140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cars for Kids

 Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California. The 18th annual Capitol Concours d'Elegance will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 10 on the Capitol Greens of theCapitol Mall. Highlights will be cars of Hollywood, cars of 1962 and streamliner cars. A new aspect will be watching artists transfer the show cars onto canvas. Food trucks will offer a variety of treats. A cocktail reception is planned for June 9 at Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California.Visit www.sactime.com/ CapitolConcours2012.htm. http://www.sactime.com/ConcoursSCCA.html

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/30/4523535/gloria-glyer-upcoming-events.html#storylink=cpy

Giant Hot Dog to Benefit Shriners Hospital for Children

Guinness World Records will certify record at Thursday afternoon affair.
Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) May 30, 2012
The official Guinness world record for selling the most expensive hot dog in the world is about to be broken.
Tomorrow, May 31st at 1:30pm, Mike Brown, the owner of Capitol Dawg in Sacramento, will break the Guinness official world record at his restaurant, located at 1226 20th Street by selling the "California Capitol City Dawg" for a reasonable $145.49. Mr. Brown is giving back to the community, as proceeds from each hot dog sold will benefit Shriners Hospital for children Northern California.
A Guinness World Records adjudicator will be at the event to verify the record and issue a GWR certificate. The current Guinness official record for the world's most expensive hot dog is $100.00, held by a Canadian hot dog stand. The event is being supported by Retail Radio, the source for multi-sensory branding opportunities.
The Capitol Dawg new menu item will feature an 18" ¾ lb. premium all beef frank specially made in Chicago; moose cheese from Sweden (considered one of the most expensive and rare in the world); white truffle butter (spread and grilled) on a specially made focaccia roll; whole grain mustard from France; and a New Hampshire all natural bacon that is marinated in maple syrup.
"This truly gourmet hot dog is done right and priced right!" said Brown. "I put a lot of time and thought into the recipe, and with the help of others created what I think is the most original and one of a kind hot dogs in the world. No tricks or foolish toppings here, just superior quality and an extraordinary combination of flavors."
"I invite the community to come out and support this unique opportunity to see a Guinness world record be broken!" stated Mr. Brown. "I am very proud to bring the record back to the USA and to the City of Sacramento. Coming off a great American holiday, and heading into our nations summertime hot dog season, I can't think of a more appropriate time to win this challenge."
To RSVP for the event, and see the record broken in person, contact Mr. Brown for reservations and interviews. He can be reached at 916-521-8888.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Local Masonic temple opening doors to new members

If you've driven downtown Bakersfield before, you've probably seen the huge Masonic Temple on 18th and F Streets. Considered by some a secret society, the local Masons are opening their doors in hopes of drumming up new, younger members. 17's Heather Hope got an inside look of one of the world's oldest and largest fraternities.

Freemasonry is often described as an undercover organization with secret handshakes, code words and beliefs but the aging organization says it's no secret they are undergoing what some would call a facelift.  The downtown architectural gem has been in Bakersfield since 1924. Local organizations can rent out space for a few hours but it is the home of the Masons.

"You'll see pictures, plaques, books, memorabilia.  Different things from ages past here that are important to Bakersfield Masonic history," said Steve Worford, building manager of the Bakersfield Masonic Temple. Worford became a Mason in the seventies. The Masonic Temple is filled with meeting rooms, dining halls and a theater. "Masonry is a part of American life. If you take a look at history, you'll see that many of our forefathers were members of the Masonic fraternity."

Masonry originated centuries ago with a group of stone cutters in Europe to promote good moral character. By 1930, more than 12 percent of men in the U.S. were Masons but for decades those numbers have dwindled.

"I always wanted to be a Mason, always influenced, and intrigued with Masonry as a whole," said Mason candidate Corey Spells.

Today, this men's club is more diverse and filled with younger members but there's always been a mystique about the fraternity.

"Everybody looks it up on the internet. All these conspiracy theorists want to say that we're devil worshipers," said Mason Brandon Reeves. "It's real funny to me because I haven't seen any demons."

