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

State Vice-Presidents


Kathleen Ackerman, PDD


James Money, PDD


Michael R. Stewart, PDD


James Sabio PGLC, PDD

2019-2020 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, 2020.
This is a most prestigious State Association Award. You must, however, enter in order to have a chance to win.

Congratulations to Wallingford Lodge for Winning the 2017-2018 Affatato Award  

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.


Drug Awareness Committee 2019-2020

Lisa Berthiaume PDD

State Chairman

Julie Goode

Central District

Shelia Parizo

Coastal District

Patricia Miller

East District

Robert Ferone PDD

Northwest District



Click here to reserve the trailer and/or the costume.


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

For example:  Trailer/Willimantic/Michelle Drouin/er@etc.etc/867-5309





Welcome to the Connecticut Elks Association Soccer Shoot Committee Page


Soccer Shoot Committee

Thomas Matthews PER

State Chairman

George Gilhuly

Central District

Michael Jaber PER

Coastal District

Mary Hill

East District

Donald McCurdy PER

Northwest District


State Soccer Shoot Information

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

Email: tommyt24@live.com


Full information on the Soccer Shoots are on the Calendar.


East District Soccer Shoot - 9/29 

Northwest District Soccer Shoot - 10/6

Central District Soccer Shoot - 10/6

Coastal District Soccer Shoot - 10/12 (rain 10/13)

CT State Soccer Shoot - 10/20

Area 1 Soccer Shoot - 11/2


See the calendar for full details on events.

Soccer Shoot 2019 Results:

East District                                    
U-8 Janelle E. Danielson 1706
U-10 Attila J. Danielson 1706
U-12 Colbie G. Danielson 1706
U-14 Kelsey B. Rockville 1359
U-8 Chase K. Rockville 1359
U-10 Jacob B. Manchester 1893
U-12 Zadian P. Groton2163
U-14 Own T. Danielson 1706
Central District
U-8 Andrea M. Enfield 2222
U-10 Tziporah D. Enfield 2222
U-12 Aubrey G. Enfield 2222
U-14 Audrey M. Enfield 2222
U-8 Lawon L. Wallingford 1365
U-10 N/A
U-12 Seager R. Enfield 2222
U-14 Andre F. Enfield 2222
Northwest District
U-8 Julia F.r Torrington 372
U-10 Greta A. Naugatuck 967
U-12 Mae A. Naugatuck 967
U-14 Annalisa P. Waterbury 265
U-8 Jacob S. Winsted 844
U-10 Julian V. Naugatuck 967
U-12 Parker Z. Southington 1669
U-14 N/A
Coastal District
U-8 Margux N.
U-10 Ashlyn S.
U-12 Molly C.
U-14 N/A
U-8 James B.
U-10 Benicio C.
U-12 Michal Z.
U-14 Julian Sevillana
Soccer Shoot Program Materials:


2019 – 2020 B.P.O. ELKS

 Grand Lodge Youth Activities Committee

 “Soccer Shoot Program”

Your age as of January 1, 2019*


7 & Under (U-8) Minimum age 4

 8 & 9 (U-10)

 10 & 11 (U-12)

 12 & 13 (U-14)

14 & 15 (U-16)**

*Note the new age bracket! 

**U-16 is a new optional group this year.  Winners will not compete at Area 1 in Rhode Island this year.  

Important Changes:  Only the U-8 will do the 5 goal contest.  All others will participate in the grid goal  

Below are a variety of useful manuals and forms for your

Soccer Shoot

Soccer Shoot Manual

Age Chart

Competition Form

Contest Event Report

Soccer Shoot Event Report

U8 Score Sheet

U10-U12-U14 Score Sheet


Any Questions or Comments, send them to State Chairman, or any of the district Chairs. Thank You!


Area 1 Soccer Shoot Winners


November 2-4th.  


