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Southwest Airlines Helping Shriners Hospitals Patients Reach Their Destinations Posted Thursday, January 15, 2009 by irondad
Southwest Airlines’ Medical Transportation Grant Program is a tremendous aid to Shriners Hospitals for Children’s patients and families. Through this program, the airline annually donates 200 green passes, which are essentially free round-trip airline tickets, to patients with financial or medical needs.
“The Shriners organization and Southwest Airlines have shared a wonderful relationship throughout the years,” said Michele Kyle, a specialist in the charitable giving department at Southwest Airlines.
“We’ve been able to assist numerous Shriners facilities in the past with anything from changing
executive and patients’ travel itineraries at the last minute to providing free medical transportation for patients. We are excited to formalize our affiliation through the Medical Transportation Grant Program.”
With 22 Shriners Hospitals, located in the U.S., Mexico and Canada, patients sometimes travel hundreds or thousands of miles to receive the specialty care they need. Many Shriners temples have transportation coordinators who set up these long-distance appointments and make transportation and housing arrangements. When possible, the temple pays for the expenses, such as plane tickets, through a hospital transportation program. Since an average domestic round-trip ticket costs nearly $400, the green passes could potentially save an individual temple thousands of dollars a year.
“We are grateful to Southwest Airlines for their incredible generosity,” said Ralph Semb, president and chief executive officer of Shriners Hospitals.
“By saving our temples money, they allow us to help transport more kids to their appointments.”
With a green pass, the transportation coordinator can book any available flight for the patient and one parent or guardian, and no blackout dates apply.
Green passes are good for use in any city Southwest Airlines serves, and they are only good for Southwest-operated flights.
Temple transportation coordinators can contact Ruby Valdes, manager of the executive vice president’s office at Shriners International Headquarters, at (813) 281-8110, to learn if their temple is eligible to receive passes.
Southwest Airlines has steadily increased its donations throughout the past few years. From
2003-2005, the company gave Shriners Hospitals 20 green passes. In 2006, the number increased to 25 tickets, and in 2007, an additional $5,000 was donated to Shriners Hospitals. Last November, the airline donated an additional 100 green passes. The value of the 200 tickets donated in 2008 is $80,000.

Black Camel Calls Colonel MacMullen Posted Wednesday, January 14, 2009 by irondad
NOBLE COL. DOUGLAS MacMULLEN - Al Malaikah's Historian and former Editor of the Al Malaikahan for many years, passed away Sunday, January 11, 2009, of a lung infection that got out of control. There will be a private service for family only. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in the Colonel's name to Shriners Hospital for Children. Cards may be sent to the family at:
P. O. Box 5201
Sherman Oaks, CA 91413-5201

Update on Illustrius Sir Hal Justice Posted Monday, December 1, 2008 by irondad
(Updated Dec 2nd)
Per Ron Bianchi, Chief Rabban, Potentate Hal Justice has been re-admitted to the hospital due to extenuating circumstances and health complications. (Updated Jan, 14)
Illustrious Sir Hal is now resting at home.


Stated Meeting October 20th Posted Wednesday, October 8, 2008 by irondad
Nobles & Ladies

We have a fine dinner and program planned. Ladies and guests are welcome for the dinnner and open program. During our short business meeting, they will be entertained with line dancing instructions upstairs.

The social period begins at 5:30 pm. Dinner begins serving at 6:00 pm and the program should begin about 6:45 pm. We will present the Officer of the Quarter Award to two very deserving LAPD officers at this meeting. We will also have a presentation on identity theft and how you can protect yourself. There will be drawings for door prizes.

Dinner choice is flat iron steak or chicken. Guaranteed to be yummy. All this for the low low cost of only $5.00 per person. But if you are the top line signer for a candidate to the October 25 Ceremonial, or the candidate himself, your dinnner is free. You can even bring the candidate to dinner with a petition and get your free dinnners. But please call the Shrine office at 213-748-0173 to make a reservation and let them know if you would like flat iron steak or chicken for dinner.

