140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Masons,Cornerstone, Purblo, Co. Municipal Justice Ctr., Break in Case

This particular case was the granite cornerstone of the soon-to-be former police headquarters at 130 Central Main St.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled May 7 for the new spacious Pueblo Municipal Justice Center, which will house the police department and municipal court.

Pueblo police have begun packing for the move, and on Wednesday they made sure to take some of their history with them.

"We didn't know what would be in there. We weren't sure if there'd be just crumbles," Police Chief Jim Billings said about the contents recovered from the old cornerstone's time capsule.

Inside was a sealed copper box, about 1 foot long and 6 inches wide.

City workers carefully cut open the box. Inside, they found numerous black-and-white photographs, newspapers, a city letterhead, a dime and two pennies dating back to the 1940s, and other artifacts.

One of the newspapers was the Pueblo Star-Journal and Sunday Chieftain. On Page 8 of the Feb. 20, 1949, issue was a story about the dedication of the cornerstone.
There's also was a small book about the Pueblo Masons, who helped seal the cornerstone. The Masons will participate in next week's dedication of the new building.

City workers took most of Wednesday to remove and crack open the corner block and then patch up the hole.

Billings said that when the stone was fully removed, he called former police Chief Robert Silva, who headed the department from 1977 to 1993, asking him to come to the station to witness the box's opening.

Artifacts from the cornerstone are being displayed in the lobby of the new police station, located at 200 S. Main St.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Golf Marathon? at El Zaribah

On Sunday, September 5, 2011 (yes, that is Labor Day Weekend), we will hold the El Zaribah Golf Marathon at the Augusta Ranch Golf Club in East Mesa, which will benefit the El Zaribah General Fund.

Now, playing 100 holes of golf in one day may sound grueling, and I will not deny that it is, but we do have a little twist to it as well. It will indeed be a long, tough day, but also a lot of fun and very rewarding.

Monday evening, May 10th 2010 we will have folks join us at El Zaribah to explain just how this event works and how as little as 40 participants can make such a difference to El Zaribah. Remember, this is a Marathon not a Tournament so your golf skills really do not come in to play (no pun intended), but your fortitude and willingness do.

I can tell you that each participant will have their own golf cart, so if you have never done this before, that statement alone might tell you how crazy this gets.

Our first order of business after the presentation on the 10th will be to elect 10 Team Captains, who will then be responsible for getting 3 more players on their team, male or female, Shriner or Non-Shriner. The participants simply need to be people who have a large Rola-Dex (long email address book from outside our Shrine family), would like to help our cause and want to have fun while doing it.

I look forward to seeing you at the presentation and would especially like to see all of The Young Guns there.

The Shriners tournament - spring next year ?

Title sponsors on the PGA Tour are dropping like Phil Mickelson’s birdie putts. At last count there were nine tournaments, about a fourth of the schedule, that do not have deals in place for 2011. Thirteen additional title sponsorships will expire after 2012. Some likely will be back. Many likely will not.

Each time a sponsor bails out, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open gets a wee bit closer to attaining the spring date it might need to survive in the long run. Right now, it’s probably in the pine needles, laying four.

The JTSHFCO is the most recent incarnation of pro golf in Las Vegas. It is part of the PGA’s Fall Series, which means it is played during football season and the baseball playoffs by guys not named Tiger or Phil.

Tiger and Phil play most of their golf during spring and early summer, leading up to the PGA playoffs for the FedEx Cup in August and September. After that, they step aside to count their money and turn the links over to guys with names such as Martin Laird, Marc Turnesa, George McNeill, Troy Matteson, Wes Short Jr., and Andre Stolz, who I believe played Cher’s son Rocky Dennis in that “Mask” movie.

Actually, those are the last six Las Vegas winners. I am sure they all are excellent golfers. I am just as sure they will never be identified only by their first names, like Tiger and Phil and Jack and Arnie and Sergio, though it’s been a little while since we heard from Sergio.

The lack of marquee talent might explain why our PGA tournament has gone through directors like Spinal Tap went through drummers. Adam Sperling, the new guy, is back for a second year. That makes him something of a graybeard, although he doesn’t look old enough to shave.

Sperling said the JTSHFCO already has notified the Tour, in writing, that it wants to move to spring. It could happen as early as next year, Sperling said, or the year after that although 2013, after all these current title sponsorships expire, is the most likely scenario.

