140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Nevada Screening Clinic & Child ID

Participation growing for SS Founders Day event

Participation is increasing steadily for the Silver Springs Founders Day celebration, featuring a parade, set for Saturday, May 10.
After not being held last year, the one-day event celebrating the founding of the community returns this year, sponsored again by the Silver Springs Chamber of Commerce, returns with a parade down Fort Chruchill Street starting at 10 a.m. and continuing with activities and booths in Penny Park, reported Chamber of Commerce President Ron Bell.
Applications for the parade and for vendors at the park are available on the Chamber of Commerce website (silverspringsnevada.org, click on 'Members Area' drop down menu near top, and choose forms). The parade takes off from the Lake Street intersection (near Napa auto parts store) and heads north before finishing at Penny Park, where activities continue most of the rest of the day.
Also going on that day will be free Mason Child ID program (parents create a kit to ID missing kids) and Shriners Hospital for Children Screening Clinic activities from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Silver Springs Senior Center (2945 Fort Churchill).
At the park, there will be several activities, quite a few vendors and other booths (booth fee is $10), including multiple bounce houses for kids, gunfighters group giving demonstrations and gun safety classes, Karaoke and other musical entertainment and more. Bell said the involvement is growing.
He also said they are hoping to have around 100 entries in the parade, including the Shriners clowns, several horse groups, Pony Express, equipment and entries from McFarland Cascade wood treatment plant and Bell said politicians are certainly invited.
For more information, call Bell at 220-0007.
The celebration kicks off with a parade down Fort Churchill Street starting at 10 a.m. and contines with activities and booths in Penny Park. For more information, call Chamber of Commerce President Ron Bell at 775-220-0007.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mark Twain Shrine Club to hold pig roast

Mark Twain Shrine Club will hold its Pig Roast Saturday at the Murphys Masonic Hall located at 384 Church Street. The evening begins with a social hour at 4 p.m and dinner to be served at 5:30 p.m. The festivities will include a no-host bar, door prizes and numerous raffles. Tickets are $20 per person with proceeds going to the Shriners Hospital for Children which specializes in pediatric care for orthopedics, burns, spinal cord injury and cleft lip and palate disorders. Please call to purchase tickets.
Information: (209) 795-1464, (209) 483-2381 or (209) 736-0607.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Al Kaly Salt Lake SHC Screening Clinic

Al Kaly screenings set Saturday

More Sharing Services
Pueblo’s Al Kaly Shrine unit will host free screenings Saturday for children who have orthopedic problems or health issues. The screenings will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the Masonic Center, 126 Broadway Ave.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Shrine Club dinner to support children's hospitals - fayobserver.com: Hope Mills

Shrine Club dinner to support children's hospitals - fayobserver.com: Hope Mills

SHC Egg Hunt

Children at Shriners enjoy Easter egg hunt

Updated: 19 hours ago
Published: Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:44 p.m. MDT

Shriners Hospital for Children hosted an Easter egg hunt for patients in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. Some patients won’t be home for Easter and others can’t participate in community egg hunts due to physical limitations. This event gives children the space, time and support they need to enjoy the tradition. The Easter egg hunt was organized by Utah Target stores. Patients also enjoyed a baby animal petting zoo and other fun activities.

Samantha Taylor finds an egg as patients at Shriners Hospital for Children enjoy a special Easter egg hunt in Salt Lake City Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The Easter egg hunt was organized by Utah Target stores. Team members hid thousands of brightly colored eggs around the hospital and patients also enjoyed a baby animal petting zoo.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Monday, April 14, 2014

Helping Children!

