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by the Illustrious Sir Jim Burma, Jr.

ugust was another big month for all of us at El Riad. Thanks to all the Shriners and Ladies who could attend the Midwest Shrine Association (MSA) in Bloomington, MN. El Riad was well represented in numbers and units that made the trip. We came away with lots of competition awards and others made special trips to the Twin Cities Shrine Hospital to sing and tour. Then we finished out the trip with the MSA Parade Friday night and El Riad looked great as always! Thanks to all for taking time to make the trip! The Potes Golf Tournament in Garretson was a lot of fun on Friday, August 25. Afterward, a great steak dinner was had by all that attended. The “Caddyshack” / All Shrine Party was held on August 26 at our building and it was a great success. Kim and I enjoyed being able to host the event this year. Special thanks to Chief Rabban Maury Richard, and his Lady Marla, for their help chairing the committee this year. Also thanks to all the committee members…they did a great job making our building look special that night. The Culinary Unit helped with all the food for the event and did their usually excellent Job. The Shutterbugs and Pixels took fun photos of all the guests and their green screen was again a



big hit. Thanks to everyone else that attended and helped in anyway, it was a night to remember! Coming in September are our two big hospital fundraisers. First up is the Shrine Cup Golf Tournament at Willow Run on September 7. The committee is doing a great job getting ready but needs volunteers that day to help work the event. Please contact the shrine office for more information. Then, the Augustana Shrine Football Game is September 16. Come out for the pregame tailgate and please purchase your tickets for this important Hospital/Transportation Fundraiser. We need lots of Fez-wearing Nobles in the stands during the game. Last thing in September is the start of our Back to Lodge Nights. These will be held and hosted by Trinity Lodge on September 11, Unity Lodge on September 28, and Minnehaha Lodge on October 5. This is an important program to get Shrine-Masons back to their lodge to stay active. El Riad will be providing the food all three nights for free to all that attend. There is limited space so make sure you reserve your spot with each lodge secretary ASAP as we need to RSVP for the food. Please make every effort to attend and more details will be coming out on each Lodge’s night. Thanks to all, please remember “We are all El Riad.”

Jim Burma Jr. 2017 Potentate El Riad Shrine

Wednesday, September 13 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








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



Classie Autos..................................................... 5 Steel Drum....................................................6 – 7 Blast & Cast...................................................... 13 Job’s Daughters................................................ 13 Outhouse/Back 40 Boys..................................14 Fife & Drum......................................................16 Motor Corps.................................................... 33 Clowns............................................................. 35 Culinary.....................................................40 –41 Roadrunners...................................................44


Back to Lodge Nights.......................................10 Sportsman Classic Fundraiser.........................11 Craft & Vendor Fair..........................................18 Shrine Football Game......................................19 Keep On Dancing...Ballroom Dancing.......... 20 Rickshaw Wine Raffle...................................... 21 Scottish Rite BBQ Fundraiser..........................22 Shriners Hospital Open.................................. 28 Motor Corps Poker Run.................................. 29 Miss Vicki’s Grand Finale Concert..................30 Classie Autos Hot Rod Grill.............................. 31 Benefit Hot Dog Feed......................................34 Ashrama Temple Fall Salad Luncheon..........38 Demolay Pancake Feed.................................. 39

Doug Kristensen, Marshall

Jim Burma, Jr., Potentate

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

Executive Committee Chairman

Don McCoy, Captain of the Guard

Brookings Shrine Club, Outhouse #1

Mark Richard, Outer Guard

Maury Richard, Chief Rabban

Rosebud Shrine Club, Mystic Brewers

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

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

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

Southwest Minnesota Shrine Club

Leo Baumgart, 2nd Ceremonial Master

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

Board of Trustees

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

Al Zahn, High Priest & Prophet

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

Dave Neiman, PP, Recorder

El Riad By-Laws, Executive Divan State Donor Relations


Last Call at McKennan Park....................24 – 25 Crofton Parade............................................... 26 Masonic Picnic..................................................27

Bruce Wallin, PP, Treasurer Executive Divan


Notes from the Pote.......................................... 3 Calendar of Events.......................................8 – 9 Memorials & Contributions............................. 12 Greetings From The South.............................. 15 Cash Calendar Winners.................................. 17 Birthdays......................................................... 32 Circus Fez Hijinks.............................................34 $100 Million Dollar Club.................................. 36 Donations and Memorials Contributions..... 37 It Happened This Way............................ 42 – 43 Contact List.....................................................45

On the Cover... Over the past five years, The Classie Autos —in conjunction with the Lincoln County Cruisers— have been able to raise $11,000 for the El Riad Shrine Transportation Fund. Photo by Rocky Hayes


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 Tom Benz Loren Eggebraaten, PP Edward Anstine, PP Charles Brown, PP

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ummer is flying by and so are the Classie Autos! We continue our active summer with having done more parades in Dell Rapids and Colton. A group of Classies, and their families, cruised to the Battle Creek Steakhouse by Lake Vermillion. We had a great crew down to Canton to help park cars for the Canton Car Show along with a vendor spot to show off and sell tickets for our Hot Rod Grill to be drawn at the fall ceremonial (see a Classie Autos member for tickets, get them while they’re hot!). We are far from done for the year and have two more parades coming up. If you’re looking for a unit to join and want to be a part of this great group, consider joining the Classie Autos. We truly are a unit that is going places! Name: Pat Campbell Make/Model: 1938 Chevy street rod, 1953 Studebaker two door coupe, 1962 Plymouth Valiant, 1963 Studebaker Avanti, 1965 Corvette roadster and a 2008 Corvette.

