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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
By James Sabio, PGLC, PDD - State Vice President Northwest
On Thursday, March 30th, 2017, Waterbury Lodge No.265 will host a Special Initiation Ritual in honor of our State Association President Jonathan W. Arthur.
This special event will take place at Waterbury Lodge with the following schedule. Social Hour 6:00 P.M., Dinner: 6:30 P.M. and Initiation: 7:30 P.M.  A nominal dinner fee will be charged. All members are invited to attend this event to honor our State President.
State Ritual Committee Chairman, Peter Nelson, PDD, has assembled an all-star team of Members to perform the initiatory ritual in honor of State President Jon on this evening.
If your Lodge would like to initiate a new member this evening, please make sure to bring with you the candidate's membership card, Elks Pin, BPOE Statutes, Lodge By-Laws, a Flag and anything else your Lodge may present to the new member. Note all candidates on the reservation form.
Please assist in showing our appreciation to President Jon for his dedication to our association and Order by attending this special night. Presenting a candidate for initiation into our Order will add to the honor bestowed upon our President in Waterbury. 
If you plan to attend, please confirm with me via email at or by contacting me at 203-228-0421 so I can mkae the appropriate arrangements with Waterbury Lodge.


Endorsed Candidate for GER Pins & Pendants

Malcolm J. McPherson Jr.

Purchase of a pin not only helps support the endorsed candidate, but also entitles you and a guest to attend the Cocktail Reception for the Endorsed Candidate on Monday night at the Elks National Convention in Reno, Nevada.


Pins and pendants are $100.00 each if purchased separately, $150.00 if purchased as a set.

(You may purchase two pins for $150.00 to the same household.)


Make Checks Payable to: NJ EAGER FUND and mail to:

Richard M. Palanzo, SDGER

27 Middle River Road

Danbury, CT 06811-4313