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by the Illustrious Sir Jim Burma, Jr.

ell, March was a busy month once again! Lots of great Shrine events including the Hillbilly’s Spring Shindig, the Fife and Drum’s St. Patty’s Bash, the Big Band’s Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the Motor Corps’ Raffle. It was great to once again host the Khartum Pipes & Drums at the El Riad Shrine on St. Patrick’s Day. They have been coming down for over 30 years to help Sioux Falls celebrate. They had just over 20 brothers as part of the band this year. Even a couple joined from WA WA Shrine this year. Our very our “world famous” Culinary Unit stepped up with another great culinary performance of their own. They provided great snacks for the crowd that came down to watch the band perform two times Friday night. Then they cooked up a special dinner for the band in between the shows. I was lucky to get to have dinner with the band and all enjoyed the meal. All the time this was going on the Sprint Car unit members were keeping the drinks flowing.



Great job done by all! Next up was the Fife & Drum Band and their St. Patty’s (day after this year) Bash! Green beer was being poured early as a big and enthusiastic group came to play beer pong! The before, during, and after parade crowd was great! Thanks to all the units that made time to be in the Parade — Horse Corps, Motor Corps, Clowns, Oriental Band, and Legion of Honor. Special thanks to Roger Risty, El Riad Hospital Committee Chairman, and his entire team. They hosted the Pediatric Burn Trauma Seminar in Mitchell, Yankton, Sioux Falls and Brookings. This is a great and well attended community service we provide for area first responders and clinical staff to help in the treatment of burn victims in our area. Thanks also to Jean Merz from Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati for speaking again at our seminars. This is Jean’s last year as she will retire in 2017 and I’d like to thank her for all she has done to help our kids! The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra played March 23 (hosted by the Big Band) which was nice weekday night event. Then, the Motor Corps 23rd annual raffle was held March 24. Now comes April which is Circus Month!! Please, all nobles and ladies do show up and help again like only El Riad can do! Please purchase your Circus coupons and help send some kids to the circus. Chamberlain’s show is up first on April 17 and 18. The Sioux Falls Shrine Circus is April 20–23, then on to Mitchell from April 24–26. I hope you can all show up and help! Coming up on May 6 is our Spring Ceremonial. Thanks to all the Nobles and Ladies of El Riad…without all of us working together none of this would be possible! Remember, We Are ALL El Riad!

7:00 p.m. – El Riad Shrine

For the Purpose of Old and New Business Your Attendance is Urgently Requested WEAR YOUR FEZ — DOOR WILL BE TILED Attest: David Neiman, P.P., Recorder Yours in the Faith,

JIM BURMA, JR, Potentate EL RIAD SHRINE • Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Jim Burma Jr. 2017 Potentate El Riad Shrine








Shrine Office: 510 S. Phillips Ave., P.O. Box 1203, Sioux Falls, SD 57101-1203 (605) 336-1117 • Fax (605) 336-3059 • (800) 477-3574 Office Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday



Oriental Band.................................................... 5 Outhouse Unit/Back 40 Boys........................... 6 Chanters...........................................................10 Motorcorps....................................................... 12 Circus History...................................................14 Clowns.............................................................. 17 Roadrunners................................................... 29 Fife & Drum.....................................................34 Classic Autos................................................... 35 Blast & Cast.....................................................40 Steel Drum........................................................41 Sprint Cars.......................................................44


Free Orthopedic Screening...............................11 Motor Corps May Bar....................................... 15 Twin Cities Hospital Trip..................................18 Halfway to Halloween.....................................19 Shrine Family Day........................................... 20 Kickin Brass Big Band Dance......................... 28 Shrine Circus...................................................30 El Riad Shrine Cup........................................... 39

Jim Burma, Jr., Potentate

Executive Committee Chairman

Brookings Shrine Club, Outhouse #1

Maury Richard, Chief Rabban

Exec. Divan, Circus, Membership, Futures Comm., Pote’s Ball Chm., Football, El Riad By-Laws, Shrine Cup

John Whitelock, Asst. Rabban

Exec. Divan, Circus, Membership, Futures Comm., Pote’s Ball, Corn Palace Hillbillies, Oriental Band, Fife & Drum, Ritualistic Unit, El Riad By-Laws


Chris Karr, Chief of Staff

Ass’t. Chief of Staff, Pote’s Aides, Parades (Ceremonial, Midwest & Imperial)

Alan Machmiller, Assistant Chief of Staff George Hamilton, Chaplain Scott Denney, Temple Director Southwest Minnesota Shrine Club

Board of Trustees

All articles or comments should be directed to the Editor at and advertising matters to the advertising sales manager at

Exec. Divan, Hospital Comm., Futures Comm., Clowns, Roadrunners, Dance Club, Motor Corps, Golf Unit, Sprint Car Unit, Gopher Shrine Club

Bruce Wallin, PP, Treasurer

On the Cover...

Rosebud Shrine Club, Mystic Brewers

Leo Baumgart, 2nd Ceremonial Master

Al Zahn, High Priest & Prophet


Illustrious Sir, Jim Burma Jr., his Lady Kim, and the rest of our nobility anxiously await the 76th El Riad Shrine Circus. We appreciate EVERYONE who volunteers to make each performance a success for children of all ages.

Mark Richard, Outer Guard

Reid Jensen, Membership Chairman Wade Behm, Membership Asst. Chairman Larry Miller, Circus Chairman Ken Ward, Football Chairman Ryan Simmons, Shrine Cup Chairman Leo Baumgart, Sportsman’s Classic Chairman Roger Risty, Shrine Hospital Seminars Chairman Randy Ingalls, Donor & Sponsor Relations Maury Richard, Pote’s Ball Chairman Les Kruse, Unit/Club Seminar Jeffy Wilkes, President, Roadrunners Gail Gustafson, Roadrunner Coordinator Rich Hagler & Ethan Jones, Masonic Relations Tom Johnson, Public Relations Dave Strum, Stop Burns Chairman Ike McDonnel, Rich Osvog, Jim Gould, Speakers Bureau Joel Baker, Building/Events Manager Gail Gustafson, Front Office Assistant Gary Smith, Unit & Club Support Rocky Hayes, Cactus Designer & Editor Josh Jurgens, Photographer-Shutterbugs Mark Richard, Cactus Advertising Sales

Dave Neiman, PP, Recorder

Notes from the Pote.......................................... 3 Cactus Supporters............................................ 5 Cold Sands Ceremony...................................... 7 Attention Nobles............................................... 7 Calendar of Events.......................................8 – 9 Memorials & Contributions............................. 13 Black Camel...................................................... 13 Circus Supporters............................................16 Cash Calendar Winners.................................. 17 Thank You Gene Abdallah............................. 29 Birthdays......................................................... 32 Donations and Memorials Contributions..... 36 $100 Million Dollar Club.................................. 37 Update Your Info/Our Lodge Page................38 Stated Meeting................................................ 42 Contact List.....................................................45

Big Bend Shrine Club, Twin Lakes Shrine Club, Highlanders, Blast-N-Cast Club

Don McCoy, Captain of the Guard


The Johnny Holm Band............................ 22 – 23 ROCK The Shrine......................................24 – 27

Doug Kristensen, Marshall

El Riad By-Laws, Executive Divan State Donor Relations

Executive Divan

Les Kruse, Oriental Guide

Exec. Divan, Futures Comm., Lewis & Clark/Animal Unit, Chanters, Horse Corps, Provosts, Ski Club, Steel Drum Band, Outhouse Unit