For more details, they can refer to the Al Malaikahan which is posted on the website at or contact me by email at

Thank you very much.

Dave Chernik

Patients Thank Shriners for Helping Them Defy the Odds Posted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 by irondad
Following the premiere of the 2008 patient success video, “Defy the Odds,” at the Imperial Council Session in St. Louis on July 2, featured patient Brian Howard sang “Broken Vow” by pop singer Josh Groban. Brian and his twin sister, Shana, receive care for burn injuries at the Cincinnati Shriners Hospital. David Grassi, who is being treated for spina bifida at the St. Louis Shriners Hospital, is also featured in the video. The teenagers thanked Shriners for the wonderful care they receive at Shriners Hospitals for Children, which has helped them “defy the odds.”

David Grassi
David was born with spina bifida, a congenital anomaly affecting the development of the spinal cord. Throughout his childhood, he has received extensive physical therapy and occupational therapy at the St. Louis Shriners Hospital. When he was 11, he underwent a special surgery to keep his hips from turning in. The surgery was successful, and he is able to walk with crutches and braces today.
David, who will be a high school senior in the fall, has made a name for himself as a competitive athlete. His favorite sports include sled hockey, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair track. He participates in a local sports organization, Disabled Athlete Sports Association, and travels all over the U.S. and the world to compete. On June 28, he won a bronze medal in the 1500-meter wheelchair exhibition at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Ore. When David is not in school or training, he volunteers as a counselor for St. Louis Variety, an organization that buys medical equipment for kids with disabilities. After graduation, he hopes to attend a college with a wheelchair sports team.

Brian and Shana Howard
When Brian and Shana were 2 years old, a house fire left them with second- and third-degree burns on more than 40 percent of their bodies. They spent a month at a local hospital, where they were in medically induced comas for nearly two weeks. Once the twins stabilized, they were transferred to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati to receive expert burn care and begin the healing and rehabilitation process. After several weeks, they were released to their parents’ care and returned regularly for outpatient visits. They have received many treatments and undergone several reconstructive surgeries at the Cincinnati Shriners Hospital throughout their lives.
The twins, who recently graduated high school, have visited several Shriners temples (chapters) over the years to share their story and thank the men for their generosity. They enjoy connecting with other patients whenever they can and look forward
to mentoring burn injury survivors at a week-long summer camp for Shriners Hospitals burn patients. Brian will begin studying business finance at DeVry University in Columbus, Ohio, this summer, and Shana will pursue a degree in veterinary technology at the Bradford School, also in Columbus, this fall.

More Surprises
After Brian sang, the patients’ families joined them on stage. Imperial Public Relations Committee Chairman Jerry Gantt presented Brian and Shana with iPods and David with a digital camera to thank them for sharing their stories. They also received Shriners Hospitals for Children jackets.

SHC Hurricane “Ike” Update Posted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 by irondad
Jim Full, Executive Vice President of Shriners Hospitals for Children, recently sent out an update
on the condition and status of our hospitals in Houston and Galveston following Hurricane Ike. The
Houston hospital now has power. However, it did not re-open until Thursday, September 18th
because the City of Houston issued a “boil order” for water. There is also a shortage of gasoline in
the area. It does not look like our facility was severely damaged. Before the storm hit, our patients
were transferred to the Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, SHC-Shreveport or are residing in local
In terms of Galveston, our hospital may be closed for at least a couple of weeks. Patients were
transferred to Cincinnati or Shreveport. No one is allowed on the island and there is no power.
We understand that there is a foot of water and mud throughout the first floor. One window on the first
floor was broken. The emergency generators had failed to maintain power and a new portable one is
being flown in and should be in service within 2-3 days. Unfortunately, many employees from both
Houston and Galveston have suffered damage to their own homes and will have difficulty getting to
work due to fallen trees and high water in the streets.

