Welcome to Connecticut, the 
"Constitution State"

   
The 2020-2021 Association year certainly did not start out as expected. Due the Coronavirus, our 91st State Convection was postponed to a later date. I was installed along with my fellow officers in a very simple and impressive ceremony. Our Grand Lodge Convention in Baltimore, MD was canceled. Elks Lodges closed in March and many are still closed as of this writing. But we are Elks and we do what Elks do best. We have come together in our communities to assist those in need during these trying times. We will get through this and continue to help our veterans, our youth, the less fortunate, and our communities.  
 
On behalf of the over 21,000 plus Elks of Connecticut, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our State Association website. Here you will find information regarding our 31 local Lodges, Connecticut Elks Association Charities Inc. and Grand Lodge Programs. I encourage you to visit here often. It is also noteworthy that Connecticut is home to twenty Lodges that are over 100 years old including our “Mother Lodge,” Hartford No. 19, the first building constructed in Connecticut solely for use as an Elks Lodge in 1903.
 
Although Connecticut is small geographically, we are large in commitment to serving our communities through local charitable works, state association sponsored programs and involvement with all Grand Lodge programs. It is with great pride to hear Connecticut recognized at Grand Lodge Conventions for our achievements. Connecticut has won many Local, State and Grand Lodge awards over the years and we strive everyday to continue down that path.  We are extremely proud of the fact that Connecticut has had an annual gain in membership for the past 6 consecutive years!
 
Connecticut has played a pivotal role in Elk history over the years. In 1927 at Meriden Lodge No. 35, the endorsed candidate for President of The Benevolent Order of Elks, John F. Malley first proposed the creation of the Elks National Foundation, our philanthropic fund. This charitable trust will give away over $36 million dollars this year to support, Scholarships, Local Communities, Youth Events, Drug Awareness Programs, and our Veterans.
 
The Elks of Connecticut developed and implemented our National Soccer Shoot program, which was the brainchild of Past Grand Loyal Knight Francis A. Joyce and Past Chairman of Grand Lodge Board of Trustee Robert W. Hansen both members of New Britain Lodge No. 957. This program teaches our youth, of all athletic skill levels, values of sportsmanship, and allowing them to compete, and succeed.
 
The Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and their “Safe Kids Program” is our state major project. For over 60 years we have enjoyed our relationship with the CCMC, and the Safe Kids Program assisting them with keeping children safer through education in the use of bicycle helmets, child car seats, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Our annual donation of $100,000, funds these efforts to reduce the number of children hospitalized each year. Since our first donation, the Elks of Connecticut have donated over Five Million Dollars!  Since the cancelation of this year 2020 National Convention in Baltimore, MD you could not stop at our Connecticut Elks Major Project Booth to learn more about the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Please visit our booth next year in Tampa, FL.
 
Our association is also proud of our affiliation with Connecticut Special Olympics and the Holiday Classic Event held in November each year. We serve as the Title Sponsor bringing over 100 Elk Volunteers to assist these special athletes during the Volleyball, Power Lifting, Bowling and Basketball competition. We continue to grow with the Special Olympics program and have expanded our participation into the annual Skills Competition held in the June during the Connecticut Special Olympics Summer Games held in June. This year we were also honored to participate in the Award Ceremony for the Connecticut Special Olympics Winter Games.
 
My association with the Elks began in 1981 as a member of the Naugatuck Lodge of Elks #967 which I still call my home lodge. As a 41-year member I have had the opportunity to serve as a Lodge President, Trustee, Treasurer, and on numerous committees. Serving the Grand Lodge as District Deputy and severing on the Grand Lodge Committee for Accounting & Auditing for 5 years. I have served the State Association as State and District chairman, Sargent at Arms, Treasurer, Vice-President. It is my honor and privilege to now serve as President of the Connecticut Elks Association Charities, Inc.
 
As Elks, we are known as an organization that cares and shares. Most impressive 
this is that we accomplish caring and sharing through the virtue of Charity and volunteering our time and resources to achieve the goals of our great Order. The success of any association depends on the involvement of its members. Connecticut Elks have always gone above and beyond to continually move our programs in a positive direction. 
 
Our Motto this year is:
“Remember, We Are Stronger Together”
 
I am confident that from the Arm of Charity, will continue to exhibit the caring and sharing excellence that the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is known for.
 
Thank you for visiting our website.
 
Fraternally,
James Sabio, State President