U 8 Nate M. - Honorable Mention - Milford Lodge 1589

U 10 Jack S. - Honorable Mention - Glastonbury Lodge 2202

U 12 Lucas V. - 2nd place - shoot-off - Naugatuck Lodge 967

U 14 Jack D. - could not attend - Milford Lodge 1589



U 8 Mandy L. - 2nd place - Glastonbury Lodge 2202

U 10 Jenna D. - Honorable Mention - Danielson Lodge 1706

U 12 Analisa P. - 2nd place - shoot-off - Waterbury Lodge 265

U 14 Kaelyn D. - Honorable Mention - Enfield Lodge 2222


Connecticut State Soccer Winners 2018:

First place winners


U 8 Mandy L. Glastonbury Lodge 2202

U 10 Jenna D. Danielson Lodge 1706

U 12 Analise P. Waterbury Lodge 265

U 14 Kaelyn D. Enfield Lodge 2222



U 8 Nate M. Milford Lodge 1589

U 10 Jack S. Glastonbury Lodge 2202

U 12 Lukas V. Naugatuck Lodge 967

U 14 Jack D. Milford Lodge 1589



Connecticut State Soccer Winners (2017):

First place winners


U 8 Attilea J. from Groton Lodge 2163

U 10 Olivia T. from Putnam Lodge 574

U 12 Taylor L. form Milford Lodge1589

U 14 Mia L from Milford Lodge1589



U 8 Owen C. from Glastonbury Lodge2202

U 10 Alexander A. from Rockville Lodge 1359

U 12 Nicholas C. from New London Lodge 360

U 14 Nathan M. from Hamden Lodge 2224


Area 1 Soccer Winners 2017:


Honorable Mention - U 8 Attilea J. from Groton Lodge 2163

Second Place - U 10 Olivia T. from Putnam Lodge 574

Honorable Mention - U 12 Taylor L. form Milford Lodge1589

Second Place - U 14 Mia L from Milford Lodge1589


Second Place - U 8 Owen C. from Glastonbury Lodge2202

Honorable Mention - U 10 Alexander A. from Rockville Lodge 1359

Third Place - U 12 Nicholas C. from New London Lodge 360

Honorable Mention - U 14 Nathan M. from Hamden Lodge 2224










Welcome to the Connecticut Elks Association Public Relations Committee Page



Public Relations Committee

Robert Magowan PER

State Chairman

Richard Poole PER

Central District
Sheila Parizo

Coastal District

John Espada PER

East District

Steve Maheu PER

Northwest District

Jennifer Maheu/Steve Maheu



Click here for the April 2019 issue of the CEA Newsletter!

If you would like to submit anything for the next Newsletter, email it to Bob Magowan PER or your District Chairman!

Click here for the December 2018 issue of the CEA Newsletter!



Click here for the October 2018 edition of the newsletter.

If you would like to submit anything for the next Newsletter, email it to Robert Magowan PER or your District Chairman!

Public Relations and Marketing Committee Handbook

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,
Bob Magowan, PER
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)





Welcome to the Connecticut Elks Safety & Accident Prevention Committee Page



Safety & Accident Prevention Committee

John Simko PDD, CEA Chairman Board of Trustees

State Chairman


Grand Lodge Accident Prevention Newsletter

Click here

Click here for back issues of the Accident Prevention newsletter!

(Elks.org login required)

Lodge Safety & Insurance Center


All of the forms and documents describing insurance are listed online at the Grand Lodge.  Click on this link to navigate to the site.

