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December Newsletter & Calendar Online

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

Last Call For Exalted Ruler's Wreath Challenge

December 10th is the deadline for donating to the Honor Wreaths Across America program (Our donations will provide wreaths for Veteran graves in the Cartervillle and Mounds Cemeteries). With your donation, you can sign a paper wreath, which will then be displayed in our Elk's Club Room. Each of the actual wreaths, to be placed on graves, cost $15. Thank you in advance!

Hoop Shoot

This year's Hoop Shoot will occur on Saturday, December 8th, at Murphysboro High School. Registration starts at 10:00 am, with competition to begin at 10:30. Contestants will be composed of age-group winners of Preliminary Contests, held by various individual schools in Jackson and Randolph counties. Volunteers are needed for the registration table, scoring, and rebounding. To volunteer or for more information, please contact Hoop Shoot Chairman, Chris Germann, at the Murphysboro Banking Center (Bank of Carbondale); by phone at (618)967-0529 or by e-mail at Thanks in advance.

Children's Christmas Party

Our annual kid's Christmas Party will take place on Sunday, December 16th, starting at 1:00 pm in the Lodge Hall. Hot dogs, chips and soda will be served, followed by a variety of children's games. Santa is expected to arrive around 2:00 pm. All members and their guests are welcome.

START Christmas Dinner

On Sunday, December 16th, we will again provide the clients of START, as well as some from Shelter Workshops in surrounding counties (i.e., those who also attend our monthly dances), with a Christmas Meal and Party. If you would like to volunteer, see Club Manager, Dianne. (Doors open at 5:30, meal at 6:00, Santa to follow.)

New Year's Eve Activities

A special dinner menu will be offered in the Club Room on New Year's Eve. You can choose from prime rib ($22.95), ribeye steak ($19.95) or fried shrimp ($14.95). Each includes soup, salad, baked potato and dessert. Dinner will be served 5:00 pm — 9:00 pm. Reservations are suggested and appreciated. Please note: the dinner is separate from the party to be held in the Lodge Hall.

Tickets are now on sale for our New Year's Eve party, to be held in the Lodge Hall. Join us to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of "Grease." Have fun dressing as your favorite character; or in general 50's apparel; or dress up in more traditional, New Year's fashion. Doors will open at 7:00 pm, with Hors d'oeuvres beginning at 9:00 pm. Music will be provided from 8:00 pm — 1:00 am by Davis DJ Sound and Lighting. Tickets are $20 each. A portion of the proceeds will go to the  Murphysboro High School Crimson Express Marching Band.

Elks National Foundation 2019 Scholarship Applications Available

Legacy Awards Scholarship Program — Awards up to 250 four-year $4,000.00 scholarships to the children and grandchildren of active Elks members who are high school seniors. For other criteria and eligibility requirements, and contest details, go to: Applications are available now and must be submitted online. The deadline is on or before February 1, 2019 at 11:59 am Central Time.

ENF Shooting Matches

The first shooting match to benefit the Elks National Foundation (ENF) is scheduled for January 6th, 2019 at Shiloh Hill. Sign-up will begin at noon. In addition to the shooting competition there will be various raffles, free food, and fun for all! Volunteers are needed. Whether you can shoot, volunteer, or just have fun, come out and help us meet our ENF goal for the year so we can once again qualify for our ENF grants that help our local community.

2019 CCC Dart Tournament

Our Tournament Organizer, B. J. Wyatt, is asking Lodge members to start planning for our 24th annual fund raiser for the Illinois Elks Children's Care Corporation (CCC), which will occur on February 23, 2019. We will need Board Sponsors, Silent & Live Auction Items, Event Workers, Dart Throwers, and very importantly - Elks and Guests to Attend! Want to help out? The first planning meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 8, in the Lodge following the Queen of Hearts Drawing. Questions? See B. J., Patty Stokes, or E.R., Darcie Hastings.