State Ritual Contest Announced
Pete Nelson PDD - CEA Ritual Chairman
This years state ritual contest will be held on March 12th. Location and time to be determined. If you would like to be the lodge who represents Ct. at the Grand Lodge ritual contest please let me know. It has been a few years since Ct has had a team participate at the G. L. contest.
There are several lodges out there who have done a good job of performing the ritual. As always myself and the district chairs are here to help you anyway we can, don't hesitate to call us our contact info is on the website. Deadline to enter is Sunday February 26th.
Secretaries - Make CLMS Work For You!
Community Volunteers Making A Difference
Hides for Vets
By Frank DeFazio, PDD, CEA VAVS REP
On October 2, 2016 a meeting was held for the Veterans, Hides For Vets, program. The meeting was held at the Middletown #771 Lodge. Aprox 30+ members and friends attended. This is the first year of this program in Connecticut and it was explained to every one present. The hides will be collected, salted and stored for a one time shipment to a tannery in Tennesse. These hides will be then be processed into leather pelts to be give to our veterans for projects or wheelchair gloves. A video was also shown on how to prepare the hides for collecting and shipping.
We discussed were the hides would be dropped off after they were prepared. Stamford, Bristol, Branford and Manchester lodges volunteered to receive the hides. They would all be dropped off at Middletown Lodge at a future date to be announced.
After the video was shown we had Q. & A. session given by 2 members of the Stamford Lodge; Billy Kuba and Tony Markosky. Last year as an experiment they collected, prepared and shipped 25 hides to the tannery in the name of the Connecticut Elks Association Veterans program.
Any questions or ideas will be welcomed. Lets build this program up and make it a great response from the CEA program to our Vets for all they have done for us. You do not have to be an ELK to help us participate in this program. Neighbors, gun clubs and hunting clubs are welcome.
Hunting season is here. Lets collect those hides and put them to good use before they are all thrown away or destroyed.
For more inforation contact Frank DeFazio 203-968-6301
Appointment of PGER David R. Carr, Sponsor of Connecticut
By Richard M. Palanzo, SDGER, PSP, PDD
I am delighted to introduce for the first time, the new Sponsor for the Constitution State of Connecticut, the Honorable Past Grand Exalted Ruler, David R. Carr.
David was born and raised in the Village of Port Henry, in the town of Moriah, New York. He had a thirty-seven-year career in industrial electronics and safety and retired from International Paper in Ticonderoga, New York, in 1999.
He has dedicated his life to community service, having served as a member or officer of several conservation organizations, his hospital board, his school board, his volunteer fire company, and the board of fire commissioners.
Not only is he a distinguished member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America, he is also a member of the Jaycees, Kiwanis Club, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the Knights of Columbus.
He was awarded the Presidents’ USA Freedom Corps Volunteer Services Award in 2008 by then GER Paul Helsel.
David was initiated into Whitehall, New York Lodge No. 1491 in February 1975. He immediately became active. He transferred his membership to the Ticonderoga, New York Lodge after moving to nearby Crown Point in 1978. He was active on many committees and fundraising activities, proceeded through the chairs and served as Exalted Ruler in 1989, as well as PER Association Chairman, Lodge Trustee, Lodge Editor and Public Relations Chairman.
David served the New York State Elks Association as State Vice President in 1990– 1991, and as State President in 2009–2010. He introduced the Dictionary Project to the New York State Elks Association.
David served the Grand Lodge as District Deputy in 1994–1995, and as a member of the Board of Grand Trustees from 2006 to 2010. He introduced the Dictionary Project to the Grand Lodge in July 2004. PGER Carr served the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks as Grand Exalted Ruler 2011-2012. His theme that year was “Elks Give from the Heart” because Elkdom, like patriotism, is in the hearts and souls of our members.
He continues to serve the Grand Lodge as Sponsor for the Fraternal Committee, as a member of the Grand Lodge Programs Committee, the National Hoop Shoot Committee, and he Chairs the Elks National Veterans Service Commission.
He is State Co-Sponsor of New York with the Honorable Dr. Leonard J. Bristol, PGER; as well as State Sponsor for Rhode Island and Vermont.