Frank DeFazio "Cheech" DeFazio, PDD - CEA Special Olympics Chairman
The Soccer Skills Event will be held on June 10th & 11th, 2017.  The event will be held at Hamden Hall, 225 Skiff Street, Hamden, Ct.  Registration time for both days will be 9:00am in the morning. The competition for both days will start 10:00am and end before 3:00pm.  Awards will be given to the participants after Sunday's competition and lunch.  Lunch for both days will be provided by the Special Olympics of Connecticut. Coffee and donuts will be provided by the Connecticut Elks Association in the morning.
We need EVERY Lodge to participate and send as many volunteers each day! Exalted Rulers this is the time for you and your Officers to work together, represent your Lodge and show that Elks Care and Elks Share. We share this time in our lives helping to support Special Olympics and the athletes.

Frank "Cheech" DeFazio,PDD - CEA Veterans Leather Program

On April 18, 2017 the trucking company, appointed by the Grand Lodge, picked up the deer hides we collected for the CEA Veterans Leather Program. They were shipped to the Coey Tanning Co. in Wartrace, TN. The hides will be turned into leather for our Veterans to use for their projects.

Last year was the first year that we started this program for our Veterans. We collected 25 hides from Stamford Lodge.  This year we doubled the count with 59 hides as other Lodges in the state started participating, collecting and salting them.  Special thanks to Middletown Lodge for being the central hub for collecting the hides to be picked up and shipped to the tannery.

Hunters and outdoor members remember this fall that we are collecting HIDES FOR VETS!  We would like to double the number of hides again and we can do it with your help. This is our goal for our Veterans.



Click here for the Winter 2017 issue of the CEA Newsletter!

If you would like to submit anything for the next Newsletter, email it to John Simko DDGER or your District Chairman!

Safe Kids Connecticut, a program based out of the Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford, is a statewide network of organizations and individuals who work together to prevent unintentional injuries to children ages 0-19. Safe Kids Connecticut is a multi-faceted organization that works to reduce death and injury rates of children through community education, public policy change, creating safe environments, and conducting research. Preventable injuries remain the #1 cause of death in children, learn more at
To that end, Safe Kids CT will be celebrating Safe Kids Day on the front lawn of Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Safe Kids day will be held on Friday May 5 from 9am-1pm (Thursday May 11 rain date). SAND Elementary School will participate at this year's Safe Kids Day. We will bus in 100 students(3rd and 4th grade). During this Safety event students will learn about the following: Fire safety, Nutrition, Helmet Safety, Sports, Safety, Road Safety, How to call 911, Water Safety, Dog safety and CPR.
If you need additional information please call Amneris Torres at 860.837.5308 or email her at
Chicago, IL - Local Elks Lodges throughout the United States and in Guam, Puerto Rico and the Panama Canal will be celebrating 149 years of community service on February 16, 2017.
Last year alone, the Elks donated approximately $283 million in cash, gifts and time to make our communities better places to live. The Elks are one of the premier patriotic and charitable organizations in the United States of America.
Elks volunteers will visit thousands of hospitalized Veterans who have protected our freedoms. The Elks vow, "So long as there are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them". The Elks support both active military forces and retired veterans. Elks furnish food, comfort care items, therapeutic items and gifts, host holiday celebrations and recreational activities at bases and hospitals, and stand ready to fulfill any need when called upon. Last year alone, the value of Elks™ contributions to the nations heroes provided more than $32 million to more than 300 Veterans Administration Medical Centers, clinics, and state care facilities. The Elks have entered into a partnership with VHA to support efforts to rescue homeless Veterans in their communities. To this end, the Elks have pledged $4 million dollars to help end Veteran Homelessness.
Annually, the Elks award college scholarships across the nation totaling more than $4 million.
The Elks™ Community Investments Program [CIP] will award nearly $10 million towards enriching our communities.
There are more than 1,900 Elks Lodges across the country with a total membership nearing 800,000. Elks™ members must be American citizens who are at least 21 years of age and must believe in God.
To learn more visit