by Aaron Zahn, Secretary

I like cars in general. The older and more unusual the better. I really enjoyed being involved and actually building and or restoring cars. It was like leaving a part of me in every car I worked on. The best thing about your classic? The best part of having a classic or old car is the thrill of driving a piece of history. I get to feel what my parents and grandparents felt. I truly enjoy the smiles, the thumbs up or the best is the “What the heck is that?” comments. The worst thing about your classic? I am not sure what the worst part of owning one is, but I will probably find out someday. Granted there are some frustrating days. Old cars do not start, drive or are they as dependable as the new rides.  How long have you been a member of “Classie Autos”?  I don’t remember when I joined the Classie Autos. When I joined the Shrine, it just seemed like a good fit.

Pat Campbell with his 1963 Studebaker Avanti. EL RIAD SHRINE • Sioux Falls, South Dakota




by Scribe Pro Tem

orry for missing the deadline to last month’s Cactus. Due to that error in timing this article may be a little wordy. To start off we would like to congratulate Merry Miller on winning on the El Riad Cash Calendar. Merry won $25. Fluff bought her the calendar for a Christmas present and it paid off.

We had our spring golf outing at the Garretson Golf Course. It was a beautiful day filled with fun and fellowship. The food was again provided by Ron Luke and the Garretson Food Center. As always it was a wonderful spread. The outing was won by Illustrious Sir Jim Burma Jr. and John Whitelock. This was their second win in a row. Back to back is hard to do in this tournament since no one wants to win due to the prize awarded. Apparently there was a disagreement between the winners and as you can see by the pictures John did not fare so well and ended up with an arm injury. Fortunately, during the long time that has elapsed he has mostly healed. One of the hardest things to experience in the Shrine brotherhood is when the black camel comes to visit. We experienced that with the passing of Illustrious Sir Kent Morstad. Kent was a friend and mentor to many of us. He was one of the first that this writer met when I joined the Shrine in 1984. Needless to say I personally learned a lot from him. In July of 1994 we were in Denver, Colorado, for an Imperial Session. We were at a local establishment called the Cadillac Ranch. Several of us were seated in a large horseshoe shaped booth and I was seated next to Mort. He told me he was going to order a Ketel One dirty 6

up martini. At the time I had not experienced such a drink and decided to try one also. After my first sip I looked at him and said “This is heavenly”. He laughed out loud and we repeated that statement every time we shared one after that. I know that he is still participating in that “heavenly” drink even now. Shrine on and Shine down Mort, RIP. On June 10, we traveled to Windom, Minnesota for the Riverfest Parade and connected with our fellow Shriners there, Andy and Al. Andy provided us with a much needed oasis after the parade at The River City Eatery. They even allowed us to play for the other customers. The top off was being able to eat their famous pig wings. Very, very good. The draw back to this day was the old girl Bandbulance had another break down. The front transmission seal let loose right at the end of the parade. Again, a shout out to Andy for lining us up with Higley Ford in Windom who were able to repair her. Also a big and I mean big shout out to Illustrious Sir Jim “Big Deal” Burma Jr. for returning early enough from one of his many vacations to have the support vehicle available to tow the trailer home. June 17 was our Pote’s Parade in Garretson SD. What a great turnout by the units and the people of Garretson despite the potential for showers that day. We would like to give a shout out to the Culinary Unit for making breakfast and lunch for all the Shriners and their family members that were in attendance. A point of knowledge for everyone, if you are standing next to Jim Slater when a member of the Culinary Unit is passing out breakfast sandwiches and there is only one left, MOVE FAST or you won’t stand a • • SEPTEMBER 2017

chance against Slater. I know because it happened to me. I was contacted by a resident of Garretson a few days after the parade and she indicated that she and several others that she spoke with really enjoyed the parades and all the performing units. That speaks loudly to what we do. That afternoon, the Steel Drum had their second Shrimp Boil gathering. This time hosted by Kimberly Stockinger and Rico Johnson. We had approximately 30 people in attendance and despite the afternoon’s weather a great time was had by all. Kimberly out did herself in hosting a great party, so special thanks to her for all her hard work. Thank-yous also need to go out to Sid “Schmenge” Strange, Larry “2x4” Johnson, John “Polish” John Whitelock didn’t fare so well with his arm injury. Krolikowski and Jim “Fridge” Collingwood for manning the cookers. Thanks also to Sid “Pede” Pederson for stopping at the last minute go purchase pea pods that someone insisted on adding to the cookers. Needless to say the food was fantastic, the company was great and the stories and laughter abundant. Thanks to Stan “Stumpy” Cadwell for providing entertainment with his top of the line magic tricks. He had the crowd spell bound. Congratulations to Elmer and Karen Karl on their wedding July 3, 2017. We wish you the very best. July 22 saw the band traveling to Milford, Iowa, for the annual Pioneer Days Parade. This marked their 125th year as a community. Again the crowds were large and very appreciative of the fun we bring. Next up MSA in Bloomington, Minnesota. The band has 18 members headed that way and is looking forward to participating and showing the other Temples in the Midwest what we have to offer. More on the events and shenanigans in the next Cactus. Later in August we have the Pote’s “Caddyshack” Party. Please put on your best golf wear and come have some fun. A special shout out goes to Rocky Hayes for guiding our El Riad Facebook page to receiving an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Dromedary Awards. Nice job, Rocky. Rocky should also get recognition for his work putting out the Cactus. Whether you know it or not he has to put up with the writers who are not always timely with their articles. Thank you, Rocky.

