Welcome to the Connecticut Elks Association Membership Committee Page





Membership Committee

Andrew Caporossi, PDD

State Chairman

Michael Bonini, PDD

Central District


Coastal District

Ross Parker PER

East District

Karen Papp PER

Northwest District 




"Keep Membership Gain Your Number One Priority!"

Andy Caporossi, PDD - State Membership Chairman

July 31, 2018

Time to celebrate again!  We are proud to report our state has achieved member growth for the 4th straight year!  Connecticut ended the 2017-2018 Lodge year in 6th place nationally with a net gain of 206.  

For the record, this translates to 1,399 new members initiated and 168 reinstated.  We stand at 21,015 members as of June 1.  

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!

Make an effort to fine-tune your Orientation program. Invite committee chairs and Officers to promote their programs and spotlight both your community projects and social activities in your Lodge. 
Schedule frequent Initiations. Don't keep applicants needlessly waiting! Conduct a "special session" just for the purpose of Initiation. Afterwards, have a social to meet and greet your newest members. Always  remember to have fun while building  your Lodge membership.
Lets all  keep our momentum going and give President Dave a 5th straight year of member growth!

Click here to see the PowerPoint presentation on Lapsation. (4 MB)

Click here to see the Elks in Warner Bros. Cartoons. (20 MB)



"We Don't Grow Membership By Chance... We Grow By Change!"

If you did not attend the Connecticut Association Mid-Year you missed a great presentation given by Rick Gathen, Memebership/Public Relations Manager, from Grand Lodge.  Even if you did attend the Mid-Year in Groton... it is worth seeing it again.  Below are links to the PowerPoint version and a PDF.

PowerPoint File

PDF File