Welcome to the

Connecticut Elks Association

Veterans Committee Page

"As Long As There Are Veteran's, The Elks Will Never Forget Them"


Veterans Committee

Gerry Gallo PER

State Chairman

William Currlin

Central District

John Franco PER

Coastal District

Peter Berns PER

East District

Stuart Topliff

Northwest District




Frank "Cheech" DeFazio, PDD - CEA Leather Program

Now is the time of the year that we start collecting deer hides for our Veterans Leather Program. The opening of hunting season is upon us... or the deer. This is for all hunters not only those who are Elks members. Spread the word. We need the hides to have them tanned and turn them in to leather pelts for our vets in the VA Hospitals to work on.

The hides will again be collected at the main drop off at Middletown Lodge #771. Contact Glenn Davis or Bill Ackerman (both of Middletown Lodge). All we ask is that you salt them down and fold them. Last year we collected 59 hides. We are looking to double that figure so we make the most of the freight that the Grand Lodge is paying. All animal hides are accepted. If you have any questions call me. 







Our Programs (from http://www.elks.org/vets/programs.cfm)

(This is a list of the Nationally sanctioned Veterans-oriented projects.  Many more have been established on a state-to-state and Lodge-to-Lodge basis.)

Youth/Veteran Volunteer Program: This innovative new program allows us to fulfill our commitment to America's youth while continuing to serve our nation's veterans.

Adopt-a-Veteran Program: Like an army of hope, Elks everywhere are living up to their pledge to hospitalized veterans.

Featured Veteran: Two new profiles: Joseph Kowaleski and Tom Layow.

Veterans Leather Program: VA medical centers across the country rely on the Elks for tooling leather used in occupational and recreational therapy.

Veterans Remembrance: Remembering our veterans is a daily proposition for the Elks. Nevertheless, each November we redouble our efforts.

Re-Creation USA: This group of entertainers travels the nation, performing at VA medical centers, and they couldn't do it without the Elks.

Playing Cards for Veterans: The Elks now offer playing cards for hospitalized veterans