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The El Katif Shrine is proud to introduce Ill Sir Tom & First Lady Cheryl Richardson

Potentate Tom Richardson and Lady Cheryl Cordially invite you to attend the Potentate’s Installation, Banquet & Ball Saturday, January 21, 2017 Red Lion Hotel at the Park

Red Lion at the Park, Ballroom B & C No Host Social 5:30 p.m. Banquet 7:00 p.m. Bill of Fare 6oz Oak Grilled Prime New York Steak with Red Onion Marmalade Sauce or 6 Grilled Jumbo Shrimp with Sweet Pepper Saffron Sauce $35.00 Per Person Dancing to follow featuring country music by “Dusty Klink and Nobody Famous” Semi Formal Dress Red Lion, 303 W North River Drive, Spokane, WA 99201 Special room rates available, $105.00 plus tax if reservations are made no later than January 11, 2017, otherwise rate will increase. For Reservations please call 509-777-6300 and ask for the El Katif Shriners rate. Complimentary overnight self parking RSVP to the El Katif Shrine Office by January 13, 2017. Please indicate dinner choice. 509-624-2762

From the POTE Illustrious Sir Tom Richardson

I am honored and excited to serve the Nobility of El Katif as Potentate for the year 2017. Thank you! Lady Cheryl and I are planning a fun year with a few conventional events and some unique ones too, for all Nobles and their Ladies. In our travels over the past eight years we have had the opportunity to become very close to all of you. This is not just El Katif, but a close-knit El Katif family to both of us. The year will be a busy one, so let’s start the ride by “Giddy Up Go! Takin’ Care of Business.” We will begin the month with the Installation of Officers on January 4th and a reception to follow including the Noble’s Ladies. Moving on to January 21st, which is an all day event, beginning with the Seminar for the Club and Unit officers of El Katif, as well as any members who wish to join in; followed by the Potentate’s Ball in the evening. The morning will start at 8:00 AM with a hosted Continental Breakfast for all Nobles. Promptly at 9:00 AM the Seminar will get underway and down to business with our presentations. We’re looking to be finished around noon so the Nobles and Ladies may go to lunch, shopping, or just relax until the fun evening begins. At 5:30 PM the Potentate’s Ball activities will get rolling into action with a no host social, dinner to be served at 7:00 PM. Following the dinner we will take care of the business of introductions, swearing in of all officers, clubs and units, and honoring Illustrious Sir John and Lady Bridget for their work in 2016. At 9:00 PM the business will be over and it will be time to remove our fez. Enjoy listening to the music of “Dusty Klink and Nobody Famous” and kicking up your dancing heels. All activities for the day will be at the Red Lion at the Park. Your RSVP’s must be made no later than January 11th to be able to give the hotel a correct head count for breakfast and dinner. Some scheduled events this year are Ladies Project Sale on March 25 and 26th, Hot Sands April 29th, Freedom Raffle on July 22nd, Duck Race on September 24th, Wine and Brew Tasting on October 7th, Sportsman Auction on October 28th, and the El Katif Christmas Party on December 16th. Cheryl and I are hoping to plan a mini trip, more info to come on this. Our big trip will be full of fun as we head to Branson, Missouri, on October 9th through the 15th. We will be setting up a presentation in the near future, keep an eye out in the Word. So, you can see, we are going to ride with fun but work hard! Giddy Up Go! Takin’ Care of Business. Fraternally, Tom Richardson 1

The Word Staff Jay Smith PP, Magaging Editor Chase Abbott, Editor DIVAN Potentate Chief Rabban Assistant Rabban High Priest & Prophet Oriental Guide Recorder Treasurer First Ceremonial Master Second Ceremonial Master Ceremonial Director Marshal Captain of the Guard Outer Guard

Tom Richardson Jim Stewart Jon Lind Dave Campanella Roger Nelson Jay Smith PP Kurt Kimberling PP TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

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 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) 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, Bruce Keyser, 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 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

