140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Thursday, February 28, 2008


(photo caption: from left to right – SHC-LA CEO Terry Cunningham receives the keys to one of the newly donated patient transportation vans from Hal Justice, Pontentate as Stuart Wright, Chairman of the hospital’s Board of Governors looks on.)

Los Angeles, CA - February 26, 2008 –

The Los Angeles Shriners Hospitals for Children was thrilled to receive two transportation vans Monday afternoon from the Al Malaikah Shriners of Los Angeles. “The Chevrolet vans came at the perfect time as the need for the transportation of patients and families has grown as the number of patients treated at the hospital has been growing steadily.” said Stuart Wright, Chairman of the Board of Governors at the hospital. “These additional vans will provide a safe method of transportation to our patients who otherwise would have no access to the care that Shriners Hospital for Children provides.”
Members of the Al Malaikah Shrine attending the presentation included potentate Hal Justice who presented the donation to the hospital. The vans each can carry up to ten passengers and provide the hospital with a greater ability to transport patients to local airports, train station, bus station, and subway station. The gift that the Al Malaikah Shriners have provided will make the journey for many families a great deal easier.

Gilbert Aronoff and Clyde Gibble were on hand to represent the volunteer drivers from Los Angeles who will be using these new vehicles to provide free transportation for the hospital year-round. The drivers who bring the patients to the hospital are the first step in the care that they will receive at Shriners Hospital for Children and these vans will provide a means for a greater number of children to share in the experience.

Patients come to the hospital from throughout the Southwestern United States and as far away as Korea to receive the expert pediatric burn reconstruction and orthopaedic care that the Shriners Hospital provides.

This recent transportation donation will help the Shriners Hospital for Children of Los Angeles continue to focus on providing top pediatric medical care to children at no charge without having to worry that the child’s geographic location may hinder them from receiving care. The hospital is pleased to accept the donation from the Al Malaikah Shriners of Los Angeles and delighted that our care will reach even more children as a result.

Racing to make a Difference

Racing to Make a Difference

NCal_cyclists_lgFor Dave Kause, Mike Kelly and the Zenn bicycling team, there’s more to a race than crossing the finish line. Their rides are about making a positive difference in the lives of children. The Zenn Cycling Team is riding to raise public awareness and funds to support Shriners Hospitals; the team’s first race was the Cal Aggie Criterium in Sacramento’s Land Park in January.

“I wanted to get my own cycling team together, and I wanted to give something back to the community,” says Dave Kause. He and fellow rider, Mike Kelly, found an ideal match with Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Our mission is to get the message out to people about Shriners Hospitals for Children, the specialized pediatric care they provide and the unique programs that transform the lives of children,” says Kause.

Thanks to the support of several corporate sponsors, Zenn racers are sporting team jerseys with the Shriners Hospital logo in races throughout 2008.

The Zenn team is scheduled to ride in the Nevada City Classic and Giro de San Francisco, two major West Coast cycling events.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Havasu Yuma Parade

The Shrine was well represented in the Yuma Parade this year. Pictures Apple Valley Shrine Club Trucks, Al Malakah Shrine. The Camels from El Zaribar Shrine . right- Well you figure it out It looks like a couple of Camel pochers.

If you want to see your pictures here send them to me with captions please so you can take the blame.
From what I am getting it looks like Apple Valley is the only shrine club in the western region doing anything.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

2008 Western Shrine Assoc.

April 16th to April 19th 2008

Wed. 16th-19 Registration…………10:00am – 3:00pm

Thur. 17th Golf……………………7:00am

Thur. 17th Counterparts dinners

Friday 18th WSA Business Meeting 9:00am

Friday 18th Ladies Luncheon 11:00am

Friday 18th Mexican Fiesta 6:00pm

Saturday 19th Clowns Competition 9:00am

Saturday 19th Parade 11:00am

Saturday 19th President Ball 7:00pm
Times are subject to change. There will be a message board in the lobby with all the latest information posted. There will be plenty of time for sightseeing and shopping.
For Registration and more INFORMATION copy and past this link to Al Bahr Shrine

Ray in the Whiskey Flats Parade - 2-16-2008

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Honored for work with Service Organizations

Man honored for work with service organizations

By Jason Smith, staff writer
BARSTOW — He puts the flags out, supports local sports teams and distributes used eyeglasses to children in need. Ed Hignett, honored by the Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce as 2007’s man of the year, stays involved with the Lions club, the Masonic Lodge, the Shriners and other local clubs to keep busy and give back to the community.

