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October Newsletter & Calendar Now Available

The newsletter & calendar for October are now available. To view/print them, please use the links in the menu on the left.

Flag Handlers Needed - Additional Date

We have recently been asked to take part in the Chester Fall Festival Parade on Sunday, October 17th. If you have carried the flag in the past and want to help again, or if you would like to join our gang, please contact Steve Zak, Flag Team coordinator, at (618)924-5680 and let him know that you are interested and want to participate. This is the perfect opportunity to show your patriotic spirit.

Teen of the Year Chosen

Maggie Williams

Congratulations to Maggie Williams, 2021 Murphysboro High School Senior, who was selected as Elks Teen-of-the-Year for both Lodge #572 and the Illinois Elks South District. Maggie was awarded $100 from the Murphysboro Lodge, $500 from the South District and a plaque from the South District.

Lodge 572 Gets Green

The original heating and cooling system installed in the back room when our Lodge was built has been replaced with a new, energy efficient mini-split heat pump system consisting of six smaller units. These units are twice as efficient as the old system and will be much quieter than the old system.

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that our Lodge has been selected to participate in an Ameren Illinois incentive program, which will result in the replacement of ALL LIGHTING - INDOORS AND OUT - with new LED units! Under a program known as SBDI (Small Business Direct Install), we will see a $7,686.23 contract carried forth, for which the Lodge will pay only $200.00! Monthly savings are estimated to be around $275.00, with yearly savings put at some $3,310.42!  

Elks National Foundation 2021-2022 Scholarship Information

Most Valuable Student (MVS)
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 15, 2021.

Legacy Awards
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 7, 2022 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