140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Challenger for Shriners hospital for Children

Shriners Hospitals for Children to auction Challenger SRT8

Nate_Martinez, Motor Trend Mag.

The New England Dodge Dealer association has donated one of the 6,400 sold out 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8s to be auctioned online this fall to benefit the renowned Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Car number 248 of the debut allotment features a 6.1-liter Hemi V-8 pumping out a stout 425 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque and will be on the online auction block in the coming months. The gracious donation is made all the more heartwarming in a world plauged with steep dealer markups on hot models. While the hammer-down price for this Challenger will likely fetch quite a bit over MSRP, the money will be going to a worthy cause, rather than lining a dealer's pockets. Well done.

Shriners Hospitals for Children was established in 1919 and has since grown into a 22 hospital organization spanning throughout the U.S., Mexico and Canada. The international health care system provides specialty pediatric care, innovative research and advanced teaching programs for children.

For further details on Shriners Hospitals for Children and its Be A Challenger auction, be sure to check out their websites below - Shrine Savers Link is on the right side of the blog.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Shriners nurse retires at age 86

Faith Nakano will "play for a while" after working for 66 years
By Helen Altonn haltonn@starbulletin.com

After working 66 years at Shriners Hospital for Children in Honolulu, Faith Nakano says she has "finally found" a word not in her vocabulary - retirement.

Faith Nakano:
She began working at Shriners Hospital in 1942
"I've been working all my life," said Nakano, 86, in an interview. "I decided I'm going to retire and play for a while, for the rest of my life."

She will begin the new phase of her life July 1 and says she's "dragging along" her husband, Steve. An employee aloha potluck is scheduled at 11 a.m. today at the hospital.

Nakano has a long list of things she wants to do, starting with tai chi. "As we get older, it's important to get balancing," she explained.

She also wants to take an island cruise despite her husband's tendency to get seasick. "I will give him medicines to take care of it," she said.

Over the decades, she has seen dramatic changes in care of children, with improved facilities and procedures at the hospital, which has more than 7,000 active cases. The hospital offers children free specialty care in orthopedics and for burn and spinal cord injuries.

"Now the trend is in and out," she said. "Once upon a time, cases were three to six months (in the hospital). Now, in no time, they can go home, get care at home, and check in on an outpatient basis."

Nakano began working as a nurse in 1941 at Fort Shafter, helping to care for wartime victims. In February 1942, at age 20, she joined Shriners Hospital as a licensed practical nurse.

She worked part-time, caring for children in the hospital ward while finishing nursing school. She switched to the operating room when there was an opening about five years later, and worked in the hospital's outpatient clinic when there were no surgeries scheduled.

"They didn't have anybody in the operating room steady because it wasn't organized yet," she said. "I was able to organize the department."

She was an operating room nurse for 38 years.

"Finally, they said they needed a full-time person in medical records, and I shifted over, 23 years ago."

People have asked her how she could stand working at one hospital for 66 years, she said.

"I would be burned out, I'm sure, If I didn't jump around. The only place I didn't work was in the kitchen," she said, laughing.

She said she is "really happy" about her long career at Shriners.

"Certainly, I cherish all the wonderful memories here in my golden years," she said. "I really cherish this place. It is like home for me, my second home."

Nakano has won several awards from the hospital, which celebrated her 60th anniversary in 2002 and established an award in her honor. She also won the Honolulu Star-Bulletin's Longest Worker Contest in 2005 for the longest time with the same employer. She was one of the founders of the Oahu and Hawaii State licensed practical nurse organizations and served on their boards from 1965 to 1990.

When Shriners Hospital broke ground Aug. 7 on a $73 million renovation, Nakano put her footprint into a block of concrete.

"They're still keeping it," she said.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Shriners Tombstone Onion Fest

Sabbar Shriners Tombstone Sweet Onion Fest
June 22 & 23, 2008
The Annual Tombstone Sweet Onion Fest activities will include the Onion Queen crowning, Taste of Tombstone, parade, music and much more. For more information, contact Larry Bowers (520) 457-9327

Shriners 8K

Shriners 8km and 5km Saturday, June 21, 2008

10 Great Reasons why you should enter the 10th Annual Shriners Run & Walk
1. Free pancake breakfast to all entrants after the race!
2. Flat, fast, shady and scenic neighborhood courses
3. Perfect place to set your 8 km or 5 km PR (Personal Record)!
4. Champion Chip race timing in both races
5. Great Shrine entertainment.
6. Tour the beautiful Shriners Hospital after the race
7. Free, covered parking next to start/finish
8. 8 km offers $2,550 in prize money
9. Part of the Buzz Oates Run Sac Race Series
10. A great cause: proceeds benefit Ben Ali Temple


The Shrine and its 22 hospitals across North America, while maintaining separate legal and financial identities, are linked by the Shrine’s continuing support of Shriners Hospitals. Entry fees do not benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children and are not tax deductible.

This race benefits the Ben Ali Shrine Center of Sacramento, one of 191 Shrine Centers across North America supported by more than 400,000 Shriners. The Center, their units, and affiliated Shrine Clubs embody the true spirit of fraternalism.

