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 Sue Krausman 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: 

May 2024

Brother and Sister Elks,

It is hard to believe that this AEA year is coming to a close.  It seems like yesterday that Brenda and I were returning from the Nevada Elks annual meeting and making final preparations to take the reigns of leadership from Mike and Kathy Weishan.  As we approach the May Convention, we are looking forward to celebrating the accomplishments of this fantastic year documented by the committee reports and the awards presented and passing the torch of leadership to soon to be installed President Sue Krausman and First Gent Jimm.  Brenda and I wish Sue and Jimm the best of luck, grateful in knowing the AEA is in good hands.

Brenda and I had the privilege of traveling to Chicago to represent the Arizona Elks Association at the National Hoop Shoot Finals.  You may recall that Gabriella Gonzalez, representing Green Valley Lodge #2592, won the Girls 12-13 Year Old Division at the Area 7 Shoot thus advancing to the National Finals.  Gabriella was accompanied by her family and was graciously hosted by Hoop Shoot Director Gregg Boyce and wife Jeannie.  We had the opportunity to visit and tour the majestic and stately Elks National Memorial.  We, along with Gabriella and her family, took in a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, zipped to the top of the majestic Sears (Willis) Tower and dared to walk out onto the transparent SkyDeck.  We enjoyed the pleasure of each other’s company as we ate Deep Dish Chicago Pizza.  Gabriella did not win the contest, but won our respect and love as she competed valiantly.  Gabriella is a multi-talented young lady and will continue to accomplish great things in life.   Thank you Gregg and Jeannie.

We have had another extraordinary year, membership-wise, as the latest report shows we are number 3 in the nation, the second consecutive year we have achieved that lofty standard.  Congratulations to Membership Chair, Jerry Ingram, his District committee chairs, the Lodge Secretaries and the AEA members that have made this lofty accomplishment possible.  If tradition holds true, we should have a pretty good seating position at Grand Lodge as we cheer for Sue as she parades our great Arizona flag.  Now, let’s get our members, new and old, involved in the great works we do as Elks.

Brenda and I have been 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 extend a word of gratitude to Janet, Ed and every member of that hard-working committee.  Brenda has planned another spectacular luncheon for the spouses/partners/guests.  Grand Exalted Ruler Randy Shook and First Lady Wanda will be our guests of honor.  Randy is an accomplished auctioneer and might help auction an item or two for AEMP fundraising and he can sing, too. State Sponsor and dear friends Jim Grillo (and Lucia) will also be in attendance.  Bring your cowboy/cowgirl finest, as we will have a live band and plan on “raising the roof” on Fun Night.  Ritual activities will be in full swing and on display.  Take a moment to support our dedicated Lodge Officers and members as they compete in the Team, Eleven O’Clock and Flag Presentation Contests.  We will hold a Memorial Service in memory of our departed AEA leaders Lee Schwein, PSP; Charyll McKean, PSP; Hersh Eaton, VP; Jimmy Davis, PSP; Kurt Brown, PSP, and all our departed members.  “We shall meet, but we shall miss them…”

Please help us out!   A)  Lori Castro, from Steele, is gladly receiving diapers and gift cards. Please load up on these items and bring them to the convention.  There will be a receptacle for collecting these in the Hospitality Room;  B) Lori also states…The Elks North Hills Clinic would love a 40’’ TV with a DVD player built in it to have in the Lobby for the Kiddos to watch during their Doctor visits.  Anyone having a special connection to this type equipment and can arrange for a donation or special pricing, please let me know.  Help me find a deal or donation.

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.

Brenda and I want to thank all of you for your support, your encouragement and your friendship. We have toured the great State of Arizona from North to South and from East to West.  Your works of generosity, kindness and selflessness are unmatched and have truly blown us away.  We have represented our great State at the Grand Lodge Convention in Minneapolis, the National Hoop Shoot Finals in Chicago and State Conventions of Elks in Nevada, California and Utah.  We are so proud to have been of service to all of you and to this great Association.  Thanks, finally, to the AEA Committee members and AEA Officers that work so hard to make dreams a reality.  It is great to be an Arizona Elk.

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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