Welcome to the Connecticut Elks Association Americanism Committee Page



Americanism Committee

Art Brault PDD

State Chairman

Lawrence Bowden PER

Central District

William Russell III PER

Coastal District

Elizabeth McKee PER

East District

Denise Johnson PER

Northwest District




Americanism Essay Contest 2021-2022



July 22, 2021 - We are pleased to announce the 2021-2022 Americanism Essay Contest.  Children in grades 5-8 express their views on their pride in America.  The theme of this year's contest is, "What does it mean to love your country?"  

Essays must be submitted to the local Elks Lodge on or before December 15, 2021.  Click here to download the contest form.  

For local lodges:  State Chairman Art Brault PDD has developed a list of local schools for each lodge.  This will help you to solicit the contest to schools in your district.  Click here to download the list.  


Americanism Essay Contest Winners 2020-2021


I'm pleased to announce this years Essay's winners and they are as follows:

Division 1

1st place Allyson DeSanti sponsored by Winsted Lodge.

2nd place Tyle Inman sponsored by Waterbury Lodge.

3rd place Harleigh Link sponsored by Derby Lodge.  

Division 2

1st place Alexis Pailla sponsored by Derby Lodge.  

2nd place Kate Regan sponsored by Waterbury Lodge.  

3rd place Adrianna Naranjo sponsored by Derby Lodge.  

Congratulations to this years winners .......... 
Thank you to all the volunteers involved, a special thanks goes out to the District and Lodge Chairmen without your participation and hard work this would not be possible. 
Arthur Brault, PDD
CEA Americanism Chairman


Manuals & Information

****NEW!!!!  Fly the Flag Certficate - Local Lodges can recognize a local organization with a Certificate of Honor for Properly flying the American flag.  Click here.

To download the Grand Lodge Americanism Committee Manual click here:


To download the Grand Lodge Americanism Committee Manual Supplement click here:


To download the Americanism Essay contest rules & form click here:


To download the Certificate of Participation click here:


To download the Americanism Supplies Price List click here:


To download the About Our Flag Booklet form click here:



2021-2022  Americanism/Community Contest


Will your Lodge be this year’s first place winner?  The format is easy, all your lodge needs to do is document, 5 events your lodge hosted or participated in involving Americanism in the Community.  Submit your 5 events in a folder, portfolio or report binder.  Dates and more details are outlined in this downloadable document Americanism/Community contest.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding this contest.


Arthur Brault, PDD

CEA Americanism State Chairman


At the 2019 Elks National Convention in St. Louis, outgoing Grand Exalted Ruler Mike Luhr issued a challenge to the Elks members to raise funds for the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Hawaii.

“I ask you then, will your Lodges and Members support the idea of making sure the memories of our veterans, passed and living, are kept with us for the years to come, and make sure the history of that ‘Day in Infamy’ is recorded so our great-great-grandchildren will be able to see where our country has been?”

Since that announcement, Elks have been partnering with the Pacific Historical Parks, a WWII focused 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public benefit organization that oversees the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, to help preserve, restore and modernize the USS Arizona Memorial. Thanks to your donations, we’ve met 2 big goals already.

  • The first $15,000 Elks raised will be used to replace old, faded and peeling outdoor exhibits along Pearl Harbor National Memorial’s perimeter.
  • An additional $270,000 raised by Elks will upgrade current static displays with digital exhibits, build new interactive displays to engage children, and modernize the museum.
  • All additional funds raised will be used to enhance and expand a virtual education program that will allow youth and adults across the country to “virtually visit” Pearl Harbor and learn about our history.

Thanks to all who have donated so far! These contributions will help honor the service and dedication of Americans whose profound contributions to our nation should never be forgotten so that generations to come will know and appreciate the enormous sacrifices of the Greatest Generation.

We know COVID-19 put a wrench in many plans, including the conclusion of this project, previously planned for the Grand Lodge Convention.

So, we’ve officially extended the end of this program to November 11. Will you help us reach our goal of $1 per member?

Visit enf/ to make a donation today!

Flag-Flying Calendar

 The following calendar outlines dates that are specifically noted in the Public Law as occasions when our Flag should be displayed. It decrees that the Flag should be displayed on all days, especially:

New Year’s Day January 1st
Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday 3rd Monday each January
Lincoln’s Birthday February 12th
* Washington’s Birthday & Presidents’ Day 3rd Monday in February
National Patriotism Week Week following
Easter March/April
Mother’s Day 2nd Sunday in May
Armed Services Day 3rd Saturday in May
* Memorial Day (fly at half-staff until noon) Last Monday in May
Flag Day June 14th
Father’s Day 3rd Sunday in June
Independence Day July 4th
Labor Day 1st Monday in September
National Patriots Day (fly at half staff) September 11th
Constitution Day (Citizenship Day) September 17th
Columbus Day 2nd Monday in October
Election Day 1st Tuesday in November
Veterans’ Day November 11th
Thanksgiving Day 4th Thursday in November
Christmas Day December 25th

*Federally designated Celebration Day.  PLUS Anniversary Date of your Town’s Founding and Date of your State’s Admission to the Union, as well as any other such days as proclaimed by the President of the United States, and on State and Municipal Holidays.




Americanism[1]GOD BLESS AMERICA:

God bless America, Land that I love. Stand beside her, And guide her, Thru the night with a light from above. . From the mountains, To the prairies, To the oceans white with foam. God bless America, My home, sweet, home, . God bless America, My home, sweet, home.