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Cactus Chatter


Sphinx Court #65 - Phoenix, Arizona

November 2011 Published Nine Times A Year

Lady Sandy Newby - Grand High Priestess A friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.

SPECIAL NOTICE At our December 12th Stated Meeting we will be reading and voting on proposed Ritual changes that we are suggesting. Lady Janet Mielke, High Priestess SPECIAL NOTICE OF ELECTION We will have the election and installation of 1 Year Trustee at our November 19th stated meeting.

What’s Inside this Issue High Priestess


Dinner 5:30 PM/Court Meeting: 7:00 PM 4th Monday of Each Month (Except June through August) El Zaribah Shrine Center - 552 N 40th Street Phoenix, AZ 85008 - Phone (602) 231-0300

Officers’ Articles


Units, Clubs, & Committees


Sunshine Report


Ceremonial Information


Calendar of Events


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High Priestess Happy Holidays to you all! This is such a special time of the year and I do so enjoy it. I will answer some of the questions regarding November 19th, our Ceremonial day. 1st The doors will open at 8am 2nd Our Ceremonial and meeting will start at 9am 3rd We will have an election for the 1year trustee 4th We will have drills before lunch 5th. Lunch will be served between 1 pm This will be a great day and I encourage you to attend if you are able. You’ll witness 3 candidates initiated and become new members. You’ll have great entertainment, food and great company. Remember our practice is on November 13th at 2pm. December 12th is the last meeting of the year. Please wear holiday dresses. January’s meeting will be the official visit of our Grand High Priestess, Sandy Newby. Hope to see you all at these fantastic events.

Mermaid Hugs and Dolphin Kisses, Lady Janet Mielke Home 480-991-4904 Work 480-556-6789

Princess Happy November and Happy Thanksgiving! I see our weather if finally decreasing to the 80 degree levels .... yeah! November 19th is the Ceremonial. Please plan on attending, we need to show the new members how supportive we can be. We just arrived back from Western and had a terrific time. There are stories and photos out there. You will just have to find them. I laughed so hard Saturday evening at the Director Staff hospitality suite that my ribs hurt the next day, not to mention my thighs were bruised. That story will be kept in Portland! Even my teeth and jaws were in pain! I do hope that next year Ladies will travel to have the same fun and make memories. We missed all of you that could not attend. See you at the Ceremonial and much Love to everyone. Stay healthy, positive and supportive,

Angel Caresses and Butterfly Love, Lynn Hatch 480-802-0493 email:

Director Staff Fez Cases $30 Stabilizers $8 Aileen Randleman 480-967-2540

Give Thanks for FRIENDS The Sun Unit

Happy Thanksgiving to All From

The Past High Priestess Club

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Associate Princess WOW, your generous gifts this last meeting were wonderful. I’ve sent three large boxes filled with lap blankets, and I counted 95 crocheted hats for children of all sizes. I’ve had calls from the hospitals thanking us for our donations. This November meeting, I’m hoping you will be sending gift cards . They could be from Wal-mart, McDonalds, Burger King or any place you think a child would like to spend some money. /remember My Special Project , Happy Feet, the special tennis shoes for the kids at the Salt Lake Hospital. Remember all our children in the hospital during this Christmas season. A Christmas Card with a gift card for a child to purchase something he or she would like for lunch. Have a delicious Thanksgiving dinner with all your family and friends.

Exploring LOS with Love, and Angels, Chimes , and Husky Puppies Dee Berkebile-Wright 623-247-2318 email:

Dress Code With the changing of the seasons comes a reminder of acceptable Court attire. Bobbie The "Dress Code" to be followed for Grand Council and Subordinate Courts is as follows: long dresses, street length dresses, pantsuits, Unit Travel uniforms, dress slacks, and skirts will be acceptable. Unacceptable attire: jeans, cutoffs, shorts, sweat-pants and sweatshirts. If a Lady will be presented in the East, or is an elected or appointed Officer of the Court, she will be required to wear a dress or skirt, preferably a long dress, or caftan.


 Janet Mitchell–name change to Janet Mitchell

Massey (Gerry), Apt. change to #1085

 Neva Bell - 1980 W Pecos Road, Room #163,

Chandler, AZ 85224-5606  Cacy Chase – 9109 Macallan Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109-6441  Judith Nordstrom – P.O. Box 1574, Sun City, AZ 85372-1574 WE NEED CURRENT ADDRESSES FOR THE FOLLOWING LADIES June Tillotson Helen McLachlan If you have any information on either of these Ladies, please contact me. NOTICE: DUES FOR 2011 WERE DUE APRIL 1, 2011.

