Welcome to the
Connecticut Elks Association's
Drug Awareness Program's
Contest Submission Page

The theme for the 2021-2022 Contest is:  “The Best Me is Drug Free!”All entries for the poster, essay, and video contests must be submitted to your local Elks Lodge by Feb. 14, 2022 for consideration.  Judging will be based on closeness to theme, originality, positive anti-abuse message, neatness, correct grammatical structure, and age/language appropriateness.  The use of copyrighted material is prohibited (with the exception of Elroy!).  Download the Rules Booklet, and see below for more details on each contest:  

POSTER CONTEST:  Open to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders; submitted in 8 ½ by 11 format; entrant’s name, full address, phone number, age, grade level, school, teacher and local Elks Lodge must be entered on the submission form.  [download poster contest rules here].

ESSAY CONTEST:  Open to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders; should be no longer than 250 words; entrant’s name, full address, phone number, age, grade level, school, teacher and local Elks Lodge must be entered on the submission form.  [download essay contest rules here].

VIDEO CONTEST:  The contest is open to 3 age groups, Pre-High School (grades 4-8), High School and Post Grad.  Entrants may be individuals or groups.  Videos should be 2-5 min. duration; entrant’s name(s), full address(es), phone number(s), age(s), grade level(s), school(s), teacher(s) and local Elks Lodge should be included with the submission.  If minors, the entrant’s parent or legal guardian must complete a parental waiver form with submission. [download video contest rules here].

When you are ready to submit, CLICK HERE!

Each Lodge will select their Lodge’s winners.  The local Lodges will notify local winners.  Lodge winners will be sent to District Competition.  District winners will compete at the state level. The top four entries at the state level in each category will receive a certificate and gift from the State Association.  All winning entries become the sole property of the Connecticut Elks Association and may not be returned. A single winner for each of the poster, essay, and video contests will then be forwarded to the national Elks Association for consideration in the national competition.  

Please select which Lodge you are submitting to on the form:

Branford Glastonbury Milford Southington West Haven
Bridgeport Groton Naugatuck Stamford Willimantic
Bristol Hamden New Haven Torrington Winsted
Danbury Hartford New Britain Wallingford  
Danielson Manchester New London Waterbury  
Derby Meriden Putnam Westbrook  
Enfield Middletown Rockville Wethersfield-Rocky Hill  

If you are looking for more detailed information on how to run the contest, click here.  

There is a lot of drug awareness info including some fun games, coloring pages, trivia contests, and comics at www.Elkskidszone.org and www.Elksteenzone.org -  take a look and put some fun into learning!

Welcome to the Business Practices and Elks Training Page

State of Connecticut - Auditing and Accounting

William J. Chinn PSP PDD

Grand Lodge Committeeman Auditing and Accounting

Vincent Alainiello PDD State Chairman of Business Practices & Elks Training
Peter Freiler PSP PDD Committeeman At-Large


Mid-year Convention 2020 Presentation by Bill Chinn discussing the health of Elkdom in Connecticut


The new Financial Reporting System information is available on the Grand Lodge website (click here).  You must log into the Grand Lodge site to see this information.  


Bill Chinn PSP, PDD April 2019 DD Clinic Presentation

The above presentation covers unrelated business income, rental income treatment, unrelated business income tax, 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), and QuickBooks tips and techniques


Bill Chinn PSP, PDD January 2019 Midyear Convention Presentation

The above presentation covers Unrelated Business Income


CT Elks Association Drug Awareness Elroy and Trailer Booking Calendar

Welcome to the CT Elks Association Drug Awareness Elroy and Trailer Booking Calendar. Currently four Elroys are available throughout the state for your lodge events and one CT Elks Association trailer. The calendar can quickly inform you if the trailer or Elroy(s) are available on the date you would like to use them - remember, there is more than one Elroy available.

To reserve either or both, email the State Chairman via the link below stating what the event is, when is the event, how long it will last, who the contact is and their phone number(s) and what is requested (Elroy, Elroy and Trailer or Trailer only). The state chairman will email confirmation of your request.