For information about the Ben Ali Shrine Center, call (916) 920-4107 or visit www.ben-ali-shriners.org.
Thank you for your support of the “World’s Greatest Fraternity.”

Race Day Schedule Saturday, June 21, 2008
6:30 a.m. Registration and packet pick-up opens
8:00 a.m. Start, 8 km run
9:10 a.m. Start, 5 km Run/Walk
10:00 a.m. 8 km Awards Ceremony
10:30 a.m. 5 km Awards Ceremony
All events start and finish at the Shriners Hospital, Stockton and X Street, Sacramento.
For one runners view of the run check out this link www.mikeantonucci.com/2008/06/shriner

What do your neighbors know about Shriners?

The Blog Item printed below is just one persons view. It is not the first of such remarks I have found on the net that has presented a similar view.

Old white guys are strange sometimes

Jun. 21st, 2008 http://zephx.livejournal.com/8811.html

This morning in Machias there was a Shriners' parade, which consisted of phalanxes of aging white men marching between groups of other aging white men driving mini gasoline vehicles including twelve mini model Ts, twelve mini pickup trucks, twelve mini motorcycles, twelve mini big rigs, twelve hot rods and twelve formula 1 racers. They were all from Bangor. This raised many questions for me. Is Bangor a secret Shriner city? What do all the women and children do while their dads are dressing up in scimitars and curly-toed boots and press-on beards (and brownface, at least once...?) When they're not collecting hundreds of mini vehicles I hear they build hospitals for sick children or something...?! What kinds of mini things will they ride when fossil fuels run out? And what did this all have to do with Margaretta Days in Machias, which celebrate the first naval battle of the American Revolution??

Ok Nobles now you have read it you know that your parades do get attention and most of it good! I just wanted you to see that it takes a lot of work to get everyone to see past the Parade and everyone of us have to be prepared to answer questions and tell the Shriner story. If you need help ask your Public Relations chairman.

I know that many of you are giving all you can. But the PR Chairman need you to help set that one more viewing of a Shrine film or one more speaking engagement at the Lodge, Womans club,Elk's Club, Chamber of Commerance. Help by setting up a booth at the local school or street Fair, Farmers Market or anywhere to help get the word out.

Your PR Chairman has or can get Cd's of Shrine & Shriners Hospital for Children stories and speeches with power point presentations for the public and members of the Masonic family.

More on Shriners Harry Maynard & James Stallings

Crew's hearty, simple recipes fed the masses

By Lisa McKinnon, Ventura Star
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

In their heyday, the guys on Brownie's Shriner BBQ Crew would routinely serve crowds of 500 people.

Here, former crew members Harry Maynard and James Stallings of Ventura help cut the quantities down for a slightly more manageable feast for 25.

Don't be tempted to skip the chilling of the salsa, Maynard said. "The coldness of it on the steak made the steak taste even better."

Chili Beans

Vegetable oil

1 pound chopped yellow onion

1 pound hamburger meat

1 (1-gallon) can Las Palmas brand chili beans

Pour some vegetable oil into a large, heavy pot. Fry the onions for a few minutes. Add the hamburger meat and cook until done, stirring occasionally.

Add the chili beans to the pot. ("Don't stir until the last minute before serving," Maynard said. "Stirring will mash the beans, and you want them whole.") Slide the pot into a low oven or leave at a low simmer on the stove until serving time. When ready, stir the pot with a wooden paddle.

Use a 4-ounce ladle to serve 25 portions.


4 heads iceberg lettuce

1 bunch celery, chopped into bite-size pieces

1 bunch green onions, chopped

1 head red cabbage

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

2 cups vegetable oil

1 cup red wine vinegar

Remove the core and cut each head of lettuce in half. Cut each half into thirds, then cut each third in half. Place lettuce pieces in a large serving pan or bowl. Add the chopped celery and onions.

Remove the core and cut the red cabbage into quarters. Shred or cut into thin slices and add to the pan. Sprinkle the pan with salt and pepper. Just prior to serving, drizzle the oil and vinegar over the salad and toss to coat.

Garlic Bread

3 loaves Pioneer brand sourdough bread

1 1/2 pounds margarine, melted

Garlic powder, to taste

Parmesan cheese

Slice each loaf of bread in half lengthwise. Place halves crust side down on the grill until toasted.

Pour melted margarine into a pan large enough to accommodate the bread halves. Shake in garlic powder to taste. Briefly dip each bread half into the melted margarine, soft, untoasted side down. Turn over and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Cut each half into eight width-wise pieces and arrange in serving tray.


1 (1-gallon) can chopped tomatoes

1 (25-ounce) can Las Palmas brand red chili sauce

1 pound finely diced yellow onion

1 bunch celery, finely diced

Stir the ingredients together in a bowl, then refrigerate until service.

Grilled steaks

Wood to start the fire

Hardwood charcoal

25 (8-ounce) rib-eye steaks, aged at least 2 weeks


Black pepper

Two hours before service, start the wood fire.

