Malcolm J. McPherson, Jr. - Grand Exalted Ruler

Recently, with the catastrophic floods in Texas, the Elks Disaster Relief Program, Inc. donated $25,000.00 to aid those victims. To help replenish those funds, I encourage your Lodge or State Association to raise and donate what you can for this most important program. Without support, eventually we may not be able to continue to live up to our motto "Elks Care - Elks Share" by easing the burden and lend a helping hand to the victims of major catastrophes.
Donations are tax deductible as allowed under the 501(c)(3) IRS Code.
In the event that donations exceed the funds needed for a disaster relief effort  any excess funds will be held in Elks Disaster Relief Program, Inc. for use in future disasters.
All checks should be made payable to: Elks Disaster Relief Program, Inc.
Contributions should be mailed to:
Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks
Attn:   Bryan R. Klatt, Grand Secretary
2750 North Lakeview Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614-1889


Joshua Gray - East District Chairman - CEA Public Relations - 
New London Lodge No. 360


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!