140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Monday, August 26, 2013

Thank you for a good CornFest Show

Hello Everybody,

Great show and believe me, nobody is happier than I that the CornFest Arts & Crafts Show went well and is now over!  After this e-mail, I'm taking a shower and going to bed.....I'm beat.  But first, I'd like to pay some wages.  I apologize in advance if I accidentally forget somebody; chalk this error up to mental fatigue.......

1. For the advertising strategy - kudos to our Illustrious Sir Ed Stolze; your approached worked very well.
2. Randy Peters - thank you for all your help in getting this event pulled off.
3. Jane Sheldon and Barb Cook in the office - thank you for all your help with. of course, everything.
4. Fernando, Lou Ann, Arturo, and the Kitchen Staff -  thank you for your help in setting up and executing the event.
5.  For the trafficade signage - Kurt Kesselring, you came through for us again.  Muchas gracias. 
6.  To Jasper Nichols and the rest of the tent crew - thank you; action photos have been taken and will be forwarded to the appropriate media outlet shortly.  Thank you for those Mega-sized swamp coolers!!!
7.  Provost - thank for being out in the heat keeping the order in the parking lot.
8.  Fred and Lil Rogers -  thank you for your courtesy shuttle service; it is very much appreciated.
9.  Greeters and Patrol - thank you for your due diligence in ticket sales;  votre travail est très apprécié.
10.  Barb Gunther, Sandi Hutson, and Pam Frank - your high pressure corn salesmanship worked too well - we ran out of corn!
11.  Director's Staff - Wow!  What can I say?  Great job cooking under the duress from summer heat.
12.  Culinary - You guys hustled and were on your feet ALL day.  Thanks for keeping the line moving and people fed!
13.  Drum & Bugle Corps - Excellent performances, as usual.  Thank you.  The vendor in booth D10 still has ringing in her ears, but she'll recover shortly----->I should have warned her; my bad.
14.  To the young men of the DeMolay, and their Moms/Dads - Outstanding job.  I greatly appreciate the timely attention to clean-up in the Red Fez Room, and the little courtesies extended to our guests.  You hustled and it was very much noticed.
15.  To Jean Glover and the 50/50 Raffle Crew - Excellent work and your raised a SIGNIFICANT amount of money for the General Fund.
16. Tommy Johnston - thank for announcing the event.   You are the voice of El Zaribah.
17.  To our Shrine/LOS Clowns -  great work as always.  No child left your booth disappointed; nothing but smiles from them.
18.  And to Ann Richards - thank you for putting up with a grumpy CornFest Chairman; this assignment can drive you batty at times, and you tolerated my lunatic rantings with grace.

To all the Nobles that came down, pitched in, or lent a helping hand and got it done----->you have my most solemn and sincere appreciation, and again, I apologize for not acknowledging you by name above.

OK, with that said, thank you again for a great show.........


Michael L. Richards
2013 CornFest Chairman

Labor Day weekend Breakfast

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

22nd annual El Zaribah Shriners Cornfest

Worth the Trip: El Zaribah CornFest

22nd annual El Zaribah Shriners Cornfest
It’s not impossible to find a corn festival this time of year, but most are a considerable drive away and take place beneath the unforgiving summer sun. This one, put on by the Shriners in Phoenix, is housed in an air-conditioned auditorium, where you’ll find more than 60 arts and crafts vendors, face-painting, balloon animals and clowns to entertain the kids, and mountains of super-sweet white corn on the cob brought in from the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley. 

Chow down on a meal of a hamburger or hot dog, beans, salad, chips and hot, buttered corn on the cob while you’re there ($5-$9 per plate), and grab some fresh, unshucked ears to enjoy at home later ($5 for six or $10 for 13). A $1-off coupon is available online.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25. El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, 552 N. 40th St. Free admission. Food tickets are $5-$9. (602) 231-0300 or www.El-Zaribah.org. 
Proceeds from the event help the El Zaribah Shriners of Phoenix support more than 2,000 children enrolled in the Shriners Hospitals for Children system.