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4 Labor Day – Closed

5 Cactus Deadline Chanters 7 p.m. Rickshaws 6 p.m. Twin Lakes Shrine Club 7 p.m.


11 Fife & Drum Corp 7:30 p.m. Highlanders Pipe & Drum 6 p.m. B&E & Board Meetings


Mystic Brewers 7 p.m.

Chanters 7 p.m. Classie Autos 7 p.m. Lewis & Clark 6:30 p.m. Sprint Cars 6:30 p.m.

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

25 Fife & Drum Corp 7:30 p.m. Highlanders Pipe & Drum 6 p.m.

26 Chanters 7 p.m. Sprint Cars 6:30 p.m.



6 Legion of Honor 7 p.m. Happy Hour 4 – 10 p.m.





7 Clowns 6:30 p.m. Oriental Band 7 p.m. Shrine Cup Golf Tournament


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






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

Shrine Football Game

20 Masonic Motor Club 6:30 p.m. Motor Corps 7 p.m. Happy Hour 4 – 10 p.m. Nobles Birthday Party


Dance Club

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


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





First Day of Fall!

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

Horse Corps 10:00 @ Shrine Bldg.

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1 Daughters of Nile Craft Fair

2 Worthington after Lodge

3 Rickshaws 6 p.m. Twin Lakes Shrine Club 7 p.m. Sportsman’s Classic


9 Fife & Drum Corp 7:30 p.m. Highlanders Pipe & Drum 6 p.m. B&E & Board Meetings



Mystic Brewers 7 p.m.


5 Clowns 6:30 p.m. Oriental Band 7 p.m. Mitchell Sportsman’s Banquet Cactus Deadline

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

17 Blast & Cast 7 p.m. Chanters 7 p.m. Dance Club 7 p.m. Hillbillies - Outhouse 7 p.m.


4 Legion of Honor 7 p.m. Happy Hour 4 – 10 p.m.

Chanters 7 p.m. Classie Autos 7 p.m. Lewis & Clark 6:30 p.m. Sprint Cars 6:30 p.m.



18 Masonic Motor Club 6:30 p.m. Motor Corps 7 p.m. Happy Hour 4 – 10 p.m.



Scottish Rite Barbeque

12 Brookings 7 a.m. @ Perkins Oriental Band 7 p.m. Steel Drum Band 6:30 p.m.






Dance Club

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

SCAFRA Conference


23 Fife & Drum Corp 7:30 p.m. Highlanders Pipe & Drum 6 p.m.


24 Chanters 7 p.m. Provost 7:30 p.m. Sprint Cars 6:30 p.m.


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

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


28 Horse Corps 10:00 @ Shrine Bldg. OB Halloween Party

31 Chanters 7 p.m. Halloween


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by Rich Burns, Scribe

he El Riad Blast & Cast unit invites you to check us out. We meet at the Shrine Oasis bar monthly on every third Tuesday. We also have held meetings at the Garretson Gun Club, TDS Automotive, or anywhere our president, Rolland Stolsmark calls the meeting to order. Word on the street is an upcoming meeting will be a floating meeting. Hope those pontoons are big enough to hold us all. Congrats to Big Mike from the OB on his wedding, the Blast & Cast helped with the big night. The fall fishing trip is again up at Waubay and will be the last weekend of September. Thank you to the Clown unit for taking the September 2 wedding.  Get out and enjoy the outdoors. If you have some great outdoor stories, and/or pictures, come to a meeting and share with us. We all enjoy hearing of others outdoor adventures.



by Misty Jensen, Bethel Guardian, Bethel #1

ethel #1 has had a busy month! Honored Queen Daphne Claussen was installed this July and her term is off to a great start! Several girls attended the Job’s Daughters International Supreme Session in King of Prussia, PA the first week of August. Bethel #1 took home some honors including Supreme Representative to MO, Neveah Seda; Supreme Representative to Sergipe, Installing Musician, second place in third Messenger, Jessica Zahn; and second place in Story of Job, Arianna Rice. Amber Maher represented SD well in her role as Grand Bethel Honored Queen of South Dakota. The girls have memories for a lifetime including a New York City trip along with lots of fun and new friendships! The Bethel also had a night out at Wild Water West this month. The girls enjoyed all the waterpark had to offer! First meeting to start the new term is September 10 at 2 p.m. at the Masonic Center. If you know of a girl between the ages of 10-20 that is interested in having fun, making new friends, being involved in community service projects and learning lifelong leadership skills, we would love to introduce them to our group. Contact and check out our new Facebook page: Job’s Daughters Bethel #1 Sioux Falls SD. EL RIAD SHRINE • Sioux Falls, South Dakota


