Outreach Program

CCDL Outreach Program

Region Map

In our ongoing effort to increase our effectiveness in advocating for our Constitutional rights, CCDL has developed its outreach program.  We are proud to announce our leadership team for this initiative.   Dr. Walt Kupson is a CCDL executive and is the first Outreach Coordinator.  We have also named the regional managers that together will cover the state.   Chris Bitel is the Regional Manager for the Central Region, James Ritchie for the Northwest Region, Brendan Malone for the Northeast Region, Jonathan Walsh for the Southwest Region, and Tom Maloney for the Southeast Region.

The aim of the Outreach Program is to maximize CCDL’s grass-roots efforts to fight for ALL of our Second Amendment Rights through a structured organization framework. CCDL has nearly 35,000 members and the Outreach Program will work to better leverage those members by assigning representatives in each of the 169 towns in Connecticut! Each representative will have enormous support by leaders who will guide and assist them in working for all of our Second Amendment Rights. If you have had ENOUGH of the gun-grabbers taking away YOUR rights, we want to help YOU help all of us!!! Reference the map to see what Region your town is in and contact that Regional Manager to learn more. Additionally, Walt can be reached at

To figure out what region you are in – click here


Outreach Team

Chris Bitel:

James Ritchie:

Brendan Malone:

Jonathan Walsh:

Tom Maloney:



Outreach Program

What Region am I in?

 If you would like to learn more about how to help, please contact your Regional Manager.  Just find your town and click the link to email that manager.


Town Region
Andover Central Region
Ansonia Central Region
Ashford Northeast Region
Avon Northwest Region
Barkhamsted Northwest Region
Beacon Falls Southwest Region
Berlin Central Region
Bethany Southwest Region
Bethel Southwest Region
Bethlehem Northwest Region
Bloomfield Northeast Region
Bolton Central Region
Bozrah Southeast Region
Branford Southeast Region
Bridgeport Southwest Region
Bridgewater Southwest Region
Bristol Northwest Region
Brookfield Southwest Region
Brooklyn Northeast Region
Burlington Northwest Region
Canaan Northwest Region
Canterbury Northeast Region
Canton Northwest Region
Chaplin Northeast Region
Cheshire Central Region
Chester Southeast Region
Clinton Southeast Region
Colchester Southeast Region
Colebrook Northwest Region
Columbia Southeast Region
Cornwall Northwest Region
Coventry Northeast Region
Cromwell Central Region
Danbury Southwest Region
Darien Southwest Region
Deep River Southeast Region
Derby Central Region
Durham Central Region
East Granby Northeast Region
East Haddam Southeast Region
East Hampton Central Region
East Hartford Central Region
East Haven Southwest Region
East Lyme Southeast Region
East Windsor Northeast Region
Eastford Northeast Region
Easton Southwest Region
Ellington Northeast Region
Enfield Northeast Region
Essex Southeast Region
Fairfield Southwest Region
Farmington Northwest Region
Franklin Southeast Region
Glastonbury Central Region
Goshen Northwest Region
Granby Northwest Region
Greenwich Southwest Region
Griswold Northeast Region
Groton Southeast Region
Guilford Southeast Region
Haddam Southeast Region
Hamden Central Region
Hampton Northeast Region
Hartford Central Region
Hartland Northwest Region
Harwinton Northwest Region
Hebron Southeast Region
Kent Northwest Region
Killingly Northeast Region
Killingworth Southeast Region
Lebanon Southeast Region
Ledyard Southeast Region
Lisbon Southeast Region
Litchfield Northwest Region
Lyme Southeast Region
Madison Southeast Region
Manchester Central Region
Mansfield Northeast Region
Marlborough Southeast Region
Meriden Central Region
Middlebury Northwest Region
Middlefield Central Region
Middletown Central Region
Milford Southwest Region
Monroe Southwest Region
Montville Southeast Region
Morris Northwest Region
Naugatuck Southwest Region
New Britain Central Region
New Canaan Southwest Region
New Fairfield Southwest Region
New Hartford Northwest Region
New Haven Southwest Region
New London Southeast Region
New Milford Northwest Region
Newington Central Region
Newtown Southwest Region
Norfolk Northwest Region
North Branford Southeast Region
North Canaan Northwest Region
North Haven Central Region
North Stonington Southeast Region
Norwalk Southwest Region
Norwich Southeast Region
Old Lyme Southeast Region
Old Saybrook Southeast Region
Orange Southwest Region
Oxford Southwest Region
Plainfield Northeast Region
Plainville Northwest Region
Plymouth Northwest Region
Pomfret Northeast Region
Portland Central Region
Preston Southeast Region
Prospect Central Region
Putnam Northeast Region
Redding Southwest Region
Ridgefield Southwest Region
Rocky Hill Central Region
Roxbury Northwest Region
Salem Southeast Region
Salisbury Northwest Region
Scotland Northeast Region
Seymour Southwest Region
Sharon Northwest Region
Shelton Southwest Region
Sherman Southwest Region
Simsbury Northeast Region
Somers Northeast Region
South Windsor Northeast Region
Southbury Southwest Region
Southington Central Region
Sprague Southeast Region
Stafford Northeast Region
Stamford Southwest Region
Sterling Northeast Region
Stonington Southeast Region
Stratford Southwest Region
Suffield Northeast Region
Thomaston Northwest Region
Thompson Northeast Region
Tolland Northeast Region
Torrington Northwest Region
Trumbull Southwest Region
Union Northeast Region
Vernon Northeast Region
Voluntown Northeast Region
Wallingford Central Region
Warren Northwest Region
Washington Northwest Region
Waterbury Northwest Region
Waterford Southeast Region
Watertown Northwest Region
West Hartford Central Region
West Haven Southwest Region
Westbrook Southeast Region
Weston Southwest Region
Westport Southwest Region
Wethersfield Central Region
Willington Northeast Region
Wilton Southwest Region
Winchester Northwest Region
Windham Northeast Region
Windsor Northeast Region
Windsor Locks Northeast Region
Wolcott Central Region
Woodbridge Central Region
Woodbury Northwest Region
Woodstock Northeast Region

