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Lodge 572 Welcomes Five New Members

On November 6, our Lodge initiated five new members into our Order. Please make them feel welcome and introduce yourself....more

November Newsletter & Calendar Online

The newsletter and calendar for November 2019 are now available online. To view/print them, use the links in the navigation menu on the left.

Veterans Dinner

On Monday, November 11th, beginning at 6:00 pm., Elk veterans are invited to enjoy a Ham & Beans or Meatloaf dinner at the Lodge. This meal is FREE to our veterans as a way of continuing to thank you for your service! All others - enjoy this dinner with a donation. Your donations will be applied to our annual Christmas visits / cards / gifts to Veterans residing in assisted living centers & nursing homes in Jackson and Perry Counties. Veterans, please plan to join us!

Beer & Chicken Dance

Saturday, November 16th, featuring the band Dirt Water Fox. Advance tickets are $15 each and are available in the Club Room, or from various Elk Volunteers (contact Darcie Hastings at 618-521-6050 for names of ticket sellers). After November 10th (and at the door) tickets will be $20 each — so get your tickets early! Best of all, proceeds from this event will help support our yearly START Christmas party! Don't "chicken out" on this...have a great time...keg beer — delicious chicken — live music.....all while supporting one of the great things we do in our community.

Brad Wilcox Dart Tournament

The Annual Brad Wilcox Dart Tournament will occur on Saturday, November 30th. All you Elk members who enjoy throwing Darts or just want to attend - put this date into your planning, and help out this fund raising event!

Veterans Christmas Tree

We will again place a Veteran's Christmas Tree in the Lodge Club Room. On this tree cards will be hung with the names of veterans who participate at the Haven on Crab Orchard Lake. Along with each veteran's name is a Christmas Wish List. If you want to help in bringing a better Christmas to one of these individuals, just take a card, procure the items they have requested, and bring the items wrapped (or in a nice Christmas bag) to the Lodge. Last year, our tree was stripped bare.....let's repeat this and continue to prove that at Lodge 572, "As long as there are veterans, the Elks will never forget them!"

Sundays Are For Football!

Our Club Room opens at noon on Sundays to watch the games. A list is hanging in the club room, where you can sign up for a Sunday, to provide food to share with everyone. Even if you are not on the list for a given Sunday, feel free to bring a side dish to share. So, why not join fellow Elks and cheer on your favorite team while also enjoying some great food?

Wreaths Across America Challenge

Lodge #572 will again participate with this important program. PER/Trustee, Darcie Hastings, hereby reissues a challenge to our members to join her in donating at least $5 to the Honor Wreaths Across America program (Our donations will go to provide wreaths for veteran graves in the Carterville and Mounds Cemeteries). With your donation, you can sign a paper wreath, which will then be displayed in our Elk's Club Room (Mail-ins accepted too - send a check to P. O. Box 787, and we will put your name on a wreath for you.). Each of the actual wreaths to be placed on graves, cost is $15. Thank you - in advance! Deadline to purchase is December 1st.

Lodge 572 Places Four At State Soccer Shoot

Four competitors from our Lodge placed at the Illinois Elks State Soccer Shoot Competition: Boys: 7-Under, Liam Guthman, 2nd place; 8-9, Eli Guthman, 3rd place; Girls: 8-9, Lily Morthland, 1st place; 10-11, Sara Schurz, 2nd place. Wow & Congratulations! (Check your next Illinois Elks State Newsette for possible additional coverage)

Annual Lodge Memorial Service

On Sunday, December 1st at 11:30 AM, the Lodge officers will perform the annual Memorial Ritual to honor those members of Lodge 572 who we lost during this past year. Please make it a priority to attend this ceremony and honor those who are with us no more. "An Elk is never forgotten, never forsaken. Their memory is written on the Tablets of Love and Memory."

Shooting Matches Scheduled For This Year

To continue our tradition of meeting and/or exceeding our Grand Exalted Ruler and State President's ENF per-capita goals for the year, we have completed scheduling of our shooting matches. Put these dates on your calendars & smart phones: January 5 at Shiloh Hill Tavern; January 12, January 26, & February 9 at Crazy Joe's Fish House in Ava. Proceeds from these shooting matches earn our Lodge grant money that we use to benefit our local community.

2020 CCC Dart Tournament Seeks Donations

Our 25th Annual CCC Elks Dart Tournament is scheduled for February 29, 2020. We are looking for auction donations, dart board sponsors, and volunteers. We really want to make this 25th Tournament the Best Ever! Please consider committing to help us get an early start toward that goal. We are accepting $25 Donations at the Lodge. We are also planning on placing an Honor Roll of Donors in an issue of the Newsletter (Mail-ins accepted, to our P.O. Box 787, and checks should be made to Illinois Elks Children's Care Corp.). To volunteer, ask questions, etc., please contact Lynn Porter at 618-534-5723, or

Cookie Exchange

After all, it "tis the Season" for Christmas cookie baking. Our Lodge is hosting a Cookie Exchange, to be held on Monday, December 16th, starting at 7:15 p.m., in the Club Room. We wanted you to have plenty of advance notice to prepare! Here's the deal: bring a dozen, take a dozen; bring two dozen, take two dozen; bring extra cookies for veterans, if you like! The more, the merrier!

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarships

The ENF awards 2.44 Million annually to high school seniors nationwide. A total of 500 Scholarships range from 2 top awards at $50,000 each - to 480 at $4,000 each. Details: This MVS program is open to any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen. Applications are judged on Scholarship; Leadership; and Financial Need. Applications available online only and must be submitted online. For details or to access the application, visit Guidance Offices should have information. Selection of winners begins at the local Lodge level and continues through district, state and national judging. Lodge #572 contact is Don Siefert: 618-201-4184 or

 ENF Emergency Educational Grants

Provides financial assistance to undergraduate children (under age 24) of deceased or totally disabled Elks in the form of renewable, one-year grants of up to $5,000. Applications available by request between May 1 and October 31 of academic year for which assistance is desired. For details, contact the ENF Office at 773-755-4732, or visit Lodge #572 contact for information is Don Siefert: 618-201- 4184 or

ENF Legacy Awards

These 300 scholarships are worth $4,000 ea., and are open to college-bound high school seniors who are children or grandchildren of dues-paying Elks. Applicants compete against other children & grandchildren from the state of their sponsoring Lodge. Judging based on core values of the ENF: Knowledge, Charity, Community Service, and Integrity. Applications available online starting September 1, 2019 and ending on January 31, 2020 at 11:59 a.m. Central Time. For details, visit Lodge #572 contact for information is Don Siefert: 618-201-4184 or