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. Floyd Johnson Moonshriners Jim Tourtillotte North Spokane Scott Fiedler Northeast Washington Okanogan Gordie Cockle Pomeroy Dick Martin Shurtah Jeff Lane South Spokane Jeff Duty Whitman County Jeff Wood

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The Recorder’s Ramblings... Ill Sir Jay Smith, PP

Nobles and Ladies, Well, here we are moving into a New Year of 2017. As of the December elections you, as Nobles, have elected a new Potentate and Board of Directors along with three Imperial Representatives to represent you at Daytona Beach, Florida at our Imperial Session in July. As Potentate you elected Tom Richardson; Chief Rabban – Jim Stewart; Assistant Rabban – Jon Lind; High Priest and Prophet – Dave Campanella; Oriental Guide – Roger Nelson; Treasurer – Kurt Kimberling; and Recorder – Jay Smith. After Tom’s Installation he will announce his appointed Divan and Staff. You will be seeing five new faces on the Divan coming aboard. Tom’s choices are fantastic, but “OH” it’s a surprise! I will tell you that Tom chose qualified people that know how to have fun and show lots of excitement. I am really looking forward to a fun year in 2017. There are just a few things that I would like to bring to your attention about January. On January 21st Illustrious Sir Tom and Lady Cheryl are hosting our annual Seminar and Potentate’s Ball at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park. The morning of the 21st starts off with a hosted continental breakfast, which will start off around 8:00 a.m. There will be a Bloody Mary Bar open for your convenience if anyone wishes to purchase one. Nobles, please RSVP to the office if you are going to attend the breakfast and Seminar. We need a food count to tell the hotel. This is very important. The Seminar will get started promptly at 9:00 a.m. Illustrious Sir Tom has a schedule to stay on pretty much all day. The Seminar should conclude before or around noon. This is where all of you Nobles have free time to do whatever you wish. Lunch is on your own. As we move into the evening activities we will start with a 5:30 p.m. no host bar and hospitality in the Riverfront Ballroom. At approximately 6:30 we will be forming the corridor to start off the evening’s events. Then to top the evening off, we will be dancing to Country Western Music by our own “Dusty Klink and Nobody Famous”. Nobles, it is very important to RSVP to the Shrine Office as soon as possible. In doing so, please tell us how many will attend and your choice of meal, which is Oak Grilled Prime New York Steak or Grilled Jumbo Shrimp with Sweet Pepper Saffron Sauce. Your choice for only $35.00 per person. Also, for those wishing to stay at the hotel, Tom and Cheryl have a special Shrine room rate of $105.00 plus tax. Just ask for the Shrine rate. This rate will be honored until January 11th. I can’t say this enough – prompt RSVP’s will be very much appreciated! So, as Illustrious Sir Tom would say, “Giddy Up Go” and “Takin’ Care of Business”. Illustrious Sir Jay Smith P.P. Recorder


Chaplain’s Corner

Tom Felton Where did 2016 go? It seemed to fly by and right into 2017 - never thought I would see it. We now have a new Potentate Illustrious Sir Tom Richardson and we are moving into a new Shrine year. Let’s us support Illustrious Sir Tom all we can. Really enjoyed the Club/Unit Awards Party. It was great to have the Ladies there as it added a sense of pride for the Nobles that won awards. Congratulations to all for a job well done through hard work in 2016 for El Katif Shrine. I was asked by the Commander of the Legion of Honor, Jerry Gendreau, to conduct a Memorial for our members who have passed away. I was disturbed because I realized how little I knew about people I considered my good friends. Commander Jerry has asked everyone in the Legion of Honor to fill out and give him a brief biography of themselves. He is attempting to learn more about our comrade in arms, so that we are more knowledgeable about our Legion of Honor members. Good job Commander Jerry! Nobles and Ladies, I wish you all a good and happy 2017 and may God bless and keep you safe.

Melvin Hayes, Sr. 9/24/1917-11/17/2016 Created: 11/13/1959

Paul Tudich 9/28/1932-11/30-2016 Created: 11/17/1995

Norman Peterson 9/17/1923-11/28/2015 Created: 11/17/1978

God Bless America!