Jim Slater, 1st Ceremonial Master

Exec. Divan/NV, Futures Comm., Spring Ceremonial, Classie Autos, Culinary Unit, Legion of Honor, Director’s Staff

Exec. Divan/NV, Futures Comm., Fall Ceremonial, Big Band, Rickshaws, Parker Shrine Club/ Flivvers, Worthing ton Shrine, Oaze Cycle Corps, Shutterbugs

David Neiman, PP, Chairman Curtis Kuehn, PP Loren Eggebraaten, PP Edward Anstine, PP Charles Brown, PP

For information concerning Shriners Hospitals for Children, call (800) 237-5055. Printed by Leader Printing, Madison, S.D. • • APRIL 2017




ebruary was a slow month for the Oriental Band as we got organized for the mad rush that is spring. As of this writing the El Riad Oriental Band will have already participated in the first parade of the season, the annual St Patrick’s Day parade held on March 18. While I am sure there are many stories to tell regarding this event you, dear readers, will just have to be patient as I have not yet had an opportunity to sift through them all to determine what is true, what is questionable, and what is an all-out fabrication. Next on the calendar will be the Association of Shrine Oriental Bands (A.S.O.B.) Jamboree in Kansas City on March 31 – April 2. After our troops return victorious, the month of April will be dedicated to getting ready for the El Riad Shrine Circus which will be in town for nine shows from Thursday, April 20, through Sunday, April 23. The boys will spend the month climbing stairs and eating hot dogs in preparation for the Top Dog competition. This year looks to be a close fought race as there are several contenders who have expressed their intention to claim the coveted title. At the same time, the Oriental Band will be getting ready for the Half Way to Halloween Dance and Costume Party, featuring 35th and Taylor on Saturday, April 29. Who says that costumes are only for October, dust off the wigs and the capes and head on down to the Shrine for a great


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by Lee A. Lewis, Scribe

time. Information regarding the band 35th and Taylor can be found at the Oriental Band website: Tickets can also be bought on the website or at the Shrine office. The El Riad Spring Ceremonial will be held on Saturday, May 6, at the El Riad Shrine. Attendance for all Oriental Band members is expected as this is a great time to impress the newly created Nobles. The festivities will run all day but band members need to be at the shrine (east or west) by 1:30 p.m. After that, mark your calendar for the Otis Open which is scheduled for Thursday, May 25 at the Bridges Golf Course in Beresford, SD. The format is a two man scramble with a shotgun start and a steak dinner to follow. Pay attention for more details as they become available. The Oriental Band will be hosting weddings at the Shrine on July 8 and September 30. The Oriental Band will also be hosting the 1977 Class Reunion for Washington and Lincoln High Schools on July 22 so mark your calendars. The Oriental Band will be marching in the Check Days Parade in Tabor, SD on Friday, June 16; in the All Shrine Parade in Garretson, SD on Saturday, June 17; and in the D-Days Parade in Vermilion, SD on Saturday, October 7. There is talk of another parade but no final decision has been made. “We’re like a traveling circus...we’re always on the go.”


hank you again to these Nobles who donated $20 in 2016 to help support the Cactus. It makes a big difference in the amount of space we have available for articles, photos and other news relating to the Shrine, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and El Riad in particular.

It’s time once again to pay dues for the coming year. Please consider adding that extra $20 to become a Cactus Supporter. Stop by the office or mail to: El Riad Shrine P.O. Box 1203 Sioux Falls, SD 57101

Larry Johnson Bruce Lease John Peckham

EL RIAD SHRINE • Sioux Falls, South Dakota

We’re like a traveling circus... we’re always on the go.”


Jeff Smith Jayson Strauss 5

EL RIAD OUTHOUSE UNIT/ by Buttons, Keeper of the Quill



The philanthropy is successful when the fraternity is successful.

hat a busy past few weeks we have had in the clan as we prepared and planned for our Hillbilly Spring Shindig that was held Saturday March 11. This had previously been called the Beer, Wine and Moonshine Event. The format was changed from past years and the Outhouse Unit will be getting together after the event for a lessons learned session – what worked / what didn’t. It was a very unique evening what with four bands performing throughout the night. We were excited and pleased to have such talented and diverse bands - Crabgrass Crew, Big Red Rawket Riot and Sol Fredo. And the fourth band was our very own Back Forty Boys. Our B40Bs were privileged to be asked by the Crabgrass Crew to join them in singing “Will the Circle be Unbroken”. Lots of dancing, lots of toe stomping and most of all lots of fun. We had great support from our local Outhouse Unit #1 and our clan brothers from Mitchell. Strong support from members of each individual unit / club is what makes this (El Riad) work. And we are blessed to have the support / leadership from Pote Jim Burma and his Divan. Next on the immediate horizon is the upcoming Shrine Circus. Always a big event for our Temple and it’s fun for the the entire El Riad Shrine family (Nobles, spouses, children and many, many others) to get involved. And of course, the hot dogs, cotton candy and the fantastic circus acts. We will soon be scheduling our spring, summer and fall activities – parades, concerts and fundraisers (friendraisers). Please consider membership into the Outhouse Unit or any other unit for that matter. Contact: Outhouse Rabban of the Clan / President – Denny “Gizzmoe/Pax” Kaarup – (605) 929-8608.   6 • • APRIL 2017



Please welcome these newly inducted El Riad Nobles from the Cold Sands Ceremony!


here was a Cold Sands Ceremony held on March 8, which brought in two new Nobles (sponsor in parentheses): • Michael Simon (Andy Haries) • Troy Anderson (Mike McCann)




by Dave Neiman, Past Potentate

he yellow postcard you received from Shriners International is not a scam or a hoax. They want to update or verify the information they have on file for all Nobles. If you do not respond they will continue to use the information they presently have on file. Please answer the questions the contact person will ask you. Shriners International will receive a portion of the proceeds derived from Nobles who order a CD or a Member Directory.  You DO NOT have to buy a CD or a Member Directory. That is strictly voluntary. EL RIAD SHRINE • Sioux Falls, South Dakota










3 Fife & Drums Corps 7:30 p.m. Highlanders 6 p.m. OT Circus Appreciation Dinner


Chanters 7 p.m. Lewis & Clark 6:30 p.m. social, 7:00 p.m. dinner Rickshaws 6 p.m. Twin Lakes Shrine Club 7 p.m.

10 Highlanders 6 p.m. B&E & Board Meetings Circus Committee – Final Meeting Trinity EA Degree

16 Easter

17 Fife & Drum Corps 7:30 p.m. Highlanders 6 p.m. Mystic Brewers 7 p.m. Chamberlain Circus

23 Shrine Circus – Sioux Falls




5 Cactus Deadline Boondockers 7 p.m. Legion of Honor 7 p.m. Happy Hour 4 – 10 p.m.

11 Blast & Cast 7 p.m. Chanters 7 p.m. Classic Autos 7 p.m. Hillbillies 7 p.m. Sprint Cars 6:30 p.m.

6 Oriental Band 7 p.m. Clowns 5 p.m. Social; 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. meeting Unity EA Degree



Chanters 7 p.m. Happy Hour 4 – 10 p.m. Dance Club 7 p.m. Parker Flivvers 6:30 p.m. Chamberlain Circus



Highlanders 6 p.m. Chanters 7 p.m. Shrine Circus – Mitchell Sprint Cars 6:30 p.m. Provosts 7 p.m. Shrine Circus – Mitchell

Shutterbugs 7 p.m. Happy Hour 4 – 10 p.m. Last Call Rock Band Rehearsals 7 p.m. Shrine Circus – Mitchell

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8 Brandon Prom

12 Masonic Motor Club 6 p.m. Motor Corps 7 p.m. Happy Hour 4 – 10 p.m. Stated Meeting


13 Oriental Band 7 p.m. Steel Drum 6:30 p.m. Brookings Shrine Club 7 a.m. @ Perkins





Dance Club

20 Steel Drum 6:30 p.m. Oriental Band 7 p.m. Director’s Staff 7 p.m. Shrine Circus – Sioux Falls

Shrine Circus – Sioux Falls


Shrine Circus – Sioux Falls

Oriental Band 7 p.m. Steel Drum 6:30 p.m. Corn Palace Hillbillies 6:30 p.m.