Linda Curry, PHP 480-941-2070 email:

BALLOONS ARE SO BRIGHT FACE PAINTING A DELIGHT THE CLOWNS DO IT ALL SO GIVE US A CALL We do parties, parades and just entertain! Call Marsha Young, Clown Unit President For information 623-266-6099

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Ceremonial Pageantry Contact LADY JEAN GLOVER, PHP—602-957-6871

November 2011

First Ceremonial Lady I would like to thank everyone for their help with the Membership Tea. All the units & clubs provided wonderful refreshments. I am thinking of ideas to make the tea more inviting. If any of you have any suggestions, please let know. Out next tea will be in January, so send some more names. Remember our ceremonial is November 19th. We had a great time in Portland; I met some more of my counter parts & took a wonderful tour of the space museum. I am looking forward to next year in Hawaii. For my fellow Greeters: My email address in the Greeter's directory is incorrect. Please see the correct address below. My condolences to those who have lost loved ones & get well to those who are ill.

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Ceremonial Pageantry What a wonderful time we had at WAOUM. Many thanks to all who went, practiced, and performed with us. Our next unit meeting will be immediately following the set up for the Ceremonial on November 18th. We will start setting up the stage at 5:00. Lady Jean Glover, PHP Pres.

KMH Kreations Websites, Unit or Club Directories, Flyers, Computer Support Leo Balthazor


Swan Love, Angel Hugs & Schnauzer Kisses, Gina Baird Home 602-953-0210 Cell 602-791-0925 email: Second Ceremonial Lady I hope you are all enjoying our cooler days as fall finally begins to make its appearance in the Valley. Our November Ceremonial Luncheon will be Saturday, November 19th. You must prepay our Recorder for this meal. The menu is Chicken Fettuccini, salad, veggies, bread sticks, and of course, the wonderful dessert. All the information for making your reservation is on page 7. I am looking forward to seeing all of you the 19th as we welcome our new members into LOS.

Dragonfly Luck, Lab Licks & Lighthouse Love, Mimi Bohlman Home: 480-946-6292 Cell: 602-738-3628

Project Manager, owner 602-740-5635

Water Bottle Holders - $5.00 Designer T-Shirt Sleeve Pins $3.00 small / $5.00 large See any Patrol member

Has Your Address changed? Old Address: Name Address City


New Address (please print): Name Address City State



New Telephone # ( ) Send this form to: Sphinx Court #65 Recorder Lady Linda Curry, 1550 N. El Camino Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281-1426

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Clowns Fall is such a wonderful time of year. I thought it would never get here! The weather cools and doesn’t melt your face when you Clown. We experience children in so many ways through our lives. We have been one, maybe had one or so, teach them, help them and now we get to play with them through Clowning and make their young lives at least one smile better. When we are Clowns we get to experience just a little bit of that childhood wonder and innocent happiness. The Clowns are busy painting faces and making balloons into fun shapes. The Shrine Circus was a HUGE success for the Clowns. The men Clowns shared the weekend and the treasures with us. What fun we have had working with them. Our big rodeo and the ceremonial are on the November calendar. Our Christmas Party is December 10th and all are invited. See a Clown for dinner reservations. Welcome to our new Ladies and our thoughts are with those in need of uplifting.


Lady Pam Wade Vice Pres.


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Cactus Chatter Editor Lady Bobbie Balthazor, PHP 602-237-5526 Email: 5915 E. Woodridge Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Director Staff We had a great trip to Portland, Oregon. We had a lot of fun. The weather was a little chilly, but we did not get rained out. We did miss our High Priestess Lady Janet. The Ceremonial is November 19th 8:00am. The exhibitions are just before lunch which is at Noon. Come help us welcome our new members and show them how we dance. Please wear you your turquoise caftan. Lady Lou Ann Speas, Praying Mantis Assistant Chief Greeters Greetings to all, and welcome to our new members. We are saddened by the loss of our member Lady Rosamond Highland. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family. The Greeters will be holding our Christmas Party on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at the Ironworks Restaurant, 17233 North 45th Avenue, Glendale. Meet and Greet at 11:30 am, lunch at noon. Reservations are a must to either Lady Jo Adams 623-561-2549 or Lady Iris at 480-990-1298. We hope to see as many of you as can join us. Spouses and friends are cordially invited. Lady Iris Colbert Pres. Sphinx Patrol Four members of the Patrol had a great time at WAOUM and enjoyed the cool weather in Portland. Our Christmas Party will be on December 6, 2011, more details at the next Court meeting. Our deepest sympathy to Rosamond Highland's Family. Good Thoughts and Well Wishes to all who need cheering up. Lady Renate Sweat Captain

