The Connecticut Elks Association enjoyed an AHL hockey game between the hometown Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NY Islanders) and the Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes). The game was attended by 82 CT Elks, family members and friends. With the additional $460 donated from Chuck a Puck, a total of $788 was raised for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Special thanks go to the efforts of State Major Projects Chairman PER Howie Lawler, his committee, the CEA members and guests that made this donation possible.


By Lisa Berthiaume, PER - State DAP Chairman
Things have been very busy in February and March concerning the Drug Awareness Trailer.  The DAP trailer has been part of the program for 12 years.  It was brand new back then and quite an addition to the program.  But time, weather, miles and general use have taken their toll so it was time for a make-over.  When I began this project with Pat Miller, the East District DAP Chairman, we had no idea the scope or cost of the project, but we quickly learned!  Bids were solicited and we soon realized we could not simply remove the old decals and apply new ones.  A more extensive overhaul was required and an angel came on the scene by the name of Andrew Hewitt of Ranco Collision in South Windsor, a member of Manchester Lodge No. 1893.  Without hesitation, Andy volunteered his time, garage, tools, material and labor to not only remove the decals, but sand, power wash, paint, buff, and polish the exterior of the trailer.  He did this with the help of several employees, Tim & Brian, as well as a few members from Manchester Lodge, Chris Terry and Mike Vassallo.  He then reached out to his business associate, Rudy Cerpa of Creative Graphics & Designs of East Hartford, who also volunteered his expertise to design, create and apply the new decals.  So far this cost our program nothing!
I would like to acknowledge that this would not have been possible had it not been for Pat Miller's persistence in soliciting bids and learning about the process but MOST importantly, doggedly researching and finding a high resolution image of our beloved Elroy the Elk by way of South Carolina's State DAP Chairman, Gerry Kirkland.
Additionally some safety issues were addressed such as repacking the wheel bearings, applying non-skid tape to the rear entrance and purchasing new rims and wheels (at wholesale).
Interior re-painting should be completed as well in April by Rick Berthiaume.
I'd like to formally acknowledge and extend a tip of the antlers to the following businesses and individuals.
" Pat Miller - Westbrook Lodge, East District DAP Chairman
" Andrew Hewitt - Manchester Lodge, Ranco Collision and his employees Tim & Brian
" Rudy Cerpa, Creative Graphics & Designs
" Chris Terry - Manchester Lodge
" Mike Vassallo - Manchester Lodge
" Rick Berthiaume - Manchester Lodge
" Sherwin-Williams Automotive of Hartford
" Gerry Kirkland - South Carolina DAP State Chairman
" PRO CAL, Concord, NC (Cindy Garvin and John Chapman)

Written by John Paul Simko, PDD - State Public Relations Chairman
 with contributions by Peter Nelson, PDD - State Ritualistic Chairman
 Photos by Kathleen Ackerman, PDD - Central District Public Relations Chairman
On Saturday, March 10th Willimantic Lodge #1311 held State Presidents Night for Lodge member and CEA State President Donna Wallace.  There were over 150 people in attendance to greet SP Donna and to witness candidates coming to Willimantic Lodge from many Lodges across the State to be installed into the CEA. In attendance was GL Trustee Hon. Robert W. Hansen, PSP, PDD, along with GLCM A&A Bill Chinn, PSP, PDD, and SD Rick Palanzo, PSP, PDD. Also in attendance were many PSP's, CEA State Officers, District Deputies, Willimantic Lodge Officers and Members with many visiting Lodge members from around the State.
An impressive list of Officers presided over the Initiation of candidates. The list performing were in the role of ER: Pete Nelson, PDD, Leading Knight: Peter Freiler, PSP, PDD, Loyal Knight: Lisa Berthiume, PER, Lecturing Knight: Phil Stender, PDD, Esquire: Mike Barta, PSP, PDD, Chaplin: William Coley, Inner Guard: Jim Coley, PDD and Tiler: Jeff Ross. To see and to listen to this group of CEA members perform their roles and recite the initiation ceremony by memory, reinforce that the ritual is alive and well among the Connecticut Elks. 
Following the Initiation Ritual, all were invited to dine with SP Donna and husband Michael. All of the speakers showed the gratitude, appreciation and love toward their State President and thanked SP Donna for her leadership of the CEA.  SP Donna thanked her family and friends, the evenings Suite of Officers performing the Installation, Willimantic Lodge and ER Richard Dancosse, the Lodge kitchen staff and all the volunteers who did a terrific job setting up for this occasion. SP Donna was very proud of all the members of the CEA and told all to be "Proud of Elkdom".
It was a wonderful time throughout the evening.  If you missed State President's Night please try to attend next year. You will be impressed and you will leave with a having a proud feeling that you are a Connecticut Elk and a member of a most generous fraternal organization, The Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. 
By Louise Lee, PER - State Bowling Tournament Committee Chair
The 10th Annual Connecticut Elks Association Ten Pin Bowling Tournament was recently held at the Apple Valley Bowl in Plantsville. Each year this tournament has been growing and this yea

r 144 keglers showed up. Following the bowling, the Bristol Lodge #1010 held the Awards Dinner. All proceeds from this tournament are donated to our State Major Project, the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Thanks to the State Bowling Tournament Committee, led by State Chair Louise Lee, PER  from Danielson Lodge, her District Chairs and all that participated and donated to the CCMC, this year's tournament raised $3,738.14
….And the award winners were:
Bristol Varsity Team won overall with a score of 2530
High Game Series (3 games) Women overall Tammy Viesto - Danbury Lodge - 543
High Game Series (3 games) Men overall Mike Stone - Bristol Lodge - 704
Low Game Series (3 games) Women - State President Donna Wallace - Willimantic Lodge - 199
Low Game Series (3 games) Men - Joe Frederick - Manchester Lodge - 187

By Richard Palanzo SDGER

We are trying something new at the April DDGER Clinics this year.  The clinics have been reformatted in to make them more engaging and informative for all Lodge members.

The new format will be a joint district clinic held on a Saturday Morning. This new format will include break out sessions by Lodge Officer with an experienced moderator.  We anticipate that these break out sessions will encourage meaningful dialog by the members, encourage idea sharing, and foster a bond of fellowship.

The East-Central District clinic will be held : Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Manchester Lodge.

The Coastal-Northwest clinic will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018, in Southington Lodge.

Coffee and… will be available at 8:00 AM.

Please see the letter from your DDGER for specific information.