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September Newsletter & Calendar Online

The calendar and newsletter for September 2022 are now available to view/download. Use the links in the menu on the left to access them.

Lodge 572 Welcomes Six New Members

On September 7, 2022, our Lodge initiated six new members into our Order. Please make them feel welcome and introduce yourself when you see them in the Lodge...more

Haven Activity

This past August, 15 Veterans showed up at the Haven, for our 2nd Tuesday, Noon Lunch. Some new Vets are starting to arrive, following the earlier, total shutdown resulting from Covid-19 regulations. These Veterans continue to look forward to the day (both food and interaction with Elk volunteers), and wish to extend a 'Thank You" to Murphysboro Lodge #572! Looking ahead - we will again develop a Christmas List for this 2022 season - so stay tuned for further information.

Flag Service

By the time you read this, many residents and visitors will have observed the Labor Day display down Walnut St., and around other businesses in Murphysboro. We continue to build on this opportunity to let people know how patriotic the Elks organization is! And, certainly, if you would like to have a flag placed along the main street route, or at your business, please let us know. Thanks One & All, Steve Schemonia, Veterans & Flag Service Chair.

Flag Team Activities

Veterans on Parade - Saturday, September 10, 2022 - Parade starts at 10:00 AM. Meet at Marion Junior High School, 1609 W. Main St. no later than 9:30 am. Wear flag team shirt, khaki shorts, and comfortable, sturdy shoes.

Murphysboro Applefest Grand Parade - Saturday, September 17, 2022 - Parade starts at 11:00 AM. Meet at Allied Automotive Detailing, corner of Walnut & 21st St. no later than 10:30 am. Wear flag team shirt, khaki shorts, and comfortable, study shoes.

Chester fall Festival Parade - Sunday, October 16, 2022 - Parade starts at 2:00 pm. Meet at Chester High School, (enter from State Street onto Hoppe Drive) no later than 1:15 pm. Wear flag team shirt, khaki shorts, and comfortable, study shoes.

If you plan to help, or have questions, call or text Steve Zak (618)924-5680.

Elks National Foundation 2021-2022 Scholarship Information

Most Valuable Student (MVS)
[applications closed] Open to ANY High School Senior who is a U.S. Citizen. Judging Criteria: Academics, Leadership, Financial Need, and Service. 500 4-yr. awards as follows: Two $50,000; Two $40,000; Two $30,000; 14 $20,000; 480 $4,000. Applications are now available online at and are due online on or before November 14, 2022.

Legacy Awards
[applications closed] Open to College-bound high school seniors who are the children or grandchildren of dues-paying Elks. 350 scholarships at $4,000 each. Judging based on applicant's commitment to the core values of the ENF: Knowledge, Community Service, Charity, and Integrity. (Legacy scholars are required to serve with the Elks throughout college, to receive their scholarship funds.) Applications are now available online, at Due online on or before February 6, 2023 at 11:59 a.m. Central Time.

Emergency Educational Grants
Provides undergraduate college financial assistance to children of deceased or totally disabled Elks in the form of renewable, one-year grants of up to $5,000. (This grant is for educational assistance only and is not intended to cover the entire cost of a college education.) Eligibility: attend an accredited U.S. college or university as a full-time (12 semester hours) undergraduate student; demonstrate financial need; be unmarried & under the age of 24 during the academic year for which assistance is desired. Applications available by request between May 1 and November 2 of the academic year for which assistance is desired. To request an application, contact the ENF Scholarship Office at (773)755-4732. Additional information about these Grants can be found at

Finally, you can contact the following Lodge Scholarship Committee persons: Merle Evans (618-303-1693 or or Don Siefert (618-201-4184 or