One hour before service, add the charcoal to get it going, too.

Season steaks with salt and pepper to taste and arrange on hot grill grates.

Grill for about 4 to 5 minutes a side for a steak that still has some nice pinkness in the middle, Stallings said.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Shrine Savers


An exclusive and dynamic "members only" benefit program that is providing benefits for Nobles, their families, businesses and Shrine Centers.

Just enter the # from your current dues ID card, select your Temple from the drop down menu and click LOG IN for savings, it's that simple!

It's FEZ-TAS-TIC !!!

Go to the Links on the side of this page and Click on Shrine Savers to be directed to their web site.

Daughters of the Nile back in Seattle

A Supreme Queen will be installed in Seattle tomorrow.

The Daughters of the Nile, an organization of women associated with Shriners and Freemasons who raise money for hospitals, are this week having their annual convention in their hometown of Seattle for the first time since 1971.

Friday Muriel V. Knapp, a senior paralegal at Microsoft, will be installed as the organization's new leader -- its Supreme Queen.

Funded in Seattle in 1913, the Daughters of the Nile raise $1.5 million annually for 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children in North America. But the convention is just "a time to have fun," said longtime member Jean Peterson.

A talent show tonight headlines the festivities. More than 2,200 women will gather at McCaw Hall at 6 p.m. to show off crowns, gowns, and gifts.

As part of her yearlong duties, Knapp will visit all 147 Daughters of the Nile temples in North America. Microsoft has put her on a leave of absence, Peterson said, and donated $10,000 to the organization.
Posted by Monica Guzman at June 18, 2008 3:39 p.m.
Categories: News updates, Seattle features

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

First Hawaiian donates $100,000 to hospital

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

HonoluluAdvertiser.com Staff

The First Hawaiian Bank Foundation has donated $100,000 to Shriners Hospitals for Children for the nonprofit's new $73 million hospital on Punahou Street.

That brings the total raised for the hospital so far to $9.1 million, well on the way toward the hospital's $14 million capital campaign goal. The rest of the funding will come from the Shriners.

"Our hospital touches the lives of so many families in our state and throughout the Pacific, including Guam and Saipan, by providing specialized healthcare for all eligible children, especially for those who are not able to afford it," said Stan Berry, Hawai'i Shriners hospital administrator. "We truly appreciate the generosity of First Hawaiian Bank and their commitment to support those in our community."

The new hospital is scheduled for completion in 2010. It will be 40 percent larger than the current facility and will consist of three buildings: a main two-story hospital building, an administrative and education building, and a family quarters and recreation therapy building.

Shriner Tradition of Giving

Local Shriner barbecue crew made a tradition of giving

By Lisa McKinnon u
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 Ventura County Star News
Go to http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2008/jun/18/seasoned-professionals/
to see the pictures & read the whole article or get it as a Pod cast

Photo courtesy Warren Brown In an undated photo, Raymond W. "Brownie" Brown, right, and an unidentified fellow Shriner pose with rib-eye steaks arranged on the custom-made grates used by the Brownie's Shrine BBQ Crew.

Photo courtesy Warren Brown In an undated photo, Raymond W. "Brownie" Brown, right, and an unidentified fellow Shriner pose with rib-eye steaks arranged on the custom-made grates used by the Brownie's Shrine BBQ Crew.
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Photo by Lisa McKinnon Original crew member Harry Maynard, left, and fellow Shriner James Stallings, co-trustee of the barbecue fund, at a recent breakfast gathering in Ventura.

Photo by Lisa McKinnon Original crew member Harry Maynard, left, and fellow Shriner James Stallings, co-trustee of the barbecue fund, at a recent breakfast gathering in Ventura.
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Photo courtesy of Warren Brown In an undated photo, Raymond W. "Brownie" Brown, left, founder of Brownie's Shrine BBQ Crew, and William Garrick arrange rib-eye steaks on a stack of the group's custom-made grates.

Photo courtesy of Warren Brown In an undated photo, Raymond W. "Brownie" Brown, left, founder of Brownie's Shrine BBQ Crew, and William Garrick arrange rib-eye steaks on a stack of the group's custom-made grates.
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It has been more than 20 years since Harry Maynard chopped celery and seasoned chili beans as a member of Brownie's Shrine BBQ Crew. Yet he can reel off the group's recipes as though he used them just last night to feed 500 people at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Of course, it helps that the crew's dishes seldom veered from the basics.

"Chili beans, salad, garlic bread, salsa and rib-eye steaks: That was our menu, nothing else," Maynard said with a laugh. "Nobody cared about dessert after that, unless it was ladies night. Then we might have some vanilla ice cream."

Named for late founder Raymond W. "Brownie" Brown, the crew lit its first hardwood-charcoal fire in the early 1960s. The task: feeding 200 or so members of the Ventura Shrine Club at monthly meetings.

Those were the days before much thought was given to the merits of herbal marinades and espresso-powder rubs, and before barbecue had become such a staple of community events that caterers had started to specialize in nothing but.