29 OB “Halfway to Halloween” Dance FC/MM Degrees

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1 Highlanders 6 p.m.

8 Fife & Drums Corps 7:30 p.m. Highlanders 6 p.m. B&E & Board Meetings

14 Mother’s Day

9 Chanters 7 p.m. Lewis & Clark 6:30 p.m. social, 7:00 p.m. dinner Classie Autos 7 p.m. Sprint Cars 6:30 p.m.

15 Highlanders 6 p.m. Mystic Brewers 7 p.m.




23 Chanters 7 p.m. Provosts 7 p.m. Sprint Cars 6:30 p.m.

29 Memorial Day – Closed

30 Chanters 7 p.m.


3 Happy Hour 4-10 p.m. Boondockers 7 p.m. Legion of Honor 7 p.m.

4 Clowns 5 p.m. Social; 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. meeting Oriental Band 7 p.m.

24 Happy Hour 4 – 10 p.m. Last Call Rock Band Rehearsals 7 p.m.


11 Brookings Shrine Club 7 a.m. @ Perkins Oriental Band 7 p.m. Steel Drums 6:30 p.m.

17 Happy Hour 4 – 10 p.m. Masonic Motor Club 6 p.m. Motor Corps 7 p.m.


Cactus Deadline Cinco de Mayo

10 Happy Hour 4 – 10 p.m. Stated Meeting

Blast & Cast 7 p.m. Chanters 7 p.m. Hillbillies 7 p.m. Dance Club 7 p.m. Parker Flivvers 6:30 p.m.

Fife & Drum Corps 7:30 p.m. Highlanders 6 p.m.


2 Chanters 7 p.m. Rickshaws 6 p.m. Twin Lakes Shrine Club 7 p.m.



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Spring Ceremonial





Dance Club

Director’s Staff 7 p.m. Oriental Band 7 p.m. Steel Drum 6:30 p.m.

25 Corn Palace Hillbillies 6:30 p.m. Steel Drum 6:30 p.m. Oriental Band 7 p.m.


Armed Forces Day


27 Horse Corps 10 a.m.

31 Happy Hour 4 – 10 p.m. Shutterbugs 7 p.m.

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by Rocky Hayes

ur men’s choir has been very busy as of late! The second annual ROCK the Shrine karaoke battle and dance featuring Pop Rocks took place on Saturday, February 25. We’re proud to have had a great selection of karaoke performers who come to the shrine and battled for trophies (and bragging rights). Then, during the evening we have our famous wrecking ball green screen in full swing which helps many people commemorate the occasion. The band, Pop Rocks, loves to perform their dance party hits at El Riad Shrine and their performance is like no other. There is NOTHING out there like this group, the show has 40+ costume changes, every genre of hit music, special effects, high energy and passionate members, and interactive performances that get the entire crowd involved throughout the night! Thank you to Illustrious Sir, Jim Burma, Jr., members of the Divan, and all the other nobles and their ladies, who partied at our Chanters event! Please check out some other photos from our event in the spread of this month’s Cactus and on our event website: On February 28, the Chanters were honored to perform the National Anthem at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. We love to sing the anthem so please do keep us in mind for this opportunity. Speaking of which, the Chanters will be singing the National Anthem before every performance at our upcoming Shrine Circus and again at the spring ceremonial. Plus, the Chanters will be the smiling fez wearing Nobles taking tickets for each circus performance where we get to greet every circus attendee!


Recently, we had a terrific Chanters meal and annual meeting on March 21. Thank you to our executive committee: president Brad Vostad, vice president Nate Headley, secretary Rocky Hayes, treasurer Doug Schneider, and conductor Del Hubers, who helped conduct the meeting along with our tremendous members and our accompanist, Vicki Streifel, who all participated in a fruitful discussion. It was terrific to have so many of our brothers there to discuss the unit’s future performances and we will be announcing those soon. We hope as many Shriners and their ladies can attend to see us in action because we appreciate the support after all the rehearsal time we put into our repertoire. Coming up in June, the Chanters will be hosting the Shrine Wednesday Night Socials and we might even serenade attendees with a song or two so please come down for great food, drinks and casual entertainment! If you’re interested in singing with our tremendous group of men, please stop by the shrine any Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. where we hold our weekly rehearsals. We’re looking for tenors, baritones and basses! • • APRIL 2017



For Children with Conditions of the Bones, Muscles, and Joints Orthopedic Institute in Sioux Falls will be hosting the Shriners Hospitals for Children complimentary screening clinic on Saturday, May 13, 2017, for children with orthopedic conditions. Children will be evaluated by a Shriners Hospitals for Children® medical provider who will provide a recommendation for treatment or second opinion. Shriners Hospitals for Children provides comprehensive medical, surgical, and rehabilitative care for children with orthopedic conditions regardless of insurance coverage or their ability to pay. If a child requires follow-up care at the hospital, complimentary transportation is available upon request. At Shriners Hospitals for Children, we believe that every child deserves access to high quality medical care, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.

Date: Saturday, May 13th, 2017 Time: 8:00AM – 12:00PM Location: Orthopedic Institute 810 East 23rd St. (4th floor) Sioux Falls, SD 57105 Appointment Line: 612.596.6105 or 888.293.2832

And so ALL children with conditions of the bones, muscles, and joints are invited to a FREE orthopedic screening on Saturday, May 13 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Orthopedic Institute in Sioux Falls. Find out if your child will benefit from our specialized care. Second opinions are also welcome. Orthopedic Institute is proud to sponsor this complimentary screening clinic as a result of Dr. Walter Carlson’s relationship with the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Carlson, who is also a Shriner, has been involved with the Shriners’ mission to serve children since completing his pediatric orthopedic fellowship at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas. Orthopedic Institute contact: Mary White (605) 339-6834

Will your child benefit from seeing a pediatric orthopaedic specialist? Look for these signs: • In-toeing, toe walking, flat feet • Bowed legs or knocked knees • Sore, painful or stiff joints • Limb deficiency • Limb length discrepancy • Curved spine indicating possible scoliosis • Club feet

About Shriners Hospitals for Children

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the ability to pay. Learn more

To schedule your screening appointment, call: (612) 596-6105 or toll free at (888) 293-2832. EL RIAD SHRINE • Sioux Falls, South Dakota



