140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Monday, June 28, 2010

Alive & Well LA

We gave away a lot of Shrines Hospital for Children information and several Volenteer apps. and a couple of Hospital applications at the KNBC-TV Ch.4 Annual Health & Fitness Expo. "Alive and Well LA" Saturday & Sunday.

We were also helped out by FEZ Head Fred and Kinder the Gardner. Chuck Muncie former Shrine East-West player and coach and NFL great with the New Orleans Saints & San Diego Charges also Stopped by to say hello.

Kinder can be found on line at www.Kinderscorner and Chuck Muncie at www.chuckmuncie.org/about.html

Friday, June 25, 2010

Pencils and welding torches are at work creating floats for the 2011 Rose Parade

Phoenix Decorating Co.Pasadena, CA • www.phxdeco.com
With more than six months to go before the January 1, 2011 Rose Parade, building is well under way at Phoenix Decorating Co.
Floats are being designed and built, and the impressive roster that comprises the Phoenix family of float sponsors continues to build.
Three parade participants returning from a brief hiatus. Shriners International / Shriners Hospitals for Children, U.S.Bank and Western Asset will once again have Tournament entries created in the Phoenix float barns.
Tournament President Jeff Throop’s theme of “Building Dreams Friendships & Memories”is
providing the blueprint for the upcoming parade.

KFBK Ed Crane & Shriners Golf

Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Northern California is the beneficiary of the 2nd annual Golf & Grape Gathering presented by NewsTalk 1530 KFBK. Newscaster Ed Crane established the charity event to raise money for medical research to help children.

The gathering will take place on September 12 and 13, 2010. Golfers and non-golfers alike are invited to Wine & Wedges, an epicurean food extravaganza, on Sunday, September 12 in El Dorado Hills, Calif. The event will include entertainment, an auction, wine and gourmet delights with proceeds benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children® and the Timmy and Brian Crane Foundation.

Those participating in the golf gathering will tee off on Monday, September 13 at Rancho Murieta.

For registration information, please call (916) 296-9657 or go online to www.KFBK.com.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ontario Masons Raise $41000 "Coffee for Troops"

It is with a great deal of pride that I attach this photo that shows the culmination of Masons in Ontario effort to support our Troops with the “Coffee For the Troops” Campaign.

All Masons from across the jurisdiction are delighted with the results and agree that each and every contribution has made a difference.

The photo credit is as follows:

SUPPORT FOR OUR TROOPS – Ted Williams (left) and Bill Eastwood (right) formally presented a donation of $41,000 from Ontario’s Masons to provide coffee cards for Canadians serving in Afghanistan to Brigadier-General (Ret’d) David Martin, CEO of the Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency. The Masons have also established a Masonic Lodge in Afghanistan, a branch of Trent Lodge in Trenton. The presentation was made Monday in Ottawa. (DND photo by Lyndon Goveas)

This photo will soon appear on the Grand Lodge website and hopefully in a large number of regional newspapers across the province (thanks to the efforts of the Grand Master’s media officer Alan Arbuckle). It has also been submitted for the next issue of the Ontario Mason magazine.

Congratulations to any and all who have played a role in making this project a roaring success.

Garry Dowling

Monday, June 21, 2010

Brand New UCLA/Grand Lodge Education Opportunity for You!!!

Summer History Classes from UCLA
Across countries and centuries, Freemasonry has shaped governments and societies. But until recently, only limited academic research and coursework was devoted to the subject.
That changed in 2008, when the Grand Lodge of California initiated an important partnership with the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Margaret C. Jacob, one of the world’s foremost Masonic scholars, led the development of two courses on the history of Freemasonry. They debuted this spring at UCLA.

This summer, Grand Lodge and UCLA are offering you the chance to participate in accelerated versions of those courses.

The cost is only $60 for the 3 week course!!

Join Dr. Natalie Bayer and Matthew Crow as they explore Freemasonry’s
• impact on European and American history from the Enlightenment through today
• role in the early development of modern thought, culture and politics
• contributions to the evolution of individual rights and democratic societies
Course details
• Meet once a week for three consecutive weeks, 6:30 to 10 p.m.
• Participants expected to read selected material from primary and secondary sources,
including works by John Anderson, Margaret Jacob, Steven Bullock, David Stevenson,
Jessica Harland-Jacobs, Edgar Allen Poe, Rudyard Kipling and Robert Putnam
• Classroom lectures and discussions
• Thanks to a generous scholarship from the California Masonic Foundation, just $60
registration fee
Classes will be offered at the following locations and dates:
Sacramento July 12, 19, and 26
Oakland July 13, 20, and 27
Orange County July 14, 21, and 28
Pasadena July 15, 22, and 29
San Diego July 15, 22, and 29

DEADLINE: Download and submit the registration form by July 7. Contact Kim Hegg, program coordinator, at 415/292-9111.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Wyoming Shrine Game is about much more than football

Posted: Thursday, Jun 17th, 2010
BY: Lester Fatheree, Gazette sportswriter

The game was great, a 27-26 win by the North that was decided in the final minute, and may have ended differently had the extra point kicker not broken his collarbone in the first half. Oh yeah, he was also the teams fullback. Ask the four fine athletes Kemmerer sent to the game and they will, to the man, tell you, the game wasn't the best part of the week.

