State Director
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William J. Oakley PSP
Thomas M. Zisa PSP

Robet C. Ricker PSP

 The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is a nationwide patriotic and charitable organization. One hundred seventeen Lodges are maintained within the State of New Jersey, consisting of a membership in excess of 42,000.

Deeply rooted in their communities, this fraternal organization perpetuates a presence dedicated to the service of their communities. Programs are varied and contribute to the benefit of many groups such as veterans, senior citizens, handicapped children, youth peer leaders, civic organizations and much more.

The Elks are family-oriented, and as such, a significant percentage of effort is dedicated toward the youth of local and encompassing neighborhoods. Today's youth will form the foundation of tomorrow's society and the Elks are in the forefront to offer their support and help provide forums for physical and mental growth while offering the students the opportunities to make their own decisions.

This then, is the Mission of the Drug Awareness Committee: "To support, in a nun-clinical format. Local, municipal, school, and civic programs dealing with drug usage and the direct nature of an insidious problem that is affecting our communities, our families, and our very lives."


Future PEER Leadership Conference Dates.

February 6 - 9, 2020
February 3 - 6, 2021
February 2 - 5, 2022
February 1 - 4, 2023

 Conferences will be held at the Ocean Place Resort and Conference Center.


These guidelines are designed to ensure that all participants in the program enjoy a maximum learning experience in an environment conducive to an exchange of sharing ideas and concepts. All participants are expected to adhere to the rules outlined. Violations of any guidelines will be dealt with in any of the following manners:

1. Private counseling session with a staff member of the NJ State Elks Peer Leadership Conference staff and the advisor.

2. For serious offenses, removal from the program may occur. A parent or guardian will be asked to pick up the student.



2. Name Tags: Your name tag must be worn during the entire conference.

3. Behavior: All participants are expected to conduct themselves in a mature and orderly manner at all times.

4. Cell Phone Usage: Absolutely no cell phones will be allowed in any of the organized
programs. Cell phones must be turned off and put away during all keynotes, workshops, and other organized programs. No calls or text messaging will be tolerated.

5. Dress Code: Appropriate (school attire) casual clothing is suitable - no revealing clothing, no inappropriate T-shirts containing negative messages or drug/gang related references. Hats are not allowed during workshops, keynote presentations, meals, or general sessions. Attire for the dance is also casual.

6. Visitors: No visitors will be permitted during the conference. If conference participants visit your room, the door must be propped open.

7. Remain in the Hotel: All participants are required to remain in the hotel during the entire weekend. The parking deck/lot, pool and health club are all off limits due to insurance reasons.

8. Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Free: This conference is promoting a drug-free lifestyle. Given that, drugs, alcohol or tobacco use is strictly prohibited throughout the entire conference. Use of any prescription medication must be accompanied by a doctor's note and must be noted on your health form.

9. Room Check/Phone Usage: All participants must be in their rooms by the designated room check time. Hotel room phone may not be used.

10. Electronic Games/Headsets: Electronic games, portable MPC/CD/radio/cassette players. radios, iPhones. Blackberries. Sidekicks. PDA's, pagers, etc. may not be used during any organized program. We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items, so it is preferred that these items are not brought to the conference.


1. Select the appropriate students to form an Elks Conference Team

A Conference Team consists of two to twenty-five teens from your community group or school who will attend the Elks Conference for the purpose of personal education and to develop and implement an alcohol, tobacco, and drug use prevention project in their community. We suggest that school principals, guidance, and student assistance counselors (or a community group administrator and staff) work together to select the students.

The NJ Elks Peer Leadership Conference is open to all New Jersey students who will be in grades 9 through 12 during the '08- '09 school year and are proud to be alcohol, tobacco and drug free.

Students who ...
Are likely to earn the trust of peers, parents and administrators.
Are proud to be alcohol, nicotine and drug free.
Are emotionally mature enough to give service to their home, school or community.
Have good listening skills and will respect others by not talking when they are - especially during presentations.
Are motivated to do the hard work to make a difference in the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs.
Have displayed or have the potential to develop leadership skills.

... should register for this year's “Elks and Youth: Discover. Create. Inspire." Conference

2. Select an adult who will attend the Elks Conference and actively work with students throughout the conference weekend.

The purpose of this requirement is to provide each Conference Team with an adult advisor who will share the Elks experience and who will work actively with the team both at the conference and to assist at home in implementing prevention projects. The advisor will serve as an active participant at the Elks Conference and will attend activities with their teens and special advisor meeting and workshops.

Advisors that...

Like and are willing to listen to and learn from teenagers.
Are willing to enthusiastically join activities with teens.
Have a sense of appropriateness about themselves and in setting limits with teens.
Are likely to earn the trust of students, parents, peers and administrators.
Are willing to offer the credit for accomplishments to teens.
Work easily and cooperatively with students and other adult volunteers.
Actively participate in the entire conference.
Look for good in ALL teens.
Are willing to be a healthy role model for teens.

... should register for this year's “Elks and Youth: Discover. Create. Inspire." Conference