Friday, August 31, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The CornFest is just right around the corner. This Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm both days. The weather is going to be perfect to have some great corn on the cob and check out all the arts and crafts that will be displayed.
Also the Boys of the AZ DeMolay, our Masonic Boys Youth Group will be there to clean tables and they will also have a Dunk Tank set up for a fundraiser. Balls for youth under 18 years of age are 1 for $1 or 3 for $2. For over 18 years of age it will be 1 for $2 or 3 for $5.
Come out and have some fun, help our DeMolays raise money and who knows there may even be a Potentate or two in the tank as well as maybe a clown.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Shriners Open Organizers Discuss Future on Media DayUpdated: Aug 16, 2012 10:07 AM PDT
By Scott Bemis, Sports Anchor - email
LAS VEGAS - The Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open held a media day Wednesday. Despite a slight stigma associated with the golf tournament, its long-term future looks bright.
"For some reason, the media and the fans looked at the fall series as it was. Obviously, you can't compete with the playoff, but it wasn't as big as a regular tour event," said defending Shriners champion Kevin Na.
Tournament director Adam Sperling hopes that could change next year. "I think it'll make a big difference," he said.
In 2013, the tournament will go from being part of the little known "fall finish" on the PGA Tour to one of the first events on the tour's newly defined schedule with critical FedEx Cup points at stake. The change could entice more well-known players to come to the valley.
"A couple of my good buddies that might not play this event are thinking about adding it to their schedule," Na said.
Even with the change in schedule starting next year, don't expect Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson to be in this tournament anytime soon. Organizers do, however, expect the field to be a lot stronger from top to bottom.
"From an overall strength of our field, guys 30 through 132, there'll be some more familiar names," Sperling said.
There's even some talk of possibly moving the tourney from its early October slot to a more prestigious spot in the spring. That's ultimately up to the tour, but the Shriners Hospital for Children is willing to make the large financial commitment if that opportunity ever arises.
"I think it would be exciting. I think you'll get a lot of crowd(s). I think you'll get the top-name players," Na said.
The 2012 tournament takes place October 1st through 7th at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
BEAUMONT: Service club offers Masonic Child I.D. Program
From left to right: Bill Conklin, San Gorgonio Pass High-12 Club treasurer; Diane Ailshie and Gaylord Ailshie, club president.
SAN GORGONIO PASS HIGH-12 CLUB
Published: 14 August 2012 06:21 PM
On Thursday, July 18, the San Gorgonio Pass High-12 Club participated in the Concerts-in-the-Park series and Market Night in Beaumont by offering the new Masonic Child I.D. Program to children and parents in the community.
In a three-hour span, approximately 70 children were photographed or fingerprinted for documentation.
Additionally, as part of this program, parents can attach to the printout a piece of their child’s hair and/or nail clipping for DNA purposes.
Parents were encouraged to maintain this documentation for emergency reasons.
It was emphasized that all documentation of the child’s photo and fingerprints are given to the parent or guardian and not maintained by the club.
In addition, the club distributed information and pamphlets on DeMolay, Job’s Daughters and Rainbow Girls youth organizations. The club had request forms for each of the organizations as well as for the Masons.
Last fall, new computer software for the Child I.D. program was purchased from the Rusty Trowel Committee of the Pomona Masonic Lodge.
Since obtaining a new computer and printer, the Pass-area club has documented over 500 children at various functions around the Pass area.
The club also assisted the Fellowship Masonic Lodge with the I.D. program at the Iris Festival in Yucaipa on May 18-20.
The San Gorgonio Pass High-12 Club will be providing the program at future community events in the Banning-Beaumont area.
The club is confident this program is needed by parents and children in the community.
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Lets all get behind them and help as much as we can , who knows tomorrow it may be one of us or our family !
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Until 5:00 PM today, the owner of the NAPA Auto Service on the Northeast corner of Guadalupe and McQueen, Jack Griffith, is giving all Military Veterans a free oil change and tire rotation in celebration of VJ Day. Jack will be doing this until 5:00 PM. Also, free hot dogs and hamburgers while they last. Can’t wait around? No problem. They’ll give you a rain check that does not expire. Must present military ID.