“I feel I’m doing something,” he said. “As long as you’re helping somebody, you’ll always stay busy.”

Hignett, originally from Wallace, Idaho, has lived in Barstow for decades and said that working for Barstow’s young people keeps him motivated.

“You ever see the look on a kid’s face after you’ve helped them?” he asked. “You don’t mind working with the youth, helping out the sports teams or giving out a free pair of glasses. What goes around, comes around, I hope.”

Since retiring from NASA's Goldstone Deep Space Communications complex in 1999, Hignett divides his time among activities with the Lions, Shriners and other service groups.

Fellow Lion’s club member Carolyn Fender said she’s not sure how Hignett finds the time to participate in all of his community service projects.

“It doesn’t seem like he has his own life, he’s always doing stuff for other people,” she said.

On the holidays and when requested by the city, Lions club members line Main Street, Barstow Road and some sidestreets with 250 to 300 American flags. The club has been putting the flags out as a fundraiser since 1965 and receives $30 per year for each flag.

Members get up as early as 6:30 a.m. on holidays to put out the flags and return in the afternoon to take them down. They work in teams with one member driving a pickup truck while others ride along in a trailer placing the flags into roadside holders. They work in the cold, the wind and 110 degree heat, everything except for rain because the flags would mildew.

Hignett said the flag demonstration is as much about patriotism as fundraising.

“I wish every business in town would buy a flag because when you go up Barstow Road and see all those flags flying, it’s impressive,” Hignett said.

Barstow Mayor Lawrence Dale, who knows Hignett from the Masonic Lodge and other clubs, said he was pleased to see his friend recognized for his service.

“He’s a great asset to the community, one of the unsung heroes around here,” Dale said. “He’ll help anybody, whether he knows them or not. He’s done a lot for Barstow.”

Hignett said that he didn’t expect to be nominated, much less win the award from the chamber.

“It was a real surprise,” he said. “I can be proud that they nominated me, but I don’t know what I did, because I didn’t do anything spectacular.”

He said he plans to remain in Barstow for years to come and doesn’t plan to stop volunteering anytime soon.

Contact the writer:
(760) 256-4126 or jason_smith@link.freedom.com

Saturday, February 16, 2008

April 5th

WAIKAPU — The Maui Shrine Club’s sixth annual golf tournament is scheduled for April 5 at the Kahili Golf Course.

The tournament, a four-person scramble, will have a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The team fee is $125 and pays for green and cart fees along with prizes.

Hole sponsorships are still available. A team and hole sponsor, which includes four paid golf tournament participants and a company name on the tee box, is $700, while a company name on a sign at the tee box is $200.

Players can purchase a maximum of four mulligans and donations are welcomed.

A luau and awards ceremony will follow the event.

All proceeds from sponsors, golfers and any other donations will help the Aloha Shriners transport children and their guardians from Hawaii and areas around the Pacific Rim to the Shriners’ Children’s Hospital in Honolulu.

For more information, registration forms or to make a donation, call tournament director Matt Napier at 667-7238.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Jr Philharmonic At Shrine Aud.

All members of the Al Malaikah Shrine, family and friends are invited to attend
the Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra’s 71st Anniversary Concert Spectacular on Sunday, May 4, 2008 at 3:30pm in our own Shrine Auditorium.

Founder-conductor Dr. Ernst Katz’s 125 member young people’s symphony will return to our stage for a star-studded afternoon of music.

Illustrious Harold Justice, Potentate, and the Al Malaikah Shrine are hosting the Concert Spectacular so that all guests may attend this marvelous event at no charge.

Highlighting the evening will be an array of stage, screen and television stars featured conducting the orchestra in the hilarious Annual Celebrity “Battle of Batons,” hosted by Hollywood’s Army Archerd.

Gary S. Greene, longtime concertmaster of the Jr.Philhamonic, will conduct the orchestra in an afternoon of popular classics. Musical repertoire will include
Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Bernstein’s Westside Storyand more.

For info about the Jr. Phil, log onto www.JrPhil.org.

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$104 Million Approved For

Shriners Hospitals Joint Board Approves $104 Million for Renovation and Contruction

The budget for building and equipment expenditures has been increased to $104 million, representing a continued commitment to renovation and new construction, as well as electronic medical records and other technological improvements. Also included in the buildings and equipment category is approximately $1.94 million to continue efforts to make the hospitals more energy efficient, especially electrically. This year’s efforts will focus on the Cincinnati, Chicago, Canada and Shreveport Shriners Hospitals.