Noble Bruce A. McGray Taken By Black Camel Posted Friday, August 8, 2008 by irondad
Bruce A. McGray passed away in Santa Maria, California, on Sunday August 3rd, 2008 at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife Virginia McGray, son Ralph A McGray and his wife Nancy of Santa Maria, daughters Janette Leigh Benner and her husband Harold of Eugene, Oregon and Marjorie A. Maupin and her husband Tom of Santa Maria and grandchildren Angela Garvin, Adam Benner and Asa Benner of Eugene Oregon, Jonathan Labastida, Jennifer Labastida, Chad McGray and Jeremy McGray of Santa Maria. Three great grandchildren also survive with several nieces and nephews. Bruce is preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Zilla McGray and a brother Donald McGray.

Bruce was born on November 2nd, 1929, to Ralph N. McGray and Zilla May (Constable) McGray in Taft, California. He spent his early years growing up with his brother Donald in Taft, the heart of the Oil Industry in California, where he received his education at Taft Elementary School and Taft High School. Bruce developed his strong work ethic and concern for others while working with his father in the construction industry and along side of the hard working men and women in the oil industry in the Taft area. During this period he met and fell in love with Virginia Lee Turner. He was inducted into the Army in February of 1951 and scheduled to ship out to Korea. Bruce realized that he could not take a chance on Virginia slipping away while he was overseas so he proposed to her and they were married on June 23rd 1951 prior to his deployment to Korea.

Bruce served in Korea with the 3rd Infantry Division, 7th Regiment, “H” Company as a Heavy Weapons forward observer for a year and three months where he rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class and was offered a battle field commission. The commission would mean an extended stay in Korea away from Virginia so Bruce declined the commission and returned to Fort Jackson in South Carolina where he was discharged November 28th 1952. At that time Bruce and Virginia moved to Santa Maria where he joined his father and brother as a partner in R. McGray Construction. Bruce part of R. McGray Construction Bruce had a hand in shaping of many of the features we see up and down the central coast from the construction of the campus at Cal Poly to development of Camp Cook now known as Vandenberg Air Force Base. Bruce was involved in a accident in which he was badly burned while working at Vandenberg AFB in March of 1963. His recovery was protracted struggle over more than two years in and out of hospitals to over come extensive burns. With his undaunted spirit and strong family support he returned to an active key member of his community.

Prior to his accident Bruce had joined the Masons in 1961 and started his progress through the degrees. He was elected to the position Secretary/Treasurer of the Masonic Dinner Club, the first step in his dictated involvement in the Masons. He was forced to give up his position as Secretary/Treasurer of the Masonic Dinner Club with his accident in March of 1963 but he had found an organization on which to focus his energies. During and subsequent to his recovery Bruce's accomplishments included Masonic Head Candidate Coach, Master of the Santa Maria Lodge in 1986, Worthy Patron of Mizpah Chapter #100 Order of Eastern Star, Secretary of the Santa Maria Shrine Club for 11 years, Director of the Shrine Clubs for Region #2 for 11 years and Venerable Master of the Lodge of Perfection Scottish Rite Bodies of Santa Barbara to name a few. Some of Bruce's proudest accomplishments were receiving the Patriot of the year award from the Santa Barbara Scottish Rite Bodies in 1996, the Knight Commander of the Court of Honor (KCCH/Red Hat) from the Scottish Rite on Oct 18th 1993 in Long Beach, the Hiram Award from Hesperian Lodge #264 on June 17th 2001 and election as an Inspector General Honorary of the 330 Scottish Rite (White Hat) Mason conferred in San Diego on December 3rd 2005. In addition Bruce was a 49 year member of the Santa Maria Elks Lodge #1538 and managed to serve his community on the Planning Commission of Santa Maria and as Chairman of the Subdivision Committee.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 8th, 2008 in the Chapel of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary with Dr. Charles N. Gibbs and the Hesperian Masonic Lodge # 264 F. & A.M. officiating. Burial will follow in the Santa Maria Cemetery with Santa Maria Elks Lodge #1538 officiating and full military honors.

Visitations will be Thursday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the mortuary

Friends if they so desire can make memorials in Bruce's name to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 3l60 Geneva Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory.