MOTORCORPS he Frozen (not so frozen) Pub Run was another great success with just over 100 participants. It was such a beautiful day that we all hung out in the sun at each of the stops. There were several new riders this year and some of our friends from Minnesota showed up to support the Motorcorps. This event always brings together so many people and each year new faces are seen in the bus windows. We are happy to have an event that the members of the Motorcorps and their friends and family can all enjoy together. I would like to thank our brothers in the Steel Drum Band for opening up the bar at 10 a.m. and allowing our motley crew to hang out at the end when it was time to pick the winning cards. We gave out some prizes, awarded the winners, and were on our way. Thanks brothers, we appreciate your help and hope you made a few bucks and had a good night as well. A special thanks to Alex Mehlhaff for being on “special clean up duty”. It was appreciated by all. The date is on the books for next year again, sharing the date with SDB. For those who didn’t make it, you will have to see if anyone can remember the details for you!!! Thanks to Jeff Landborg, Bruce Heitman, and Alex Mehlhaff for making the Jell-O shots for all the buses. Thanks to our bus captains: Aaron Neiman/Bruce Loewenburg, Chuck Ihlen/myself, Alex Mehlhaff/ Jeff Landborg for leading the buses and providing good entertainment to our guests. Thank you Steve Haase for handling the money and Dan Nace 12

by Jerry Hauff, Commander

for helping with registration sign in. It takes a team and hopefully I didn’t forget anyone. Next up, our 23rd Annual Raffle featuring a Commander 800XT side by side OR a Harley Davidson Soft Tail Slim, YOUR CHOICE. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, there is still time. Contact me at (605) 261-4736. We are very excited about this new second year format so I can’t wait to report our successes in the next article. May bars will be hosted by the Motorcorps featuring the legendary FISH FRY on May 3, and Food Trucks for the 10 and 17 of May. We voluntarily gave up two of our five Wednesday night socials and have turned those dates over to the B&E so other units can have an opportunity to host a bar event and meet some new folks and potential members. Circus Days will be April 8 at both Campbell’s Home and Auto locations. We run the inflatable walk-abouts so we will be looking for volunteers to spend about 30 – 45 minutes each inside the walk-abouts. If you have never been inside one, it’s a lot of fun and the kids love to hug them and take pictures with you. I encourage you all to look both ways before pulling out into ANY intersection, you never know if one of us might be coming the other way! Thanks for being a part of this Temple and this great award winning unit we call El Riad Motorcorps.

Kickstands up, let’s get ready to ride.


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In Memory of Robert Iverson by Joseph & Rosa Young Donations by El Riad Fife & Drum Valentine’s Day Bash Donald D. Johnson

$100 Million Club:

In Memory of Don “Rags” Anderson

TRANSPORTATION FUND: In Memory of Dan Pennington’s Mother by Jim & Cynthia Slater

In Memory of Jeanne Schwebach by Bruce & Kristi Wallin In Memory of Dean Christie by Joanne Avery Bill Anderson In Memory of Louise Vail by Bill Anderson In Memory of Cy Binger by Bill Anderson Donations by Clay Wilhelm (MSA Boat Races)

In Memory of Dennis DeBlauw by Dick & Kathryn Buehler

License Decals by Paul Maxwell Norman Dittman

In Memory of Bruce Blake by Bill & Ona Anderson


In Memory of Clayton Johnson by Maynard & Jeanene Townswick In Memory of Barry Cotton by Eleanor Knutson

EL RIAD SHRINE • Sioux Falls, South Dakota

In Memory of Bob Iverson by Don & Helen Jensen

BLACK CAMEL DEAN CHRISTIE Brookings, South Dakota May 3, 1923 – Feb. 25, 2017 Created May 16, 1992 ROBERT IVERSON Hawarden, Iowa Oct. 25, 1921 – Feb. 15, 2017 Created September 25, 1954 CLAYTON JOHNSON Worthington, Minnesota Aug. 17, 1932 – Feb. 1, 2017 Created May 19, 1973 RANDAL STENSON Colome, South Dakota July 13, 1931 – Feb. 11, 2014 Created June 18, 1966

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 (605) 336-1117 or email





by Reid Jensen, former Circus Chairman

s we conclude our diamond jubilee celebration of proportions so generally abandon itself to merriment as did Please review artwork thoroughly (spelling, phone fairly number, design, the El Riad Shrine Circus and before we turn our last night’s gathering. The rafters seemed to etc.) tremble focus to the exciting changes and opportunities with the gale was at its height.” We are fortunate at El Indicate any changes needed. that the 2017 will bring, let us take a moment Riad, that this description still holds true today. If you Check appropriate box, sign and fax back to 605-334-6990. to pause and reflect on the history of the have not experienced the Chamberlain Circus in person, Monarch Sales will not beencourage held responsible after approval. Shrine and El Riad Circus. I would you to for do errors so. This venue most closely As we conclude our diamond jubilee celebration of resembles one of the early shows. It is a two-ring show the El Riad Shrine Circus and before we turn our focus with people lining up down the street and around the to the exciting changes and opportunities that the 2017 block to gain entrance. It amazes me each year the energy will bring, let us take a moment to pause and reflect on the and excitement that comes from such a large crowd in a history of the Shrine and El Riad Circus. confined space. Beside the ‘funny hats and little cars’ most people The Shrine Circuses expanded throughout the country associate Shriners with the Circus. This stems from the by the 1920s, featuring wild and domestic animal acts, feats longevity of this relationship. Moslem Shriners in Detroit, of human daring and extreme skill, and the Shrine clowns.

Because of you, we remain strong and growing. Because of you, the show will go on!”

Michigan, hosted the first documented Shrine Circus in 1906. A local newspaper characterized the show: “With a crash of cymbals and a blare of horns, punctuated by the discordant cries of barkers setting forth the merits of various side show attractions...From peanuts to baby elephants, from side show to “Grand” concert, nothing was lacking to make the circus a complete success. Clowns, who caused the spectators to laugh themselves almost into convulsions, disported themselves around the ring at frequent intervals. Seldom does an audience of such 14

As the major fundraiser for the local Shrine, the circus is the visual centerpiece for the organization. Many changes in society have impacted the circus as an entertainment experience. While circus audiences across the country waned through the 1990s, they have grown in recent years. Due to the members of El Riad, we continue to have strong community support and ever increasing crowds. This does not come easy, but relies on the dedication of our members. A small army of ticket sellers head out into our local communities each spring and summer to solicit • • APRIL 2017




opinion of the Circus Committee, we have the best Circus Producer in the market. Thanks to past leadership, this was recognized a long time ago. In 2017, we will recognize our 30th year of working with the Carden Circus. They continue to deliver what our audiences want to see and experience. This year will be no different, and yes, we will have elephants. Because of you, we remain strong and growing. Because of you, the show will go on!


business and individuals to purchase tickets so the Shine can send kids to the circus. If you would like to help in your community, please contact the El Riad office. The Shrine Circus remains a traditional, affordable family entertainment experience with the timeless qualities that charmed the first audience in 1906 — raising funds that remain in the community supporting the work of the local Shrine. The Shrine Circus inaugurated an entirely new entertainment concept in America. Today, it may still be the most attended family entertainment option for many families in large and small towns across the country. The Winner, South Dakota, Circus embodies this family entertainment experience. Each year the attendance at the single Winner show almost matches the population of the city. Again I would encourage all members of El Riad, if you have not attended one of our outdoor shows, please consider helping at or attending one of our shows in Yankton or Winner. 2017 will bring new performers and acts to our 76th show, while again remaining true to our roots. In the

1941 photo from the Gil Gray Show of the El Riad Shrine circus committee, Sioux Falls, South Dakota with Penny Parker the frog. Penny did a contortion act and clowned while the frog costume was another bit that he performed.

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SUPPORTERS Reported as of March 7. Our thanks to these Nobles for buying their circus coupons for the kids! It’s not too late to support our circus — our largest fraternal fundraiser. If you haven’t returned your coupons and donation please take a moment and do so now. Additional donors will be listed in the next issue of the Cactus. Thank you for your support!

