by Joshua Gray PER
State Website Chairperson

Although the Grand Lodge Convention in Baltimore was cancelled this year, that didn't stop the Connecticut Elks from making an appearance in the Grand Lodge Convention News Bulletin this year.  Pete Nelson PDD and Brenda Williams of Manchester Lodge No. 1893 were prominently featured on the cover of this special newsletter!   

Titled, "2020 Convention Newsletter:  Convention Camaraderie Sorely Missed", this special edition of the Convention Newsletter provides news about Grand Lodge Programs that are typically highlighted during the annual meeting.  It includes important resolutions and news stories, including the winners of many Grand Lodge programs.  Make sure to take a look!  

by Robert Swick
State Chair Scholarship Committee
August 2, 2020

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2019-2020 Elks National Foundation Scholarship Contest.

Grand Lodge Awards - Most Value Student Scholarship Awards
$1,000 per year minimum





























The students listed above have won a minimum of $1,000 per year for four years with the possibility of receiving a greater amount depending upon their National ranking.  The top male and female student in the country will receive $15,000 per year for four years.


Grand Lodge Awards - Legacy Awards

Kayli Anderson Glastonbury
Jordyn Belcourt Westbrook
Kelsi Blatchley Southington
Patrick Carbone Meriden
Emma Doran Southington
Caroline Frost Putnam
Juliette Ranelli Westbrook

The students listed above are Legacy Award winners, children or grandchildren of living Elks.   


Special Awards are in memory of distinguished Elks who have passed.  Along with a Special Award from the Connecticut Past Exalted Rulers Assoc.

Special Connecticut Award Recipients



Francis Joyce ($1,500)
Derby Lodge



Thaddeus Pawloski ($500)
Danbury Lodge



Frank Sotor Award ($500)
New Britain Lodge


Stirk State PER Association Award ($500)
Bristol Lodge





Additional Recipients, who will all be receiving $1,500 towards their college tuition are:

2019-2020 ENF Scholarship

Brooke O'Leary


Ishraquddin Wasif Bridgeport
Alexandra Purcell Danielson
Samuel O'Neil Enfield
Leila Robarge


Shawn Shea Meriden
Connor Rancourt Middletown
Madeline Papcun Milford
Isabella Fabrizi Naugatuck
Molly Rusgrove New Britain
Britteny Meneses New Haven
Cassandra Cannon New Lonon
Haley Cutler Putnam
Emma Doran Southington
Niamh Keogh Stamford
Isabella Ford Torrington
Alexandra Koplas Westbrook
Alyson McCarty West Haven
Adriana Szkirka Wethersfield/Rocky Hill
Sydney Dubitsky Willimantic


June 6, 2020

Members All,

We send you greetings from the Connecticut Elks Association Fundraising Committee. We have been asked by President Sabio to reach out to all the Lodges, introduce ourselves and share the goals of the committee. Our committee consists of Suzanne Novaco PER, Joann Donnel PDD and Sharon Stewart. The three of us will be reaching out through the year and we are always available for any questions or ideas you may have. 

We all know due to the Covid 19 Pandemic that fundraising will be a challenge this year at both the State level as well as your Lodge level. It is our goal as the Connecticut Elks Fundraising Committee to work with the Lodges so our State can work together to reach the goal of $100,000 to CCMC. 

Our first fundraiser of the year is a reminder. Many of you shop on Amazon and it is our hope that we can ask you to support Connecticut Elks Association Charities Inc. by shopping at Your existing Amazon account can easily link up to the smile account. 

Everyone has events that are right around the corner and this is the perfect time to turn your shopping into a force for good. Shop at and Amazon donates to Connecticut Elks Association Charities Inc. It is so simple for all of us to support our Connecticut Elks Association Charities Inc. on a regular basis while doing something we love.

It is our hope that through the year, working together and trying some new fundraising ideas, our State will reach our goal to CCMC. 


Connecticut Elks Association Charities Inc.
Sharon Stewart
Joann Donnel PDD
Suzanne Novaco PER

May 14, 2020

The deadlines to purchase CT Elks Association Shirts and Pins has been extended indefinitely.  They will be delivered at the next available in-person meeting for the state.  

Click on the item below to download the form to make your purchase.  

by SDGER Ricard M. Palanzo
April 30, 2020

I received official notice that Mike Stewart has been appointed as the new Region #6 Director of the Elks national Free Throw Program.

Ronald Michael “Mike” Stewart, is a PDDGER and a Vice-President of the CT Elks Assn. He also serves as a Grand Lodge Special Representative; the coach/counselor for the Rockville, CT Lodge#1359, a task he has been performing for several years. Mike is anticipated to be State President in the 2021-2022 Lodge Year.  

Mike and his wife, Sharon (who is also an Elk) are very dedicated to our Order and the Elks Hoop Shoot in particular. Mike has been CT’s State Hoop Shoot Director for many years, succeeding John Podbielski, PDDGER from New Britain #957. In his new role Mike will coordinate the activities of the New England State’s Hoop Shoot Directors and will preside over the Hoop Shoot finals for New England Region #6.

The Elks Hoop Shoot is a Free Throw Program for Youth Ages 8-13. For nearly 50 years, the Hoop Shoot has been developing good sportsmanship in kids. Only four Elk members have served as Region #6 Director before Mike. Those members were/are: James L. Colbert, Harry Mullen, Walter Kettelle {(Judy) of South Kingstown, R.I. Lodge #1899} and Richard P. Blinn {(Cynthia) of Haverhill, MA Lodge # 165}.

Mike will be officially installed at the Grand Lodge convention in Baltimore July 2020. 

Please join me in congratulating Ronald Michael “Mike” Stewart and wish him well in his new position as Region #6 Director of the Elks National Free Throw Contest.