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Petition for Initiation and Membership EL KATIF SHRINERS

7217 W. Westbow Blvd., Spokane, WA 99224 Phone (509) 624-2762 (800) 369-2762 Fax (509) 624-8333

To the Illustrious Potentate, Officers, and Nobles of El Katif Temple situation in the Oasis of Spokane, Desert of Washington, I, ______________________________________________________________________________ First Name



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hereby declare that I am a Master Mason in good standing in ________________________________ Lodge # ___________________ located at _________________________________________ which is a Lodge recognized by or in amity with the conference of Grand Masters of North America. Furthermore, I have resided at my current address for not less than 6 months as required by the Bylaws of the Imperial Council. I respectfully pray that I may be made a Noble of the Mystic Shrine, and become a member of your Temple. If I be found worthy, and my request granted, I promise to conform to the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of the Imperial Council and the Bylaws and Ceremonies of your Temple. Home Address: ________________________________________ City: ________________________________ Zip: ___________________ Home Phone: ____________________ Mobile Phone: ______________________ Birth Date: _____________________________________ Birthplace: __________________________________ Company Name and Position: _________________________________________________________________ Company Address, City, State & Zip: ____________________________________________________________ Work Phone: ___________________________ Email: ______________________________________________ Spouses Name: _____________________________________ Today’s Date: ____________________________ Candidate Signature: ________________________________________________________________________ Recommended and Vouched for on the Honor of Noble 1st Noble: _________________________________________________________________________________ Print Name


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2nd Noble: ________________________________________________________________________________ Print Name

Initiation Fee . . . . . . . . . $ 50.00 Dues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 115.00 Fez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 50.00 Total $215.00


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Member #: ___________________ Hat Size: __________________ Elected: ___________________ Created: _____________________ Paid: ______________________ Date: _______________________

From the POTE Illustrious Sir Tom Richardson and First Lady Cheryl

Nobles and Ladies, Here we are counting down to the end of 2017. Lady Cheryl and I want to thank all the Nobles and their Ladies who helped and supported us throughout our 9 years on the Divan; it has been quiet a ride. The Blue Jeans and Bling Auction on October 28th was a very good success to help complete our 2017 El Katif Fundraising events on a rewarding note. Thanks to our Chief Rabban Jim Stewart and his Lady Michele for their hard work. Also, thanks to all the other Nobles and their Ladies that helped as well, and especially our Office Staff. Moving into November 1st, the Legion of Honor, led by Howard Wynia, hit a game winning home run with the El Katif Shriners Salute to Veterans. On Veterans Day, the 11th we celebrated the Fall Ceremonial with our newest El Katif Nobles and their Ladies from the Spring Ceremonial and Fall Ceremonial. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Illustrious Sir Doug Morgan and all his helpers for showing our 2017 Candidates and their Ladies what Shriners are about. December has approached fast to the 6th which is our last stated meeting for the year. Nobles we will be voting (written ballot format) on the El Katif officers for 2018. Then, it is party time on December 11th with our Clubs and Units Party organized by Gary Wood, thank you Gary, to be held at the Event Center where the Divan will thank all the Clubs and Units for their hard work throughout the 2017 year. Also, I will be handing out the yearly awards that night as well. Sorry Ladies, only Nobles. The 15th will be the El Katif Animals Kids Christmas Party at our Event Center. Have fun kids! December 16th is our El Katif Christmas Party at our beautiful Event Center. Oriental Guide Roger Nelson and his Lady Martha are in charge of this great event and celebrating the 2017 Christmas Holidays with our El Katif Shriner families and friends with music and dancing: Thanks Roger & Martha. Do not forget to call the office, 509-624-2762, and RSVP for this event and other events. For more detailed information on the events in December check throughout The Word. Now in closing, this is my final Word article for 2017. This year has been very rewarding for Cheryl and me. There are so many people to thank for such a great and successful 2017 and lots of hugs to give. We do appreciate the El Katif Shriners and their Ladies for a great experience in our life and the wonderful friends we have made. Thank You to All! We would like to give a big thanks to all our staff and committees for a great and successful year of events. We must give a special thank you to our Recorders, Jay & Mike, and our Office Staff, Chase, Ada, Matt, & Michelle, for all your help and hard work throughout 2017. You have been wonderful to work with and great friends! To our Elected Divan, Appointed Divan, and their Ladies, thanks for a year of experiences, challenges, hard work, success, and fun! It was a year we will not forget. Good Luck with your year! Thanks to our Appointed Divan for accepting the 2017 appointment to be on our Divan! Let us finish the ride with: Giddy Up Go! Takin’ Care of Business 1

