140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Shriners 140th Anniversary

Dear Noble,

The 140th Anniversary of Shriners International is quickly approaching in 2012, and we are making preparations to showcase the rich history of our cherished fraternity. We need your help, not only to make this upcoming anniversary celebration a success, but also to preserve the history of our organization.

Shriners International is in search of historic Shriner photographs to help promote our anniversary year. We encourage you to explore your temple’s archives, storage room or even the attic of your home to see what treasures you might discover. Our greatest need is for photos from 1872 – 1962.

We prefer that you send your photographs electronically to aflenghi@shrinenet.org. If you have a large number of photos, please be sure to email them in a compressed folder. If you choose to physically mail your photos, send them to Shriners International Headquarters, Attention: Amanda Flenghi, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607. Please note that we will not be able to return physical photos to you. By emailing or sending us photographs, you acknowledge that you or your temple are the owner and that you consent to the reproduction or use of the images by Shriners International Headquarters.

We thank you in advance for sharing your historic photographs with us. We appreciate your interest in preserving memories and helping us tell the story of Shriners International.

Yours in faith,

JACK H. JONES,Imperial Recorder,Executive Vice President Shriners International

Friday, August 26, 2011

Oct.15 Nurses continuing education credit. at SHC-No.California

Dear Nurse and Friend:

Good News! Please review the information below advertising the next School Nurse educational event to be held at Shriners Hospital for Children, Northern California on Saturday, October 15, 2011.

Whether you have been to one of these events in the past or have not quite been able to fit it into your schedule, please note that the event this year will be held on a Saturday.

We’d love to see you at our Hospital on October 15, ready to see the wonderful work of which we are a part of and to pick up some of the state of the art information and training available to assist you in your work with children.

Please contact me directly if you have any questions or call Mason Meyers, Manager of Professional Development, Shriners Hospital for Children, Northern California at (916) 453 2000.

Lynton Daniel Ben Ali Screening Clinics Committee Sacramento, CA

Conference for School Nurses Empowering Nurses to Empower Children
A continuing education program for nurses.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 04148, for 4.5 contact hours.
Saturday, October 15, 2011 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
First-Floor Auditorium Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Northern California
2425 Stockton Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95817
Presentations on:
Nutrition & Childhood Obesity, Plastic Surgery for Children, Scoliosis
Backpacks & Body Mechanics, Access to Care

Plus a former patient’s story of how the School Re-entry Program made all the difference.
The $25 registration fee includes refreshments, all conference materials and continuing education credit.
For further information: Call: 916-453-2041 Email: http//:www. ncal.education@shrinenet.org

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California is extremely grateful for the monetary support provided by Lady Cathy Rizo’s Project Fund, established to advance care by supporting continuing education opportunties for school nurses.

Save the Date Saturday, October 15, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

El Zaribah Motorcycle Ride & Diamondback Game

The El Zaribah Shriner Motorcycle unit along with Evil Twin Custom Motorcycle shop is putting on a day at the ball park on Sept 24th at Chase Field. Riders can meet at Evil Twin Shop located at 2534 W Broadway Road Mesa, Arizona 85202

Net Proceeds will benefit the El Zaribah Motorcycle Unit.

Rider can meet the day of the game at Evil Twin @ 1pm for music, food and raffle, then ride to the game at 4pm. 4th Street will be closed for motorcycle parking only. For tickets or FMI call Robert at Evil Twin or JC Reece, phone number listed on the attached flyer.

The Diamondback are playing the Giants, who are about 2 game behind the D-back. This should be a great game and a great event.

“To Support The Shriners and All We Do”
JC Reece, Ret. US Coast Guard, El Zaribah Motorcycle unit

Friday, August 19, 2011

2011 Shriners “The Night of the Child”

The Night of the Child continues to move along with an exciting night planned for November 12th.