"They were just hungry," said Warren Brown, who was in his late teens when he was drafted by his father to join the crew.

Soon, Brownie's crew members were dressing in matching jumpsuits and grilling for the Lions Club, the Farm Bureau, assorted chambers of commerce and the Japanese-American Club. When actor-turned-politician Ronald Reagan brought his second campaign for California governor to Ventura, they grilled for him, too.

"He ate a good meal," said Maynard, who in a photo from the event is holding a Reagan-Reinecke sign.

The crew was as hot as a pile of glowing embers throughout the 1970s, when it typically grilled its way through 40,000 steaks every summer — 3,500 of those at a single event.

But by the '80s, crew members were beginning to feel the collective effects of their ages. Some resigned. Others, well, took a ride on what the Shriners call the Black Camel. At the same time, few younger men seemed willing or able to take their place, not just at the grill but among fraternal organizations in general.

Maynard, a retired banker, said the crew fired up its final group barbecue a few years before Brownie's 1989 death.

The crew's pots and pans were later donated to area churches or put into storage. Its stainless steel racks that allowed for the turning of dozens of steaks at a time are tucked away on a ranch owned by the family of late crew member Glenn Stallings.

And yet, Brownie's Shrine BBQ Crew lives on. The proof is in the more than $10,000 the group — or, rather, its trust — continues to give each year to the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Los Angeles.

A whole new ballgame

The creation of his eponymous barbecue crew was not the first time that Raymond "Brownie" Brown used the grill to raise money.

According to newspaper accounts, the elder Brown was working at Rain's Shoe Co. in downtown Ventura when, as an appointed member of the California Athletic Commission, he staged a series of barbecues that raised $18,000.

That was enough to entice the New York Yankees to play several games in Ventura, paving the way for the creation of a local minor league in the 1940s.

By the time he started the Shrine crew, Brown had worked out the details of barbecuing for fun and charitable profit.

He usually brought a bottle of Scotch to share with his crewmates, for one thing. For another, he made a point of promoting local businesses.

The beans in the chili were always Las Palmas brand, processed in a Ventura factory. The crew also had an in-house butcher in Zane Sullender, a Shriner who cut the steaks to specification in his Ventura shop.

True, Brownie's crew charged a fee that barely covered the cost of ingredients and other materials, but it also accepted donations, and the groups it fed were more than generous. By 1985, the crew had taken in enough to have donated more than $150,000 to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

The continuing legacy

That also was the year that the crew's remaining original members agreed to pledge an additional $250,000 to the hospital, to be paid in annual, $10,000 installments over 25 years — one for each man on the team.

In 1997, thanks to the interest rates of the day, the trust overseen by Warren Brown and James Stallings (who, like Brown, followed his father into the Shriners) also was able to start making annual donations to the California Masonic Foundation and other groups. (When the trust ends in 2010, its balance will be divided among each of these organizations.)

On a Wednesday morning last month, Maynard and Stallings held an informal meeting of what remains of the Ventura Shrine Club, now essentially disbanded, at Danny's Deli in Ventura. The purpose: accepting a plaque acknowledging the $40,500 given by the trust thus far to the Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation.

Maynard wore his grand master fez and blue barbecue-crew jumpsuit for the occasion.

"I miss the camaraderie most of all," he said of his days on the crew. "We were very close for so long, and now there's only five of us left.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Shriners at Chloride

KINGMAN - Chloride is going back to its silver mining camp origins.

Starting at 11 a.m. on June 28, the town located 23 miles north of Kingman will host its annual Old Miner's Day celebration at Cyanide Springs on Elkhart.

The day kicks off with a shootout performance by the Black Mountain Gunfighters.

The activities continue with a parade at high noon down Tennessee Avenue, featuring classic and antique vehicles, the Masonic Shriners and floats. At 1 p.m., the Wild Roses of Chloride, an all-female gunfighting group, will perform at Cyanide Springs.

Throughout the day, the Old Miner's Day Committee will draw raffle winners.

Raffle prizes range from gift cards to jewelry.

Visitors can examine the old jail or antique fire engine used by the Chloride Volunteer Fire Department.

Vendors will also be on hand with their goods.

For more information, call (928) 565-9777.

Imperial News-Shriners International

Dear Nobles

The old adage “time flies” certainly has held true for me this year. I am truly amazed that in just a couple of weeks we will all be meeting in St. Louis for some fun and fellowship, as well as to conduct business.