El Katif Shriners Annual Stated Meeting Wednesday, January 4, 2017 El Katif Shrine Center 7:30 PM

Unit/Club Heads Meeting 5:30 PM Oasis 5:30 PM Dinner 6:00-7:00 PM; $15.00 per person RSVP a must! 509-624-2762 This meeting will include Installation of Officers for 2017, the Annual El Katif Year End report,the Annual Shrine Park Association meeting, and any such other business as may rightfully come before the membership of El Katif. 2016 Dues card is required for admission. 4

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 509-627-2762 or email

Kurt Kimberling, PP Reporter Happy New Years!! I hope everybody had a great Holiday with lots of family, friends, multiple Christmas Parties and becoming enveloped in the Spirit of the Season! Speaking of Christmas Parties, we had ours at the property and it was well attended. Lots of fun and fellowship was shared especially prior to the dinner which, by the way was great. The new officers for the ensuing year were sworn in by IS John using our time honored traditional ritual. Our new President is Jim Tourtillotte. Jim has a lot of experience at this position and he will be bringing lots of experience with him to the table. Jim spoke eloquently about the Moonies and our accomplishments during the past year. Just a quick highlight: Major Contribution to the new EOS Machine for the Hospital, purchase of Motivational Books for the Staff, Hardware/software, lanyards, and the ever popular

Shrine Hospital pins. We could not have accomplished this without the dedication of our members and their friends and families. Jim mentioned that this year he wants to do even more and have more fun doing it. He has some really exciting ideas that should be a real hoot. He also expressed that our monthly meetings will be family friendly dinners with wives and children invited and encouraged to participate. There will be a men’s only meeting after dinner. The monthly dinner will be supervised by a different member each month. January’s meeting will be Randy with a Western theme with Chicken and sausage etc. Put on your insulated cowboy duds and join us for some fun. February will be Kurt and Elaine’s opportunity to showcase Chili and the theme is ugly sweater/tie competition. There are lots of opportunities to excel. Get your reservation in to Mike ASAP. The next big activity will be the Potes Ball and Seminar at the Red Lion. (see the word advertisement/ details) Again, make your reservations soon for the best rates. Get in on the ground floor of what will be an exciting year. Hope to see you soon!

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Doug Warnock Reporter Blue Mt. Shrine Club’s December 9th meeting featured a Christmas party with Nobles and Ladies dressed in more formal attire than usual. The tables were decorated in Holiday fashion. Noble President Richard Coleman presided for his last meeting as club leader. Several Nobles and Ladies from neighboring Columbia Basin Shrine Club were in attendance. A tradition of Blue Mt. Shrine Club is to invite Shrine widows to this holiday gathering. Several widowed Shrine Ladies were introduced and each given a poinsettia to take home. Noble Jon Lind, Blue Mt. Club’s liaison, spoke on El Katif activities scheduled for December and January. Of special importance are the Shriners Seminar on January 21 and the Potentates Ball that evening. Both the seminar and evening festivities will be at the Red Lion Inn At The Park in Spokane. Noble Jon announced that our liaison for 2017 would be Noble David Campanella and his Lady Brenda. Noble David is widely known for his portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln at special programs and events. The Spokane Shriners Hospital administration is planning to add a cleft lip and palate clinic. To be able to do that, the hospital needs an addi-

tional building and is hoping to find one available near the present hospital site. Current out-patient treatments number 8,810, Noble Jon indicated. The fracture clinic is experiencing a 10 to 15% growth per month indicating the great need it is serving. Hospital services consistently receive a rating of 95 to 98%, out of 100, from patients and families, indicating the high quality of the treatment being provided. Noble Jon reminded us that all El Katif Shriners should be proud of what they do to support the hospital and keep it thriving. The officers and trustees for 2017 were officially installed by Noble Jon. Installed were the following Nobles: Gerald Taylor - President, Kent Osborne – 1st Vice President, and Al Conetto – Secretary Treasurer. Members of the Board of Trustees installed were Past President Richard Coleman, Fred Hair, Jack Largent, Joe McMichael and Doug Warnock. Noble President Gerald Taylor took the gavel and thanked Past President Richard for his good leadership, this last year. Noble President Gerald and Lady Carri Ann are looking forward to a busy and fun-filled year in 2017.


