The Hamden Elks 2014 Soccer Shoot was held on Sunday September 21 at the Hamden Middle School Field. Participants competed in four age brackets: 7 and under, 8 to 9, 10 to 11 and 12 to 13. The winners in each bracket will advance to a district event, then state and regional meets. The winners will be presented trophies at the Hamden Lodge Youth Awards Banquet to be held at a later date. The Elks Soccer and Hoop Shoots are part of the National Elks’ program of scholarships, drug awareness, scouting and sports for the youth of America. These programs are run by Elk Lodges in communities around the country. The National Elks organization annually spends over $4 million for youth programs.
The Hamden Elks Lodge #2224 donated $250 to and participated in Hamden Youth Services National Night Out held at Rochford Field. This national program brings together residents in neighborhoods and towns to strengthen community spirit and safety through citizen involvement. There were refreshments, games and activities for youth and adults. Hamden Lodge provided the CT Elks Association Drug Awareness Trailer to distribute material to those in attenence.
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.