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CT Elks' First President's Volunteer Youth Service Award Recipient
By Lisa Berthiaume PER - CEA State DAP Chairman
Ryan Bell, a Sheehan High School freshman, was nominated by Wallingford Lodge No. 1365 to receive CT's first President's Youth Volunteer Service Award available through the Drug Awareness Program. Ryan received a medallion and certificate of achievement with a congratulatory letter from President Obama at a special ceremony held at the Wallingford Lodge. A minimum of 100 volunteer hours is required to be eligible for this award for his age group, but Ryan far surpassed that with over 600 hours of service. Ryan has raised tens of thousands of dollars for Heifer International, volunteers within his local church at fairs and helps care for younger children during mass and assists in parking cars for the haunted house charitable event "Trail of Terror". He also volunteers for Wallingford Elk functions such as the Children's Christmas and Halloween parties. Ryan has accomplished all this while undergoing multiple surgeries for a craniofacial disorder he was born with. Ryan truly exemplifies the character and qualities we, as Elks, hold dear.
As a reminder, this youth award, as well as an adult award, is available year-round through the Drug Awareness Program. Please contact me for details on how you can honor your best volunteers in your Lodge.
Pictured (from l to r): Peter Freiler, President of CT Elks Association
Ray Lilley, PER of Wallingford Lodge No. 1365, Mayor William Dickinson
Ryan Bell, Vice Principal (of Sheehan HS) Justin Marciano
Principal of Sheehan HS, Rosemary Duthie, Lisa Berthiaume, PER, CEA State DAP Chairman
Drug Awareness Program motivational speaker Ray Lozano Returns to CT
By Lisa Berthiaume - State DAP Chairman
Ray Lozano, a drug and substance prevention specialist and youth speaker and CEO of Prevention Plus, once again visited our state on October 5-7 to entertain and educate CT students with information about the dangers of underage drinking and marijuana. Ray has educated and entertained thousands of students in hundreds of schools all over the country as well as internationally. Ray's presentations, “Pee, Puke and Passout” and “High Expectations”, were well received by the students and school faculty.
The tour began at Notre Dame High School in West Haven for the entire student body where the 9th & 10th graders heard Ray's “Pee, Puke and Passout” presentation and the upper classmen heard "High Expectations". The next day Ray traveled to Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford where the entire student body heard "Pee, Puke and Passout" and that same afternoon traveled cross-country to Putnam where the entire student body of Putnam High School were enlightened with a combined talk of alcohol and marijuana. The last day Ray spent at Mark T. Sheehan High School where the 9-12th graders heard Ray's "Pee, Puke and Passout" presentation. The day finished out with Ray's visit to Hamden Middle School in Hamden where students heard the "High Expectations" presentation. Overall Ray connected with over 32,000 students and adults.
Ray with students of Putnam High School's S.A.D.D. committee
Spreading the Drug-Free Message
Watch Elks Drug Awareness Program representative Milton Creagh address the delegates during the 2012 Elks National Convention in Austin, Texas
PSA's from the Elks National Drug Awareness Program
The Elks National Drug Awareness Program has announced the release of three new public service announcments. They are on prescription drug use and marijuana use. The links below are to the PSA's hosted on YouTube.com.
Milton Creagh Music Video
Click here to check out Milton Creagh (as Bigg Milt)
featuring Isaiah Washington in “What's Going On?”
Drug Awareness Program Literature from the Elks.org website
How Can I Tell If My Child Is Using Drugs
A Parent's Guide to Preventing Inhalant Abuse
Underage Drinking: Myths vs. Facts
Binge Drinking: Just the Facts
Tips about Tobacco
Kids, Cars and Marijuana
Tips about Cocaine
Anabolic Steroids - Hidden Dangers
Interesting Facts about the production of Elroy
- The Kincaid Karacter Company currently produces about 10-12 Elroy mascots per year or about 300 Elroys since 1985.
- Doug Kincaid is the only person on planet Earth (and proud of it!) who has personally handled and/or worked on every single Elroy Elk costume that we have produced.
- Bill Kincaid hand built the original Elroy Elk costume prototype himself taking the initial concept and expanded upon it; he exaggerated Elroy’s glasses, hands, feet, gave him a rounder, more pear shaped body, and made his head, snout, and antlers more rounded off, all while still retaining all the initial “trademark” details that Mr. Womack had in his initial sketch: Round black glasses, a red ball cap, Red bow tie & suspenders, Yellow shirt with three Red buttons, Blue jeans with a Red & White polka dot patch on the knee and Brown shoes.
- The Kincaid Karacter Company has manufactured Elroys in three different cities where they have had workshops- St. Louis (originally & currently), Orlando, and New York.
Although Elroy’s most common outfit is the one described above, over the years, Elroy was provided with the following outfits for special occasions: a Black tuxedo, a Chef’s Hat& Bar B Que Apron, a striped referee outfit, and a Santa Claus outfit.
- Due to constant upgrades with the latest materials and manufacturing techniques, the current version of Elroy Elk weighs about 20 lbs less than the 1985 version!
- A 2012 complete Elroy Elk Mascot Costume weighs about 23 lbs.
- It takes about 6-8 weeks to manufacture a new Elroy Elk costume from scratch.
- There are so many Elroy Elks in existence all over the country that, in the last 27 years, there has hardly ever been a time there was not one in the shop- either a new one being built or an older one back in for cleaning or refurbishment.
The Elks Drug Awareness Program has once again teamed with Marvel Entertainment and the federal government's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to bring you the Hard Choices comic book, featuring Marvel Super Heroes and Elroy the Elk in a battle against underage drinking!
Forms & Documents
Download the Comic Book "What Heroes Do" Order Form Here
Download the DAP Video Parental Release Here
Download the Drug Awareness Poster 2016-2017 Here
Download the Drug Awareness Poster, Essay & Video Contest Rules 2016-2017 Here
Download the Drug Awareness Essay Contest 2016-2017 Here
Download the Drug Awareness Video Contest 2016-2017 Here
Download the DAP Activity-Program Reporting Form Here
Download the Drug Awareness Order Form Here
Download the Drug Awareness Program Overview Here
Download the Enrique Camarena Nomination Criteria Here
Download the Enrique Camarena Nomination Form Here
Download the President's Volunteer Service Award Order Form Here
Download the President's Volunteer Youth Service Award Order Form Here
Download the Skillman Price List for DAP Supplies Here
Download the Sterling Athletics Price List for DAP Supplies Here