Mohamud Abdulle Robert Angerhofer John Archer Mike Archer Tim Bachman Robert N. Baker Darold “Disco” Ball David Bangasser Frederick Benson Paul Berndt Michael Bjelland Matt Bjordal Laurence Breslow Donald Budde Bryon Burke James Burma Steve Cain Lee Calhoon Pat Colbert Vinson Danh Scott Denney Monty Derousseau Gregory Dubois Wade Eastman Thomas Elliott William Erickson Jason Erickson Michael Fitzgerald Mark Fonder Nicholas Fosheim 16

Kevin Goff Chad Goldsmith Michael Grubb, Jr. Corey Gunderson Steven Haase Richard Hagler Christopher Hahn Robert Hass Jerry Hauff Brad Hearst John Hinrichs Noah Hodak Shawn Howard Donald Hughes Michael Huitt Gregory Jasmer Reid Jensen Tracy Johnke Dan Johnson Rob Joyce Sherman Junker Ryan Karst Bill Klein Donovan Knott Ronald Knott, Jr. Daniel Kruse Jeff Landborg Chad Larson Dale Long Alan Machmiller

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SHRINE CLOWNS e are preparing for our parade season to ramp up. Our year always starts off with the yearly Sioux Falls Saint Patrick’s Day parade on March 18. This is going to be a very busy day for us as we are also stopping in to make an appearance at the Sioux Falls Banquet. We are always looking for people who have a face that could benefit from makeup! Please come check us out at our meetings on the first Thursdays of each month. Social at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m.

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ast November 9, 2016, Senator and Shriner Gene Abdallah, donated $5,000 in proceeds from the South Dakota Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner and Children’s fundraiser to the Shrine Hospitals. The speaker at this event was retired 4-Star General and Former CIA Director, David H. Petraeus. On behalf of El Riad Shrine, the Shrine Hospitals and the Children we serve, we wish to thank Gene and Scott Abdallah for thinking of the Shrine and their generous contribution. Past Potentate Tom Anderson was present to accept the gift on behalf of the Shrine. Gene Abdallah is a retired United States Marshall, former state senator and longtime Shriner. He started Sioux Falls Cares (, which provides food and gifting needy families. Gene also started the

South Dakota Law Enforcement Appreciation Game Feed Dinner and Children’s Charity which is a fundraising event that gives monies to needy charities. Among the charities, Gene chooses to donate to Shriner’s Hospital.



by Jeffy, President

ebruary is a short month with only 28 days. It started out like most months, only nine trips were set up. Gail Gustafson did her outstanding job as always getting drivers lined up for our patients. Then the flu bug hit town. Our patients got hit hard, first one, then another and another. By the end of the month we went from nine trips to two. Both to Minneapolis, one overnight and one day trip. It turned out both were driven by Dana Schmid and Doug Voss. I wish to thank these men for taking the time to help us. I also wish to thank the following drivers that volunteered to drive but only had their trips cancelled. Thanks go out to: Jerry Kobes, Howard Greer, Dan King, Kelly Lieberg, Bill and Elizabeth Hoffman, Denny Kaarup, Don Wendt, John Pudwill, Gene Renschler, and Scott and Rhonda Denney. Gail and I owe you all one big THANK YOU. We will do our best to get you on another trip very soon. As I reported last month, Ron Goergen was under the weather. He is doing fine, I talked to him a couple weeks ago. He is back to work and ready to drive again. Welcome home Ron, we can always use drivers. The weather has been great. When Gail emails us please get right back with

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by Roger Risty, Hospital Chairman

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a YES, I CAN DRIVE THAT DAY! It makes her job so much easier and she has other duties to do at the Shrine.

Remember it’s for the



76th Annual El Riad

SHRINE CIRCUS Nine spectacular performances at the Sioux Falls Arena! April 20 - 23 2017 Elementary school children can get complEmEnTAry circus coupons coupons* complementary circus at any sioux Falls campbell’s supply, sioux Falls area sunshine Food stores, sioux Falls Gas stops, sioux Falls Arby’s or the El riad shrine. *coupons must be exchanged for tickets for the performance the child wishes to attend. order tickets and exchange coupons online at www. from April 3-21, 2017.


Show Times Thursday, April 20: 12:30 pm & 7:00 pm

Friday, April 21: 12:30 pm & 7:00 pm

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Sunday, April 23: 12:30 pm & 5:00 pm

(Thursday & Friday afternoon performances are General Admission only)

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NOBLES! April 2017

Charles L. Addy – 4/16 Patrick J. Ahl – 4/1 Dan Altenburg – 4/17 Richard C. Amos – 4/26 Laverne Andersh – 4/15 Ben Anderson – 4/17 Jeremy Anderson – 4/21 Rob Angerhofer – 4/22 Randy Ball – 4/4 David W. Bangasser – 4/15 Patrick L. Barritt – 4/15 David J. Bawdon – 4/5 Blane E. Bergan – 4/12 Bradley Bohn – 4/25 Timothy John Boldt – 4/28 Steven B. Boote – 4/28 Allen B. Brown – 4/8 Barry Alan Brown – 4/1 Ronald L. Brown – 4/7 Robert A. Burke – 4/7 Lamont C. Cain Sr – 4/15 Curt Calhoon – 4/1 Hans Christensen – 4/26 Bernard W. Christenson – 4/17 Paul Colbert – 4/11 Freddie G. Contreras – 4/3 Scott Richard Corum – 4/26 Richard Courtney – 4/1 Clifford A. Crawford – 4/4 David George Dierks – 4/23 Greg Dix – 4/17 Roy S. Drake – 4/7 Donald C. Dummermuth – 4/10 David A. Duncan – 4/8 Mark Alan Dunn – 4/30 Robert B. Dyar – 4/23

Melvin Dykstra – 4/20 Jack J. Early – 4/12 Justin J. Ebert – 4/27 Kyle C. Eberts – 4/3 Gordon Edman – 4/11 Trenton Elliott – 4/27 Terry E. Embertson, Jr. – 4/6 David C. Engebretson – 4/15 Elden W. Fodness – 4/10 Brian D. Fritz – 4/7 Richard L. Fuhrer – 4/25 Sherwood Garms – 4/13 James Dean Goedtke – 4/23 Jeffrey L. Goldie – 4/2 Nicholas D. Goodwin – 4/1 Alban Gray – 4/24 Richard D. Hagler Jr. – 4/2 Christopher Hahn – 4/28 Kurt A. Hansen – 4/24 Arden C. Harberts – 4/9 Clifford L. Hicks – 4/1 Michael David Hup – 4/2 Randy G. Ingalls – 4/4 Emil G. Jares Jr – 4/15 Randall R. Jensen – 4/24 Lamont Dewayne Jibben – 4/3 Larry Johns – 4/7 Garry Edwin Johnson – 4/6 Kevin T. Johnson – 4/14 Robert Dale Johnson – 4/18 Terrence L. Jorgensen – 4/5 Donald John Kachelhoffer – 4/20 Chris Kahny – 4/23 Bradley D. Kehn – 4/25 Harvey L. Kelley – 4/20 Donavon J. Kettwig – 4/26 John O. Kittelson – 4/6

