140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Shrine BBQ

Come One!!! Come All!!!

Friday September 5, 2008
Serving 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm
Cost $10.00 each
Children under 6 years are free
if with parents

Noble Park
700 South PStreet
Bakersfield, Ca 93304

Further information contact Shrine Office at 831-4476

Racers who Care visit Shriners Hospital for Chldren

Racers who Care , Ryan Regalado is going to visit the Shriners Hospital for Children Los Angeles on August 14 at 10 11:30 a.m.
This will be the second visit to the hospital from the Racers who care group.
Want to know more about this group go to their web site at www.nationalchildsday.com/spokesracers.html

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

East/West game set for Jan. 17th. '09

Imperial Sir Gary Bergenske has been appointed as the Chairman of the 84th version of East West Shrine game to be played in Houston, Texas on January 17th 2009. This football game features the top college all star players from North America and has become known as "Footballs Finest Hour."

The game will be nationally televised on ESPN 2 starting at 3 PM. Last years game provided a great class for the NFL with 44 players being drafted and another 51 signing as free agents. Twenty nine of the thirty two NFL Clubs connected with at least one of the players, and some with as many as six players. This game brings great exposure and publicity to the Shrine organization and it's Hospitals. It truly is the Shriners, "Window to the World" as this event plays out on national television, and radio through out the country.

The game will again be played at the University of Houston stadium. In conjunction with the game, for those interested a pre-game cruise to Cozumel, Mexico is planned with prices starting at $430.19 per person. For more information on the cruise you can call Shrine Savers at 866-883-1339.

The East West Shrine football game is a great event. You might want to consider going and enjoying the fun.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Cycle for Shriners Hospital for Children

Cycle for charity » Salt Lake, Ut.
Think Outside Children's Charity announces its Bear Pa Challenge Bicycle Tour to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children Aug. 14-16.
The three-day ride, fully supported, starts at Bear Lake and ends in Park City. To register, go to www.thinkoutsidecc.org.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

China Uemurs Surfing Contest for Shriners Hospital

DeSoto starts long weekend with win

By Dayton Morinaga
Advertiser Staff Writer

Duane DeSoto chose tradition over rest yesterday, and it paid off with a victory in China Uemura's 24th Annual Longboard Surfing Classic. In 1- to 2-foot waves at Kuhio Beach, Waikiki.

The contest has been run by former longboard surfing national champion China Uemura and his family every year since 1985.

China Uemura's contest is also about raising money for a cause. All proceeds from the three-day surf contest will be donated to the Shriners Hospital for Children.

"I really have to thank the people and sponsors who have come through over the years," Uemura said. "Without them, this contest wouldn't continue."

He said he would like to do something special for the 25th annual contest next year, but is not sure what his budget will allow.

"The main thing is for everybody to have fun," he said. "If that happens, and we can still make money for the charities, I'm happy."

The prize purse for the pro-am division was created through sponsorships and the entry fees from the professional surfers.

"I made this contest to help the charities, but I added the pros couple years ago," Uemura said. "They don't have that many events in Hawai'i for the pro longboard guys, and a lot of them grew up surfing this contest, so I wanted to help them out a little bit, too."

Now an established professional surfer, DeSoto topped a field yesterday that featured most of the state's top longboard surfers.

For information, visit www.nakamakai.com.

DeSoto said: "Uncle China is a competitor, so he's been there just like us. He's trying to build the sport. He's finding ways to make it more exciting for everybody involved."

All surfers in the contest had to ride surfboards at least 9 feet long. Uemura said he restricts his contest to longboard surfing because that is what he used to ride when he was an international competitor in the 1970s.

Many of the professional competitors in yesterday's contest also entered the stand-up paddle surfing division.

Kekoa Auwae, who placed second to DeSoto in the pro-am final, won the men's stand-up paddle surfing final.

Candice Appleby won the women's stand-up paddle surfing final.

The age-group amateur divisions for the contest are scheduled to run today and tomorrow at Kuhio Beach, Waikiki.

Uemura said more than 230 longboard surfers are expected to compete in the amateur divisions.