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by Buttons, Keeper of the Quill

ell, the fall season is just around the corner and summer is coming to an end – school days, school days!!! The Outhouse Unit has been busy this summer what with parades and “concerts”. We participated recently in Crofton, NE (reported in the last issue of the Cactus) as well as the Mitchell Stampede and Colton Hillbilly Days Parades. The Outhouse Unit had 10 clan members join our brothers in Mitchell for the Stampede Parade. Always a good time and the parade watchers enjoyed watching all the entries as much as we enjoyed being there. We had the additional treat of escorting our own Pozzum Queen, Julie Kristensen (hubby of El Riad Marshal Doug Kristensen). As this was not a Shrine parade there were no issues to have her join us. Thanks Julie for adding smiles to everyone’s faces. The Outhouse Unit used our flatbed truck which had been recently outfitted with old tractor seats thanks to Amos (Don McCoy). To sit on those seats all day in your farm field would take time to adjust to. The Mitchell Clan paraded in their convertible with the “water” feature. Of course, parade watchers returned the favor with squirt guns and garden hoses. Apparently they had seen the Hillbillies car before. The day in Mitchell ended with a delicious lunch hosted by Shorty Hofer and the guys out at Shorty’s Meat Locker – many, many thanks for the grub. And most recently, the Outhouse and the Mitchell Clans were in Colton for Hillbilly Days. Another fun parade with lots of support from the community. It’s an excellent way to represent El Riad and show/explain what we do for our Shrine “kids”. After returning home from Colton, all the Back 40 Boys (B40Bs) took a nap and then returned to Colton for a “concert” in the park that evening. The attendees enjoyed the music and chuckled at our jokes (I think) – we had to check our mikes to see if they heard the punch lines – testing, testing... Special thanks to Harvey Kelly from Mitchell for joining us on the banjo in Colton and also in Crofton, NE earlier this summer.

Pozzum Queen

A big welcome to the newest member of the B40Bs – Pat “Otis” Campbell. He plays the guitar (very well), sings and also whistles – whistling a verse of “Blowing in the Wind” proves that. Welcome abroad Otis. Upcoming for the B40Bs – Sioux Empire Fair Front Porch (August 13) and the Bethany Care Center in Brandon (September 22). 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 – 929-8608. The philanthropy is successful when the fraternity is successful.

Stampede Gang at the parade 14 • • SEPTEMBER 2017



rother Masons of South Dakota, thank you for the opportunity to serve you. Following tradition, I will be in charge of Masonic Membership. Membership can be divided into two main categories; new members and retention. Both are very important to the future of our Fraternity, yet many Lodges put all their focus in the direction of new members. I am as guilty as anyone else on the honeymoon phase of bringing in candidates. We have programs and tools to help Lodges mentor prospects and make them new Masons, but what about retention? Do any Lodges have a program to reach out to their current dues paying members? If not, we need to. Retention needs to have the same amount of focus as new members, if not more. I have spent many hours digging into the historical membership data. I will not get into the intricate details of what the data says, at this time, but will give a very brief overview. Since the late 1960s, South Dakota has been on a steady decline in membership, which is the same situation as many other states. That decline is, on the average, around 2.5% loss per year. The numbers have gone from around 20,000 members to just over 5,000 members, in 50 years. The number of Lodges, in the same time, have gone from

by Richard Hagler JGW

164 to 70. I can make assumptions and come up with plans, but I prefer to have several heads look at it together. If you are interested in looking at this data in detail, I will be sharing it at the Leadership Conference on August 25 and 26.

Looking over the data from the last 10 years

This may or may not be a shock to many, but we have several Lodges doing great things. There are several Lodges that have a 100% retention rate on the candidates they raised in the last 10 years. We have several Lodges that have a 10-year positive membership. Meaning, they have more members today, than what they had in 2007. Overall, the average retention rate of Lodges in South Dakota, from the last 10 years, is 68%. Our retention rate drops each year. SD average retention for 2015 is currently 90% but is at 50% for 2005. Meaning the longer a man is a Mason, the greater the risk of losing him. The biggest issue of the 10 year data; Non-Payment of Dues (NPD). 90% of the losses are NPD. We have to change what we are doing and I am looking for answers. We have a lot of work ahead of us and if you are willing to help, please let me know. There are many ways to contact me, but the easiest is


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by Bruce Norton

ell, our trip to Okoboji on July 8 was totally terrific and clearly, a huge highlight of our summer. We start by issuing a great deal of thanks to our gracious hosts Dave and Lady Barb Daily...You guys rock! The bus ride out is always great fun and as protocol dictates, John Archer supervised the bus beverage station. Was glad to see most of the fluids made it into a cup and not the bus floor. That hasn’t always been the case. We arrived at Okoboji Boat Works in fine form and began preparations to load up on the big boat (the “Denny”) and tour the bars/restaurants on the lake, with our final appearance at the Barefoot Bar. It was so much fun to have the large crowd cheer us on as we marched around all the tables. We then adjourned to use the tab the Barefoot Bar sponsored before departing back to the dock Dave and Barb help occupy. Crispy chicken with all the trimmings ensued before we loaded up and returned to Sioux Falls. A great deal of thanks also go out to our officers for all their hard work to make this a truly great trip. One last thing, thanks to Gayle and Kim Sigler for the wedding anniversary (for Lady Leslie and me) champagne toast during the bus trip. And also congratulations on your own anniversary that Monday! We have a busy rest of summer and fall, with events and activities that make being part of the Fife and Drum so amazing. We start August with our annual family party at Darwin (Gundy) and Bev Gunderson’s. Without a doubt,