The Word Staff Mike Harper PP, Managing Editor Michelle Victoria, Editor DIVAN Tom Richardson Potentate Jim Stewart Chief Rabban Jon Lind Assistant Rabban Dave Campanella High Priest & Prophet Roger Nelson Oriental Guide Mike Harper, P.P. Recorder Kurt Kimberling, P.P. Treasurer Justin Hughes First Ceremonial Master Gary Wood Second Ceremonial Master Doug Morgan, P.P. Ceremonial Director Roy Clark Marshal Jeff Lane Captain of the Guard Eric Thompson Outer Guard SHRINE UNIT REPORTERS Actors Ryan Leonard Animals Hank Shafer Band Chuck Wetmore Chanters Ken Massender Clowns Chuck Humes Directors Staff George Rotas Greeters Bob Valentine Mobile Unit John Robertson Provost Guard Ken Massender Oriental Band Von Chimienti SHRINE CLUB REPORTERS 1899 Club Jerry Schieche Blue Mountain Doug Warnock Columbia Basin Jeff Meyer Legion of Honor Howard Wynia Moonshriners Kurt Kimberling, P.P. North Spokane Herb Postlewait Northeast Washington Dan Bryant Okanogan County Guy Fisher Pomeroy Jim Kirkpatrick Shurtah Club Tom Felton South Spokane Rod Higgins Whitman County Gary Van Dyke BOARD OF DIRECTORS Tom Richardson, Chairman Jim Stewart, Jon Lind, Dave Campanella, Roger Nelson, Kurt Kimberling PP, Jay Smith PP IMPERIAL REPRESENTATIVES Tom Richardson Potentate Jim Stewart Chief Rabban Jon Lind Assistant Rabban Dale Hearn Past Potentate (Emeritus) Duke Pappenheim Colorado Representative Roger Gehrig Colorado Representative SPOKANE SHRINERS HOSPITALS for Children 911 West 5th, P.O. Box 2472 Spokane, WA 99210-2472 Phone: 455-7844


POTENTATE’S AIDES Chris Tee, Jim Heebink, Ken Massender, Jesse Pew, and Randy Kimberling POTENTATE’S SPECIAL AIDES Doug Baker, Kevin Geris, Fred Nowland CHAPLAIN Tom Felton DIRECTOR OF CLUBS AND UNITS Gary Van Dyke, Jim Ball PAGEANT DIRECTOR Barry Newman, Dylan Newman PUBLIC RELATIONS Roger Nelson, Eric Thompson, Brett Westerman PARADE MARSHAL Jerry Combs, Dale Abrams AMBASSADOR AT LARGE Glenn Hodge, Bruce Keyser, Dylan Newman UNIT PRESIDENTS Actors Dale Hearn, P.P. Animals Hank Shafer Band Stu Slinger Chanters Ken Massender Clowns Mel Neil Directors Staff George Rotas Greeters Curly Werner Mobile Unit Jim Heebink Provost Guard Ken Massender Oriental Band Von Chimienti, P.P. CLUB PRESIDENTS 10 Gallon Tom Rousseau 1899 Club Brice Williams Blue Mountain Gerald Taylor Columbia Basin Kevin Swartz Legion of Honor Gene Lane Legion of Honor Detach. Ray Schulz Moonshriners Jim Tourtillotte North Spokane Scott Fiedler Northeast Washington Glenn Hodge Okanogan Gordie Cockle Pomeroy Dick Martin Shurtah Jeff Lane South Spokane Jeff Duty Whitman County Jeff Wood THE WORD of El Katif Temple (USPS 626360) is published monthly (except July and August) for $1 per year by El Katif Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., 7217 W. Westbow Blvd. Spokane, WA 99224. Periodical postage paid at Spokane, WA. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to, “THE WORD” El Katif Temple, 7217 W. Westbow Blvd. Spokane, WA 99224. Phone: (509) 624-2762 Fax (509) 624-8333 E-mail:

The Recorder’s Ramblings... Ill Sir Mike Harper, PP

Well it’s hard to believe that we are closing out the month of November, already. This past month has been very busy with a fantastic Salute to Veterans program. I would like to thank noble Howard Wynia and the Legion of Honor for the program that they provided. It was a night to remember. The Fall ceremonial under the leadership of Ill Sir Doug Morgan was a great success. The morning first and second sections brought in 8 new nobles. The evening banquet honored both the spring and fall candidates. Thanks to all the clubs and units that helped put on the full day of ceremonies and fun. Now that December is upon us we will be starting out the month with the Stated meeting on the first Wednesday 6 December. The meeting will include the election of officers for 2018 and the proposed budget for 2018. Please mark your calendar and attend this important meeting. The annual Clubs and Unit’s appreciation dinner hosted by the Divan. Rumor has it that there will be a number of Traeger BBQ’s smoking out the back door of the Event Center. We need your RSVP’s no later than 7 December. The dress code will be your club or unit’s polo shirts and jackets. This will be a casual evening to sit back and let the Divan serve you. No fezzes will be worn. On Friday 15 December is the annual Shrine Animals for kids. This will be a great event to bring your kids, grand kids or great grand kids. I guarantee that the young kids will have a great time. And finally, on Saturday 16 December is the El Katif Shrine Christmas party. Oasis at 6:00pm and dinner at 7:00pm. One final note regarding shrine events. RSVP’s are very important to call in by the deadline that is published. Dinners need to be ordered by that date. Please ensure that you call in your RSVP. On the flip side if you have signed up and can’t make it please call the shrine office to let us know you won’t be there. Membership is the key to a strong Shrine Temple. My motto that I have lived by is “Replace yourself”. If every Noble in El Katif could try this in the next couple of years we will double our membership. With more Nobles in El Katif we could spread the load of our different events. On behalf of my wife Linda and myself we wish all of you a joyous Holiday season. May peace, harmony and fun prevail.


Joseph C. Rodgers 08/15/1928 - 10/26/2017 Created a Shriner: 04/26/1974

Theo Theodor

04/02/1937 - 11/06/2017 Created a Shriner: 02/10/2015

We are sorry to say that Nobles sometimes pass away without our acknowledgement. As they are Brothers, they are due the recognition of their passing. Please assist in notifying the Temple when a Noble expires. Phone 509-624-2762 or email 4

We live within borrowed time and walk in rented shoes. If we fade, we fade. But let us go out having loved and laughed.

Chaplain’s Corner Tom Felton

For the new Nobles, I am continuing my information on how the Shrine Hospitals came into being. When the Shriners opened their first orthopedic hospital over 90 years ago, they committed themselves to caring for the crippled children of North America. Shriners Hospitals were among the first children’s specialty orthopedic hospitals in North America, and their pioneering efforts earned them an international reputation. Through the years, with the discovery of the polio vaccine and other medical breakthroughs, orthopedic medicine became more advanced. As a result, Shiners Hospitals concentrated their efforts on specialized orthopedic care and research. Today, these “Centers of Excellence” have become major referral hospitals where specialized and complicated orthopedic problems are treated. Some of the most common orthopedic problems treated at Shriners are: . Scoliosis (curvature of the spine) . Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bone disease) . Hand problems . Back problems . Limb deficiencies and growth problems . Othopedic problems of spina bifida with myelodysplasia (parallysis of limbs due to faulty congenital development of the spine and spinal nerves) . Club foot and dislocated hip. . Leg lenth discrepancies . Orthopedic problems resulting from neuromuscular disorders) . Legg-Perthes disease (development problems of the hip) . Rickets I hope that this enlightens you a bit about what we are working for. God Bless you all and God Bless America!