There's no trap doors or any spooky secrets. The goal is to continue to grow while debunking the Masonic myths.

"It's not going to nearly be as big as it was in the baby boom era, but it's a good organization with strong moral values," said Jared Clemence, Secretary with the Libertas-Security Lodge.  "We're always going to be here, it's just a question of how visible and how big."

There are close to six million Masons worldwide.  If you'd like to learn more about local Masons here in Bakersfield, you can visit them at 18th and F Streets or at http://libertas-security466.org 

Friday, May 25, 2012

WSU Gardeners Help Shriner Kids

Shriners Hospital hopes new garden will grow stronger spirit in their patients

by Danielle Grant & KREM.COM
Posted on May 24, 2012 at 5:54 AM
SPOKANE-- Volunteers are brightening the lives of kids at the Shriners Hospital in Spokane, and starting Thursday a local construction company will begin sprucing up the place.
The hospital wanted to start this project for quite some time. Now, with some helping hands it will become a reality.
FLSmidth Engineering dedicated dozens of hours to design a raised garden behind the hospital. The wheelchair-accessible garden beds and raised planters are specifically for the benefit of patients and their families.
Many of the patients stay at the Shriners Hospital for months. They will not only have the chance to plant in the garden, but harvest it, as well.
In one week, the Master Gardeners of WSU will start planting. Volunteers say this is a way they can use their talents to give back to the kids.
“Engineers try to make the world better, and we do it by designing and building things. This was an opportunity to use skills I don’t always get to use at work.” Craig Cordill, an FLSmidth Engineer said.
The hospital staff hopes the garden will be a refreshing kind of therapy for the children.
“It’s a way for the staff and families to interact outside of a medical setting. They’re outside of the hospital, and it builds relationships,” Teresa Kafentzix, Shriners Hospital Nutrition Services Director said.
All the supplies have been donated to make this project happen.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Gizeh Shriners Shrine Club

Shriners continuing their support of Delta Hospital



Members of the Tsawwassen Shrine Club present Delta Hospital Foundation executive director Teresa Cooper with a cheque for $9,500.

Members of the Tsawwassen Shrine Club present Delta Hospital Foundation executive director Teresa Cooper with a cheque for $9,500.

Photograph by: Submitted , Delta Optimist

The Delta Hospital Foundation was excited to receive a recent donation of $9,500 from the Tsawwassen Shrine Club.
In 2005, the organization pledged to donate $75,000, all of which was dedicated to the construction of the pediatric care and observation room in the emergency department.
Since its construction in 2006, the room has acted as a special place for kids.
It displays unique artwork and colourful murals with the purpose of brightening the spirits and easing the stress of for child patients.
Tsawwassen Shrine Club member Michael Cruise presented Delta Hospital Foundation executive director Teresa Cooper with the donation.
"The Shriners are happy to donate to the Delta Hospital in its pediatric services" said Cruise. "It's in the Shriners' nature to support children."
Cooper said the foundation is grateful for the continuous support it has received from the Tsawwassen Shrine Club.
"We truly appreciate their commitment to the hospital, our community and its children," Cooper said.
Since 2005, the Tsawwassen Shrine Club has been a great supporter of Delta Hospital and its pediatric practices, donating nearly $69,000 to date.

Read more: http://www.delta-optimist.com/health/Shriners+continuing+their+support+Delta+Hospital/6663889/story.html#ixzz1vo8PVPpF

