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September Newsletter Online

The September newsletter and calendar are online. To view and/or print them, use the links in the navigation maenu on the left.

New Club Room Hours on Sundays

Starting September 9, the Club Room will open on Sundays at noon to accomodate those wishing to watch Sunday football games. Snacks will be provided.

Soccer Shoot Update

Resulting from the efforts of Soccer Chairman, Christian Rose, E. R. Darcie Hastings, and support from Officers and member volunteers of our Lodge, our Local Soccer Shoot is again live and well! Held Saturday, September 25th on MSI fields next to the Lodge, the event attracted some 40 competitors. Here are the first-place winners: Ages 8 & under: Girls - Harper Ellermeyer; Boys - Jackson Fager. Ages 9 & 10: Girls - Adyson Conico; Boys - Jenesis Cole. Ages 11 & 12: Girls - Mikayla Camden; Boys - Kaden Shields. Ages 13 & 14: Girls - Annie Decker; Boys - Ethan Sunny.

The Lodge would like to thank Wiffleboy's Pizza, and Dairy Queen in Murphysboro, for their prize donations of pizza and ice cream (which were coveted more than the first-place trophies), as well as everyone who assisted in the set-up and / or who volunteered to help with the event. We also want to thank the MSI Board, who were always helpful and got the word of the Elks' Soccer Shoot out to the youth. The turnout was better than anticipated! Winners now advance to the Elks' South District Shoot, in Marion. And....we are already looking forward to next year's event! South District Golf Scramble

2018 Grand Lodge Convention - We Were There

During the first week of July, Elks from all over the country descended upon San Antonio, Texas for this year's Grand Lodge Convention. As usual, members of Lodge 572 were there. Although our current ER was not able to attend, PER Patty Stokes served as ER Designate to make sure our Lodge was properly represented. She was accompanied by South District Esquire to the District Deputy Debbie Sauer (also a PER of our Lodge) and Lodge member Lynn Porter. We had our bases covered.

This year's convention was particularly significant as it celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

Here's a bit of trivia: although the BPOE is 150 years old, there have been more than 150 Grand Lodge Conventions, because in the early years of the Order they held more than one convention per calendar year.
2018 Grand Lodge Convention
PER Debbie Sauer (South District Esquire to DD) and PER Patty Stokes (Lodge 572 Trustee) pose for a snapshot while attending the Grand Lodge Convention in San Antonio, Texas

Feeding the Dawgs

From our Exalted Ruler:
Thank you to everyone who assisted with our recent "feed the SIU football team" event. I have to commend the SIU team players for taking the initiative to come to SIU to get together on their own and "practice" before official practices begin, while 'crashing' on their friends' couches. Accolades go to Patty Stokes, Janice Ehlers, Debbie Sauer, Lynn Porter, Christian Rose, Sue Givens, Selena McBride, Jerry Willett, Mike Ewbank, and Jim Ferguson for all the assistance with the dinner at the SIU Arena....and making it happen!! (As Elks always do!!)
SIU football meal

Lodge 572 Flag Team Looking for Volunteers/Participants/Helpers/Whatever

Our large American Flag will make two appearances in September: Saturday, September 8th for Veterans on Parade in Marion and Saturday, September 15th for the Murphysboro Applefest Grand Parade. Flag handlers are currently being recruited. If you have carried the flag in the past and want to help again, or if you would like to join our gang, please contact me, Steve Zak, Flag Team coordinator, at (618)924-5680 and let me know you will be there or you are interested and want to participate. Please speak up, I cannot contact every member of the Lodge to see who is available or interested. This is the perfect opportunity to show your patriotic spirit.

Cornhole Boards

Call it cornhole, call it bags, call it what you will. Our Lodge has Cornhole boards available for use by our members. You can use them outside, or use them in the back room (if it is free). Stop by the club room to check out the bags and enjoy some friendly play/competition.