Welcome to Stamford Elks Lodge 899

Home of District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler Frank 'Cheech' DeFazio

 

943 Hope Street, Stamford, CT 06907

Lodge Website - Grand Lodge Virtual Home Page

Lodge Phone: 203-323-9614

Office Phone: 203-595-5776

Fax Phone: 203-595-5777

Lodge e-mail is stamfordelks@optonline.net

 

 

 

MEETING SCHEDULE

Lodge- Second and Fourth Tuesdays at 7:00pm.  July and August: Fourth Tuesday only.

Board of Governors  - First Tuesday at 6:30pm.

Board of Trustees - Third Tuesday at 7:00pm.

 

OFFICERS FOR 2015 -2016:

Exalted Ruler:

Kenny Llano

Esteemed Leading Knight:

Tommy Maker

Esteemed Loyal Knight:

Ray Fedele

Esteemed Lecturing Knight:

Todd Frascarelli

Secretary:

Brandon Miller

Treasurer:

Linda Shippee

Esquire:

 

Chaplain:

Dudley Jenkins

Inner Guard:

 

Tiler:

 

Organist:

 

Five Year Trustee:

 

Four Year Trustee:

Frank DeFazio

Three Year Trustee:

Chris Gautrau

Two Year Trustee:

Paul Franco

One Year Trustee:

Lina Heaslip

House Committee Chairman:

Lynda Roscia

Hall Rental Coordinator:

Nick Panaro

Lodge Email Contact:

 

 

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Stamford Elks #899 Honor Lacerenza For Helping
Others With Cerebral Palsy

by Robyn Blosio Bova Neighbors 04/08/15

STAMFORD, Conn. -- James Lacerenza, Stamford native, learned to live with cerebral palsy and helped others with disabilities do the same. On Saturday, he will be honored for his work.


Lacerenza will receive the “Citizen of the Year” award from Stamford Elks. The organization will also honor its Officer of the Year and Elk of the Year at the dinner, which will be held at the lodge at 943 Hope St.
Lacerenza was born 11 weeks prematurely on March 17, 1987. He spent 55 days in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital before coming home to his parents, Elaine and Jim. James went through many obstacles upon being diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after birth, but has never let his disability fully define him.

Lacerenza volunteered for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for 12 years and raised nearly $100,000 in Stamford to send children from the New York Metropolitan area with muscular dystrophy to a free week-long summer camp.

When local MDA officials decided to close the Hawthorne, N.Y., office and camp site which had previously served our area, their operations, including summer camp were centralized in North Haven.
As a result of these changes, Lacerenza decided to help The Jett Foundation for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which was launching its own summer camp called Camp Promise East.

Since 2011, Lacerenza and his team have raised $18,000 for Camp Promise. As of April 1, they are approaching close to $200,000 for various groups and grants and will have sent over 100 kids to summer camp.

“To be honored for Citizen of the Year by the Stamford Elks is extremely flattering. Other individuals are equally if not more deserving than myself. No human is perfect, and neither am I,’’ Lacerenza said.
“However, we all should try to find the good in every situation, and over the last 28 years, I literally just keep rolling along so that other young people with special needs have some of the blessings of camp that I was fortunate to have as a child. Words don't do this honor justice, and it's going to be a great night to celebrate Stamford in shaping me as a caring human being.”

The Elks are a national charitable organization. There are 33 lodges in Connecticut and they are each encouraged  to select a citizen, not necessarily an Elk, who has contributed in a special way to improving the local community. This individual should be someone who has shown leadership in the community; has contributed voluntary service and is recognized as being an all-around good citizen.

“I’ve chosen James because he is so cognizant of the needs of others and puts his own needs aside to help people with disabilities,’’ said Lynda Roscia, Exalted Ruler of Stamford Elks. “He is a community minded individual who I admire, as do many others for his unselfish deeds.”

The awards dinner, which is open to the public, will be held on Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. For more information call 203-588-0844 or 203-323-9614.

Robyn Blosio Bova is a Stamford native and a Realtor for Higgins Group.
Reprinted from The Stamford Daily Voice

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Stamford #899 Donates to the Stamford Police

 
Stamford Lodge #899 donated $1000 from their Charity account to the Stamford Police Association for their youth program. 
 
Picture from left to right: Melodye Colucci, Todd Lobraico 
(Stamford Police Assoc. President),Officer John Buehler, DD Frank DeFazio, 
PER #899, Kenny Lano Exalted Ruler.
 

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At the Stamford Police Association Annual Timothy Coppola Bicycle Helmet Giveaway, Stamford Lodge #899 gave away over 700 Drug Awareness bags and Frisbees and over 900 bicycle helmets. Stamford Lodge also gave $1000 from their charity account to the Stamford Police Association. Timothy Coppola is a son of a police officer who was killed 12 years ago while not wearing a bicycle helmet.

Photo: Barbara Mountain, waiting to be initiated, Frank DeFazio, PER, Major Projects Chairman, Ray Fedele, Drug Awareness Chairman, Linda McQuillen, visitor to event, Lynda Roscia, ER, Darlene Regan, member volunteer, Bunny Zwart, volunteer from Emblem Club.  Children: Emilia Angenov, Katie McQuillen and Jake McQuillen

 

 

Stamford Lodge #899, utilizing a Graditude Grant, donated a $1000.00 check to West Haven VA Hospital for their Suicide Prevention Program.

Photo: (L to R) Larry Rice VAVS, Stephanie Hotchkiss VAVS, PER Frank DeFazio, VAVS DEPUTY REP, and PER Dudley Jenkins (World War II Veteran).

 

Stamford Elks #899 utilizes Gratitude Grant

By Nancy Seeley - CEA Coastal District Public Relations Chair

 

Stamford Elks #899 works with Backyard Humanitarian to kick off a fundraiser with a $1000 donation from the Grand Lodge Gratitude Grant to help James Lacerenza who needs a Nurse's Aide to help him with his daily living needs. James is from Stamford who in 2005, at age 18, founded ConnectiKids Summer Camp Fund to send children with any of the 40 different types of Muscular Dystrophy to camp and has dedicated his life to helping others. He has raised over $120,000 to help kids with Muscular Dystrophy, so they can enjoy life. James was born on March 17th, 1987 11 weeks premature. He has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair. He put himself through college, helps others and asks for nothing for himself. 

 

James has faced many challenges, pain and heartache but always maintains a positive attitude and disposition.  PER Lynda Roscia mentions "Unless we can help James like he's helped others he will have to wait years and will suffer in the meantime".

 

 

Photo: Organizers Angela Malizia and Michelle Aloub and their Zumba team, with Stamford Elks,PER Frank DeFazio,PER Paul Franco, PER Lynda Roscia, Lodge Secretary Patte Farrell, and ER Bill Fortini,surrounding James Lacerenza.

 

Stamford Lodge #899 Donates to Hurricane Sandy Victims

By John P Simko PER, CEA Coastal District Public Relations  Chairman

Led by ER Lyn Roscia, PER's Frank Defazio and Paul Franco of Stamford lodge #899 traveled over 50 miles to Rockaway Point, N.Y., an area devasted from Hurricane Sandy, to deliver a donation of $500 from the lodge, over 70 smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and an American Flag to the Rockaway Point Fire Department.
 
Photo L to R: Sean Powers, Bill Valentine, Mary Powers, Martin Fahy, Lynda Roscia ER, Paul Franco PER, Fire Chief Ed Valentine, Frank Defazio PER and Chris Healey.