Frank 'Cheech' DeFazio - CEA Leather Program
 
The Elks National Veterans Leather Program was formally established in1946, making it our longest standing program. Through the Veterans Leather Program, we can donate hides at our local lodges. These hides are then sent to a tannery to be made into finished leather pelts which are then sent to our Veterans to be used by them for various projects. 
 
A seminar on this program and how to prepare the hides for the tannery will again be held at the Middletown Lodge No. 771. The date will be October 7, 2017. Lunch will be served at noon for a small fee of $6.00 per person. The seminar and videos will start at approximately 1:00PM. There will be a Q&A period at the end of the program. 
 
Last year we doubled our hide count from 25 hides to 59 hides. We are looking to double our hide count again this year to over 100 hides. 
 
We must continue to make the hide count grow to make the pickup and shipping by Grand Lodge worthwhile. We can do it with your help. 
 
You do not have to be an Elk to join us and attend this seminar or to participate in our hides program. All hunters, hunting clubs and people that know hunters are welcome to join us at the seminar and to donate hides.  
 
If you have any questions, please contact me at 203-968-6301.