At the 2017 Grand Lodge Convention in Reno, Nevada it was announced that Connecticut came in 4th in the nation for a gain in membership.

This makes the third year in a row that Connecticut has been in the top five of membership gain in the country.

Way to go Connecticut!








Pete Nelson PDD - State Chairman CEA Ritualistic Committee

On Sunday June 25th a hand picked team of PERs plus one made the two hour trip to Salem N. H. to compete against Maine, New Hampshire, and Mass at the Derry-Salem Lodge #2226 in the Area 1 PER contest. As always it was good to see old friends and make new ones.

The team Ct. consisted of the following.

Exalted Ruler- Leon Zahaba PSP, PDD, PGLC

Leading Knight-  Deb Barta  PER

Lyoal Knight- Frank Hegedus PSP, PDD

Lecturing  Knight- Pete  Nelson PDD 

Esquire - Mike Barta  PSP, PDD

Chaplin- Jim Coley DDGER

Inner Guard- Ed Gumula PER

Candidate- William Coley

It was an extremely close contest at the end with Massachusetts beating out Connecticut by less than 1/10 of a percent. It was good to see a renewed interest in ritual amongst the Area 1 PERs, it was the first contest of PERs that we've  had in a couple of years, with these four states committing to the Roulette contest in the fall in Maine.

But wait, there's  more.

Even though Connecticcut came in second as a team we did take four first place trophies.

Our candidate in his first Area 1 contest won top honors, along with our Inner Guard, Esquire, and Lecturing  Knight. Congratulations to all of the team and my sincere Thanks for taking time out of you busy schedules to show Area 1 that Connecticutt is keeping ritual alive. Bone up on your parts Sept will be here soon enough. Again great job and thanks.


Andy Caporossi, PDD - State Membership Chairman

As a result of the great efforts of members and Lodges, we are proud to report our state has achieved member growth for the third consecutive year!

Connecticut Elks have ended the 2016-17 Lodge year with a net 210 member gain! For the record, 1,467 new members were Initiated and 167 re-instated to give us a year end total of 20, 809 members.

Now the work begins again! In putting membership at the forefront of our endeavors, we can make our goal of continued growth a reality. Recruitment, Re-instatement and Retention is a proven formula for  success.

Continue efforts in recruiting individuals of good character in your community to join us in conducting our patriotic and charitable programs. Check out "50 Recruitment Ideas" by accessing the membership toolkit on

Approach members who have lapsed- invite them back and re-aquaint  them with the programs and social activities your Lodge has to offer.

Make sure existing members are kept aware of what's going on in your Lodge and the presence you have in your community through your newsletter, web site and social media. Pride in membership keeps members on the rolls!

Let's keep the momentum going and work to give President Donna a 4th straight year of growing Elkdom in Connecticut!

Thanks in advance for your efforts!



2017-18 CIP Grant Applications will be available on July 1, 2017. As your Lodge prepares for the new grant year, here are a few tips for planning a successful project.

 Pinpoint a community problem and identify a solution the Lodge can provide. Next, create a budget and strategy for the Lodge’s project. Then identify Lodge members who can help put this project in action. After project completion, find ways to publicize the charitable impact of your Lodge’s project on Social Media publicize in local media, like the community newspaper. Need some project ideas? Check out the ElksInAction Instagram page for inspiration For help planning a successful project reference the CIP toolkit here:

This year, the ENF is offering a one-time grant opportunity through the Anniversary Grant. The Elks National Foundation wants to help every Lodge celebrate by doing even more do more for their communities.

Learn More Here: Visit to find more information about CIP and the Anniversary Grant.

The Elks National Foundation allocated $12.53 million this year to fund the Community Investments Program. Lodges meet local needs through Beacon, Gratitude, Promise and Impact Grants. These grants offer Lodges opportunities to serve the community in ways that will raise the Lodge’s profile, energize the membership, encourage former members to return to the fold, and gain the notice of people who want to be part of an organization that’s doing great things. To learn more about the Community Investments Program, please visit  


The Connecticut State Elks Association has created a new Contest in the honor of Peter T. Affatato PGER who was our State Sponsor for 28 years.  The All-Connecticut Lodge Contest will be awarded yearly in Peter’s Honor.

Exalted Ruler's it is easy to enter using the Contest form below. Circle the points earned as listed in the point value column.

Where no points are shown in the point value column on the form, please list the points that the lodge earned in that area.

Be sure to list all the different activities for which these points are being requested on a separate sheet by category.

If not properly documented, points will not be allowed. Please be careful that activities having a point value stated on the form are not included again for additional points on the backup material.

Sign and mail form to your District Vice President my April 15, 2018

This will be a most prestigious State Association Award. You must, however, enter in order to have a chance to win.

All-Connecticut Lodge Contest Entry Form