"The way the economy is going, I'm surprised we got that many entries," he said. "It's a real good feeling when people spend the money to come from the Neighbor Islands and all over this island to support this contest because it all helps the charity."

Uemura said the dozens of companies that sponsor the event are also vital to the success. He said Bud Light, Piko, Macy's and Crymson were the major contributors this year.

Reach Dayton Morinaga at dmorinaga@honoluluadvertiser.com
Check the Honolulu Advertiser for the results for all events like the 32-mile Quiksilver Edition Moloka'i to O'ahu Paddleboard Race.

El Zaribah Shriners Respond

The chance to walk is a dream come true

Jul. 26, 2008, Arizona Republic News laurie. By roberts@arizonarepublic.com

Everybody says we're in trouble in this country, that we've lost our way. Every day in the news, we see yet another example (or two or three) that the value of humanity has hit rock bottom.

Turns out it's not true.

This I know, because a little girl named Maria is going to be given a chance to walk.

I wrote about Maria Humphrey on Wednesday. About how she's taken more hits in her brief four years than most of us could imagine. About how she's already exceeded some expectations and, God willing, will again. About how Maria wants to walk but the state has denied her the $5,000 in equipment that would give her that chance.

The responses started coming in at 6:14 a.m. on the day her story appeared. People offering to do research to find help. People offering a few dollars or a thousand. A 13-year-old girl named Angelique wanting to organize a fundraiser. A Gilbert man taking up a collection in his church. A medical equipment store offering help. And a retired police officer.

"I certainly know what it's like when you need specific equipment to try to 'be like others,' " the retired officer wrote. Indeed he does. He was put into a wheelchair by a drunken driver a few years ago while working to keep our streets safe.

Many of those who offered to help were like Daniel. "I am not a wealthy person," he wrote, "but the good Lord has treated me with kindness. Please let me know if I can make a donation or help in any other way to make Maria's life any better."

In a way, Daniel, you already have. If you know someone who has a disabled child, you know what it's like. The constant struggle to get what you need. The exhausting effort just to get through some days. The occasional feeling that you're alone in this battle to give your child just a taste of what comes so easily to other children.

The response to Maria's story should tell her parents, Cathy Humphrey and Manny Kritsotakis, that they are not alone.

Heck, even the state stepped up. Humphrey got word Wednesday morning that Care1st Health Plan Arizona and the state Division of Developmental Disabilities have decided to fund the $2,200 walker that Cathy requested last year. They again rejected the $2,700 stander, calling it a duplication of equipment.

As they were rejecting, however, the Shriners were responding. David Scrimager of the El Zaribah Shrine waved his magic wand and poof! Maria will get her stander. He seemed perplexed when I asked him why.

"This," he said, "is what we do."

In fact, the Shriners, with 22 children's hospitals across the nation, give away $2 million in equipment and services every day. The local chapter, El Zaribah, helps 1,930 children.

Including, now, Maria.

For all those people who want to help the Marias of this world, you can. The folks over at El Zaribah will gladly put your tax-deductible donation to good use. Just send it to 552 N. 40th St. Phoenix, AZ 85008, or call them at 602-231-0300.

As for Cathy Humphrey, she's astonished at the outpouring, and grateful. "I'm positive that Maria will be able to walk independently and even run and play with the other kids someday," she said. "I dream about it and I can see it."

I don't know if Maria will ever walk. I do know that she'll now be given the chance, which every child deserves.

Mary Wendland of Glendale can tell you. Her 4-year-old grandson has disabilities much like Maria's. He got a walker earlier this year, and every day he's improving.

"He has had 11 brain surgeries and has a shunt inserted in his brain. But because of my daughter's persistence and more than a dozen fantastic, dedicated doctors and therapists, he can perform a lot of functions that we were warned would not happen.

"Never give up on these children," she wrote. "They surprise us so much."

Friday, July 25, 2008

Boise Boy to Shriners Hospital for Children

Friday, July 25, 2008

Alyson ten/KTVB

Where the help for Tyler is coming from

BOISE -- The Pickering family of Caldwell nearly lost all three of their sons when the boys' grandfather collided with another plane as both pilots tried landing in McCall.

As they deal with unreal grief -- they are faced with very real medical expenses.