The major construction projects included in this year’s plans are:

Chicago – Renovation and expansion of the motion analysis laboratory.

Galveston – Completion of a 16- room parent center.

Honolulu – The construction of phase one of the replacement hospital has started, with the final phase of construction scheduled for completion in 2009.

Los Angeles – Negotiations for property on which to build a replacement hospital continue.

Philadelphia – The renovation project is in the design stage. There are numerous design and construction phases, with the first phase scheduled to be completed by late spring 2008. A new same-day surgery suite, a new radiology suite and new outpatient facilities will be created.

Portland – The addition/renovation project is in the design development stage. This project consists of new inpatient rooms, new operating rooms, and expansion/renovation of the outpatient area.

St. Louis – Designing a replacement hospital is in the beginning stages.

Shreveport – Completion of additions and renovations to the outpatient area is scheduled for spring 2008.

Twin Cities – Renovation of the orthotics and prosthetics area.

For more information, visitwww.shrinershospitals.org

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Justin Timberlake/Shrine Hospital for Children PGA

A preliminary schedule of events includes:
Monday, October 13th Pro-Am
Tuesday, October 14th Pro-Am Draw Party
Wednesday, October 15th Celebrity Pro-Am
Thursday, October 16th Professional Competition
Friday, October 17th Professional Competition
Saturday, October 18th Professional Competition
Sunday, October 19th Final Day of Professional Competition,
Trophy Presentation by Justin Timberlake
Mark Your Calendars to play or work the event. More information will be published as it is recieved.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A Healthy Education

Oakmont students tour Shriners Hospital for up-close look at health care careers

Photo-Pico Van Houtryve/THE PRESS-TRIBUNE . Oakmont students Sabrina Simpson, Samantha Santos, Zhanna Dariyohuk, Amanjot Bhandal and Maricarmen Aguilera, left to right, attempt to tie their shoelaces with a non-dominant hand during a Burn Awareness Week presentation at Shriners Hospital in Sacramento.
Prosthetic technician Kishor Kumar, above left, aligns the silicone mold of a prosthetic leg for an above-the-knee amputee patient as touring Oakmont High School students look on.

By: Lauren Weber, The Press-Tribune
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
A career in the health care industry isn't for everyone. But some students at Oakmont High School in Roseville have already decided that it's something they're interested in pursuing, even though they are only teenagers.

Last Thursday, more than 60 students from Oakmont High School made a trip to Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento for a career presentation focused on jobs in the health care field.

The students all attend the Oakmont Health Careers Academy, a school within Oakmont High School, for students interested in a career path leading to health care. More than 150 students are involved in the three-year academy that is designed to enter at the sophomore level. To be a part of the program, students must apply, interview, and have an interest in a career in health care, said Hazel Rule, one of the teachers who teaches introduction to medicine at the academy.

"We're looking for people that will benefit from the program," she said. "And we try to get them to see what's out there."

Part of getting students to learn more about the health-related careers, is attending the career presentation at Shriners, which they have done for three consecutive years now, said Wes Muller, academics coordinator at Oakmont High School. This year, their visit happened to occur during the same time as Shriners' Burn Awareness Week, Feb. 3-9. Even though Shriners specialize in orthopedic, spinal cord injury and burn care for children, the presentations last week focused on careers related to burn survivors.

Catherine Curran, the director of public and community relations at Shriners, said that most people think of doctors and nurses when they think of health care, but the students on last week's tour were introduced to three others - social work and physical and occupational therapy.

"They can still contribute in a positive way to health care," said Tiffany Romias, one of the presenters and an occupational therapist with Shriners in Sacramento. "I think it's a great opportunity to have exposure to all the possibilities in health care." One of the focuses for the presentation, Romias said, was to "get a personal connection with people who are already in health care and get a glimpse to what's possible for them."

That's also the concept behind the Oakmont academy.

Stevi Zari is a sophomore with the academy and thought she wanted to be a firefighter when she grows up. But now, she has no idea.

"There are so many options," she said.

During their first year in the academy, students take English, a science class, that is typically biology, history and introduction to medicine. Their junior year's course load consists of English, social science, chemistry and two periods of advanced medical science with hands-on experience at a hospital. During their last year, students take English, government and economics, an advanced elective such as anatomy and two periods of an internship at a hospital.

