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Carteret 2235 | Colonia 2282| East Brunswick 2370 | Edison 2487 | Metuchen 1914

New Brunswick 324 | Piscataway 2414 | South Amboy 784

South Plainfield 2298 | Watchung Hills 885| Woodbridge 2116

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District Leaders

Francis J. Decibus PSDGER

Stephen J.Terrible PSP Peter D. Smith PSP

District Dignitaries

Dan DeZaio VP

James A Kopcho DDGER

 Patrick McDonnell CDST

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About our Site

We would like to welcome you to the Central District web site, the most read website in the State. Here you will find information on what's going on in the District. From District meetings, Lodge meetings which are on the links above, to when the next Lodge event is. If there is a Lodge event you would like to post on the calendar, just click on "District Author". Or if your e-mail is not setup to do that, no problem; here is my e-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Note: make sure you put your event in subject field of your e-mail so I know its for the website.

Thanks for visiting our website.

Central District Author Scott Dunham PER

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Vice President message for August 2019


I must start off by thanking the Youth Activities District Chairperson Carol Bonura, PVP, and all the members who helped and volunteered at the Central District's Batters Up Competition which was held in Metuchen.  It was a huge success and you should be very proud. The Region I Batters Up Competition will be held in Jamesburg on Saturday, August 3, 2019.  Please see the Youth Activities section of the District newsletter for more information.  

There are several Committee meetings scheduled for August. Lodge Chairs please try your best to attend and if you can not attend please send an alternate.  The Youth Activities & Soccer Shoot Committees will be meeting will be on Monday, August 19th at Piscataway Lodge at 7:30 PM. The Americanism Committee and Drug Awareness Committee meeting on August 26th at East Brunswick Lodge at 7:30 PM.  The District Flag Ceremony is only a few weeks.  The ceremony will be held at Menlo Park Veterans Home on Saturday, September 14th starting at 10:00 AM. 

On Saturday, August 17th, there will be a Veteran's Picnic at Lyon's hospital starting at 11:30 AM.  The Menlo Park Veterans Home Picnic will be picnic will be on August 24th . Supporting the Veterans is very important to all of us.  It would make myself and District Chair Jeff Van Woeart very happy to see a good turnout.

As a reminder all ER's and secretaries, please let District Deputy Jim and myself know when you're bringing in new members.  We will do our very best to attend.

It's been a very hot summer so please your best to stay hydrated and cool during these dog days of summer. I hope everyone is continuing to enjoy their summer and safe travels where ever you may go.

Lastly, I just wanted to thank everyone for their continued hard work and dedication. Always remember you all are the reason why the Central District is the best district in the land. 

Fraternally, 

Dan DeZaio Central District VP

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Message from the District Deputy GER – August 2019

The St. Louis Grand Lodge Convention is over and what a great time we had once everyone got there.  A few of our district ER’S had their fights out of Newark Airport cancelled due to an emergency landing and weather conditions, but they all got there.  Mike and Karen from Colonia got there just in time to show off their formal wear on Tuesday night.  With everyone else in T-shirts and shorts they were the best dressed at the party.  Piscataway did a great job representing NJ in the Grand Lodge Ritual Contest – a job well done to all the officers.

New Jersey once again had a positive membership gain and although we were not number one in the nation we showed the nation we are Jersey Strong.  We need to keep the hard work going in the coming year so please work on your lapsed members and remove any delinquent members that you know are not returning. Please form membership committees to help the lodge secretaries send out letters as well as to call the lapsed members.  Membership is so important that the GER has placed a +1 on the badges of all the DDGER’S and their teams.  The GER would like to see that every lodge in the nation has a +1 in membership thus making our great organization grow. 

Government Relations (Charity Reports) and the Initiatory Ritual are high on the list of priority for our new GER.  The Grand Lodge is expecting every secretary to complete a Charity report each month, but the secretaries can’t make up the reports, so please all district and lodge chairs get your reports to your lodge secretary.  The Initiatory Ritual is very important as it’s the first chance to impress a new member.  This is the time that the officers of each lodge can show new members that they are joining a great organization; That we take being an ELK very seriously, and that we enjoy running all the Grand Lodge and NJ State programs through the year.

On July 24 at my lodge’s regular meeting PSDGER Francis and the PDD’S invested me with the jewel of my Office.  It was a great night and I thank everyone that came out.  I thank my wife Paula and Judy as well in helping Francis put this event together.

My first DDGER Clinic is scheduled for Thursday August 22, 2019 in South Plainfield.  Hospitality will be at 7:00 pm with the meeting starting at 7:30 pm.  All ER’S, Leading Knights, Secretaries and Chairpersons of the Board of Trustees/ Directors are required to attend.

My schedule of lodge’s pre-visits and Official Visits have been mailed and handed out to the Lodge Secretaries and ER’S.  As you all know the Initiatory Ritual is close to my heart, and although not required, if you can, please try and being in a new member at my Official visit.

May god protect our Troops, First Responders and our members and especially God Bless America.

Respectfully submitted;

James A. Kopcho

DDGER 

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