Until then, the best way Las Vegas can show the Tour it would support a spring tournament is by supporting the one still played here in the fall. Last year was a good start, said Sperling, estimating that attendance was up 30 percent over 2008.

That sounds great, but what does it mean in actual numbers? My question was like Phil on the back nine at Augusta. Sperling saw it coming.

He estimated the 2009 tournament attracted between 15,000 and 20,000 spectators over its five-day run. The goal this year is to double attendance, to 40,000. That might seem like a lot, but not when you consider Hilton Head drew around 130,000 a couple of weeks ago, and said that was down 20 percent from prior to the recession.

“Last year we did everything we could do,” Sperling said about boosting attendance, “but we didn’t know everything we could do.”

This year, they are going for the green. Or at least spreading some of it around. The JTSHFCO is offering $15 vouchers — the cheapest ticket on Tour, Sperling says — to local businesses and organizations, who get to keep 50 percent from every voucher sold. An even better deal is available to schools, which get to keep 100 percent.

The Clark County School District is the nation’s fifth largest, with 311,417 students at last count. If each student sold only one voucher it would mean a school system that is broke would be $4,671,255 less broke.

It also would challenge the security force at TPC Summerlin like never before.

That’s one problem Adam Sperling wouldn’t mind having.

source: lvrj

From the Pacific to the Altantic Lauren traveles to raise Money for Shriners Hospital for Children

Med student pedals coast to coast, raising money for Shriners posted by Kate Santich on April, 27 2010 5:04 PM

The mountains of Nevada provided the first hurdle -- snow.

She ran into snow, hail, flooding rain, hellacious headwinds and a state she thought would never end — Texas. But ultimately Lauren Leffler, a fourth-year medical student from the University of South Florida in Tampa, managed to make it from San Francisco to Ormond Beach, her hometown, 4,020 miles in 31 days. She did it by bicycle, ingenuity and the kindness of strangers.

She rolled into her self-appointed finish line Monday evening with a police escort, hugged her family and a local Shriner, then took a dunk in the Atlantic. After 110 miles on the final stretch, it was a refreshing reward.

The solo cross-country trek was intended to raise $40,000 for Shriners Hospitals — and be one last great adventure before the 25-year-old starts her residency. She chose Shriners after rotating through her fair share of hospitals as a medical student. Shriners, she said, stood out.

Ahhh... nothing like a little swim after a 4,000-mile bike trip.

“The whole organization is completely donation-funded, and the good they do for children across North America is astounding — all at no cost to the patient,” she wrote before the trip. “With the recent economic turn-down, Shriners’ donations have also suffered — so much so that there was talk of closing down some hospitals. Now I know my little fundraiser isn’t going to be a deal-breaker, but every little bit helps.”

She’s trying to remind herself of that now that the trip is over and her fundraising efforts have added up to just over $6,000 — well short of her goal but, still, nothing to scoff at. People can continue to contribute, her mother points out, and because Lauren spent her own money on the trip’s expences, every dollar raised goes to the nonprofit hospital system.

Besides, Lauren is the type that aims high and just deals with whatever hardships come along. That was clear from her trip, which presented hurdles from the first week. On just Day 4, barely into the state of Nevada from her start in California, she hit snow and had to hitch a ride. The same happened the next day too. She got lost in Phoenix, had three flats and a foot of rain in Texas, and then her achilles’ tendon started to swell. Fortunately a day off and wearing sandals while riding seemed to help.

She also decided her scheduled daily average — 134 miles — might have been a bit much, even for a marathoner and triathlete, which she is.

But ultimately, she says, this is about Shriners, not about her. If you want to pitch in, check out her Shriners donation page here. Some day, Lauren, an aspiring pediatric orthopaedist, could end up working there.

Masons examine 'The Lost Symbol'

Published on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 10:14 PM PDT
Joe Ciriello, Special to the Kern Valley Sun

As most folks know, author Dan Brown wrote the best selling novel The DaVinci Code. His latest novel is the “The Lost Symbol.” In this novel the dominant theme is Freemasonry, which Brown portrays as important, benevolent, historically significant and mysterious.

