140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Thursday, December 24, 2009

New Year's Eve bash planned to benefit Shriners hospitals | Riverside County | PE.com | Southern California News | News for Inland Southern California

New Year's Eve bash planned to benefit Shriners hospitals | Riverside County | PE.com | Southern California News | News for Inland Southern California

Big Elf makes toys for Shriners Hospital for Children-Salt Lake

Making toys the way elves would
Sandy couple find joy in building, donating old-fashioned toys to hospitalized kids.

By Katie Drake, The Salt Lake Tribune(for more pictures and compleat story go to

Grant Chapman shows off some of the toys he has created in his basement work shop. Each year,...

While holiday shoppers are frantically picking up last minute gifts, Grant Chapman has already started on next year's Christmas toys.

For more than 20 years, Chapman and his wife Ruby have donated hand-crafted toys to the children at Shriners Hospital, hoping to brighten their holidays despite their medical challenges.

Chapman has devoted an entire wing of his Sandy home to the project and spends hundreds of hours creating new patterns for trains, Hummers and race cars.

This year's donation was a personal best of 140 cars and nine six-car trains. The couple also makes wooden blocks and sometimes doll cradles, complete with a teddy bear, for little girls.

The toys can have a huge effect on a child, said Shriners child-life specialist Carolyn Duerden.

"Children in general love a toy or something that makes them feel good, especially when they are away from home," Duerden said.

She began placing the Chapman's toys under the clinic Christmas tree on Monday, and they were an immediate hit. Many of the Shriners children do not have many toys, Duerden said. Hand-crafted toys are even more special as donations to the hospital are down this year.

Chapman is glad to have found a good use for his woodworking hobby. The octogenarian "can't stand to be idle" and has to be making something useful. He also hates waste, and uses scrap materials to create his toys.

Wood is the biggest cost, but Chapman spends only about $150 each year on the toys, thanks to wood donations from West Truss Inc. The company gives him free rein in its lumber yard, where he is welcome to any piece of wood less than two feet long.

"It's awesome for us, because we're not throwing it away," said Chet Jensen, the company's design manager.

Chapman always gives samples of his work to the children of West Truss employees, Jensen said, as a way of saying thank you.

The couple is hoping to top their record next year, and have already completed some cars. Ruby has painted hundreds of headlights and wheels while Chapman refines his designs to create more realistic cars and trains to brighten the holidays of children stuck in the hospital.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The East-West Shrine Game: Resource for the NFL

When the 2010 East-West Shrine Game teams take the field at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando on Jan. 23, it will be the final event in the players’ week-long “interview with the NFL.”

For the players, an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game is a chance to showcase their abilities to play in a professional-level game before representatives of all 32 NFL teams. The professional level of the event is reinforced by the presence of an NFL-affiliated coaching staff, NFL officials and rules, ESPN network television coverage and even official NFL footballs…“Just Like on Sunday.”

“The East-West Shrine Game is an interview, an audition. This is a very, very important game to NFL scouts, who have a chance to see the players up close,” said Doug Williams, director of pro personnel for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a member of the East-West Shrine Game Hall of Fame. Williams is just one of many NFL greats who played in the East-West Shrine Game; the list includes Brett Favre, Tom Brady, John Elway and 62 NFL Hall of Famers.

“Coming from a small school, the Game was a stage for me; an opportunity to show what I could do,” said Williams, who played in the 1977 East-West Shrine Game and was a first-round draft pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1979.

The East-West Shrine Game provides that same opportunity today. The 2008 Game’s Offensive MVP, Josh Johnson, is now a quarterback for the Buccaneers.

For the NFL, the East-West Shrine Game is a resource.

“All-star games are vital to our clubs,” said Ron Hill, vice president of football operations for the NFL. “Scouts get a week to look at and visit with the players and see how they react in a different setting.”

All 32 teams will have at least three to five scouts at the Game; several general managers and head coaches will also be on hand.

“All the GMs should be there, unless their teams are still playing,” said Hill. “I’m looking forward to being there for the practices. It’s important. If this game was on the moon, the NFL would be there.

“The quality of the players invited is very, very high. The game is very important to the NFL and to the players – it’s another chance for them to show their ability and an opportunity for our scouts and coaches to spend time with them and see what we need to see,” said Hill.

What they see is a lot of potential.

In April 2009, 90 percent of players from the 84th East-West Shrine Game – played on Jan. 17, 2009 – were either drafted or signed as free agents by NFL clubs.

The League provides significant support to the Game, including assistance assembling the coaching staff. Both the East and West teams will have one head coach and eight assistants with NFL affiliation.

Agents are aware of the benefits of the Game for their clients, as well.

“The East-West Shrine Game is unique; it’s surrounded by a cause and has a particular identity,” said Keenan Davis, president of 75 South Management Group and former NFL executive. “And, it has a premier relationship with the NFL that makes it a little larger than life. We have a player in the game – I’m ecstatic. The game is a platform for him to demonstrate he has the mental and physical abilities to excel at the next level.”

The cause behind the Game is important to everyone involved, as well.

“Every year, we hear from the players and the coaches that the highlight of the week is going to the hospital to be with the kids,” said Hill. “We’re absolutely excited that the Game supports Shriners Hospitals for Children; we’re pleased to be part of it and to help make it a success.”

Shriners Hospitals for Children is an international health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, without financial obligation to patients or their families. The organization depends on the generosity of donors and funds raised by special events, such as the East-West Shrine Game.

For more information about the East-West Shrine Game, visit www.shrinegame.com.



Monday, December 21, 2009

Bright Shriners

by Kati Garner,

A Christmas tree of lights brightens the front entrance to Sacramento's Shriners Hospital for Children during the holidays.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is an international health care system providing high quality pediatric specialty care to thousands of kids each year. All care is provided with no financial obligation to the patient or their family. Their mission is made possible solely through the generosity of donors.

There are many ways to give from direct gifts to planned gifts. All gifts, big or small, make a differenc

Engineer-Physician Shriners Team help Change the World

DUBLIN – It is up to design engineers to change the world, says Steve Robbins, CEO of Level 5 Communications and executive editor of Desktop Engineering Magazine.

So the magazine launched its Change the World Challenge, soliciting innovative ideas from design engineers across the world to change the world for the better.

Robbins said the contest recognizes the design engineers behind the products, who often get little recognition.

What Robbins found interesting about the designs submitted by mechanical CAD companies was how people had solved problems because they had tools today that allowed them to do 3-D modeling and 3-D design more easily.

For instance, 3-D scanning technology is already helping children who have cleft lip and palate, and could help millions more.

An engineer-physician team at Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Mass., won first place in the rapid technology category for a less invasive, breakthrough procedure in treating cleft and lip palate.

Through 3-D scanning, the child's palate can be scanned and an exact model created. A series of corrective appliances can then be created using a rapid-prototyping machine to help reduce cleft width before surgery without inhibiting upper-jaw growth.

The comparative ease of the procedure means children suffering from cleft lip or palate in Third World countries may be more likely to receive treatment.

For story by By GRETYL MACALASTER, Union Leader Correspondent go to www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Designers%2C+change+the+world&articleId=ff204ca6-e9d5-4f27-a215-2de723de1767

Sunday, December 20, 2009

CSI Men Focus on different season

CSI head coach Steve Gosar, left, and center Aziz N’diaye pose Friday with a patient at Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City. (Contributed photo)

The College of Southern Idaho men’s basketball team will face some of the toughest competition of its season at the Holiday Hoops Classic in Las Vegas today and Sunday.

But for a couple of hours on Friday, the Golden Eagles were focused on a different season, namely that of Christmas.

CSI’s players and coaches spent some time at Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City, interacting with the young patients and handing out gifts.

“It was awesome,” said CSI head coach Steve Gosar. “It was fantastic. You get a chance to see the kids’ faces light up and see our guys interact with them.”

For full story go to www.magicvalley.com/sports/local/article_f8ab6e9e-3df0-576d-86e7-6c07a8372fbb.html

Friday, December 18, 2009

Project Still needs $2.7 Million

Marsland Foundation gives $1M to aid Shriners' project

Shriners Hospital for Children yesterday received a $1 million donation from the Marsland Foundation, the hospital announced.

The donation will go toward a $73 million capital improvement project of the Shriners hospital on Punahou Street.

With the donation, the hospital has raised $11.3 million from the community for the hospital.

It still needs about $2.7 million in community donations.

Shriners has committed $59 million to the work. Construction at the hospital started in August 2007, and is in the second of three phases of work. The hospital is expected to be completed by summer 2010.

Justin Timberlake beat Oprah

by: Ani Esmailian
Justin Timberlake Named Most High-Impact Celebrity for Charity

When you think of celebrities and charities, what's the first name that comes to mind? Angelina Jolie? Bono? Brad Pitt? Well it turns out they're not even close to being the most high impact celebrities when it comes to raising money.

Believe it or not when it comes to raising some serious cash, Justin Timberlake is the man! According to The Daily Beast, JT raised over $9 million dollars for the Shriners Hospital for Children in 2009 alone. He even beat out Oprah! Go JT!

Check out the list of celebrity endorsed charities go to www.hollyscoop.com/justin-timberlake/justin-timberlake-named-most-high-impact-celebrity-for-charity_22484.aspx

Exeter restaurant, its workers raise money, collect toys for Shriners hospital

The Breakfast Hut in Exeter Township raised $2,755 and collected a few thousand donated toys that will be given to patients at Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

Reading Eagle: Ryan McFadden
From left, Tammy Hassan, co-owner of Breakfast Hut in Exeter Township, and Shriners James Strunk and William Coldren on Thursday with the toys collected by the restaurant for patients at Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. The restaurant donated all its proceeds Thursday and workers donated all their tips to the Shriners.
Top story of 2009
The restaurant donated all of its proceeds Thursday and the servers donated their tips for the day, all of which totaled the $2,755.