Howie Wynia

Well, here we are at the end of the year. It came so fast. However, the last thing I want to say, or the first thing I want to do, or say in this Article, is an enormous “THANK YOU” to all of my brothers, comrades, friends and Veterans, who either took part, or attended our 18th Annual “Musical Salute To Veterans” Show, last month! I think the show was a huge success that followed the Holiday Turkey Dinner. Our Special Guest Artist, Retired U.S. Army Lt Col Hank Cramer, from Methow Valley, was an absolute delight, and he fit in just perfectly with our Shrine Band, Shrine Chanters, Bagpipes, Color Guards, Flags, Jr ROTC Cadets, and SEA Cadets, along with our Civil War Reenactors. Our crowd of Shriners, Masons, and their Ladies, plus public guests and military Veterans (including a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient), seemed to thoroughly enjoy all of the Patriotic Flag Waving that was going on, with Music to match! Our Adjutant Tom has promised a good Christmas Dinner for that evening. Our Christmas Party will include a Boys & Girls Gift Exchange with the value being no more than $20 per gift. Also, we’ll be collecting food for the Food Bank, so load up on canned goods and whatever and bring your donations to the Party. Please Remember to call your reservations in to Adjutant Tom. LOH Officers to be Installed that evening are Commander Tom Stegeman; 1st Lt CMDR, Howard Wynia, PC; 2nd Lt CMDR, Roger Gehrig, PP, PC; Adjutant, Tom Hart, PC; and Chaplain, Tom Felton, PC. Lots going on this month, so keep an eye on your Calendars, so you don’t miss anything. For instance, the POTENTATE has set Monday, 11 December as the Annual Units Party Dinner at the Shrine Event Center. That is usually the Legion Of Honor meeting night, and in December it’s the combined Christmas Party and Installation Of New Officers. You don’t want to miss that. It has been moved to Tuesday, 12 December, at 5:30pm in the Eagle’s Hall. Looking forward to seeing you all there. Backing up a little bit, please don’t miss the Shrine Stated Meeting, on Wednesday, 6 December. That is Election night for our new Divan and POTENTATE. A very important evening. Two important functions in December, are the Animals Christmas Party for the Kids at the Shrine Event Center, on Friday, 15 December, with cookies and punch, and Santa Claus with the Animals. Lots of picture taking fun.......and then the Shriner Christmas Dinner the next night, Saturday, 16 December at the Shrine Event Center. There is more info just to your left... “IT IS AN HONOR TO BELONG TO THE LEGION OF HONOR!!” MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!! 7

Brad Wood Greetings from the beautiful Okanogan Valley. Noble Guy Fisher has been facing some health issues and has asked for someone else to take over for him. So, with your indulgence I will try to fill his shoes. The nobles of Okanogan County Shrine and their ladies met November 13th at Koala Street Grill at 7 PM. After President Gordie Cockle opened with the pledge of allegiance, secretary/treasurer Gary Bull read a letter of appreciation from Ronald McDonald House for our donation. A discussion followed on the results of our raffle sales at the Okanogan County Fair. A special shout out to Hank Conrad of Hank’s Market in Twisp for his continued generosity. Hank epitomizes what it means to be a Shriner and we are humbled by his support. We will meet November 28th to put the Christmas lights on the caboose in preparation for the Omak Christmas Parade on December 9th. The Okanogan Masons Family Party follows at the lodge in Okanogan. The Okanogan Shriners Kids Christmas Party is December 12th at 6 PM. Noble Allen Fisher is receiving weekly chemo treatments and could use some words of encouragement. Drop him a line at PO Box 1755, Omak, WA. 98840 We also had our elections and Noble Gordie Cockle was re-elected president, Loren Wahl as vice-president and Gary Bull will remain as secretary/treasurer. Our district liaison Noble Gary Wood and his Lady Shelly were in attendance. Gary gave a report on the upcoming events. We have appreciated them for their dedication to the cause. After golfing with Noble Gary this summer, it became readily apparent why he is a cowboy! May you all have a safe and happy Christmas season from the Nobles and Ladies of Okanogan County Shrine Club.

