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

Pete Nelson PDD from Manchester Lodge 1893 is shown here presenting hats, mittens, and gloves to Safe Kids Director Luis Rivera (also a member Manchester 1893) and Dr. Kevin Borrup, Dr.PH, JD, MPA, Associate Director Injury Prevention Center Connecticut Children's Medical Center  donations received for the Mitten Tree project. 
The Mitten Tree project was started by Brenda Williams SEOY also from Manchester Lodge 1893, as an extension of the CEAs Safe Kids program.
At the end of last year Brenda sat down with Luis and inquired about the needs of children who have passed through the doors of CCMC for hats, mittens, and gloves. After some discussion it was resolved that the needs of these items for the children would defintly be a welcomed gift. That was all Brenda needed to hear. The next day the knitting of mittens, and hats began. Along with her mother Janice Williams from Florida over 100 pairs of mittens, and hats were made. She spread the word of this project using our website, along with getting the news out to the membership.
Her biggest supporters were Mike and Sharon Stewart from Putnam lodge, as well as members from Manchester lodge, and Emblem Club 251. All in all there were over 500 hats, gloves, and mittens turned over to CCMC and the Safe Kids committee by the members of CEA.
There is no project to big or to small that can't be accomplished with the rolling up of your sleeves and the never ending commitment of not only Brenda, but by anybody who lives and believes in our motto. ELKS CARE/ ELKS SHARE
Update on 2/13/19 - On Thursday, February 7th, Pete Nelson PDD on behalf of Brenda Williams SEOY delivered to CCMC Safe Kids Director Luis Rivera four hugh bags of hats, scarfs, mittens, and gloves all donated to Brenda's "Mitten Tree". 
Many thanks go out to Sharon and Mike Stewart for their continuous efforts in obtaining most of the items collected for this endeavor. There were well over 400 additional items turned over to CCMC.
To date Brenda's project has been fortunate enough to supply the hospital with almost 1000 assorted winter wear items to be distributed to needy children to help keep them warm during the cold winter months.
This is just another way for a few of our members to help show our communities that ELKS CARE & ELKS SHARE. That those in need are not forgotten, that Elks do care, and do provide without need of fanfare. That we as an organization want to help make our tomorrow's better for everyone.
Imagine almost 1000 articles of winter ware, collected by a handful of members. Think how much more could have been donated to CCMC if more had heeded the call for this cause. Our thanks to Brenda and those who helped her this past year.

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December 9, 2018

Members All,

In compliance with the Constitution and Statutes of the Connecticut Elks Association, President David Acanfora has announced that the 2018 – 2019 State Association Mid-Year Convention will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Branford Lodge No. 1939.  Exalted Ruler John Franco, PDD, the Lodge Officers and members of Branford Lodge wish to make your visit an enjoyable one.

  • Registration will be open from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.
  • Beginning at 9:15 a.m., there will be a series of Workshops/Team Building sessions. 
  • A lunch will be available at the Lodge from 11:30 to 12:45 for a nominal fee.
  • The business session will start promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Any State Chairman, who wishes to set up a display booth, should contact the Vice-President who oversees your committee for arrangements.

There will be a vote on the proposed By-Law Amendment during the session.

All Association Officers and State Chairmen should forward a copy of your Mid-Year Association report to me.  As approved by the Executive Board, reports on the floor will be very limited to allow time for informational sessions. If you could, please email a copy in a word file, it would be most appreciated; (). Please find attached the delegate form to be filled out and mailed ahead of time.



Phillip Stender, PDD

State Secretary

Location Branford Elks

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

The 2018 Holiday Season opened up again with the CEA holding the Special Olympic Volley Ball event. This year was special because  the the event was held at The Hamden Hall Athletic Center in Hamden, Ct. Every thing worked out smoothly with the opening ceremony and the new team schedules. 

There were 23 volleyball teams  (265 players and coaches) that competed over the 2 day event. The teams were from R.I. and Conn. We had 106 Elk Volunteers for the 2 days to officiate the games. The Special Olympics Of Conn. thanked us again for holding their event. We are all looking forward to next year's Volley Ball event. 

Joshua Gray - CEA Website Chairperson

Facebook is becoming a very useful tool for non-profit organizations to spread the word about their upcoming events.  At the State level, there are two Facebook groups that you should consider joining to keep informed about events in Connecticut.  The first, "Connecticut Elks Association", is the official Facebook group of the Association.  This page provides information on upcoming State Association events like Special Olympics, the Bowling Tournament, and District/State Hoop Shoots.  The second is "Connecticut Elks Local Lodge News and Events".  This group is for sharing events at your lodge with the rest of Connecticut.  To join either group, you do need to be a member of the Elks, although not necessarily a member of the CT Elks Association - Elks from other states are allowed to join.  
At the local lodge level, there are many options for Facebook groups.  The first option is to create a personal account.  This option is not recommended because it limits the administration to one person; however, your lodge might have set up this kind of page in the early days of Facebook.  The second option is to create an organization.  By doing this, you can set up administrators and editors.  You can also allow members to join the group so that posts are private unless you choose to make them public.  You can also remove unwanted or inappropriate posts, or even screen them prior to posting.  This model is used by the CT State Elks Association for both of their groups.  A local lodge example is the New London Elks group.  
Once you have established your Facebook group, you can now add Events.  One of the best features of Events is that they provide features like "Interested" or "Going", letting members know who is already going to an event.  Once a member indicates they are "Interested" or "Going", it is shared on their wall, organically increasing the advertising for that event for free.  You can also "Boost" the event, paying money to target the advertising of your event on other people's Facebook pages - a little bit of money can go a long way to reaching people.  By spending a little money prior to an event and getting some people to click on "Interested" or "Going", the event can rapidly spread.  This happened to us in New London recently with our Trunk or Treat event.  Within the week before the event happened, we saw that nearly 850 people were "Interested" in our event.  We responded to increasing the amount of candy and volunteers we had available and were prepared for the masses that arrived.  Without that information, we would have had many upset children and parents.  
Another way to increase your advertising of Facebook Events is to get your local town to share your posts.  In New London, for example, the city's Facebook group routinely shares our posts.  You can also connect with other service organizations in your town and cross-advertise.  And of course, do share your event on the CT Elks "Local Lodge News and Events" page so your fellow Elks are aware of the great things happening at your own local lodge.  
Of course, social media like Facebook brings issues as well.  Visit the CT Elks Association page and click on "Our Programs" followed by "Website" to view a powerpoint presentation detailing the "Do's and Don'ts" of social media.  Rick Gathen, Marketing and Membership Manager for Grand Lodge, has provided this list as a guideline for what is acceptable.  
If you need any guidance or help with setting up a Facebook group, your district and state officers for Public Relations and Website are there to help.  We look forward to seeing your Events posted soon!

Click here for the December 2018 issue of the CEA Newsletter!

If you would like to submit anything for the next Newsletter, email it to Bob Magowan PER or your District Chairman!