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December Newsletter & Calendar Online

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

Christmas 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 9th, starting at 7:15 p.m., in the Club Room (please note, the date was listed incorrectly in the November newsletter and here as the 16th). 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!

Hoop Shoot

This year's Hoop Shoot local competition will occur on Saturday, Dec 14th, at Murphysboro High School.  Registration starts at 12:00 Noon, with competition to begin at 12:30.  Contestants will be composed of age-group winners of preliminary contests held by schools in Jackson and Randolph counties.  As in previous years, volunteers will be needed for the registration table; scoring; and rebounding.  To sign up to help, ask questions, etc.,  please contact Hoop Shoot Chairman, Chris Germann, at the Murphysboro Banking Center (Bank of Carbondale); by phone at (618)967-0529; or by e-mail  You may also see E.R. Richard Martin. Thanks in advance!

Kids Christmas Party

This year's kids Christmas Party will start on Sunday, December 15th at 1:00 pm. There will be hot dogs, chips, soft drinks, and other treats. A variety of children's games are planned, and Santa Claus is expected to arrive around 2:00 pm. All members and guests are welcome.

New Year's Eve Dinner

A special dinner has been planned for New Year's Eve. Dinner will be served from 5:00 - 9:00 in the Club Room. Entree choices are: Prime Rib - $23.95; Ribeye Steak - $20.95, Fried Shrimp - $15.95; Shrimp Scampi - $16.95 (you may add a side of shrimp to any dinner for $5.00) Each dinner includes entree, soup, salad, baked potato, and dessert. Reservations are suggested!

Luck Of The Lodge Raffle

Tickets for this year's Luck of the Lodge Raffle are now on sale. The drawing will take place March 7th, 2020. As with previous years' raffle, first prize is $5000.00, tickets are $20 each and only 800 tickets will be sold. Full details are available here.

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?

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. For questions regarding the shooting matches, contact Rick Ehlers at (618)534-1689.

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

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