When transporting the trailer, please know that a proper towing vehicle must be used with electrical hook ups. The trailer should always be cleaned (organized and swept clean) after an event and ready for use by the next lodge (don't expect someone else to clean up your mess!) An Elk must be available to stay in/with the trailer while in use - never leave the trailer unattended. The trailer is generally unavailable for use during the winter months so it can be maintained. When transferring the trailer from one lodge to another, there is a mandatory inspection checklist for both the pickup lodge and prior lodge to fill out.


Contact the State Chairman to make a reservation.  Booked dates are shown in the calendar below.  


Calendar format is:  Elroy or Trailer/Lodge/Name/Email/phone.  

For example:  Trailer/Willimantic/Michelle Drouin//867-5309




Welcome to the Peter T. Affatato, PGER All-Connecticut Lodge Contest Page

State Vice-Presidents


Kathleen Ackerman, PDD


James Money, PDD


Phillip Stender, PDD


Michael Johnson, PDD

2021-2022 Peter T. Affatato, PGER All-Connecticut Lodge Contest Information 

The All-Connecticut Lodge Contest is awarded yearly in the honor of Peter T. Affatato, PGER, who was our State Sponsor for 28 years.  PGER Affatato was always proud of the many awards that our state received at the Grand Lodge level. He was a strong supporter of lodge participation in Elks programs because it illustrated a commitment by Elks for making a difference in the community. In remembrance of Peter, we have dedicated the All Connecticut Lodge Contest in honor of him.
Not to be confused with the Grand Lodge All American Lodge Contest, the All
Connecticut Lodge Contest specifically pertains to the amount of program
participation that our State Association lodges attained throughout the year. This
contest combines Grand Lodge and Connecticut programs but, is particularly State
Association oriented. It is mainly a compilation of what your lodge accomplished during the year.
The contest format is easy to follow. Just fill in the contest form and submit it by the
judging deadline. All lodges are eligible to compete. Don’t wait until the last minute.
Send in your All Connecticut Lodge Contest form today!
Linked here is this year's contest form. 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 form to the District Vice President by April 30, 2022.
This is a most prestigious State Association Award. You must, however, enter in order to have a chance to win.





Welcome to the Connecticut Elks Association Public Relations Committee Page



Public Relations Committee

John Simko PDD

State Chairman

Richard Poole PER

Central District
Sheila Parizo PER

Coastal District

John Espada PER

East District

Jennifer and Steve Maheu

Northwest District

Jennifer Maheu/Steve Maheu



Click here to access all of the recent state newsletters!

Within our Vision;To showcase each of the 31 Connecticut Elk Lodges through their benevolent efforts within their community" the Mission of the CEA Public Relations Committee is to "broaden the awareness of the benevolence of the Fraternal Order of  Elkdom throughout the State of Connecticut".

We are commited to helping the 31 Lodges across Connecticut promote Elkdom through the media and appearance. We strive to keep the BPOE image both positive and inticing for membership, programs, and the community. We will work with all of you to promote your Lodges and elevate your events and programs to maxamize exposure.
Please reach out to myself or any District Chairman if you would like us to attend your events or can help in anyway to make your Lodge shine in your community.
Fraternally yours,
John Simko, PDD
CEA State Chairman - Public Relations




Grand Lodge News
Some helpful disclaimers for your Lodge social media
By Rick Gathen, GL Membership and Public Relations Manager
Local Lodges that promote themselves through social media – including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr – should be prepared to set limits on how those platforms are used on their behalf.
Please consider using the following social media disclaimers for your Lodge. Prohibit postings that:
are hateful or mean-spirited.
are potentially libelous, obscene or sexually explicit
are personal attacks, or involve profanity or insults.
are private or public information published without Lodge consent.
violate any law or promote the violation of any law.
contribute to or encourage discrimination or harassment
display photos of Members drinking or smoking, or considered harmful to the Elks’ image and reputation
contain the names of minors.
divulge Lodge business that may violate your Obligation.
are not positive and informative
Other practices that should be avoided include:
Don’t dive in head first. Social media beginners should focus on a few things and do them well
Don’t accept non-Members as friends
Don’t post photos of Members drinking or smoking.
Don’t post photos that may be “harmful” to the Elks image and reputation
Don’t post names of children
Don’t post Lodge business that would violate your Obligation.


