A Welcome Message from

State President

Michael Johnson

 

Welcome to the Connecticut Elks Association website, on behalf of the over 22,000 Elks of the great state of Connecticut, I thank you for stopping by.  On our website, you will find information about our State Association and Grand Lodge programs.  Please visit often as updates and information changes often.

Although Connecticut is small geographically, we are large in commitment to serving our communities through local charitable works, state association sponsored programs and involvement with all Grand Lodge programs.  It is with great pride to hear Connecticut recognized at the Grand Lodge Convention for achievement of program excellence.  Connecticut won many State Association awards and Grand Lodge awards over the years, and we strive every day to continue down that path.  We are extremely proud of the fact that Connecticut has had an annual gain in membership for the past 8 consecutive years.

It is also noteworthy that Connecticut is home of twenty lodges that are over 100 years old including our “Mother Lodge” Hartford # 19, the first building constructed in Connecticut solely for use as an Elks Lodge in 1903

I am from Berlin, CT but now reside in Plainville, CT in Hartford County with my wife Denise.  Southington Lodge #1669 is my home lodge.  I have been a member of the Elks for 30 yrs.  Southington Lodge is in the Northwest District, one of 4 districts in the state.

Connecticut has played a pivotal role in Elkdom over the years.  In 1927 at Meriden Lodge # 35 the endorsed candidate for GER John F Malley, first proposed the creation of the Elks National Foundation, our philanthropic fund.  This charitable trust will give away over $25 million dollars in scholarships this year and helps us to support the many community programs of our local lodges.

The Elks of Connecticut developed and implemented our national soccer shoot program, which was the brainchild of Past Grand Trustee Robert W. Hansen and Past Grand Loyal Knight Francis A Joyce, both member of the New Britain # 957.  This program teaches youths of all athletic skill levels the values of good sportsmanship, allowing them to compete, connect, and succeed.

The Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and there “Safe Kids Program” is one of our state major projects.  For over 60 years we have enjoyed our relationship with the CCMC, helping them with keeping children safer through education and the use of bicycle helmets, child car seats, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  Our annual donation funds the efforts to reduce the number of children hospitalized each year.

The Connecticut Special Olympics is our other major project, and we are a Partner Sponsor and Unified Sports School Sponsor.  Our sponsorship includes supporting the Holiday Classic during November, bringing over 100 Elk volunteers to assist these special athletes during the volleyball, power lifting, bowling and basketball competition events.  We continue to grow with the Special Olympics program and have expanded our participation in the annual Soccer Skill Competition held during June.

In my 30 years as an Elk, I have served my lodge as a Lodge Officer, Exalted Ruler 4 1/2 terms, chaired various committees at our lodge.  I also served as a District & State Chairman, a State officer, District Deputy and now honored to serve as State President and represent our member at the Grand Lodge Convention this year in Austin, TX.

As Elks, we are known as an organization that cares and shares.  Most impressive about this is that we accomplish caring and sharing through the virtue of Charity and volunteering our time and resources of its members.  Connecticut Elks have always gone above and beyond to continually move our programs in the positive direction.  I am confident that from the arm of Charity, Connecticut Elks will continue to show the caring and sharing excellence that the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is known for.

 

Thank you for visiting our website!

 

Fraternally,

Michael A. Johnson, SP, PDD

President, Connecticut Elks Association Charities, Inc.