Spokane Indians visit SHC

by Kelsey Watts, KHQ Local News Anchor/Reporter 

SPOKANE, Wash. -
You don't often hear laughter inside hospital walls – a place where kids like Gracie Werk have spent far too much time in their short, little lives.
Now 9 years old, she's been in and out of the hospital since she was 4 with a case of scoliosis so severe it was impacting her internal organs.
"Her outlook is, ‘Mom, I'm doing this so I can be better, I want to swim and be able to run,'" her mother, Leann Werk, told KHQ's Kelsey Watts. "She's the one who is awesome because she helps keep me going."
Now in traction at Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane, she needs to have back surgery to either fuse her spine or insert rods. The Werk family is from Montana and has been at Shriners for 35 days now – mother sleeping on a couch next to her daughter's hospital bed.
Gracie is certainly in need of a smile, and Tuesday she – and a lot of other children – got it when three Spokane Indians pitchers visited.
John Straka, Collin Wiles and Luis Pollorena signed autographs, made new friends with the kids, took pictures and gave out team swag – along with Doris the Spokanasaurus.
"I know what they're going through," Pollorena told KHQ.
At the age of 4, he was diagnosed with leukemia – a battle he fought until age 8. While Shriners doesn't treat children with cancer, Pollorena remembers all too well what it's like to be a kid in a hospital, wanting to do things your body simply won't allow.
For the rest of the story go to http://www.khq.com/story/23201136/spokane-indians-players-bringing-smiles-to-shriners-hospital-for-children

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Vote SHCNC for Best Hospital Facility for 2013

Congratulations!  Shriners Hospital for Children Northern California has been nominated for the honor of Sacramento’s Best Hospital Facility for 2013 by Northern California Physicians Management Group and Sierra Nevada Community Health Plan. 
Now, you have an opportunity to make SHCNC the winner by casting your vote online athttp://snchp.org/

The award for the winning hospital will be presented at the First Annual Healthcare Quality Summit on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the Hilton Sacramento.  The awards will be presented at6 p.m., and the ceremony will include a video presentation by SHCNC Administrator & CEO Margaret Bryan.
The Best Hospital award and healthcare summit are being promoted by CBS Television (Channels 13 & 31 in Sacramento). 

Friday, August 16, 2013

North Bend's Unity Masons to celebrate lodge centennial with public rededication

Unity Masonic Lodge No. 198 of North Bend has a long history of serving the Snoqualmie Valley. In fact, 100 years of history.
The fraternity first met as a Lodge in North Bend in 1912, and was granted an official constitution from Grand Lodge in 1913.
The North Bend Masons will hold their Centennial Celebration and rededication of the Lodge, 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, followed by lunch at noon. All are welcome. The ceremony will take place at the North Bend Masonic Center, 119 1/2. North Bend Way, and be conducted by the Executive Officers of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Washington.

For complete story and pictures go to http://www.valleyrecord.com/community/219696871.html

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Arizona Grand Master out of Hospital

More details on MW Bill Garrard:
The GM was released from the hospital yesterday (8/13), earlier than anticipated.  He is at home resting(?).  He is still weak and needs lots of doctor visits to monitor how well he is doing and has not been released to drive at this time.
The Master (Andrew) did visit Bill at home this morning.  On behalf of all of Arizona No. 2, Andrew let Bill know that if anything was needed he can call on anyone of us.  Bill was up and about, but you could tell by his voice the ordeal he and his family have gone through this past 9 days.
From WM Andrew:  I had a good visit with GM Bill this morning.  We talked for about 1.1/2 hours.  He related his experience both before and in the hospital.  The excellent help he received from the Firemen that arrived first at his home.  He is looking well.  Still weak and should be taking it easy for a while.  He is anxious to get back to the Grand Master's work.  He thanked everyone for their prayers and the card that was signed by the many Brothers that were at the Lodge at the Stated meeting.  He is trying to get a little (small amount) of exercise in.  He was kept in ICU after the problem with his medication last week.  This was a good thing, so that they could keep a good watch on him while adjusting his medication.  He described much of the effects of last Monday when he had his heart attach as well as the results of all of the invasive procedures done at the hospital.  Truly an awakening.  He has many bruises from Iv's, incisions, etc.  Time should heal all.  He has the Brotherhood on his mind, but I told him, health first, Masonry will survive.  I do believe that God watched over him during this trying time.  He does miss all of the Brothers and can't wait to be at Lodge again.
Reminder:  NO VISITORS, unless you get an OK from April.  Bill needs his rest.  Also, his phone is ringing off of the hook.  Please keep any calls to a minimum.
Please continue to keep him in your prayers.
God Bless the Grand Master (and April for all she has gone through and will continue to in helping Bill get back to himself).
Thank you.