there is nothing better than a Fife party at Gundy’s. We follow that with our trip to MSA in Minneapolis with 20 guys on the street for the Friday parade. Prior to that, we’ll have taken a couples boat cruise down the river and played some golf. Many thanks to Randy Ingalls for making those arrangements! We then sponsor the Augustana Football Banquet on August 21. We are proud to do so on behalf of all of El Riad. Our sponsorship honors the leadership role members of our group either had or have with the Shrine Football Game over the years. These players are big consumers of food and this is always an important time in their Shrine Game experience. Finally for August, comes the big Pote’s Ball to round out the month. In September, we have our annual Fife family garden party at Mike (Mofo) and Lorna Fitzgerald’s home on September 8, followed by the Shrine Football Game that next weekend. Once again, the sales of footballs to benefit the Shrine Hospital is on the backs of the renowned Archer Clan. Plans call for selling 500 footballs again this year. We close out September with the second annual Keith Rose Cup in honor of our beloved past Brigadier and El Riad Potentate. Without a doubt, this is a special time for our group. Past Brigadier Wade Behm did a masterful job with the inaugural event last year and fully expect Admiral Darrell Griggs to follow suit this year. And as the Admiral is fond of saying “fair winds and following seas to all!” • • SEPTEMBER 2017



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Craft and Vendor Fair

october October 1st, 2017 Event will be held at the El Riad Shrine. 510 S. Phillips Ave. | Sioux Falls, SD 57104

NOON –- 4:30PM There will be food, door prizes, and FUN! There will also be lots of great crafters & vendors! Contact Jessica Buus for Vendor Information. email:

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$5 each or 3 for $10

1st Place: 2 Cases of Wine 2nd Place: 1 Case of Wine 3rd Place: 6 Bottles of Wine

Tickets can be purchased from any Rickshaw member or the Shrine office! (Drawing held Nov. 11, 2017 ) Proceeds are for the benefit of the El Riad Rickshaws. Payments are not deductible as charitable contributions.

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The sub-division of the Big Band known as “Last Call” performed at Okoboji on Saturday, August 12. Scott Hoy is singing “Saturday In The Park”.



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Drawing at Fall Ceremonial, November 11, 2017

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY September 2017 Chad Addy – 9/22 Lawrence Albers – 9/3 Tim Alick – 9/20 Daryl Alons – 9/14 Charles A Anderson – 9/14 William D Anderson – 9/6 Edward R Anstine – 9/29 Dennis L Bachman – 9/23 Bernard Balaban – 9/1 Beri J Bawdon – 9/12 Wayne W Beatty – 9/29 Thomas J Becker – 9/12 Gerald Beninga – 9/30 Ross Benson – 9/13 Thomas F Benz – 9/17 George W Bittner – 9/10 David B Bowhay – 9/18 Andrew D Brown – 9/26 Charles A Brown – 9/30 Fred S Bryner – 9/18 Edward M Bubak – 9/18 Steven P Burtis – 9/22 Marrel W Bush – 9/14 Roger H Busswitz – 9/11 John Cable – 9/5 Sean P Callahan – 9/21 Russell R Calmus – 9/3 William F Clayton – 9/20 Dennis T Converse – 9/29 Richard B Curd – 9/19 Vinson Q Danh – 9/20 Harland A Danielsen – 9/17 Tony D Dannen – 9/23 Scott A Denney – 9/24 Jess J Dennis – 9/1 Kevin M Donlin – 9/8 George E Dunn – 9/27



Timothy J Dunn – 9/30 James M Ellis – 9/22 Mike Erb – 9/2 Quentin L Everson – 9/17 Nathan M Faini – 9/25 Cyril J Farner – 9/21 Mark Fodness – 9/18 Richard R Foltz – 9/29 James D Fox – 9/22 Bart Fredericksen – 9/17 Mitchell G Fries – 9/14 Robert J Fylling – 9/5 Louis T George – 9/16 Joseph N Gilfillan – 9/11 Robert M Goodhope – 9/13 Richard W Gourley – 9/20 George A Gulson – 9/5 Corey Gunderson – 9/6 Greg C Hall – 9/5 James A Halverson – 9/19 Roger H Hansen – 9/3 William P Hansen – 9/17 Richard C Havier – 9/11 Robert D Henley – 9/2 Jerry L Hochstein – 9/21 Keith Hodkinson – 9/2 Ronald Houston – 9/26 Rodney L Hunter – 9/30 Kevin L Johnson – 9/18 Wayne L Johnson – 9/22 Rodney L Jones – 9/27 Dennis Dean Kaus – 9/12 Dale J Kiebach – 9/26 William J Kinder Jr – 9/9 Arthur Kriens III – 9/3 David G Krull – 9/12 William E Kullander – 9/30 Michael E Lacey – 9/7