According to the California Freemason “The Lost Symbol” uses the mystique of Freemasonry as the backdrop for the entire plot. The story is set in Washington D.C. Harvard Symbology professor Robert Langdon races against the clock to crack codes, uncover ancient mysteries, investigate the symbols and tenets of Freemasonry and locate a legendary “Masonic pyramid” with the secrets to human potential.

While Brown takes some dramatic license for his story, the Freemason says that overall he is very respectful to Masonry, calling it one of the most unfairly maligned and misunderstood organizations in the world.

Brown says, “In this age when different cultures are killing each other over whose definition of God is better, one could say the Masonic tradition of tolerance and open-mindedness is commendable. Moreover, Masonry is open to men of all races, colors and creeds and provides a spiritual fraternity that does not discriminate in any way.”

At the end of the day, “The Lost Symbol” may well do for Masonry what “Top Gun” did for the Navy – send droves of men to inquire about membership. While Brown’s book casts Freemasonry in a positive light it has a few inaccuracies.

To clear up those inaccuracies and to invite our community to see our Lodge for yourselves The Masons of Kern Valley Lodge #827 would like to invite our friends and neighbors to an evening of fellowship and information about the Masonic fraternity.

On Wednesday evening, April 28 at 7:00 p.m., at 562 James Road in Kernville, John Cooper III, Past Secretary of the Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of California will be our guest speaker. He will speak on “The Lost Symbols” and its references to Freemasonry.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Shriners to convene in Shady Cove

Shriners parade on May 1

The Hillah Shriners of southern Oregon will hold their annual Ceremonial in Shady Cove on April 29 through May 1.
A celebratory parade on Saturday, May 1 will feature mini-cars, antique cars and fire engines, a mule patrol and dazzling red fezzes, giving both residents and visitors a chance to enjoy the kind of day Shady Cove is remembered for.

Beginning at city hall at 10:00a.m. the parade will wind down at the Edgewater Inn.

Changes-Shriners run clinic in Juárez

Violence alters how Shriners run clinic in Juárez
By Maggie Ybarra \ for the compleat story go to the El Paso Times

JUAREZ -- Several hundred people used to flock to Hospital de la Familia from all over Mexico for the opportunity to see one of the U.S. doctors working at a two-day clinic that specializes in pediatric orthopedics.

But concerns about the drug war violence in Juárez have caused the clinic to require pre-approval before families travel to it for care.

On Friday, 160 children were invited by the Shriners Hospital for Children to receive medical attention for dislocated hips, club feet, scoliosis, missing limbs and hand deformities.

Kristine Ferguson, director of outpatient care coordination services, said the new application process was created because the hospital's board of directors is concerned that the violence in Juárez could endanger the doctors and their patients.

The new process requires the parents of a potential candidate to mail in an application describing their child's medical condition and needs rather than receiving a visual medical assessment at the clinic in Juárez. If an applicant is accepted into the program, his or her parents will be notified by phone, she said.

Doctors will continue to see children who have already been accepted into the orthopedic program. The new process does not affect them, Ferguson said.

"We are not seeing fewer children. We are not going to take fewer children," she said.

In fact, it could save families the expense of taking the long trek to Juárez only to be rejected because their children don't meet the program's criteria, she said.

Fernando Delgado, 42, said he and his wife, Rita Zubia, 40, are concerned that people who don't have access to the applications will miss out on the opportunity to receive free medical care for their children.

Delgado, a Mexican citizen, said he plans to help the clinic by distributing applications, helping people fill them out and allowing them to use his phone if they don't have one of their own.

"There's a lot of people who are completely unaware of the program, so our goal is to go into those small villages and inform people who don't know anything about it," he said. the change in the application process won't derail the clinic.

Delgado already takes time off of work to drive a bus, loaned to him by his employer at Lechería Zaragoza, to pick up children and their parents from all over Chihuahua.

He said he does this because the clinic accepted his four children, who are now ages 23, 22, 18, and 12, into the program. Before that, he and his wife had to sell their house, and the children had to drop out of school to help pay for their medical bills.

"We received such a gift," he said. "This is our responsibility -- to help the parents so that they don't go through what we went through."

"This is a mission that we all want to continue, and it's very, very important to us that we continue here," she said.

The quarterly clinic is made up of staff and volunteers from the Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City, Utah. It has been a fixture in the Juárez community for the past 25 years.

"We're working with a few less doctors than normal because family members have asked them not to come," because of the drug war, she said.

