140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

International Clown Week

Clown Week Celebration
A Proclamation
In 1971 President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation that established August 1-7 as Clown Week. This tradition, now 36 years old, has given us license to go out and say "Hear, Hear! We are clowns" and to share with the world the art of clowning. The proclamation reads:

Whoever has heard the laughter of a child or seen sudden delight on the face of a lonely old man has understood in those brief moments mysteries deeper than love.

All men are indebted to those who bring such moments of quiet splendor-who redeem sickness and pain with joy. All across America good men in putty noses and baggy trousers following a tradition as old as man's need to touch gently the lives of his fellowman, go into orphanages and children's hospitals, homes for the elderly and for the retarded, and give a part of themselves. Today, as always, clowns and the spirit they represent are as vital to the maintenance of our humanity as the builders and the growers and the governors.

In the folklore of the world is the persistent claim that the heart of a clown is sad, and that all the gladness he provokes is simply a facade for the pain he cannot reveal to the world. In the myth is the kernel of reason: the clown leaves happiness where he goes, and takes misery away with him.

Yet we cannot suppose there is real truth in the myth. For surely the laugh-makers are blessed: they heal the heart of the world.

To call public attention to the charitable activities of clowns and the wholesome entertainment they provide for all our citizens, the Congress by a joint resolution approved October 8, 1970 (Public Law 91-433), has requested the President to designate the week of August 1 through August 7, 1971, as National Clown Week.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICHARD NIXON, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the week of August 1 through August 7, 1971, as National Clown Week. I invite the Governors of the States and the appropriate officials of other areas under the United States flag to issue similar proclamations.

I urge the people of the United States recognize the contributions made by clowns in their entertainment at children's hospitals, charitable institutions, for the mentally retarded, and generally helping to lift the spirits and boost the morale of our people.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of August, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred seventy-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred ninety-sixth.

Ventura Fair Parade

Line up is at Catalina and Main in Ventura
You should be there by 8:30a.m. Parking is Limited so car pooling is recomended.
We suggest your group have cold water, soda etc at the end of the parade
POV is at the Oxnard Masonic Center after Parade.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Mark Your Calendar

*27th Aug the Whole World is waiting for...*
Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting August.
It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. This will
cultivate on Aug. 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles of earth. Be sure
to watch the sky on Aug. 27 12:30 am. It will look like the earth has 2
moons. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.

Share this with your friends as NO ONE ALIVE TODAY will ever see it again.

Straight to the heart

First Lady Creates Scholarship Program

Research – Straight to the Heart

First Lady Helen Lemieux is pleased to announce her fundraising program, “Research – Straight to the Heart,” which will provide scholarships for a summer internship program for medical and allied health care students. Participants will work in our hospitals’ research facilities.

First Lady Helen believes that research, with its potential to improve medical treatments, will become an increasingly important component of Shriners Hospitals for Children’s mission. She also recognizes the critical need to attract excellent medical professionals. First Lady Helen’s program is meant to assist in these areas.

The scholarship program will increase medical students’ awareness of the exciting, important work being done at Shriners Hospitals and, ideally, entice them to become part of our team.

Initially, the internship will be offered to medical students. The interns will be supervised by senior staff at a Shriners Hospital and be part of a structured training program emphasizing research being done in our facilities. Based on experience gained over time, the program will be expanded to include students in allied health care fields who will participate in rehabilitation research at our hospitals.

A Continued Presence

The First Lady hopes the program will operate similarly to an endowment fund, with continued presence and growth, eventually supporting a significant number of interns. This long-term approach will allow even more upcoming medical professionals to become part of Shriners Hospitals’ efforts on behalf of children.

As Imperial Sir Bernard and Lady Helen make their visits throughout this Imperial Year, they ask that in lieu of personal gifts, nobles and ladies make a donation to the First Lady’s program, “Research – Straight to the Heart.” Donors will receive a copy of the children’s book, “Granny Uncovers Miracles at Shriners Hospitals for Children” and matching bookmark for each contribution of $25.