The new, unwrapped toys and $500 were donated by customers and others during a fundraising drive the restaurant has conducted since mid-November.

Members of the Shriners were at the restaurant to assist, and Exeter police conducted a child ID registration.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

SKDT Makes a Difference at Shriners

Althea’s Blog: December 16, 2009 by Althea

On Sunday Becca, Candace, Jeannie, Katie, Kelly and I participated in a Kings pizza party at Shriners Hospital for Children to bring smiles to the Sacramento youth who’ve been affected by burn accidents.

Heading to the hospital, I didn’t know what to expect because it’s hard to see kids, or anyone, hurt. But now I can see why some of my teammates told me it’s their favorite appearance of the year. The kids, who ranged from two years-old to teenagers, were excited to see us and showed us a lot of courage as we met them one by one. Many of them told us their stories. The most memorable story was a boy who was only two years-old and had been in the hospital since Thanksgiving. Due to precautionary measures at Shriners, kids must be at least 16 years-old to visit, so the boy’s twin sister hadn’t been able to visit him at all. Hearing the story from his parents reminded me how lucky I am to be able to see my sister and all of my family and friends whenever I want.

Kings players Kevin Martin, Sean May, Jason Thompson, Jon Brockman and Sergio Rodriguez also attended the pizza party and made a lot of the children’s day by playing games like Wii, pool and mini basketball with them. Along with handing out pizza and punch, the young Kings fans were given Kings goodie bags filled with a comic book, foam finger, notebook, Wells Fargo stuffed animal and a basketball for the players and us to autograph.

It was a lot of fun meeting all of the children and wonderful to see them receiving such good treatment from the Shriners staff. I hope the remainder of their treatment goes well. I wish them all a special happy holiday!

Shriners shop with kids

Chuck and Kay Leon, back, and Santa, (George Krob) visit with kids during the Shriner's Clothe-a-Child event.
Courtesy Photo

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Bradshaw Mountain Shrine Club and brother club, Yavapai Shrine, took 100 children shopping for Christmas presents for themselves and family members bright and early on Dec. 6.

Shriners met the children at school at 6:30 a.m. and volunteer bus drivers took them to Walmart on Highway 69, where McDonald's provided breakfast.

Then volunteer shoppers, including Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ROTC cadets, local high school students, friends and family, helped each child spend $100.

After the shopping spree, Santa Claus (Shriner George Krob) presented each child with a toy, candy and fruit.

The Yavapai Shrine Club will bring 100 more children to Walmart to shop this coming weekend.

"We would like to thank all our volunteers, and especially Walmart and their cashiers, along with local people who were generous with their donations," said Fred Boehm, Bradshaw Mountain Shrine Club president. "Their efforts helped the kids have a Merry Christmas."

Monday, December 14, 2009

Start off the Year right in Arizona

On January 11, 2010 Sarah Cramer, one of our Shriner children who sang
the National Anthem at "The Night of the Child" and the "We Ride so
kids can Walk" event with the Arizona Rattlers will start out the
opening session of the House of Representatives with the National

We would like to get as many Shriners as we can to attend it and sit
in the balcony in back of the floor of the House. We would like to
have everyone there by 11:00am and should be over around 1:30. There
is parking off of 19th Ave by Washington and parking by 17th Ave and
Washington. The reason we'd like you to get there early is due to the
seating. We'd also like everyone to wear your Fez.

If you haven't been to the Capitol before, the House and Senate are
right across from each other and you'll go into the House of
Representatives. When you come into the Lobby, they will direct you to
the balcony which is on the 2nd floor. Tell them that you are here as
guests of Representative Jerry Weiers.

If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Mick Degn

Shriners Hospital for Children -Salt Lake takes care of bone infection

By Bradley Guire - Times-News writer Sunday, December 13, 2009

The scar runs the length of Igor Jozelic’s right thigh, but it doesn’t hurt.

It didn’t stop him from playing varsity football and basketball at Canyon Ridge High School. It didn’t stop him from coming off the bench against Filer in the Riverhawks’ first ever game on Dec. 1 and throwing himself around the floor, going for rebounds and loose balls and breaking up passes in his first varsity game.

The scar represents the journey he’s made since birth, one that started on another continent during the hell of the Bosnian War, which tore his homeland apart.

Igor was born in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina (formerly Yugoslavia), in 1993 to Rudolf and Enisa Jozelic. For a while, it was up to Enisa to care for Igor and his older sister, Nina.

“My father was in the war (as a helicopter pilot),” Igor said. “He wasn’t there when I was born.”

It wasn’t long before doctors realized something was wrong with Igor’s right leg, and the hospital stay, Enisa said, lasted five months.

“He had an infection, a bone infection in his hip,” Rudolf said. Doctors initially thought it was only a dislocated hip as Igor walked without pain, playing like any other baby. The infection was later diagnosed, and the Jozelics knew that the care Igor needed was available in America. When he was only 11 months old, they left their home behind and made their way to Idaho. Upon arrival, American doctors further identified the problem and sent Igor to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Salt Lake City.

Igor required four surgeries through the first three years of his life to correct the problem, and none was easy. He doesn’t remember a lot about the situation because he was so young, but Rudolf and Enisa recalled the effort that went into the surgeries.

“They said it would be a two-hour surgery,” Rudolf said of the first surgery in 1994. “It was more like six hours. The hip had practically become dust. What they did was a bone transplantation for his hip.”

As the family struggled with their status as refugees — Rudolf could not find work as a pilot, and Enisa spoke little English upon arrival — Igor’s strength grew. While Igor could walk with a large cast, Rudolf said the usual form of transit was scooting around the floor on his backside.

After the final surgery in 1996, doctors placed no restrictions on Igor’s activities. He had pain for four or five years after surgery, sharp pains, but they faded, and he soon followed big sister’s lead and picked up a basketball. Igor was in fourth grade when he played on his first organized team.

“That was my first year in rec,” Igor said. “My sister played for Twin Falls (High School), and she’s an inspiration for me.”

Igor also plays football, which worries Enisa despite the fact that she sees him become stronger as the time passes.

“I’m going all the time and watching Igor’s basketball games,” she said. “He’s better every year because he had lots of surgery.

“Sorry, but I must say that I hate football. It’s a very hard sport. I go a couple of times and watch Igor’s football games, and I’m scared.”

Mike Ridgeway, head coach of the Riverhawks basketball team, is impressed by Igor’s work ethic and the fact that one could never tell the 5-foot-11 sophomore guard endured so much surgery with the way he plays.

“He’s just a hard worker,” Ridgeway said. “What he does (in the classroom) carries over to the court and everything he does. I wish all my kids were like him.”

Igor would love to spend this year learning the finer details of basketball so he can earn a starting spot next season. He sees plenty of minutes off the bench, but he knows there’s a ways to go.

“I’m comfortable playing down low, but I know there’s a size difference,” said Igor, who has the build but lacks the height for the post, “so I could play a little more perimeter, shooting guard or something. I just have to get my ball handling down a little more.”

Once every year or two, Igor makes the trip down to Salt Lake City for a medical evaluation, and the family is always mindful of their good fortune.

“Who knows if he stayed (in Bosnia and Herzegovina)?” Rudolf said. “Everything crumbled. Who knows what kind of health care he got there? It was the best move for us. It was a mess. It was war. Like every war, it was dirty. Somebody’s always going to suffer. We were just one of many families that suffered, but I will tell you that we were very lucky.”

And now Igor gets to help a new school start a new tradition just as his family started a new life in America.

Bradley Guire may be reached at bguire@magicvalley.com or 208-735-3229.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Carpet Squares- Shriners

The Mohave Shrine Club in Bullhead City Arizona is in need of carpeting squares to carpet our banquet room. We are looking for the two or four foot squares that are rubber backed and can be removed and replaced if a single spot gets damaged.

Our current carpet is totally worn out. Replacing it with regular one piece carpet has proven to be a constant reoccuring expense. In order to cut long term expenses we are attempting to replace the existing carpet with a more maintainable option even though it may cost a little more up front.

New, used, clean, or Dirty but cleanable are all an option. If anybody knows a convention center, hospital, hotel etc that may be replacing thier existing with new maybe we could get the old carpet squares.

Does anybody have a good contact for new carpet squares. Your assistance would be very appreciated in this matter.

Tim Umphress, Mohave Shrine Club President 2010


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Legendary Shriner Remembered



Tuesday, December 8, 2009

6,000 Riders- 28degrees- 30Years for Shriners Hospital for Children

30th Annual Shriners Toy Run

December 7, 2009 by mac

2009 Shriners Children Hospital Toy RunThis past Saturday was Portland’s annual Shriners Children Hospital Toy Run.

The major organizer and motorcycle advocacy group for the event is ABATE and this year marks 30 years.

The weather was dry, but it was cold. In fact, the temp gauge registered a new low (28 degrees) on the motorcycle. As I left the neighborhood I noticed leaving tire tracks on the frost covered asphalt. I met up with the posse for breakfast and the main roads had already received a quick spray of glycol-based de-icers on the overpasses and bridges. By the time we finished breakfast and drove toward the Tri-Met parking lot the frost had mostly evaporated.