Bagdad Child Representative for Shriners leaves US

On Aug. 12, 2013,  father, husband, brother, uncle, and true friend, Mark (Hawk) Hoffman entered into heaven, reuniting with loved ones, continuing conversations that will never end now with eternity on his side. “You know what I mean.”
Mark entered into this world on Oct. 26, 1960, to May and Charlie Hoffman. He was one of five brothers. Mark worked for the Community, Counseling, and Correctional Services for just under 20 years.
Mark’s years as a child taught him the appreciation for simplicity of just living. Mark became a child representative for Shriners. The Shriners remained a strong influence in his life. He saw his dream come true when he became a Shriner in 2006, as part of the Bagdad Temple and Masonic Lodge.
In 2010, Mark met the loved of his life, Pam at his favorite weekend of the year, Rockin’ the Rivers. His love for her was unrivaled. The two of them were completely inseparable. On Aug. 20, 2011, the two were married marking the start of a match made in heaven.
Mark was the ultimate sports fanatic. He loved playing softball for the Pair a Dice, or just shooting basketballs for hours. He played Skippo with neighbors, Joe and Deb. If it was on ESPN he watched it. If there was a sporting event, he attended. Mark loved the Bulldogs — he truly “bled purple” for them. He also loved donating time planning the Mariah’s Challenge basketball tournament.
Another great passion of his life was his yard. His grass was cut in diagonal squares, weeds didn’t grow within a one-block radius, and he treated his yard ornaments as if they were all his little best friends.
Mark loved to love — people, friends, cars, and music, he loved them all. Mark never liked anyone — if he knew you, he loved you.
But, of all of his many loves, his son, J.D., was and will remain his biggest love and accomplishment.
He was preceded in death by his parents, May and Charlie Hoffman;
sister-in-law, Debra Hoffman; uncle, Bill Hunt; and best friend, Kevin Graham.
He is survived by his wife, Pam; son, J.D. Hoffman; stepson, Brandon Williams;
brothers, Richard, John, George and David; Pam’s parents, Roger and Marilyn Schafer; sister-in-law, Laurie (Gary) Johannsen; brother-in-law, Mark (Sandy) Schafer; and nieces and nephews, Autumn Hoffman, Deeanna (Quinton) Queer, and Richard (Kristin) Hoffman. He is also survived by aunts, Shirley and Dorothy Hunt; special cousin, Tammy (Hunt) Thompson; and numerous other relatives.
In addition, Mark had many special friends — Sandy and Marrissa Thomas, Steele family, Smith family, Handyman Joe Ouellette, Mark St. Pierre, and Lonnie Schmidt. We would also like to thank the numerous friends who have offered support to the family throughout the years.
A celebration of life will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Duggan Dolan Mortuary. Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Duggan Dolan Mortuary. Reception will follow at The Depot.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners and Mariah’s Challenge.
Express condolences at www.mtstandard.com/obits.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Masons visit Port Hueneme Naval Seabee Museum

As part of Granada Hills Lodge 378 Masonic Events this year, we will be visiting US Naval Seabee Museum located in Port Hueneme, California. This event is open to non-masons so please bring your family and friends with you and join us on our tour. There is a voluntary donation of $5 to go to our lodge operating expense. The event will be spearheaded by our Worthy Brother, David Sumida. Kindly contact him if you have any questions about this exciting event and for reservations  email him at dksumida7@hotmail.com.

Please read the details below for more information about this museum tour. Thank you brethren for your continuous support.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

WM Wilhelm B. Adoremos
2013 Master
Granada Hills Lodge 378

Attached below is the information regarding the visit to the U.S. Naval Seabee Museum located in Port Hueneme, Ca.

When: Saturday, August 31, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM (Meet at the museum) (Tour will be begin 10:30)
Location: 100 Port Hueneme, CA
Registration Close Date: August 20, 2013
Event is open to all brethren, family, and guests

