Chic Rhodes, Chairman, CEA Golf Committee

This year’s CEA Annual Golf Tournament marks the 20th year of this gathering of Elks from all over the state to enjoy the comradery of a round of golf together and raise funds for our beloved State Major Project, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
Once again, the committee has held the cost per person to $100, including golf, cart and dinner.  That is a great deal in today’s tournament arena.  We have done this to help enable golfers from every lodge, at every level of talent to come out, enjoy and support this great charity.
There are a few exciting changes to note in this year’s event:
  • Hole signs are still a very affordable and tax deductible $50.
  • Raffle donations are being accepted by any District Chair, so if you have something you would like to donate from yourself or a local business, just contact a committee member.
  • The raffle is being changed to a table raffle this year.  There are several exciting prizes being donated and this will allow participants to put their tickets to the prizes of their choice.
  • There will be a special “Pink Ball” contest within the tournament for every foursome to have a chance at a prize just for not losing their pink ball.
  • One of the Par 3 holes will be a 50/50 contest for players on the green.
Every lodge can have a foursome.  Just contact any member of the CEA Golf Committee and let them know your lodge will participate.  If you can bring a tax deductible donation for the raffle, that will help make this the best tournament yet.
We hope to see you in Bridgeport!

Charlie McCormick, PDDGER, PER, passed away on January 9th.  There will be a viewing Monday, 1/14/19 at O'Brien's Funeral Home in Forestville from 9:00 to 10:30 am.  The Bristol Elks will performed the funeral ritual at 10:00 am.  

Phillip Stender, PDD, CEA State Secretary

RSVP form

December 9, 2018

Members All,

In compliance with the Constitution and Statutes of the Connecticut Elks Association, President David Acanfora has announced that the 2018 – 2019 State Association Mid-Year Convention will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Branford Lodge No. 1939.  Exalted Ruler John Franco, PDD, the Lodge Officers and members of Branford Lodge wish to make your visit an enjoyable one.

  • Registration will be open from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.
  • Beginning at 9:15 a.m., there will be a series of Workshops/Team Building sessions. 
  • A lunch will be available at the Lodge from 11:30 to 12:45 for a nominal fee.
  • The business session will start promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Any State Chairman, who wishes to set up a display booth, should contact the Vice-President who oversees your committee for arrangements.

There will be a vote on the proposed By-Law Amendment during the session.

All Association Officers and State Chairmen should forward a copy of your Mid-Year Association report to me.  As approved by the Executive Board, reports on the floor will be very limited to allow time for informational sessions. If you could, please email a copy in a word file, it would be most appreciated; ( Please find attached the delegate form to be filled out and mailed ahead of time.



Phillip Stender, PDD

State Secretary

Location Branford Elks

For a PDF version of the invitation letter, click here.

Click here for the RSVP form.  

Pete G. Nelson, PDD - Manchester Lodge No. 1893

Pete Nelson PDD from Manchester Lodge 1893 is shown here presenting hats, mittens, and gloves to Safe Kids Director Luis Rivera (also a member Manchester 1893) and Dr. Kevin Borrup, Dr.PH, JD, MPA, Associate Director Injury Prevention Center Connecticut Children's Medical Center  donations received for the Mitten Tree project. 
The Mitten Tree project was started by Brenda Williams SEOY also from Manchester Lodge 1893, as an extension of the CEAs Safe Kids program.
At the end of last year Brenda sat down with Luis and inquired about the needs of children who have passed through the doors of CCMC for hats, mittens, and gloves. After some discussion it was resolved that the needs of these items for the children would defintly be a welcomed gift. That was all Brenda needed to hear. The next day the knitting of mittens, and hats began. Along with her mother Janice Williams from Florida over 100 pairs of mittens, and hats were made. She spread the word of this project using our website, along with getting the news out to the membership.
Her biggest supporters were Mike and Sharon Stewart from Putnam lodge, as well as members from Manchester lodge, and Emblem Club 251. All in all there were over 500 hats, gloves, and mittens turned over to CCMC and the Safe Kids committee by the members of CEA.
There is no project to big or to small that can't be accomplished with the rolling up of your sleeves and the never ending commitment of not only Brenda, but by anybody who lives and believes in our motto. ELKS CARE/ ELKS SHARE