Eric Robinson said, It was exciting to go to the Shriners Hospital and see what we were helping out with. Taylor Doherty added, It really lets you know how valuable life is. Shane Corpening's thoughts were similar, It opened my eyes to how lucky we are to have our health. Cole Shimmin wrapped up the experience by saying the best part of the week was,the kids at the Shriners Hospital. It was cool to see how they go from not having much of a life to doing the things we do.

When asked about the game, each of the four used the word intense. Doherty expounded, You are playing against better players than you've ever played against before, and you are playing with better players too. It really makes for a good game.

Shimmin added, It was great football weather, it was raining all night, like something you'd see in a movie. On top of that, the two teams really don't like each other.

The game itself lived up to that intense word. After shutting down the North on their first possession, the South marched down for a Field Goal to take the early lead. The North responded with a touchdown, then they did it all over again, leaving the score at 14-6.

The North added another Field Goal, but the South was a long way from out of the game. A 10-yard end-around by the South brought the score to 17-12.

The second half was an exchange of big plays. The South scored on a one-yard dive after completing a 40 yard pass to Drew Martinez of Green River to recapture the lead, 20-17. The North responded with a 40 yard pass play of their own, going up 24-20, but the South responded with another big pass play, this time for 30 yards.

With the South leading 26-24, the North took possession for a final time and were able to move down the field enough to kick the game winning field goal in the final half minute of the game. The final score was 27-26.

It was the best game I've ever played in, was Corpening's opinion. He also added that the whole week was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

Doherty added, It's the greatest feeling in the world just to be picked, and then we get to play in a game like that. Yeah, I was a little disappointed to lose the game, and Im sure they were excited to win, but it really didn't matter. The bigger thing is, we were able to help those kids at the Shriners Hospital for Children.

For the complete article see the 06-17-2010 issue.

Al Azhar Shrine Car show June 26th

Fifth Annual Show and Shrine at the Al Azhar Shriner's Centre from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.June 26: The centre is at 5225 101st St. N.W. All makes and models welcome, $10 registration fee, visitors enter free.
Mini swap meet, food concessions, children's attractions. Contact Frank Silliker at 403-252-0518 or Russ Phillips at 403-289-2039 or e-mail july2@telus.net.

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/What+Next/3168905/story.html#ixzz0rDyAFZCG

Swifty asks for your Help

Dear Family, Friends, and Friends of Friends,

I just created an online fundraising page, Swifty's Drive to Keep the Smiles Alive, to raise funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children®. I hope you will join me in making a difference in the lives of children with disabling medical conditions and serious injuries by donating today.

Your gift will give hope to the thousands of families helped by Shriners Hospitals for Children® each year. Since 1922, nearly a million children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate have been helped through Shriners Hospitals for Children®. Their ground-breaking research is also helping to uncover new knowledge about complicated medical conditions, which is helping people around the globe. It's probably helping children in your own neighborhood.

A special feature of my fundraising web page is a donor may select the specific direction their donation goes, and IT REALLY GOES THERE! So, if your interest is to help the Northern California/Sacramento hospital, select it. If you have another location special to you, select it. No matter what you choose, it's your choice and it's their benefit. I'm simply supporting Shriners Hospitals for Children® as a whole.

I know that this is a difficult financial time for many and I appreciate whatever your effort is. Everything helps from personal donation to simply spreading this letter to others. Eventually, I'm going to reach my goal of $1,000. I'm trying to do this by 8/31/2010. I will keep you updated on my progress in the weeks ahead! Thanks for your support.

Swifty, the Clown
a.k.a. Tom Nipper

To see my page or to make a donation online, visit my fund page now http://support.shrinershospitals.org/goto/swifty
Click here to view the fund page for Swifty's Drive to Keep the Smiles Alive
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Encourage A Man in Your Life to Learn More About Becoming A Shriner This Father’s Day!

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and what a great time to encourage your Dad, Uncle, Brother, or other men in your life to think about becoming a Shriner.

Have you ever wondered who makes up the Shriners? Shriners come from all walks of life – they are plumbers and professionals, salesmen and CEOs, fathers, uncles, and sons. And they are also brothers.

The Shriners are a brotherhood of men committed to family, engaged in ongoing personal growth and providing care for children and families in need. While their backgrounds and interests may be diverse, Shriners are bound together through shared values and a desire to have fun, do good and build bonds that last a lifetime. The Shriners fraternity believes in:

* Providing attractive, quality programs and services for its members and their families and their friends in a spirit of fun, fellowship and social camaraderie
* Fostering self-improvement through leadership, education, the perpetuation of moral values and community involvement
* Serving mankind through the resources of its philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals for Children®

Powerful networks of mentors help you grow as a man, a father and a husband. And you will develop relationships that will even benefit your business and help you reach your career goals, with the chance to pass the lessons of leadership along to the next generation. Today there are approximately 350,000 Shriners belonging to 191 chapters around the world. Not surprisingly, there are well-recognized men from entertainment, sports and politics who proudly call themselves Shriners.

I encourage you, friends and family to visit www.beashrinernow.com and find out all of the great opportunities and ways in which you can benefit from membership in Shriners International. To learn more about becoming a Shriner, also please check out this video: http://www.westglen.com/online/18081.html

Shriners team clinic set for June 21-25

Pacific Daily News • news@guampdn.com •
A medical team from the Shriners Hospital for Children in Hawaii will provide free consultative services for children with special health-care needs from June 21-25 at the Department of Public Health in Mangilao.