2017 FALL CEREMONIAL APPRECIATION Considering the very steep learning curve required due to new personnel and large events scheduled close together, I felt that the Ceremonial went extremely well. There were hiccups but most of you pitched in to make this a very memorable event for our 8 new Nobles and their guests. To all of you who worked, participated, and stepped up when asked, I can’t thank you enough for your efforts and true selfless teamwork to make it a success. Rest assured that I know who did the work. It could not have been done without all of you and I sincerely appreciate all of you. Again, one of the really great things that happened at the Fall Ceremonial was how everybody worked together and most of you filled in when things were about to go south. And, essentially, it was done without question and it was done immediately. How refreshing it is to be a part of a team that works together to accomplish the goals. I feel this teamwork was recognized by the new Nobles and their guests which gave them a better idea of what they were becoming as a part of El Katif. So, thank you all so much. Doug Morgan, PP Committee Chairman

Bob Valentine Greetings Nobles – We hope everyone enjoyed a Happy Thanksgiving and offered THANKS for our many blessings. And thanks to our many Veterans in all the branches of the military for their service. Thanks also, to our Greeter Howie Wynia, for the terrific program he presented (again) as a Legion of Honor member to recognize our El Katif Shrine Veterans – it was GREAT! Our recent November Greeters meeting was well attended by 16 members. New Officers were nominated and elected for 2018 as follows: Greg Kranich, President; Bob Kem, Vice-President; Herb Postlewait, Secretary-Treasurer and Curly Werner & Jim Babb, Social co-chairmen. Dates to remember for December for Greeters to RSVP as necessary: Sat. Dec. 2 - Hospital Christmas Party Tue. Dec. 5 - Greeters Christmas Party Fri. Dec. 15 - Animals Christmas Party for Kids & Grandkids (Cookies Needed) Sat. Dec. 16 - El Katif Christmas Party. Also, at the meeting, Peter Brewer, our Hospital Administrator, updated us on the 3rd floor remodeling project which continues to evolve. The Radiology Suite remodel is now underway. A Sports Medicine business plan is being studied for potential implementation at our hospital. October was another record setting month for the hospital – record number of surgeries, patients seen, fracture clinic patients seen. We continue to see more referrals for fracture visit walk-ins every week day. WE NEED MORE GREETERS TO HELP US and we may have to schedule 2 Greeters on some very busy days in the future. The Greeters Unit participated in many ways for the Fall Ceremonial recently throughout the day and evening as usual. This helps to increase our visibility to attract new members and hopefully some of the New Nobles will join us. CALLING ALL NOBLES - Your help is needed to BE a Greeter. If you want to be more active at the Spokane Hospital greeting our patients and their parents and providing Tours, we need YOU ! Just one week-day per month is all we need of your time from 7:30 to 2:00 PM. It is a very rewarding experience volunteering & interacting with the Kids we help at the Hospital. Contact any of us to learn more or attend a Greeter’s meeting. See you at the next Stated Meeting and remember the Greeters Unit meeting is always the following Thursday @ Noon in the 5th floor auditorium of the Hospital. Get involved with US. Remember to visit for a comprehensive look at all the wonderful information about our great Spokane Hospital – there’s a wealth of information there to bring you the latest on what is happening! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL SHRINERS & THEIR LADIES FROM THE GREETERS UNIT OF EL KATIF! 9

Jeff Meyer Warm Greetings from the Columbia Basin Shrine Club (CBSC) in Pasco, WA! As the author types this message, our club is getting ready to participate in the West Richland Veteran’s Day Parade. Noble Robert Morrow and Lady Lisa have worked hard to get and keep all our parade equipment in shipshape! This is the last parade of the year, and as the author reflects, it has been a great year for parades! It is thrilling to see and experience the warm welcome we receive from every community. It is heartwarming to hear the cries of “Thank you Shriners!” At every parade we hear a personal story from someone how the Shriners has helped them or a loved-one. Go Shriners! Our Screening Clinic on October 21st yielded two new patient referrals. Many thanks to Noble Jim Hay for leading and coordinating this effort! Our club raffle is on-track for a record year, thanks in large part to the inexhaustible efforts of Noble Ray Schulz! Noble Ray is also in-charge of our Hospital Fund, which contributes many thousands of dollars every year to Shriners Hospital for Children. Thank you Noble Ray! Our club installation of officers will be conducted on Friday, December 1st at our clubhouse in Pasco, WA (1811 Sylvester Street). Officers for 2018 are: President, Noble Robert Brockman and Lady Karen, 1st Vice President, Noble Larry Smith and Lady JoAnn, 2nd Vice President, Noble Lloyd Keith and Lady Jessica, 3rd Vice President, Noble Fred Tappe, Secretary Treasurer, Noble Jeff Meyer and Lady Tammy, Trustees, Noble Jim Hay and Noble Robin Swartz and Lady Sandy. Congratulations to our new officers! As the year comes rapidly to a close, please accept Warmest Wishes from all the Nobles and Ladies of the Columbia Basin Shrine Club for a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