Shriners, fun with a purpose

Dave Rosso/For the Times-Standard
POSTED:   04/14/2014 02:39:37 AM PDT0 COMMENTS

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Oh, yeah, the Shriners. Those are the guys in the clown costumes. They drive those funny looking little cars in the parades. They're funny and fun.
And they do so much more. Ask Hunter Nielsen. Hunter is 10 years old and he wants to get a lot older. As reported in The Times-Standard's Humboldt Beacon in January, Hunter suffers from pectus excavatum also known as funnel chest. Hunter's sternum began to grow deeper into his body, pushing his heart backward into his spinal column.
Hunter's mother, Tiffany Nielsen, said in the Beacon article that “Shriners Children's Hospital and the doctors, staff and donors have changed his future by allowing him to participate in a trial research study.”
The Shriners Children's Hospital will hold a screening clinic on Saturday, May 3, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at St. Joseph Hospital Pain Center, 2705 Harris St., Eureka. The Shriners said the screening clinic offers care for children with medical problems ranging from skeletal deformation to burn issues. For more information, contact Jim Widdoes, 707-599-8841.
According to the Shriners:
”Driven by excellence in treatment, teaching and research, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California provides specialized pediatric care to children with orthopedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns and scars from any cause. Admission is based on two criteria -- age and diagnosis.”
The medical staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California has special expertise in treating children with a number of conditions that include:
* Burns: emergent burn care, acute injuries, reconstruction/rehabilitation, burn prevention; Neuromuscular programs: spinal bifida, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus birth palsy, neurourology;
* Pediatric orthopedics: clubfoot and other foot disorders, lower limb malformations, hip dislocation and other hip issues;
* Upper limbs: hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder deformities, brachial plexus birth palsy, other neuromuscular disorders;
* Complex spine program: scoliosis, hyphosis, spondylolysis;
* Upper and lower limb deficiencies: prosthetics and orthotics, limb lengthening and reconstruction;
* Sports: sports related injuries, sports programs for children with disabilities;
* Spinal cord injuries: acute care and rehabilitation;
* Specialized plastic surgery: scars from any cause, hairy nevus, ear abnormalities, birthmarks, facial feature abnormalities.
At a recent meeting with local Shriners, Jim Miller, president of the Redwood Shrine Club, said the Shriners' costumes and mini-cars is part of their “having fun and taking care of children.” He also said that “once a Shrine kid, always a Shrine kid.” That meant, he said, that when a child or youngster up to the age of 18 who comes to the Shriners for help, they will continue to get that help well beyond the age of 18.
One of the Shriners' sayings that appear in their newsletters is: “No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.” And it is a national effort as the Shriners have 22 hospitals throughout North America and one in Mexico.
Last year, 121,298 children were treated at Shriner hospitals nationally, with 167 from Humboldt County.
”Our main focus is providing transportation to and from the hospital in Sacramento for these 167 children,” said Kenneth Christiansen, Shriner first vice president. He added that the “cost of this service is born entirely by our Aahmes Shrine temple in Livermore.”
According to Shriners, they spend in excess of $1 million a day to keep their hospitals operating nationwide. That money comes from endowments and donations.
”Our endowments built up since our beginning in 1922 have come mainly from Shriners or family members,” Christiansen said. “Also, we sponsor a number of fundraisers, Justin Timberlake PGA tournament in Las Vegas, for example.”
The Shriners Hospitals for Children mission statement is: “to provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special health care needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment; provide for the education of physicians and other health care professionals; conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and their families.”
Their newsletters document cases of caring, such as Ruth Sedillos, who was born unable to manipulate her left-handed fingers. When she was 3 years old, her pediatrician recommended Northern California Shriners Hospital. Now, at age 15, Ruth plays the harp for hospital guests.
The Shriners also offer a variety of programs that help patients develop a wide range of psychosocial skills, such as camps that offer therapeutic horseback riding to skiing adventures.
People registering with the Shriners are given a form to fill out that asks for basic information: child's name, gender, age, date of birth, family phone number, best time to be reached, parent or guardian name. Parents and guardians are also given a sheet that states: “Be aware that any information you provide on the following form is for use only by the Shrine Hospitals for Children. It in no way will affect any assistance you may be receiving at this or any time.”
Shriners membership is national, but memberships are declining.
”Like many fraternal organizations today our membership has declined over the past 20 odd years, more than two-thirds for the Redwood Shrine Club,” Christiansen said. “Our current roster lists 96 members along with 38 Shrine widows. Growing older takes its toll, but not our spirit and commitment to helping children in need. We're always seeking new members from among our Masonic brothers.”
Dave Rosso resides in Eureka and is the former city editor of the Times-Standard.

Friday, April 4, 2014

California School Nurses Honored Shriners Hospital for Children

SACRAMENTO, Calif.) The California School Nurses Organization (CSNO) honored Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California at its 64th annual conference that took place in Sacramento March 27 – 30. On Saturday, March 29, Mason Myers and Catherine Curran were presented with the 2014 Lyda Smiley Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the well-being of children and school nursing made by someone other than a school nurse. Myers, staff development manager at the Northern California Shriners Hospital, and Curran, communications director, worked together to organize a pre-conference seminar for school nurses at the hospital. The Northern California Shriners Hospital has worked in partnership with school nurses for many years. In accepting the award, Curran recognized that “all care begins in the community” and thanked the more than 400 nurses in attendance for ensuring that children and families are aware of the resources available to them, including Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Lyda Smiley was a California nurse who dedicated her career to school nursing and through her estate set up the Lyda Smiley award. Over the years, CSNO has honored physicians, superintendents, legislators and organizations for their outstanding contributions. The CSNO section that organizes the annual conference selects the Lyda Smiley award recipient each year.
Shriners Hospital for Children — Northern California is a regional pediatric medical center providing highly specialized care and rehabilitation to children with congenital conditions and complex medical needs regardless of the patient or family’s ability to pay. The hospital is recognized as a leading provider of pediatric orthopaedic care and distinguished as the region’s most active and most noted pediatric burn center. From their world-class research team to their surgeons, nurses, and therapists, every member of their staff is focused on improving children’s quality of life.
Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip and scars from any cause. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis. For further information call 916-453-2000 or go online to shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.