But today, they got unexpectedly good news.

Three-year-old Tyler Pickering was the only one to make it out of his grandfather's plane alive.

When you see the aftermath of the May 3rd crash, it's amazing anyone survived.

Tyler was pulled from the burning wreckage by the pilot of the other plane involved in the collision.

His body badly burned -- he was rushed to Salt Lake City for urgent care.

Three months later, he's doing remarkably well, but still needs out-of-state treatment and daily physical therapy.

While his progress is promising, his medical bills are overwhelming -- $1.2 million to date.

The Pickerings are insured, but because the Utah hospital was out of network, they're responsible for 60 percent of that bill.

Hearing of the family's fate, the Shriners intercepted.

Today, Tyler was accepted into the Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento, Calif., where he will receive free medical care for his burns until he's an adult.

From a family who's already cried so much -- this time, it's tears of joy.

"They called and offered Tyler all his medical care for free until the age of 21," said Chris Pickering.

"It's pretty good," said Jennifer Pickering.

"That's really good," said Chris Pickering.

“I've had tears in my eyes. They will find out that the arms of the Shriners are wrapped around them and they will be taking care of Tyler and do whatever is best for him," said Bert Miller,

Shriners Hospitals.

While Tyler has vastly improved since we last saw him in the hospital, he does bare visible and emotional scars.

His parents say he has nightmares and he will sit at home pretending to play with his brothers.

He’s also developed a little stutter -- all signs of the tremendous trauma of a plane crash that claimed the lives of his siblings and his grandfather.

The Pickerings have another difficult day ahead of them.

On Monday, their eldest son, William, would have turned seven years old.

The Pickerings say they'll go to McCall and visit his grave site to commemorate that day.

Fargo Marathon-$3,500 for SHC

Fargo Marathon issues its charitable donations to its benefactors
Jeff Kolpack, The Forum Published Thursday, July 24, 2008
FARGO -- Fargo Marathon Inc. formally dedicated its charitable giving on Thursday afternoon with the distribution of heavy checks, both in stature and in amount.

With Fargo Marathon executive director Mark Knutson as the driving force, Burlington Pond located along 19th Avenue South in West Fargo was officially renamed the Caroline Ruby Vetter Memorial Duck Pond.

The marathon contributed almost $4,700 to the cause through a sponsor-a-runner program. Other checks went to YMCA’s Partner of Youth ($2,500), Innovis Health NICU ($3,500), Shriners Hospitals for Children ($3,500), MeritCare Children’s Hospital ($15,000) and Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm ($15,000).

“The marathon has an obligation to help the community,” Knutson said.

Maui Electric donates $5,000 to Shriners' fund

Friday, July 25, 2008 Advertiser News Staff

Maui Electric Co. recently presented the Maui Shrine Club of the Aloha Temple with a check for $5,000 to support the Children's Transportation Fund of the Shriners Children's Hospital in Honolulu.

Shriners helps Maui families by covering travel and treatment costs for children with orthopedic conditions or burn injuries and their parents.

MECO president Ed Reinhardt made the presentation to Maui Shrine Club ambassador Thomas Rossman and Maui Shrine Club president Jeff Brown.

Shriners Safe Cruise Night Parade in Winnipeg

Shriners Safe Cruise Night Parade in Winnipeg

Last Sunday, 19th July, 2008 the Shriners sponsored its safe cruise night parade of vintage cars

Teen amputee 'un-limb-ited' in dreams and talent

July 23, 2008, The Hub, Ouray County Newspapers
Heidi is not your average teenager. She is seldom seen frowning, plays volleyball and snowboards, is a Green Bay Packers fan, wants to go into nursing, and loves hunting with her dad.

All that aside, she has a medical condition called fibular hemimelia, a congenital disorder that caused her to be born without a fibula, an ankle bone, and three toes on her right leg. As a result, her leg was amputated when she was eight months old. At eighteen months, she was fitted with her first leg by Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City, Utah. In fifth grade, she had surgery to insert staples into both her knees. In sixth grade, she had a second surgery to have the staples removed.