Destry Jetton, Channel 12, Arizona Midday will be back as our Emcee for the evening. She started her broadcasting career interning in the Channel 12 newsroom and made career stops in St. Joseph, Missouri, Waco, Texas and most recently in Tucson, Arizona. She’s done everything from being her own camera person and editor, to anchoring morning and evening newscasts, with some of her best reporting on children’s issues.
 Our special guest speaker will be Jerry Moyes, CEO and founder of Swift Transportation Company.  Founded in 1966, Swift Transportation is the nation’s largest truckload carrier and provides Best-in-Class transportation services to its customers, many of whom are the nation’s largest retailers.  Swift Transportation’s 16,000 award-winning professional truck drivers safely travel millions of miles each week delivering freight.  Along with Swift, Jerry and his family are actively engaged in organizations that include the West Valley Child Crisis Center, the Special Olympics, the Boys & Girls Clubs, and UMOM, as well as a private scholarship program.
In addition, Congressman Trent Franks will be back to welcome us in that evening.  Congressman Franks has been generous enough to write a letter on our behalf that is going to the top 100 CEO’s in Arizona. His letter is a wonderful letter and we can’t thank him enough for what he is doing to help the Night of the Child(see letter below).
Our night promises to be a busy and exciting night with dinner, raffles, and blitz’s, silent and live auction and a great video show on what we do to help the Shriner’s kids.  At this time, we are working on some other surprises to help make your night a wonderful evening to remember.
We are sold out on the $300.00 and Individual tables but do have tables at the $600.00 and $2500 level available. If interested in being on a waiting list for the $300 table, please email Mick Degn at mdegn40669@aol.com or 602-312-4554. All tables are seating for eight (8) with the exception of the $2500 tables which are for ten (10).
We’re a little over two (2) months away from the Benefit and we need help on donation items for the Benefit. We’re looking for trips, TV’s, Jewelry,etc.  Listed below is a wish list of items that we need. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Car wash to benefit young hip-replacement patient

A motorcycle and car wash on Saturday will benefit a young girl who needs hip-replacement surgery.
The fundraiser will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the Heights Albertsons, 670 Main Street. There is no charge for the car wash, but donations of all sizes will be gladly accepted said Sean Evans, who is helping to organize the event.
Cookies and bottled water will be for sale. And a 50/50 tire toss will net the winner half of the proceeds from the contest.
The event is to help defray travel and food costs for  2-1/2-year-old Chloe Johnson of Billings, who will undergo hip-replacement surgery at the Shriners Children's Hospital in Spokane, Wash., at the end of August. The Shriners organization is covering the medical costs, Evans said, but money is needed to help Chloe and her family with related expenses.
The fundraiser is being put on by the Menace Motorcycle Club. Evans said club members decided to forgo their trip to the Sturgis to do the car wash. The goal is to raise $2,500, he said.
For more information, call Evans at 598-8573.

Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/article_a46815c9-31b5-5971-8ac9-2293313b0a52.html#ixzz1Upru8O7H

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Burns- You should pass this on


A young man sprinkling his lawn and bushes with pesticides wanted to check the contents of the barrel to see how much pesticide remained in it.  He raised the cover and lit his lighter; the vapors inflamed and engulfed him.  He jumped from his truck, screaming.  His neighbor came out of her house with a dozen eggs, yelling: "bring me some eggs!"  She broke them, separating the whites from the yolks.  The neighbor woman helped her to apply the whites on the young man's face.  When the ambulance arrived and when the EMTs saw the young man, they asked who had done this.  Everyone pointed to the lady in charge.  They congratulated her and said: "You have saved his face."  By the end of the summer, the young man brought the lady a bouquet of roses to thank her.  His face was like a baby's skin.

Healing Miracle for burns: 
Keep in mind this treatment of burns which is included in teaching beginner fireman this method.  First aid consists to spraying cold water on the affected area until the heat is reduced and stops burning the layers of skin.  Then, spread egg whites on the affected area.
One woman burned a large part of her hand with boiling water.  In spite of the pain, she ran cold faucet water on her hand, separated 2 egg white from the yolks, beat them slightly and dipped her hand in the solution.  The whites then dried and formed a protective layer. 

She later learned that the egg white is a natural collagen and continued during at least one hour to apply layer upon layer of beaten egg white.  By afternoon she no longer felt any pain and the next day there was hardly a trace of the burn.  10 days later, no trace was left at all and her skin had regained its normal color.  The burned area was totally regenerated thanks to the collagen in the egg whites, a placenta full of vitamins.
This information could be helpful to everyone: Please pass it on.

Douglas Holbert

Monday, August 8, 2011

Mom hopes somebody found her son's medical device

Mom hopes somebody found her son's medical device »Play Video
PORTLAND, Ore. - Rhonda Kirtland is hoping somebody with a keen eye spotted a valuable and important electronic medical device she recently lost. The machine helps her son, who has a genetic disorder.

Kirtland said she didn’t get far from Shriners Hospital in Southwest Portland on Friday when she realized she had left the device on the roof of her car. It had already fallen off by the time she noticed and was able to check for it.