In addition to the classes, students volunteer their time to Stride for the Cure, Susan G. Komen events and Walk to D'Feet ALS. For two years now students have also made blankets for Shriners' patients. Last year they made more than 100 blankets, Rule said.

"They have about 100 plus hours of experience that a second-year medical student doesn't have," Rule said.

The Oakmont academy works directly with the Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Kaiser Roseville Medical Center and Mercy San Juan Medical Center. Students learn everything from how to read vital signs to bed making. At the high school, they also have a mock hospital room with five beds and EKG machines for student use. In addition, the three hospitals update the teachers on new techniques being used in the field, Rule said.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Free pancakes to help Shriners Hospitals

Free pancakes to help Shriners Hospitals- Yes it is true in many parts of the country.
Check your Local International House of Pancakes(IHOP)stories are giving a free stack pancaks for a donation to a local/national charity.

News from the Colorado "THE GAZETTE"
February 10, 2008 - 1:15AM

IHOP will serve free pancakes from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at all three Colorado Springs locations — 512 N. Chelton Road, 2290 Southgate Road and 8065 N. Academy Blvd. — in hopes of collecting donations for Shriners Hospitals.

The charitable organization’s 22 hospitals treat children with burns, cleft palates, orthopedic problems and other health issues at no charge.

Two Colorado Springs children are at Shriners Hospital in Galveston after their mother allegedly set them on fire.

Friday, February 8, 2008

More on Regis & Kelly

You were told on this blog to watch Regis & Kelly all this week or you may have seen or heard about the parents of two patients from the Cincinnati Shriners Hospital winning a wedding in a contest on Live with Regis and Kelly. Crew from Live with Regis and Kelly filmed at the Cincinnati hospital, and images of the couple, patients and hospital staff have appeared in the segments.

If you didn't tune in to Live with Regis and Kelly friday morning to watch the segment on the couple’s wedding. More information is available at the following link:


Thank you very much for your support of Burn Awareness Week 2008!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Stop By your Shrine Booth

The 5th annual NBC4/Telemundo 52 Health & Fitness Expo will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th,2008 from 10:00am-5:00pm both days.

This FREE-TO-THE-PUBLIC event is designed to capture the attention of tens of thousands of health-conscious consumers and offers free health tests and screenings, information, demonstrations, dance, rock climbing, a community blood drive and much more! Tons of fun family activities combined with important health and medical information to help our community get healthy and fit.

We expect to see more than 50,000 people from the Los Angeles area at this one-of-a-kind event! We think that your organization has much to offer and even more to gain by participating in this highly visible community event.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Guam patients

Shriners’ doctors pick young Guam patients
Star-Bulletin staff:

About 30 children on Guam have been added to the waiting list for surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Honolulu after an evaluation by two of Shriners' pediatric orthopedic surgeons.

Drs. Ellen Raney, chief of staff, and Craig Ono, assistant chief of staff, recently examined 500 children with orthopedic problems in a biannual outreach clinic.

Besides those needing surgery, more than 30 children will be fitted for orthopedic back and leg braces on Guam by a Shriners orthopedic specialist, the hospital reported in a news release.

On the recent visit, Raney said, "We noticed a significant increase in the number of children with severe needs and serious orthopedic problems.

"Although we are not sure what factors contribute to this increase, we get the feeling that we're only seeing the tip of the iceberg."

Shriners Hospital in Honolulu conducts clinics on the neighbor islands and throughout the Pacific, which gives children under age 18 an opportunity to receive free orthopedic, spinal-cord injury and post-burn care, regardless of financial resources or relationship to a Shriner.

About 80 percent of patients are from Hawaii and the others from the Pacific Rim, found mostly through outreach clinics. The Shriners Fraternity covers transportation costs for patients and their families to and from the hospital in Honolulu.

Shriners' Honolulu hospital also treats Hawaii and Pacific Rim children for post-burn injuries. In recognition of Burn Awareness Week this week , Shriners Hospitals are kicking off a yearlong campaign to prevent gasoline burn injuries.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Regis & Kelly

If you didn't watch the Regis & Kelly show(ABC 9AM) today (Feb.4,08) please watch the rest of the week.
Their Wedding segment this week feathers a connection with Shriners with Shriners Hospital for Children.
I won't tell you what the connection is now because I want you to watch the show and tell your friends.