By John P. Simko, PDD - CEA State Public Relations Chair

The gym at the Mahoney Rec Center in Manchester was filled with family and friends rooting on the 24 children competing in the 2018 CEA State Finals of the ELKS Hoop Shoot. The participants competing here started their journey by winning at their local Lodge competition. From there they faced off against other local Lodge winners within their District, again winning their age group and coming here on February 10th to compete with hopes of moving to New England Region 6 Hoop Shoot contest in South Portland, Maine on March 24, 2018.

CEA Hoop Shoot State Chairman Michael Stewart, SVP (East), PDD, his District Chairs as well as all the judges, scorekeepers and volunteers should be commended on their great effort for holding a very successful competition.  After the competition all the participants, their family and friends, as well as the volunteers and CEA representatives were invited to a hearty lunch and an award presentation at the Manchester Elks Lodge #1893. During the awards presentation all the competitors received trophies from the CEA Vice Presidents while the top award winners were presented the Terry Owens Trophy by CEA State President Donna Wallace, PDD.  All 1st place winners will now move on to compete in the New England Region 6 competition in South Portland, Maine, with the winners moving on to the National “Hoop Shoot” Final in Chicago on April 21, 2018.

The CEA Hoop Shoot 1st place winners and moving on to compete in South Portland, Maine

8-9 Year Olds: Ava Storz, Milford Lodge #1589, Carl Parkhouse, Torrington Lodge #372

10-11 Year Olds: Emily Avel, Winsted Lodge #844, Will Parkhouse, Torrington Lodge #372

12-13 Year Olds: Erin Donegan, Milford Lodge #1589, Connor O’Leary, Glastonbury Lodge #2202

Terry Owens Trophy Award Winners for Top Scores:

Ava Storz, Milford Lodge #1589, Carl Parkhouse, Torrington Lodge #372.  


*** If you are interest in helping the CEA Hoop Shoot Committee please contact:

CEA State Chairman Michael Stewart, SVP (East), PDD

CEA Central District Chair George Gilhuly

CEA Coastal District Chair Dave Nagy

CEA East District Chair Mary Hill

CEA Northwest District Chairs Jim & Jean Weingart

All contact information is in the State Directory on WWW.CTELKS.ORG


Brenda Williams - Manchester Lodge #1893

Something new is set to arrive next next season at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center thanks to the Connecticut Elks Association.  A much needed service will be available next December for those in need in the form of a Mitten, Hat, and Glove Tree.  Those in need will be provided with these items and the CEA will be the program sponsor.  

Mittens, hats, and gloves of all sizes are needed.  The items can be purchased or hand made. A collection box will be provided at the State Convention in June. If anyone has any questions regarding this get in touch with me.  I can be reached at (860)416-7815 or email me @

If you have items but don't have a way to get them to me, call and we can set up a way to pick them up.




Frank "Cheech" DeFazio, PDD - CEA Leather Program

Now is the time of the year that we start collecting deer hides for our Veterans Leather Program. The opening of hunting season is upon us... or the deer. This is for all hunters not only those who are Elks members. Spread the word. We need the hides to have them tanned and turn them in to leather pelts for our vets in the VA Hospitals to work on.

The hides will again be collected at the main drop off at Middletown Lodge #771. Contact Glenn Davis or Bill Ackerman (both of Middletown Lodge). All we ask is that you salt them down and fold them. Last year we collected 59 hides. We are looking to double that figure so we make the most of the freight that the Grand Lodge is paying. All animal hides are accepted. If you have any questions call me. 



Frank "Cheech" DeFazio, PDD - CEA Special Olympics Chrmn.

The 2017 Holiday Season has opened up with the CEA holding the Special Olympics Volleyball event. Saturday's opening ceremony was soundly declared by our State President, Donna Wallace PDD,  that the competitions were officially open and LET THE GAMES BEGIN.
A great weekend was had by all. There were 38 Volleyball teams (295 players) from 3 states (Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island). We had a good volunteer turn out for Saturday & Sunday with a combined total of 168 (Sat. 89, Sun. 79).
Sunday, the Connecticut Elks Association Officers , gave out the medals and ribbons to all the participants. Every one went home after the week end, participants and volunteers, with a great feeling and looking towards next year. 
The newly formed Antlers of Waterbury Lodge are off to a great start. They will be hosting a redemption bottle and can drive on December 2 in the Lodge parking lot from10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Please show support for our new youth Antlers program and bring down any EMPTY bottles or cans that you would normally return for redemption. 
Also, the ANTLERS are now taking orders for Christmas pies. Orders need to be in by November 20. There are order forms in the Waterbury 265 Rathskeller and the costs of pies are $17.00 each.  For more information or to place an order, please call (203) 228-3750.
Please help to support this new Antlers Program at Waterbury No. 265 and help them to grow in Elkdom.  They are destined to become a valuable asset and part of a great new future for their Lodge!