by Peter Nelson PDD
Ritualistic Chairperson

To the Exalted Rulers and all PERs. Next year at the Grand Lodge convention in Atlanta, there will be two new contests.

The first is the 11o'clock toast, and the second is the final Salute to the Flag charge. Currently I am looking to hold a state contest sometime in March. Further details will be forthcoming.
Please check the CT Elks Facebook page or our ctelks website.The goal for the Ritual Committee is to help the Lodge Officers develop a better understanding of the importance the Ritual makes on the impression of the new member. This is the Lodges second chance to grasp the attention of the new member, and hopefully want to make them get involved in their Lodge.
Pete Nelson PDD
CEA Ritual Chairman
April 30, 2021
by Steven Maheu PER
CEA Public Relations Chair
The newest edition of the CT Elks Association State Newsletter is now available.  Thanks to all of the authors who contributed.  If you'd like to contribute to the next edition, please contact your District Chair or myself!  

by Cynthia Young PER
East District Website chair


On Sunday, March 7th the CT Elks gathered at the Apple Valley Bowling Alley for a fundraiser, but there were some other exciting events that were taking place at that very same time.  Sharon Rozum, Sr. Director of Partnerships from Special Olympics was in attendance to present State President Jim Sabio the Unified Sports Holiday Season plaque in recognition of the Elks sponsorship and 20 years of partnership with Special Olympics of CT.  The CT Elks have raised and donated over $400,000 and volunteered countless hours throughout this valued partnership with SOCT.   It is a labor of love for our Elk members and many look forward to participating and helping in the annual Special Olympics Soccer Shoot and Volleyball events each year. Interested in helping out?  You and your lodge can join us as a volunteer and/or contribute to State Major Projects financially to continue this important mission!

From L-R  Sharon Rozum; Mike Bonini, 2019-2020 CT State President; Jim Sabio, 2020-2021 CT State President; and Beau Doherty of the Special Olympics.    

  From L-R    Michael Johnson, VP Northwest; Mike Stewart, VP East; Jim Sabio, CT State President; Kathleen Ackerman, VP Central

2020-2021 CT State President Jim Sabio                                

by Colleen Conrad
Manager, Scholarship Programs
Elks National Foundation

As you know, more than 23,000 students applied for a 2021 Most Valuable Student scholarship. We recently concluded national judging, and we wanted to make sure you were among the first to hear the good news.

Allan Riedel-Morillo, sponsored by Waterbury, CT Lodge No. 265, has advanced through all levels of judging and is officially one of the Top 20 MVS Finalists!

This means that Allan will receive a scholarship of at least $20,000 from the Elks National Foundation and will interview for one of the top MVS awards of $30,000, $40,000, or $50,000 later this April.

While we would normally fly our national finalists to Chicago for a three-day Leadership Weekend, the health and safety of our scholars are our number one priority. Therefore, the 2021 Leadership Weekend will be virtual again this year.

However, we believe in the power of getting Elks scholars together, even if it's virtually! We'll use video conferencing to conduct a portion of our Leadership Weekend programming, as well as the official interview.

Make sure to spread the good news! We’ll post more about our new Top 20 Finalists on the ENF’s social media pages, and we’ll officially announce the 483 MVS Semi-Finalists on the MVS webpage later this week.


If you have any well wishes for Allan or any questions, please reply to this message by April 11. Thank you for helping us welcome our new scholars into the Elks family!

by SVP Kathi Ackerman and SVP Michael Johnson

STATE PRESIDENTS’ NIGHT – Saturday, May 15, 2021

Waterbury Lodge #265 will host a Special Initiation Ritual in honor of our State Association President James Sabio and Past State Association President Michael Bonini.  As stated above, the event will take place on Saturday, May 15, 2021 with the following schedule:

Social       2:00 PM

Initiation   3:00 PM

Dinner      4:00 PM

Dinner will be a served Buffet at a cost of $15

Dress Code: Black Tux: State Officers, PSP, Grand Lodge Dignitaries, PDD, Lodge Officers

              Business Attire: All Others

This is a great chance for everyone to witness the Initiation performed as it is intended and an opportunity for the State of Connecticut to increase our membership.

President Jim and Past President Mike have both worked hard to promote Elkdom in our state and motivate the membership to support the programs of our association. State President Night is our time to thank them for all they have done.

Please try and bring at least one new candidate to be initiated. Please make sure to bring the following: Member Card, Elk Member Lapel Pin, BPOE Statutes, Lodge Bylaws, American Flag, and anything else your Lodge may present to a new member.

Please confirm with either VP Kathi Ackerman or VP Michael Johnson if you plan to attend so that we can make the appropriate arrangements with Waterbury Lodge.  Our contact information is:

Michael:     Phone:  Home:  860-793-0689       Cell:  860-966-4106

Kathleen:  or   


    Phone:  Home: 860-342-1812   Cell: 860-301-3198