.”  And they labeled themselves as “Benevolent and Protective.”   It seems the welfare of the children of the newly deceased Jolly Cork weighed heavily on their minds

It could have been different; some members wanted the order described as “Antediluvian.”  It is an odd word meaning either “prehistoric” or “ridiculously old fashioned.”  The Founding Fathers of Elkdom made the right choice.  And now, inspired by destitute children, benevolence is still the order of the day.

Arizona Elks Major Projects was mandated by the Arizona Elks Association to help children in 1992, when the UofA Steele Children’s Research Center became the primary focus of the AEMP.  In 2007 the Arizona Elks Youth Camp was added to the mission.

Since 1992 Arizona Elks have donated more then $7 million to the Steele CRC.  That benevolence has made the World a better place for children.  The children healed, the discoveries made, the cures shared are mind boggling.  Innovations from1992 have become routine, and new challenges are being met.

Arizona Elks are committed to give almost $2 million more to the Steele CRC over the next 4 years, and to maintain our Camp as long as there are Youth Groups that need us.

We need every Elk in the state to live up to their Benevolent title.  Check out our web page at, learn how you can sign up for a monthly donation or maybe just buy a few extra raffle tickets.  AEMP and children are counting on it.


Jimm Krausman, PDDGER, PSVP
Executive Director AEMP

Introducing the New Holder of the Arizona Elks Endowed Chair in Statewide Pediatric Research – Dr. Wayne Morgan

In 2003, the Arizona Elks committed $2.5 million to creating the “Arizona Elks Endowed Chair in Neonatology Research.” An endowed chair generates income that lasts forever. Every year, a portion of the interest is available to the Chair to support research and provide seed funding to promising young investigators interested in neonatal research.

The Dr. Fayez Ghishan, Director, UA Steele Children’s Research Center recently announced a new appointee to the Elks Endowed Chair – Dr. Wayne Morgan.   Dr. Morgan was introduced at the mid-year convention last month, in case you missed it.

Dr. Morgan is a pediatric pulmonologist who is nationally recognized for his expertise as a respiratory physiologist, and has helped develop innovative lung function testing methods for infants and young children. His clinical and research interests include asthma, cystic fibrosis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and pediatric sleep medicine. Dr. Morgan is also an accomplished educator and has received several teaching awards for his skills in teaching respiratory physiology, clinical pediatrics, and pediatric pulmonary medicine. He has served as the principal investigator for the Tucson Field Center of the National Inner-City Asthma Study. This was an NIAID/NIH funded study of environmental and physician education/feedback interventions to improve the outcome of children with asthma who live in the inner city.  In 2015, Dr. Morgan was honored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as Co-Chair of the 29th Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference (NACFC).

This honorary role was given to Dr. Morgan in recognition and appreciation of his many years of valuable contributions, expertise, and service within the cystic fibrosis medical community.  In 2017, Dr. Morgan was named the Arizona Elks Endowed Chair in Statewide Pediatric Research.

UA Steele Children’s Research Center Receives $2 Million from CDC to Continue Identifying Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz., —The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Steele Children’s Research Center received a four-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to continue its Arizona Developmental Disabilities Surveillance Program (ADDSP).

The ADDSP is part of a multi-site effort to track autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and intellectual disabilities (ID) among U.S. school children.

ADDSP has conducted ASD surveillance in Arizona since 2000 as part of the Autism and Developmental Disability Monitoring (ADDM) Network. The UA pediatrics team reviews thousands of special education and clinic records each study year to report on the number of 4- and 8-year-old children with ASD and/or ID and on the demographic and behavioral characteristics of the affect-ed children. In study year 2010, ADDSP reported that approximately 1 in 64 8-year-olds living in Maricopa County had ASD, an in-crease from 1 in 154 children in 2000.

The study is led by co-principal-investigators Sydney Pettygrove, PhD, epidemiologist and assistant professor, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and Margaret Kurzius-Spencer, MPH, MS, PhD, assistant profes-sor, UA Department of Pediatrics and the UA Steele Center.

“We will continue this intensive effort to monitor the prevalence of ASD and ID among 4- and 8-year-old children,” said Dr. Kurzius-Spencer. “Our goals are to improve understanding of these disorders and to carry out education and outreach activities, working in tandem with our community partners.”

The University of Arizona is one of 10 ADDM sites throughout the nation to receive funding this grant cycle. The data are collected systematically at these sites and are used by the CDC and others to com-pare ASD occurrence in different areas of the nation, to identify changes in prevalence over time and to improve the understanding of the impact of ASD on the community.

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are lifelong developmental disabilities characterized by repetitive or restricted behaviors or interests and marked impairment in social communication and interaction. ASD include autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS, including atypical autism), and Asperger disorder. ASD begins in early childhood and lasts throughout a person’s life.

“Our next study year will be the definitive work on how the change from the DSM-IV to the DSM-5 criteria affects the prevalence of ASD and will allow us to continue to examine disparities in early screening and identification of ASD,” said Dr. Pettygrove.

Co-investigators on the project include:

Sydney Rice, MD, associate professor and developmental pediatrician; Division of Genetics and Developmental Pediatrics, UA Department of Pediatrics; UA Steele Children’s Research Center

Jennifer Andrews, MBA, coordinator, Division of Genetics and Developmental Pediatrics, UA Department of Pediatrics;

Gondy Leroy, PhD, associate professor; Management Information Systems

Paul Hsu, PhD, associate professor, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

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2018 Mid-Year Raffle

2018 Mid-Year Raffle is a brand spankin’ new 2018 John Deere XUV5904 S4 Gator with a 14’ Big Tex trailer!

This American Made beauty has a 586 liquid cooled engine, 26”tires, power steering, digital  instruments, brush guard, winch package and cup holders. Tickets are available at your lodge or  online at  $5 each or 3 for $10. Thanks to Stotz Equipment in Willcox, AZ who gave us a great deal on this raffle prize. All proceeds benefit children, both at our Youth Camp and the UA Steele Children’s Research Center.

2018 Mid-Year Raffle Tickets

Youth Camp – Globe, AZ

Located 40 miles Northeast of Globe, AZ, the Arizona Elks Youth Camp is one of our two Major Projects

Photo: Youth Camp – Globe, AZ

UA Steele Children’s Research Center

Located at the University of Arizona in Tucson, the UA Steele Center is a Major Project of the Arizona Elks Association.

“Our mission is to teach, to heal, and to discover.”