FEMAP executive director Anna Alemán said she hopes the drug war doesn't affect the amount of help U.S. outreach programs offer to people in Juárez.

Alemán said her staff sets up a makeshift health clinic to accommodate the doctors' visit to Hospital de la Familia.

Maggie Ybarra may be reached at mybarra@elpasotimes.com; 546-6151.

Out And About! : kaslradio.com

This past weekend, Shriners from all across Wyoming were on-hand in Newcastle for their annual Spring Ceremonial. One of the events was to help to dedicate the cornerstone to the new Lodge building. The Shriners also held a parade on Saturday, April 24th. Congratulations to Kelly Wood, this year’s Potentate who brought his fellow Shriners to Newcastle.

Out And About! : kaslradio.com

Legendary Country Superstar Clint Black Headlines The May 15, 2010 Rhythm On The Vine Concert

Legendary Country Superstar Clint Black Headlines The May 15, 2010 Rhythm On The Vine Concert

Friday, April 16, 2010

Chris Bailey and the Weather for Hillbilly Shriners

Good Friday everyone and welcome to Hillbilly Days Weekend here in Kentucky. The annual 3 day festival is held in the city of Pikeville and is expected to draw nearly 200,000 people with the majority of the proceeds going toward Shriners Hospital for Children. You can't ask for a better cause than that! If you are in the area today... come by and say hello to your fellow hillbilly as I will be doing my tv thing from there all day.

The Canadian Press: Sick kids' families get help with travel expenses to B.C. Children's Hospital

The Canadian Press: Sick kids' families get help with travel expenses to B.C. Children's Hospital

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Friends, family mourn Bob Trask Sr.
Posted: Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 - 04:06:01 pm PDT

By Lynne Lynch
Herald staff writer

MOSES LAKE — Moses Lake businessman Bob Trask Sr.’s biggest lifetime accomplishment was helping more than 400 children receive medical care at Shriner’s Hospital.

“That was pretty important to him,” said his son Bob Trask Jr., of Moses Lake, on Monday.

Trask Sr. died Wednesday due to complications from breaking his leg. He was 89.

Trask Jr. remembers his father assisting his best friend with admission into the Shriner’s Hospital in 1958.

From then on, his father helped hundreds of children receive medical care in Spokane because Moses Lake lacked a children’s hospital.

It was required they be sponsored by a Shriner to be admitted.

Trask Sr. was a Shriner through the Masonic Order.

“He loved youth and young people,” his son said. “He was young at heart. He always said, ‘Hang out with young people, stay young; hang out with old people, stay old’.”

He was also known for his business endeavors, opening the Basin Motor Hotel, an auto dealership, heavy equipment and construction operations, and an insurance agency.

His son now owns the insurance agency.

Opportunities resulting from the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project brought Trask Sr. and his wife, Dorothy, to Moses Lake, when the population was about 700.

They came from Boise, Idaho, in 1946 and witnessed improvements with irrigation’s arrival.

“He built a motel (in Moses Lake),” Trask Jr. recalled. “This community needed one.”

They met many people through the hotel, as their guests were oftentimes moving to Moses Lake.

Kent Jones, of Moses Lake, said he and his family stayed at the hotel.

The Trasks were also active in the community.

Trask Sr. and Dorothy served as advisors for Rainbow Girls and DeMolay Boys through the Masonic Order.

Trask Sr. served as president of the Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce, a founder of the Moses Lake golf course, the first library board and the first vice president of the Lions Club.

He was also a Moses Lake School Board member from 1955 to 1960.

“He was always proud of Moses Lake. He never spoke negatively of it,” Trask Jr. commented. “He was happy to see it grow and always felt quality growth would be a good thing.”

After Dorothy’s death in 1993, he lived on his own, cooking and cleaning for himself.

He cooked three meals a day and kept the house “as neat as a pin,” Trask Jr. said.

His father also spent his later years visiting the Moses Lake Senior Center to have coffee with the regulars.

One of coffee group members was Jerry Lester, of Moses Lake.

“We just thought he was going to live forever,” Lester said. “We were all in shock when we learned this happened. He had just been so healthy, laughing and having a good time.”

Lester knew Trask Sr. for 55 years because they lived in the Knolls Vista neighborhood.

In the past few years, they became closer. Lester visited the older man and gave him computer lessons.

Mike Conley, of Moses Lake, also visited with Trask Sr. over coffee.

