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October Newsletter & Calendar Online

The newsletter and calendar for October 2019 are now available online. To view/print them, use the links in the navigation menu on the left.

Sundays Are For Football!

NFL football is back in action. Our Club Room opens at noon on Sundays to watch the games. A list is hanging in the club room, where you can sign up for a Sunday, to provide food to share with everyone. Even if you are not on the list for a given Sunday, feel free to bring a side dish to share. So, why not join fellow Elks and cheer on your favorite team, while also enjoying some great food? Also this month, we will have St. Louis Cardinal playoff games on our screens. Your Lodge is a great place to cheer them on!

Meeting Goals Pays Off For Lodge 572 & Our Community

As a result of much hard work and participation by our members and officers in 2018—2019, we reached Illinois Elks State President Tom Deien's ENF per-capita goal of $5.50 per member (this is higher than the ENF per capita goal). This was primarily a result of our ENF Benefit Shooting Matches, along with some individual member donations to the Elks National Foundation. Meeting this goal qualified our Lodge for $1,500 in grant money from the Illinois Elks Associationto to benefit our local community. At the September 18th Lodge Meeting, it was voted to distribute this award as follows: $1,250 to the Murphysboro High School Trap Shoot Club, and $250 to Murphysboro Cub Scout Pack #112.  What a great demonstration of our motto, that ELKS CARE - ELKS SHARE!

Shooting Matches Scheduled For This Year

To continue our tradition of meeting and/or exceeding our Grand Exalted Ruler and State President's ENF per-capita goals for this year, we have completed scheduling of our shooting matches. Put these dates on your calendars & smart phones: January 5 at Shiloh Hill Tavern; January 12, January 26, & February 9 at Crazy Joe's Fish House in Ava. Flyers will be posted at the Lodge and various locations, and reminders will appear in future Newsletters and here on our website.

Soccer Shoot A Success At Lodge 572

Over 60 Soccer players competed in our Local Lodge / South District Shootout on September 7. Hot dogs were provided to all participants during the competition. Elks Drug Awareness information & goodie bags were handed out to everyone. First-place winners received trophies, provided by the South District, and a free pizza from Whiffle Boy's. Dairy Queen provided free treats to 2nd place winners. Certificates of Achievement were given to 1st - 3rd place winners, compliments of Schwebel Printing. First-place winners qualified to compete at the state competition in Rochester, IL, on Sept. 28th. (Any of our Murphysboro competitors who place there will be announced in our November Newsletter.) Lodge / South District winners (All from Murphysboro) are as follows: Boys: U-8: James Pease; 8-9: Chace Hall; 10-11: Elias Guthman. Girls: 8-9: Lily Morthland; 10-11: Sara Schurz; 12-13: Tessa Bleoing. Thanks to our Chairman, Christian Rose, for all his hard work in organizing, promoting, and running the largest, local Lodge Soccer Shoot in Illinois!

Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner

"Homicide in the Town of Dark Cloud" - The Townspeople of Dark Cloud will gather for dinner in the Darkness Ballroom at the Shade Hallow Manor to discuss whether to tear it down or restore it. The rumor is haunted. This murder mystery dinner party will commence at 6:00 p.m on Saturday, October 26th in the Lodge Hall with a social hour with Hors d'oeurves to meet the players. Dinner buffet at 7:00 pm will include Italian tossed salad, chicken marsala, roast loin of pork with peach sauce, twice baked potato, green beans almondine, and Black Forest cake. Admission is $20 per person. If you wish to attend, RSVP the Lodge at 684-4541 by October 24th.

Applications Being Accepted For Club Manager

Club Manager for Elks #572, Dianne Chamness, retired officially as of July 31.  Applications for this position are being accepted.  Resumes can be turned in at the Lodge at any time.  Questions regarding this position should be directed to Exalted Ruler, Richard Martin.  If you are interested, or know someone who is, do not delay to proceed accordingly.

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 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

 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 Lodge #572 contact for information is Don Siefert: 618-201- 4184 or

ENF Legacy Awards

These 300 scholarships are worth $4,000 ea., and are open to college-bound high school seniors who are children or grandchildren of dues-paying Elks. Applicants compete against other children & grandchildren from the state of their sponsoring Lodge. Judging based on core values of the ENF: Knowledge, Charity, Community Service, and Integrity. Applications available online starting September 1, 2019 and ending on January 31, 2020 at 11:59 a.m. Central Time. For details, visit Lodge #572 contact for information is Don Siefert: 618-201-4184 or