Jeffrey C. Kline – 4/21 Royal F. Koch – 4/10 Chad Lee Larson – 4/15 Eugene A. Larson – 4/15 George E. Larson – 4/11 Thomas William Leesch – 4/26 E Steve Lefevre – 4/22 Mark Louis Leonard – 4/9 Todd W. Long – 4/5 Austin Machmiller – 4/2 Troy James Magnuson – 4/14 Herman E. Martin – 4/24 John B. Mielenz – 4/10 Donald L. Miller – 4/30 Robert K. Miller – 4/28 Raymond C. Mollet – 4/18 Kent E. Morstad – 4/4 Keith J. Myrmoe – 4/7 Aaron Neiman – 4/11 Donald E. Nemer – 4/1 James B. Nesseth – 4/9 Clayton Newgard – 4/20 Vikash A. Patel – 4/15 Douglas A. Pederson – 4/20 Michael Allan Pederson – 4/15 Sidney G. Pederson – 4/6 Craig W. Pfeifer – 4/19 Dennis James Powers – 4/14 Kent A. Quail – 4/26 Steven D. Rames – 4/6 Richard B. Robinson – 4/8 Erle T. Roisum – 4/24 Floyd A. Rummel IV – 4/21 Dennis Russell – 4/11 Todd W. Russell – 4/4 Byron Schafersman – 4/20 Darrell L. Schultz – 4/28

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by Bruce Norton

owee, what a February!! On February 11, we celebrated an unprecedented milestone by hosting our 20th Annual Valentine’s Bash featuring the fabulous Johnny Holm Band! To honor this amazing accomplishment, the mayor of Sioux Falls declared that day by official proclamation, to be known as Johnny Holm Band Day in Sioux Falls. In addition, the Fife & Drum made a $5,000 contribution to the Twin Cities Shriners Hospital to honor this event, and we raised another $5,250 for the hospital from seven local businesses, to bring our total to $10,250 to be donated directly to our amazing philanthropy. Using this 20th anniversary event as a platform to raise additional funds for Shriners Hospital is a proud achievement for our group. The turnout of Johnny fans was once again stellar with another packed house. We even honored our reserved table holders with some special prizes. Without a doubt, Ron Fox had another memorable “Elvis” performance and handled emcee duties famously. Johnny was also in rare form and all indications are he’ll be back for a 21st year! A special shout out to Noble Tom “UNO” Johnson for donating half of his 50/50 raffle winnings back to the Fife & Drum. Talk about a win-win-win deal! Finally, a big thank you to all the Fife & Drum members who worked so hard to pull off a terrific party.

By any measure, our success with hosting the February bar was off the charts. The meals were each highly acclaimed and again, we issue a big AHOY to Brad Stevens, Brad Streich, Mike Fitzgerald/Ken Steele and Harland Danielson for leading our weekly cuisine lineup. And naturally, a big AHOY to all the other crewmen who helped serve both food and beverages. We sure appreciate having such a terrific turnout of Nobles, their friends, and their families, so thanks to all for joining us during February bar. If that isn’t enough, we’re also planning for our big 14th Annual St. Patty’s Day Bash on March 18 is in full speed ahead mode also. Mike Archer, founding father of our now famous Shamrock Shootout beer pong tourney, gets especially excited preparing for this part of our party. Plus, we’ll be race headquarters for a few hundred 1K runners. That should be interesting for sure! I cannot wait to report on our big party in the next Cactus. Perhaps we’ll set another beverage consumption record at the Shrine?!? Finally, this is an all hands on deck reminder to all Fife and Drummers to block time for this year’s Shrine Circus. Our tradition of participation is legendary and we’re counting on everyone to help! As our fearless leader, Admiral Darrell Griggs likes to say, “fair winds and following seas to all”.

The Fife & Drum made a $5,000 contribution to the Twin Cities Shriners Hospital 34 • • APRIL 2017



he Classie Autos helped serve at the Jobs Daughters annual Father Daughter Dance on February 17. Four of our members were there to serve the usual sodas and water as well as exotic cocktails like Shirley Temples! The Bar Tending crew earned over $130 in tips which we donated back to the Jobs Daughters. Just think what we could have made if we were young and good looking! Thanks to Gary Ohnstad, Dave Wilson, Arlen Knutson, and Vince Jones.

Featured Member Name: Mike Richard

Make/Model: 2001 Corvette Convertible Engine/Specs: 350Ci 350Hp 350tq

by Aaron Zahn, Secretary

The worst thing about your classic? The 6-speed in a parade is not a lot of fun.

Is this your first classic? If not, how many other classic shave you owned? No, I’ve owned two before.

How long have you been a member of “Classie Autos”? 11 years and two years as president.

What made you decide to join Classie Autos? They are a fun group! Any advice for someone looking to buy a classic car? Buy one that is already done, it is much cheaper than building one!

Join a group of like minded people for advice and fun... like the Classie Autos!!!

How long have you owned your classic? A little over a year

How did you come across it and what made you want to buy it? Show it on the showroom floor and had to have it! The best thing about your classic? It is fun to drive. EL RIAD SHRINE • Sioux Falls, South Dakota


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The $100 Million Dollar Club is a way for Shriners and non-Shriners alike to provide a gift of hope for a child in need. It’s an excellent opportunity to personally participate in the “World’s Greatest Philanthropy” — Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Shriners operate 22 hospitals in North America dedicated to treating children with orthopedic problems and burn injuries. There are 18 orthopedic hospitals, three burn hospitals and one Shriners Hospital that provides orthopedic, burn care and spinal cord injury care. All care and services provided by Shriners Hospitals are totally without cost to the patient or family. Since the founding of Shriners Hospitals in 1922, about $5.5 billion has been spent to provide quality and compassionate medical care to more than 675,000 children with orthopedic problems, severe burn injuries or spinal cord injuries. Most of these services are paid for by the Shriners Hospitals for Children Endowment Fund. Without this fund, Shriners Hospitals would not be able to ensure optimum and compassionate patient care. In order to meet the needs of thousands of children in need of the expert care Shriners Hospitals provide, the endowment fund must continue to grow during these times of increasing cost of medical care. Since approximately 95 percent of the annual Shriners Hospitals for Children operating budget will be spent in direct support of the 22 hospitals, your gift to its endowment fund is a gift to one of the world’s “purest” philanthropies.

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p Yes, I (we) want to share in the care of SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN. p I have previously made a will leaving a bequest (of $100 or more) to the Shriners Hospitals for Children endowment fund. p I have added a provision in my will leaving a bequest (of $100 or more) to the Shriners for Children Endowment Fund. p I prefer to make a cash donation at this time (of $100 or more). Make your check payable to:

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YOUR INFORMATION The Grand Lodge and El Riad Shrine are partnering on several sessions to update your information in MORI. There are fantastic features available to every Mason in South Dakota through the Our Lodge Page app for both Android and Apple devices. Current information is required for you to fully take advantage of this free tool.


• Mobile, desktop and tablet optimized websites for every district and lodge. • Keep your members engaged with news tailored to the individual member. • Know what events are coming up. • Easily connect and check member status in real time.

RWB DaNiel Wood, Senior Grand Warden, will be at El Riad Shrine on the following dates to update your data and answer any questions: • Wednesday, April 26 • Wednesday, May 10 (stated meeting) • Wednesday, May 24

Search for Our Lodge Page in the Android or Apple store as appropriate for your device, download this FREE app and complete the brief registration. 38 • • APRIL 2017

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by Ron Brandt

ello again from the Blast & Cast unit. We hope everyone is having as flourishing of a 2017 as we are. Our inaugural Cabin Fever event proved to be a hit. You will surely want to get to the next one in February, 2018. We would not have had the success we did without the following great people and merchants. Please keep these places in mind when out getting the things we all need: Wags and Whiskers has the new self service pet bathing areas that pet owners love. Custom knives by Calvin Klein, Brooks Construction, and Gary’s Gun Shop. ChiroSport provides relief for our aches and pains, also included are John Eagan, Rodney Larson and once again Rene Stolsmark and the Grand Falls Casino. Rene has helped secure many prizes over the past events. Beal Distributing contributed to the door prizes. If you won anything from the Ladies table at Cabin Fever, it was Rene and her mother who created the jewelry, and Studio 26 Salon and Spa who provided many products. We apologize if we left anybody out.