Conley moved to Moses Lake in 1981 and says Trask Sr. was one of the first people he met.

Bob Fancher, of Moses Lake, met Trask Sr. in about 1975, while playing golf.

“We’ve been friends ever since, really good friends,” Fancher said. “When I first met him, my dad had just passed away. They were only two months apart in age. He just kind of filled the void Dad had left.”

Fancher also described him as a “real, real fun guy to be around, very amusing, never without a good story.”

His memorial service is set for 11 a.m., Saturday, at the First Presbyterian Church of Moses Lake, located at 1142 W. Ivy Ave.

For More Information go to the Columbia Herald at www.columbiabasinherald.com/articles/2010/04/13/news/doc4bc4efbcde7f4372138434.txt

Boise Wine for Shriners


The El Korah Shriners are hosting their annual Provost Guard Wine Tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. May 8 at 1118 W. Idaho St., Boise. The event will feature Boise State University's string quartet, appetizers and wine tastings from several Idaho wineries. Dress is semi-formal.

Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased by calling Art Easley at (208) 308-5114 or emailing him at willawa1@cableone.net.

Read more: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2010/04/14/1152109/a-demanding-grape-makes-a-charming.html#ixzz0l6THAurS

Mesquite,Ut. resident to bike across country for Shriners

BY DAVID BLY • Desert Valley Times • April 13, 2010

MESQUITE - At 60, Jim Francis has decided to take a laid-back approach - by cycling across the country.

The Mesquite resident will be laid back in the sense that he rides a recumbent three-wheel velocipede. He hesitates to call it a tricycle because it's no toy - he rides it 30 to 40 miles a day as part of his regimen in preparation for his cross-country trip.

His long-time friend, Willard White, asked Francis to join him in cycling across the country to raise funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Whites adopted two special-needs children from Bolivia and one from the eastern U.S. All three required extensive medical treatment, which was covered by the Shriners.

When the Whites adopted the children, they couldn't walk. Now, "between Heavenly Father and Shriners, both are walking well," Francis said.

Although Francis has been cycling for years - he used to enter long-distance races - he has undergone three knee replacements and two back surgeries, which is why he can't ride a conventional bicycle. When White approached him about the cross-country trip, Francis knew he had a weight problem.

"I thought, 'There's no way I can do this,'" Francis said, but he finally accepted.

Before he took up cycling, he weighed 300 pounds, and worked his way down to 170 pounds.

'"That changed my life," he said. "But I've got to get down to 170 pounds again."

In six months, he lost 70 pounds, and hopes to lose 20 or 30 more pounds before he leaves on his trip.

"I'll probably lose another 25 pounds on the road," he said. "That's a lot of pedaling."

He and White, along with a high school junior from Kaysville, will embark on their 3,380-mile trip from Coos Bay, Ore., on May 28. They hope to be at the Statue of Liberty on Aug. 11.

Along the way, they will speak to groups and individuals to raise funds for their expenses and for the Shriners. People across the country have offered to put the cyclists up along the way, and Francis has arranged to speak to groups, including an encampment of 1,000 Boy Scouts in Omaha, Neb.

Francis said he wants to share the message that "there's still a God and Heavenly Father loves his children."

He plans to take at least 200 copies of the Book of Mormon with testimonies from various members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to hand out along the way.

Although his doctors say he only has a 10 percent chance of being able to finish the trip, Francis said he is confident he will make it.

"No matter what the doctors say," he said, "I will make it."

Go to www.inspirationroad.com for more information. Donations can be made at Mountain America Credit Union to "Inspiration Road."

Specialty Publications Editor Rachel Glidden contributed to this story.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Brief history of the Stanley Cup& Free Mason's

Lord Stanley of Preston is a mysterious and controversial figure in Canadian history. As the sixth general governor of the British province then known as "New Lumberton," Stanley’s first official act was the forced relocation of all convicted and suspected criminals, vagabonds, and pederasts in the nation to a centralized "prison-city." Today this fearsome locale goes by the name "Winnipeg," and is best avoided by all but the bravest of men.

Stanley’s tough-on-crime stance made him wildly popular among the non-criminal/vagabond/pederast population of Canada, and the grateful citizens began to put on violent displays in his honor. These bloody gladiatorial contests were the precursor to the game we today know as "hockey." Originally, drunken men from each province would converge on a frozen pond to battle one another with sharpened sticks and boots with knives strapped to them. Today the sport is mostly unchanged, though modern sticks are rarely made of wood.

