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Cactus Chatter


Sphinx Court #65 - Phoenix, Arizona

December 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. High Priestess Our Ceremonial has come & gone and if you weren’t there, you really missed a wonderful day! Our court performed the ritual and drills beautifully. We had a fantastic lunch and Noble Jim Miller, Chairman of the Shriners Hospital Committee gave a great synopsis of their work for the Shriners’ kids. We will be planning to show the Shiners video at the January 14th Membership Social. Please be there! The big news is that we have ‘made our budget’, meaning that we have sufficient funds for the operation of our court this year. It hasn’t been an easy task! This also means that now we can concentrate more on helping our Shrine kids; and that the lack of a ‘money burden’ releases us to more fully enjoy each other and family… REMEMBER, this doesn’t release us from actively continuing our great record of donations. We have a philanthropic focus on welfare. I wish to thank Lady Barbara Hineman, the Ways &

Means Chairman, Lady Paula Mattingly, Chairman of our golf tournament, and last years’ members for forwarding cookbooks for sale and the many donations (time and money) that our members have lovingly made. Please continue to purchase these lovely cookbooks. They make wonderful gifts. Each additional dollar donation that we receive can go to philanthropy. For the future, I encourage a careful look at the amount of our court dues. Apparently, we are in the lowest tier in the country. An increase would assist relieving some of the future court operating budget problems. Lady Bobbie Balthazor became the lucky new owner of the $500.00 Opportunity. We thank all the donors for this Ways and Means project. This Ways & Means project was another project which helped us to meet our budget goal. Thank you so much to all who participated. Our December 12th meeting is such (cont page 2) 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


Shriner’s Got Talent iNformaiton


Calendar of Events


December 2011

(cont from page 1) an important meeting. We will be voting on ritual changes. Please be there! Please be there in your holiday attire. If you are on the floor, please wear a long skirt/dress. Our January 23rd meeting is the Official Visit of our Grand High Priestess, Sandy Newby, another important meeting. Read more on this in the next Cactus Chatter. MAY YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND REMEMBER THOSE WHO NEED OUR HELP! HUGS…Help the Children, Understand the Mission, Give from the Heart, Share your time and talents!

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

Princess Congratulations to our new Lady Betsy Ramirez. Happy Holidays to everyone, be safe and healthy. I look forward to being with many of you at your Unit's Christmas parties. Thank you for all your support, well wishes and friendship. We all know it takes a Village .... and I am proud to be a part of your Village. Much Love to all of you!

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

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Associate Princess This is the busiest time of year for all of us, cleaning, shopping, decorating and baking. Please keep our kids in the hospitals in your plans and prayers. I had a snowman at the Ceremonial for all to sign their names to make a donation toward my special project for this year. I will have it at the December meeting also. It’s a great way to help our children in the hospitals in lieu of sending cards. As a reminder, the project I have chosen is “Orthopedic Footwear” for the children. My thanks for whatever you can give to help them. Your generous donations for the kids have been wonderful. I have received several boxes from a very generous lady full of knitted hats, scarves, gloves, as well as more lap robes. I also received $60.00, in gift cards from the Clown Unit and will be shipping them along with the hats gloves and scarves. Thank you all for your generous donations. Thank you all for what you do for our children, You are the greatest. Have a healthy and joyous holiday season.

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

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

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Recorder A BIG WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBER: Betsy Ramirez (Jose), 11627 S Prescott Ave, Yuma, AZ 85365, Ph. 928-210-8740 ROSTER CHANGE Priscilla Clay – 11821 North Rio Vista Drive, Sun City, AZ 85351-3642 ATTENTION: DUES IN THE AMOUNT OF $25.00 FOR 2011 WERE DUE APRIL 1, 2011.

Linda Curry, PHP 480-941-2070 email:

Audit Committee Notice Unit and Club books need to be turned in for the GHP inspection promptly after the Unit/Club’s January meeting.