NAPA Auto Care Center
875 N. McQueen Rd
Friday, August 10, 2012
Friday, Aug. 10, 2012
John Spevak: Celebrating nephew's turn as Shriner leader
Spending a weekend with Shriners is enjoyable and inspiring.
That was my experience, after driving 900 miles in a mini-van from Ohio to Minnesota with my older brother and sister.
The final 450 miles went smoothly. My nephew Ed and his wife, Mary, joined us in DeKalb, Ill., dropping the average age of the mini-van travelers. No longer were we an exclusively senior citizen tour group.
As the five of us drove north out of Illinois, we noticed the fields and lawns along the highways became greener, first in Wisconsin and then in Minnesota. Later I learned that Minnesota and Wisconsin had received considerably more rain this summer than had Midwestern states farther south.
In fact, the day before we arrived in Mendota Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, a strong line of showers had passed through and doused the area, followed by a cool front. Our Minnesota weekend weather turned out ideal, highs around 80 with cool breezes.
We came to Mendota Heights to honor the 2012 potentate of the Osman Shrine, a district covering roughly the eastern half of Minnesota.
Shriners call districts "shrines," and each shrine director "potentate." Every shrine's name has a Middle Eastern derivation. The other Minnesota shrines, for example, are Zuhrah and Aad.
This year's potentate of the Osman Shrine is Frank Spevak III, my nephew.
The extended Spevak family traveled to Minnesota not only to celebrate the accomplishments of Frank (we call him Bud) but also to have a mini family reunion. The travelers consisted of Bud's father Frank, brother Ed, sister-in-law Mary, aunt Joan and uncle John.
Ed and Mary came from St Louis, Frank and Joan from Ohio, and I came from California. During the weekend we reunited with Bud's family: his wife, Joan; daughters Kate and Mari and son Frank IV; and aunt Evelyn. Our last time together was in January 2010.
The highlight of the weekend was a Saturday evening gala for Potentate Frank and his wife (Lady Joan), including dinner and dancing in the new Osman Shrine building, which had been completed this year, a new two-story building ideal for receptions.
The extended family also attended an informal gathering of Shriners on Friday night and a ceremony inducting new persons into the Shrine on Saturday morning. During this time, I learned a lot about the Shriners, especially the Osman Shrine and its potentate.
The Osman Shrine, like the other 190 shrines in North America, is very active. Osman Shriners participate in many parades around the state, and they sponsor a circus every year in St. Paul.
For parades, a group of Shriners usually ride on different types of motorized vehicles, from large motorcycles to "Mighty Mites," tiny cars that Shriners don't really sit in but sit on. Wearing their fezzes and driving their cycles and mini-cars in patterns, they are fun to watch.
The annual circus, which is their main fundraiser, requires many hours of work from many members. It includes elephants, tigers, clowns and the rest of a typical circus entourage. Bud was the director of the St. Paul Circus last year.
All of the fun and work serve an overriding purpose: raising money to help support the 22 Shriners children's hospitals in North America, including one in nearby Minneapolis.
In talking with Bud, I discovered that becoming a potentate requires a 10-year commitment of Shriner apprenticeship. Bud served in nine other increasingly responsible positions for nine years.
During 2012, his year as potentate, Bud will put in more than 500 hours of Shriner work. Many other Osman Shriners also volunteer hundreds of hours.
Members thoroughly enjoy all the hours they invest in the Shriners cause -- because they work together as a team and have fun along the way. I experienced the Shriners' spirit in their congeniality and laughter during the weekend.
All five of the visiting Spevaks agreed that their trip to Minnesota was worth it. We were able to tell Bud how much we appreciate him, not only as a Shriner but as a person. We learned a lot, and we had one heck of a good time.
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Are you or have you thought about going through the chairs in you lodge?
But you looked at all the memory work and took a step back.I thought perhaps you'd be interested in this article.
maybe you said I am to old and my mind can't retain enough. Well the mind need to be keep busy it needs to work or it gets lazy. You can do the memory work but it takes work, a lot of work.
Here is an article on the top 10 mental athletes try some of the tip's they use.
If interested, here's the link for your convenience: (http://www.
bachelorsdegreeonline.com/ blog/2012/the-10-most- impressive-mental-athletes- alive-today/#.UCCWUU3iafU).