Monthly Member Meeting – Tuesday, November 12, 2019


General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League was held on November 12, 2019 at Elks Lodge 44 Maynard Street, Middletown CT.  The meeting began at 7:00 PM and was presided over by Scott Wilson, with Cheryl Lemos as secretary. The meeting opened with the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.



EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: John Beidler, Kris Witherill, Robert Chambers, Michelle McBrien, Walt Kupson, Frank Russello, Ray Bevis, Chris Lemos, Cheryl Lemos, Bob Starr, Scott Wilson, Holly Sullivan, Dominick Basile, Jonathan Hardy,





  • Belated thank you to all Veterans
  • Executive and Committee reports
  • Legislative Workshop Planning- Ray Bevis
  • Amicus Brief Updates- Scott (Worman v Healy) (Remington v Soto)
  • DC Rally Report
  • Meet the Outreach Committee and Managers
  • Discussion on New State Police Canine Patrol Dogs


President’s Report – Scott Wilson

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/22/19

-Communicated with legislators
-Media and press statements
-Responded to numerous emails and communications

-Numerous other tasks

Vice-President’s Report – Chris Lemos

-Worked on the website, blog, social media post, and membership emails. 

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/22/19

Treasurer’s Report – Robert Starr

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/22/19
-Available Funds:

  • People’s Bank Balance (Litigation) = $ 63,317
  • People’s Bank Balance (Operations) = $  103,115
  • Paypal Balance = $ 2,182

Secretary’s Report – Cheryl Lemos  
-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/22/19

-Created minutes for the previous monthly meeting and provided to the Technology Coordinator to post to the website.


Membership Coordinator – Kris Witherill

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/22/19

-Membership report

     -Member Total –     34810

     -New Members –    176


Events Coordinator – Holly Sullivan

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/22/19

-Reminder that the 11th Anniversary Dinner is booked for Saturday February 22 at La Bella Vista

   -need volunteers

   -Tickets will be available for sale at the December meeting and on the website before then.


Legislative Coordinator – Ray Bevis

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/22/19

-Attended the Kent Planning and Zoning Public Hearing on proposal to limit Gun Store in town to only a small industrial zoned area and to ban gun stores from 1000ft of placed of worship, schools, liquor stores, and establishments that sale liquor will be on Thursday October 10th

-The P&Z commission voted to extend the Public hear for 30 days. Meaning that they will take public comments via email and at the next P&Z meeting, which is scheduled for this Thursday, November 14th at 7:00pm at the Kent Town Hall at 41 Kent Green BLVD.

-During the hearing gun stores were compared to Marijuana Dispensaries and Adult Toy Shops, often asking the speakers if they would want one of those type of establishments in the center of town. The general mindset of the proponents of this ordnance change was that “we must do something to prevent shootings” “what about the children” “guns shops need to be kept out of sight so they are out of mind”

-Please attend the meeting and show your support for our rights, if you’re unable to attend you may email your comments to the town clerk of Kent.

– Attended Outreach Committee Meet and Greet with Reginal Managers on October 20th

– Still looking for a few more gun clubs to host a CCDL Legislative workshop in January, February, or the beginning of March. The workshops are about two hours long. And help gun owners understand the legislative process, how to communicate with their legislators, and how to write and submit testimony. Ask your clubs if they would be interested in a workshop. Please email Ray at if you have any questions or if your club is interested.

-Additional correspondence:

-Answered emails and phone calls

Merchandise Coordinator – Michelle McBrien

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/22/19

-special addition t-shirts are available.


Permit Issues Coordinator – Jonathan Hardy

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/22/19

Outreach committee report –  Walt Kupson

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/22/19

– Outreach: will introduce RMs at meeting and review the program to boost recruitment, formal and candid photos for eventual use for CCDL webpage and FB articles to further energize program, next Regional Manager meeting with committee November 19th


  • November Food Drive – for nearly eight years, CCDL has collected and distributed food for those in need at our monthly meetings. Thank you to all of our members who generously donated canned goods and other non-perishable items to our January meeting.
  • Letter Writing Campaign – all CCDL members are encouraged to write pro-gun letters to the editors of news organizations.  


  • Belated thank you to all Veterans
  • Executive and Committee reports
  • Legislative Workshop Planning- Ray Bevis
  • Amicus Brief Updates- Scott (Worman v Healy) (Remington v Soto)
  • DC Rally Report
  • Meet the Outreach Committee and Managers
  • Discussion on New State Police Canine Patrol Dogs


The next General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League will held on December 10, 2019 at Elks Lodge 44 Maynard Street, Middletown CT.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM.



Scott Wilson called the meeting be adjourned at 8:45 pm


Cheryl Lemos – Secretary CCDL

November 12, 2019