Happy HOLIDAYS The Sun Unit

Happy Holidays From

The Past High Priestess Club

First Ceremonial Lady Welcome to our court, Betsy Ramirez. We hope to see you as often as possible. We know Yuma is a long drive. Although Betsy was our only candidate initiated and we had few in attendance, the ceremonial went well. Congratulations for all who had to multi task. Our other two candidates, Cheryl Hoover and Tanja Ryan were sick with intestinal flu. Hope they feel better soon and join us soon. Congratulations to Karen MacDougall for being installed as One Year Trustee. Thank you for stepping up to the plate. There is a change regarding the Membership Tea. It was suggested we call it a Membership Social. I like the idea. So the Membership Social date is now Saturday, January 14, 2012, at my house at 1PM. My address is 3328 E. Mountain View Rd. in Phoenix. If you've not been to my house, the easiest way is to get on SR 51. If going north on 51, take the 32nd Street exit, go right, then an immediate left, I'm the 4th house on the left. if coming south on 51, take Shea Blvd exit, go right, turn left onto 32nd St. cross over the 51, then make the immediate left onto Mountain View Rd. Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. Our next court meeting is December 12th. Hope to see many ladies dressed in their Holiday Best!

Swan Love, Angel Hugs & Schnauzer Kisses, Gina Baird Home 602-953-0210 Cell 602-791-0925 email:

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

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Second Ceremonial Lady I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Congratulations to our newest member Betsy. We hope you will be able to be active in the Court. As I announced at the meeting, please remember the December Court meeting will be December 12, so if you need to be added, or you are not coming that night for dinner, please let me know by December 8. Thanks to all members for being so good about calling me, it has been a pleasure. The menu for December is Roast Beef, potatoes, carrots and of course a wonderful dessert. The meal is $10.00, and we look forward to seeing all of you in December.

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

Ceremonial Pageantry Many thanks to all for helping to set up and tear down the stage before and after our ceremonial. Many thanks to everyone who participated in the Story. You did a beautiful job! Happy Thanksgiving to all. Lady Jean Glover, PHP Pres.

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

Project Manager, owner 602-740-5635

Clowns Rodeos and clowns are always thought about together, well, sometimes. The Clowns (who are not rodeo clowns) had a great time at the Garrett Rodeo. We painted faces and hands of children of all ages. A special thanks to Dave McKelvey who came with the supplies for balloons even though Debbie was ‘out of service’. Thanks Dave! The rodeo was the last for that group, after all these years. Things change for all of us but we never get completely over being a child. Thankfully!! December is a big month for Clown activities. Big events and parties for children where the guy in red is not the only one having fun. We will be all around town so look for us. Breathe easy – we are not checking to see who is naughty or nice. This is the season of parties and friends, families and fun. The lines have blurred for many of us on these groups of people. Many of our friends have become family. What a true blessing this is!! The common interest we first share through our Masonic heritage draws us together and is the basis for lifelong friendships. Each of the organizations is a part of that heritage and another cause for celebration. The Clowns wish each and every member and their families a happy holiday season. Just believe! With joyful anticipation... Lady Pam Wade Vice Pres.


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Director Staff The Ceremonial went very well; it was a nice show from all. The Director Staff Christmas party is Dec, 4th. If you would like to attend please Contact Geniece Carroll at 602-264-0851. We always have a great time, fun for all. Remember to wear your Christmas attire for our next court meeting, Dec. 12th. From all of us to all of you, please have a safe and happy holiday. Lady Lou Ann Speas, Praying Mantis Assistant Chief

Greeters We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and are looking forward to all of the Christmas parties being hosted by our Court units and clubs, The Greeters Christmas Social will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at the Ironworks Restaurant, 17233 North 45th Avenue, Glendale: Meet and greet will begin at 11:30 AM with Lunch at 12:00 noon. Reservations are required. Please call either Lady Jo Adams at 623-561-2549 or Lady Iris at 480990-1298. We look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it. Since the first Saturday in January, 2012 will be New Years Day, we will be holding our January Meeting at Dillon's Restaurant at Thunderbird and the west 101 Freeway on January 8, at 11:00 Love and prayers to all our members, and especially to those who are ill Lady Iris Colbert Pres.

