140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

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.