Order forms may be given to the Imperial Potentate or the First Lady, or may be sent with donations to Shriners International Headquarters, Donor Relations Department, P.O. Box 31356, Tampa, FL 33631. Canadian donations and order forms should be sent to Canadian Shriners Hospital, 1529 Cedar Ave., Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 1A6. Additional order forms and envelopes can be obtained from the Donor Relations Department at Shriners International Headquarters by calling (800) 241-4438.

Donations can also be made online. Donors who contribute through the Web will receive their books via the mail.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

NBC Ch.4 Los Angeles

Check out this website http://video.knbc.com/player/?id=133047 (copy and past to your address line) if this don't work go to NBC.com check on local news, click on California, than on Los Angeles and search for Shriners Hospital, Los Angeles Video
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Encino Shrine Club

The Encino Shrine Club Turned 50 this year with a gala affair, held at the Van Nuys Masonic Lodge.
Music and dancing were great but the barber shop qt. was the hit of the night. These four guys brought you back to growing up in the 40's & 50's

They had a scrap book with pictures of the club activies over the years and news about up coming events.

Everyone seemed to have a good time.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Calling All Shriners

Ventura Fair Parade Saturday Aug.4th down Main St.
Line up at 9am

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Fishing for SHC

The First Annual Charity Fishing Tournament benefiting Shriner's
Hospitals for Children will be a great opportunity to share a day of
spectacular Southern California fishing and help out a terrific charity.

The tournament will start on Monday, September 17th with a
Captain's dinner and meeting. The dinner will be held pool side at the
Marriott Marina at 6:00 p.m. All team captains are required to attend
and review the tournament rules. Each team will receive a tote bag
filled with T-shirts, hats, and other prizes commemorating this
spectacular event. Fishing will begin at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September
18th and finish at 5:00 p.m. with a weigh-in.

For complete information on this sure to be sold out event,
please go to www.charityfishing.com <http://www.charityfishing.com/ > .
Entry forms, rules, prizes, schedule of events and hotel information are
all available on this site. If you need further assistance, please
contact Jon Dellaria, Director of Development at (213) 368-3394.

Monday, July 16, 2007

On Call

Aiming High, Cincinnati Transport

Team Takes to the Sky

It can't be stressed enough how vital it is for a burn injured child to receive immediate care from a verified burn center. The first 24 to 48 hours are critical. In a large burn, shock, fluid loss and respiratory complications can disrupt organ function. The faster a child is under the care of a burn team, the better the chance of survival.

To reach these children, our Cincinnati Burns Hospital formed a Transport Team in 1988. This experienced group of nurses and respiratory therapists are ready to depart in 2 1/2 hours from the time the referral call is received, and determination is made to use the Transport Team. This service, like all others provided by Shriners, is at no charge to the family. The average cost to transfer a child by our Transport Team to Cincinnati is about $8,500. This June the team celebrated their 19th Anniversary.

The flight team has transported over 1,700 children from the Midwest and Southeastern states. This air ambulance provides a defibulator, warming blankets, a cardiac monitor and ventilator equipment to provide optimal patient care.

"We bring specialized burn care directly to the patient. During the flight we monitor vital signs and continue fluid resuscitation and warming interventions, " says Marjorie Westerkamp, RN, Transport Team Coordinator (We saw her interviewed this last week).

This team is often the first contact the family has with our hospital. They help set the standard of care that is expected and delivered by every staff member at the hospital. Able to accommodate at least one parent on the transport, the burn team talks with the parent and explains what happens during the transport. The staff also prepares the parent for what to expect once they arrive in Cincinnati. Upon landing they'll be met by an ambulance, taken to the hospital and their child is admitted to the third floor acute unit and assessed by the burn team. They reassure the parent there is a place for them to stay; either the Family Care Unit, apartent like rooms within the hospital or the Parent House, a two block walk from the hospital.