Congrats Arizona on our 5 star rating from the Grand Lodge for a seventh year. 

Welcome to the great state of Arizona, the home of one of the many wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon. AEA President Al Kayal thanks all visitors for stopping by to see what our Association is doing.

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Our State Major Projects are the Steele Children’s Research Center at the University of Arizona and the Youth Camp in Globe, AZ.

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The State President’s Motto:

“Thanks, for Lending a Hand.”

The State President’s Monthly Message: 

February 2024

Brother and Sister Elks,

As 2024 has kicked in, we have hit the ground running, but no complaining here.

We managed to make three out of the four District Hoop Shoot Contests held in the month of January.  What a show.  It was an incredible experience to witness the physical maturity of our youth and the mental focus displayed by the young participants.  A tip of the hat is due to the Lodges for their extraordinary participation this year.  I know Hoop Shoot Director Gregg Boyce appreciates the efforts by all concerned.  Now, we are on to the State Hoop Shoot Finals on the 10th of February in Apache Junction, Area 7 Shoot in Boulder City, NV on February 23-24 and then on to Chicago for the National Finals.  We have a host of really strong shooters this year, so come out and root our kids on.

Exalted Rulers, you have two months remaining to complete the programs, to achieve the goals, you set out to complete at the start of your terms.  Congratulations to you, your officers and members for making this a great year.

January has also witnessed the completion of Leading Knights’ Clinics in three out of the four Arizona Districts.  The Clinics were well-run by the District Deputy Grand Exalted Rulers and provided a wealth of information that will be helpful to our incoming Exalted Rulers.  Speaking of which, February is one of the more important months of the year as the nomination and election of Officers will be conducted.  It is my deepest desire that all Lodges find an abundant supply of members willing to experience the joy of being a Lodge Officer.  If you have the slightest inclination towards a leadership role, take a chance, step forward and help build and lead a Lodge organization of which all members can be proud.

As we coordinate the election of officers for the new Lodge year, we take a moment to recognize, to celebrate, the accomplishments of our Past Exalted Rulers as PER Night approaches.  Thank you, Past Exalted Rulers!!

Brenda and I want to thank all of you for the confidence you have placed in us to be representatives, ambassadors, for the great State of Arizona.  Sometimes the joy of the experience can be overwhelming as we have witnessed the fruits of your, our, labors.  We have often realized that we have received much more than we have given. On January 5, 2024, Brenda and I, Special Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler Jerry Grimes and wife Linda as part of a contingent of proud Elks journeyed to Mesa-Buckhorn Lodge #2656 to welcome an energetic group of young ENF scholars that journeyed to Arizona to complete its annual service project.  These are students that are current and prior year recipients of the ENF Most Valuable Student Scholarships. It was a pure joy, as we mingled and visited with the students, as their enthusiasm and vigor so easily rubbed off on us. The youngsters were here to provide service and relief to the veterans of Arizona.  Hats off to Mesa-Buckhorn Lodge, its officers and members for the hospitality extended to the students and to the Arizona contingent of Elks.  Also a big thank you to Linda and Special Deputy Jerry, members of Mesa-Buckhorn Lodge and members of Chandler Lodge #2429 that helped host and coordinate the veterans service element of the visit.

We are in the homestretch of the Lodge year.  In terms of net membership, we are well on the way to another plus membership as of the Grand Lodge Membership Report of 1/11/24, as follows:

Gains 3,365

Losses (1,371)

Delinquents (1,986)

Awaiting Initiation 642

Net 650

We are having another extraordinary year, membership-wise, as the latest report shows we are number 7 in the nation.  And, you know the routine: a) Let’s contact our delinquent members and find out why they are not paying dues or what we can do to help, if needed, and encourage them to renew, b) Let’s actively inspire our existing members to invite friends, family and acquaintances to join our great Order, c) Let’s invite our membership, by specific and detailed invitation, to attend our fundraising events and to help with Hoop Shoot, Visiting the Sick, supporting our Veterans, etc., d) Let’s review our Stray Elks lists, contact those potential members that have moved into the jurisdiction  of our Lodges and invite them to come to a Lodge Meeting or an event, e) Let’s welcome our winter visitors back and encourage them to renew their dues; and f) Initiate, Initiate, Initiate.

Brenda and I are already coordinating the many details of the May Convention with our life-savers, Janet and Ed Leuer of the Meetings Committee.  We hope you will find this to be a fun and enjoyable convention.  Please let us know if you have any special requests with respect to the meeting or the facilities.

Please remember that the Arizona Elks Association and its officers are here to lend a hand in most any facet of Lodge operation, without repercussion, if you desire.  Please feel free to consult with any of us, regardless of the request.

Don’t forget to supply evidence of our substantial and many accomplishments for publication to this AEA Newsletter, to the Grand Lodge Magazine and to local news.

In closing this month, I want to express a debt of gratitude and affection to my friend, my wife, lover and rock of support as Valentine’s Day approaches on February 14th.  I love you, Baby.

Brenda and I are proud to be of service to all of you and to this great Association.

May God bless our troops, our first responders, our families and all of you.

Thanks for Lending a Hand!

Fraternally,

               

Al Kayal, President
Arizona Elks Association


Online Forms

Check out our Online Forms page we’ve got set up. Maybe you’ll find an easier way of sending data to the appropriate person in the Arizona Elks Association.

Elks Training

Take the Training Quiz # 11 Today! You will not be graded, however you will be able to grade yourself after submitting your answers. Please take the quiz today!


Arizona Elks Red Vest Order Form

If you’re planning on heading to Austin for the 2024 Grand Lodge Convention order your RED VEST TODAY and show your Arizona Spirit and comradery.

Red Vests Order Form

We offer the Arizona Elks Red Vests in sizes S, M, L, XL, and XXL. You can have your vest with or without a front pocket.

You have the option of Jerry Grimes from Kingman, picking up your vest for you, or you may have the vest delivered to your home.

Click on the Red Vest Order Form link above and email it. Contact information is on the form


* * * Ladies * * * * Jewelry Project * * * * Update * * * *

Thank you AEA Ladies and friends for all the jewelry donated to the AEA Jewelry Project. At the May convention in Tempe I reported the following:

  1. The Jewelry Project is under the guidance of the Past State President’s Spouses
  2. In one year we served over 1,100 children, patients of the six AEA  Elks Clinics [our original clinic at the hospital, North Hills, Orange Grove, La Cholla, Glendale, Mesa] and the Steele Children’s Hospital plus, three Clothe a Child events held in Yuma, Kearny and Chandler chose over 2,500 pieces of jewelry for their Mothers, Grandmothers, Nanas or favorite nurse.
  3. This was accomplished without using any funding from AEA or Major Projects

For further information please contact me with questions at any time via [email protected] or phone 520-235-5598.

Thank You! It will make your heart swell with pride and accomplishment!

Diane Skorupski


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