Lord Stanley reveled in the bloodshed, and quickly moved to enshrine these contests as an annual tradition. Seeking guidance, Stanley Lordstanley_medium went deep into the northern wilderness and meditated for seven days. When he emerged he proclaimed that he had been visited by a spirit which had granted him the official rules of hockey. He engraved these rules on two great stone tablets, each precisely 3.7 meters high, and left them in the city square of Moosejaw (the nation’s capital at the time). Each year the major cities around Canada were ordered to send their strongest young men to battle one another for Stanley’s amusement.

The Stanley Cup was designed by the general governor himself. He ordered seven of the nation’s finest silversmiths to each produce a Grail based on his exact specifications. He found flaws with six of these faux-Cups, and each was cast into Canada’s largest volcano (along with the silversmiths). The seventh Cup was perfect, and in gratitude Lord Stanley granted the final silversmith dominion over the province of Quebec (the man politely declined).

The size of the cup is a story unto itself. It is a mostly-forgotten fact that Stanley’s mother was a North American Sasquatch, standing twelve feet tall and weighing over a ton. Lord Stanley himself inherited her size and taste for raw meat, though he was slightly less hairy. The Cup was crafted to fit his gargantuan hands, and it served as his standard drinking-vessel until he vanished in 1914.


In his personal life Stanley was a dedicated Freemason, and he included much of that organization’s symbolism in the crafting of his Holy Grail. The crown engraved on the cup itself is, of course, a reference to the secret Masonic Monarchy that governs world affairs. The thirty-three ridges near the crest symbolize the thirty-three stated "Goals of the Masons" (hence the tendency to refer to Masons as "Tenders of the Goals"). According to prophecy, the names engraved on the Cup’s lower rings form a complex code that, if deciphered, will reveal the winner of Big Brother 15.

Ironically, the original role of the Cup was for it to be presented to the LOSING team. These men would be required to commit ritual seppuku as a penance for dishonoring their province, and their failure-tainted blood would be collected in the cup and boiled. Obviously this practice would be frowned-upon today, which is why it was discontinued in 1982; since then the Cup has served as more of a traditional trophy.

So now you know the true story of Lord Stanley’s Cup. Enjoy the playoffs and stay tuned to Battle of California for more exciting and informative hockey coverage!
This report is from The BOC www.battleofcali.com/2010/4/12/1408494/boc-history-lord-stanleys-cup

AAhames at Lakeport

The AAHMES Shriners Club had its annual inauguration on March 30 at Hartley Lodge Masonic Hall in Lakeport.

With great honor, the gavel has changed hands from former President J.J. Jackson to newly elected President Jim Swatts in the presence of Honorable Potentate Jay Williams, its members and guests.

Other members were also honored and their official positions are: Harvey Fisher, vice president; Skip Wilson, secretary; Bill Storey, treasurer; Freeman Hass, ambassador-at-large; and Randy Hass, club ambassador.

It has been a great honor to be visited by the Potentate and to listen to his inspiring speech. It was an event to be well remembered. The group thanks the Honorable Potentate for visiting.

The Lake County AAHMES Shriners Club is a organization that provides free medical treatment at the Shriners Hospital to children born with physical impairment or injured from severe burns.

The Shriners provide free transportation for the children and parents and housing, when needed, through fund raising and yard sales.

To those that shall forever live in the memory of parents, children they have served. These are the warriors of love; these are the Lake County “AAHMES” Shriners Club.

They have left a written historical legacy behind them forever to be remembered for their effort, love and care given to children which otherwise would have never lived a normal life. Hats off to these wonderful human beings.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

May 15th ROTV

Yes Clint Black in concert for the Shriners Hospital for Children. check ou the web page

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Rodgers loves playing golf so much, it hurts. Ask Shriners

Camas senior has endured surgeries for bone cyst
McKinsey Rodgers has had four surgeries as a result of a bone cyst in her leg. The most recent one was just prior to her junior year.

By Paul Valencia, Columbian staff writer Friday, April 2, 2010

photo,By Zachary Kaufman, The Columbian

McKinsey Rodgers has pictures of her X-rays in her phone.

