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SAHIB REPORTER

The Reporter The Official Monthly Publication of

Sahib Shriners A.A.O.N.M.S. 600 N. Beneva Road Sarasota, FL 34232 Phone: (941) 366-4449 FAX: (941) 366-8578 Email: sahib3@juno.com Web: http://sahibshrine.org

Editor-in-Chief Gary Schweinshaupt Phone: (941) 356-5381

Email: garysch@trowel.com Staff Writer Malcolm Van Dyke II Phone: (941) 955-6483. Email: mhvdii@comcast.net Staff Photographers Sarasota County Malcolm Van Dyke II Phone: (941) 955-6483. Email: mhvdii@comcast.net Staff Assistant Bobbi Schweinshaupt The Reporter is dedicated to promoting the interests of Sahib Shriners, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Shrine Burns Institutes and the Sahib Shrine Clubs and Units and Freemasonry. DEADLINE All materials for publication must be submitted to the Sahib Shriners office no later than the first Thursday of the month for publication in the following month. Text and images produced using computers may be submitted via email or on a PCcompatible floppy diskette or CD. Text should be submitted in ASCII format or in a commonly-used word processor format. Photos, floppy diskettes or CDs from units or clubs will be returned to writer. Sahib Shriners disclaim any liability from any loss or damages resulting from articles, opinions, statements or representations expressed or implied in this publication. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without permission in writing from the publisher, except by other Shriner publications. Requests for reproduction should be addressed to Sahib Shriners. Copyright © 2012. SHRINE HOSPITAL INFORMATION For information or assistance in contacting the Shriners Hospitals for Children or a Shrine Burns Institute call: National: Florida: Sarasota: Email:

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March 2012

Chaplain’s corner by the Rev. Noble Don Kerr, Chaplain

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n old story from the Bible tells about King Hezekiah. He had been warned by Isaiah to be leery of any foreign entanglements. However, the tiny kingdom of Israel was being severely threatened by the mighty empire of Assyria. A messenger from there came to the court of Hezekiah in a gesture of peace. King Hezekiah was flattered and showed his Assyrian visitor everything in the palace, including access to Israel’s military arsenal. Soon after that visit, the fierce monarch of Assyria, Sennacherhib, came marching to the borders of Israel. So, Hezekiah’s emissary turned out to be not a friend by a spy. If only Hezekiah had not been taken in, if only he had listened to what Isaiah was telling him. “If only”—how many times have we said it? If only we had listened! If only we had decided differently! How many decisions would have made life easier, “if only”? But, we can’t go back. We can’t undo what is done. Often there is no second chance. We can say ei-

ther “yes” or “no.” When Britain was facing its troubles during the rebellious 17th Century, the then young Prince Charles fell in love. He was secretly married and a child was born. His mother, the exiled dowager queen, was furious. She pleaded for her son to give up the child and his wife. Prince Charles replied, “If only, it was possible to go back and begin life over again.” But, he couldn’t and didn’t. For every misjudgment, we learn a lesson. No one or no one thing is, of course, absolutely right. If we accept what is offered, we do so believing a “yes” is better than a “no.” The Bible calls this the will of God. The will of God does not condemn. It gives us freedom. We all respond to a voice within us, which leads us to obedience rather than to confusion. So, do we still say, “if only”? Or, have we gone beyond that to reside in the company of those who would not turn their backs on us. The alternative to “if only is to believe “thy will be done.”

Editor’s notes by Gary Schweinshaupt, KCCH, garysch@trowel.com

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he Shriners and the Masonic team that put on the 16th Annual Rusty Mason Reunion did a great job of refreshing memories of the 120+ Master Masons in attendance (there were 30+ that were not affiliated with a local Blue Lodge and had never attended our Rusty Mason and 29 who were not Shriners.) I understand several petitions were handed out for the Shrine. This year they added a comedic dramatization of the “Lodge of Confusion,” which demonstrated many things that should not happen during a lodge meeting. Event producer Past District Deputy Grand Master Jerry Goacher KCCH, has assembled Brothers that really care about the

program meeting its mission. Check the photo on page 42 for the names of team members. This year, we also had coverage in the local media, Sahib Public Relations Chairman Harold Eady arranged for an ad in the Sarasota Herald Tribune Ticket edition. Most area leaders agree there are in excess of 2,500 Masonic sojourners living in our area (Masons who belong to Masonic bodies in another state, and have never pursued becoming active in our district,) the goal of the Rusty Mason always was to try to reach these Masons and get them to be involved locally and to perhaps join our area Masonic bodies.

Photo on Page 1: The 16th Annual Rusty Mason Night Team. The Reporter: is published monthly (except in July), a subscription is included in our member’s annual Sahib Shrine dues of $100, by the Sahib Shrine Temple, Inc., 600 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL 34232. Third-class postage paid at Manasota, FL.

Change is inevitable, Growth is optional!

March 2012  

Sahib Reporter

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