I wish to thank all of you for allowing me to serve as your Imperial Potentate this year. It has been a very worthwhile and loving endeavor. I chose those words carefully because “worthwhile” expresses so much more than just that simple word; it conveys the gratification I felt when, in my travels, I began to see some real positive changes that your Imperial Divan has been working toward for many years. For example, although we are still experiencing membership decline, the new members being brought in are younger and they seem to want to take an active role in our fraternity. These young men and their families are our future, and we depend on them to attract more of their peers into this great organization. “Worthwhile” also expresses “useful” and many of you have shown that the education seminars have been very helpful in your own temples and in your personal lives. So many of the divans are now acting as a “Board of Directors” and working as a team. It’s evident how much you have learned from the seminars and taken back to help your nobility enjoy themselves. “Meaningful” is another synonym for “worthwhile,” and when I traveled to the hospitals and saw “our children” and their parents enjoying our facilities and staff interactions, it simply reinforced how meaningful my participation on the buildings and equipment and research committees has been over these past 11 years. It has been my pleasure to have served on almost every committee touching our hospitals and the care we provide, and, as a physician, I must tell you that everyone at Shriners Hospitals for Children works very hard to provide the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and best care for those diseases and conditions we treat – this has been a meaningful experience. We should be very proud of all of our employees and thank them for their dedication and hard work; they make us look good to the public.

However, there is still much work to do. As many of you have heard in my Crystal Ball Speech, there has been marked change in the delivery of medical care just in my lifetime; the changes have grown exponentially since I have been practicing medicine. The exciting part of this is that I cannot wait to see what the future holds – we should all be living longer and healthier lives, and the children we serve will also benefit. There is a cost to these wonderful advances and we are trying to make changes so that our donations and endowment increases proportionately. Imperial Sir John Cinotto and our vice president of donor relations, Edgar McGonigal, are just beginning to scratch the surface on our new donor relations programs – there is wonderful potential there and we need to help them be successful. We all know that we cannot keep escalating the SHC budget without increasing the donations and growing our endowment fund, as well!

Your Joint Board recognized that we were “the best-kept secret in town” and so we have instituted a branding and marketing program that includes advertising. The goal for the national campaign is to generate awareness and raise funds. The regional pilot program in the New England area includes patient recruitment for our Boston and Springfield hospitals. The success of this program will be evaluated in the future, but I can tell you that no matter where I traveled, many of you were telling me that you were seeing those ads in your own locale. This too has been a very valuable change in our thinking in recent years.

Another critically important aspect of the branding and marketing campaign is the emphasis on making sure that the information we convey and the image we portray is correct and consistent. It is equally important that our messages accurately reflect our great organization, and our place in the world. Our fraternity – with temples in four countries and Shrine clubs across the globe – is truly an international organization. It’s time to more clearly communicate the global reach of the fraternity to the general public.
Consequently, I am pleased to announce that we will be transitioning to “Shriners International.” This will begin with our promotional materials, and we’ll keep you informed as the effort progresses And why did I use the word “loving”? The answer is simple – once you have just one of our special children put their arms around you, hug you and say “thank you” – there is no other word that fits! As Imperial Potentate, I had many of those experiences, so I thank you all.

But it wasn’t just the children that made serving as Imperial Potentate such a wonderful experience; it was all of you. As Helen and I traveled in the first half of this Shrine year, you were all so considerate and respectful. You made us feel special as we visited and talked with many of you….you actually made us feel a part of “the family.” You made us laugh, giggle and enjoy our time together. You gave us precious memories.

Then in January when Helen passed, the cards and the messages were truly a consolation to me. It showed how much you all loved her, how much you cared and that “We are Family.” As I began traveling again, you understood and you helped me through this difficult time. All of you have my sincerest thanks.

There is a time for everyone to say “goodbye,” and so, as your Imperial Potentate, I say to each and every one of you “Goodbye and thank you for allowing me to serve you and the kids.” Know that I have promised to continue working to ensure the success of our fraternity and our philanthropy!


Bernard J. Lemieux, M.D.

Imperial Potentate, Shriners International

Chairman, Board of Directors, Shriners Hospitals for Children

Free Orthopedic Screening for Kids-June 21

The Honolulu Shriners Hospitals for Children will conduct a free screening clinic in the Leeward district to identify children who can benefit from the expert orthopedic care provided at the hospital.

The free screening will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, 86-260 Farrington Highway.

Any child under 18 years of age who might have orthopedic or post-burn problems may be brought to the free clinic for an evaluation to determine if he or she might be eligible for treatment at no charge.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 951-3620.

Hospital ahead of schedule

By B.J. Reyes bjreyes@starbulletin.com

Shriners Hospitals for Children still aims to raise about $5 million in Hawaii as construction of a new state-of-the-art medical facility on its Punahou campus nears completion.

The new hospital, a 149,000-square-foot, two-story building that is 40 percent larger than the current facility, is expected to open in May, a few months ahead of schedule, officials said this week.

Construction on two other buildings -- an administration complex and a family quarters -- is to be completed after the initial phase opens.

Total cost for the complex is about $73 million. Of that, $59 million has been put up by the national Shriners organization.

Shriners officials in Hawaii launched a capital campaign last year with the goal of raising the additional $14 million by mid-2009.

That fundraising effort is on track, with about $9.1 million raised since the campaign was launched in April 2007.

Gene Bracewell, chairman emeritus of the national Shriners organization, said he was pleased with the fundraising effort, considering that the group had never run a formal capital campaign before.

"The biggest benefit? It's not money," he said in an interview this week. "Money's important, but it's about increasing the public's awareness.

