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Lodge 572 Closes (Again)

In accordance with the recent COVID-19 restrictions for our region ordered by the governor, our Lodge is once again shut down. Elks leadership in our region and state have emphasized that non-compliance with the directives is not an option.

Lodge 572 Teen Of The Year Awards

Lodge #572 Junior Teen-of-the-Year Maggie Williams, with certificate and $100 check. Lodge #572 Teen-of-the-Year, Ashley Jarrett, with plaque and $100 check. Ashley also won South District Teen-of-the-Year for an additional $500 award.

November Newsletter Now Available

The newsletter for November is now available. Due to the shutdown, there is no calendar for November. To view/print it, please use the links in the menu on the left.

Building Fund Raffle

Updated: To help the Lodge financially after the COVID-19 shutdown, we are selling raffle tickets to generate money for our Lodge. These raffle tickets are ten dollars each, for a chance at winning one of three cash prizes: $500, $250, $100. The tickets can be sold to anyone as long as they are sold by a member of the Lodge. The drawing will take place on October 24th, 2020. Due to the recent shutdown orders from the governor, the drawing has been postponed. Watch for a new drawing date to be announced. Tickets will remain available until the new drawing date. The money that results from this raffle will be used to replenish the building fund, which has taken a blow due to various freezer/cooler issues that the Lodge has faced over the last few months. Anyone purchasing a ticket does not need to be present at the drawing to win.

Annual Memorial Service

The annual Elks Memorial Service for members of our Lodge lost over the past year will take place on Sunday, December 6th at 11:30 am in the back hall. All members and guests are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Monday Nights Volunteers

The Monday night volunteer teams project has been going well. Members form groups to volunteer to cook dinner, serve food, and bartend. We currently have several teams taking turns in this endeavor. Once our Lodge is allowed to re-open, this program will resume. If you would like to participate in an existing team, you can contact the following team leaders: Jim Ferguson/Jerry Willet, Richard Martin/Darcie Hastings, Kathy Guetersloh/Selena McBride, or Steve Schemonia/Christian Rose. If you would like to create your own team that you think can outperform any of the teams listed above, do not hesitate to reach out to any of the current team leaders and express your interest. We hope to see many of our members enjoying their Monday nights with some friendly culinary competition and a chance to win a little extra money for a dollar!

Lodge 572 Earns Awards from IECCC

Although there weren't the usual presentations and fanfare at the Illinois Elks state meeting (which was canceled), our Lodge once again was awarded for its fundraising efforts for the Illinois Elks Childrens Care Corporation (IECCC) for the 2019-2020 year. For gross contributions, Lodge 572 was awarded 2nd place in the state (out of 69 lodges) for a total contribution of $20,448.00. Our per-capita contribution of $30.34 per member garnered us 1st place in the South District.

Elks National Foundation 2020-2021 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 available online at MVS and are due online on or before November 15, 2020.

Legacy Awards
Open to college-bound high school seniors who are the children or grandchildren of duespaying 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 available online starting September 1, 2020, at Due online on or before February 5, 2021 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