"It was painful," she said. Doctors are discussing a third surgery on her right leg. Even so, Heidi is physically active. "I like to prove to people I can do it," she explains. "I don't like the label handicapped."

This summer, Heidi is working at Timber Ridge gas station in Ouray three days a week, each day a lengthy 10 hours. On her days off, she says she likes to spend time with friends and sleep.

"I used to sleep until 11 on my days off," Heidi said, "But my mom got mad, so I don't do that anymore."

Heidi and her friends frequent Siam, a Thai restaurant in Ridgway, and hike. During the school year, Heidi plays volleyball and has managed the basketball team, although she says she is not interested in continuing that role next year. "I just want to get through it," she said of her senior year at Ouray High School. "I'm ready to be done." Heidi also snowboards in the winters.

All her physical activities have taken a toll on her prostheses — during the course of her life, Heidi says she has been through 23 or 24 prosthetic legs. "I'm hard on my leg," she laughs.

In the midst of work, school, and a social life, Heidi makes time for her family, especially her dad. She and her father hunt together, and it was his side of the family who drew her to the Green Bay Packers. "I cried when Favre retired," she said.

Her father has also inspired her to pursue a career in nursing. Heidi has seen her grandmother, aunt, and cousin maintain successful nursing careers, and now wants to study nursing at University of Northern Colorado or University of Utah. She plans to work as a nurse to pay for schooling to become a prosthetist. "I want to build legs," she explained.

Heidi is drawn to UNC by its nursing program, but is also looking into University of Utah because of its close proximity to Shriners Hospital, where she feels a special bond. The hospital has been providing Heidi with free legs since birth. Beyond that, one of the physical therapists hosts camps for amputees, two of which she attended this year. One of the camps is for snowboarders, the other is a river-rafting trip.

"We were doing class three or four rapids," she explained excitedly. "It was a whitewater rafting trip." Heidi hopes to volunteer at Shriners someday.

Heidi’s most recent accomplishment includes her participation in the Fourth of July water fights. She said, "I'm mad I didn't win, but there's always next year."

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

PSNA Heading to Boise

Shrine Parade and Vehicle competition

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Story Updated: Jul 23, 2008 at 9:47 AM MDT
By Tara Mussulman

Dates:8/7/2008, 8/8/2008, 8/9/2008


The local El Korah Shrine Center will be hosting the 2008 Pacific Northwest Shrine Association Convention in Boise from Thursday, August 7th through Saturday, August 9th, according to El Korah Potentate Jay Leonard. Over 1,500 Shriners from Shrine Centers in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Alaska, Canada, and Idaho are expected to attend and represent the 18 Shrine organizations in the Pacific Northwest.

Activities will include competition among the 2 and 4 wheel units, which will be held at the Expo Idaho parking lot adjacent to Glenwood St. The public is invited to come and watch the competitive events starting at 9AM on Friday, August 8th.

There will also be a Parade through downtown Boise starting at 11AM on Saturday,

August 9th……the public is encouraged to attend this parade of Shrine entries…..and see the many fun parade units of the Shrine organization. Parade will start at 11th and Main and traveling east on Main St and then south on 3rd St, ending at Julia Davis Park.

Clowns, Great Falls Mt.

Prelude to a Shriners parade in Great Falls, Montana.
Pictures by Linda at: waitingforatrain-linda.blogspot.com

Noble Knadler receives Shrine honors

Alicia Knadler, Indian Valley Editor
Greenville resident Joe Knadler was honored Saturday, July 13, in Redding for his 50 years of service and support to the Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.

In Quincy Monday, July 28, he will be honored for 50 years in the York Rite Bodies, including the Order of Knights Templar and the Royal Arch.

Richard Dykes of Quincy and Norman Holmes of Portola attended the Redding ceremony.

Quincy resident Steve Ross also attended and initiated into the realms of Shrinedom.

For the rest of the article please go Plumas County News on-line


Old Geezers

'Geezers' are easy to spot: At sporting events, during the playing of the Star Spangled BANNER. Old Geezers remove their caps and stand at attention and sing without embarrassment. They know the words and believe in them.