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Shriners in Nanaimo

Empire Days great tribute to our history


Members of Nanaimo's Empire Days Society had a stroke of genius when they decided to incorporate the annual Pacific Northwest Shriners convention into the celebration of Queen Victoria's birth.
More than 500 Shriners from Texas to Alaska and all locales in between brightened a dreary day for the thousands who watched the 145th Empire Days Parade on Sunday in downtown Nanaimo.
Thousands of people lined Commercial Street to see what many have become accustomed to: some interesting floats, too many waving politicians, bands, the May Queen and her Royal Party and Barbara Dezprez doing the royal wave as she depicts Queen Victoria.
The Shriners spiced things up a bit this year.
Their clowns had children and adults roaring with laughter with their antics; they brought camels, middle-eastern dress, kazoo bands, pointy shoes and Arabian headdresses to Nanaimo and people loved it.
The Empire Days Society used Nanaimo having a Shriners organization for 100 years as the theme of this year's celebration. Not only did the numerous Shriners clubs from across the continent add extra colour and interest to Sunday's parade, they extended the length of it much to the delight of those watching.
It was refreshing this year not to have letters to the editor or protestors decrying the origins of Empire Days and criticizing the society because it brought back memories of Great Britain's imperial past and the treatment of British Columbia's First Nations. Undoubtedly, these are part of our history but that's all - history.
As one woman from Winnipeg commented to a Daily News reporter: "It is just so nice to see so many people in downtown Nanaimo.
"I think you've got a lovely downtown and I've been here at other events and there's hardly been anybody in the downtown."
Businesses and St. Paul Anglican's annual hotdog sale were booming downtown on Sunday.
People were lining up for the hot dogs as well as for seats in outdoor patios.
The Empire Days Parade is the unofficial kickoff to the summer and if this year's parade is any indication, Nanaimo residents are in for one heck of a fun time this year.
Festival season has started and it's going to take some effort by both the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Society and the Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society to match the fun of Sunday's parade.

Most Expensive Official Hot Dog

Guinness World Records will verify that Capitol Dawg has created the record breaking hot dog at charity event benefitting Shriners Hospital.
Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) May 22, 2012
Mike Brown, owner of Capitol Dawg in Sacramento, California is set to make history by developing a unique Hot Dog that will be officially certified as the most expensive in the world by Guinness World Records.
Mr. Brown will attempt to break the official record on Thursday, May 31st at 1:30pm at Capitol Dawg, 1226 20th Street in Midtown, Sacramento, California. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Shriners Hospital for Children.
A Guinness World Records adjudicator will be at the event to verify the record and issue a GWR certificate. The current official record of the world's most expensive hot dog is $100.00, held by a Canadian hot dog stand. "I want to bring the record back to the USA, where is belongs!" stated an emphatic Mr. Brown.
The hot dog Mr. Brown is creating features a custom made Chicago all beef frank with unique toppings from around the world, including moose cheese from Sweden that is one of the world's most expensive cheeses. Mr. Brown himself, made the trip to Sweden to purchase it.
Mr. Brown said the price of his 18-inch hot dog will be closer to $150.00, and that he will be donating 1/3 of the purchase price to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Northern California.
Mr. Brown is available for interviews and can be reached at 916-521-8888. Retail Radio is a co-sponsor of the event.
About Capitol Dawg:
Capitol Dawg has been serving quality sausages in midtown Sacramento for over four years. Known by the locals as a cool place for hot dogs, and cold beer. Capitol Dawg is a winner of many Sacramento food and restaurant awards. You will find it a bit wacky, a bit vintage, and a lot of fun. For more details on Capitol Dawg, visit them on-line at www.capitoldawg.com or by calling 916-444-1226.
For the original version on PRWeb visit: www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2012/5/prweb9533266.htm

Thursday, May 17, 2012


The Al Kader Caravaners will be hosting this year's Western Shrine Association of Shrine Campers Rally at 7 Feathers RV Resort in Canyonville from September 10-17.  Activities planned include a poker run in the town of Canyonville, a wine tour, a jet boat excursion up the Rogue River, a Hawaiian IMU (pit roasted)  pig BBQ with all the trimmings by Creative Catering, and a banquet at Heaven on Earth Restaurant with entertainment.  Additionally available are golf, fishing, gaming, daily oasis, a silent auction and visiting with friends at the RV park.  If you wish to find more information, check out the website which has registration and activity information available, along with costs; www.WSASC.com  
JB Dick (Al Kader)  is the President of this group for 2012 and has put together a week as full as you wish to make it, or as quiet as you might like it,  filled with new and old friends, good food and fresh air.  You do not need to belong to an RV group to attend, just fill out a registration form printed from the website and come join us!
Noble Bob Timm, Secretary
Al Kader Caravaner