The device allows her son to communicate with others. He has a disorder called Angelman Syndrome, which prevents him from speaking.

“The device is an augmented communication device and it’s used by my son to communicate and express his needs to us,” she told KATU.

The family’s insurance would not cover the $7,000 device when they first purchased it.

Kirtland figures the machine fell off her car somewhere between the hospital and the top of the hill on Terwilliger. It was in a carrying case.

If you found it, please call Oregon Health and Science University or Shriners Hospital.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

El Zaribah Masonic Degree Team

D. Brook Cunningham, Most Worshipful Grand Master of Arizona Masons, has granted permission to El Zaribah Shriners to form a Masonic Degree Team. 
At this time there is a large backlog of Candidates awaiting the opportunity to take their degrees into Masonry and as you can imagine, the formation of this degree team(s) would be a great help to the Lodges in performing the degrees and of course, be quite beneficial to El Zaribah as well.   
At this time I am putting out the call for volunteers to form this El Zaribah Degree Team or Teams and ask that you reply to me at your earliest convenience. Tom Calvin tcalvin@fenixconnection.com

Friday, August 5, 2011

Aging group's legacy of caring for kids not forgotten

Shriners head to town for possible last hurrah

Rylan Bilaski (left), 7, and Matthew Reimer, 13, with Khartum Shriners Hospital chairman Craig Houston.
KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Rylan Bilaski (left), 7, and Matthew Reimer, 13, with Khartum Shriners Hospital chairman Craig Houston.
Matthew Reimer on his 'cool'  customized bike.
SUBMITTED PHOTO Matthew Reimer on his 'cool' customized bike.
‘They’re a great group and someone should show some appreciation...  I was diagnosed when I was five and cured when I was 10’ — Gary Bachman, Winnipeg real estate agent and former Shriners Hospitals for Children patient .
‘They’re a great group and someone should show some appreciation... I was diagnosed when I was five and cured when I was 10’ — Gary Bachman, Winnipeg real estate agent and former Shriners Hospitals for Children patient .
More than 800 Shriners are in town this week for a convention that happens here once every 14 years. With an aging membership and service clubs shrinking everywhere, it may be the Khartum Shriners' last big hurrah in Winnipeg.
Long after they're gone, the kids Shriners and their hospitals help will be around -- a living legacy outlasting the clowns, parades and funny little cars.
"They're a great group and someone should show some appreciation," said Winnipeg real estate agent Gary Bachman, a former Shriners Hospitals for Children patient.
When Bachman was five, he had a rare disease that slowly disintegrates the hip bone. "Those were the days before medicare," he said. "My parents had exhausted every other alternative."
Thanks to the Shriners, today Bachman's walking just fine.
"I was diagnosed when I was five and cured when I was 10," he said.
Bachman's never spoken publicly about his time at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Winnipeg. He wanted to share his story and give thanks to the organization as it meets in Winnipeg this week.
His longest stint at the Shriners hospital was in the early 1950s. Bachman has vivid and fond memories of the place and the people.
"In Grade 4, I was in for about six months," he said. "It was a kid's version of MASH," recalled Bachman, 66. "You had guys coming down from the operating room covered in Mercurochrome."
He was treated and fitted with experimental braces on-site by a man named Archie.
"It was all experimental -- there was nothing done then -- that was 61 years ago," said Bachman. Archie's experiments were a success that helped prevent Bachman's hip from disintegrating.
"I had to wear a brace and crutches to stay off it so I wouldn't crush it." His family helped, too, including older brother, music legend Randy.
"He was six or seven. He pulled me to school in a wagon or in the winter in a sleigh," he said. Their school in West Kildonan was only 21/2 blocks from home but it was a difficult trek for a kid with a troubled hip.
"It was hard to walk on crutches and braces," he said. The devices and care helped, though.
"When I was 10 I was healed," said Bachman. Still, one leg was shorter and smaller. After getting rid of the brace and crutches he'd worn for five years, he would've been happy to just wear a shoe with a raised heel, but his mom insisted he try to even them out.
"I had therapy every day. My mother would get out the yardstick" as an incentive, he said.
Kids and patients were treated differently back then, said Bachman, who has five grandchildren. Hospitals were stricter about visitors and the spread of disease when he was first admitted as a child.
"I was quarantined for two weeks in a cubicle," he said. Families could only come inside and visit on Sundays. On other days, they improvised.
"They visited me outside my window," said Bachman. Somewhere there's a picture of Randy talking to him through the window of the hospital that's now the Children's Rehabilitation Centre on Wellington Crescent.
"They're all good memories. It wasn't a bad place but it was lonely," he said. "Still, you appreciated everything," especially when there was no universal health care in Canada. "All the doctors were volunteers."
Today, Shriners hospitals still help kids with specialized care in orthopedics, for burns and rehabilitation.
When Rylan Bileski, 7, was born with cerebral palsy, his parents were told he might never walk. A friend told them about the Shriners and Ryan was soon on his way to their hospital in Minneapolis, receiving specialized surgery and equipment as he grows. Today, he climbs on the playground equipment with other kids and is entering Grade 2.
"It gave us hope," said his mom, Lorraine Bileski.
Matthew Reimer was born missing bones. "They weren't expecting him to live," said his mom, Grace. They, too, were directed to the Shriners. Soon, they were at the Shriners hospital in Montreal, with a plan for Matthew to receive surgeries and prosthetics as he grew.
Today, he's turning 13, riding a customized bike the War Amps and the Shriners paid for, and planning to be a sports reporter.
"It's cool," he said.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Big Country Shrine Club big on children

