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 Major Projects committee is pleased to announce that tickets are now avaialbe online for the 3rd Annual CT Elks Night at Harbor Yard Arena with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Sat. Feb. 24th at 7pm.

Tickets are $20 per person with $4 of each ticket sold going to our Major Project the Connecticut Children's Medical Center - Safe Kids Connecticut Program. For more information contact Darren "Howie" Lawler at or any member of the Major Projects committee.

Click Here to Order TIckets Today!



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! 

Kent Gade, Director - Elks National Drug Awareness Program



ELKS Drug Awareness Program and the DEA partners with SMOSH, a widely popular digital comedy youth-targeted site for a  powerful & emotionally driven campaign to bring awareness to the long-term effects of drugs through the organization's very first digital and social anti-drug campaign.

WHAT: New brand campaign features the SMOSH casthighlighting the devastating physical effect of drugs through a compelling video that transforms each of them in different ways and poses the question

"What Wouldn't You Give Up to Drugs?"

Content Breakdown:

  • Celebrity make-up artists depict the physical effects of various opioids and prescription drugs on young SMOSH talent, where each person is assigned to a drug without having any knowledge of the drug name or side effects
  • Video content captures the before and after, and reactions of each person as they see themselves for the first time with the shocking effects each drug has done to their face, hair, teeth and eyes
  • The SMOSH cast members are then brought together to react to one another's transformations, guess which drug was assigned to each of them and talk about what they would not give up for drugs; Viewers will see the very real emotional reaction these huge influencers have when they contemplate not only the physical transformation but what other frightful consequences this alternate version of them would face!


Campaign launched on October 3, 2017

WHERE:The 13 minute video launched on SMOSH's hugely popular SMOSH Pit YouTube channel, along with additional content running on SMOSH's Twitter & Instagram pages -  with a call to action asking young adults and parents to show us what they love and would never want to lose to drugs using the hashtags:

#ELKSDAP #whatyoulove