By Holly Bender, Assistant Editor/Marketing Committee, BPOE Lodge #2349 

January ushered in the 60th annual Lost Dutchman Days and the Elks are in full volunteer mode as always! The Kick-Off Dinner on January 18th at the Apache Junction Elks Lodge #2349 showcased a mouthwatering taco bar from Jentink’s Kitchen, while 5 dedicated cowgirls were presented as the newly crowned LDD Royalty Court. Congratulations to loyal Elk, Vicki Petrosky, who received the esteemed Honorary Dutchman title for her extensive years of service and leadership. Circle C Stables also earned the Heritage Award for their enduring support of LDD.

On January 20th, Elks Lodge #2349 sponsored 3 teams and 2 holes while the Past Exalted Rulers sponsored an additional 2 holes. The Hux Russell Memorial Golf Tournament, which is named after the esteemed Past Exalted Ruler of Lodge #2349, was a showcase where 29 teams of four demonstrated their golf skills.
After a day of swings, putts, bogeys, and eagles, participants returned to Elks Lodge #2349 for a generous taco bar, raffles, and prizes. Following the passing of the primary coordinator, Linda Rae, several Elks members stepped up to ensure the continuation of this vital event benefiting local youth.

Lost Dutchman Days continues into February, with Elks Lodge #2349 hosting the Bratwurst & Beer party on Thursday, February 22nd from 12 pm to 8 pm and the Rodeo Dance on Friday, February 23rd from 7 pm to 11 pm. Admission to the Brat Party is free and features live music from Sylvia’s AZ Polk Band and Just for Fun Band. The dance, open to the public aged 21 and older, has a $10.00 admission fee and offers live music from the Canyon State Band. All proceeds from these events go to local youth charities.

Join the Elks for all the fun as we continue to “Put Smiles on Kids’ faces!

Some of the AJ Elks Lodge team members enjoying the day at the Hux Russell Memorial Golf tournament. Holly Bender, Marketing Committee; Greg Bender, House Committee Chairperson; Rob Heywood, Exalted Ruler.