Mortuary & Crematory

Great News On Possible New LA Hospital Posted Thursday, April 24, 2008 by irondad
by Stuart A. Wright P.P. Chairman, Board of Governors, SHC-LA
It was my pleasure to announce to the Board of Governors of the Shriners Hospital for Children Los Angeles at their Board meeting on Wednesday, April 23rd, that the Joint Boards of the Shrine of North America announced that they would be sending the required letter to Los Angeles County to request them to reopen the negotiations for the site of a new hospital on the grounds of the Los Angeles County-USC Medical center which was previously under negotiations and unfortunately had been previouly terminated. Too, I had the added pleasure to advise the staff in a town hall meeting and a couple of work area meetings of the same news and the response was not only relief but total joy. Much remains to be done and it must be accepted by the County but I feel we are again on the right track after considering all the alternatives.
Stuart A. Wright P.P.
Board of Governors, SHC-LA

Former Shriners Hospital Patient Keeps on Rolling as Volunteer Driver Posted Friday, March 14, 2008 by irondad
Los Angeles, CA – March 14, 2008 – Gordon J. Phillips, one of the valued volunteer van drivers at Shriners Hospitals for children in Los Angeles, recently came forward with his own Shriners Hospital experience that changed his life. Gordon was first admitted to the Portland Shriners hospital in April of 1933, at the age of five and was in and out of the hospital until the age of fifteen.
Physicians at the hospital began to treat his club foot condition, which his parents had been concerned about since birth. His first surgery in May of 1933 would begin a series of five surgeries that would span almost ten years and change his life drastically. Gordon would transform physically and carry the principles of Shriners with him. Gordon’s traveled four-hundred miles to Portland from his hometown of Caldwell, Idaho. The distance separated him from his five siblings during his extensive stays at the hospital necessary for his treatment. But this did not stop him, and he still believes the principles that he learned during his stays in 1930’s, as he says, “There is always someone worse off then you are.”
During his stays at the hospital doctors treated his bilateral club foot condition through surgery and bracing which allowed him to regain his mobility and freedom Gordon completed his medical care at the Portland Shriners Hospital for Children in December of 1943. As an adult Gordon decided to give back to the organization that had given him so much. He became a Shriner to give back to the community that had helped him. Since then he has been active in the Shrine organization and started volunteering at the Los Angeles Hospital in 2005; giving back to the organizations that had helped him so many years before. “It was always my goal when I got out (of the hospital) to join the Shriners,” Gordon said Tuesday, “I wish I could spend every day volunteering.”
As a volunteer, Shriners Hospital values Gordon’s experience. “It is always a pleasure to see one of our patients return and help us provide the same compassion and care to our current patients,” says volunteer coordinator Judith Lau, “We hope that by helping children and providing them with the best medical care possible, we are also touching their lives forever.” The medical treatment that Gordon received from Shriners as a child allows him to connect with our patients during their care. Gordon’s return to the hospital demonstrates this and we hope our patients will someday return to us at the hospital and touch children’s lives as volunteers, such as Gordon Phillips touched theirs.
The life changing compassion that the Shriners Children’s Hospital provided Gordon in 1933 has not changed, rather the medical care has advanced and the reach of the Shriners Hospitals has grown. Currently Shriners can reach thousands of children worldwide and provide them with state of the art medical care through twenty-two hospitals that stretch across North America, Canada, and Mexico. The chain of hospitals has hundreds of medical professionals that allow the Shriners organization to provide care for these children. As a volunteer Gordon has touched the lives of the children at the Shriners Hospital in Los Angeles, to put it in his words, “There is nothing more rewarding then seeing those kids come in there, missing an arm or leg, and being so care free and happy, you almost never see one cry.” ARTICLE BY STEVEN BRAND

IMPERIAL FIRST LADY PASSES AWAY Posted Thursday, January 3, 2008 by irondad
First Lady Helen Coe Lemieux, the wife of Bernard J. Lemieux, M.D., the Imperial Potentate of Shriners of North America, passed away Tuesday, January 1st, after a courageous battle with Cancer.