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

Sphinx Patrol The Patrol wants to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Please join us for our next meeting and O.V. on January 3, 2012, no-host dinner in the Red Fez Room at 5:30 pm, meeting at 7pm, Dessert and Coffee to follow. Good Thoughts and Well Wishes to all who need Cheering up! Lady Linda, we hope you have a speedy recovery form your surgery. Lady Renate Sweat Captain

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

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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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Sun Unit Another year has flown by. Hope it was a good one for all. No meetings in December or January. Our Christmas Party will be on December 9th at Dillon’s, 8706 W. Thunderbird. Dillon’s is just west of Loop 101. 12:30 is the time. Please RSVP to me at 623-876-4088 or Sally Wulff as 23-846-3173 by December 5th. We will order from the menu. Lady Joan Hardy President PHP Club Our OV went off without a hitch. Thank you to the officers for being with us. We as so happy to welcome our newest member Betsy. Everyone did a beautiful job at her initiation. Happy thanksgiving to you are your families. Lady Debbie McKelvey, PHP Sunshine Report

Illness Lady Sally Olson—hospitalized Lady Faye Royal, PHP—hospitalized, and in rehab Lady Bert Allen-Peterrson—hospitalized Lady Shirley Snyder—in rehab facility Lady Linda Curry, PHP—surgery Lady Trudy Mullins, PHP Chairman

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!! Happy Holidays!!! From the Clown Unit

Sphinx Court Travel Fund Committee “Shriner’s Got Talent & Steak Fry” is coming up soon; hopefully all the Units and Clubs are selling tickets for this event. We have several donated items and door prizes so far. Talk about “TALENT” you won’t believe who will be there and what they are going to do. At our last meeting (November 21, 2011) I handed out info to the Clubs and Units on job assessments, so If you have any questions please call me on my cell phone (480-710-5975). It should be a wonderful time for all. So start selling those tickets or they are great Christmas Gifts. Thank you in advance for all your help in making this event great. Not sure if we will need another meeting before the event or not, so let’s all work together and have a great time with “Shriner’s Got Talent & Steak Fry” Lady Jane Sheldon Co-Chairman

Sphinx Court Ways & Means Committee Thanks to the Units, Club and individuals who took tickets to sell, OUR BUDGET HAS BEEN MADE! We even made enough over the budget to cover the $500.00 Opportunity payout and had some to spare. That doesn’t mean we can lean back and relax though. Our Court still needs to keep funds coming in to cover any unexpected expense we might have, but thanks to all of you wonderful Ladies who always come through for the Court, we did it. With everyone working together, we will always succeed. Thanks again Ladies! Lady Barbara Hineman, PHP Chairman

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Join Us for the Sphinx Court Travel Fund’s Shriner’s Got Talent & Steak Fry January 7, 2012 Shrine Auditorium Social Hour 5 - 6 PM Dinner 6 PM Show 7 PM $25 per person Menu: Steak, Baked Potato, Salad, Green Beans, Rolls & Dessert Get your Tickets by December 30th

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 November 19, 2011 4 9 10 12 17 30

DECEMBER Director Staff Holiday Party Sun Unit Holiday Party Clowns Holiday Party Stated Meeting Greeters Holiday Party Cactus Chatter Articles Due

JANUARY, 2012 7 Shriners Got Talent & Steak Fry 14 Membership Social 23 GHP Official Visit & Stated Meeting NO CACTUS CHATTER articles dues until the February Stated Meeting

FEBRUARY, 2012 20 SCTF Meeting 27 Stated Meeting & Elections Cactus Chatter Articles Due MARCH, 2012 24 Fund Raiser 26 Stated Meeting & Ceremonial Cactus Chatter Articles Due SEPTEMBER, 2012 20 - 22 WAOUM - Honolulu

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