This year’s turnout was nearly as large as last which brought out more than 6,000 riders. But, more importantly it’s a lot of toys collected for sick kids. The Toy Run brings together Harleys, Hondas, clubbers, and even the occasional Vespa. The ABATE members held a motorcycle raffle to help raise money for the hospital and shortly after noon the police escorted riders followed a Tri-Met bus full of toys to the Shriners Hospital.

It was a great toy run and I want to provide a major shout out to the organizers and sponsors: ABATE; Tri-Met; Paradise H-D; Latus H-D; Columbia H-D; Thunder Mountain MC Rescue; Star Rentals; Megan James Band; H.O.G.; Schulz Clearwater.

For More history on this Run go to nwhog.wordpress.com/2009/12/07/30th-annual-shriners-toy-run/
Thanks for the Story Mac.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Palm Springs Shrine Club and KMIR6TV work together

Shriners International See how Palm Springs Shriners are making a difference and how you can, too. http://www.kmir6.com/global/Category.asp?c=169134&autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=4322172&flvUri=&partnerclipid=
or www.kmir6.com/shriners making a difference in the Valley

Friday, December 4, 2009

Couple’s nonprofit work benefits Kenyan children Art sales will help pay boy’s way to U.S. for surgery

When Paul and Connie Zimmerman were tourists in Kenya, they quickly fell in love with the country and its people. Just about as quickly they discovered incredible poverty and a seemingly endless need for education and medical help. Not to mention how difficult it is for many Kenyans to access clean water.

Shortly after he arrived in Kenya this summer, Zimmerman met a boy named Kevin Wafula.

“His face is so badly burned, he’s disfigured,” said Zimmerman. “I took pictures of him right away, sent them back to Rotary and said, ‘Hey, we have to fix this kid.’ ”

First Friday, downtown Spokane’s business and arts festival scheduled to take place near the week’s end, is expected to include an art sale to benefit Wafula’s trip to Spokane this spring and the reconstructive surgery that awaits him at Shriners Hospital for Children. Zimmerman is hoping to staff every First Friday venue with a Rotarian and some of the African art pieces he has imported from Kenya. The festival is scheduled for this Friday.

“Every penny we make will go 50 percent to Kevin Wafula and 50 percent to Shriners Hospital,” said Zimmerman, who hopes to raise $5,000.

“Kevin is 10 or 11 – they are not really sure – and he got burned when his stepmom pushed him into a cooking fire,” said Zimmerman. Wafula is missing part of his left hand and he has scars around his mouth, nose and eyes. “They told me that it’s socially OK for stepmothers to hate their stepchildren and treat them terribly, while they dote on their own kids,” Zimmerman added. “Kevin’s dad and stepmom ran away. They are now fugitives from the law, I guess.”

A neighbor found the boy and took him to the hospital. From there, he went to St. John Bosco, where he’s been living for four or five years.

Doctors at Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane agreed to treat Wafula.

“They are fairly certain they can do something good for him,” said Zimmerman, who already has two families lined up to host the boy when he makes it to Spokane in early spring. “He doesn’t speak any English at all, but I’m sure he’ll pick it up fast. And he’s traveling with a chaperone.”

The artwork being sold to benefit Wafula – Christmas cards, watercolors and posters – also comes from Kenya.

Zimmerman said he brought back more than 200 pieces of Oduya’s hand-painted watercolors.

“We are hoping we can get into a lot of different First Friday venues, and when people hear about Kevin Wafula, hopefully they will help him.”

For compleate story go to http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/dec/03/couples-nonprofit-work-benefits-kenyan-children/

Friday, November 27, 2009

Fall-line motorsports raise money for Shriners Hospital for Children

"On December 5-6 in Willows, California, Fall-Line Motorsports, Trim-Tex Drywall Products, WeatherTech, and Barrington Concours will participate in the Drive for 25 charity event at the Thunderhill Race Track. The longest endurance race in the world, participants drive through the night for 25 hours straight. The team with the most laps at the end is declared the winner. Fall-Line will be bringing 2 cars to the event. The #70 BMW M3 will be driven by Joe Koenig, Mark Boden, Gunter Schaldach, and Mike Borkowski. The #72 BMW M3 will be driven by Jim Hamman, Tom Herb, David MacNeil, Cooper MacNeil and Randy Pobst. By participating in the race the team hopes to raise $50,000 for the Automotive Safety Project at Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Chicago.Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Chicago specializes in treating patients with spinal cord injuries
: many of which were sustained through a motor vehicle accident. In order to reduce injuries and fatalities from motor crashes the Chicago Shriners Hospital launched the Automotive Safety Project. This initiative provides adaptive car seats to children with disabilities, adaptive car equipment to drivers with disabilities, and promotes safe driving to the public.


By Jamie Brady, Journal Contributor

Bill Berman, owner of Shelbi Ranch in Solvang, is much like his hero Roy Rogers. They are both cowboys at heart. They both appreciate the values that built America. And they both have been active Freemasons and Shriners and support their charities. Inspired by his hero, Berman opened Shelbi Ranch 10 years ago to raise funds for the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Shelbi Ranch, located in the Hans Christian Andersen Square, donates all its profits to the charity hoping to help the children and families that turn to the hospital in their times of need.

“One trip to the Shriner’s Hospital to see the kids gets you hooked,” says Berman of his passion in supporting the hospital. The Shriner’s Hospital for Children accepts children up to age 18 who have orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. The children receive care in family centered settings at no cost to the families. Berman says it costs $1.7 million a day for the care the hospitals provide, and that is with all doctors volunteering their time and resources.

Berman and his wife, Shelley, reside partially in Los Angeles where they own a clothing manufacturing company called Jody California. Berman says he heard about the Santa Ynez Valley 25 years ago in an article in the Los Angeles Times. After visiting the area, the couple fell in love with the small-town feel of the area. They purchased 20 acres of land and began coming to the Valley on weekends.

The couple decided that the Santa Ynez Valley would be a perfect place to start their non-profit business because of how friendly the community is. “It just felt natural to open the business here and not in Los Angeles,” Berman explains. The couple came up with the name by combining their names Shelley and Bill together. Shelbi Ranch is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

It originally began with the Cowboyland Museum and expanded from there. The museum is filled with western memorabilia and tours are given free of charge to groups, however a donation is appreciated. Now “The Ranch” consists of the Water Wheel Café and a hodgepodge of clothing and fabric stores. The café continues the western motif with a real player piano that plays tunes such as “Happy Trails.”

The menu is composed of classic American favorites such as hot dogs, hamburgers and French fries to name a few. The best part? Most of the menu items cost just a buck. Berman and his wife volunteer their time running the business and employ two waitresses to assist customers. “I love working here because it’s for a charity,” says Sarah Gach, an employee for four years.

The clothing stores in the building consist of apparel from the couple’s clothing manufacturing company, which is sold below cost. Berman’s daughter designs all of their clothing, including formal dresses and a western wear line. The couple says the formal dresses sold at Shelbi Ranch would be sold in retail stores for at least $60; however, here they cost just $10.

“I feel like we are providing a service to the community and raising money for the children,” says Berman. He adds that by selling the food and clothing at such reasonable prices, perhaps it will help those who couldn’t normally afford them. Berman says the economy is definitely affecting his clothing business right now, but Shelbi Ranch continues to thrive. “When people know what we are all about, they become regular customers,” he says. “Even if they don’t live here, they will come when they visit Solvang.”

Another part of Shelbi Ranch quickly growing in popularity is its discount fabric. The fabric is sold for 99 cents per yard, whereas many fabric stores can be $3 or more per yard. First-time customer Shelle Hendrix of Santa Maria was delighted to discover the place. “I am absolutely in love!” she says. “The prices are good and the fabric is good quality.” Hendrix says she will have a hard time going back to a regular fabric store where prices are so high.

“Many people will say that their experience here was the highlight of their trip to Solvang,” Berman says, agreeing. He says this is because he works hard and never gives up, which are values he learned in his 40 years as a Mason. The best piece of advice he says he ever received is, “’The harder you work the luckier you get,’ and now it’s time to give back.”

Berman says many of today’s kids are getting the wrong message because they have the wrong kind of heroes. He says when he was a kid his heroes were Roy Rogers and Hopalong Cassidy, who were positive examples. This is why he chooses to help the children at the Shriner’s Hospital, so that they too, may have some positive heroes of their own.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Shriners Hospital for Children-LA Administrator receives Award

Terence T. Cunningham III, FACHE, hospital administrator at Shriners Hospitals for Children— Los Angeles received the American College of Healthcare Executives Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent's Award in conjunction with the 2009 Health Care Executives of Southern California Fall Conference.

The award recognizes ACHE affiliates who are experienced in the field and have significantly contributed toward the advancement of health care management excellence and the achievement ACHE goals.

Affiliates are evaluated on leadership ability, innovative and creative management, executive capability in developing their own organization and promoting its growth and stature in the community, contributions to the development of others in the health care profession, leadership in local, state, or provincial hospital and health association activities, participation in civic/community activities and projects, and participation in ACHE activities and interest in assisting ACHE in achieving its objectives.

Cunningham has served as hospital administrator of Shriners Hospitals for Children— Los Angeles since 2006.

Cost cuting at Shriners Hospitals for Children -Erie,Pa.

Hamot, Shriners Partner
Erie Shriners Hospital is moving its inpatient surgeries and procedures to Hamot Medical Center.

Same-day surgeries and outpatient services will continue at the Shriners hospital on West Eighth Street.