Children ages 18 and younger who have an orthopedic, arthritic or plastic surgical condition such as deformities, disease and injuries involving the bones, joints and muscles, and "healed burns," including loss of any part of the child's body, will be seen.
Patients will be seen by appointment only. New patients must obtain a referral and medical summary from their private physician, and provide an updated shot record, a copy of their birth certificate, legal guardianship documents, if applicable, and a copy of their insurance card, according to a Public Health news release.

Patients are reminded to provide X-ray films and/or lab results, as previously instructed. X-ray and/or lab orders may be picked up at the medical records office in Mangilao from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. For an appointment or more information, call Arlean Kloppenburg at 735-7117 or e-mail: arlean.kloppenburg@dphss.gov.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Masons recognize San Luis Obispo County law enforcement

Thaddeus Sherman lodge No. 196, formerly Paso Robles Free Mason Lodge No. 286 and Cambria Free Mason Lodge, held its annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner on May 26. The lodge was recently renamed after a 19th century Free Mason to honor him for his work in California.

The ceremonies followed a tri-tip dinner for the nominees, their families and friends.

Awards were provided by lodge master Rod Smiley to the year's "Top Cops." The award is given to a recipient who has distinguished him/herself from his or her peers based on his/her performance over the course of a year and then is nominated by his/her fellow officers and superiors.

Only one officer is chosen from each department every year. Four officers were presented the awards by their superiors and were recognized for their passion, consistency, reliability, dedication to the job and making a difference in their community.

California Highway Patrol Lt. Marty Maples introduced CHP Sgt. Greg Egger, who in turn presented the night's first award to 25-year veteran Officer Scott Lee. Lee was recognized for his involvement and work in patrol, accident investigations, VIN inspections and as a liaison officer. Egger was unanimously chosen by his peers...

For the complete article see the 06-15-2010 issue.Paso Robles Press

From left, Lodge Master Rod Smiley, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Sgt. Mike Manuele, Sheriff Deputy Neal Clayton, CHP Officer Scott Lee and lodge Secretary Bill Mills stand together after the recognition dinner. Photo courtesy of Jenni Cisco.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Shriners team clinic set for June 21-25

A medical team from the Shriners Hospital for Children in Hawaii will provide free consultative services for children with special health-care needs from June 21-25 at the Department of Public Health in Mangilao.

Children ages 18 and younger who have an orthopedic, arthritic or plastic surgical condition such as deformities, disease and injuries involving the bones, joints and muscles, and "healed burns," including loss of any part of the child's body, will be seen.
Patients will be seen by appointment only. New patients must obtain a referral and medical summary from their private physician, and provide an updated shot record, a copy of their birth certificate, legal guardianship documents, if applicable, and a copy of their insurance card, according to a Public Health news release.

Patients are reminded to provide X-ray films and/or lab results, as previously instructed. X-ray and/or lab orders may be picked up at the medical records office in Mangilao from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. For an appointment or more information, call Arlean Kloppenburg at 735-7117 or e-mail: arlean.kloppenburg@dphss.gov.

Sacramento Run Supports Shriners Kids

SACRAMENTO, CALIF: Christmas will be advancing aboriginal this year for some appropriate kids if bounded businesses accommodate a duke and accord their time and assets to the 5th anniversary Shriners Run and Walk. Unlike added contest area funds may be directed to the accumulated headquarters, all gain from the June 21st Run and Airing will account the Ben Ali Shrine Temple of Sacramento to advice Shriners Kids.

Shrine affiliate and agent of 20 years, Ellis Katz founded the Run and Airing in 1998 acquisitive to atom some absorption and acquaintance in Shriners Hospital. “The Sacramento hospital had just opened and I capital to acquisition a way to acquaint the absolute city-limits about the abundant plan that is done for accouchement as able-bodied as accession money for those getting advised in the Sacramento Hospital,” said Katz. “We run so that the kids can walk.” Since again the race, which has been accepted for its collapsed and breathtaking avenue has developed from 600 participants to about 1,000.

The accident is an 8km run, which is the Pacific Association of USA Track & Field’s Grand Prix, or a 7:30 a.m. 2-mile exercise airing about Shriners Hospital on Stockton Blvd. The run, appointed to alpha at 8 a.m., will activate at Raley Field in West Sacramento and cantankerous the Tower Bridge over the Sacramento River afore active east on T Street and finishing at the Shriners Hospital. Free busline to Raley Field from Shriners Hospital will be provided from 6:15 a.m. 7:30 a.m. (Warm-up accouterments bus line from the alpha to accomplishment band will as well be provided so continued as runners abode them in a bag.)

“The accident is a abundant befalling for the active association to bout the hospital and see the casework that are provided to children,” said Doug Thurston, chase director. “It is a admirable befalling to accompany acquaintance” to advice Shriners advice kids.”

The accomplishment band will accost the estimated 800 participants with fun, aliment and festivities. Among added things, runners will be able disentangle afterwards the chase in a adequate spa provided by Petkus Brothers, accept to the candied sounds of The Shriners Band, adore abundant aliment from both the Rio City-limits Cafรฉ and Merlino’s and beverages from Raley’s and Java City.

