Welcome to Rockville Elks Lodge 1359

9 North Park Street, Rockville, CT 06066

Lodge Phone - 860-875-8057





Lodge- Second & Fourth Thursdays at 7:00PM with the exception of July and August

               Lodge meets on 2nd Tuesday in November & December.



Monday-Friday 3PM-11PM
Saturday Noon-11PM
Sunday Noon-10PM




OFFICERS FOR 2021-2022

Exalted Ruler: Dennis Cartier
Esteemed Leading Knight: Pat Carroll
Esteemed Loyal Knight: David Bragg
Esteemed Lecturing Knight: Doreen Cook
Secretary: Claire Decker PER
Treasurer: Patricia Kratochvil
Esquire: Dan Skiba PER
Chaplain: Kristin Cartier
Inner Guard: Helen Totz
Tiler: Joan Adams
Organist: Vacant
5 year Trustee: James J. McCarthy PER
4 year Trustee: Daniel Kehoe
3 year Trustee: Marc Zeppa
2 year Trustee: John Ridzon
1 year Trustee: Randy Ramsdell
House Committee Chairman: Mark Fontaine
Hall Rental Coordinator: Lauren Hoffman
Lodge Email Contact: Office Staff


Rockville Lodge No. 1359 Past Exalted Rulers





10/1/21 - Rockville Lodge of Elks presented a check for $500 to the Maple Street School in Vernon Connecticut to help purchase school supplies that are not provided by the school system.  Usually the teachers supply these items and the donation will help ease their burden for some of the supplies.  
The money was donated through the Elks National Foundation grants that the lodges have to apply for.  The whole grant was for $5500 and $5000 was given to Vernon Social services in the form of gift cards to help students in need to purchase clothing or school supplies.


Pictured is left to right Exalted Ruler Dennis Cartier and Maple Street School principal Joshua Egan.


August, 2021 - Rockville Lodge of Elks presented the Town of Vernon Social Services gift cards for assorted merchants in the amount of $5000.  These gift cards are to be distributed to families in need of help with purchases for going back to school.  The money was obtained by grants from the Elks National Foundation.

Pictured are left to right  Rockville Elks Exalted Ruler Dennis Cartier, Elk Past Exalted Ruler Claire R Decker, Elk Chaplain Kristin Cartier, Town of Vernon Director Social Services Matt Hellman and Vernon Town Mayor and State Senator Daniel Champagne.



June 2021 - The Rockville Lodge of Elks 1359 presented an award to AJ Kiessling who completed the  Eagle Scout program.  Rockville Elks sponsors Boy Scout Troup 2020 in Rockville Connecticut.
Pictured is former Eagle Scout and Elk Trustee Randy Ramsdell, AJ Kiessling and Elk  Exalted Ruler
Dennis Cartier 


Pictured are Josh Lopez, Jessica Flores and Jack Mauer.

Rockville Lodge of Elks donated funds along with individual patrons to help make Christmas a little better for a family that is in need.  Jack Mauer and Josh Lopez members of the Rockville Elks delivered toys, gift cards and clothing to Jessica Flores who is affiliated with Children Medical Center in Hartford CT to be distributed to the needy family.





Rockville Lodge of Elks presented awards to the winners of the Drug Awareness program.  The three winners received awards from the Connecticut State Association and were presented at the Vernon Board of Education meeting on May 28, 2019.  There were approximately 60 entries from 2 schools that participated in the drug awareness poster contest.
pictured are front row Elk Past Exalted Ruler James J. Benoit Sr, Manahil Ali, Honorable Mention grade 4 Northeast School, Jyotsna Mundakel 2nd place Grade 5 Skinner Road School
back row Elk Past Exalted Ruler Pete Heacox, Elk Exalted Ruler Liz Thomas, Treasurer Joan Adams


Rockville Lodge of Elks #1359 held a pizza party during youth week at the Rockville CT Elks dining rooms for the participants of the drug awareness poster contest.  
Two of our participants received first and second place in the State contest and received awards and gift certificates from the District Chairperson Lisa Berthiaume.  The Rockville Elks handed acknowledgements to every child that participated in the program. Above is a picture of the children that attended and the dignitaries that participated:
First Row:  Carly Wujcik, Brooke Enamait, Meredith Ross, Dzniz and Karya Yagtu.  Second Row:  Claire Decker Elks Past Exalted Ruler, Dan Skiba, Elks Past Exalted Ruler, Past Elks State President, Lisa Berthiaume, Elks Past Exalted Ruler Drug Awareness Chairperson, Donna Wallace, Elks State President and Mike Stewart Elks State Vice President.



The Rockville Lodge of Elks presented the Vernon School third grade students with dictionaries that were purchased through the Elks National Foundation Gratitude grant. Above is a picture of some of the children in the third grade of Skinner Road School in Vernon CT.  First row: Matthew McMahon, Luis Agosto, Jzaquis White, Michaela Schaela, and Julia Marchese.  Second row:  Past and current Exalted Ruler Pete Heacox and Past Exalted Ruler and Trustee Ann Murray.  Taking the picture is Past Exalted Ruler and Secretary Claire Decker.  Permission for the picture of the children was granted by parents and teacher.  