The announcement comes four months after Shriners International voted to keep all 22 Shriners hospitals open, but encouraged them to partner with other area hospitals to reduce costs.


Jr. Falcon cheerleader, players at Shrine Bowl Nov.21

courtesy • colfax record

Colfax Jr. Falcons participating in this weekend’s Shrine Bowl, standing from left are Mario Margherita, Michael Wilson, Jack Baldoni, Chancey Trentman and Michael Calleja. In front is Sara Holderman.

Five Colfax Jr. Falcon football players and a cheerleader will participate in the annual Shriners Bowl at 5 p.m. on Saturday at California State University, Sacramento.

This is the fourth year the Jr. Falcons have been invited to participate.

Representing the Jr. Falcons cheer squad will be backspot Sarah Holderman.

An eighth grader at Weimar Hills School, this is her first year on the cheer squad.

The daughter of Mark and Lisa Holderman enjoys reading and video games.

Michael Calleja currently plays nose guard for the Jr. Falcons. He has been active with the Jr. Falcons for four years and also enjoys wakeboarding.

An eighth grader at Colfax Elementary School, he is the son of Kathy and Steven Calleja.

Chancey Trentman has played for the Jr. Falcons for three years. Currently, he is the team’s running back.

In addition to football, Trentman enjoys playing basketball and baseball.

The son of Mike and Melodee Trentman is an eighth grader at Weimar Hills School.

Jack Primo Baldoni has been a Jr. Falcon for five years and is currently the team’s linebacker.

He is an eighth grader at Weimar Hills and is a member of the swim team.

His parents are Danny and Wendy Baldoni.

Michael Wilson is the quarterback for the Jr. Falcons. He has been a member of the organization for four years.

An eighth grader at Weimar Hills School, he enjoys playing PS3 and shooting hoops.

His parents are Dan and Debbie Wilson.

Linebacker Mario Margherita has been with the Colfax Jr. Falcons for five years.

An eighth grade student at Colfax Elementary School, he is the son of Andrew and LeAnn Margherita.

The game is a fundraiser for Shriners Hospital, which provides free medical care to children with orthopedic conditions, spinal cord injuries and burns.

Tickets are $12 per person. For more information, call Debbie Goodrich at 613-0634.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Shriners Study Effectiveness of AIS Bracing

Content provided by The O&P E- http://www.oandp.com/articles/NEWS_2009-11-19_02.asp
and www.shrinershq.org/Hospitals/Main/Feature/Scoliosis_In_Search_of_the_Best_Treatment.aspx

According to Shriners Hospitals for Children, as many as .5 percent of children develop scoliosis severe enough to warrant treatment, and adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) affects up to four percent of children—particularly girls—who are between the ages of ten and 16.

Bracing has long been the most common treatment for youth with moderate curves, according to Shriners, but no strong scientific data exists to demonstrate whether bracing actually prevents or slows the condition’s progress.

Matthew Dobbs, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children, St. Louis, and associate professor of pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, emphasizes that bracing is not an ideal treatment.

“Bracing a child with scoliosis is not an easy task,” he stated on shrinershq.org. “Adolescents do not want to wear a brace that makes them look and feel different from their friends. Bracing has been the accepted treatment for years for adolescents with a curve of 20 to 40 degrees, but there is no hard data to support that it works. We honestly don’t know what the right treatment is for patients with curves in this range. Some with braces do fine, as do some without. This is definitely a medical question that needs to be answered.”

To answer the question of bracing’s effectiveness, Shriners and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are conducting a multi-center research study titled Bracing in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Trial (BrAIST). The study, on which Dobbs is the lead investigator, has two main goals: to determine which patients actually benefit from bracing, and to help improve screening and treatment protocols and quality of life for AIS patients.

“Bracing is very expensive, as are the school screening programs,” Dobbs commented. “If we find that bracing is not effective, then screening programs to identify scoliosis in early stages could be stopped. On the other hand, if bracing is found to be effective, then more effort and resources could be employed toward improved screening programs to identify children with curves early enough that they can benefit from bracing.

Compliance is a major issue in bracing, Shriners noted. Patients are commonly advised to wear their brace 20 hours a day, but the braces are uncomfortable and awkward, especially for teens who want to fit in with their peers. In the BrAIST study, a heat sensor implanted in participants’ braces will monitor compliance.

Shriners also noted that it has studies under development toward determining whether children with other conditions that lead to scoliosis, including spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, and osteogenesis imperfecta, actually benefit from spinal bracing for the condition.

You ca copy and paste either on of the following links to read more information
Content provided by The O&P E- http://www.oandp.com/articles/NEWS_2009-11-19_02.asp
and www.shrinershq.org/Hospitals/Main/Feature/Scoliosis_In_Search_of_the_Best_Treatment.aspx

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Song proceeds to benefit Shriners Hospitals for children.

The One World Christmas Trees Music Project for Shriners Hospitals for
Children is offering "One World Christmas Trees," by FreeMason artist
Christopher Wauben, a contemporary pop Christmas song.

Proceeds from the song, available at www.BlueCoalition.com/33 will
benefit the Shriners Hospitals.

The song is available on Itunes, Napster, Amazon mp3, Rhapsody and
other digital download Web sites for 99 cents.

So go and check out www.BlueCoalition.com/33

Monday, November 16, 2009

'In Good Hands'

The Portland Shriners Hospital for Children is more than a healing center for kids; it's an outreach program to communities across the state and an attitude of compassionate service that lifts kids and parents alike, families say

November 15, 2009 By Katherine Hannon for the Mail Tribune

It's time for a new fashion statement for Kassidy. The petite 9-year-old is trading in patriotic stars and stripes for a retro floral motif on the rigid plastic orthotics that support her legs from feet to knees.

Kneeling before her, Don Hayhurst fastens straps and checks the fit. Hayhurst is a certified prosthetist-orthotist, but Kassidy knows him as the wry man with the dry wit who insists on calling her "George."

Kassidy had surgery in August to strengthen a cracked hip bone and lengthen calf muscles. She will wear the orthotics for about a year.

"She has spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, from a seizure at birth," explains her mother, Ginger. "We adopted her from Korea when she was 8 months old. We knew when we got the call that she had medical problems, but we said, 'OK, send herover." Kassidy, clearly fond of this story, asks her mother to repeat the best line. "We said, 'OK, send her over.' "

Bringing the hospital to you

Kassidy is one of 114 children from Southern Oregon seen at an Oct. 31 outreach clinic by orthopedic specialists from Portland's Shriners Hospital for Children. The clinic was held at Rogue Valley Medical Center's rehabilitation center in Medford.

For these children — many of them in wheelchairs, many of them bearing surgical scars — Halloween generosity didn't wait until dusk. A team of 16 medical specialists traveled 250 miles to provide thousands of dollars of medical treatment and equipment — all free of charge.

"Families at outreach are the happiest of any we see. They don't have to travel to Portland, it's Saturday, they don't have to miss work. It's one of the best things we do — bringing the hospital to you," says Dr. Michael Aiona, chief of staff.

Dr. Aiona has been with the Portland Shriners Hospital for 23 years. "It's the best medical philanthropy in the country. It's a great mission, but not enough people know about it."

Shriners doctors treat a range of disabilities: scoliosis, kyphosis, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, muscular dystrophy and deformities of the hips, hands and feet.

"Along with the underlying diagnosis, we have to understand what's going to happen over time," says Dr. Aiona. "There are conditions a child may not have at age 5, but over time might develop."

Brenda's son, Joey, 8, was born with Down Syndrome and club feet, which were treated with serial casting when he was an infant.

"Dr. Aiona told us that with Down Syndrome you have to watch for neck problems that can develop," says the Medford mother. "They could have fixed his feet and been done with him, but Joey is a part of them. They'll continue to keep up with him until he's an adult. I've heard people say, 'Once a Shriners baby, always a Shriners baby.' "

Mobile MASH unit

The outreach team left Portland early Friday morning like a medical Noah's ark — two doctors, two residents, two nurses, two medical assistants, two radiology technicians. The team is rounded out by experts in orthotics, prosthetics and physical therapy.

"Outreach is fantastic. We're like a mobile MASH unit. We understand the financial drain on families who make the long haul to Portland," says X-ray secretary Ralveen Schrock.

Patients requiring X-rays are seen at RVMC before arriving at the rehabilitation center on Black Oak Drive. Families are escorted through the hospital by gentlemen in distinctive hats — the maroon fez that signifies members of the Shriners fraternal order. Local members from the Hillah Shrine Temple volunteer at each outreach clinic, providing assistance, support and refreshments.

Saturday started early for Shriner Jack Adams. By 6 a.m., the 2008 Potentate was organizing volunteers and setting up the two locations.

"When you walk in the hospital and see smiles on children's faces, when you see them accept what they're going through, you just want to make them as comfortable and happy as you can," says Adams.

There's no smile brighter than that of Stephan of Chiloquin. The 12-year-old has little verbal language, but his eyes reach out eagerly and his smile is heart-melting. Born with cerebral palsy, Stephan's brain was injured by a prenatal stroke. He's been to Portland twice for surgery.

His mother, Sylvia, describes their last trip to Portland. "We took Amtrak up, but Shriners paid for a cab ride all the way from Portland to Chiloquin. It was over $500.

"Stephan was treated like a king. He came back with all kinds of loot; a remote-control truck, a Walkman, Beanie Babies. It was awesome."

Stephan, with his eyes and smile, makes it clear he agrees.