For added advice apropos the Run and Airing acquaintance Doug Thurston, chase administrator at (916) 974-0786 or via e-mail at goldmedal@accessbee.com .You can as well appointment the website at www.rungoldmedal.com. The complete account of sponsors includes: Petkus Brothers, Raley’s and Bel Air, State Farm Insurance, Placer Title Company, Fleet Feet Sports, Happy Daze RV’s, Sacramento River Cats, Rio City-limits Cafรฉ, American Income Life, Western States Petroleum Association, Varilux, Transitions, VSP, Merlino’s, Brooks Shoes, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Laughs Unlimited, Fruitridge Printing, Shell Oil and Vallejo’s.

About Shriners Hospital Northern California

The Northern California ability is the newest accession to the 22-hospital arrangement and is the alone one that facilitates all three Shriner specialties: analgesic bond injuries, orthopaedics and burns. As with all Shriners Hospitals, there is never a budgetary allegation and no allowance or U.S. authoritative funds are anytime acclimated for the medical affliction or casework provided. For added advice apropos Shriners Hospital Northern California amuse alarm (916) 453-2000 or appointment them on the web at www.shrinershq.org or in being at 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Family fun surrounds Casper Shrine Bowl

By SALLY ANN SHURMUR - Star-Tribune staff writer

Aside from the 37th annual Shrine Bowl all-star football game on Saturday night, there is plenty of family fun surrounding the event.

Today, beginning at 9 a.m., is the annual Picture Day, when professional photographs are taken of teams and players. The South team, with players from Glenrock and Douglas, begins its event at 9 a.m., and the North, with players from Casper, will immediately follow, at about 9:30 a.m.

Family and friends of the players are welcome at Dick Cheney Alumni Field at Natrona County High School, and they may take their own photographs. Players will be available to visit with young fans and sign autographs for a short time.

On Friday evening at the Parkway Plaza Hotel, a formal banquet begins at 7 p.m. Each player will be introduced and receive his official Shrine Bowl plaque, as well as other gifts.

Shrine Bowl executive director T.J. Claunch expects a packed house of players' families and special friends to be in attendance.

The evening's guest speaker is Casper's own Lukas Munsell, a Kelly Walsh High School graduate and Shrine Bowl alum, who continued his football playing career at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, S.D., earning a degree in electrical engineering.

On Saturday morning, Shrine Bowl players' families and friends are welcome at a free Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m., sponsored by the Kiwanis clubs of Casper and Cheyenne. The pancake wagon will be set up at the corner of Ninth and Center streets in City Park as a joint welcoming event for both Shrine Bowl and College National Finals Rodeo participants and fans.

The annual Shrine Bowl parade, including Shrine motorized units of every variety and both teams, begins from the corner of Ninth and Center streets at 10:30 a.m.; proceeds north on Center to the triangle corner of Fifth Street; travels east one block on Fifth to Wolcott; and south on Wolcott to Ninth, where it will end.

For those unfamiliar with downtown Casper's geography, the parade route runs along both the north and south the sides of City Park.

At 4 p.m., a tailgate party will start on the west side of NCHS Stadium on Oak Street. Food will be available for purchase, with all proceeds donated to the Shrine Bowl.

The football game begins with player introductions and pregame festivities at 6:15 p.m., and kickoff is at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the gate for $5 each.

Last year, Claunch presented a check to Shriners for $30,000, the largest profit in the game's history.

Two large corporate sponsors have pulled out this year because of the economy, and Claunch said as a result, profits to the Shriners for use in their children's hospitals will not be as large.

Community News editor Sally Ann Shurmur can be reached at (307) 266-0520 or sallyann.shurmur@trib.com. Read Sal's blog at tribtown.trib.com/Sal/blog and follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WYOSAS

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Casper, Wy. Shrine 37th All-Star football

The Casper Shriners will present their 37th annual Shrine Bowl all-star football game
at 7 p.m.,This Saturday in the Cheney Alumni Field, Casper

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Trent Jordan of Wind River was named as an injury replacement, joining his twin brother, Doug, on the North squad.

FOR A CAUSE: On Monday, the teams made their annual visit to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City. All proceeds from Saturday's game will benefit Shriner's hospitals, which help provide medical care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate problems.

Luke Bryan Gives Props to Fans for CMT Win and Donation to Shriners Hospital for Children

by Vernell Hacket
Luke BryanLuke Bryan charges that his fans have been "moving my cards around." The singer made the statement after receiving the award for USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year for 'Do I' at the ninth annual CMT Awards on Wednesday night.

"It's bizarre, but it's so fun having the fans dictate this," Luke said during a press conference backstage after his win. "I said it after the ACM Awards this spring, the fans are changing my life day in and day out. I've been playing every weekend, watching the crowds grow, watching them having a great time around us. I don't want 2010 to end at this point in the game, but we have a few more months left to go on it."

Luke is also thrilled that due to his winning the video award, the Shriners Hospitals for Children will receive a check from CMT. The music channel makes a donation to the favorite charity of each winner from the awards show. The Shriners hospitals are dedicated to improving the lives of children through providing specialty pediatric care, research and teaching programs. Children up to age 18 can receive help from one of the 22 hospitals in the network, regardless of financial need.

"This is the charity that my wife and I want to be affiliated with," Luke said. "We have one child and there is another one on the way, and when you have children, you understand that a kid's life can change on a dime. The Shriners can help make the lives of these children better. I've always wanted to support the work of these hospitals, so I'm glad to be a part of it now."

Luke believes the video for 'Do I' was a change of pace for him, helping fans see him in a more serious light. "I remember phone calls going back and forth with [video director] Shaun Silva and his wife, Shannon, along the lines of creating a little movie. When you make something like that and it turns into this, it makes the whole experience even more special."