Stated Meeting: Elections

Herb Postlewait Reporter Nobles, The North Spokane Shrine Club will continue their monthly meetings on the 4th Monday of the month in 2017. We will have a new President with most other officers moving up. Please join us for dinner and comradery at the Eagles on Lidgerwood at 5:30. The food is good and very affordable (usually $12.00); and the service excellent.

Guy Fisher Reporter The Nobles of the Sunny Okanogan have had a good year. We have enjoyed the parades, raffle ticket sales and the fellowship with the Divan and each other. The foster kids Christmas party was held on December 6th with Noble Brick Wall playing Santa, he does a great job, we had 30 foster kids and their parents. Presents, lots of pizza and icecream were enjoyed. Each child received a stuffed animal and a wrapped present. The Omak Christmas Parade was December 10th and we pulled the caboose for our last event of the year.

To make reservations for dinner, please contact Claudia Hart at 325-4797. We always have a drawing for cash and a free dinner. Our own Scott Fiedler was awarded Animal of the Year. Way to go Scott! We are looking forward to supporting Ill Sir Tom Richardson and his Lady Cheryl in 2017. They have been joining us for dinner as Tom was the 2016 Liaison. Remember, we need new members. There are many activities to enjoy as members of our great fraternity. Our election of officers was held at our November 14th meeting. Officers elected were Gordie Cockle - President; Sunny Wilson - Vice President; Gary Bull - Secretary/ Treasurer; and Guy Fisher - Reporter. The Shrine Fall Ceremonial was held on November 19 and we have a new Shriner, Loren Wahl from Tonasket. The Shrine is losing members, so please invite Blue Lodge Members to come to a meeting and enjoy our fellowship. A big thanks to Jeff Lane and his Lady Brandy for their guidance and attendance at our meetings. We will be dark in January and February. Have a Happy New Year. See you in March of 2017.

Bob Valentine Reporter Greetings Nobles, The GREETERS wish ALL the Nobility a Happy New Year, blessed with good health & prosperity. Congratulations to Noble Tom Richardson being elected as our 2017 Potentate and to all the Divan who moved up. Recently, at the Hospital Christmas Party held for employees and volunteers, One of our Own Greeters, Stu Slinger, was awarded the Volunteer of the Year – Congratulations again to you Stewart !!! Well deserved. A few days later

the Greeters had their own party with all our “Ladies” as usual at the Manito Country Club with a nice dinner with Holiday Entertainment. At our December Greeter’s meeting we welcomed back a prior Greeter, Gary Newton, as well as new members Dave Swannack and Greg Kranich. Nobles, please visit www. spokaneshrinershospital. org for a comprehensive look at all the wonderful information about our great Spokane Hospital – there’s a wealth of information there! See you at the next Stated Meeting & remember the Greeters Unit meeting is always the following Thursday @ Noon in the 5th floor auditorium of the Hospital. join us.

Rod Higgins Reporter South Spokane Shrine Club is a fun-loving group. We’re looking forward to 2017 activities such as our annual picnic in Hayden, our trip to Wallace for Prime Rib and Theater, parades featuring our Hospital Float, social events such as our Valentine’s day celebration and St. Paddy’s Day get-together with various auctions and raffles, and our annual Brown Bag Auction. We plan to have lots of fun in the coming year, and we’d like you to

We capped off our year with our annual Christmas party, featuring music by Theresa McKay’s as our entertainment. As we prepare for the festivities of the season, the Nobles of South Spokane Shrine Club wish you and yours a most joyous New Year.