It’s time to celebrate…The BPOE turns 150 years young on February 16, 2018 and everyone is invited to the party.  As a matter of fact, this birthday party lasts all year long.  Please follow the links bellow to our GL website to find interesting historical facts about our fraternal organization.

The Community Investments Program grants—this year include a special Anniversary Grant to mark the 150th anniversary of the Elks. For more information on how to receive this $1500 Anniversary Grant please go to https://www.elks.org/cip/grants/anniversaryGrants.cfm.

These links below will take you back to the days of “The Jolly Corks”. See and hear the history of the most charitable fraternal organization on earth with The Best People On Earth. There are vintage photos and historical documents, with the timeline of the Elks.

Hear the BPOE 11 O’clock Toast given at the 1924 Convention, see and hear President Reagan address the 1988 Elks National Convention and on February 16 tune in for a LIVE broadcast at the Order’s 150th Birthday Party with feature remarks from our GER, Malcolm J. McPherson Jr.

ELKS 150th Streaming Celebration


ELKS 150th Merchandise


















Click here to download the Parental/Guardian Release form

Click here to download the Veteran Release form.

Please use with submission of photos/articles to ELKS Magazine

Maintain good Public Relations from your Lodge

By George E. Olson - GL Activities Committee Member

Republished from the GL Newsletter, October 2013 

Public relations is all about influencing audiences. When performed aptly, public relations can be an organization’s most valued resource for building brand value, maintaining vitality and establishing credibility. It is the practice of controlling the flow of information between your Lodge and public. Find Members who have strong conversation skills and understanding of our programs and let them provide the benefit.

Public relations doesn’t go off and on whenever you have the time or budget to throw at it. If you’re not actively participating in it, you’ll quickly find that your Lodge will soon be missing the public relations boat.

Public relations does not just happen. Every Lodge has done newsworthy programs, but they haven’t made the news. All of us have faced this problem. Remember, it doesn’t just happen; we have to make it happen. Public relations is a program that must be nurtured for it to continue to grow. While some things such as news events force information out quickly, other stories take time. When the story is about how Elks help, it raises the Lodge visibility, and can help with Member recruitment.

Why do we care about this? What are the goals of public relations and media coverage? A good public image will aid in recruiting Members, volunteers and sponsors whose donations keep our programs at a high level.

It is important to develop contacts with local media and determine the types of articles and pictures they prefer. If we give them the kinds of news they like, it is more likely they will use the news.

But the most important thing for a top notch public image is to perform meaningful and helpful programs in your community. This is the prerequisite to a good public relations program...having something worth boasting about.

And do not forget to use your newsletter and your Web page to pass your message on to your Members and other online followers. 



Downloadable Materials from www.elks.org


You can now find on the Grand Lodge website (http://www.elks.org/) the PDF fillable certificates for all our Teenager/Student programs, plus the Scouting certificates. You can also download a Public Relations power point presentation. All downloads are in non public Members Only section, under Grand Lodge Activities Committee downloads. Below is the Area 1 Power Point Presentation that was shown during the GLC in Reno.

Area 1 PowerPoint Presentation


Log in as a member, Click on Grand Lodge, Click on Grand Lodge Committee, Click on Public Relations

The Elks Media Relations Handbook

Unique Lodge Event Offers Unique Press Opportunities

Elks "Hoop Shoot"® Press Release Kit

History of the Elks

So You’re Planning to Stage an Event or Activity ...

The ABCs of Publicity

Making a Difference Through Publicity


Remember that all the time, effort and money that you and your Lodge contributes every year plays an important role in your community. Don't shortchange yourselves by not spreading the information and letting your community know! You have to make your own good press whereas bad press is always lurking in the dark. "Let the Darkness Out


Monthly Lodge Public Relations Form 

Lodge Public Relations Form


Grand Lodge PR Toolkit

(Click on the link below to download the PR Toolkit order form or view the table of contents)

Grand Lodge PR Toolkit CD Order Form

Grand Lodge PR Toolkit CD Table of Contents


BPOE Public Service Announcments

(right click on link below and select 'save target as', to save to a local file)


 On The Air - CEA Radio Campaign

 The Connecticut Elks Association ran a series of image commercials on key radio stations around the state in 2010.

Click here to listen to the CEA commercial!(MP3)

Click here to listen to the CEA commercial! (WMA)