Luke planned to celebrate his win by getting together with friends and fans. "My fan club party is Thursday, so I'll get to celebrate with the people who helped me make it all happen. I'm really looking forward to getting out and having a good time."

Luke won't get to spend much time celebrating in Nashville. Friday (June 11) finds him back on tour with Sugarland, making a stop in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Saturday he'll be in Scranton, Pa.

4-year-old burn victim from Mexico heals at Sacramento's Shriners hospital

For the complete story and picture see the SacBee
By Jacqueline Baylon

Sitting beside his father, 4-year-old Hector Manuel Robles flipped through his coloring book Wednesday at Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California.

He has spent roughly seven of the past 12 months undergoing surgery and therapy at the Sacramento hospital, after surviving a catastrophic day care fire that killed 49 people last June in Hermosillo, Mexico.

One of 10 victims flown to Shriners for treatment, Hector arrived in Sacramento with burns over 51 percent of his body. Although he is better, a lifetime of healing awaits him – care that the Shriners will ensure by spending millions of dollars.

Hector has returned to Shriners with his parents to see the orthopedic team and to get therapy and possibly surgery for a broken and burned hand.

"We are the ones who worry, but the hospital takes care of the children," said Hector's mother, Adriana Guadalupe Villegas Yanez.

She describes the hospital as her first home because she spent so much more time there than in Hermosillo. But Hector has been able to go back home, and when he is there, he's treated at an outreach clinic that Shriners staffs in Mexico.

When in Hermosillo, Villegas said, Hector loves playing with his two older sisters and cousins. Occasionally, he has even managed a few minutes of soccer.

Dr. David Greenhalgh, chief of burns at the hospital, was one of the first to treat Hector and expects to continue seeing him for years.

Starting July 1, Greenhalgh will also be helping to train two Mexican physicians to be burn specialists as part of a fellowship program recently launched by the Mexican government. Seeds for the fellowship were planted in July 2009 when Mexico's first lady, Margarita Zavala, visited the Hermosillo burn victims at Shriners.

Back then, Hector was receiving skin grafts, and those grafts must be watched closely as he grows up. Greenhalgh explained that the grafted skin does not always stretch as children grow, so they may need to go through more grafts.

"We have to keep treating these kids because the damage their bodies have undergone needs reconstructive surgeries along with many intensive therapies," said Greenhalgh.

And lucky for Hector, some of the therapy is child's play. He uses a Nintendo Wii every day. It is more than just a game, though. It is recommended by his therapist.

"A lot of therapy is very tedious and part of it is just really hard work, so we try to incorporate appealing toys and games like the Wii that will actually motivate them," said Cheryl Hanley, manager of physical and occupational therapy.

Hector and his mother can both attest that most therapy is hard work. Throughout the day, Villegas said, she must help her son stretch his muscles. Periodic rest ensures that Hector's skin will not break open and that his pain will be kept in check, she explained.

The Wii offers a welcome respite for both. "He loves playing the bowling one, along with baseball and one that involves swords," she said.

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/06/10/2811848/shriners-vow-of-care-keeps-hope.html#ixzz0qTFu0A8Q

Shriners on a High Note with Lindsey

El Zaribah's High Priest and Prophet Ed Stolze and lady Cheryl have a 15 year old daughter named Lindsey who has a very nice signing voice.

Last night was a qualifying round that the judges choice and the audience choice move on to the Semi Finals to compete at the finals for a recording studio spot and other prizes to further their signing talents.

The judges picked a 21 year old wonderful signer as their pick and the audience picked 2 people that had a tie for the number of votes to move on. The judges agreed and Lindsey and an 18 year old boy, who was also very good move on to the semi finals. There were several VERY talented singers and to move on is a great accomplishment.

The name of the contest is "Idol in the Sky" and the web site is www.liveatsky.com.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Encino Shrine Club

On May 20, 2010, Al Malaikah Shrine Potentate, Illustrious Joe Stoch and his Lady Ricci, met with Noble Sheldon Hayutin, President of Encino Shrine Club
and his Lady, Joyce at the Shriners Hospital for Children, Los Angeles. To represent the Encino Shrine Club and present the hospital with ten (10) cases of blankets (240 blankets) for the patients.
These blankets were donated by Sheldons good friends, Linda and Dennis Thuringer, owners of “HOW GRAPHIC CAN U GET” in Prescott, AZ.

They were met by the Head of Operations, John Dellaria, who accepted the
gift. These blankets are to be given to the children and they may take
them home with them.

Our main purpose is to support the hospital. Be it in cash donations,
fund raisers, or by material donations or by time donations.

That being said, our second purpose is to have fun. I must tell you,said Noble Hayutin that my Lady Joyce and I had a wonderful and fulfilling time at the donation.

Truckers give public access to their tricked-out semi-trucks in Galt

Ray Rodriquez's custom truck is on display at the 10th annual Cool Truck Show in Galt. (Dan Evans/News-Sentinel)
By Maggie Creamer,News-Sentinel Staff Writer Saturday, June 5, 2010 7:12 AM PDT

While standing on asphalt in the hot sun, Victor Maestaz grabs a can of air and a brush and uses them to clean out the cab of his semi-truck. He is scrubbing every inch of his tricked-out truck in preparation for Galt's 10th annual Cool Truck Show.