The above link includes:

Accident/Claim Prevention Manual

Gallagher Basset Accident Report Form

Liability Insurance Program Book

Property Plus Program Guide

Responsible Beverage Service

Self Ispection Form

Accouncing Aon's New On-Line Facility Rental Insurance Program

The purpose of the Facilities Rental Program announced last fall is to provide a means of affordable insurance coverage for a Lodge who rents their facilities out to others. Pages 10 & 11 of the Liability Insurance Program Guide outline the requirements when a Lodge rents its facilities and, if the renter is unable to comply with the insurance requirements, then the Lodge should turn to this Program. It provides $500,000 of General Liability and Liquor Liability to both the Lodge and the Renter for the event.
We are pleased to announce a new way for all Lodges to purchase the Facilities Rental insurance policy…..online. A link to K&K Insurance Group, http://www.kandkinsurance.com/sites/ElksLodge/Pages/ELKSEligibility.aspx, has been installed on the Safety & Insurance tab in the Members Only Section on the ELKS.ORG website. Simply click on the link and you will be taken to the online application. Follow the easy directions to complete the application, complete the payment section and submit. Your application will go directly to the Insurance Company for policy issuance. You and the renter will receive a Certificate of Insurance that covers both of you for the event.
Just as before, the cost per event is:
¢ $155.00 for Lodge members
¢ $162.00 for non-members
GL suggests the Lodge pay for the coverage and then just roll the cost into the rental agreement. However, if you have the renter's credit card information, and they agree to have the cost of the insurance added to their card, you may use the renter's card.
To obtain more information please call any member of the Elks Insurance Program Team at 1.800.421.3557.  They look forward to being of service to you.






in the Grand Lodge Accident Prevention Newsletter...

... pass them along to your Lodge Chairman!


REVISED Grand Lodge Accident/Claims Prevention Manual

Accident/Claim Prevention Manual (Code 513100), Revised 5/2010)


TIPS: Preventing Alcohol Tragedies Through Better Skills and Increased Confidence

The success of our recent TIPS training programs across the state has shown that our Lodges are concerned about our Members and want to provide the training necessary to promote a safe and healthy environment.

TIPS trains servers, sellers, and consumers of alcohol how to prevent intoxication, drunk driving, and underage drinking. If you would like more information on the program please contact anyone from the committee.

We've provided a link to the TIPS Trainer Newsletter for additional information and insight into the program.


Click on the link below to find out more about TIPS Training




A brief description of the insurance coverage provided and available to the Lodges of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

For more information contact a member of the Safety & Accident Prevention Committee.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks mandate liability, property and crime insurance under Sections 4.231 and 4.233 of the Statutes of the Order. Subordinate Lodges are to be insured under the Master Liability Program and the Property Plus Programs. Boiler & Machinery or Systems Breakdown is also mandated if a Lodge of the Order secures this coverage.

Optional insurance coverage for Directors & Officers Liability and trailers owned by the Lodge are available under programs designed specifically for you.

Other insurance coverage may be arranged with Aon, including various bonds, special events coverage and flood insurance. We recommend every Lodge carry Worker's Compensation insurance through a local agent.

The mandatory and optional programs are administered by Aon Risk Services. Aon's toll free number is 1.800.421.3557.

The State Association is included under the Master Liability Program, but the State Major Project is excluded and therefore it must be insured separately.

Questions about liability coverage, administration or service of the program may be directed to Grand Lodge Insurance Department Director Brian P. O'Neill at 1.773.755.4714.

Claims Reporting
Liability claims for bodily or personal injury or damages to property of others are to be reported to:
Gallagher Bassett Insurance Services, Inc.
1.800.223.7006 (FAX)

Claims for loss or damage to your property are to be reported to:
Aon Risk Services
1.312.381.2751 (FAX)

Liability Insurance
The Elks Master Liability Program provides for defense and payments of claims for bodily or personal injury and property damage arising from your Lodge operations. This coverage applies to your owned or leased premises or away from your premises. Also provided is coverage for liquor liability, products and lodge liability for a hired or non-owned automobile. Coverage is not provided for any owned vehicle.

Medical payments are available to members, guests or volunteers. Coverage is not available to persons injured during an athletic contest or event, nor does it apply to an employee during the course of his/her employment. This coverage is provided only on a secondary basis.

Lodge officers, trustees, employees and volunteers are named insured under this policy while acting on behalf of the Lodge.

