140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Monday, January 31, 2011

2011 Burn Awareness Week Campaign February 6-12, 2011

Shriners Hospitals for Children® Emphasizes Prevention, during Burn Awareness Week

Burn prevention is a key endeavor of Shriners Hospitals for Children®, which is why the health care system began its Burn Awareness campaigns more than 20 years ago.
Safety Begins at Home
Our homes are our personal “safe havens,” where we can relax, be ourselves, and enjoy time with our families. However, without some attention and awareness, our homes can also be dangerous places, especially for children.
Consider these facts:
  • Every day, across the U.S., hundreds of children are taken to emergency rooms for treatment of scald burns caused by contact with hot liquids, steam or foods. 
  • Approximately 65 percent of children under age 4 hospitalized for burn injuries were scalded by hot liquids.
  • Approximately 16,000 children under age 5 are treated in U.S. hospitals for scald burns annually.
  • Ninety-five percent of scalds occur in residences.
  • Fire causes the death of more than 600 children ages 14 and under each year, and injures about 3,000 more.
  • Nearly 50 percent of children injured in fires or fire-related incidents are under age 5.
  • More than 60 percent of residential fires that cause the death of a child occur in homes without smoke detectors.
Many of these injuries could have been easily prevented.
Clearly, burn awareness and prevention is critically important to the safety and well-being of everyone, especially children.
Shriners Hospitals for Children®, which operates the only freestanding hospitals dedicated to the treatment of pediatric burns, is committed to decreasing the number of preventable pediatric burn injuries by raising awareness and providing educational materials, especially to parents and families. The health care system uses Burn Awareness Week (the first full week of February every year) to kick off its year-long awareness campaign.
The 2011 campaign, Burn Awareness: Safety Begins at Home, emphasizes the importance of observing basic precautions to keep everyone – especially children – safe at home. 
Keeping children safe from burn injuries at home requires constant vigilance, including making sure to have proper warning equipment, such as smoke detectors, and keeping them in good working order. It is also critically important to have an escape plan in the event a fire does occur.
Providing Information to Raise Awareness
Shriners Hospitals for Children offers a variety of complimentary burn prevention materials, including a coloring book, posters, fact sheets and brochures. To view these materials and place an order,  For more information, contact the public relations department at Shriners International Headquarters by sending an e-mail to shrinepr@shrinenet.org, or calling (813) 281-8162.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ernest Borgnine to be honored by SAG for lifetime achievement - LA Daily News

Ernest Borgnine to be honored by SAG for lifetime achievement - LA Daily News

Burn Prevention Programs for Kids K-3rd Grade

Prevention Mascots Ben & Ali Teach Kids that Safety Begins at Home
Burn Prevention Mascots Ben and AliFebruary 7 – 13, 2011, is Burn Awareness Week, and the burn team at Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Northern California is making sure parents and children know how to prevent burn injuries. On Friday, February 11, the Northern California Shriners Hospital kicks off its 2011 prevention series, Safety Begins at Home with Ben & Ali. Children from local elementary schools will gather in the hospital’s auditorium for an interactive program focusing on how to prevent burn injuries in the kitchen, bathroom, living room and other areas of the home.
Mascots Ben & Ali will join presenters in teaching children how they can prevent burn injuries. The safety tips will be reinforced by local firefighters who will give students a tour of a fire truck and will bring a fire safety house that will be used to teach kids  how to safely exit a house fire.
Safety Begins at Home with Ben & Ali will be offered three times a year at the Shriners Hospital for Children® in Sacramento, located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard. All programs are scheduled from 9:30 – 11 a.m. Dates for the 2011 programs are Feb. 11, May 19 and Oct. 20. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the public & community relations office at (916) 453-2018.  
For more information about Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Northern California, please call (916) 453-2000 or visit  www.shrinershospitals.org.

SAG Life Achievement Recipient Ernest Borgnine Answers Fans Questions | Screen Actors Guild

SAG Life Achievement Recipient Ernest Borgnine Answers Fans Questions | Screen Actors Guild

Ernest Borgnine has a story to tell - LA Daily News

Ernest Borgnine has a story to tell - LA Daily News

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

El Zaribah Shrine Golf Classic

ABC 4 viewers help boy get wheelchair

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) Reported by: Noah Bond- ABC 4 viewers took action to put Noah Harper, 5, in his new wheelchair after watching our newscast. 

We reported his cerebral palsy and need for a specialized wheelchair, but his parents couldn't afford the $2,000 insurance deductible.

Ever penny of the $2,000 came from ABC 4 viewers. 

One viewer donated $1,000.  Two other viewers donated $500 each.  Noah Harper's parents are overwhelmed by the generosity. 

"I just want to say thank you so much and if it wasn't for people like you there's no way that a family like us could have come up with the money," said Noah's Mother Crystal Harper.

An ABC 4 crew followed Noah into the Shriners Hospital and watched his face light as he tried to move in his wheelchair for the very first time. 

Workers lifted his small body into the big chair and he immediately asked his father and little sister to get in wheelchairs so they could all roll around together.

