The ambition and goal of the Americanism Committee is to quicken the spirit of American patriotism and to stimulate an awareness – a genuine feeling of pride and respect toward patriotism – so that we as members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will become constant reminders to the people of our Nation that America truly means freedom and that Elks care and Elks share.

For information on how to become involved in this committee contact:

Ron McCarthy

Antlers Youth Group

The Torrington Lodge of Elks has an Antlers program for ages 12-18. The group normally meets the first and third Tuesday of each month (Sept – June) at 6p.m. This program teaches Patriotism, Community Service, Family Values and Volunteerism. Interested in having your children or grandchildren join them?

Want more information? Call:

Lindsey and Ron McCarthy
860-307-4899 or

Rob Zampaglione
860-482-0771 or 860-496-5300 ext.5348

Drug Awareness Program

Every year, the Elks Drug Awareness Program, on the National level, hands out more than seven million pieces of anti-drug literature to parents, teachers and kids. The brochures are primarily distributed through the program’s 90 drug education trailers, which travel to community gatherings, such as fairs and sporting events. The Elks have also teamed with Marvel Comic Books to produce a book featuring Marvel superheroes and Elroy the Elk in a battle against underage drinking. Other educational materials offered by the program include prevention tools for parents, videos, coloring books, posters and public service announcements. Through the program’s annual essay and poster contests, kids can express their feelings on rejecting peer pressure. The theme for the 2017-2018 essay and poster contest will be announced in the Fall.

For more information, contact:

Carol Kearns or

Harry Schuh
860 -485-9018

Youth Activities

Hoop Shoot

The Hoop Shoot is a free throw program for youth ages 8-13 and is free to all participants.

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For more information, contact:

Jim or Jean Weingart

Soccer Shoot

The Soccer Shoot is a soccer shoot out program for youth ages 4 -13 and is free to all participants.

For more information, contact:

Lindsey McCarthy

Elks National Foundation

The mission of the Elks National Foundation is to help Elks build stronger communities. We fulfill this pledge by investing in communities where Elks live and work. We provide tomorrow’s leaders, our youth, with lifelong skills; meet the needs of today’s veterans; help the state Elks associations accomplish their charitable objectives; and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elks communities.

Like all Elks, the Foundation values the belief that charity is the greatest of all virtues and that by sharing and giving, we have the power to replace sorrow and despair with hope and confidence. Donations to the Foundation help us fund programs that match our cornerstone values of knowledge, integrity and community.

For more information, contact:


Major Charities

Ron Grochowski

Tony Roscello


Kathy Carlson

Public Relations

Rob Zampaglione


The Elks National Foundation provides $3.74 million in college scholarships each year through its three scholarship programs; Most Valuable Student Scholarship, Legacy Award and Emergency Educational Grant.

For more information, visit the Elks National website


Ken Bentley


Wait staff and kitchen staff – Kelly Andrews at

Pond Facility – contact Kelly Andrews at

Our Programs – contacts listed above