The hospital that gave us so much

Mike Mehl, rehabilitation manager for RVMC, coordinates the Black Oak facility. His daughter, Nisha, 30, was a Shriners patient until she was 21. Dr. Aiona performed spinal surgery on her when she was 17 to correct severe scoliosis.

"My daughter maintains contact with Dr. Aiona, Don Hayhurst, people we've seen over the years. She usually comes in the afternoon to say hello. Because of our own personal Shriners experience, I'm happy to still help out."

Peggy is another former Shriners parent. Her daughter, Joah, 32, was treated with a corrective device after being diagnosed with hip dysplasia as an infant.

"Joah did great," says Peggy. "She was able to do sports, and she has four children. I've volunteered for 20 years helping with registration. It's really rewarding to give back to the hospital that gave us so much." Her eyes fill with tears when she recalls her daughter's hospital visits. "Seeing children so much worse off than my own, I got over my pity party pretty quick. I remember when Joah got older ... she said, 'Mom, I don't need to take up their time.' "

A visit to Shriners does puts things in perspective.

"I remember our first couple of visits," says Ginger. I just about left in tears. I saw the strongest moms on earth in that waiting room."

Don Hayhurst is a Shriner himself. "Lots of Shriners find the hospital depressing. But the kids don't allow it — they're full of smiles because here there are kids just like them. For them, the hospital is not a depressing place."

'I know he's in good hands'

By mid-morning, the waiting room is full. The aisles are clogged with wheelchairs, but no one minds — where else can a child in a wheelchair blend in.

Beyond the waiting room, there's a swirl of activity. In the central physical-therapy area, doctors, residents and nurses crisscross the room as they evaluate patients, study x-rays and perform exams.

The room where orthotics and prosthetics are fitted is hectic. The three CPOs are in constant motion; taking plaster molds of legs and feet, bending to adjust devices, shaving down orthotics on a loud, grinding sander.

While Kassidy takes laps in her walker, a rhythmically rocking child accidentally bangs his head against the wall and begins to cry. Across the room, a mother spoon-feeds her teenager a snack the consistency of baby food.

CPO Sabrina Huston carefully helps 11-year-old Cameron from his wheelchair to tentatively test his new brace. Despite the noisy chaos, when Huston leans in to support Cameron's weight, the room seems completely quiet.

There's one last stop before patients depart — cookies and punch provided by the ladies auxiliary.

Lori's three boys are happy for the handful of cookies. Kole, the eldest at 13, had metal rods taken out of his leg on Tuesday. The Medford outreach saved the Eagle Point family a second trip to Portland in one week.

Kole confidently discusses his treatment. "Having the rods out didn't hurt. My cast will stay on for four months. I'm supposed to walk with it."

A veteran of 10 surgeries, Kole brushes away any talk of nervousness before undergoing surgery. But his mother tempers his bravado.

"Right before he goes under he's a little scared. ... Shriners is amazing, I couldn't ask for anything better. When my son goes under, I know he's in good hands."

'We just focus on the patients'

Shriners hospitals began in 1922 in response to the polio epidemic. Since their inception, they have treated more than 900,000 children. Their commitment always has been to provide quality medical care for children without financial obligation to their families.

"We don't charge patients," says past hospital board chair Jim Westerfield of Medford. "We don't care if you have insurance or assets, if you're a rocket scientist or a gas station attendant."

"It's a great mindset that our doctors don't think about insurance," says radiology manager Scot Duncil. "It shouldn't be an issue. Families shouldn't be stressed by that burden. We take that out, we just focus on the patients."

The hospitals are supported by an endowment fund built on donations and bequests. The budget to run all 22 hospitals is $7 billion. Portland's annual expenses are $23 million.

The economic downturn has hurt the organization. "The endowment fund has lost a lot of value," says Westerfield. "We're trying desperately to cut the budget, but not discontinue any services."

Hard hit are the outreach clinics. Clinics in La Grande and Bellingham, Wash., were eliminated several years ago. Anchorage, Alaska, has been cut to two annual visits, and Medford is being reduced from four to three clinics per year.

'They are just so kind'

Gratitude is the word of the day for families attending the outreach clinic.

"I'm a single foster parent," says Sandy King of Grants Pass. "For me to go to Portland is really hard with a handicapped child. This is easier for the children, they get really worn out on a trip."

Judith Anderson's daughter, Nina, has had nine surgeries in her 19 years, most recently for scoliosis.

"There's $120,000 worth of hardware in her back," says Nina's mother. "All that was included, plus the hospital stay. I'm so grateful for all they've done, for the steps they've taken for a better quality of life for Nina for as long as she is alive. They are just so kind."

The admiration between patients and staff is mutual. Dr. Aiona works through his heavy patient load with quiet efficiency, but his emotions are deep when he speaks of the families he meets.

"I have so much respect for our parents, for how hard — how impossible — their jobs are."

The medical marathon seems entirely worthwhile to the tired Shriners staff. Radiologist Scot Duncil sums up their feelings with a story about a chipper "Morning, Mister!" greeting from a little boy with no legs.

"We're here to help him improve his life, but he warmed up my day from the inside out."

For more information on Shriners Hospital for Children or to make a donation, visit www.shrinershq.org.

Katherine Hannon is a freelance writer living in Medford. She can be reached at katehannon17@yahoo.com.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Night of the Child-Success

I want to Thank everyone that attended and supported "The Night of the
Child". We had a very successful night with our first Benefit of this

Lin Sue Cooney was great and she brought with her the camera
folks from Channel 12 news. We were suppose to hit the 10pm news. What
a great lady and her speech was super.

We had so many Shriners involved in putting this together and working
the night of the Benefit, it was unbelievable. We actually ended up
with more help than what we needed, which is a great problem to have.

One of our goals was to attract many new Corporations to this Benefit
to help share our story. That goal was accomplished. We want to
continue increasing our Corporate visibility and telling our story.
This was a great start.

Thank you again for your support. Mick Degn, El Zaribarh Shrine

CHP Cadets Help at Shriners Hospital for Children

Cadets from the California Highway Patrol Academy donated their time Saturday Nov. 14th to do various tasks at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California, and to the Sacramento Habitat for Humanity.

At the hospital cadets hung outdoor holiday lights, refinished play structures, cleaned drains, painted and spruced up outdoor areas.

Friday, November 13, 2009

St. George Screening Clinic

Shriners often are easy to spot, especially at special events such as parades, as they walk or ride around wearing their fez hats. They sometimes elicit some ribbing as people mock their choice in head gear. Many people don't understand what their organization is all about.

But almost everyone who has heard of the Shriners associate the name with public service, particularly assistance for children.

Such is the case with Shriners who serve in Southern Utah. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, they and medical personnel will be at the Doctors Volunteer Clinic, 1036 E. Riverside Drive in St. George, to screen children from our region for potential life-enhancing medical procedures at one of the organization's top-notch hospitals.

Shriners Hospitals have been assisting kids with serious medical issues since 1922. With a focus on specialized care, the Shriners have medical professionals determine if a child would benefit from available treatments, and if that is the case, there is no charge for those services. A parent's ability to pay and insurance coverage doesn't factor into the equation.

Over the years, Shriners have built their reputation on caring for children who, in many cases, have nowhere else to go. Shriners provide orthopedic care to correct birth defects, join injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. They provide some of the best burn care. They assist with spinal cord injury rehabilitation and repair cleft lips and palates.

Shriners also support vast amounts of medical research and provide opportunities for physicians who receive their residency education and postgraduate fellowships at their facilities.

Southern Utah families are encouraged to take their children who may need assistance to the Doctors Volunteer Clinic on Saturday. The Shriners may not be able to help everyone, but they can help some. And those children will have the opportunity for an improved quality of life as a result.

Shriners may be known for wearing their fez hats and riding in miniature vehicles at parades, and those activities put smiles on the faces in the crowd. After Saturday, local Shriners hope to put at least a few more smiles on the faces of area kids and their parents. And that is a great public service.
The Spectrum.com & Daily News

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

AZ Songwriters Benefit Jam for Sabbar Shriners

TUCSON, AZ – A group of Arizona songwriters got together Tuesday night November 10th to raise money for the Sabbar Shriners and tell the stories of their songs. The Arizona Songwriters Benefit featuring Gary Bonnett, Jay Faircloth, Gary Alan Durrenberger Ivan Dennis and more.

Gary Bonnett appeared on KOLD News 13 Live Tuesday Morning to talk about his new album, Red Dirt Songs and the Sabbar Shriners benefit. You can check out the exclusiv interview with Jenny Anchondo on kold.com.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cell Phone Retailer Raises Funds for Shriner's Hospital

Wireless Toyz Sacramento Area Stores Seek Consumer Donations of Used Cell Phones to Raise Funds for Shriners Hospital – Northern California

SACRAMENTO, Ca. – Wireless Toyz stores in the Sacramento area are implementing a program entitled, ‘Cell phones for Shriners’ to raise funds for Shriners Hospital – Northern California. The promotion which runs from October 26th thru November 22nd seeks to raise funds for Shriners thru consumer donation of used cell phones. With each used cell phone donated at a Wireless Toyz Sacramento area location, the retail chain will make a donation to Shriners on the consumer’s behalf, and the consumer will receive a receipt for the tax deduction as well as a $50 in-store credit.

This first-time promotion, which is planned to become an annual event if successful, is devised to raise funds for Shriners, to enable consumers to benefit from their charitable contribution, and to increase awareness of both Wireless Toyz and the Shriners Hospital among consumers in the Sacramento community.