Cycling for Shriners Hospitals for Children

 May , 2012

Former patient and his wife will cycle the Northern Tier for Shriners Hospitals for Children
Jerry and Shirley Smith at Midian Shriners  Jerry and Shirley Smith visit Midian Shriners in Kansas. The Smiths will be cycling the Northern Tier on a tandem bike to raise funds and awareness for Shriners Hospitals for Children. 
(St. Louis) Jerry Smith, a Shriner from Newton, Kan., and his wife Shirley are about to embark upon a great adventure – a cross country ride on a tandem bicycle to raise money and awareness for their favorite charity, Shriners Hospitals for Children®.
Jerry, 72, and Shirley (ageless) will tackle what cyclists have dubbed the Northern Tier route through the U.S. Starting May 25, they will cycle from Anacortes, Wash., to coast of Maine.
The mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children is incredibly personal to Jerry, because he is a former patient of the pediatric hospital system.
Jerry was born with a severe case of clubfoot and spent much of his early life at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Greenville, South Carolina.
"I have spent all the time I want to looking outside and watching the world go by," recalls Jerry. "I didn't want to do that as I got older. Without Shriners Hospitals for Children, I would not be walking or cycling."
At age 17 Jerry joined the Navy and was stationed at a military installation in Kansas. That is where he met Shirley, who was raised on a Kansas wheat farm.
Jerry and Shirley are now both retired after fulfilling careers. Shirley taught fifth grade for 28 years in Newton, Kan., and Jerry worked as division manager for a major company out of Wichita.
"We truly enjoy our cycling adventures, and have been blessed with good health to accomplish them," said Jerry. "We enjoy seeing this great country the way it should be seen: from a bicycle seat, and have learned that there is life after retirement!"
Between the two of them they have cycled in  two foreign countries and more than 40 states including, Missoula, Mont., to Alaska; San Diego to St. Augustine, Fla.; Mobile, Ala., to Toronto, Canada; the San Juan Islands, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Ireland, Canada, Shenandoah Valley, plus several cross-state rides.
"With these under our belt, so to speak, we want to tackle the Northern Tier this summer," said Jerry. "We would agree with other cyclists who do not feel this is too big a task for 'average' folks to undertake and complete, especially for such a good cause!"
Jerry is a member of Midian Shriners in Wichita and is supporter not only of the hospital in Greenville, where he was treated, but also of the St. Louis hospital, which is closest to his home.
The Smith's trip will take the couple through at least two cities with a Shriners Hospitals for Children: Minneapolis and Erie, Pa.
Follow Jerry & Shirley through their training and on the journey on their journal website and on Facebook.
To help the Smiths on their quest to raise funds for the hospital, find their personal fundraising page at:

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Soccer & Masons

Red Bluff Masons donate

Special to the Daily News

Pictured from left are coaches Mike Darlington and Andy Corry, team player representative Mikenna Corry and Vesper Masonic Lodge No. 84 representative Gary Kruzner.

The Red Bluff Masonic Lodge has made a generous donation to assist in sending the local youth soccer team to the United World Games in Klagenfurt, Austria in June 2012.

This donation is the continuous objective of the Masonic Lodge to support kids within the immediate and surrounding counties.

This donation was granted to assist sending 16 soccer players who will travel to compete in a four-day tournament.

Over 5,000 players from 30 countries are expected to participate in this year's international tournament.