“Gotta show them off every once in a while,” said Rodgers, a senior golfer from Camas.

One picture displays the rod that was placed in her left femur when she was a fifth-grader. The second shows a different rod, one that replaced the old one from a surgery prior to her junior year.

“Just upgrading my hardware,” she joked.

Rodgers has been dealing with a unicameral bone cyst high on the femur, near the hip, since she was in the second grade. The cyst, which makes the bone brittle, has been the cause of two fractures. She has endured four surgeries and knows another one is in the future.

With all that, Rodgers keeps her spirits up with a quick quip about her condition and by keeping busy.

“I never really wanted to be held back. I refused to be,” Rodgers said. “I wanted to go out and do what everyone else was doing. I just tried to push through it and tried normal things.”

Rodgers used to play soccer. She still hits the slopes to snowboard when she gets the chance. And then there is her golf. Rodgers finished third last year at the Class 3A district tournament, advancing to state.

It might not take a lot of endurance to play the game, but an athlete is on her feet for hours at a time.

“I just have to deal with it,” Rodgers said. “I love golf. It’s something I put up with. I enjoy what I do. To me, it’s worth it. Like going snowboarding in the winter ... being sore the next day, it’s totally worth it.”

She also figured the pain will not last forever. Experts have told her that the cyst should go away. In fact, she was hoping it would be gone by now.

“They usually don’t see these things with adults,” Rodgers said. “Mine’s being very stubborn.”

The plan is to have surgery to remove the rod this summer, although that could be delayed. Rodgers said when it is time for this rod to be taken out of the bone, it should be her final surgery.

She broke the femur the first time as a second-grader. She still doesn’t know how it happened, but that is when doctors noticed the cyst. Then, while playing tag as a fifth-grader, “I twisted wrong, fell down, and it snapped,” she recalled.

Her condition and the surgeries have led to several weeks’ worth of stays at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland.

“For a little kid, that’s a long time to be stuck in a hospital,” Rodgers said.

She also has seen first-hand what Shriners can do for other patients, other families.

“Everything they do is amazing,” she said. “The help they give kids there is just amazing.”

For her senior project, Rodgers organized a golf tournament to raise funds for the hospital.

“It was really hard, a lot harder than I thought it was going to be,” Rodgers acknowledged.

She went door-to-door to businesses, looking for sponsors, asking for donations, for any help. She had to deal with receipts for tax purposes.

“There was a lot of paperwork with the details,” Rodgers said.

She has not figured out all of the expenses just yet, but she said she expects to donate more than $1,500 to Shriners. She also would like to put on another tournament in the future. This learning experience could make for an even larger amount next time.

As far as her final golf season with Camas, Rodgers has a few goals in mind.

“I’d really like our team to make it four years in a row, with league and district,” she said. “It would be nice to keep that string alive.”

She also has high expectations for her own game.

“I just hope to place better at district. I want to claim first or second and go to state again. Hopefully, I’ll make it to the second day of state this year,” she said.

The final results are undetermined, but with her successful senior project and the prospect of getting that rod out of her soon-to-be healthy leg, it already has been a good year for McKinsey Rodgers.

Shriners set up screening April 10 for free care for kids

CHICO — Parents and guardians of children with phsical disabilities who need medical treatment and can't afford it can get help from the Shriners organization.

A free clinic to determine if children can be helped at the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento will be held April 10 at Chico Masonic Family Center, 1110 W. East Ave.

The clinic will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Doctors will be looking for treatable problems such as scoliosis, rickets, neuromuscular disorders, hand and back problems, leg length discrepancies, congenital hip problems, cleft lip and palate, orthopedic problems associated with cerebral palsy and burns.

No appointments are needed. For information, in Paradise call Buzz Colbert at 872-3636, in Chico, Brad Azevedo at 879-9199 and Oroville, call Jeff Ford at 693-1866.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Shriners serve Pancakes to Little League

Palm Springs Shrine club served pancakes on Opening day for Dessert Little League baseball season this last week end.
They Cooked 209 plates of pancakes.....adults 4 each/children 2each pancakes plus.
A big undertaking..said Don Cook, VP Palm Springs Shrine Club. Only 3 Shriners helped... one canadian and my neighbor....
It is hard to get the OLD Shriners off theis bottoms! Why is there such a lack of interest? It is only in Palm Springs or is it everywhere?