The policy does not provide coverage for:
• Any automobile owned by the Lodge
• Any injury to or claim made by an employee
• Any owned aircraft
• Any owned watercraft except as described in  the Liability Insurance Program Booklet
• Wrongful Acts by officers, trustees or  employees
• Any employment issues
• State Major Projects

A more complete description of this coverage is provided in the Liability Insurance Program Booklet supplied to each Lodge Secretary and Accident Prevention Chairman by the Insurance Department.

Questions regarding Liability Insurance are directed to:
Brian P. O'Neill, Director
Department of Insurance

Property Plus Program
All Lodges of the Order are required to purchase the Property Plus Program in compliance with Section 4.232 of the Statutes of The Order. The Program includes coverage for direct physical loss or damage to real and personal property with the exception of flood, earthquake and wear and tear. Also included is coverage for Employee Dishonesty, Forgery and loss of Money & Securities. This coverage applies to Officers of the Lodge, making separate bonds unnecessary.

Other coverage provided includes: Loss of Income and Extra Expense, Accounts Receivable, Valuable Papers, Data Processing Hardware, Software, Extra Expense, Fine Arts, Signs, Food Spoilage, Pollution Cleanup, newly acquired property and property under construction.

The Amounts of Insurance you selected are shown on the Certificate of Coverage sent to you each year by Aon.

Loss to real and personal property is adjusted on a replacement cost basis if the property is replaced.

The Amounts of Insurance should be reviewed annually and discussed with your Customer Service Agent at Aon.

Questions regarding Property Plus should be directed to Aon Risk Services 1.800.421.3557.


Optional Systems Breakdown (Boiler & Machinery) Coverage
You may be required to provide certifications to government agencies for the operation of certain equipment, i.e. steam boiler, air compressor units, etc. System breakdown coverage can insure these and all other electrical equipment for internal loss or damage. Inspection and certificates may be provided to you.

This coverage is only provided if there is a coverage limit and deductible amount shown on your certificate. For a quote, you may contact Aon.


Other Coverage
Directors and Officers Liability
Directors and Officers Liability can be obtained on a voluntary basis from Aon through a discounted program specifically for the Elks. D&O coverage provides the Lodge and its Officers and Directors, Trustees, Employees, Committeemen and Volunteers with defense and indemnity for their wrongful acts or omissions in the performance of their duties for the Lodge.

Coverage extends to membership disputes and claims made by employees for discrimination, wrongful termination, sexual harassment or other employment matters.

Questions about D&O Liability, or, for an application, call Aon at 1.800.421.3557.


The bonding requirements of Section 16.32 of the Grand Lodge Statues are met by the Employee Dishonesty coverage of the PROPERTY PLUS Program.

Bonds for other business requirements are available. Call Aon at 1.800.421.3557.


Worker's Compensation
State laws require employers to provide their employees with worker's compensation benefits. The requirements vary by state. It is strongly recommended that all Lodges purchase Workers Compensation coverage through a local agent, even if there are no employees, to provide defense coverage.


Flood Insurance is an optional coverage and there is no coverage for flood under the PROPERTY PLUS
Program. Questions about Flood Insurance, or, for an application, call Aon at 1.800.421.3557.


Important Contact Information:

Master Liability
Claim Reporting

Claims for bodily or personal injury, or damage to property of others are reported to:
Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.
1.800.223.7006 (FAX)

 Questions on liability Insurance should be directed to:
Mr. Brian P. O'Neill
Director, Elks Insurance Department

 Certificates of liability Insurance requests should be directed to:
Aon Risk Services
300 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606-6670
1.800.421. 3 5 57
1.312.381.2751 (FAX)

 Claims for loss or damage to your property are reported to:
 Property Plus

Aon Risk Services
1.312.381.2751 (FAX)

Directors and Officers Liability
Directors & Officers liability claims are reported to:

Aon Risk Services
1.312.381.2751 (FAX)