Old Geezers remember the Depression, World War II, Pearl Harbor , Guadalcanal , Normandy and Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War 1950-55, The Cold War, the jet age and the moon landing, the 50 plus Peacekeeping Missions from 1945 to 2005 the Jet Age and the Moon Landing, not to mention Vietnam .

If you bump into an Old Geezer On the sidewalk he will apologize. If you pass an Old Geezer on the street, he will nod or tip his cap to a lady. Old Geezers trust strangers and are courtly to women. Old Geezers hold the door for the next person and always, when walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection. Old Geezers get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and children and they don't like any filth on TV or in movies or in e-mails.

Old Geezers have moral courage. They seldom brag unless it's about their grandchildren.

It's the Old Geezers who know our great country is protected, not by politicians, but by the young men and women in the military serving their country.

This country needs Old Geezers with their decent values.
We need them now more than ever.

Thank God for Old Geezers!

"Life is like a great big canvas, use all the paint you can." Danny Kaye

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

New Brace Design

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Los Angeles Physical Therapist Designs New Brace to Help Cerebral Palsy Patients

By Steven Brand, PR Los Angeles, CA. 2008 - Physical therapist Christine Caron has worked for Shriners Hospitals for Children – Los Angeles for nine years. During this time she has developed a passion for research and improving the treatment programs for helping her young patients. She says, “One of the things that I love about working for Shriners Hospitals is that they give you the time and resources to develop new ideas and projects.” Chris has used this to its fullest by developing an innovative new brace that she designed to help Cerebral Palsy patients who have crouch gait. Crouch gait is one of the most prevalent and troublesome movement abnormalities among children with Cerebral Palsy. It is characterized by excessively bent knees during walking. This substantially increases the energy requirements of walking and, if not corrected, can lead to chronic knee pain and joint degeneration.
Chris has been working since November of 2007 to develop a new type of brace that helps parents provide the necessary physical therapy exercise program for their child. Working with Roger Weber, CO, a certified Orthotist from the hospital’s orthotics department, she developed a device simplifies the form and technique that the young patient uses and helps to decrease their crouch gait symptoms. Chris’ new design is being evaluated for it’s effectiveness through the hospital’s Institutional Review Board. An institutional review board (IRB), also known as an independent ethics committee (IEC) or ethical review board (ERB) is a committee that has been formally designated to approve, monitor, and review biomedical and behavioral research involving humans with the alleged aim to protect the rights and welfare of the research subjects.
Chris is cautiously optimistic that her new brace will be approved and then be able to move onto the next phase of its development. This will include further evaluation at the Los Angeles Shriners Hospital and then a multi-centered study involving several hospitals. “There’s still a long ways to go before the brace will be put into wide use”, says Chris. “I’m still in the early stages of development and it will be several years before the brace is perfected.” Chris, however, is confident that no matter what happens in the future, her work at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Los Angeles will continue to benefit thousand of children with Cerebral Palsy and other orthopaedic conditions.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Shriner hits parade spectators with go-cart in Niles

The Parade Season is with us again and we all need to check our parade cars! make sure the breaks work, the steering is Ok no loose bolts, do you have a kill switch that is easy to get to, and emergency break that works, the tires are Ok this can happen to any one! have you had your health check up this year? This type of event happened more that once last year and was on U-Tube and the TV it is not the image that the Shriners need.LG

July 4, 2008 BY KARA SPAK Staff Reporter, Chicago

A 75-year-old Shriner driving a miniature go-cart swerved out of control Friday at Niles' July 4 parade, striking two children, a man and an elderly woman before crashing into shrubs in front of a house.

The unidentified Shriner, part of a group of about five men entertaining the crowd in the popular tiny car exhibit, was at the end of the parade route on Monroe Street when he lost control of his go-cart, said Sgt. Vince Genualdi of the Niles Police Department.

The cart hit one 9-year-old, then swerved across the street before striking a second 9-year-old. He then drove up the driveway of the house at 7255 Monroe Street, hitting a 33-year-old man and 64-year-old female before stopping his cart in the shrubbery outside the home.

Both the adults were taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Genualdi said. They were treated and released with minor injuries.

The two 9-year-olds declined treatment at the scene.

