New Britain Lodge 957 announces the death of Past Exalted Ruler Albert Cliff. He passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
Long a devoted member, he was well known and will be missed by countless New Britain Lodge members as well as his many friends on the state and national level.
Born September 26, 1929, be was initiated into our Order in October of 1969 and became a Life Member in 2000. He served on many committees and received many awards for his loyal service; notably, Elk of the Year in 1999.  
Al occupied all the Officer's Chairs, in turn, and was elected Exalted Ruler for Lodge Year 1982-1983. He also served for many years as Lodge Treasurer.
His passing is sadly noted by his grieving family and friends.
Funeral rites will be held Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. from the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, 764 Farmington Ave., New Britain. Burial with full military honors rendered by the U.S. Army will be in the State Veterans Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane, Middletown. The American flag will be presented to Al’s sister Helen. Relatives and friends may call at the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. New Britain Lodge No. 957 will hold a ritual at 6 p.m. Directions to funeral home I-84 East or West, exit 37 (Fienemann Road) - right off exit -one mile down on right. In lieu of flowers, please donate in his name to the New Britain Boys & Girls Club or the New Britain Elks 957 Building Fund. To extend condolences to the Cliff Family or share a memory of Mr. Cliff, please visit
The time is fast approaching for the Special Olympic Volleyball event. The Special Olympics Volleyball event will be played on Nov. 18th & 19th 2017 at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven. The same athletic center as last year.  This is the first weekend before Thanksgiving.  Registration will begin at 7:30am for both Sat. and Sunday. Opening ceremony on Saturday will begin 9:00AM SHARP. Coffee and donuts, in the morning, and lunch will be provided. The directions to and from the facility are on the website. ELKS and friends don't forget to sign in at registration under your district and lodge number. 
Over the last couple of years the volunteer attendance has been slowly going down. Especially on Sundays. The Special Olympics of Connecticut questioned me if we could still handle the event. OF COURSE WE CAN. We need to bring our volunteer attendance up like it used to be in the past.  Don't take it for granted that some one else will do the job. 
Remember this is not an ELKS members only event. We need volunteers. Bring your family, neighbors, friends and teenagers with their friends. If you know any one who needs Community Service hours (for High School, College or other) please bring them I will sign their papers. If they can help us we sure can help them. That's what we do. ELKS CARE-ELKS SHARE.  We can all share our time to help out the Special Olympics of Conn. participants. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS. 

Robert Ferone Sr., PDD - Secretary - CT PER Association

The next meeting of the Connecticut PER Association will be on Sunday, September 10th, at the Branford Lodge 1939.
Lunch will be served at 12:00 noon at a nominal cost. The Flag Retirement Ceremony will take place at 1:00 pm, with a business meeting to follow.
The agenda for this meeting will include nomination and election of officers for the 2017-18
fraternal year.
Members will be receiving meeting notices, along with a book of tickets for the Scholarship Raffle.
Please check your address label on your letter upon receipt. If there is no number after card#, your dues for the 2016-17 year are still owed. Please make every effort to make your dues current, and attend the meeting on September 10th, Sunday, in Branford.


At the 2017 Grand Lodge Convention in Reno, Nevada it was announced that Connecticut came in 4th in the nation for a gain in membership.

This makes the third year in a row that Connecticut has been in the top five of membership gain in the country.

Way to go Connecticut!









The Connecticut Elks Association received a 5-star award for excelence in a state major project display.  This was awarded at the annual Grand Lodge Convention, this year being held in Reno, Nevada.

Congratulations to everyone who made this possible!