The U.S. Navy Seabee's is the Navy's most capable and deployable units still utilized today. They consist of highly skilled electrician's, equipment operators, and virtually any construction or building trade. With a primary mission of providing continuing construction in a war zone, the Seabees are ready to deploy on short notice to any point on the globe. Upon arrival, they work night and day
First Naval Construction battalion was placed together in 1941, when Rear Admiral Ben Moreel, Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks (BUDOCKS), requested specific authority to activate, organize, and man a unique, very special organization that would support the Navy and Marines in remote locations and defend themselves if attacked — the Naval Construction Battalions. The first battalion was formed in 1942.
On March 5, all Construction Battalion personnel were officially named Seabees (CB's) by the Navy Department. Admiral Moreell personally furnished them with their motto Construmus Batumius, or We Build, We Fight. A logo, the Fighting Bee, was created by a Rhode Islander at Davisville.
Until this day various Seabee units have participated in every combat operation while conducting numerous disaster and human relief projects all the over the world. The true spirit of the Seabees is their "Can Do" philosophy. It’s a timeless belief representing Seabees past, present, and future
The mission of the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum is to select, collect, preserve and display historic material relating to the history of the Naval Construction Force, better known as the SEABEES, and the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps. It is the
second oldest of the official Navy museums, the Seabee Museum was established in 1947 in Port Hueneme, California, which today is part of Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC).
This visit will allow the brethren and families to enjoy, appreciate, and learn a very important culture within the structure of the U.S. Navy.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Get your Ducks in Shape

Shriners Hospitals for Children-Spokane
5k Duck Waddle Charity Walk

Sunday, September29, 2013
Riverfront Park-Spokane WA
Waddle Start at 12:00 p.m.

Join us for this community involved event! Do the 'Waddle', become a sponsor or volunteer your time! We are very excited to bring this to the Spokane area. Hope to see you there!
DO THE WADDLE! Register for the 5k Duck Waddle Charity Walk. Click on the link below and sign up today!

ONLINE REGISTRATION: Click Here to Sign Up Today Online!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Payson, Az Golf Tournament

Zane Grey Shrine Club
2013 Golf Tournament
Golf Registration and/or Tee Sponsor

When: August 16, 2013

Where: Payson Golf Course

Tee Off: 8:00 a.m. (Check in by 7:30 a.m.)

Fees: $50 per person
          $20 per member of Payson Golf Course.
Registration includes green fees, golf cart, two complimentary beverages on the course and lunch.

Format:   Four Man Scramble — A,B,C and D players.
              Prizes awarded for three top teams and closest to the pin.

For Info:  Don Castleman (928) 474-6134
               Dean Bulkley     (928) 595-0800

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TEE SPONSORSHIP: $25.00 PER SIGN - Name on sign: ________________________________
                         Tee Sponsorship fee may be added in with payment for Golf Registration.

Send this form and entry fee checks before August 12, 2013  to:

Zane Grey Shrine Club
P.O. Box 1754
Payson, AZ 85547

“Proceeds are for the benefit of Zane Grey Shrine Club activities. Payments are not deductible as charitable contributions.”

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Muscular Dystrophy Assoc. Award- Shriners Dr. Michael Sussman

Shriners Hospitals for Children® is pleased to announce the celebration of Dr. Michael D. Sussman as Medical Honoree awarded by Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).  
The award will be formally presented to Sussman during MDA’s Gift of Hope dinner to be held on October 12, 2013 at Montgomery Park. Information on the event (tickets, location etc.) is available by visiting www.giftofhopemda.org
Nominations for this award were given not only by MDA staff, but by clinicians and families who receive care in the two MDA clinics in Portland.  Tammy Berry, Executive Director, commented, “Dr. Sussman is a fantastic and dedicated doctor.  Families really respond to his kindness and ability to help them through these diseases.”  
Michael Sussman MD received his orthopaedic training at Johns Hopkins University and completed a pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at the Children’s Hospital in Boston. From 1976 to 1992, he was in the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, and at the time of his departure was director of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics. Sussman moved to Portland, Oregon in 1992 as chief of the medical staff and helped develop a variety of programs including a multi-disciplinary clinic for children with neuromuscular diseases, which became the first MDA-Shriners collaborative clinic.  He championed the principle of family centered care, including insuring continuity of care for patients at the Shriners Hospital.

Dr. Sussman has particular interest in children with progressive neuromuscular diseases such as muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, and cerebral palsy.  He was a member of the steering committee of the CDC sponsored group who developed the care guidelines for DMD, which has become the standard for clinicians.  Sussman has had multiple scientific publications in the area of muscular dystrophies. Along with groups in L.A. and Sacramento, and collaborators here in Portland, he has led a long term study, funded by the Shriners research fund, to study the progression of DMD and effects of corticosteroids.

Additionally, Sussman has been a visiting professor and lectured on these topics throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East, and Asia. He has received the Arthur H. Huene award from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America in recognition of his outstanding contributions to pediatric orthopaedics in 2002 and was president of the AACPDM (American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine) from 2001-2002.