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.



By Jan Wankowicz, PSP
How often do you need to send a letter on behalf of your Lodge? Invites to Installation of Officers, Special Events, District Deputy visitations, notifications for investigating committee, orientations for new members, initiation of new members, and the list goes on and on.  Do you realize that in CLMS2PC this is a simple process to do as a group mailing?
If you haven't done this before it is easy enough to learn. Once you have CLMS2PC open go to the sharing screen and put in the appropriate information whether it is letters, queries, or reports and you will be asked to put in a Lodge number. Not sure what Lodge may have what you are looking for? Try 1589 or go to the secretary's forum at and ask who may have something to share, 2509 is another good one to try, once you have it downloaded you can copy and edit it to fit your individual Lodge. A good thing to do is to copy the original so once you edit it you can copy it again to make it easier to create your own for future use.
Now when you need to send a group letter you just go to mailings choose the group you are targeting then you are able to print them out. Don't want the whole group?  That's easy just go to the review and deselect the ones you don't want.

How about a Protocol list for those who aren't members of your Lodge but should be invited to certain functions? In CLMS2Web go to the add a new Protocol member screen and put the person's information in, including titles. All the information you need can be found in the State Directory located at This way when you go to print those invites for DD visits etc. all the information will already be there and your letters and envelopes will be specific to that individual.
CLMS is there to help make your job easier! The old days of handwriting everything are is in the past - go forward! It will only help your Lodge. 
The Connecticut CLMS Coordinators are PSP's Frank Hegedus, Peter Freiler, and myself. Our contact information can be found in the state directory and we stand ready to assist you.
By Rick Gathen - Grand Lodge National Membership. & Public Relations Manager
Chicago, IL -Local Elks Lodges from every state, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Panama Canal Zone will be busy helping our communities this holiday season. Thousands of needy families will receive food baskets and presents. 
Elk volunteers will visit thousands of hospitalized Veterans that 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 nation's 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 homeless Veterans in their communities. To this end, the Elks have pledged $4 million dollars to help end Veteran Homelessness. 
The Elks will receive thousands of scholarship applications in December from high school seniors across the nation. Annually, the Elks award college scholarships across the nation totaling more than $4 million. 
The Elks Community Investment Program 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 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


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.