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2014 Lodge Scholarship Recipients

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Hamden Lodge 2224 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, serving Hamden and North Haven recently honored seven 2014 recipients of their Annual Lodge Scholarship in honor of first member Edward J. Connolly. 2014 recipients are: Kevin Westwood of North Kingstown, Rhode Island who attends North Kingstown High School; Victoria Adinolfi who attends North Haven High School, Anthony Carbone who attends Cheshire High School, Kelsea Wildman who attends Hamden High School, Max Proskauer of Newton, Mass. who attends Newton High School, Sally-Ann Delucia who attends Cheshire High School, and Tyler Bogrette who attends Hamden High School. They were each presented with a $500 Scholarship Award at the Lodge Annual Youth Awards Banquet held during National Youth Week. These recent high school graduates are the children, grandchildren or legal wards of a current member in good standing of the Hamden Elks Lodge. This scholarship is in addition to Elks National Foundation scholarships being offered to high school seniors through the Hamden Elks and other Lodges throughout the country. Congratulations to the Lodge Scholarship recipients and to all of Youth Award honorees, including Hoop and Soccer Shoot winners, Drug Awareness Poster and Essay Contest winners and Americanism Essay Contest winners, who were honored at the Banquet.
Shown with Carl Gorman, Carl Rennie and Lodge President Brian Forsyth are Connolly Scholarship recipients in attendance at the Hamden Lodge Annual Youth Awards Banquet which was held during National Youth Week.

Hamden Lodge’s 2014 Drug Awareness Contest Winners

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The Hamden Elks Lodge 2224, representing Hamden and North Haven, has selected the winners of its 2013-14 Lodge Drug Awareness Poster and Essay Contest. Participants were students from West Woods School, Helen Street School, Wintergreen Magnet School, Hamden Middle School, and Hamden Youth Services. This Years theme was “Down with drugs. Up with awareness!” The Lodge contest winning entries will go on to compete at the Connecticut Elks Association state level. Essay winners are: 7th Grade: 1st Place – Caitlin Murphy, Hamden Middle School. 8th Grade: 1st Place – Seleha Farooqui, Hamden Middle School. Poster Winners are: 3rd Grade: 1st Place – Ryan Cappella, West Woods School; 2nd Place – Kai Jennings, Hamden Youth Services. 4th Grade: 1st Place – Jamie-Lynn Palumbo, West Woods School. 5th Grade: 1st Place – Faiz Farooqui, Helen Street School; 2nd Place – Shabrang Montazer, Wintergreen Magnet School. 3rd Place – Aliya Cameron, Wintergreen Magnet School. To support or become involved in the Hamden Elks – an organization dedicated to patriotism, service to our hospitalized veterans, as well as youth scholarship, sports and drug prevention programs – contact Andy Caporossi at 203 819-6961.

Hamden Elks Distribute American Flags on Memorial Day

In remaining true to their motto, “So long as there are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them,” members of Hamden Elks Lodge #2224, serving Hamden and North Haven, recently participated in the North Haven and Hamden Memorial Day Parades. Hamden Lodge members handed out approximately 500 American flags to spectators along each parade route, in remembrance of those who fought and sacrificed for those freedoms we hold so dear. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks promote Americanism, Veterans, Youth Activities and Drug Awareness Programs within our communities. Hamden Lodge President Brian Forsyth and his wife, Past President Karen Forsyth, generously donated this year’s flags. To support or become involved in the Hamden Elks – an organization dedicated to patriotism, service to our hospitalized veterans, as well as youth scholarship, sports and drug prevention programs – contact Andy Caporossi at 203 819-6961.

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Hamden Lodge President Brian Forsyth gives American flags to Michelle and Jennifer Connors along the NORTH HAVEN MEMORIAL PARADE route.

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Hamden Lodge member and CT Elks Past President Phil Wilson gives a flag to Taegan Schuck along the NORTH HAVEN MEMORIAL PARADE route.

DSCN2996memhamwebHamden Lodge members distribute flags among Special Olympics members during HAMDEN MEMORIAL PARADE line-up.
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DSCN3026memhamwebHamden Lodge members stop to greet Lodge Member and Veteran, Donald Tozzo, while distributing flags during the HAMDEN MEMORIAL PARADE.

Hamden Elks Conduct 2014 Flag Day Ceremony

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The Hamden Elks Lodge #2224, serving North Haven and Hamden, recently conducted their annual Flag Day Ceremony. The Flag Day Ceremony was held in the Lodge upper hall. The event included Officers of Hamden Lodge. Local Girl Scout Troops 60228, 60122 and Boy Scout Troop 610, presented the history of our nation’s flag with replicas of each historical flag; then, demonstrated the flag folding ceremony. The history of our nation’s military endeavors in defense of liberty was recited. Hamden Town Clerk Vera Morrison addressed the audience as guest speaker. Elks Lodges across the nation and its territories are mandated to celebrate Flag Day, which was initiated by the National Elks. For more information, to support or become involved in the Hamden Elks — an organization dedicated to patriotism, service to our hospitalized veterans, as well as youth scholarship, sports and drug prevention programs — contact Andy Caporossi at 203 819-6961.

“Positive Choices” Encouraged at Hamden Elks Youth Banquet

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Hamden Lodge 2224 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks recently honored Hoop and Soccer Shoot winners, Americanism Essay, Drug Awareness Poster and Essay contest winners, and recipients of their Annual Lodge Scholarship in honor of Edward J. Connolly. Elks Drug Awareness Program and Hamden’s Positive Choices Campaign to prevent underage drinking and drug use materials were on display and available for parents. Shown are Deborah Stewart, Director of the Youth Development Training and Resource Center at the Consultation Center which acts as technical assistance partner for Hamden’s Positive Choices Campaign, part of a statewide initiative, funded by The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (DHMAS); Lodge Drug Awareness Chair Brenda Davis representing the Hamden Elks on Hamden Youth Advisory Council (HYAC) and active participant of its Positive Choices Committee; and Exalted Ruler Brian Forsyth, PER. Hamden Elk involvement in this local campaign is quite fitting as both the Committee and Elks Youth Programs encourage our youth to make “Positive Choices.”

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