Noah has come a long way in only four days.  His parents first learned about the $2,000 deductible Friday. 

"I just remember panicking and remembering we're not going to be able to get this chair on time," said Crystal.

Noah's family contacted ABC 4 with the help of a friend.  The station took action Saturday by telling Noah's story and with in 24 hours viewers donated enough money to get the young man his new wheelchair.

"I went online and saw it and was waving my hands as fast as I could and waving my hands look honey it came through we got the money.  We don't have to cancel the appointment we can go get the chair on Monday...it's hard to see your child grow up disabled, special needs, but I think when you see the community coming together it makes it more exciting for me to see Noah growing up in a place like this," said Crystal.

"He's obviously special to me, but to see that he's special to other people is comforting," said Noah's Father Jeff Harper.

ABC 4 viewers raised a total of $ 2,900 for Noah.  The additional money will be used for his future medical expenses.

"I just want to say thank you so much and if it wasn't for people like you there's no way that a family like us could have come up with the money," said Noah's Mother, Crystal Harper.  for video follow this link-

Friday, January 21, 2011

Volunteer for Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open

Congratulations to Gary Preston of Mesa, Arizona who was the winner in our raffle for our returning volunteers who registered by December 31, 2010 for the upcoming Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to be held on September 26 through October 2, 2011.  Gary will return for his 5th year as a volunteer for the Laser Committee.  His LA Quinta Resort and Club Getaway included a "One Night Stay in a Resort Casita at La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA West with Unlimited Golf on the Five Resort Golf Courses at La Quinta Resort or PGA West & Breakfast per day per person and Two Complimentary Drink Vouchers."
Don't Forget, all volunteers who register and pay by March 31st will be entered in the next raffle to receive a Callaway VIP Driver Fitting*.  To register, simply visit www.jtshrinersopen.com and click on any of the Volunteer links.  Please note that you are required to work a minimum of three (3) shifts.  As all committees and their shifts vary, please take this into consideration during the registration process and contact the committee chairperson if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you very much for your support.  We look forward to seeing you in September.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Need a new Harley

Sabbar Shrine Motorcycle Unit is raffling off a Harley at the 21st annual Poker Run on April 3rd 2011.
Grand Prize   2011 H-D Dyna Super Glide Motorcycle
Alternate Prize $10,000   (Taxes & License not included)

Need not to be present to win   Tickets - $10ea, 3 for $20, 7 for $40  and 10 for $50

Everythings Changes

 By Brady Brown: for full story fallow the link to the Ottawa citizen at the bottom of this story.

Everything changes and usually for the better, but one change that worries me is the falling membership in service clubs. If society loses the great contributions made by these voluntary organizations, will it be able to absorb the damage?

That’s why on Jan. 9 we were watching men in Arab robes, clown suits and familiar red fezes gather for ceremonies kicking off another year of operation for Tunis Shiners. We’re at the Ottawa Masonic Centre, and for those who’ve never been in the place, it’s a surprise.

To the uninitiated, of which this reporter is one, it at first seems spooky, but then it becomes clear. This is a boys club for men who still want to have fun.
Peter , a researcher at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, is being formally installed as Tunis’s “potentate.”

The Middle East flavour of everything stems from the organization’s name at its 1870 founding in New York City — The Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.

They were Freemasons who decided, maybe just for the hell of it, to establish a club that would encourage a little nonsense, as long as it was fun. It would be fraternal and philanthropic, like the organization it sprang from.
The fun spread and today there are 350,000 members in North America, raising $735 million annually to run 22 children’s hospitals in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

In Ottawa, there are 735 members contributing to a national budget of $15 million.
The service begins with a farewell to 18 “nobles” who died last year. In Shriner talk, they don’t die, but are “visited by the black camel” that helps them pass through “the invisible forest.”

Like everything else, Shriners have changed.
They used to be a rowdy bunch. In full party mode they were known to ride motorcycles into hotel lobbies and party hearty.  Now the emphasis is on its main philanthropic thrust  aimed at children.
Like all service clubs, the main aim is giving back — supporting the community that supports them.
To be a Shriner, one has to first be a Mason. The Shriners are starting a major membership drive, and don’t appear to be worried about topping up their ranks.

Things are different for other major service clubs, and there’s talk of merger. At this point nobody seems to want to go on record. Kiwanis Club of Ottawa, founded in 1917, has always been one of the biggest and busiest. In 1995, it had 248 members. Last year, it was down to 161. There are exceptions. Manotick Kiwanis last year saw a leap in membership to 50 from 16.

Ottawa Rotary at its peak had about 150 members, and is now down to less than 70. But it wouldn’t be fair to rely on a head count, says president Brian Barr. As the city grew, the Ottawa club established other clubs in suburban communities. Like executive level members in other clubs, he agrees there’s pressure from shrinkage. He also sees irony. “It’s happening at a time when the need (for volunteerism) was never greater.”
Is it a sign of a citizenry becoming more self-centered and falling away from the idea of giving back?
 “Society is changing and there are new pressures and responsibilities.” But there are still many willing to keep payback on their list of things-that-must-be-done.