The 150 to 200 trucks are a rainbow of colors and have a variety of custom details. One has a bulldog in a leather jacket and American flag-studded collar as a hood ornament, while Maestaz's truck has a bell behind the sleeper that is operated by air. He usually rings it when kids ask him to honk his horn.

"It's just a toy," he said.

Maestaz, who is from Las Vegas, has also made the frame of the truck longer, added a new sleeper to it, and installed Iron Cross gas and brake pedals.

But even though Maestaz's truck has fun details, he takes his job seriously.

"It's in our blood; that's what we do. Instead of building hot rods, we build trucks. It's an addiction," Maestaz said.

The event promoter, Bob Hitchcock, made a similar comparison.

"These are 80,000-pound hot rods instead of 3,000 pounds, and they make us money," Hitchcock said.

The show has grown over the years, and now even has truck enthusiasts who come from as far away as Australia, Hitchcock said. The show is being held today and Sunday at the Galt Market, and includes a light show during which the trucks turn on neon glow lights and LEDs when it gets dark.

The event will also include an announcement from Intel about a new hybrid technology for diesel engines, Hitchcock said.

The $4 admission fee for adults goes to Shriner's Hospital for Children, the California Colorectal Cancer Coalition, and the Galt Parks and Recreation scholarship funds. The groups have booths at the event, and the colorectal nonprofit will be encouraging trucking enthusiasts to get screened for cancer.

Having been in the business his whole life, Maestaz said he likes going to the shows to catch up with his trucking friends. But the true recognition of his work is when he is on the road and people give him a thumbs-up or take pictures.

"I decided if I'm going to build a truck, I'm going to go all-out," Maestaz said. "It's probably going to be my last one."

Across the market grounds, Ray Rodriquez works under his big rig. Purple flames stretch across the side of the semi-truck and stand out against the shiny black paint.

He works in Salinas, and said it is important to have a truck that he wants to be in every day. It took him four years to plan out the changes he was going to make, but only 90 days to actually make them.

One of the main reasons the industry started putting on truck shows is to improve the image the American public has of the trucking industry, Hitchcock said.

"Most people have never been this close to a truck, except passing them on the freeway, and it scares them," Hitchcock said.

As a third-generation trucker, John Silva, of Chowchilla, has custombuilt two big rigs. His has a red truck with Iron Crosses at the corners of the flat beds. He even had a renowned stenciler add artwork to the truck.

He remembers going with his dad into town to have his semi-truck worked on.

"It's cheaper to work on it yourself, or have your kids work on it," he said.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com. Read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/citybuzz.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Al-Kaly Shrine Circus draws Salida crowd

Sue Price - Mail Staff Writer

"Lions and tigers and bears - oh yes!" describes the Al-Kaly Shrine Circus, featuring the cast of Jordan World Circus and presented locally by Mon-Ark Shrine Club, which rolled into Salida Thursday.

Performers staged two shows in the open-air on White Field at Salida High School.

The circus is a fund-raiser for Shriner Hospitals for Children. Steve Jordan, potentate, said 300,000 Shriners worldwide support 22 hospitals which provide free care for children with burns or orthopedic conditions.

Since 1922, he said, the hospitals have treated more than 1 million children, Jordan said.

The traveling circus, owned by Jody and Patsy Jordan of Las Vegas, arrived with 12 rigs, about 50 cast members and crew, in addition to tigers, elephants, bears, ponies and more.

The Shriners will sponsor circuses in Salida, Colorado Springs, Lamar, Cañon City, Rocky Ford, Trinidad, Monte Vista and Durango this summer.

"It is one of our year's biggest fund-raisers and a good way for us to get our name out so people know what we do," steve Jordan said. "It's also a way to bring a circus to smaller communities."

The two-hour, three-ring show featured an international cast performing balancing acts, animal acts, aerial artistry, high-wire acts and more.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Plan for the Cherokee Truck Show

You may not see this truck at the Cherokee Truck Parts Cool Truck Show this weekend(June 4,5,6) at the Galt Market Grounds, just off Hwy.99.
Be sure to bring your camera as there will be some amazing trucks all there to help the Shriners Hospital for Children.
The show opens about 7:30am and closes with a truck light show Fri. & Sat. that is out of this world. Bring your ear plugs for the horn blast show.
There will be planty of food and drink and a great auction. This is a fun day out for the family

Bees and Shriners To Participate In Miracle League Baseball

Pacific Coast League (PCL) Salt Lake Bees

Salt Lake BeesSALT LAKE CITY (June 3, 2010) - The Salt Lake Bees, in conjunction with Shriners Hospital for Children - Salt Lake City, will participate as "buddies" with patients in a Miracle League Baseball game on Saturday, June 5, at 9 a.m. at Gene Fullmer Recreation Center in West Jordan.

Four Bees players will captain a team of 12 buddies from the Bees organization who will assist the 12 wheelchair-bound patients in batting, running the bases and playing the field during a three-inning game.

Media wishing to cover the event should meet just outside of the recreation center by 9 a.m. Parking is available at the recreation center and at Veterans Memorial Park. The game should last approximately one hour and 15 minutes.

Miracle League Baseball was created in Georgia in 1998 as a way to give children with disabilities the opportunity to dress in uniforms, play baseball and be part of a team. Every player bats once each inning, all players are safe on bases and every player scores a run before the inning is over. This marks the second season of the Miracle League in Utah.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

CRC/Ted Williams-Documentary/Shriners

Christopher Coppola has launched CRC Prods., a content shingle and post-production facility.