Ask for me, I will be looking for YOU”

One more note on the Cabin Fever event, thank you to our members for helping make this our primary annual event. Kurt (Not Me) Hansen and Kevin (Wally) Wohlleber outdid everybody in ticket sales. Inspiration and guidance came from Terry Steenholdt and Rodney Larson who co-chaired the event. Our March 16 meeting will be hosted by Terry Steenholdt at TDS Auto Repair. We will be having a fish fry. With Jeff (I love silver bass) Goldie providing the fish. April 18, we will be back at the Shrine for our meeting, and will be hosting our event sponsors for pizza. Our membership has grown to 26 and we always welcome more. You know you love the outdoors, you know you enjoy talking about outdoor activities, and we all want to raise funds to keep our hospitals operating. So why wait any longer, come to a Blast & Cast meeting and see for yourself. You will be glad you did. Ask for me, I will be looking for YOU. • • APRIL 2017




by Scribe Pro Tem

suppose you were wondering “Where was that witty Steel Drum article” that was missing from last month’s Cactus? The answer was quite simple we didn’t do anything after Fluff ’s wedding of any importance. What we did do is meet on our regular dates, ate delicious food prepared by our President “Ossifer Burtis”, practiced, tried to locate our missing brake drum, which by the way is expertly played by our very talented Billy “One Of A” Klein, discussed our fund raising efforts and planned for the future. How did that all turn out for us you ask? We gained weight, still can’t find the brake drum, although rumor has it one of our own is hiding it, and put on our fundraisers. Oh yah, our very own Marvelous Lovro was named in town Shriner of the Year at this year’s Potentate and Divan installation. I guess that is kind of big. Congratulations Marvelous for everything you do for the Steel Drum and the Shrine. We are lucky to have a great relationship with our brothers in the Motorcorps and were able to again work with them providing the bar prior to and after their Frozen Pub Run. We will tell you that a lot of people had a lot of fun and the weather was nice and mild. Not so much Frozen. That same day was our Ground Hog Prom. This year we featured The Guilty Pleasures Orchestra. The music was outstanding. These guys put out a great sound. If you missed this year make sure it is on your calendar for next year. Upcoming is everything that we normally do. April is Circus, Circus, Circus. Our very own Larry “Fluff ” Miller is our Shrine Circus Chairman and he and the rest of the committee have been working very hard to secure another successful year. As to our members, we will again be

working the snow cone/cotton candy station with the Job’s Daughters under the watchful eye of Billy “One Of A” Klein. The month of May brings the beginning of parade season and the Spring Ceremonial. Stay tuned for that.


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by David W. Neiman P.P., Recorder

February 8, 2017 • El Riad Temple • Sioux Falls, South Dakota he meeting was opened by Potentate Jim Burma Jr. at 7:00 p.m. Chaplain George Hamilton gave the Invocation. Potentate Burma then led the Nobles in the Shrine Pledge of Allegiance. The minutes of the 2016 Stated Meeting held on December 14, 2016 were, upon proper motion and second, approved as printed and distributed.

Committee Reports

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Bruce Wallin P.P. gave the Treasurer’s Report. Upon a proper motion and second to accept, this report was approved.

Circus: Mike told us that 14,000 reserved tickets were printed today.

Building and Entertainment Committee Report: Chief Rabban Richard gave a progress report on projects completed, current projects and projects under consideration with the most important including: • The committee decided we should have project managers for all of the work we bid out to contractors and will design a bid form for the projects. • The work needed on the ticket counters will be done by Jeff Landborg after the MSA winter session. • There was discussion regarding wains coating or chair rails for wall protection in the El Riad room. Further discussion is forthcoming. • D ue to the high cost of LED lighting the marquee will receive new neon lighting. • The Ritualistic backdrop project is almost complete. • One new HVAC unit has been installed on the roof. The second one will be installed on Friday. • We will have bids for electronic door security next month. • We are getting bids for ramps for the East aisle. Upon proper motion and second this report was approved. Correspondence: Potentate Burma said he has received congratulatory notes regarding his election as Potentate.


Chief of Staff: Assistant Chief of Staff Alan Machmiller reminded us that the MSA winter session will be held in Bloomington, MN. This Thursday through Saturday. Upcoming events are the Spring Ceremonial on May 6 and the all Shrine parade in Garretson on June 17. He told the Units to begin planning for the MSA summer session being held on August 17 – 19 in Bloomington, MN.

Hospital Report: Rocky sent out a flyer to the Nobles regarding patient recruitment for our Twin Cities Shrine Hospital. George said posters are now available to take to businesses for our Burns Seminar to be held March 20 – 22 in Yankton, Mitchell, Brookings and Sioux Falls.

Stop Burns: No report

Membership: Potentate Burma said we have 9 possible new members at our Shrine inquiry meeting tonight.

Public Relations: No report.

Cactus/Internet: Rocky told us that the deadline for the April Cactus is March 5. He thanked the Units for the information that they are providing and reminded them that he needs better resolution photos for the cactus. He suggested sending actual camera originals to him. The forms for providing him info were at the Unit & Club seminar or they can get them from him. Shrine Football Game: Reports will be given June to October. Shrine Cup Golf Tournament: Reports will be given June to October. • • APRIL 2017

Sportsman’s Classic: Reports will be given August to November. Masonic Relations: Chairman Richard Hagler reported that the Grand Lodge is selling commemorative coins from the 75th anniversary of the Mount Rushmore celebration. The Grand Lodge is meeting in Pierre on February 10 & 11. The Mitchell Lodge is having a one day on February 18. We will be hosting two more Shrine inquiry evenings on February 15 and March 8. The Masonic Building Association added more lights to the Scottish Rite clinic and decided that kitchen cleanup is now the responsibility of the group using the kitchen which also means washing the dishes. He also informed us that the El Riad officers will be meeting with the Grand Lodge officers on February 17 in Sioux Falls. Trip Reports: Potentate Burma said he and Assistant Rabban Whitelock and their wives attended the Potentates ball at Abu Bekr Temple in Sioux City.

Other Business from the Floor

• The Fife & Drum Corps are having their 20th Johnny Holm Valentines dance this Saturday February 11. • Jobs Daughters are having their Father – Daughter dance on February 17. • The Steel Drums are having their Ground Hog Prom on February 18. • The Blast & Cast are having their Cabin Fever party on February 24. • The Chanters are having their Rock the Shrine dance on February 25.

There being no further business to come before the body, Potentate Burma thanked the Provosts for tiling the doors. A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 7:40 p.m. The motion was approved.

EL RIAD SHRINE • Sioux Falls, South Dakota




by Mark Richard

he Sprint Cars had a successful gig hosting the March Wednesday Night Socials. Thank you to all that came down and supported the Temple and our unit. We especially appreciate all the kind comments we received on our menus. A huge thanks to Mike and Sheri Olawsky for planning all of our meals and taking the time to get all supplies lined up and ready to feed our guests. Lastly, thanks to our members for showing up to work on the nights we hosted. We also want to express our appreciation to all of those who came down and supported the Khartum Bagpipers on Friday, March 17. We hope that they had a great experience once again in Sioux Falls for the St. Patty’s Day Parade and related festivities. We have gained a few new members in our unit. Terry Kinnetz from Spirit Lake, IA and Chad Shave from Sioux Falls joined our unit in late February, so they are eager for

the weather to get warm so they can take their first spin in our cars! Now that the Sprint Cars are through hosting the March Wednesday Night Socials, we can start focusing on getting our parade schedule set. Our Vice President, Chad DeVries, is busy putting together an ambitious schedule so that we can attend as many parades as possible this summer. As in most years, our first parade of the season will be Brandon Loyalty Days on May 7. Jason Schlechter has already received commitments from 10 guys to compete at MSA in Bloomington this summer. We will have a new routine to start practicing this summer to help us continue our winning ways at MSA! We put four wheels on the street to help kids get back on their feet.

