By John P. Simko, PDD - CEA State Public Relations Chair

The gym at the Mahoney Rec Center in Manchester was filled with family and friends rooting on the 24 children competing in the 2018 CEA State Finals of the ELKS Hoop Shoot. The participants competing here started their journey by winning at their local Lodge competition. From there they faced off against other local Lodge winners within their District, again winning their age group and coming here on February 10th to compete with hopes of moving to New England Region 6 Hoop Shoot contest in South Portland, Maine on March 24, 2018.

CEA Hoop Shoot State Chairman Michael Stewart, SVP (East), PDD, his District Chairs as well as all the judges, scorekeepers and volunteers should be commended on their great effort for holding a very successful competition.  After the competition all the participants, their family and friends, as well as the volunteers and CEA representatives were invited to a hearty lunch and an award presentation at the Manchester Elks Lodge #1893. During the awards presentation all the competitors received trophies from the CEA Vice Presidents while the top award winners were presented the Terry Owens Trophy by CEA State President Donna Wallace, PDD.  All 1st place winners will now move on to compete in the New England Region 6 competition in South Portland, Maine, with the winners moving on to the National “Hoop Shoot” Final in Chicago on April 21, 2018.

The CEA Hoop Shoot 1st place winners and moving on to compete in South Portland, Maine

8-9 Year Olds: Ava Storz, Milford Lodge #1589, Carl Parkhouse, Torrington Lodge #372

10-11 Year Olds: Emily Avel, Winsted Lodge #844, Will Parkhouse, Torrington Lodge #372

12-13 Year Olds: Erin Donegan, Milford Lodge #1589, Connor O’Leary, Glastonbury Lodge #2202

Terry Owens Trophy Award Winners for Top Scores:

Ava Storz, Milford Lodge #1589, Carl Parkhouse, Torrington Lodge #372.  


*** If you are interest in helping the CEA Hoop Shoot Committee please contact:

CEA State Chairman Michael Stewart, SVP (East), PDD

CEA Central District Chair George Gilhuly

CEA Coastal District Chair Dave Nagy

CEA East District Chair Mary Hill

CEA Northwest District Chairs Jim & Jean Weingart

All contact information is in the State Directory on WWW.CTELKS.ORG


By The District Deputies of Connecticut

There will only be two clinics held in April. There will be a Joint Clinic held for the East & Central Districts on Saturday, April 21st atManchester Lodge 1893 and Coastal & Northwest Districts on Saturday, April 28 at Southington Lodge 1669. Information on these clinics will be sent to Lodges.

The April Clinic will have a revised format from past years. The clinic will open in regular fashion with introductions, invocation, and pledge of allegiance followed by the roll call of Lodges. Opening remarks will be made followed by a breakout into group sessions involving various subjects that will be of particular interest to different groups depending on subject matter. In addition to the required officers all officers as well as Trustees and Treasurers are expected attend this clinic. Grant writing will be discussed so it’s imperative that your grant writers or anyone interested in writing grants be in attendance.

The Clinic will continue with everyone reconvened. An in-depth overview from select State chairpersons will highlight their programs in detail.  Limited Grand Lodge and State Programs will also be presented to inform the membership of vital information necessary to help our order grow and prosper. Making this clinic as informative and instructive as possible.


The Clinic will close in regular fashion with closing remarks and comments followed by the Benediction.   Having a joint clinic and new format will help in making it possible to inform our members of the information needed while condensing and limiting time and cost.

State committee chairpersons who have not been contacted to give a presentation but has information they would like to hand out please have a printed copy of your information ready to hand out before the clinic starts.

By State Secretary Phillip Stender, PDD

This year it has been arranged with Willimantic Lodge No. 1311 to host a Special Initiation Ritual in honor of our State Association President Donna Wallace.  The event will take place on Saturday March 10, 2018 at Willimantic Lodge with the following schedule.


-  Cash Bar and Hors D’ oeuvres:   4:00 p.m.

-  Initiation:                                       5:00 p.m.

-  Dinner:                                          6:00 p.m.

-  Dancing:                                        7:00 p.m.

There will be a $20 per person fee for dinner.  Both members and guests are invited to attend.  Non-members will be welcome to stay in the Victorian Room during the ritual.

This is a great chance to witness the ritual done by the Peter Nelson, PDD and the Ritual Team he has put together and for your Lodge to get new members initiated before the end of the Lodge year.

Please let me know if your Lodge is planning on taking part by bringing new members that evening.  Please make sure to bring the candidate membership cards, Elks pins, the mandatory BPOE Statutes, a Flag and anything else your Lodge may present to new members.

Over the years President Donna has worked very hard to promote Elkdom in our state along with the programs of our Association. She deserves our support and a night of thanks.  What better way than a new class of members in her honor!

Please send the attached form along with a check payable to Willimantic Lodge No. 1311 to Michael Stewart, SVP, PDD at 148 Killingly Ave., Putnam, CT 06260 before March 3rd so he can make the necessary arrangements.

State President's Night Reservation Form


Brenda Williams - Manchester Lodge #1893

Something new is set to arrive next next season at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center thanks to the Connecticut Elks Association.  A much needed service will be available next December for those in need in the form of a Mitten, Hat, and Glove Tree.  Those in need will be provided with these items and the CEA will be the program sponsor.  

Mittens, hats, and gloves of all sizes are needed.  The items can be purchased or hand made. A collection box will be provided at the State Convention in June. If anyone has any questions regarding this get in touch with me.  I can be reached at (860)416-7815 or email me @

If you have items but don't have a way to get them to me, call and we can set up a way to pick them up.



Click here for the December 2017 issue of the CEA Newsletter!

If you would like to submit anything for the next Newsletter, email it to John Simko PDD or your District Chairman!