"When you have a capital campaign and they give you $10, $50, $100 or whatever, they take ownership of that hospital. They feel like it's their hospital."

Bracewell and Doug Maxwell, vice chairman of the national Shriners board of directors, are in Honolulu this month to meet with local officials on the progress of the new facilities and thank some of the larger donors to the capital campaign.

One major boost to the campaign was $12,000 from Gail Miyashiro. The 59-year-old city employee won a car through a local radio contest last month but, instead of taking it, collected the monetary value of the car and donated it to Shriners.

Bracewell said the story of her generosity reached U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, who called her personally to thank her.

Inouye, honorary co-chairman of the capital campaign along with Gov. Linda Lingle, was on hand last year for the groundbreaking of the new hospital. Both, along with the remaining members of Hawaii's congressional delegation, have said they plan to attend next year's hospital dedication ceremony on Memorial Day weekend.

Maxwell said no patient services have been disrupted during the construction phase, thanks to a 400-square-foot, 10-bed mobile unit that was built to take care of patients during the transition.

"I don't believe we have a waiting list, so it's serving us well -- sometimes doing four to five operations a day," Maxwell said.

Iwalani Obrey Dayton, director of development for Shriners in Hawaii, said fundraising has been challenging because in a small community such as Hawaii, many nonprofit groups seek help from the same big donors.

Usually, as people learn more of Shriners' mission of providing free medical care to children, soliciting donations gets a little easier, she said.

"We had to get out, build relationships and raise awareness. We did that first," Dayton said.

The Shriners hospital opened in Honolulu in 1923, the second in the nation.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Frat boys: Masons drum up members among Hub rockers

By David Wedge, Boston Herald
Stodgy lodges, traditional initiations and secret handshakes would seem to be the antithesis of punk rock.

But a diverse group of Hub rockers are embracing centuries-old fraternal ideals to become the new face of the Freemasons in Boston.

“It’s not a religion, and it’s definitely not a cult,” said J.R. Roach, drummer for Sam Black Church and bassist for The Men, who also is master of the Masons’ Cambridge Amicable Lodge. “Everything is supposed to be dignified. There’s no hazing. We’re all brothers. It’s a movement for guys trying to find a deeper meaning in their lives.”

A new breed of Freemasons has surfaced locally, filling seats occupied for decades by community leaders, politicians and executives. Some join because their fathers or grandfathers were Masons. Others come for the male camaraderie or the intellectual challenge. And some simply want to get out of the house and go somewhere other than a rock club.

“It’s kind of like a history class that no one else can take,” said Dave Norton, drummer for Victory at Sea and The Men. He believes his membership in the fraternal organization will be especially rewarding when he tours Europe later this year.

“I can go anywhere in the world and find a brother,” he said.

According to the organization’s Web site, “Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternity dedicated to the brotherhood of man under the fatherhood of a supreme being. Although of a religious nature, Freemasonry is not a religion. It urges members to be faithful and devoted to their own religious beliefs.” Its slogan is “making good men better.”

Masons have numbered artists as well as presidents, governors, judges and businessmen for centuries. Famous members include actors Clark Gable and Ernest Borgnine and musicians such as Mozart, Irving Berlin, Nat King Cole and Duke Ellington.

Masonry does have its critics who claim it is a secretive, chauvinistic and cult-like organization seeking no less than world domination. It’s been denounced by the Catholic Church and other religions and has faced political opposition for centuries.

“Some people just aren’t ready for it,” Norton said. “Any man can join. You just have to have the right reasons for it.”

Inside the Cambridge lodge, with its candelabras, velvet-covered pews, pipe organ and paintings of members past, members wear aprons indicating their level of enlightenment. Members meet monthly to discuss lodge business, which ranges from raising money for charities to electing leaders.

Gary Robley, drummer for Dashboard Jesus and J. Geils cover band Blow Your Face Out, said he joined because his father was a Mason, as are many of his friends.

“There were a bunch of musicians I knew in it,” Robley said. “It was kind of a brotherhood. Musicians have always been a part of Masonry since its inception.”

For Hank Peirce, a Unitarian minister and former roadie for hardcore band Slapshot, Masonry provided a safe haven when he went through a divorce.

“It’s important to have ‘men space,’ where we can talk about things going on in our lives,” he said. “The lodge is a sanctuary. When you’re here, you’re doing rituals that men have done for hundreds of years.”

- dwedge@bostonherald.com

We posted the story from the LA Times on the new Masons and only thought it would be right to let you know that it happening all around the country. You had better brush up on your masonic knowledge these you men are going to be asking. The secret is getting out that it is great to be a Freemason. If you liked the stories please go to the papers web site and let them and the writer and us know! .

Sheila E Sings for Shriners Hospitals for Children

The Press-Enterprise

Rock and jazz star Sheila E. may be heading into uncharted territory for her when she appears Saturday at the Rhythm on the Vine jazz festival in Temecula's wine country.

Other headliners at the festival are jazz legend Herbie Hancock, saxophonist Kirk Whalum and pianist Jim Brickman. The event is a benefit for Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Los Angeles.