Why the go-cart suddenly swerved off the parade route is a mystery.

"He (the Shriner) has no idea why," Genualdi said. "We asked him and he said he had no idea."

No citations were issued. Genualdi said the Shriners perform every year at the Niles parade, and they have never had an incident with their go-carts previously.

A person answering the phone at the Monroe Street home said she was not watching the parade at the time of the incident.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Optimism is key for Shriner-Doug Maxwell


In some ways, Doug Maxwell has lived the charmed life of an adventurer — and lived to tell some fascinating stories. In 1969, he was a drum major with the University of Kansas Marching Band when KU went to the Orange Bowl (and lost to Penn State, 15-14) the last time before this past January. Less than four years later, as an Air Force officer, he was flying hair-raising resupply missions to Israel during the Yom Kippur War in October 1973 at the same time Soviet transports were resupplying the Egyptians. They were crisscrossing each other in the eastern Mediterranean as Israel and Arab states battled on the ground and in fighter jets. And less than two years after that, Maxwell's C-141 Starlifter was flying Americans and Vietnamese out of Ton Son Nhut airport as North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communists tightened the noose around the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon in late April 1975. Today, Maxwell flies his own twin-engine Beechcraft Baron B55, visiting some of the 22 Shriners hospitals for children across the United States. As leader of the Shriners International for a one-year term, Maxwell is CEO of a nonprofit organization with a $9 billion endowment. He was installed as imperial potentate this week as the Shriners met at America's Center.

How did you get interested in flying?

Back in 1955, my father's friend was a stockbroker. He had a plane, and he called my dad and asked if we'd like to fly up to a place like Northwestern to see a football game. These were the days of radio navigation where you'd listen to "di-d-di-di" to home in on a station. They used to put a couple of pillows under the front seat for me.

How did you get interested in becoming a Shriner? My dad was a Shriner.

You were in the Air Force, weren't you?

I went to college and came back from the Air Force in 1975, with about 3,500 hours. That's a lot.

You were flying into Vietnam in a C-141?
We didn't have any camouflage. We were flying into a hot zone in a white and silver plane.

What was your mission?
Hauling in supplies and bringing out bodies (of dead Americans) or the injured. It was an exciting time. My wife was constantly worried that a chaplain would come driving up to our house and say, "Sorry, Mrs. Maxwell. Doug's not coming home."

I left as a captain. I always wondered: Would I have made general? I was making rank below the zone (ahead of schedule). But I am an engineer, and logic and the military don't equal each other.

What explains Shriners' behavior?
All Shriners are Freemasons, and Freemasonry's been around for nearly 600 years. It came out of Europe. In 1872 in New York City, a doctor and an actor said, "We love being Masons, but let's have some fun."

Shriners spread across America rapidly. In 10 years, the Shrine was coast to coast.

You have to be a good man to join this organization. If you have a bad history, you aren't coming in. And you've got to believe in a Supreme Being. You don't have to be a Christian. You can be Jewish or Muslim or Hindu.

Tell me more about the origins of the Shrine.
The Shrine started for fun. We went from 1872 until 1922 for just fun. Everything you've heard about us is correct: water balloons out the window, motorcycles through the lobby, the bands playing at all hours outside your hotel room. It was just a for-fun organization.

When 1922 came along, nobody was taking care of kids with polio. They were suffering badly. At a meeting like this, they said, "You know, we have to have more than just fun. Nobody's doing this (taking care of kids with polio). Why don't we try to do it?"

The Shriners passed the hat, built some buildings, went to some medical schools like Washington University and said, "Help us take care of these children, and we'll never charge anybody."

For the last 86 years, we have not charged anybody. We have a very big endowment of $9 billion.

How did you acquire assets?

The Shrine Circuses.* Those fundraisers at one time were enough, because the doctors would donate their services. Once you build a building, it's built. Now we're building this new St. Louis Shriners Hospital, and it's going to cost $170 million.

Do doctors who work for you get paid?
Now they do. We have to compete in the market. We have top-quality doctors. You can't have anything less in this litigious society.

Is it true that all Shriners are wealthy?
We have the full range. We have people who are service-station attendants. And we have people who own the business.

