December 22, 2019
by Robert Magowan, PER
CEA Public Relations Chair
The newest edition of the CT Elks Association State Newsletter is now available.  Thanks to all of the authors who contributed.  If you'd like to contribute to the next edition, please contact your District Chair or myself!  
by Frank "Cheech" DeFazio, PDD
CEA Special Olympics Chairman
The 2019 Holiday Season opened up again with the CEA holding the Special Olympic Volleyball event.  This was another great event held at the Hamden Hall Beckerman Athletic Center in Hamden, CT.  Every thing went along as planned. We had an exciting opening ceremony both days (Saturday and Sunday) with the competing teams joining in. 
There were 22 Volleyball teams (254 players and coaches) that competed with each other over the two day event. The teams were from throughout Connecticut. We had 161 Elk Volunteers for the two days to officiate the games (88 Saturday and 73 Sunday).  The Special Olympics of Connecticut thanked us again for holding their event. We are all looking forward to next year's event. 


by Peter Nelson
Inner Guard, CT Elks Association

On Sunday Oct 6th, Pete and Brenda took their CT Elks booth on the road, traveling to South Windsor to be a part of the town's Apple Festival. They spent several hours spreading the word to the attendies of the good works that the State Association does in their association with CCMCs Safe Kids program, and of the state's Drug Awareness program.
Along with help from State President Mike Bonini and State Chairman Justin Fedler PER, a great many people stopped by the booth to take pamphlets and listen to what we had to say. As always Brenda also had a table full of hats and mittens she knitted that were there for a donation.
Things really got going when Elroy showed up. He was a big hit with the kids and made for some great photos for the parents.
Our thanks to Mike and Justin,  to Tony and Deb Duarte, and a special thanks to Elroy and his handler (Chris and Diane Terry). Super special Thank You to Lisa Berthieume for Elroy.

by Michael A. Bonini
CEA State President

To All Exalted Rulers:

The All-Connecticut Lodge Contest will be awarded yearly in the honor of Peter T. Affatato, PGER who was our State Sponsor for 28 years.

This year's contest form can be found on the Main Menu by selecting "Affatato Award".  Circle the points earned as listed in the point value column.

Where no points are shown in the point value column on the form, please list the points that the lodge earned in that area. Be sure to list all the different activities for which these points are being requested on a separate sheet by category.

If not properly documented, points will not be allowed. Please be careful that activities having a point value stated on the form are not included again for additional points on the backup material.

Sign and mail or sign & Email form to your District Vice President by April 30, 2020.

This is a most prestigious State Association Award. You must, however, enter in order to have a chance to win.


by Thomas Matthews, PER
CEA Soccer Shoot Chairman

On Sunday, October 20 2019, the State competition will be held at Sports World, 226 Main St, East Windsor, CT 06088. The winners of CT’s four District soccer shoots will be competing to see who will advance to the Area 1 Regional Level. Registration will begin at 9:30am and the competition will begin promptly at 10:30am. Trophies will be presented immediately following the competition.

Interested in volunteering? We still have open positions for score keepers, tabulators, goal and line judges. Below is an excel spreadsheet you can download and add your name in any open position, or contact me and I will add you on.  [click here to download the spreadsheet].  

Phone: 860-738-7450