Friday, August 3, 2012
Shriners help teen with cerebral palsy achieve dreams
Huddleston has lived with spastic cerebral palsy his whole life. As long as he can remember, he’s walked with crutches and worn casts. Doctors told him he probably would never walk on his own, he said.
But with physical therapy, surgery and support, he handed his crutches to his friends, bound and determined to walk without them for such a monumental occasion.
“My friends told me to do my pimp walk and get my diploma,” he said, laughing.
His mother, Barbara Huddleston, cried while watching him from the stands at Rodriguez High School.
“It wasn’t the fact that he got his diploma,” she said. “It was the fact that he was walking.”
The Huddlestons said he would never have made such progress without the help and support of the local Montezuma Shriners and the Sacramento Shriners Hospital for Children.
Isac Huddleston was born prematurely, and at 3 pounds, 6 ounces, fit in the palm of his mother’s hand. As he grew up, Barbara Huddleston noticed he wasn’t developing normally.
“He didn’t sit up. . . . He’d cruise along the wall,” she said. “We really became concerned.”
His mother took him to the doctor to get diagnosed, but initially, they were left with few answers. When she finally received the news he had cerebral palsy, she was devastated.
“It was almost better not knowing,” she said.
Barbara Huddleston and her husband both had jobs and health insurance, but faced looming health care costs and struggled transporting their son to and from Sacramento for surgery.
That’s when Isac Huddleston’s grandfather, James Huddleston, directed them to the local Montezuma Shriners and the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento.
James Huddleston, a Shriner master himself, suggested they seek help through sponsors at the Montezuma Shriners.
Barbara Huddleston never thought that the group would sponsor her son because they had health insurance. To her surprise, they not only sponsored her son with free transportation to and from the hospital, but they significantly helped with the medical costs as well.
Ken Wright, ambassador and past president of the Montezuma Shriners, said that their organization is made up of dedicated volunteers. The Shriners, he said, don’t turn any child away, whether they have health insurance or not.
“Shriner loves taking care of kids,” he said. “We don’t want to see kids in wheelchairs and crutches if they can be helped.”
The enormous financial support from the Shriners was matched at the Shriner Children’s Hospital with personal and thorough treatment by its medical staff, Barbara Huddleston said.
Growing with cerebral palsy was difficult for Isac Huddleston, but he said he had some great experiences through the care he received at the Shriners hospital.
“There’s an uplifting spirit there,” Barbara Huddleston said. “They’re focused on making a good experience.”
One of Isac Huddleston’s favorite memories at the hospital was the East-West Shrine football game, where he hung out and played wheelchair sports with NFL players such as Jerry Rice.
Isac Huddleston proudly displays his Shrine Game memorabilia, including a football signed by former 49ers quarterback Ken Dorsey, in a case in his room.
His family has seen his condition improve by leaps and bounds over the years. Part of that improvement is thanks to the Shriners hospital, Barbara Huddleston said, and the other came from her son’s attitude.
“When I was younger kids asked ‘What’s wrong with you?,’ ” he said. “I said ‘There’s nothing wrong with me, I have cerebral palsy.’ ”
His mother said, “Rather than hide it, it’s been an educational experience for him.”
Isac Huddleston will head to University of Reno Nevada in the fall, where he will study environmental science. He said he would like to work with people with prosthetics and believes his experiences will allow him to help others.
As he heads to college, his mother said she is in of awe how far he’s come.
“Doctors had not expected his improvement to be as succesful as it was,” she said.
Without the support from the Montezuma Shriners, she said, she doesn’t believe it would have been possible.
“The Shriner support has come full circle,” she said. “We never know where he’ll go in life. That’s why we want to say thank you.”
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Heather Ah San
Heather Ah San covers Rio Vista, features and general news for the Daily Republic. She received her bachelors of arts degree from the University of Oregon.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
It's time to celebrate! Here is a little background information about the biggest week of the year courtesy of NationalClownWeek.com.