This is not intended to be an-depth look at the future of service clubs.  Some are doing better than others, but most are being squeezed in the membership department.

When I started writing a newspaper column in the capital in 1966, I tried to make sure service clubs got more attention than they had before. That they worked hard and performed wondrous service for their communities became taken as a given, so it wasn’t news anymore. Members can’t be blamed for feeling they’ve been working in the dark.

In another bit of irony, they’ll make headlines if we lose them.

Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Brown+Changing+society/4117903/story.html#ixzz1BJpAyLxt

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Lullalee Serves Shriners Hospital Part 2

Please check out this story to see what a non-Shriner is do to help kids, because she loves kids and what Shriners are doing to help kids

Lullalee Serves Shriners Hospital Part 2 | astrologywidgets

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Ragan Wins Shriner’s Bowl

David Ragan in Victory Lane at Lanier National Speedway (Courtesy of Speed 51)
By: Daniel Vining, dan@thespeedzine.com
BRASELTON, GA - David Ragan has won the 4th Annual Ice Cold Shriners Bowl at Lanier Nat’l Speedway in Braselton, GA. Starting dead last after a mechanical problem prevented him from qualifying, Ragan moved through the Pro Late Model field quickly to battle Bubba Pollard and Greg Simpson for the the win. Pollard, last year’s Shriner’s Bowl winner, finished second, followed by Greag Simpson in third. Proceeds for this race, including race winner David Ragan’s winnings, will be donated to the Shriner’s for their work with various children’s hospitals. Log onto www.Speed51.com for more, including a complete replay of the day’s Trackside Now coverage.

Al Bahr Shrine

Toy Expo
The Crossroads Doll and Teddy Bear show and sale begins at 10 a.m. Jan. 15 and 16 at the Al Bahr Shriner’s Center, 5440 Kearny Mesa Road. The event brings contests, demonstrations, miniatures, toy identification, and an international group of artists sharing what they do for enthusiasts of all ages. Admission $10 for two days; $7-$4 for one day. (775) 348-7713. www.dolls4all.com

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Worthy Brother

Reprinted with permision from worthybrother.blogspot.com/
What do we want for freemasonry? Maybe a successful year for our lodges. Maybe do the same thing as last year. Sounds like a safe bet.

We still raise men that become non existent. 

What makes them non existent? I'll tell you. They were attracted to the story or the history of this fraternity and when they arrived at lodge they met you. The one guy who emulated freemasonry, but is surrounded by other guys who are drones. You quickly became burnt out and took a step back from being "that" brother.

One brother cannot be the mentor to all new brothers. One brother cannot perform all the lectures.

We have men treating this fraternity like it has nothing more to offer than a meeting here and there and then squeezing the life out of the newest members. Is that good enough for you? Are our avenues in freemasonry serving our brothers properly? Are we eager to grow? Or are we keeping freemasonry for ourselves?

Do we need to learn more about freemasonry and for what reason? Are we done with letting conspiracy theorists, anti-masons and the profane define who we are? I think fighting back is a great thing. Sign up for any masonic reading courses you can get involved with. Participate in the Masonic Development Course your district offers. READ your ritual book and pick up a few parts and then tell your close brother to also learn it. Let's share the light by sharing the responsibility.

A lot of men who join this fraternity are already pretty awesome. Does freemasonry make them better or does it merely take the credit for an already better man?

Is freemasonry still making great men? Are you one of them?

We need to strengthen the future of this fraternity by enabling our brothers in a strong positive light. But I have to say I'm kind of turned off because I see our ego resting on the shoulders of past great masons. Every lodge I walk into has a picture of a great mason that was alive 200 years ago. Well, those masons aren't here anymore and one day we will be gone too.

What are we leaving for future masons to be inspired by?

We can't depend on an initiation process of 3 quick very confusing degrees to be the end all to a brother's education. This is the springboard into something that could bring about another George Washington, Prince Hall or Mozart. 

FREEMASONRY is an avenue to become a noble man. It's offerings are in addition to anything that would encourage or strengthen you. It's not meant to replace your religion or faith. Freemasonry is not gonna make you a heart surgeon. It's not about becoming a politician or a teacher, but inside all of that there are standards and disciplines that can help you become whatever you want. 

Upon handing in your petition and during your interview you were most likely asked "why do you want to become a freemason?" you stumbled through a quick few lines to impress the interviewer.

Well, now you have a new name, you've been given working tools, and you've been raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason. Let me ask you now, why have you become a freemason?

To all traveling men, welcome. This blog exists to document what's happening in today's Freemasonry (F&AM). Please contact me at joeevans9(@)gmail.com and on www.facebook.com/worthybrother and share your thoughts.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Starting off 2011

I hope each of you saw the Shriners Hospital for Children/ Shriners International Rose Parade float!
Thanks & Congrats to all of you that were working the Hospitals, nurseing homes, Parades and Kid's events over the last few week of the Holiday season.
You helped bring smiles to everyone and let the world that Shriners Care.
Please use the comments to let us know what you did over the Holidays!