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Christmas Shopping Showcase

The holidays are right around the corner, so its time to think about your holiday shopping. This year's Christmas Shopping Showcase will take place in the Lodge back room on Thursday November 9th 5:00 - 9:00 pm. There will be jewelry, pottery, gift baskets, purses, home interiors, and other assorted goodies. This is the perfect chance to get a head start on your holiday gift shopping! A $2 admission gets you appetizers, a cash bar, and a chance to win door prizes! For more information, contact Patty Stokes at (618)924-8184 or by email at

Shedding A Little Light

A special Thank You goes out to member Billy Woosley, who graciously volunteered to correct a long-standing problem with the outside flag lighting in front of our Lodge.  Since construction of our building in 1996, the lights have repeatedly shorted out due to heat and moisture.  Thanks to Billy, our flag group is now illuminated at night with modern LED lighting that should hold up to any weather conditions.  Take a look as you drive by the effect is great and all at no cost to the Lodge, as both materials and labor were donated!  

Annual Nut Sale

Our annual "Scholarship Nut Sale" is officially underway!  Our order with the Thames Nut Company has arrived.  Thames informed us that due to rising costs and losing about 30% of their crop due to the hurricanes this year, the cost of the certain nuts have gone up.  Therefore, we will be forced to adjust our prices accordingly.  We will need to charge $11 per bag for pecan halves, pecan pieces, and cashews this year.  All the other nuts will remain at last year's price of $10. Full information can be found here.

Barstool Campaign Update

Our initial order of some 19 bar stools has arrived.  They will soon be assembled and the donation plaques attached.  Watch for their arrival in the Club Room!  Our initial goal was some 30 stools, so our 2nd order is now being taken   You can still purchase and donate a barstool for $150. This will also allow you to have an engraved plate attached, stating either "Donated by...", or "In Memory of..." These units are Commercial Black Bucket Seats with White Stitching and Deluxe Casino-Style Bases. See Club Room Manager, Dianne, to place your order and indicate what name you want placed on the engraved plate. Let's get the Club Room updated, and perhaps a little more comfortable!

Help Area Veterans

Our 4th year of applying our ENF Beacon Grant to providing a monthly meal for veterans attending support meetings at the Haven on Crab Orchard Lake is well under way.  We do need volunteers to help deliver and serve meals, clean up, and importantly.....visit with these veterans who are in need of various services.  The November meals will be on the regular 3rd Tuesday schedule (11/21), but the December date will be the 2nd Tuesday (12/12), due to Christmas calendar adjustments.  Plan to be at the Haven by 10:30 a.m.   For more information, check with E. R. Debbie Sauer (618)319-2657, or Patty Stokes (618)924-8184.   

Brad Wilcox Dart Tournament

The Annual Brad Wilcox Dart Tournament will occur on Saturday, November 25th.  All you Elk Members who enjoy throwing Darts - put this date into your planning, and help out this fund raising event!

ENF Emergency Grant Award

We have been notified by the Elks National Foundation that an Emergency Grant Scholarship will continue for yet another year for Sarah Mueller of Chester, Illinois.  Sarah's father, David Mueller, passed away while a member in good standing of our Lodge, setting up a multiple-year scholarship option for Sarah.  We are pleased to see one of the great programs of the ENF coming home to a family of Lodge #572, and reminding us that "Elks Care - Elks Share."

ENF Shooting Matches

Mark your calendars - this year's shooting matches have been scheduled for January 7th & 21st and February 25th. Watch for more information.