But aren't most pretty well off?
Not necessarily. Maybe you wanted to drive a go-cart, but your dad wouldn't let you. So now you join the Shrine. Wherever we can find a parade, we go.

What's the point? It's only men, right, having a good time? Right.

Is it public relations, a way to call attention to yourselves?

Exactly. What happens in a parade? Reporters ask questions. We always get in that Shriners have been taking care of kids for 86 years, and we've never charged anybody. We'll get in that we have 22 hospitals taking care of kids with burns and spinals.

We men don't live as long as the ladies do. Our endowment fund comes from all these years of widows giving us gifts and bequests. We get a lot of estates. Annually, we get in the $250 (million) to $300 million range because they believe in us. Ninety-four cents of every dollar goes to taking care of kids.

I am the CEO of a $9 billion corporation. I get my expenses reimbursed. I don't get paid a dollar for what I do.

Is this a full-time job? Right now it is.

Do you think you'll ever see a Shriners hospital in Vietnam?

I don't know. My wife and I went to Vietnam in '05. I was there at the fall of Saigon. We were flying from Clark Air Base (in the Philippines). I have photos on my computer of some of our missions. It was so much chaos I stopped shooting pictures to help people up into the plane. I was there three days from the end, and my last flight out, we had 35 (Vietnamese) standing in the cockpit of a C-141. They had been approved by the (U.S.) Embassy.

You were just pulling people out.
Just back and forth, back and forth. As fast as we could get them off at Clark, we'd turn around and go back.

Tell me about your company.
When I got out of the Air Force in 1975, my father was a manufacturer's rep. He called on Hussmann Refrigeration. He said, "I think we have a chance to build some conveyors for Hussmann."

We started in my dad's basement. I traded my flight suit for a welding suit, and I started welding rollers. My wife, Pat, made parts. My mom and Pat did the books. We started Maxwell Manufacturing.
Dad and I were very hands-on: the customer's always right, make that your first concern. We always said, if you buy right, you sell right. I don't raise prices unless it's really necessary. We are now the third-largest builder of these conveyors in the United States.

You're a very versatile person. What's your philosophy of life?

I'm very much an optimist. I always look for the best in people. Things are going to get better.

*Today Not all Shrine Circuses or Football games are held as fund raisers for the Shriners Hospital for children. The East West Shrine Football Game is a Major Fund raiser for the Hospital and the new Shrine/Timberlake Golf tournament is hoped to be.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Maxwell 5 star


During the 2008 Imperial Council Session, held in St. Louis June 29-July 3, Douglas E. Maxwell of Chesterfield, Mo., was elected the Imperial Potentate of the Shrine International.

In college at the University of Kansas, Maxwell studied architectural engineering and finance, receiving his degree in 1969. He received his Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Illinois University in 1975.

In the early '70s, Maxwell joined the U.S. Air Force as a second lieutenant. He flew the world routes of the Military Airlift Command, including missions to Europe, South America, Africa, Southeast Asia and Vietnam. For his distinguished service during the Vietnam War, he received both Vietnamese Combat Service Medals and the Air Force Commendation Medal. At the end of the war in 1975, he departed the military as a captain.

Maxwell and his father began a manufacturing company in 1975, building checkout counter conveyors and speed reducers. Today, Maxwell Manufacturing Co. has grown into the third largest builder of these conveyors in America.

During his 10 years on the Board of Directors, Imperial Sir Maxwell has served as chairman of the International Development Committee, the Buildings and Equipment Committee and the Fleming-Florence Committee. He has also served on the Investment Committee and the Planning Committee.

Maxwell is a Past Potentate of Moolah Shriners in St. Louis. He is a 33rd degree member of the Scottish Rite, a Knight Templar in the York Rite, and a member of Beacon Masonic Lodge #3 and the International Order of DeMolay Legion of Honor. He is also an emeritus member of the St. Louis Shriners Hospital Board of Governors, serving on the Applications Committee and Buildings and Equipment Committee.

Maxwell is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and also the Missouri Pilots Association. He holds a commercial pilot's license and instructor's pilot's license.

He and his wife, Patricia, are high school sweethearts and have been married for 39 years.