Jim Kirkpatrick The Pomeroy Shrine Club finally held its first fall meeting in November at the home of Noble Bob Cox and his Lady Resa. Again we thank you two for having us – it is always a very enjoyable experience. Joining us was our liaison Noble Jim Stewart and his Lady Michele. We so appreciate the effort you make to come clear from Colville!! We also had other guests who shared the evening with us. Our President Dick Martin asked if anyone would like to change officers and the only new position is that Jim Storey is now our Vice President. We did not have a current count yet on our fund raising drive but it always seems to be good for such a small club. Our thanks to the merchants in Pomeroy and to a couple of special iIndividual donors for their generosity. Noble Jim Stewart updated us on the happenings in Spokane, including the new members who are becoming Shriners and bringing in younger members. He mentioned the Christmas parties, and the upcoming installation of the new officers. He also told us about how the hospital needs more patients since so many procedures are done on an outpatient basis and that there will be a major shift in the next five years. We ask that all of you keep Noble Andy Anderson and his Lady Mary Lynn in your prayers. We wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2018!

Doug Warnock

Responding to Noble President Gerald Taylor’s challenge to invite new people to visit the Blue Mountain Shrine Club, Nobles brought five guests to the November dinner meeting. This is an effort to share a great meal with non-Shriners and to have them better informed about who the Shriners are and what we do. An Election of officers for 2018 was included in the club business. Noble President Gerald Taylor was re-elected for a second year. Most of the 2017 officers will serve in the same position for 2018. They include Kent Osborne, First Vice President, and trustees Joe McMichael, Fred Hair, Jack Largent and Doug Warnock. Randy Kromm will continue as President of the Cycle Patrol and Al Conetto will continue as the patrol’s Trail Boss. Noble Dave Campanella, High Priest and Prophet, and his Lady, Brenda, met with the club as liaison from Illustrious Sir Tom Richardson’s Divan. Noble Dave spoke of Shriners’ success in providing a special high school athletic trophy, which recognized the competition between two local schools and stimulated much enthusiasm and spirit in the community among all ages. He indicated that this type of grass roots effort can mean a lot to a community and we would do well to look for opportunities to help fill a need and build community spirit. Noble Dave reviewed El Katif’s calendar of events through the holiday season and into the new year. Noble President Taylor discussed plans the club is working on to partner with local wineries to establish a line of wine that would support the Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane. Currently, the Blue Mountain Shrine Club relies mainly on the Basketball Tournament program advertisements for it’s fund-raising to support the hospital. The tournament ad sales are done in partnership with the Whitman County and Pomeroy Shrine Clubs. Sale of the ads for the District 9-1B and District 7-2B Basketball Tournaments has begun and will be completed in December. The December meeting will feature the club’s Christmas Program and include having local Shrine widows as our special guests. It will include an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest. Prizes for the most ugly sweater will be awarded!

John Robertson, PP

Here it is December and another year has come and gone. We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and that your plans for Christmas and the New Year are coming together without any issues. We hope that the Holidays bring back many great memories and that this year gives you the opportunity to create new ones for the future. The time is now to concentrate on getting out to your Blue Lodges and talk about the great things you do as a Shrine- Mason. The opportunities to see and hear the great stories and experiences that people share with you. These give you the opportunity to reflect upon why you became a Shrine-Mason, giving you inspiration to continue on and help leave a Legacy for those that shall follow you on our Mission to help Children. Be involved in your Lodge as well for they are also doing things to help the Community we live in to be a better place for all. Remember the Golden Rule as we travel through each day. Change can happen if we all practice being better Men. May each of you and your families enjoy the holidays and may the Blessings of Heaven be with you all.