Howie Wynia Reporter Greetings from your El Katif Legion of Honor Family, where we are brothers and sisters, and when it comes to family, no one is closer than the LOH. This New Year of 2017 will prove that “it is an honor to belong to the Legion of Honor!”. Say “HI” to our newest LOH member, Phil Ostendorf, who moved back to Spokane from the Coast (got homesick). Welcome home Phil, we missed you. If you are an El Katif Noble, and a Military “Veteran”, “Retired”, or “Active Duty”, we would Love to have you join our Family!

Ryan Leonard Reporter Greetings Nobles, Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe 2016 is already gone. Were you able to figure what movie last month’s quote came from? “Merry Christmas Bedford Falls!” The answer is “It’s A 8

Commander Gene Lane invites you to visit our Monthly Dinner Meeting on Monday, 9 January, (the 2nd Monday of each month), at 6:00pm, at the Eagle’s Hall (on Lidgerwood) to meet our Family. Please call Adjutant Tom to make your Reservations. We want to thank our Divan Liaison Officer, Past Potentate, Ill Sir John Robertson for his Support this past year, and welcome our new Divan liaison, Captain of the Guard Jeff Lane. Hmmmm, that name is familiar. Could he possibly be related to our new Commander??? Our new Potentate, Ill Sir Tom Richardson, invites all new Legion of Honor Officers to attend his Training Seminar, at the Red Lion Hotel, on Saturday, 21 January, at 0800, starting with a Continental Breakfast. And then his POTE’s BALL that evening. Reservations are necessary for both functions. Wonderful Life.” It’s that famous scene in which George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) discovers just how fortunate he is to be alive after being shown what life would have been like had he never been born. And now, this month’s movie quote. “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” Do you think you know what movie this quote came from? The answer will be revealed in February.

International Sojourners is another Masonic Organization that is similar to the Legion of Honor, but has no affiliation with Shriners International, and its members are Military Veterans. The local Chapter #102 of Spokane, WA meets the first Wednesday of each month, at Noon at Frankie Doodle’s Restaurant. All Military Veterans who are Master Masons are welcome to attend and join. CONGRATULATIONS to my brothers in the Legion of Honor who won the El Katif “2016 CLUB OF THE

YEAR” Trophy and Plaque, at the recent Awards Banquet. And I would like to thank my brothers who helped me be awarded a special recognition Plaque from Ill Sir John Robertson. Everything we do is a combined effort. Again, thank you. Happy Birthday to me and all of my fellow “Year Older’s” this month. Remember, age is merely the number of years that world has been enjoying you!

Three Generations of Lanes Ill Sir Don, Nile Shrine (Gene’s Son), LOH Commander Gene, and Captain of the Guard Jeff (Gene’s Grandson)

The Actors were privileged to perform the 1st Section of the Hot Sands Fall Ceremonial on November 19 as well as several Cold Sands ceremonials during 2016. I want to thank Nobles Roger Nelson, Fred Grubb, Merle Iverson, Jack Jackson, Brett Westerman, Herb Valley, Karl Hill, Justis VanTyler, Bill Haedt, Jon Lind and our director, Illustrious Sir Dale Hearn, for their efforts. We look forward to doing even more ceremonials in 2017! Finally, the Actors can

always use more Nobles to add to our ranks! If you like to dress up in costume, perform on stage, or if you would like to help with stage setup and lighting, then we want to hear from you! Please contact our president, Dale Hearn, at (509) 475-7636 or by email at

Gary Van Dyke Reporter The meeting was at the Harvester, in Spangle, Washington. There were 40 Nobles and Ladies present. What a great turnout and fun evening. The food was excellent and served by the Harvester’s best. Next WCSC Stated meeting will be January 11th at Waverly Lodge. Please everyone RSVP Jason Flodin at 509 397 3565 and include others attending.Meeting was for the annual installation of officers and our Christmas Party. President Jason opened the meeting by introducing his Lady and family. Jason introduced Jon Lind and Jon introduced his Lady Sue. Jon sat in for our Liaison Jim Stewart. Jim, due to work, could not attend the meeting. Jon reviewed the following: •Potentate elect is going to reinstate Club and Unit meetings prior to Stated Meeting. •Potentate Seminar and Ball will be January 21st, 2017 at the Red Lion Hotel at Park. RSVP office for event and menu now. Rooms are available at the Red Lion Hotel for $105 plus tax. Reservations must be made before January 11th.