November 2011

Audit Committee Notice Unit and Club books need to be turned in for the GHP inspection promptly after the Unit/Club’s January meeting. Sun Unit We will not be having a meeting December but instead will have our annual Holiday Lunch. Be sure to visit our Opportunity to Own table at the November and December Court Stated Meetings. Wishing all a great Thanksgiving with family and friends. Lady Joan Hardy President PHP Club We are so looking forward to the Official Visit of our High Priestess, Lady Janet, at our November 16th meeting. Happy Thanksgiving to all. Our next meeting will be on Jan 18, 2012. Lady Debbie McKelvey, PHP Sphinx Court Travel Fund Committee Our next meeting will be on Nov. 21, 2011 at 7:00pm at El Zaribah Shrine, at that time I will hopefully have a work schedule and job assignments ready to hand out. So far we have about 8 items in hand for the auction items and about 5 confirmed acts. So if anyone has any good ideals on acts or wants to participate please let me know. This is our last fund raiser for the year, so we need everyone to help to pull this off and raise money for the Travel Fund. Our prayers go out to those who have been sick or who have lost love ones. Lady Jane Sheldon Co-Chairman

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Sunshine Report

Sympathy Lady Rosamond Highland—October 21 Lady Ruth Driver—October 21 Illness Lady Kathy Kelley—hospitalized Lady Irene rand—hospitalized, home now Lady Virginia Colbert—ill, feeling better now Lady Trudy Mullins’ husband—cancer and kidney failure Lady Mary Alice Rake PHP—not feeling well Lady Trudy Mullins, PHP Chairman Sphinx Court Ways & Means Committee Ladies! We are getting closer to the time of the drawing for our $500.00 opportunity on November 19th and we still have not had ticket stubs turned in with money on several of you. I hope you are busy trying to sell them or buying some on your own. We really need to push these sales in the next three weeks. Please turn in the ones you have sold along with the stub for the drawing as soon as possible so that we can tell where we stand. Also, those beautiful cook books need to be in someone’s kitchen instead of in a box upstairs. Please consider them for gifts for the upcoming holidays – our Lady Mary and her committee put a lot of hard work into them and the price is right $15.00. Good luck to those of you that have already purchased your $5.00 tickets and thank you for doing so! Lady Barbara Hineman, PHP Chairman CACTUS CHATTER PRICES Personal Ad or Message - 1 Issue $10.00 Unit or Club Ad - Yearly $45.00

Make checks payable to Sphinx Court and send to: Lady Linda Curry, PHP, Recorder

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Sassy Seahorse Ceremonial November 19 9:00 Ceremonial and Stated Meeting Unit Drills 1:00 Lunch Menu Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo - Vegetables Spinach Salad - Bread Sticks - Dessert $20.00 Please send check made out to Sphinx Court by November 12 to: Lady Linda Curry, PHP 1550 N. El Camino Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-1426 Your check is your reservation. Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America Sphinx Court No. 65 Phoenix, Arizona NOTICE OF MEMBER DUES Name Address City



Current Dues are due and payable on April 1 of each year. If you haven’t paid yours, please forward. The Current Dues for 2010 - 2011 are $25 per member. PLEASE MAKE YOUR CHECK PAYABLE TO: Sphinx Court NO. 65 and mail to: Lady Linda Curry, 1550 N. El Camino Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281-1426

Sphinx Court No. 65 Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America

Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Phoenix, Arizona Permit No. 369

Linda Curry 1550 N. El Camino Dr. Tempe, AZ 85281-1426 ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED

Calendar of Events for 2011 - 2012 UPDATED October 24, 2011 1 4 5 7 10 13 16 18 19 21 4 6 10 12

NOVEMBER Patrol Sun Unit Greeters Director Staff—Official Visit Clowns Ceremonial Practice @ 2:00 PHP—Official Visit Ceremonial Set up @ 6:00 Ceremonial Pageantry afterwards Ceremonial & Meeting @ 9:00 SCTF Meeting @ 7:00 DECEMBER Director Staff Holiday Party Patrol Holiday Party Clowns Holiday Party Stated Meeting

JANUARY, 2012 7 Shriners Got Talent & Steak Fry 8 Membership Tea 23 GHP Official Visit & Stated Meeting FEBRUARY, 2012 27 Stated Meeting & Elections MARCH, 2012 24 Fund Raiser 26 Stated Meeting & Ceremonial SEPTEMBER, 2012 20 - 22 WAOUM - Honolulu

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