Shriners to host free health screenings

BY BRIAN AHERN • ahern@thespectrum.com • November 9, 2009

ST. GEORGE,UT. - While Congress grapples with how to provide affordable health care to Americans, the Dixie Shrine Club continues to hold its no-cost annual screenings for children to receive free medical treatment.

The screenings, open to all children in Southern Utah, including Cedar City, will be held Saturday at the Doctor's Volunteer Clinic on 1036 E. Riverside Drive in St. George from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jim Summers, head of the Shriners' free screening program, said approximately 15 children are screened every year from Utah, Nevada and Arizona for treatment of ailments including scoliosis, neuromuscular disorders, hand and back problems, rickets and more.

Once the children are determined to be candidates for treatment, they are sent to the Shriners Hospital in Salt Lake City, at no cost, to receive their free treatment.

"The main thrust of the hospital is its orthopedics program," Summers said, adding that money is no object when it comes to helping these children. "There is no billing department in Shriners Hospitals."

Summers said there would be around 8 to 9 Shriners present Saturday to help people fill out paperwork. Dr. Doug Callahan and a nurse will be on hand to examine the children.

Former Dixie Shrine Club President Dick Weaver said the program has done wonders for the community.

"We have a lot of low-income people here," he said. "They have no other resource and this is absolutely free."

Summers said he's been working to make sure people know about the program and to know there are no strings attached.

"The biggest issue we have is getting the word out," he said. "(How many people are helped) all depends on how good our publicity is."

Summers added that people are very grateful for their help.

"I've had people come up to me and say our hospital saved their life," he said. "It's really gratifying to see the children who go up there and what the doctors do for them. It really tugs at the heart strings."

Friday, November 6, 2009

Children have shot at free medical treatment


An opportunity for free medical treatment is being offered for children under the age of 18.

To qualify for treatment, the children must be examined sometime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday morning at Sierra View District Hospital’s lobby by doctors and representatives from Shriners Hospital for Children.
They are looking for birth defects and other bone-related conditions.

Those who qualify, will receive treatment at a Shriners Hosptial, where children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for admission and receive care in a family-centered environment at no cost.

Exams have been held in Porterville for about the last 10 years, and Dr. Ronald Marmolejo has long been a part. He has seen a multitude of patients with health issues, like a 7-year-old who could not run because one of his legs stopped growing.

“It’s a very nice mission,” Marmolejo said. “A lot of families don’t have the funds.”

The number of patients who are selected will be dependent on who qualifies, but it is common for Porterville-area children to be chosen. They typically receive treatment in about a month after the exam, according to volunteer Roy Pond.

Pond is encouraging people to come Saturday to “take care of their medical needs,” he said.

The Northern California Shriners Hospital is one of 22 Shriners Hospitals in North America, and specializes in treating the following childhood disorders: spina bifida, congenital absence of limbs, spinal deformities, limb deficiencies and irregularities, diseases of the bones and joints, burn injuries and rehabilitation and spinal cord injuries and rehabilitation.

-- Contact Jenna Chandler at 784-5000, Ext. 1050, or jchandler@portervillerecorder.com.

Shriner's Hospital in Galveston reopens

GALVESTON (KTRK) -- There were lots of hugs and kisses Wednesday morning at the Shriner's Burns Hospital in Galveston. The world renowned center re-opened.

Shriner's Burns Hospital has overcome both Hurricane Ike and a huge drop in its endowments, which funds its hospitals. Right now, it can only take two-thirds of its former patient load. But children receive treatment closer to home.

Eleven patients are scheduled for reconstructive surgery this week. The staff of both the Houston and Galveston Shriner's hospital will continue working closely together to create a smooth transition for all patients.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

It’s All About Kids

by mac

Music Toy Run The 8th Annual Musician’s Toy Run Benefit is set for this Saturday, November 7th at Trails End Saloon. The ABATE/Shriner’s Toy Run is a motorcycle event sponsored by ABATE of Oregon where hundreds of riders take toys to the children at Shriners Hospitals for Children. The actual Toy Run will take place on December 6th.

Like previous years, all toys collected and funds raised during the Musicians Toy Run Benefit are donated to the ABATE Toy Run which benefits Shriner’s Kids. Last year’s musical event was a huge success, raising over $5000 and 6 large bags of new toys for the ABATE/Shriners’ Toy Run. The venue for this year’s event is at Trails End Saloon in Oregon City, 1320 Main Street. The party will start at 3pm and entertain you untill 1am. More information is available on musicians and the schedule is located at www.francinewest.com/fr_mtrb.html
Be there for some great entertainment!

Free kids' ortho-clinic planned

Arizona Daily Star Tucson, Arizona

Children in Tucson with orthopedic problems are invited to a free outreach clinic sponsored by Shriners Hospitals for Children-Los Angeles Saturday. Nov.7, 09

The clinic will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Square & Compass Children's Clinic, 2600 N. Wyatt Drive, on the Tucson Medical Center campus.

Two L.A.-based doctors will be at the clinic to provide free, specialized screenings and routine follow-ups to children in need.

The only documentation required is a birth certificate and an immunization record, said Dick MIller, chairman of the hospital committee for the local Sabbar Shrine Temple.

Parents who think their children may be eligible for specialized care are invited to stop by the local temple at 450 S. Tucson Blvd. or call Miller at 624-2509.
Miller said the local clinic will serve children from both the United States and Mexico. He said some of the common problems the Shriners help with are club feet and spina bifida.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is an international health-care system composed of 22 hospitals nationwide providing free, specialized care for children under 18 years old.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Update on “The Night of the Child”

I wanted to give everyone an update on our Shriner Benefit coming up November 14th, “The Night of the Child”.
At the beginning of the year when we started meeting and promoting the Benefit we had three (3) goals. They were the following:
• Attract as many Corporations or people outside of the Shrine to get more visibility to the Shrine.
• Raise as much money as we could and make this a Benefit long turn that helps bring in a lot of money from outside Corporations.
• Educate the public on what we do as Shriners for the kids and why we do it.

In addition, we wanted this to be a night of fun, no speeches to speak of and a Benefit that people could spend money at and at the same time have fun with a sit down dinner.

We have sold out on all of our Individual seats and Reserved tables and are finalizing our Corporate sales this week. For the first year we are very pleased and excited with the success we have had with our sales. We have changed our maximum number of tables a couple of times and at this time our auditorium is full.

We are now in the final process of completing everything that we have planned and putting the final steps together. Through out the night those attending will have the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for the Bucket prizes and to spend money on many raffles and blitzes and the Casino area.

I am very proud to say that we have around 50 folks that are involved in this event from meetings and putting everything together to working the night of the event. It truly is a Shrine event put on by many members of the Clubs/Units and their ladies within the Shrine.

Many of you have asked if you still can get tickets. We are sold out and we have contacted many of the folks that have purchased tables and it is our understanding through these calls and emails that all the tables are full. All tables are set up for table of eight(8) and there are no exceptions to this.

Our committee Chairman’s have put in a ton of work on this and they are:
Mick Degn-Chairman
Jerry Weiers-Co-Chairman
Tom Ritter-Financial
Doug Fry-Selling
Mick Degn-Advertising/Promotion
Lynn Hatch-Activities (Raffles/Blitz’s)
Russ Gunther-Registration
Juice Horvath-Operations
Eric Hoyer-Live and Silent Auction
Mac Bohlman-Legal
Leo Balthazor-Food and Beverage
Recognition-Leo Balthazor

Ed Stolz has put together an outstanding video with sound showing all of our Shrine kids.This video will help educate the audience on what we do as Shriners and why their donation is so important. Sarah Cramer will sing the National Anthem and Lin Sue Cooney from Channel 12 will be our Special Guest speaker.

The dress for the evening will be business casual and the event starts at 4:30 PM with activities starting at that point. Registration will be by the Silent Messenger and your packet will be under your name or club/unit at Registration.

As we are sold out, we will not be selling any tickets at the door or have any open seats that evening.

Thank you again for your support of this great Shrine Benefit.

Mick Degn, Chairman

Friday, October 30, 2009

El Zagal Shrine Center to host haunted house

A “Not So Scary” haunted house for children ages 12 and younger is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the El Zagal Shrine Center, 1429 3rd St. N., Fargo.,ND

Parents’ admission is free, and children’s tickets are $7 and available at the door. Proceeds benefit the El Zagal Shrine director’s staff operations.

For more information, call (701) 235-7521.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Shriner's "The Night of the Child"

At El Zaribrah Shrine. We are all sold out on Individual seats and Reserved tables. We are
checking to see if any of the Reserved tables have any openings and
are willing to sell any of their open seats if they are available.

If seats become available we will leave an update message but at this
time we have none available.

I want to thank everyone again. The response to our event has been

9/11 Flight Attendant Inspired to Serve

Car-ni-Fair at Shriners Hospital for Children-LA

It started with one woman’s belief that helping kids learn to read would make a difference. A flight attendant flying for one of the major airline carriers on 9/11, LeeAnn Butler-Owens was prompted by the loss of friends and coworkers to examine her part in making the world a better place. By combining her interest in early childhood development with a love of music and the arts, Butler-Owens started by developing a children’s musical audio book.

Marketing soon turned to gifting as she realized how many children fell through the cracks at the most critical stage of reading development. She understood that while exploring her own creativity she must find a way to help young children do the same in an effort to enhance learning.

To that end shae began, Lullalee which has strategically partnered with authors, educators and music entertainers to develop programs that help underserved children facing learning challenges.