•The Seminar for the Club and Unit Heads (all Nobles can attend) will be held at the Red Lion at the Park also. The meeting will start at 8:00 a.m. with a Continental Breakfast. Please RSVP the office. Meeting will start sharply at 9:00 a.m. •Remember to get your newly elected officer names into Chase at the office immediately for 2017 roster. Our Chief Rabban Tom Richardson introduced his wife and thanked everyone. Tom invited everyone to attend the Potentate’s Ball. Tom reminded everyone to call before January 11th, 2017 for reservation and food choices. Bob Holling reminded all about the Crab Feed in Waverly on the first Saturday in February. President Jason presented Joy Paulson with the ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP award and invited her to attend all our meetings. Joy thanked everyone in the Shrine Club for thinking of her and how much she appreciated the award and opportunity. Tom Simpson was then presented with the SHINER OF THE YEAR award. Tom helps in all Shrine events and he and his wife attend all Shrine meetings. Officers Installed were: Jeff Wood President, Hollis Jamison 1st VP, Tom Simpson 2nd VP, Gary Van Dyke Secretary and Glenn Edgemon Treasurer.

WCSC Shriner of the Year: Tom Simpson

Meyer as Secretary and Treasurer in absentia. Jeff Meyer Reporter On December 2nd the Columbia Basin Shrine Club conducted their Stated Meeting and installation of club officers at the Shrine Club in Pasco, WA. President Jeff Meyer and Lady Tammy were in Tennessee for a death in the family; President Elect Kevin Swartz presided. Members of the El Katif Divan in attendance were Outer Guard, Jeff Lane and Lady Brandy. Columbia Basin Shrine Club members in attendance were: President elect Noble Kevin Swartz and Lady Terri, 1st Vice President elect Noble Bob Brockman and Lady Karen, 2nd Vice President elect Noble Larry Smith and Lady JoAnne, out-going Secretary and Treasurer Noble Corky Roberts and Lady Merilee, Trustee Jim Hay and Trustee elect, Noble Robin Swartz and Lady Sandi. Dinner of Roast Beef, potatoes, green vegetables, salad and dessert (cake) was prepared and served by Noble Russ Campbell. The club conducted an abbreviated business meeting and elected Noble Jeff

After dinner, Nobles and Ladies moved upstairs to conduct the installation ceremony. Master of Ceremonies was Noble Robert Morrow. President elect Swartz read a message from out-going president Jeff Meyer thanking the club members for a great year, after which Outer Guard Jeff Lane swore in the 2017 Officers: President: Kevin Swartz 1st Vice President: Bob Brockman 2nd Vice President: Larry Smith 3rd Vice President: Randy Muto (absent) Trustee: Jim Hay Trustee: Robin Swartz After the swearing-in ceremony, the new officers were presented with a gift from First Lady Terri Swartz. President Kevin Swartz presented the Shriner of the Year award to Noble Robert Morrow for his hard work and dedication to the club’s parade activities. The swearing-in ceremony was followed by dessert and refreshments downstairs. The festivities were concluded at 9:00 PM with Peace and Harmony prevailing.

Jason Flodin passing the gavel to the new President, Jeff Wood.

From Left to Right: Jason Flodin, Jeff Wood, Hollis Jamison, and Tom Simpson


2016 Clubs & Units Apprecitation and Awards Banquet


And the awards go to....

Potentate’s Special Recognition Award: Hank Shafer

Potentate’s Special Recognition Award: Howard Wynia

Shriners of the Year: Adam Hergert & Ron Green

Clubs of the Year: Moonshriners & Legion of Honor

Potentate’s Special Recognition Award: Jerry Combs

Unit of the Year: Greeters

Animal of the Year: Scott Fielder

Congratulations Gentlemen!