2921 West 41st St., SIOUX FALLS, SD • 605-336-3244 1157 21st St. HURON, SD (605) (605) 352-4038

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413 S. Main St. WINNER, SD (605) 842-2541

400 W. Sioux PIERRE, SD (605) 224-0439

1832 W. Main RAPID CITY, SD (605) 343-3610

1801 9th Ave. S.E. WATERTOWN, SD (605) 886-2017

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All cities are in South Dakota unless otherwise noted. (605) is the area code for all South Dakota phone numbers. BIG BAND / SHRINE SWING BAND – Parade Unit


RICKSHAWS – Parade Unit







HORSE CORPS – Parade Unit


President – John Bayer (Janean) 1511 Riverdale Rd., Sioux Falls 57105 C: 360-1204 Email: (Unit meets for Ceremonials) President – George Martin 411 Scotts Lane, Chamberlain 57325 C: 730-0099 B: 234-6009 E: (Meets as called) President – Rolland Stolsmark (Rene) 1003 Par Tee Dr., Hartford, 57033 C: 359-6888 E: (Meets 3rd Tuesday @ 7:00 p.m.)

BROOKINGS SHRINE CLUB – Parade Unit (Meets 2nd Thursday, 7a.m. @ Perkins)

CHANTERS – Parade Unit

President – Brad Vostad (Naomi) 1809 S. Shellynn Dr., Sioux Falls 57103 C: 201-5481 E: (Meets every Tuesday @ 7:00 p.m.)


President – Vince Jones (Sandy) 45975 - 267th St., Hartford 57033 C: 366-3178 E: (Meets 2nd Tuesday @ 7:00 p.m.)

CLOWNS – Parade Unit

Big Clown – Brian Schultz (Jill) 4108 S. Cathedral Ave., Sioux Falls 57103 C: 351-7950 E: (Meets 1st Thurs. @ 6:30 p.m.)


President – Jeremy McNary (Jennifer Larson) 1029 E. 2nd Ave., Mitchell R: 999-5381 E: (Meets last Thurs. @ 6:30 p.m.)


President – Steve Hauff (Sue) 904 Ridge Rd., Sioux Falls 57105 R: 338-9625 B: 332-2131 C: 376-2452 E: (Meets as called)


President – Chris Karr 7421 W. Luke, Sioux Falls 57106 C: 695-0391 E: (Meets 3rd Tuesday @ 7:00 p.m.)


President – Paul Berndt 1007 Magnolia St., Brandon 57005 C: 595-2525 E: (Meets 3rd Thursday @ 7:00 p.m.)


Brigadier (Pres.) – Darrell Griggs (Jess) 2608 S. Groveland Ave. 57110 C: 310-3267 E: (Meets 2nd & 4th Mondays @ 7:30 p.m.)


President – Dave Skancke 2305 Pepper Ridge, Sioux Falls 57103 C: 553-3351 E:

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President – Andy Harries (Mari) 1224 - 3rd Ave., Windom, MN 56101 E: (Meets 2nd Tuesday of January or as called) President – Bob Sorensen (Sherry) 3109 S. Holly Ave., Sioux Falls 57105 C: 413-5964 E: (Meets Mondays @ 6:00 p.m.) President – Dennis Kaarup, PP (Theresa) 716 W. 25th St., Sioux Falls 57105 C: 929-8608 E: (Meets 3rd Tuesday @ 7:00 p.m.) Trail Boss (Pres.) – Greg Bailey (Heidi) 26136 K – 408th Ave., Mitchell 57301 C: 999-4306 E: (Meets last Saturday @ 10:00 a.m.)


Cmdr. (Pres.) – Scott Denney (Rhonda) 312 W. 34th St., Sioux Falls 57105 C: 323-9678 E: (Meets 1st Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m.)


Captain (Pres.) – Ethan Jones 325 N. LaSalle Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57110 C: 370-8588 E:


President: Doug Kristensen (Julie) 401 E. Grant St., Wausa, NE 68786 R: 402-586-2534 C: 402-360-3492 E: (Meets 2nd Tuesday @ 6:30 p.m. Social/eat; Mtg. @ 8 p.m.)

MOTOR CORPS – Parade Unit

Cmdr. (Pres.) – Jerry Hauff (Amy) 5905 S. Lous Lane, Sioux Falls 57108 C: 261-4736 E: (Meets 3rd Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m.)


Brew Master – Nathan Faini 3111 S. Mayfair Dr., Sioux Falls 57106 C: 212-8444 E: (Meets 3rd Monday @ 7:00 p.m.)


President – Robert Demuth (Sandra) 1404 Indian Hill Rd., Worthington, MN 56187 R: 507-376-6470 B: 507-372-2919 (Meets 1st Monday after Lodge)


President – James Fitzgerald (Deb) 111 E. Elm St., Beresford 57004 C: 496-3209 E: (Meets Thursdays @ 7:00 p.m.)

Emporer (Pres.) – Chad Goldsmith (Cindy) 5904 S. Galway Ave., Sioux Falls 57106 C: 940-4310 E: (Meets 1st Tuesday @ 6:00 p.m.) President – Jeff Landborg (Kristi) 2811 S. Lyndale Ave., Sioux Falls 57105 C: 942-3831 E: (Meets as called) President - Jeffy Wilkes (Cathy) 217 W. 19th St., Sioux Falls 57105 C: 201-4480 E: (Meets as called) President – Richard Ringstmeyer (Janet) 27968 - 318th Ave., Winner 57580 R: 842-2092 B: 842-3732 C: 842-5537


President – Josh Jurgens 2601 S. Minnesota Ave., Ste. 105, Sioux Falls 57105 C: 261-5963 E: (Meets last Wedensday @ 7:00 p.m.)


President – Jane Anderson (Tom) 47948 Copperwood Cir., Harrisburg 57032 C: 310-5461


President – Tony Bachman (Stacey) 1005 N. Sycamore Ave., Sioux Falls 57110 C: 201-5998 E: (Meets as called)

SPRINT CARS – Parade Unit

President – Todd Long (Stacie) 804 Agate Ave., Brandon 57005 C: 553-2774 E: (Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays @ 7:00 p.m.)


President – Steve Burtis (Julie) 1901 S. Queens Ave., Sioux Falls 57106 C: 941-2317 E: (Meets 2nd, 3rd, 4th Thursdays @ 7:00 p.m.)


President – Jason Martin (Jena) 816 N. Prairie Ave., Madison 57042 C: 270-2917 E: (Meets 1st Tuesday @ 7:00 p.m.)


President – Bob Demuth, Jr (Sandra) 1404 Indian Hill Rd., Worthington, MN 56187 R: 507-376-6470 E: (Meets 1st Monday after Lodge)

PARKER SHRINE CLUB/FLIVVERS – Parade Unit President – Don Budde (Roberta) PO Box 725, Parker 57053 R: 297-6742 C: 338-7634 (Meet 3rd Tuesday @ 6:30 p.m.)

PROVOSTS – Parade Unit

Chief (Pres.) – Doug Monzat (Terri) 2301 E. 29th Pl. N., Sioux Falls 57104 C: 212-5478 E: (Meet 4th Tuesday @ 7 p.m.) 45

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