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Lodge 572 Has Re-Opened (With Limitations)

In accordance with the State of Illinois re-opening plan, our Lodge re-opened on Friday, June 26th. It was great to see familiar faces in the Lodge.

Please keep in mind we are required to follow all guidelines set forth by the State of Illinois, including social distancing, cleaning, and capacity restrictions. Our Lodge has been hurt financially by the shut down, just like other organizations and businesses. It will take some time for our Lodge to return to normal operation. During this process, our hours, menu, and service will be reduced. Please bear with us and continue to support your Lodge as we rebuild our operations piece by piece. Please refer to this website and our facebook page for updates as they become available. We are relying heavily on volunteers to cover bartending and serving duties as we attempt to adjust to the new status quo. If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact the Lodge.

Lodge 572 Continues To Give During Crisis

Murphysboro Lodge #572 Exalted Ruler, Christian Rose, presented a $2,000 check to Carnalita Cahill, Coordinator of the Warming Center in Carbondale. The Center is a temporary shelter helping the homeless, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic situation. This donation will help with the purchase of cleaning supplies, food, clothing, hygiene items, PPEs, etc., and is made possible by our Lodge receiving an ENF Spotlight Grant. Another example of your Lodge helping those of our area who are in need: Elks Care - Elks Share! warming center donation

CCC Physical Therapy Scholarship Awarded To Student Sponsored By Lodge 572

Lodge #572 is pleased to report that Carly Carril of Evansville, Illinois has been awarded a 3rd year of scholarship assistance by the Illinois Elks Children's Care Corporation (CCC), for 2020-2021. Sponsored by our Lodge, Carly is a Physical Therapy major at Maryville University (near St. Louis). This year's award amount is $1,100. Carley sent a message to members of Lodge #572: "Please tell them that I appreciate their hard work & contributions needed to make this scholarship possible!" To all of you who have helped in any way with our Lodge's support of the CCC, here is an example of your efforts paying off!!

July Newsletter Online

The newsletter for July 2020 is now available online. To view and/or print it, use the links in the navigation menu on the left. At this time, there is no calendar due to the closure of Lodges due to COVID-19 virus precautions. Any changes wil be posted here as they become available.

Members -- Time To Renew Your Membership Dues

Please remember that the current Elk Year ended on March 31, and the new one began on April 1.  Regular dues for 2020 - 2021 will be $70.25, and life member dues will be $32.25.  (Note - a $2 increase is the result of increased liability insurance rates incurred at the Grand Lodge level.) We realize that many people have other concerns/issues/problems this year. If you have difficulties paying your dues due to the pandemic, please contact the Lodge. We can work something out. Thanks in advance, everyone!

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 https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/mvs.cfm. 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 donnansief@aol.com

 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 https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/EEFGrants.cfm. Lodge #572 contact for information is Don Siefert: 618-201- 4184 or donnansief@aol.com