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December Newsletter & Calendar Available Online

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

Annual Memorial Service

This year's Memorial Service will take place on Sunday, December 5th at 11:30 am. Please plan to take time and attend this service which honors those members lost over the past year.

Kids Christmas Party

This year's children's Christmas party wil take place Sunday, December 5th 1:00 — 3:00 pm. There will be hot dogs, cupcakes, and treat bags for the kids. There will also be a special appearance by the fat guy himself. 

Cookie Exchange

Do you like to make Christmas cookies? Bring them to the Lodge on Monday, December 7th for a cookie exchange. If you are not familiar with this, it is really simple: bring a dozen cookies, take a dozen cookies. Please plan to bring extra cookies to be used in Christmas baskets for Veterans.

Elks Flag Service

As you can see in photo below, our Elks Flag Service is up and running here in the Murphysboro community! I want to thank everyone who has helped put them up, and take them down — twice now, since continuing the long-standing service of the Lions Club. Each flag placement date is resulting in additional inquiries about getting on board with our service. If there are any of you Elks out there who would like to help, give me a call. (Some of our New Members, just initiated, have already indicated an interest in helping out!) My phone number is (618)713-3248. Thank You, Steve Schemonia, Flag Service Chairman.

Elks Flag service Putting out the flags — Orville Rowe, Gary Raines, Bruce Francis, Jimmy Taylor, Steve Schemonia, and Billy Korando work together to put out American flags at 140 locations on the morning before Veteran’s Day. Also helping (not in picture): Lynn Porter, Ben Fager, Beth Francis, and Bruce Dallas.

Lodge 572 Initiates Eleven New Members

On Wednesday, November 17th, our Lodge brought eleven new members into the Order. Be sure to introduce yourself and make them feel welcome............more

Lodge 572 Flag Team Makes New Appearance

Flag Team in Chester After being requested by the City of Chester, our Flag Team participated in the Chester Fall Festival Parade on Sunday, October 17th. Our presentation was well received as parade watchers applauded, stood, removed hats, saluted, and made verbal compliments! Thanks to 19 Elks & friends who took a Sunday afternoon to help out, and to Chester for inviting us!

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 enf.elks.org/MVS 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 enf.elks.org/Leg. 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 enf.elks.org/EEG

Finally, you can contact the following Lodge Scholarship Committee persons: Merle Evans (618-303-1693 or merle_evans@elks572.org) or Don Siefert (618-201-4184 or donnansief@aol.com)