Courtesy photo 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Prelude d' Elegance June 9th

Setting pace for driver volunteers at hospital

Published: Monday, May. 14, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3B
Last Modified: Monday, May. 14, 2012 - 7:54 am
Harry Scott has been volunteering for Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California for 20 years. Scott, 84, who retired from the state in 1988, has logged 12,000 hours managing the volunteer drivers who transport patients and families.
Under his watch, volunteers have driven 1.5 million miles and last year transported more than 2,600 patients.
"It's a pleasure to be here," Scott said. "I see the kids come in through the front doors in bad shape but I see them exit with smiles on their faces."
Scott recruits applicants, sets 117 driver's schedules, coordinates with insurance companies, fills in for drivers and brings in a box of doughnuts every morning.
"I just enjoy doing it," he said, "and my wife prefers that I am here instead of staying at home."

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/14/4487311/setting-pace-for-driver-volunteers.html#storylink=cpy

Harry Scott has been volunteering for Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California for 20 years. Scott, 84, who retired from the state in 1988, has logged 12,000 hours managing the volunteer drivers who transport patients and families.
 Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/14/4487311/setting-pace-for-driver-volunteers.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/14/4487311/setting-pace-for-driver-volunteers.html#storylink=cpy

Willows Screening Clinic May 19

Shriners to host free screening clinic for hospital care

By Staff Reports

WILLOWS — A no-cost screening clinic will be held Saturday May 19 to identify children in the area who can benefit from care at the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
The clinic will take place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Glenn Medical Center, 1133 W. Sycamore St., put on by Western Sacramento Valley Shrine Club, Ben Ali Shrine Center.
The clinic is seeking children under the age of 18 who may benefit from the expert orthopedic and burn care offered Shriners Hospitals. The hospitals treat problems such as scoliosis, neuromuscular disorders, hand and back problems, leg length discrepancies, rickets, congenital hip problems, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, orthopedic problems associated with cerebral palsy and burns. Also treated are plastic surgical repairs of any type of scars, birthmarks and cleft palate.
All care at Shriners Hospitals is provided free. The flagship Shriners Hospital for Children, Northern California, is in Sacramento — the Ben Ali Shrine jurisdiction. For information, call Gary Hansen at 934-4734.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Zelzah PR & Community “Children’s Medical Advocacy Coalition”

My Brothers

Last night Wed. 2nd of May 2012,
we attended the 4th Quarterly   meeting of the “Children’s Medical Advocacy Coalition”.
This is a newly formed group of local pediatric hospital doctors and other 501c3 ( tax exempt )organizations, much like the Shriners, are dedicated to donating free  medical and mental health ,welfare and care for  children from birth to 18 years. .

Last nights meetings speakers were Assembly woman April Mastroluca and State Senator
Valera Wiener, both of these ladies are very involved in Children’s health and welfare issues legislation, their information was very informative  and useful to the group!
We had a good meeting and we each utilized the opportunity to net work with each other!

We feel that the roster of these organizations and their free care specialties will be a great local reference tool for us to refer children that our Shrine Hospitals Systems can not accept!

In one of the prior meetings I had a particular problem with a 2 year old boy with brain cancer that the Shrine hospital could not help, and as usual I was feeling helpless.
At this meeting I found an organization that dealt directly with children with cancer.
We were able to help this child by referring him to them!

At last nights meeting, we met with a representative of a group of college students that want to learn from our Shrine clown unit, how to become clowns and help out at community affairs.
 We promptly referred them to our Shrine clown unit head (what a great opportunity
to get involved with college students that may potentially become future Demolays ,Masons and Shriners!)

We also met with a group from the dental care community who wishes to get involved with free dental care for our  Shrine clinics community children’s health out reach program.
All this is worth our involvement in our Las Vegas medical aid community.

If any of you wish to become a part of these out reach programs, please let me know,
 I could always use the help.

Together we can get involved in beneficial Local community activities’ that positively reflect on us as Shriners and Masons.
 These positive activities also help in attracting new members!
Thanks to our Potentate and Divan for allowing us to participate!
Joe Alvarado,Chairman Out reach /Mini clinic And Public Reactions Zelzah Shrine Center