Since 2004, her non-profit 501(c)(3) has provided Car-Ni-Fairs, Storytelling Projects and Book Grants to over 10,500 children and their families in California, Louisiana and Africa. Guided by the mantra “Find Your Special Gift Through Art, Music & Literacy” Lullalee develops services recognizing that children learn in different ways and that exposure to the arts helps explore and exploit those differences.

Demand has defined the need for highly successful programs and Lullalee continues to develop exciting new approaches, inspiring children to embrace literacy.

Car-Ni-Fair, a magical day highlighting the importance of literacy is celebrated its 5th annual event on September 25t, 2009. Car-Ni-Fair entertains, educates and promotes smiles to over 3000 people- patients of Shriners Hospital for Children in Los Angeles, the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation as well as kids from neighboring inner city schools.

Authors, magicians, clowns and puppeteers provide fun-filled entertainment while the aroma of cotton candy and popping corn seep into a carnival setting.

Lullalee seeks volunteers annually to help with this exciting event!
By Lee Ann B. http://www.serve.gov/stories_education.asp

Monday, October 26, 2009

Crennel, Schottenheimer Announced as Head Coaches for 85th Game

ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 22, 2009) — Romeo Crennel and Marty Schottenheimer were announced as the head coaches for the 85th East-West Shrine Game at a press conference today at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando. Crennel will head the East Team while Schottenheimer leads the West. The 85th East-West Shrine Game will kick off on Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. EST in Orlando.

“I’m looking forward to the ability to work with some of the tremendous talent that accumulates for the game,” said Crennel. “Being involved with these types of athletes will be an honor.”

Crennel began his NFL coaching career in 1970, spending 24 years as an assistant coach and four years as head coach of the Cleveland Browns, from 2005-2008. Crennel led the Browns to a 10-6 record in 2007, including a franchise-best seven consecutive home wins. He holds five Super Bowl titles.

Schottenheimer spent 21 years as an NFL coach for four teams and holds fifth place on the NFLs’ all-time wins list. He was named NFL Coach of the Year in 2004 by the Associated Press, after leading the San Diego Chargers to the AFC West title with a 12-4 record.

The East-West Shrine Game gives college seniors the opportunity to showcase their talents for all 32 NFL teams. Crennel’s and Schottenheimer’s extensive NFL backgrounds will allow players a glimpse of life in professional football.

“This is a terrific opportunity for the players to get experience working with coaches from the pro-ranks,” said Schottenheimer. “It gives them an idea of how things work as they pursue professional football. As coaches, we all enjoy the opportunity to interact with the players and impart knowledge about playing at the next level.”

For both head coaches, the purpose behind the game – raising awareness and money for Shriners Hospitals for Children – is a main reason they are looking forward to coaching in the 85th East-West Shrine Game.

“It’s a great opportunity to be associated with this game because of its history, what it stands for and the kids it helps through raising money,” said Crennel. “It also gives the players a chance to give back to the community. It’s a great opportunity for all involved.”

“It’s an extremely worthy cause,” said Schottenheimer. “The Shriners make great contributions to the care and treatment of kids. Being a part of that is a significant aspect of what I’m looking forward to.”

Shriners Hospitals for Children is an international health care system that provides all care without financial obligation to patients or their families. The organization depends on the generosity of donors and funds raised by special events, such as the East-West Shrine Game.

For more information, please visit www.ShrineGame.com or www.ShrinersHospitals.org.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

South crushes North 54-12 in Shrine game

Anchorage Daily News sports@adn.com
October 24th, 2009 10:26 PM

The South rose to the occasion Saturday, getting three first-half defensive scores to bury the North 54-12 in the 32nd Annual Al Aska Shrine game at The Dome. West High quarterback Justin Kauffman, the state's Offensive Player of the Year, ran for two scores in the opening half as the South team raced out to a 32-0 lead. Kauffman scored the game's opening touchdown on a run from midfield, then later turned a busted play into gold by keeping the ball himself and pounding his way 10 yards up the middle into the end zone.

Following Kauffman's opening touchdown dash, the South squad recovered a fumble in the North end zone to push its lead to 13-0. On the next South drive, West linebacker David Solomona intercepted Barrow's Albert Gerke and returned the ball 20 yards to push the lead to 19-0. Kauffman's second scoremade it 25-0.

The South side got its third defensive score of the half when South High defensive back Mark Moeola snared a pass from Colony's Matt Jaronik and raced 60 yards to pay dirt, diving just inside the pylon to make it 32-0 just before the half.

The North finally got on the scoreboard with just one second left in the half, as Jaronik called his own number and went eight yards up the middle. Eielson's Sarah Colvin added the extra point to make it 32-7 at the half.

The game was the first football game played inside The Dome, a 174,290-square-foot inflatable structure in south Anchorage, and players and coaches raved about the experience.

"This is a lot of fun," Kauffman said. "I love The Dome. No wind, and the weather's always perfect."

Kauffman's coach agreed.

"It's a lot better than freezing our butts off outside," said West High coach Tim Davis, who helped coach the South team.

The Shriners, who use the game to raise money for more than 600 Alaska children receiving health care Outside, bought new goal posts for the inaugural Dome game, and bleachers were moved onto the running track to accommodate the large crowd that gathered to watch some of the state's top football players in their final prep game.

With a public address announcer, concessions, music over the loudspeakers and even a band, the game had all the trappings of a genuine prep affair.

"It really does feel like a high school environment," Davis said

Football debuts in The Dome

SHRINE GAME: Some of the best seniors in Alaska will butt heads.

By MATT TUNSETH mtunseth@adn.com October 23rd, 2009 11:14 PM

When Barrow lineman Forrest Ahkiviana walked into The Dome for the first time earlier this week, he found himself looking up in wonder at the white, 87-foot-high white roof.

"I said, 'This is what the big time is like,' " said the 6-foot, 240-pound Whaler.

For the first time since opening its doors in 2007, the 174,290-square-foot inflatable sports structure will play host to its first football game when the 32nd Annual Al Aska Shrine North-South football game.

Ahkiviana is used to playing in brutal Arctic conditions in Barrow. Playing indoors will be a nice change of pace, he said.

"It's nice and warm in here," he said. "This place is mind-blowing."

Football will make its Dome debut thanks to the Shriners, who purchased two goalposts that will remain at the facility. Temporary bleachers will be brought in and placed on the field's artificial surface. Shriners public relations chairman Rodney Young said the Shriners paid $6,500 for the goal posts.

"We just wanted to bring them to the community, to have a good time," he said.

The Shrine game brings together the top high school seniors from across Alaska for a week's worth of fellowship and football that culminates in what likely will be the final football game for most of those in action. So having fun is definitely at a premium.

During a post-practice pizza party Friday, Ahkiviana said the best part of being part of the Shrine game -- besides the state-of-the-art surroundings -- is the camaraderie between players from across Alaska.

"There's just a lot of unity going around," he said.

Soldotna coach Galen Brantley, who is leading the South team, said the chance to mingle with competitors on a friendly level is what makes the Shrine game special. Brantely said he and Homer coach Cam Wyatt teamed up Thursday night for a game of mini-golf against a couple players from their respective teams. "We won by at least six strokes," Brantley said.

Brantely and Wyatt weren't on such friendly terms when their teams squared off in the semifinals of the state small-schools football championships.

"Two weeks ago we were trying to bust each other apart," Brantley said.

Today's game is free of charge for spectators. Donations will be accepted, with all proceeds going to benefit the Shriners' cause of bringing health care to Alaska's children. Young said there are currently more than 600 Alaskans under the age of 18 being treated Outside free of charge thanks to the nonprofit organization.

"There's two reasons for this game," he said. "One, to raise money for children and two, just for these kids to have a good time. For a lot of these kids this will be the last time they ever get to play football. They get to come here and form friendships with guys they've been competing against all year."

Brantley said the most difficult part of bringing players from various teams together is getting everyone on the same page in a short time frame.

"We're just trying to keep it simple," he said.

Although the game plans for today's contest are likely to be fairly simple, there will be plenty of star power on display. Alaska Offensive Player of the Year Justin Kauffman of West, Lineman of the Year Dylon Short of South and all-state quarterback Lee Jones of North Pole headline the South team. The North includes all-state running backs Jamal Hale and Cyrus Chenault of Bartlett, the state's leading receiver in East's Caleb Holley and all-state utility player Matt Jaronik of Colony.

Brantley expects a hard-hitting game that focuses on fundamentals.

"They all know how to block, they all know how to tackle," he said. "There's gonna be some mistakes, but it should be a fun game."

217 Requests sent out to 71 Calif Lodges

The Rusty Trowel committee reports that the Masonic Family booth at the Los Angeles County Fair this September was very busy, along with doing several hundred Child ID’s, they received 217 inquires for membership covering 71 California Lodges. It’s hoped that each of the lodges follows up on these inquires they were sent and we see 217 plus new brother in the near future.

They also had Three(3) masons that wanted to know how to be reinstated. Seven 7) inquires for OES, 2 Jobe’s Daughter, 2 for DeMolay and 4 for Prince Hall.

They had several out of state visitors. One inquire for membership was sent o the Grand Lodge of Ohio and Two sent to the Grand Lodge of Arizona.
Gene Bowman and the committee wants to thank everyone that helped out at the booth and all the lodges that help support the committees work at the fair and thought the year.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Miss California visits the Shriner's Hospital in Sacramento

from www.namissblog.com
Our fabulous Northern California Teen Queen, Kylie Kucinski is at it again! Saturday she went to the Shriner's Childrens Hospital in Sacramento and delivered some books and bears from the pageant

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Children's Boks given to Shriners Hospital for Children

Republican Women donate children's books to Shriners Hospital
FERNLEY,NV--Popular children's books were donated to the Shriners Hospital by the Fernley Republican Women's Club.

