By Peter G. Nelson, PDD 

Once again the State Major Projects Booth received a Five Star Recognitions Award for its display and information that was shared with other convention attendees. This year's booth was streamlined thanks to the two pull-ups that were made possible by CCMC and poster boards from Donna Wallace which helped to make set up of the booth quite a bit easier this year as opposed to last year.  

We the committee, consisting of Brenda Williams SEY, Pete Nelson PDD, Luis Rivera director Safe Kids, and Donna Wallace Jr. PSP, were able to set up the booth in just over an hour as opposed to the five plus hours it took last year. We took the advisement of the committee judges from last year and incorporated their suggestions into this year's booth making them quite pleased with our display and all the information we had to share with them, as were all of the attendees.  In case you did not get to the booth to see it, there were informative pamphlets for people to take with information regarding our involvement with the Safe Kids program, wrist bands with the logo "CT Elks Association Keeping Kids Safe", and pencils that change color with the logo on them. Luis manned the "Spin the Wheel" game in which participants donated a dollar, spun the wheel, and answered a question to win a CCMC bandaid pin. This game was very popular helping us to raise $540 that will go to the  CCMC program. There were bike helmets, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and other informative displays.  

 

The booth was more successful this year because of all the inquiries we got this year as opposed to last year and there was a lot more networking with the other states at the convention this year.  There were many states asking us about our program. Noticeably California,and Laz Saures the marketing manager/web administrator for the Florida Elks.  We were even approached by South Dakota and Missouri about how to get a booth at the G. L. convention. 

Our many thanks to those who gave up some of their free time to help us man the booth and spread the word. Bobby Brown PER, Louise Lee PER, Joann & Turner Donnel PERs, Rick Berthiaume PER, Seth Miller PER, Justin Fedler ER, Amy Lawler, Debbi Duarte, Diane Terry, Cindy Young and Kim Simmons ER. Their feedback about working the booth was very positive and upbeat. Many are already looking forward to St. Louis. Your being there made it a lot more of an enjoyable and enriching time.

As for next year, yes we have been asked and have accepted the challenge to try (no we will) get the CT Elks Association and "Safe Kids" another five?s. 

If you'd like to volunteer an hour or two, or three next year don't wait. Contact me at pgnpdd1893@gmail.com or call me at (860)508-8813. I have a couple of volunteers already, but the more help we have, the more enjoyable the time at the booth. Come on and join us, look for the bright volunteer shirts and enthusiastic attitudes, meet and talk to Elks  from Connecticut to California, Hawaii to Maine, and every state in between.