As part of the new company, Coppola -- the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola and brother of actor Nicolas Cage -- has partnered with several different entities to produce projects for film, TV, digital and other sources.

CRC is working on a documentary on the life of baseball legend Ted Williams in conjunction with the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

The shingle came about after spools of footage chronicling Williams' life came into the hands of the Shriners, which in turn contacted Coppola about turning it into a feature doc.

"The people who control this footage thought it was a great thing," Coppola said. "And a lot of kids now don't know who he is. We want to celebrate him as a real hero, and felt it was a good thing to share."

On the tech side, CRC's distribution arm has sealed a relationship with Landmark Theaters to distribute content on ultra-secure hard drives.

"The idea is we have this mini-studio in place, where we can make original content, edit it through our post house and then utilize our alternative forms of distribution," said CRC's Nicolas Paine. "It's one-stop shopping."

Coppola's Hollywood facility employs 15 staffers.

Contact Michael Schneider at mike.schneider@variety.com.

Patients 'Dream Night' at Hogle Zoo Friday

SALT LAKE CITY — The fourth annual "Dream Night," which lets physically challenged, chronically ill or special-needs children and their families enjoy a complimentary evening at Utah's Hogle Zoo, will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 4.

Dream Night began at the Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands in 1996 and has grown to include 201 zoos in 36 countries around the world.

Hogle Zoo has partnered with Shriners Hospitals for Children, Primary Children's Medical Center and the National Ability Center by inviting children who are patients at these facilities.

Dream Night is held after regular zoo hours to give special attention and unique animal experiences to the children.

For more information, go to www.hoglezoo.org or to www.dreamnightatthezoo.nl.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

More Biking Coast for Shriner's Children Hospital

By Erica Rush, KCBY News

NORTH BEND, Ore. -For years, one family has counted on the Shriner's Children Hospital to care for their three children during their time of need. Now in good health, they're riding coast to coast on bicycle, racing to raise funds for more children and their families.

It's a 3,333 mile trek.. that all starts here at Horsefall Beach in North Bend. On Friday, the White family gathered with friends, as they shared their story of adopting three children, all with various medical problems, that were treated by the Shriner's Hospital.

Following behind her husband Willard and their family friend, Skyler Zeschek in their vehicle, Laura White says they hope this trip will raise not only funds, but also awareness for the Shriner's, whom she says has given so much to them.

"They all 3 have had many miracles happen, which we give credit to the Shriner's Children Hospital and also to many prayers that have been offered in their behalf," said White. She adds, "We just feel like they've done so much for us and there's so many children out there that need their help, that we hope that our story can inspire others and give them hope."

The White family is now on their way to Coney Island, New York. They plan to make several stops along the way and host more informational meetings. But before they peddled away Friday, several local Shriner's Members were there to see them off and offered the first donations of the journey.

If you'd like to track their trip, learn more about their story, or make a donation, you can go follow this link to their personal blog, www.inspirationroad.com

Shrine on: Football games played today

By Ryan Howe - Times-News writer

buy this photo Senior players from Magic Valley football teams run through drills Friday afternoon during a practice for today’s North-South All-Star Shrine Football Games at Burley High School. (MEAGAN THOMPSON/Times-News)

BURLEY — Nobody can appreciate today’s North-South All-Star Shrine Football Games more than Jesse Caldera.

“I’m honored to be playing in it,” said Caldera. “I love Shriners Hospital. They definitely changed my life, and it means a lot for me to be playing in this game, to be able to give back to them.”

Born pigeon toe, with his feet pointing inward, Caldera has been a patient at Shriners Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, since he was a baby and has received a half-dozen surgeries on each foot. If it wasn’t for Shriners, Caldera said he wouldn’t have been able to walk — much less play football for Minico High School.

“If it wasn’t for them I totally wouldn’t have the life I have now,” Caldera said. “There are lots of kids that don’t get the opportunity that I got. I feel lucky to be able to be walking.”

Caldera is one of approximately 135 recently-graduated senior football players from District IV participating in the 33rd Annual North-South All-Star Shrine Football Games played today at Burley High School. The 8-man game starts at 5:30 p.m. with the 11-man game kicking off around 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the gate for $5 with all proceeds benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children. Spectators are also encouraged to bring a can of food for donation.

For most players, this will be the last opportunity to strap on the pads and play a game they love while old rivals become teammates.

“It’s a fun game and it’s for a great cause,” said Stacy Wilson, one of the 11-man South’s coaches. “You never know with these Shrine games. We’ve had years where we had three Division-I (college) players, and we got our butts kicked. Then there were other years where we thought we weren’t very good, and we won by 30. It’s all about how the kids play together.”

