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.
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 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.”
Elks Drug Awareness Program Presented Milton Creagh at Hamden Lodge on April 23
Renowned youth motivational speaker and National Elks Drug Awareness Program spokesperson Milton Creagh spoke on Tuesday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Hamden Lodge 2224, upper hall, located at 175 School Street in Hamden. His visit was sponsored and funded by the Elks National Foundation and the Connecticut Elks Association’s (CEA) Drug Awareness Program. Milt speaks to students, teachers and parents about the perilous consequences of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse. His talks also included an anti-bullying component. Last year during his CT Elks Tour, “Bigg Milt” (as he is known due to his 6’7” height) delivered his fiery, hard-hitting, no-nonsense message to almost 5,000 students across the state. April is Alcohol Awareness month, and the timing of Milton’s visit could not be more appropriate as the Hamden Youth Advisory Council (HYAC) in their Positive Choices Campaign to prevent underage drinking and drug use encouraged all to attend this free event which takes place during ”Positive Choices” Awareness Week in Hamden.