by Frank "Cheech" DeFazio, PDD
CEA Special Olympics Chairman
 
The CEA  Special Olympics of Conn. Volleyball Event is getting closer and closer. We are calling for volunteers to plan ahead so that they can attend.  The event will be held on Nov. 23rd (Sat) and the 24th (Sun) the first weekend before Thanksgiving. Registration time will be 7:30am. (Sat and Sun). Opening ceremony will be 9:00am SHARP on Sat.  The games will start  approx. 9:00am on both days. 
 
The event will be held at Hamden Hall Country Day School Athletic Complex  (125 Skiff Street, Hamden, Ct. 06514). 
 
Exalted Rulers, any help from your members on either day will be greatly appreciated.  Kindly post this notice in your Lodge Newsletter (October and November)  with this information on the event and the address of how to get there. All information will be on the CTELKS.ORG Website. (Our Programs - Special Olympics). Let's have a great showing from our members.

 

by John Simko PDD

To All Lodges and Members,

 

Amazon is holding their 2019 Prime Day for 2 FULL DAYS, July 15 and July 16. Prime Day deals will begin at 2:59AM ET on Monday, July. 15.
 
Please remind your members that by using Amazon Smile and selecting The Connecticut Elks Association Charities Inc, as their charity of choice, The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.
 
Please see below more information about The Connecticut Elks Association Charities, Inc. and Amazon Prime Day 2019.
 
 
Connecticut Elks Association Charities, Inc. - CTElks

Our Mission Statement:  To assist the veterans, youth, and communities in the good work of the Benevolent and Protective order of Elks.

Our Goal:  The Connecticut Elks Association Charities Inc. enjoys continued support of funders from our approximately 20,000 members within Connecticut, which services as a springboard for success in accomplishing our annual goals of providing Scholarships to students, strengthening our support to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Safe Kids Program, the Connecticut State Special Olympics and giving back to our local communities to support our veterans and youth.

Our History:  We have provided a student from each subordinated lodge’s community a $1,500 scholarship funds raised and contributions from the Elks National Foundation.

The Association has donated over 4.5 million dollars to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Safe Kids program. Since 1968 we made annual donations of $100,000.

Connecticut Special Olympics Winter Games which we are a major sponsor with annual contributions of $30,000.

In addition to the above we also support: our Veterans by providing assistance for Veterans activities, charitable organizations in our communities, the youth of our communities funding state wide Soccer Shoot Skills Event and Basketball free throw contest, and foster programs to heighten awareness of the consequences of drug use.

The Present:  The new Connecticut Elks Association Charities Inc. remains on a steady trajectory of growth, staying relevant to its mission and core goals. The Connecticut Elks Association Charities Inc. is continuing ongoing programs and projects described in “Past” listings and expanding those initiatives.

The Connecticut Elks Association in 2015 established a 501(c)(3) Corporation. (See IRS approval letter)

 HOW CAN YOU HELP?

 
  Make a tax deductible donation to support all our endeavors or chose to designate it to one of our programs, Scholarship, Veterans, Hoop Shoot, Soccer Shoot, Community Services, Special Olympics, Connecticut Children's Medical Center Safe Kids Program.
     
  Check with your employer to see if they will match your gift to our non-profit organization.
     
  Check with other companies you do business with that will make a direct donation to our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
     
  Do you use Amazon?  Visit smile.amazon.com and select "Connect Elks Association Chairities" and 0.5% of your purchases go toward Major Projects at no cost to you!  
  Find an organization that will contribute to our non-profit for a referral or purchase of goods. (H&R Block Refferal Form
     
  Noncash Assets such as securities, life insurance, retirement funds, can also be contributed. Please seek advice of an attorney or tax advisor for applicability to your own situation.
     
  Tribute gifts to honor someone or a memorial gift in someone's memory are a exceptional way of showing that "ELKS CARE ELKS SHARE".
     
  Finally, please keep us in mind when preparing your Estate Plan.
     
   

100% of funds donated are used to support our programs.

     
   

 

Amazon Prime Day 2019: Start Date and Best Deals So Far

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Pete G. Nelson, PDD - Manchester Lodge No. 1893

 
The donations continue to come in for Brenda Williams "Mitten Tree". Thanks again to Mike and Sharon Stewart, another full bag of hats, mittens, gloves, and scarfs have been collected and turned over to Brenda to give to CCMC.
 
And a special THANK YOU to Monsignor Tony from St. Patrick's Cathedral, for his generous donation of three bags of stuffed animals. And for the hats, mittens, gloves, and scarfs from St. Patrick's School both from Norwich. All of these items are headed to CCMC to help put a smile on a child's face. 
 
This brings the total donations of items to well over 1500. WOW over 1500 items, incredible. Again just think of how much more could have been collected and given to CCMC Safe Kids program on behalf of the Conn Elks Association  through this endeavor had more of the 21000 Conn Elks joined in and given.
 
My sincere appreciation and deep thanks to Brenda Williams, the Stewarts, Monsignor Tony, students and faculty from St Patrick's School, and members of the Manchester Elks, and Emblem Club 251 for taking on this challenge.
 
Together this group has once again proved  that  ELKS CARE/ ELKS SHARE.