After 35 years in the business and maintaining a very busy schedule, Sheila E. said she finds it hard to remember all the places she's been and even where she's supposed to be. She can't recall whether she's ever performed in the Wine Country before.

"Sometimes I don't even know where I'm going. They just tell me to show up. And I'm going, 'Oh, this is great. Have I been here before?' " she said in a phone interview.

She will appear as part of Sheila E. and the E Family, featuring Pete Escovedo, Juan Escovedo and Peter Michael Escovedo.

Playing with her father and her two brothers is something of a special treat for Sheila E., who has recently toured with some of her other projects in Europe and Japan.

Sheila E. and the E Family will be one of the headline acts Saturday at the Rhythm on the Vine jazz festival in Temecula.

"This is the first time in a very long time that we've been playing together a lot recently because we just finished our first CD as a family together," she said. The recording is done and the CD is in the mixing process, she said.

Sheila E., a drummer and singer who was part of Prince's band in the 1980s, said the family will perform some of the new songs from the CD and one or two of her dad's Latin jazz songs. But the set will be very spontaneous and fun, she said.

She does extensive charity work, but this is her first benefit for the Shriners hospitals and it's a cause that's dear to her.

"It's sad to see when kids are sick," she said.

Steven Brand, director of marketing and public relations for Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Los Angeles, said this is the hospital's first in-house fundraising event.

He said landing big names for the festival was something of a challenge.

"Not so much that they didn't want to do it, but just working around their schedules was a little bit difficult," he said via telephone.

The Los Angeles hospital is one of 19 Shriners facilities nationwide.

"We provide service free of charge to kids throughout the southwestern United States," Brand said.


When: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday

Where: South Coast Winery, 34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula

Entertainment: Saxophonist Kirk Whalum, 3 p.m.; pianist Jim Brickman, 4:45 p.m.; Sheila E. & the E Family, 6:45 p.m.; Herbie Hancock, 9 p.m.

1.25 Million from The Daughters of the Nile

In April, The Daughters of the Nile Foundation presented a check for $1.25 million to Shriners Hospitals for Children. To date, the Daughters of the Nile have generously contributed more than $43 million to Shriners Hospitals.

Pictured from left: Ralph Semb, Chairman, Board of Trustees, SHC; Muriel Knapp, President, Daughters of the Nile Foundation; Evelyn Petree, Treasurer, Daughter of the Nile Foundation; Gene Bracewell, Imperial Treasurer, Board of Trustees, SHC

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Where will you be on the 4th

This the time of year that many Shriners travel to the Imperial session. This year it is in St. Louis. Mo. Will you be there?

If not where will your shrine club or unit be? Helping at a local picnick or fireworks show?
Are you in the local Parade? or traveling out of town for an event?

I haven't ask anyone to comment on the items I have placed on these pages before but now I am because some have asked were there is going to be a parade that the Shriners are going to be in?
Well it's up to you to get me the listing of the event you are going to, so that everyone will know.
Thanks now lets hear from you!!!

Ribbon-Cutting Set for Saturday- Be There

Shirners hospital replica at Safetyville

Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Story appeared in METRO section, Page B2

SACRAMENTO – A replica of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California has been built in Safetyville USA.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled at 1 p.m. Satuday at the scale version of a town at 3909 Bradshaw Road.

Thousands of kids, preschool through third grade, have received safety education there since its opening in 1984. The children learn about traffic and fire dangers, as well as playground, car seat and bicycle safety. Kids are taught about railroad crossings, traffic signals, strangers, construction sites, electrical dangers, the use of helmets and call boxes, and, in the summer, life vest and fireworks safety.

For more information about Safety Center Inc. or Safetyville USA, call (916) 366-7233.

– Bee Metro staff

Monday, June 9, 2008

Outreach Clinic's

June Out Reach Clinics for The Los Angeles Shriners Hospital for Children

Veterans Affairs Medical Center
650 E. Indian School Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85012
For information, call (602) 231-0300

Hospital Intantil de las Californias
Ave. Alejandro Von Humbolt #11431
Garita de Otay
Tijuana, B.C. Mexico, C.P. 22509
For information, call (664) 638-5800

Summit Medical Group
Rainbow Office
1000 S. Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89145
For information, call (702) 382-5554

Friday, June 6, 2008

Get Your INSA/Shriners Hospital T-Shirt

SPOKANE, Washington – The exciting action of the Inland Northwest Sprint Car Association (INSCA) will be taking their show on the road this weekend for the first of two visits to the very fast and uniquely shaped 3/8’s mile oval of Mission Valley Speedway in Polson, Montana.

The INSCA group visited the beautiful facility once in 2007, putting on a great show to the delight of both the fans and the series’ drivers. “We couldn’t be happier to have the INSCA group returning to the Mission Valley Speedway twice in 2008. The group was fun to watch last year and coming off of two great weeks of traveling shows, we anticipate another great performance this weekend,” stated Corkie Sias of Mission Valley Speedway.

