Joshua Gray - East District Chairman - CEA Public Relations - 
New London Lodge No. 360
The time is fast approaching for the Special Olympic Volleyball event. The Special Olympics Volleyball event will be played on Nov. 18th & 19th 2017 at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven. The same athletic center as last year.  This is the first weekend before Thanksgiving.  Registration will begin at 7:30am for both Sat. and Sunday. Opening ceremony on Saturday will begin 9:00AM SHARP. Coffee and donuts, in the morning, and lunch will be provided. The directions to and from the facility are on the website. ELKS and friends don't forget to sign in at registration under your district and lodge number. 
Over the last couple of years the volunteer attendance has been slowly going down. Especially on Sundays. The Special Olympics of Connecticut questioned me if we could still handle the event. OF COURSE WE CAN. We need to bring our volunteer attendance up like it used to be in the past.  Don't take it for granted that some one else will do the job. 
Remember this is not an ELKS members only event. We need volunteers. Bring your family, neighbors, friends and teenagers with their friends. If you know any one who needs Community Service hours (for High School, College or other) please bring them I will sign their papers. If they can help us we sure can help them. That's what we do. ELKS CARE-ELKS SHARE.  We can all share our time to help out the Special Olympics of Conn. participants. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS. 


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!