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Hamden 2224 Membership

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Why Consider Membership in Hamden Lodge?
Hamden Lodge plays an important role in the communities of Hamden and North Haven that we have served since 1961. We bring The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Youth, Americanism, and Veteran’s Programs into our community.

Here are some examples of what we, at Hamden Lodge, do:
Hoop Shoot, Soccer Shoot, Drug Awareness Program, Drug Awareness Poster and Essay Contests, Americanism Essay Contest, Hamden and North Haven Flag Day Ceremonies, distributing American flags along Hamden and North Haven Memorial Day Parade Routes, Youth Awards Banquet, Curran Memorial Award for Excellence in Scouting, Edward J. Connolly Lodge Scholarships, Hamden and North Haven Community Award nights honoring Police, Firefighter and Citizen of the Year awardees, participation in National Night Out, and co-sponsor of Hamden Girl Scouts Bridging and Award Ceremony to name a few!

Our charitable and volunteer efforts have included support to:
Hamden Youth Advisory Council’s Positive Choices Campaign to prevent Underage Drinking, HHS PTSA After Prom, West Haven VA Blind Veteran’s Unit, Rocky Hill VA, Hamden Food Bank, St. Anne’s Soup Kitchen, North Haven Food Pantry, Midnight Run, Operation Elf, Hamden High School Athletics, Miss Hamden-North Haven Scholarship, North Haven Community Services, North Haven Food Bank, Vietnam Moving Wall, Hamden Veteran’s Commission, Fisher House of Connecticut, Connecticut Special Olympics, Hamden Father’s Baseball, St. Stephen’s School, Clelian Adult Daycare Center, Youth Continuum, Connecticut Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and North Haven Fire Department.

Who are Elks?
Elks are community.

No matter where you go in the country, an Elks Lodge is right around the corner. With more than 850,000 members and 2,000 Lodges nationwide, Elks are providing charitable services that help build stronger communities.

To be eligible for membership in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks:

You must be a citizen of the United States over the age of 21 who believes in God.

You must be sponsored by a member of the Elks Lodge and reside in the jurisdiction of the Lodge you wish to join. You also need two other Elks who will be your co-sponsors. The Elk who proposes you for membership must obtain a Membership Application from the Lodge Secretary.

After your proposer fills in the required portion, you will be given the Application for Membership. Fill it in, following the instructions and answering all questions. Return the completed application to the Lodge Secretary.

Your application will be read at a regular Lodge meeting. It will then be forwarded to the Investigating Committee, who will call you and set up a time for you and your sponsor to meet with the committee so that they can interview you.

After the interview is concluded, the committee will report to the Lodge concerning your membership. The members will be given a notice not less than 10 days nor more than two months before the vote will be taken.

When the vote is concluded, you will be notified and asked to present yourself and your spouse for indoctrination. During indoctrination, you will learn more about the Order’s programs and charities. You will also be told during the program the date you will be initiated.

After initiation as an Elk, you can take part in all meetings and social functions of the Lodge.

If for any reason your application is rejected, you can submit a new application for membership after six months from the date of rejection.

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For questions or information on membership contact our Lodge Secretary, Andy Caporossi, by email or call the Lodge at 203-248-2224. You can also start the ball rolling with this form at the Grand Lodge site which will be forwarded on to us Join the Elks!