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    – Mike Murphy   Tempe # 2251
                                   Ex-Officio Member  - Jim Casacchia Chino Valley # 2842 
                                   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     - Bill Santee         Tempe # 2251
                                     North    - Jerry Haynes        Payson # 2154
                                     South    - Lee Cook            Catalina Mountain # 2815 
                                     West     - Valentino Bianchini Sun City # 2559
                                 AEMP CAMP SCHOLARSHIP ADVISOR - Ed Warner  Pinal Mountain # 2809
                                                       DISTRICT CHAIRMAN
                                              EAST  - Dennis Appel  Chandler # 2429 
                                              NORTH - Jerry Haynes  Payson # 2154 
                                              SOUTH - Jim Miller    Tucson # 385 
                                              WEST  - Larry Bodwell Phoenix # 335

AEMP Official Website

Arizona Elks Major Projects (AEMP) – June 2017 Message

Jimm Krausman

June 2017

Are You Ready for the Summer? The Arizona Elks Youth Camp is….

Thanks to Tom Miller and the hard working Camp Committee the Jack C. Warter Arizona Elks Youth Camp is ready for a great summer. Hundreds of kids will have a great opportunity to put down their pads and phones, disconnect from the internet and experience the wonders of nature this summer.

The new covered patio, approved by Arizona Elks last October, is in place and ready to provide a place for campers to gather, safe from the summer sun and monsoons. The camp has a beautiful dining hall/activity room, and the patio is an exceptional addition to the Camp.

The Camp Committee along with many volunteers from around the State were at the Camp from April 17-23, 2017 working on the patio, clearing weeds, cleaning cabins and repairing all the damages a harsh winter in the Sierra Ancha Mountain Range can serve up. Many members of the AEMP Board of Directors visited the Camp during the clean-up week, some even pitched in to help.

The Camp has been a hands-on project for Arizona Elks since it was purchase in 2003 and the difference made since then is amazing. The Camp Committee is always looking for Elks to help, so don’t hesitate to contact Tom or the AEMP office if you are looking for a way to serve kids.

We will soon need new Camp Hosts. Those are the people who spend a good part of the summer checking groups in and out, and keeping things running. Jerry and Janie Haynes have served this capacity for many years, and their contributions to the Camp are well known. However, it is time to give this wonderful couple a break.

There is a host cabin at the camp, quaint, yet fully functional; anyone interested should contact the AEMP office at 520-326-0556.


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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2017 Mid-Year Raffle is Completed
2017 was a great year for AEMP and 2018 is going to be even better. The Mid-Year Raffle will be a 2018 John Deer Gator. More info and pics to come

This beauty is Viper Red with a 999.9cc Rotax V-Twin, liquid cooled engine. It has a multi-functional digital readout with; Speedometer, Tachometer, Odometer, Trip and hour meters, fuel, gear position, sport/ECO Mode, diagnostics and clock.

It features lots of storage and a dump bed on the back. It has a Digitally Encoded Security System, Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires; and a DC outlet in the console. It comes with a 14’ Big Tex Trailer, complete with radial tires, including a trailer spare.

The Winners are:
Grand Prize Can-Am Commander – Fred Stout, Marana AZ, Ticket Sold by Kearny Lodge # 2478
$500 Prize  – Burke L Smith, Tucson, AZ of  Casas Adobes Lodge # 2663
$300 Prize – Denny Hokenson, Apache Jct, AZ of Apache Junction Lodge # 2349
$200 Prize – Matt & Erica Crewse, Apache Jct, AZ, Ticket Sold by Mesa Buckhorn Lodge # 2349
$100 Prize – Chris Barajas, Tucson Arizona, ticket sold by Sahuarita Lodge # 2851



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.”