Dwayne J LaFave – 9/20 John Lafferty – 9/22 Jason C Larsen – 9/14 Donley W Larson – 9/1 Bruce L Lease – 9/8 Lee A Lewis – 9/20 Paul J Lewis – 9/13 Lucas Loen – 9/2 Adam T Loftesness – 9/13 Jeffrey P Mann – 9/24 Donald McCoy – 9/18 Dennis W McDonald – 9/6 Dwight W McDonnel – 9/29 Jon Milander – 9/22 Douglas Dale Morstad – 9/8 Mark Mount – 9/19 Robert M Nelson – 9/12 Scott A Nesbit – 9/20 Aron W Nevin – 9/16 Dan Nichols – 9/6 Tracy W Nitch – 9/9 Scott Nold – 9/8 Louie Odden – 9/18 Mike H Oldfield – 9/9 Douglas E Olson – 9/5 Michael O’Neal – 9/3 Paul C Peterson – 9/12 Duane Pingeon – 9/16 Robert Calvin Pottratz – 9/15 Corey Putzier – 9/22 Jacob Quasney – 9/19 Scott M Quist – 9/4 Robert Rauenhorst – 9/10 Joseph Rigney – 9/27 Patrick Rodman – 9/13 David J Roetman – 9/6 Ryan Rollinger – 9/21 Thomas D Rook – 9/5

Stephen Rosenthal – 9/24 Alfred L Rude – 9/2 Dennis C Sand – 9/2 Ronald W Scharffenberg – 9/19 Chad A Schave – 9/28 Dana R Schmid – 9/2 David F Schmig – 9/9 Roger G Schneekloth – 9/7 Alfred W Schultz Jr – 9/24 William N Scoular – 9/17 Richard A Severson – 9/14 Rick Shippy – 9/27 Randall L Skorpik – 9/7 John R Smith – 9/2 Richard Steffen – 9/26 Devon A Stewart – 9/14 Scott Streich – 9/24 Gordon Swanson – 9/14 Gerald B Teachout – 9/13 Brian L Tull – 9/17 Robert Vanderlinde – 9/20 Jerald D Vanwoudenberg – 9/21 John Wayne Varvel – 9/26 Scott L Wagner – 9/28 Wayne Wetzbarger – 9/24 Michael Winkleman – 9/17 Duwayne Wohlleber – 9/23 Curtis Yost – 9/29 • • SEPTEMBER 2017


MOTOR CORPS by Commander Kickstand

ode Hard and Put Away Hot”, that is the slogan we use in the Motor Corps during parade season. After three parades in two weeks with a double duty to Milford, IA and Tyler, MN in one day, our bikes get REALLY hot. Soft brakes and clutches are not uncommon—in fact some of us are lucky to have any brakes left after some of these parades. Overall, we had good turnouts for the parades and time to hang out with our brothers along with plenty of good stories along the way. Like the time the pickle changed hands, or when Jeff carried on the longest pinwheel in Motor Corps history...those are the kinds of stories that will carry on for a long time. We also put the ambulance through the gauntlet of parade season and had some issues but we have it fixed and ready to rock at MSA. Thanks for the job well done during our parade season Capn’ Jeff. The Corps had its regular monthly meeting at our practice field and after a short meeting, we all ran the obstacle course for the fun of it. Bill Thompson ran it for the first time and did a great job and the rest of ran a few times as well. I lost another kickstand spring but hey, that one lasted me a whole year! It’s always fun when we can all get together and run the course, it makes a good rider better. We didn’t have much to cover other than MSA competition and our Poker Run coming up September 23, 2017 (see the flyer in this issue on page 29). This will be open to all members to play, we are not going to have people at stops and the pool will be separate from our guests so we don’t have any hard feelings. This means that those who choose to ride, need to be responsible and help out in the beginning and the end to make sure our guests have a great time. Several of you have been out riding other poker runs to support and promote all in one so hopefully our efforts pay off. We need to have a great turnout in order to keep it going into the future so please help to promote. I would like to personally thank all of you who supported Jeff and the Motor Corps during this parade season. We have one more in the middle of September and of course the one in Bloomington during our competition. Hopefully we will make El Riad proud and bring home all the hardware. It has been a dual between the Sprint Cars and Motor Corps for the best overall motorized unit so we will see what those boys bring and have some fun supporting each other. Good luck boys…

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MASTER MASONS RETIRED OR NOT: Gavelers High Twelve, a club of local members of High Twelve International, meets each Thursday at the Royal Fork. High Twelve is a social and philanthropic organization open to all Master Masons. Locally, we meet each Thursday at 11 a.m. for lunch and social hour. At Twelve we have a very short meeting followed by a program of education or entertainment. We would be happy to have you join us. Stop in at the Royal Fork on a Thursday or call one of these Masons for more information: Don Wendt, President, (605) 334-9732 Roger Hansen, Secretary/Treasurer, (605) 338-3560

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by Rich Osvog

he traveling circus bunch was on their way to Winner for the Rosebud Shrine Circus back on Friday, June 23, when they re-routed to Yankton for a hotdog. In that time, the Circus Chairman – the one the only Larry (Fluffy) Miller lost his fez. That being said, many a good noble applied immediately for the job however no noble fit the bill (or the fez) so Fluffy is safe for another year. Donning the fez were Elmer Karl, Dr. Don Nemer, Charlie Brown, Dave Neiman, Don McCoy, Marv Lovro, Potentate Jim Burma and Rich Osvog (but they wouldn’t let him try it on!)