Moonshriners Kurt Kimberling, PP

November saw an entry of eight more Nobles into our Shrine during the 2017 Fall Ceremonial. We supported the program on several levels, from transportation to and from the Hospital, 75% of the Oriental band, and the end of day cleanup. The evening portion of the ceremonial was festive and everyone had a great time! We decided that we wouldn’t participate in the CD’A parade this year. We’re hoping that your Thanksgiving was a great experience. Christmas is just around the corner and with it brings all the parties, shopping day countdowns and stress. Unfortunately, sometimes we lose the true meaning of Christmas. As we round the end of this year we should be thankful for what we have and where we are. We have been very busy this year and have increased our membership, participated/supported all Temple functions and did so with gusto. Our Elephant Ear booth was very successful due to the dedication and efforts of our members and the help of our volunteers. All of these efforts led to the support of our Moonshiner Club and on a small level, the wellbeing of our hospital patients and staff. Thank You! The December Stated Meeting for the Shrine will be our Annual Meeting. This is a meeting that we shouldn’t miss. During this occasion, elections for next year occur along with the awarding of the highly coveted Shriner of the Year, and Club & Units of the Year. Remember to RSVP to the Secretary for our Christmas Party. Happy New Year!!

John Robertson, PP November has been a busy month with all of the Fall meetings, Election Day, Veterans day, Thanksgiving and a Ceremonial all within a few weeks of each other. It is hard to believe that we will also be having our Temple elections on Dec 6th, and Holiday parties everywhere in December. Even some travel time for you Snowbirds as you head to your warmer winter nests. Whether you are here in the Northwest or off on an adventure, we hope you have the finest Christmas and Happy New Year one can have. Even though Thanksgiving has come and gone we still must remember why we are Thankful as we go into the Christmas and New Year holiday season. Please remember the saying “Life is what we make of it.” This also applies to our like as a Shrine-Mason, you gain from your experiences in as much as you invest in your experiences. We had our annual elections at our Stated Meeting in November and we have elected the following Officers to a second Term: President- Jeff Duty : 1st Vice President- Brand Bersante; 2nd Vice President- Denny Hogan; Secretary- Jesse Pew; Treasurer- Rod Higgins; Auto Patrol- Stu Slinger; Hospital Float- John Robertson PP. They have all done a great job in leading us this year and have set us up for a successful future. Their time and commitment has given us a lot to be proud of. Thank you Nobles and your Ladies for your support. Remember that you too can join us for fun and fellowship at our regularly stated meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the VFW on S. David Rd. For information please contact any of the officers. Our Contact info is in the El Katif Shrine Roster. Remember to make sure your info is updated as well so when you are called upon you can be reached. Together we can make a difference especially if we are all working in a positive direction. Merry Christmas to you all!

Donna Fisher

The fall craft show was well attended with 17 tables (LOS had two). Several organizations were represented and Amaranth was the host with a noon potato bar. Peggy Wetmore will be hosting our annual Christmas potluck at Millwood Masonic Center. The clownery will be face painting for the holidays and the Cutups are busy sewing for the hospital. We will be gift wrapping at Fred Meyers two weekends. What fun! Next meeting, December 5 – Millwood Masonic Center 7:00- Potluck 5:30 Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other’s little failings.

Gary Van Dyke

Whitman County Shrine Club (WCSC) Stated Meeting November 8th, 2017 Meeting was held at the LaCrosse Café in Lacrosse, Washington. There were 16 Nobles and their Ladies present. The food was excellent, with chicken fried steak and country style gravy, salad and veggies. The staff was thanked for an excellent venue. The next meeting will be at Spangle Harvester Restaurant and will be the installation of officers and our annual Christmas party. Please RSVP with Jeff Wood at 509-5693413. New WCSC shirts and hats are now available with a new design. President Jeff Wood thanked everyone for attending and stated his wife Christina could not attend. Jon Lind, our liaison, could not attend and asked Gary Van Dyke to report on El Katif coming events. They are: November 11th El Katif Fall Ceremonial daytime starting at 8:30am at Shrine Event Center with the evening banquet and fezzing at Mirabeau Hotel. December 11th El Katif Club and Unit party at Event Center starting at 6:00 pm. Divan feeds the Club and Unit members. December 16th El Katif Christmas Party at Event Center with everything starting at 5:30pm. Food is prime rib or salmon. Dress “tasteful” holiday attire. RSVP’s are a must to the Shrine Office 509-624-2762. Jeff thanked everyone for the Palouse Empire Fair help. Stated we served 100 breakfasts and will again serve breakfast next year. Menu at booth next year will add chili with the hot dogs. 14