The Rockville Elks #1359 recently sponsored the soccer shoot at the Vernon Center Middle School.  Randy Ramsdell coordinated the shoot and there were over 40 children that tried out for the trophies.  Thank you to Randy for getting everything together, Mike Martin, Helen Totz. Lodge Inner Guard, Claire Decker Past Exalted Ruler and Secretary of Elks and Lauren Hoffman who helped with the contest.  The winners from Rockville that participated in the state tournament are picture:  Front row:  Jeremy Gibson, Alex Angeli.  Back row:  Zachary Walden, Dylan Rivera, Chelsea Chatterton and Ave Kristoff.  



The Rockville Lodge of Elks #1359 was presented a Recognition Award from the Vernon Public Schools for the distribution of back packs and also the dictionary project.  The funds were received from grants that the lodge applied for. Pictured are Elks Dan Skiba PER PSP, James J. Benoit Sr. PER, Exalted Ruler Pete Heacox PER, and Leading Knight Liz Thomas.  Also in attendance was Secretary Claire Decker PER.  


On Thursday November 16, 2017, the Rockville Lodge of Elks #1359 hosted the annual luncheon for 51 Veterans from various healthcare facilities.  They were treated to a roast beef lunch with mashed potatoes, carrots, salad, rolls, butter and pumpkin pie for dessert at no cost to any of them.  We were able to raffle off some home made afghans and they all left with a goodie bag that contained various articles.  Left to right are Russell Culley, Army, Vinnie Lyde, Army,  Rick Delpivo, Air Force, and Hector Cardona, Army.
Passing of Michael D. Decker




The Rockville Lodge of Elks presented a check to the American Legion Auxiliary to be used to help defray the cost of female seniors to  attend Girls State which is a program that helps girls understand the workings of the government. 

Pictured is Sherrie Samborski, President American Legion Auxiliary, Claire Decker Secretary American Legion Auxiliary and Elks Past Exalted Ruler, Ginney Basch, Doris Johnson, Cynthia Caldwell and Doreen Ward seated is Judith Delaney all members of the American Legion Auxiliary


Rockville Elks held a soccer shoot on Saturday September 25, 2016.  The contest was opened to anyone that wanted to try out.  The lodge had over 60 participants,  the prizes were for 4 different age groups, boys and girls.  Trophies were handed out to the winners.  Below are 4 of the winners 

Left to right  Tyler Matula 3rd place   8 - 9 years old  Ashley Matula 3rd place under 7 years old   Wesley Schneider 1st place 8 - 9 years old and Sam Hollworth 2 place 12 - 13 years old  also Randy Ramsdell Elks Soccer Chairperson  

August 30, 2016, Skinner Road school in Vernon CT had a meet and great for the children either returning or just entering the school.  Below are pictures of the backpacks that Rockville Elks donated to the school through the Elks National Foundation Beacon grant along with a couple of the children who received a free backpack along with all the supplies. 


Leila and Dakota Chase show off their new backpacks.  

Backpacks are stacked in the classroom ready to be donated to the children.



1359 was able to present a gratitude grant for $250 to the Ellington boy scouts troop #96 Brian Chamberlin (a Rockville Elk) & Anthony Chamberlin were present.  


Over 80 veterans attended the annual Veterans Appreciation luncheon at Rockville Lodge #1359. The Veterans were served a Roast Beef lunch and given their choice of clothing, toiletries and playing cards that were all donated to the lodge.  
Attached photo: Lodge Members and Veterans. 




Many Rockville Lodge and visiting members come and go from the Lodge without realizing the history of the building.

It was built as the home of Francis T. Maxwell and his family. Mr. Maxwell commissioned the renowned architect Charles Adams Platt to design the home and its grounds around 1900. Platt exerted a major influence on the development of historically based design styles during the American country house era of the first quarter of the 20th century

Its basic disposition of residence, outbuildings, and gardens recalled the Villa Gamberaia near Florence. From the Pillars at the road, the drive ran straight past the service area and into a walled arrival court by the front door. An axis from this shaded court at the north door ran through the width of the house to the south facade's expansive, sunny terrace, which afforded views across lawns to the valley below. This offered in short distance dramatic changes in experiences: exterior, interior, and exterior. Placed on a longer cross axis, the principle living rooms were aligned with a major garden walk, thus again integrating interior and exterior spaces. With only minor changes in details, an unidentified plan of "Maxwell Court" became the archetypal formal house and garden for the thousands of students who saw it in the principle 20th-century textbook for landscape architecture courses in the United States, Henry Vincent Hubbard and Theodora Kimball's "An Introduction of the Study of Landscape Design."