3rd Annual

Benefit Hot Dog Feed Sunday, September 10, 2017

Noon – 10 p.m. Magnet Bar – Magnet, NE Live music from 4 – 8 p.m. Bloody Mary bar all day!

Free will donation. All proceeds go to El Riad Shriners Transportation Fund. 34 • • SEPTEMBER 2017



by Jeremy “RED” Reimer

t has been a while since the Clown Unit has been able to sit down and pen an entry in the Cactus! We have had an absolutely amazing and very busy summer this year. We have had parades as close as Harrisburg and Garretson and as far away as Crofton, Nebraska and Litchfield, MN and everywhere in between. We truly enjoy the opportunity to travel to bring smiles to parade crowds wherever we go.   We were also asked to do a few close-up events. First, we went to the Rock County Fair to tie balloons and then were also asked to attend the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Walk at the O’Gorman High School Football Field. We celebrated many Cancer Survivors and we also remembered family and friends.  But our most memorable trip so far this year is our trek up to Litchfield, MN, to parade with our 2005 Big Clown Larry “LARS” Swenson in the Watercade Days Parade.

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We had the largest turn out yet for this trip. Thank you to Tom “UNO” Johnson, Tim “BUBBLES” Bachman, Brian “STICKY” Schultz, John “HANK” Schuety, Kevin “WINGNUT” Wingert, Darrin “TURBO” Groos, “DUTCH” Stverak, Jim “FLOWERS” McKiernan, Dustin “FLAPJACK” Johnson and Paul “RODEO” Maxwell for making this trip. We certainly surprised “LARS” and his wife Carol with our presence this year. With all that now behind us, we are ready to defend our title as the World Famous El Riad Shrine Clowns and sweep MSA this year. We have a lot of great guys going and we cannot wait to see how they do. If you want to stop by and take in one our meetings please enjoy a meal and a drink with us. We meet the first Thursday of each month at the Shrine. Social begins at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m.



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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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Come have some fun and fellowship! Ashrama Temple No. 97’s Fall Salad Luncheon Saturday, September 16 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lower Level of the Masonic Center 520 S. 1st Ave, Sioux Falls, SD

Tickets are only $7 and can be purchased from any member of Ashrama Temple No. 97 Daughters of the Nile. All money raised will go to supporting the Shriners Hospitals. 38 • • SEPTEMBER 2017


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Demolay Pancake Feed October 7, 2017

Sioux Falls Masonic Center, 520 S. 1st Ave. Cost: $5 10 years and older, $3 Ages 5–9 Free for children under 5 years old Proceeds to benefit Liberty Chapter Order of Demolay Sioux Falls, SD. EL RIAD SHRINE • Sioux Falls, South Dakota



by Eaton Doolittle, Communications Director

Photos by George Roberts


Getting Ready

Final Touches

Hot off the grill!

Overwhelmed with choices!

Golden Nuggets

ur summer is nearly over! Summer is the stuff of dreams. We dream of this time to kick back, relax and finally enjoy a long break from our busy lives. Summer always stirs up memories of color, life and adventure. The days seems to last forever, and we hope the fun never stops. It is a time of romance, excitement and an enhanced enjoyment of life. It’s best to take advantage of what little time we have during summer because somehow summer seems to be over before we get a chance to fully experience it. This is true of all things wonderful. They always seem too short.  

Happy Reunioners

in the heat of the day preparing the hot food. Also thanks to Dave Dierks, Charlie Anderson, Sam Sommers and Mark Anderson, who kept things cleaned up and put away. Thanks to all our members for volunteering their time and talents making the Culinary Unit great!

Upcoming Culinary Events

• Thursday, September 7 Masonic “Back To Lodge” 6:00 p.m. • Monday, September 11 Masonic “Back To Lodge” 6:00 p.m. • Saturday, September 16 40 Year Class Reunion of Lincoln & Augustana Shrine football game – Serve lunch at 11:00 a.m. at Augustana Washington High School • Saturday, September 16 Saturday, July 22 Culinary Picnic at Hauff Haus at 6:00 p.m. What a night at the Shrine! And what a great crew! Dave • Thursday, October 5 Sieler, our Head Chef for this event, managed what is Masonic “Back To Lodge” 6:00 p.m. considered one of our finest efforts! The coordination was • S  aturday, October 7 superb from the setup to the cleanup. Everyone knew Fife & Drum breakfast - 9:00 a.m. at the Shrine what was expected, maintained their bearing, resulting in a • Saturday, October 7 smooth efficient successful event. We were rewarded with Wedding Reception 5:00 p.m. many positive comments from happy, contented reunioners.  • T  BD Masonic One Day We served hot chicken nuggets, little smokies, saucy Friday, October 20 MSA fundraising event meatballs, cheese cubes and crackers, vegetable selections •S  aturday, November 11 and a variety of cheese cake desserts.  Fall Ceremonial – Lunch & 5:00 p.m. reception We had great participation from all the attending Chefs (Veteran’s Day) but special mention has to go to our grill masters, Lloyd • Wednesday, November 22 Siemonsma, Luke Loen, and Bill O’Connor who worked Pote’s 50th birthday party 5:00 p.m. 40 • • SEPTEMBER 2017

Culinary Crossword Challenge: Let’s Eat!