Clown Week is always August 1-7th. It started out as "National Clown Week". When Clowns of America reorganized and became Clowns of America International in 1991, they decided to rename it "International Clown Week." While Clowns of America International is considered the sponsor of Clown Week, many clown groups from around the world celebrate Clown Week include those from World Clown Association (USA), CLownsCanada (Canada), the International Shrine Clown Association (USA) and Clowns International (UK).
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
John Zwald, the four-time grand master of the Colusa Lodge No. 240, was honored on Saturday for his work with the Masons and his community service.
Owner of West Coast Combine & Tractor Parts in Colusa, Zwald received the Hiram Award at a ceremony held at the Sacramento Valley Museum in Williams.
"Masons don't do things, traditionally, for credit," said John Garner, who presented the award to Zwald with about 50 people in attendance. "But once in awhile there is someone who rises above ... and goes beyond normal duties."
The meeting was held a the museum, which has an exhbit of the Mason history in the county. The group, which is a consolidation of all five lodges that were once active in the county, meets at the museum about once a year.
Zwald is credited for much of the work that went into the organization and record-keeping involved with the consolidation. He also was hailed for his work in the community.
John Zwald, center with hat, was honored by the Masons from around Colusa County on Saturday at the Sacramento Valley Museum in Williams, which as a room dedicated to the Mason tradition in the county. Pictured are, from left, Mike Edwards, Robert Lovell, John Garner, Gerald Sartain, Gee Cain, John McCorkle, Zwald, Jim Balsdon, John Henry, Tony Martin and Tom Nicoletti.
I was visiting my son and daughter-in-law last night when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper.
"This is the 21st century, old man," he said. "We don't waste money on newspapers. Here, you can borrow my iPad."
I can tell you, that fly never knew what hit it...
Rhythm & Blues Rendezvous to raise money for Shriners Hospital
Rockport State Park to host music and food event
Anyone planning on attending the fourth annual Rhythm & Blues Rendezvous at Rockport State Park on Aug. 4, should come prepared with sunscreen, a lawn chair and to have some fun, said event co-producer Greg Daniels.
The tunes will be provided by six bands Brother Chunky Band, Main Street Revelators, The Parchman Farm Freedom Riders, Control Burn, George Gregory Band and House of Cards, he said.
"There will be endless live music from one o'clock in the afternoon until 10 o'clock at night, and a barbecue will be offered until everyone stops eating," Daniels said during an interview with The Park Record. "Nicholas & Sons has donated 500 hamburger patties and the buns have been donated by Sara Lee, and the Park City Walmart, the Kamas Food Town and Joe's Country Market will donate the rest of the condiments."
Funds raised from the barbecue will benefit the Salt Lake City Shriners Hospital's arts and recreation budget.
"It will be used to buy musical instruments, art supplies and help pay for art and music teachers," Daniels said. "Some of the money will be used for field trips, so the kids' minds will be occupied and off their problems."
The Rhythm & Blues Rendezvous has always been a fundraiser, Daniels said.
"Four years ago, a bunch of us musicians got together to raise money for a fellow musician's neighbor whose son was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer," he said.
The event was put together in less than three weeks and raised $1,621.77.
"Shortly thereafter, we were approached by Shriners Hospital in Salt Lake City to raise funds for them and we've been doing that for the past three years," Daniels said. "This year we hope to raise $10,000 or $12,000."
Shriners’ Horse Show and Fair begins Thursday
Nola Sizemore Staff Writer Harland Daily
Celebrating 48 years, the Harlan County Shrine Club will host their annual horse show and fair at the Shriners’ Fairgrounds located at Putney on Thursday through Saturday. Club president William D. Howard said this year’s event will be an exciting one.
“The fair officially opens at 9 a.m. on Thursday with registration of fair exhibits taking place from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the fairgrounds,” said Howard. “Judging for all fair exhibits will be at 10 a.m. on Friday. The public will then be able to browse through the exhibits from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Harlan County Extension Service helps us with this part of the event every year. “
An all-time favorite of the annual event is the stick horse extravaganza. This event is open to all children aged 2 to 12, which will allow them to ride their stick horses around the arena prior to the horse show, which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
“The kids and parents really enjoy participating in this event every year,” said Howard. “It gives the kids a chance to be a part of the planned activities.”
For equine lovers, you don’t want to miss the exciting horse show part of the event at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.