Also making it’s debut this weekend, the INSCA club will begin their involvement with the Spokane Shriners Hospital community service program. This special way of giving back and supporting the community will be accomplished by a “pass the helmet” program being featured in the spectator stands at Mission Valley Speedway. The 2008 INSCA/Shriners Hospital t-shirt will also be on sale this weekend as well as the events for the remainder of the year.

On the expected list of participants are several drivers that were unable to make the trip last season and will be experiencing the Mission Valley Speedway for the first time; drivers such as TJ Waling of Spokane, WA and Don Kudrna of Ephrata, WA. “I heard all of the good stories from the drivers who made the trip last year, from how fast and different the track was, to how the track personnel and fans greeted the racers – we made the decision at that point that we had to put this trip on the calendar for this year,” said the driver of the number 08 J&J sprint car, TJ Waling.

The winner of the 2007 race, Kevin Burck, will have a teammate for the event this year in longtime sprint car racer Don Kudrna. The hope of car owner Red Perkins is to create a one-two tandem that will continue the dominance that the Perkins team has experienced in the INSCA group. Look for the 65 and 66 cars to debut the new team this weekend.

Come out and cheer on your favorite driver this weekend at the Mission Valley Speedway in Polson, Montana. Qualifying will begin at 6 pm with racing at 7 pm. For more information on the Inland Northwest Sprint Car Association call either 800.336.2682 or 509.499.9582.####

Thursday, June 5, 2008

International Shrine Day-Reminder

Friday June 6

International Shrine Day

Imperial Council was formed on June 6, 1876


  • Your Fez (if appropriate)
  • A Shriners baseball cap
  • A Shriners Shirt
  • A Shriners Pin
  • Anything that identies you as a Shriner!
  • Tell....

  • Your Family
  • Your Friends
  • Your Neighbors
  • Your Co-Workers
  • Anyone who will listen about how great it is to be a Shriner.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Old Glory Waves

Battle Hymn of the Republic

Performed by elementary and high school choirs! Take a breath! You're going to love this one!

This is a must see! Click on the link below.

Battle Hymn<http://www.greatdanepromilitary.com/Battle%20Hymn/index.htm>

Monday, June 2, 2008

Friday International Shrine Awareness Day

International Shrine Awareness Day
June 6 event celebrates Shriners fraternity
Shriners everywhere should mark their calendars and make plans to participate in the inaugural International Shrine Awareness Day on June 6. The date recognizes the day the Imperial Council was formed — June 6, 1876.

“Isn’t it great to be a Shriner? It’s FEZtastic!” said Imperial Membership Committee Chairman George Mitchell. “To continue being so great, we need to show the world— get out there and tell your family, friends, neighbors and anyone who will listen about our wonderful fraternity.”

On this day every year, Shriners will be asked to wear their fez, if appropriate, or a hat, shirt, pin or other item with the fraternal logo to help recognize fellow Shriners and increase awareness of Shriners of North America. Many Shriners are also organizing special events in their communities.

“Hosting recognition events or activities to celebrate our fraternity and all its impressive achievements over the past 126 years is a wonderful way to increase awareness in our communities, said Imperial Potentate Bernard J. Lemieux, M.D. “I would encourage all temples to plan a local activity to observe International Shrine Awareness Day on June 6, and invite the public to take part so they can get to know Shriners and what we do.”

This international day of recognition is an opportunity for every Shriner to share information about the fraternity, its history and the benefits of becoming part of an organization that is dedicated to fun, fellowship and philanthropic support.

To find our more about Shriners of North America, visit shriners.com or find Shriners in your area.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

For Full Story go the Oregonian.com

This sad story of a senior and his death still can lift the spirits

Posted by Michael Rollins, The Oregonian May 30, 2008 06:58AM

Categories: Central Oregon

I'll put in the back of my mind to watch the Shrine East-West All-Star game this August. Especially after reading this story in the Madras Pioneer.

Hundreds gathered Sunday night at a candlelight vigil in Culver to celebrate the life and mourn the death of Matt Austin Zachary, 18, of Culver, who died in a tragic accident Friday evening in Bend.

Zachary was found dead at 7:05 p.m. May 23, shortly after he left the scene of a traffic stop near the intersection of Jamison Road and Empire Avenue. The driver of the vehicle, his friend Blake James Anglen, 18, also of Culver, was cited by a Deschutes County Sheriff's Office deputy for driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Police speculated that Zachary tripped and fell after he ran from the vehicle, possibly hitting his head on a rock.

A few days prior to the accident, Matt Zachary Sr. spoke to his son about the temptations facing seniors during their last weeks of school -- particularly alcohol.

"He and I had had some talks about the cost of getting an MIP (minor in possession of alcohol)," Zachary said.

He reminded his son, who had been selected to play in the annual Shriners East-West All-Star Football Game, that there were 30 or 40 family members planning to go to Baker City in August to watch the younger Zachary play. An MIP would cause Shriners to drop a player from the team.

"We know why Matt chose to step out of the vehicle," he said. "It would have been the last thing he wanted -- to disappoint the family. I know in my heart that was why."