This crossword covers a wide assortment of well-known foods and most of them are easy to spell.   

A small bite of culinary sage or food for thought:

Across 1. Ground beef patty in a bun 5. Another name for drinks 8. Large fruit with fuzzy skin and a solid pit 10. Meat from a hog’s thigh 11. Frozen dairy delight (2 wds.) 14. Food grilled on skewers 18. It grows on a cob 19. Small, flat baked sweet snack 20. Green nut

22. Fresh green salad vegetable 23.What French fries are made from 26. Pickled cabbage 28. String-shaped pasta 29. Dried grapes 30. A  corn and butternut are varieties of this

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Down 2. They’re good scrambled, fried or boiled 3. F ish used for salads, casseroles and sandwiches 4. Final course 6. S mooth, sweet brown food made from cacao 7. Devil’s food or angel food 9. Purple root vegetable 12. Also known as a “starter” 13. Refreshing citrus drink

15. E dible green flower head eaten as a vegetable 16. D  essert with strawberries and biscuits 17. B aked dough topped with cheese and more 21. They’re used for cider, sauce and pies 24. Sauce made with meat juices 25. A  bulb with strong odor and flavor used in cooking 27. Spicy tomato dip 41



by Ben Raiche, Past Master of Trinity Lodge 200 in 1980-81

inneapolis is no longer my home residence. I am now considered a true and totally a devout Texan. But I have to relate this true story that occurred the last time I was visiting in that city located in Minnesota. Since I have allowed my blood to thin because of the warmer weather in Texas, I feel the need for wearing a jacket during those chilly Spring months when I happened to be visiting up in that North country. The jacket I was wearing on this “chilly” April morning was the one I had received as a Shrine Band Member the last time I visited Grand Forks, North Dakota along with the Sioux Falls, South Dakota Band. Emblazoned across the back of this bright yellow colored jacket was the bright red emblem and name of the Shrine Temple located in Sioux Falls. I must admit, I had never given that specific jacket and its appearance a second thought until this particular occurrence. I decided this day to visit the Nicolette Avenue Mall located in downtown Minneapolis. As I walked along looking at the various attractions and adornments, along with my appreciation of the opportunity to do so, I met and even spoke to a number of folks I had never before seen. Yes, this had become a wonderful experience and i was enjoying it to the limit. It was however as I crossed the street at the corner of Seventh and Nicolette that I was hailed by a young lad whom I would guess to be about sixteen years old, and was seated in a wheelchair. I walked over to his location and noticed that he had a man furnishing the chair’s locomotion. The man said nothing, but waited for me to approach. As I neared


It Happened This Way

It happened this way on a winder day. I was walking along through the mall. And surprise, I was hailed by a lad in a way. It was when I heard the lad call. “Oh sir, would you mind coming over to me?” “One can see, that I am able to talk.” As I looked at the lad I could readily see, his legs won’t permit him to walk. I approached and I said, “Can I help in a way?” I could see a broad smile on his face. “You already have. It’s a wonderful day.” That message no one can erase. I guess he was viewing the jacket I wore, Shrine emblems all over the back. They don’t ask for credit, but open the door, giving ease to persons who lack. I gave him a hug, and then walked down the street, and mentally started to pray. It seems the Shriners gave something to me. They allowed me to have a nice day.



the boy in the chair, he developed a broad smile and said, “Please, sir would you come over here and let me give you a hug?” Well, who am I to refuse a request like that? I proceeded to near the boy and he said, “You are one of those Shriners that gave me a chance to see the lights and to celebrate at Christmas”. Can you imagine the immediate elation that I seemed to gain? He then added, “I want to give you my thanks.” I can’t recall any time in my life that I felt ten feet tall and so proud to be a member of the organization to which I am a devoted life member. It seems things happen at times that might make us think we owe some thanks to that great entity who furnished some of us with healthy bodies, along with the opportunity to share a little happiness. It makes me say, “God Bless”, so mote it be and have a nice day.



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ROADRUNNERS by Jeffy Wilkes, President

ast month’s Cactus listed all our drivers that we are thankful to have. So I will not take the time to list them again. This month’s article is to thank Sioux Falls Ford and Roger Thompson (Hub Bub). Each month SF Ford and their employees have a “Nice” day. Going out into our community and being NICE. Last month Roger Thompson picked El Riad Roadrunners to be NICE to. Next time you drive a patient look at the box with coloring books, colors and new DVDs in the vans. This month’s SUPERSTAR goes to Roger. These trips can be a long time to sit in the vans. SF Ford and Roger have just shortened those drives to be more bearable. Thanks to all our drivers and Gail who make all the trips possible.

The Shutterbugs & Pixels Unit are willing to attend your Unit/Club events to take pictures and provide them to you.

If you would like our services, please contact us 2 weeks prior to your event to get scheduled.

LET U S CAP T URE Y O U R M E M O RI E S! Contact Unit President, Josh Jurgens at (605) 261-5963 or THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT! 44 • • SEPTEMBER 2017


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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