By Heather Nelson - 100 Mile House Free Press

The Big Country Shrine Club #50 (BCSC) is a driving force behind getting sick children to hospitals.
Throughout British Columbia, the Shriners have five buses that help transport sick children to hospitals in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver.
"We've been fundraising for our annual fundraiser Shrine Kids Dream Draw," says BCSC president Ray Matwick.
"We raise funds to offset the transportation and accommodation costs of driving sick children and their families to our hospitals." He adds the BCSC are helping two local children with travel and accommodation costs.
The BCSC was inaugurated in September 1994, says Matwick, and belong to the Gizeh Temple. B.C. is separated into districts that are called temples.
Nationally, the Shriners own 22 hospitals for children focusing on orthopedic conditions and burn-related injuries, although they also look after other disease care.
Last year, Matwick says, the Shriners spent roughly $548 million to maintain the hospitals.
"We're constantly asked where the money comes from to do the work that we do. We've received donations from Roy Rogers, Red Skelton, Dave Thomas, all sorts of people. The money is put into trust funds and we use the interest from it."
There are 12 to 14 BCSC members in the area, says Matwick, with 27 members on the books.
For more information on Shriners, call Matwick at 250-395-3107, Glen Clancy at 250-396-7185, or Google Masons of BC.

40th Birthday of Mario Ortiz

Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California. The 40th anniversary of Mario Ortiz at the Firehouse restaurant will be marked with a wine auction beginning at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 at the restaurant, Old Sacramento, 1112 Second St. Register at www.FirehouseWineAuction.com. Additionally, the Firehouse will donate 15 percent of revenue generated there Aug. 7-12 to Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California.

Tiny Car, big heart

Tiny Car, big heart

Shriners coming to Butte

Shriners coming to Butte

Monday, August 1, 2011

Racquet Ruckus Foundation for Shriners Hospital for Children

Friends at Shriners:

Some of you know that each year I put together a silent auction and racquetball tournament to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children - St.Louis.

In order to make our goal of $24,000 this year, we will need to have a big silent eAuction turn out.  We have already pledged $15,000 to fund next year's Hand Camp for kids with upper extremity differences
(children born without hand or arms, or who have problems with their hands and arms).  We have also pledged donations for a number of other activities and needs at Shriners Hospitals for Children.

I wanted to make sure that you have an early opportunity to see and bid on any silent eAuction items you have interest in.  The silent auction officially starts on August 1 and runs through Aug 20th but it is open for your bids now.  People may bid by email, snail mail, phone or in person.

The silent eAuction has over 108 items which, along with the rules and instructions to bid, can be viewed on our website on the 2011 Silent Auction Items tab, at

www.RacquetRuckus.org <http://www.RacquetRuckus.org/

Also, if you would do me another huge favor, you might forward this email on to friends of yours who may have an interest.  I would really appreciate it.

In addition to the silent eAuction, we are also actively requesting help with sponsorships and donations, so if you know someone who would like to be a sponsor, we would love to have any donation.  Its also not too late if you know of someone who has a silent auction item they would like to donate.  Just let me know.

Thank you again for your support.  Bob Berry, Chair, Racquet Ruckus Foundation