The Shriners Hospital caters to children with pediatric illnesses, burns, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and palate and other medical conditions. Families in need are not charged for medical expenses.

FRW Vice President, Connie Stevens collected the books and then was instrumental in delivering the books to the hospital.

The books were suitable for toddlers to teenagers.

Stevens said, "A total of 62 books were collected, and were delivered to the Shriners Hospital on October 5. The timing was great as the next day was a celebration of the children and books were one of the items being given out to the kids. Many thanks to the club and all the members that donated."

Friday, October 9, 2009

Wings for Shriners

You may recognize him from his days as a member of the local music group Pure Heart, but these days Jon Yamasato is working as a Realtor for Prudential Locations and is finding ways to give back to the community.

“I promised my family that I would finish college, so that’s what I did,” says Yamasato, a 2003 graduate of UH-Manoa.

“I tried touring for a short stint, which is what you need to do to make money as a musician nowadays, and didn’t like it. I turned to real estate from a suggestion by my uncle, and it fit my personality and ambitions well - so I continued to stay in the business.”

You can still catch Yamasato going back to his roots and performing live Oct. 16 as part of The Wings for Shriner’s. Sponsored by the Aloha Chapter of Hawaii Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designated Realtors, this annual fundraiser takes place from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Pau hana pupus will be provided by Highway Inn, and guests can enjoy the sounds of Yamasato along with performances by Dennis Kamakahi, Hapa, Ben Vegas and Maila Gibson.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

New Eyes visit Shriners Hospital- Hawaii

Friday, October 2, 2009 By Jean E Authome
Shriners Hospital
Yesterday Miley and I ventured to Honolulu for a doctors appointment at Shriners Hospital. Because she was breech, she had a great chance of having hip dysplasia. Our pediatrician here in Hilo had and ultrasound taken. The results said there was a 3 degree misalignment. So we were refereed to the children's orthopedic masters, the Shriners.

I am completely amazed by this organization. They booked and purchased my plane ticket to Honolulu. A shuttle picked us up and the airport and transported us to the new hospital. It is beautiful! It is decorated with sea mosaics and choke full of kid friendly books and toys.

Our doctor specialises in hip dysplasia of infants. She conducted and ultrasound and from the black and white blurs, determined Miely's hips were just fine. (We kinda knew...but wanted to make sure).

In her inspection of Miley, she saw that our cutie favors her right side. Miley has torticollis. (When she said this my level of anxiety went into overdrive. What the heck is that?!)

Torticollis means "turned neck,"and there are several different causes for this, including tightness of the neck muscles on one side, an irregularity in the neck spine, or even a bruise, a scar, or a growth in the neck. We are pretty sure Miley simply has muscle tightness on one side. The physical therapist said her condition was very mild and she could possibly correct it on her own. I did learn some stretches to do with her, and will strive to make her look to her left more often (in the carrier, when we play, while she sleeps).

We have another appointment here in Hilo in December. I am grateful because a one day trip to Ohau is not Authsome. It is tiresome even when Miley is a great traveler.

Jr. Trojan cheerleaders and football players selected for Shrine Bowl

Photo courtesy of Roy Giorgi
Josh Wellman, Bailey Geyer, Hannah Vicario, Kyler Flynn, Courtney Callaway and Colton Giorgi were nominated to participate in the 2009 Sacramento region East-West Shrine Bowl.

Three Jr. Trojan cheerleaders and three Jr. Trojan football players have been nominated to participate in the 2009 Sacramento region East-West Shrine Bowl.

Midget cheerleaders Bailey Geyer, Hannah Vicario, and Courtney Callaway were nominated based upon their hard work and strong values. The girls are also considerate, compassionate and have outstanding leadership skills.

Kyler Flynn, Colton Giorgi and Josh Wellman were nominated based on their skills and experience in the Jr. Trojan program, as well as their off-the-field leadership. The coaches nominated the outstanding offensive player, outstanding defensive player and the outstanding lineman.

Considered role models amongst their peers and great athletes, students and citizens by their coaches, playing in the East-West Shrine Bowl is an honor.

Each youth football and cheer team in the Sacramento region (there are over 30 teams -- from Colfax to West Sacramento, to Granite Bay, Rocklin, Sacramento and El Dorado Hills) nominates one to three players and cheerleaders to participate in the Shrine Bowl.

The Shrine Bowl is a fundraiser for the Sacramento Shriner’s Hospital for Children and the Sierra Youth Football program. Each cheerleader and football player is required to raise money to support the Shriner’s Hospital and take a tour of the hospital to educate themselves on what and whom they are playing and cheerleading for.

The winner of this year’s Sacramento Region East-West Shrine Bowl (played after the UCD-Sac State Causeway Classic on Nov. 21) will have an opportunity to go to Orlando, Fla. in December to play the winner of the Orlando Region East-West Shrine Bowl. All cheerleaders will be able to go to Orlando to cheer the Super-Shrine Bowl.

The Jr. Trojans organization, friends, family, and the community of El Dorado Hills wish to congratulate Bailey, Hannah, Courtney, Kyler, Colton, and Josh.

Friday, October 2, 2009


Los Angeles Shrine EXPO HALL 11/14/09
11:00am -6:00pm GET READY TO DANCEY DANCE! Yo Gabba Gabba! is coming to town with Yo Gabba Gabba! Live: There's a Party in My City. Featuring everyone's favorite characters and special guests, this one-of-a-kind show will include music, animation, games, singing and dancing. American Express pre-sale Wednesday, September 30 at 9 am through Thursday, October 8 at 9 pm. Public on-sale Friday, October 9 at 10 am.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Shriners free health screening clinic Oct. 3

Events is for kids with burn injuries and orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions

newsroom@vaildaily.com, Edwards, CO Colorado

EDWARDS, Colorado — Eagle County Public Health will coordinate a free health screening clinic for children suffering from burn injuries and orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions. Shriners Hospital for Children volunteers, along with Vail Summit Orthopaedic doctors, will examine patients from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, 1140 Edwards Village in Edwards.

All children age birth through 18 with orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for admission and will receive care in a family-centered environment at no charge — regardless of financial need, citizenship status or county residency. The clinic is designed to examine children and determine if they have a special health care need that can be met by Shriners Hospitals.

Shriners Hospital for Children is a leader in pediatric specialty care. Every year, the 22 hospitals that make up this health care system provide treatment to thousands of children across the country at no charge. The El Jebel Shriners of Denver are sponsoring this event.

For more information or general questions about the screening, call Staci Bruce, Eagle County public health nurse, at 970-748-2014.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Younger Men in Masonry

Nobles: Here is one answer to the question we have all Asked:
What is it that attracts younger men to Freemasonry and why do we find it so difficult to keep our numbers strong?

By Bro. Ken H. Dennis
This question has been swirling around in my head for about a week, brought on by a conversation I had with a Brother at the festive board. He had mentioned that in the past year he had introduced several younger men to Freemasonry. As we discussed this I couldn’t help but think in the back of my mind that this guy really knows what he is talking about.

I was formulating in my own mind what I believed to be the biggest draw to Freemasonry and I believe that for me (a brother of the age of 28) these were some of the biggest.

1. Honour and trust
2. Belonging, commitment and friendship
3. Self development

I certainly cannot speak on behalf of all young men, but these tenets of which Freemasonry offers are a major attractor. It is doubtful that most men would openly say, “I am just looking for a place to belong, a place to feel accepted, honoured and trusted, where I can learn to be a better man.” I do believe that a large majority of people do indeed feel that way and would never express it in such an open manner.

When I joined Freemasonry I had at best a superficial view of what we were about, my Grandfather was a Mason and I had always respected him and his outlook on life and treatment of people. I didn’t know he was a Mason until after he had passed on to the Celestial Lodge above, but finding this out made me lookup Freemasonry and do some research.

My generation will search the Internet for hours on a subject before they take any direct action, such as contacting a lodge, or e-mailing a known Mason. We want facts and stories to make us understand more clearly about what or who we are dealing with. I myself joined Masonry by e-mailing the grand lodge!

Even though I had an extremely warm introduction to Freemasonry in North Bay, there is no way that I could have comprehended the full extent of its nature at that time.

It wasn’t until I started traveling, I had so many warm and wonderful experiences, with open arms Brethren from around the world united to help me, show me their cities, welcome me in to their homes and this universal kindness was extraordinary to me. I knew from my own Lodge that the friendships and relationships forged with Brethren was strong, but I had no idea to the vast extent at which it was reproduced globally.

I spent some time in the military in my life and honour, responsibility and team work were reiterated over and over to us. Honour and pride in our work, responsibility for our actions and inactions and working as a group to accomplish something great. These too are qualities that should be instilled in our Brethren.

It is my belief that if we speak about our experiences, or sense of true brotherhood to potential new candidates that we will do a far better of job of getting them in to our Lodges. Don’t treat them as a number, don’t treat them as stranger, treat them as you would a Brother and show them in your actions.

If you want to really make them understand, you need to be excited, proud and energetic about Freemasonry. Talk to them about your experiences, the visitations with open arms, the festivals and friendships and how we aspire to live by moral means and to develop the light within ourselves.