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August Newsletter & Calendar Online

The newsletter and calendar for August 2020 are now available online. To view and/or print them, use the links in the navigation menu on the left.

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.

Upcoming Lodge Raffle

With the intent of supporting the Lodge, we will begin selling raffle tickets in the later part of August. These raffle tickets will be 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, and the drawing will take place in the early part of September. Watch for more information as it becomes available.

Members -- Time To Renew Your Membership Dues

Please remember that the current Elk Year ended on March 31, and the new one began on April 1.  Regular dues for 2020 - 2021 are $70.25, and life member dues are $32.25.  (Note - a $2 increase is the result of increased liability insurance rates incurred at the Grand Lodge level.) We realize that many people have other concerns/issues/problems this year. If you have difficulties paying your dues due to the pandemic, please contact the Lodge. We can work something out.

Due to the delay in the Lodge opening, members who have not yet paid their dues have been eligible to participate in drawings up until August 1st. However, with the Lodge now open, we must return to enforcing the regulations of our Order, along with our own House rules which require that members must not be on the CLMS delinquent list, on the first day of the month, in order to participate in any drawing that month.

Lodge 572 Initiates 8 New Members

On July 15th, Lodge 572 welcomed eight new members into our Order. Please make them feel welcome and introduce yourself when you see them in our Lodge...more

Lodge 572 Operating Updates

For current hours and food service please refer to the calendar for August.

We hope to reopen on Sundays and Mondays in the month of September. We are looking to put together volunteer teams which will be responsible for cooking, serving, and bartending on one Monday per month, as well as volunteers to cook wings on Wednesday nights. We hope to spark a friendly competition between the teams regarding who provides the best service! To sign up for a team, please call/text Christian Rose at 217-855-7081. We need as many volunteers as possible, so please don’t hesitate to sign up!

Please keep in mind we are required to follow all guidelines set forth by the State of Illinois, including social distancing, cleaning, and capacity restrictions. Our Lodge has been hurt financially by the shut down, just like other organizations and businesses. It will take some time for our Lodge to return to normal operation. During this process, our hours, menu, and service will be reduced. Please bear with us and continue to support your Lodge as we rebuild our operations piece by piece. Please refer to this website and our facebook page for updates as they become available. We are relying heavily on volunteers to cover bartending and serving duties as we attempt to adjust to the new status quo. If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact the Lodge.

Lodge 572 Continues To Give During Crisis

Murphysboro Lodge #572 Exalted Ruler, Christian Rose, presented a $2,000 check to Carnalita Cahill, Coordinator of the Warming Center in Carbondale. The Center is a temporary shelter helping the homeless, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic situation. This donation will help with the purchase of cleaning supplies, food, clothing, hygiene items, PPEs, etc., and is made possible by our Lodge receiving an ENF Spotlight Grant. Another example of your Lodge helping those of our area who are in need: Elks Care - Elks Share! warming center donation

CCC Physical Therapy Scholarship Awarded To Student Sponsored By Lodge 572

Lodge #572 is pleased to report that Carly Carril of Evansville, Illinois has been awarded a 3rd year of scholarship assistance by the Illinois Elks Children's Care Corporation (CCC), for 2020-2021. Sponsored by our Lodge, Carly is a Physical Therapy major at Maryville University (near St. Louis). This year's award amount is $1,100. Carley sent a message to members of Lodge #572: "Please tell them that I appreciate their hard work & contributions needed to make this scholarship possible!" To all of you who have helped in any way with our Lodge's support of the CCC, here is an example of your efforts paying off!!

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 https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/mvs.cfm. 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 donnansief@aol.com

 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 https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/EEFGrants.cfm. Lodge #572 contact for information is Don Siefert: 618-201- 4184 or donnansief@aol.com