Ryan Leonard

Greeting Nobles, I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving and are looking forward to a joyous holiday season and time spent with family and friends. In the spirt of the season, here is December’s famous movie quote. “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” Do you think you know where this quote came from? The answer will be revealed in January. On November 11 (Veteran’s Day), the Actors welcomed 8 new Nobles to membership in El Katif Shrine during our Fall Ceremonial. We want to welcome all of this year’s Nobles to El Katif and encourage you to get involved with a Club or Unit (and we hope that you will take a serious look at the Actors). On a personal note, I want to thank all of the Actors who made Saturday’s first section such a success. They include Noble Roger Nelson, Noble Fred Grubb, Noble Merle Iverson, Noble Jack Jackson, Illustrious Sir John Robertson, Noble Herb Valley, Noble Karl Hill, Noble Jon Lind, and our Director, Illustrious Sir Dale Hearn. I also want to thank the El Katif Legion of Honor and the Oriental Band for their Assistance in the first section. Thank you all for a job well done! The Actors look forward to performing more ceremonials in 2018! Finally, the Actors are always looking to add to our ranks! If you enjoy performing on stage, dressing up in costume, or even helping with lighting and stage setup, then we want to hear from you! Please contact our president, Illustrious Sir Dale Hearn, at (509) 475-7636 or by email See you soon Nobles!

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2018 Pote’s Ball January 20, 2018



Chuck Wetmore

NEWS FROM THE BAND – It’s good to have all the band members back after their many illnesses and in good form once again! The band is growing slowly with the addition of a few new “Guest Artists” and some grandchildren of band Nobles. With just the addition of a few new musicians we can again plan on adding some of our more advance arrangements from the past. The band enjoyed playing before the Stated Meetings, for Octoberfest, and the Salute to Veterans. NOTICE TO ALL NOBLES AND NEW NOBLES: We Need You to keep our band performing in top shape! We play at each stated meeting, parades, retirement homes and many other venues throughout the year. We meet every Wednesday evening at 6:30 and play until 8:00 PM. Everyone is welcome regardless of your ability to play. You are urged to bring any other musicians that you know, regardless of their Masonic affiliation, to perform with the band as one of our guest artists, male or female. Yes, females, we at last have permission to add our ladies to the band. If you need an instrument, the band has several to loan, and uniforms are provided. The El Katif Shrine band is over 100 years old and one of the oldest units in the Temple. It is the only surviving Shrine Band in the Pacific Northwest, and we must keep it going. The next formal concert will be held at the San Souci West Activity Building on November 29th at 6:30 PM, all are welcome! The Annual Band Christmas party will be held at the Shrine Center on December 13th with wine and cheese starting the evening at 6:00pm, dinner at 7:00pm, with entertainment to follow. Why do Nobles and guests join the band? They enjoy the fun and fellowship of their fellow musicians! They enjoy playing their horns in an easy relaxed atmosphere! They enjoy the familiar music! They enjoy entertaining people! They enjoy supporting our temple! See something you like, then you should plan on joining us on Wednesdays. Pull out that old horn or drum and bring it with you to band. All of our band members were away from playing for many, many years before starting to play again, now is your chance to do the same and jump in with us, it’s great fun! Contact Band President Stu Slinger 509-299-5555 for more information on music and instruments for loan. 19



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For the last couple of years, the Columbia Basin Antique Power Club, centered around Moses Lake, WA, has been hosting an antique tractor pull usually around the first weekend in October. These generous folks range from real antiques, 94 yoa, to young folks in their teens. These very generous people have been donating their hard earned dollars to the kids at the Shriner’s Hospital in Spokane. This year, their generosity totaled 1581.00 !! I take this opportunity to thank these wonderful folks on behalf of the kids at the Shriner’s Hospital. I will endeavor to carry on this yearly donation. Dan Gerth El Katif, Oroville, WA


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El Katif Shriners 7217 W. Westbow Blvd. Spokane, WA 99224


December 2017 Sunday













Animals Christmas Party for Kids

El Katif Christmas Party




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Moonie Christmas Party






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Greeters Christmas Party

Stated mtg

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C & U Party Okanogan mtg

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El Katif Band Christmas Party






Christmas Eve / NYE

Christmas Day

Shrine Office closed






N. Spo Shrine mtg



December 2017