Team rosters

8-man South: Nick Howard QB/LB Castleford, Ethan Tverdy OL/DL Castleford, Sam Chavez OL/DL Castleford, Storm Brito OL/DL Castleford, Chet Hunsaker OL/DL Castleford
Jake Sagers OL/DL Oakley, Hunter Wadsworth WR/DB Oakley, Paxton Robinson RB/LB Oakley,
Dan Whittle DB Oakley,Payson Bedke RB/DB Oakley,Derek Bates QB/DE Murtaugh, Manuel Pacheco RB/DE Murtaugh,Rio Manning RB/DB Raft River,Zach Wilson OL/DL Raft River,H.D. Tuckett QB/DB Raft River,Braden Ottley OL/DL Raft River,Austin Zollinger OL/DL Raft River,Jay Ratto OL/DL Hansen,Koltin Kenney LB Hansen,Guillermo Medel OL/DL Hansen, Aaron Borchardt RB/LB Lighthouse Christian,Kevin McCullough RB/LB Lighthouse Christian,
Ben Ruhter OL/DL Lighthouse Christian,Jordan Scott OL/DL Lighthouse Christian,Levi Thomas OL/DL Lighthouse Christian,Zane Jesser WR/S Lighthouse Christian,Evan Aardema QB/S Lighthouse Christian.
Coaches: Tim Behunin, Oakley; Tracy Vulgamore, Castleford
8-man North: Wacey Barg TE/DE Carey,Gonzalo Zarate RB/DE Carey,Todd Peck OL/DL Carey, Tyler Chavez OL/DL Carey,Trevor Peck TE/QB/LB Carey,Jose Rivas WR/DB Richfield,Michael Lezamiz RB/LB Richfield,D.J. Anderson OL/DL Richfield,Jake Wise RB/S Camas County, Stacy Stroud OL/DL Camas County,Tayln Henslee RB/LB Hagerman,Jason Smith OL/DL Hagerman
,Josh Douvilloe OL/DL Hagerman,Justin Santana LB/RB Shoshone,Rene Maorales OL/DL Shoshone
Coaches: Ed Pinger, Hagerman; Lane Kirkland, Carey
11-man North:Austin Basterrechea WR/DE Gooding,Jesse Campa OL/DL Gooding,Justin Dalton OL/DL Gooding,Cody Young OL/DL Gooding,Derek Murphy OL/DL Valley,Steve Crabb OL/DL Valley,David Young OL/DL Valley,Justin Solosabal TE/LB Glenns Ferry,James Morrison TE/DL Glenns Ferry,Destry Royce RB/LB Glenns Ferry,Jacob Self OL/DL Glenns Ferry
,Phillip Owsley QB/DB Glenns Ferry,Gabe Arevalo WR/DB Glenns Ferry,Ross Arellano WR/DB Glenns Ferry,Cayden Williams RB/DB Wendell,Nathan Ormand WR/DE Wendell,Ryan Slade RB/LB Wendell,Jesse Caldera DL Minico,Keelan McCaffrey LB Minico,Pete Coats WR Minico
,David Griffin QB/DB Minico,Shad Hubsmith TE Minico,Andrew Chapa OL/DL Minico,Colby May LB Minico,Mark Leon RB/FS Minico,Coltin Johnson WR/K Minico,Ramiro Riojas DL Minico
,Kris Copeland DL Minico,Cameron Stauffer QB Jerome,Zach Leavitt LB Jerome,Russell Ciocca OL Jerome,Gus Callen WR Jerome,Cody McCoy LB Jerome,Bridon Suitter DL Jerome, Ross Hillier RB Jerome,Trey Berrett OL Jerome,Matt McClimans OL Jerome,Richard Gibson OL Jerome,Bryan Harper DB Jerome,Zach VanEsh DL Jerome,Steward Bach DB Jerome,Billy Wight WR Jerome,Josh Zapata OL Jerome,Jordan Roberts LB Jerome,Heyden Thacker WR Jerome
Tyler Peters LB Wood River,Jose Patlan DL Wood River,Evan Puluti DL Wood River
11-man South: Chase Joslin WR/DE Canyon Ridge,Matt Kippes TE/DL Canyon Ridge,Pat McCall OL/DL Canyon Ridge,Dylan Powell RB/LB Canyon Ridge,Carlos Cantu RB/LB Canyon Ridge,Blake Finney RB/LB Buhl,J.D. Leckenby WR/DE Buhl,Brian Schofield WR/DB Buhl,Marco Avelar WR/DB Buhl,Isaac McCreery RB/DL Buhl,Jack Hamilton TE/LB Buhl,George Thornborrow OL/LB Buhl,Eddie Gonzalez OL/DL Buhl,Landon Eguilior OL/DL Buhl,Armando Arroyo K Buhl,Cader Owen QB/DB Buhl,Jeremy Jenkins QB/S Declo,Sage Warner OL/DL Declo
,Tyler Briggs RB/DE Declo,Drew Matsen OL/DL Declo,McCoy Stoker WR/DB Declo,Logan Knopp WR/DB Declo,Brogan Thoren TE/DE Declo,Larsen Webb RB/LB Declo,Josh Woods DE Declo,Nate Poulton RB/LB Declo,Will Smyer OL/DL Declo,Parker Champlin TE/LB Kimberly,Ethan Richmond RB/LB Kimberly,Tyler Wadsworth RB/LB Kimberly,Henry Champlin OL/LB Kimberly, Scott Holmes OL/DL Kimberly,Aaron Bill OL/DL Kimberly,Nick Dame QB/DB Kimberly,Austin Tamez LB Burley,Aaron Lenkersdorfer OL Burley,Bo Hawker WR/LB Burley,Bill Blauer TE/DB Burley,Christian Winmill WR/DB Burley,Bryson Cole OL/DL Burley,Tyler Kreft LB Filer
,Joe Taylor DL Filer,Zac Slotten LB Twin Falls,Brett Kohring DB Twin Falls