Christmas with the Animals

January Birthdays 1st Duane E Herman Sr Byron B Wagner Gary A Bull 3rd Walter J Egger Merlin D Buchanan P.P. Brian Jeske Nickolas A Bumpaous 4th Robert Deife 5th Howard D Petheram Jerry L Ward 7th Dennis Young James F Starr 8th Dale R Vaughn Maurice B Rakuson 9th Edward W Sonneborn Jr

10th Frank Larson Bill P Niendam Robert S Kem 11th Robert R Thomsen 12th James A Scott Frank C Lamb Jeffery K Stehr Eric P Thompson 13th Gail W Kalk 14th Leland W Brown 15th James L Bockstruck 16th David G Hamilton Daniel J Singer 17th Richard R Martin Chris M Wood

18th Steve R Black Matthew R Wichman Jason R Flodin Dylan M Whitaker 19th Larry G Maier John R Cranor Jr Timothy J Moore Gary G Wood 20th John W Largent Jr Robert Morrow Drew Hodgson 21st Ben Kruse P.P. 22nd Scott D Gardner 23rd James D Ball Randy A Muto 25th Marion R Hughes Thomas D Redeye

26th Kenneth R Baird Ray B Fichtner Robert R Fancher 27th Michael F Paladin Daniel J Bryant Michael S Bothman 28th Gary L Van Dyke 29th Douglas H Parrott Robert L McVicker Patrick H Collier 30th Heinrich J Hanf 31st Howard E Wynia Sr Fred Van Sickle

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lunch to guests and hospital employees. Eleven LOS ladies cooked and served lunch to Nobles and their Ladies at the Ceremonial. This is one of our money-making projects for the year. The members of Ladies Oriental Shrine have been having fun and spreading joy in December. We started the month off with a bus trip to Leavenworth, Washington to shop, eat and attend the famous Leavenworth Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. A great time was had by all in attendance. Our High Priestess Lady Peggy Wetmore gave an inspirational talk on Ladies Orietal Shrine to the ladies of new Nobles at the El Katif Fall Ceremonial on November 19, 2016 at the Shrine Center. She spoke on how LOS is dedicated in supporting our local Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Many of the LOS ladies volunteer their time during the week at the Hospital in different areas, such as working in the kitchen helping to serve

We had a great December meeting and celebrated the Christmas season with a very nice potluck and a money tree for the hospital. Our Clown Unit has been very busy doing face painting at Riverpark Square Mall, the Animals Christmas Party for kids and at the Learning Center. We welcome new member CHRIS ROTAS to our group. Remember those in need at this time of year, and all year with food for the food bank and clothing also. We need to keep them in our prayers for their wellbeing. Our meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month (except January) at the Millwood Masonic Center, located at 3219 North Argonne Road in beautiful downtown Millwood at 7 pm. BE A MEMBER AND WEAR THE WHITE FEZ.

El Karnak Temple No. 6 had a great year in 2016. Attendance at Stated meetings has been great and the officers have done a wonderful job with their parts! Our Supreme Queen visited El Karnak Temple in November and had a very busy schedule while she was here. She toured the Shriner’s Hospital for Children and met the staff. She was guest of honor for our Banquet on November 2nd. We had our Ceremonial and initiated new members into El Karnak Temple No. 6. El Karnak Temple was recognized in the spring with a plaque ceremony at the Shriner’s Hospital for contributions we have made with our time and monetary giving. We

have exceeded our goal on our moneymaking projects this year. We have had a very successful Community Yard Sale, Pasta Dinner and Bottle auction. Queen Jennifer Bockstruck has had a very rewarding year full of fun and memories, as we have helped make a difference for the Children of Shriner’s Hospital. It takes Teamwork to make a difference and this we have at El Karnak Temple No. 6, Daughters of the Nile. “Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is SUCCESS!” Thanks to Henry Ford for those great words! The January 14, 2017 and February 11, 2017 will be Saturday meetings and called a Family meeting with lunch before the stated meetings. Queen Jennifer and the members of El Karnak Temple No. 6, wish everyone a very Happy New Year 2017!


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