First Lady Helen was born in Mishawaka, Ind., the oldest of four children. She was raised on an Indiana beef farm, her father a Notre Dame graduate who majored in accounting and maintained both a private accounting practice and a farm business.

First Lady Helen graduated from Purdue University in Indiana with a Bachelor of Science in home economics and a Master of Science in textile and food research. She taught home economics in public schools in Indiana and Ohio for four years, ultimately joining the college faculty at Bowling Green State University for three years. During the tenure of her final year at Bowling Green State University, she began night school at the University of Toledo Law School and graduated. She presently continues to practice law and has practiced law for approximately 35 years; her areas of specialty are family law and probate.

First Lady Helen owned and operated a wire service floral shop in Maumee, Ohio, for seven years. Her educational background and the flower shop were foundations for her assistance in developing the Assistant Rabban seminars for the Ladies of Shriners of North America. She was an integral part of the educational seminars of both the Oriental Guide and the Assistant Rabban for the last five years.

Imperial Sir Lemieux and First Lady Helen resided in Perrysburg, Ohio, and have one son, Bernard J. Lemieux Jr., who resides in Scottsdale, Ariz.

First Lady Helen's program, "Research - Straight to the Heart," will continue to raise funds for an internship program for medical students at Shriners Hospitals, with an emphasis on research. To donate to First Lady Helen's Program, click on

Helen Lemieux will be deeply missed by all Shriners and their Lady’s. Imperial Sir Bernie Lemieux and his family needs all Shriners fraternity love and prayers.

Louis Gross, PR Al Malaikah Shrine

Temple Children's Christmas Party Best Yet! Posted Monday, December 17, 2007 by irondad
Thanks to all who helped out at the Temple Children's Christmas Party
yesterday (Sunday December, 16th).
We had a good turn out of people to help and we had 202 children!
In total there were about 300 people who attended the event and from the feedback received from parents and children it was the most successful Temple Children's Christmas Party in years.

The age of the children was lower this year as there were not so many
The kids that came had a much nicer experience than they have had on
occasion before.
True there were 34 fewer kids than last year but the kids that attended didn't get ran over by the bigger kids either.
There was a higher number of adults there with their children and as
always more adults usually means less rowdy kids or certainly less
"wild" kids.
The Santa line moved very well. We attributed that to the line being
very well organized and the fact that we went back to using Polaroid
pictures so there was no delay in the line while the kids had to wait
for camera and printing issues.

We seemed to have solved the problem of double and triple gifting as
well by giving each child a wristband to wear until they visited Santa and got a gift.

Thanks again to each and everyone that came out and helped make this
event such a success.
I want to reiterate to all of you how much I appreciate your support and for making this event so successful.

If we are to grow as a fraternity this type of event is one of the "Family Happenings" that we need to put out to the membership.

Fraternally, Mark Elliott
Temple Children's Party Chairman

Attention All Shrine Clubs! Posted Saturday, December 15, 2007 by irondad
My Name is Herbert Woertler Shrine Club Director for 2008,

All Shrine Clubs, submit dates, and details to me for their Potentates Visitation for 2008.

The Potentates Calendar is filling up very quickly. We want to accommodate all clubs with their dates, if possible.
E-mail me at:

Thank you very much, for your co-operation.

Herbert Woertler
Shrine Club Director 2008

Memorial Service For Ill. Tony Parisian Posted Friday, December 14, 2007 by irondad
ILL. TONY PARISIAN (P.P. - 1987) - A Memorial Service will be held
on January 15, 2008 at 11:00am at the, Shrine Auditorium 665 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007
(Imperial Sir Nick Thomas will officiate)
A light lunch will follow.
RSVP to the Shrine office by January 11.

Fundraising Activities Posted Wednesday, November 7, 2007 by irondad
To All Shrine Clubs, Temple Units and Staffs:


1. Fund Raising for Fraternal Purposes:
(a) No Noble (in his capacity as a Shriner), club, unit, organization of Nobles or affiliated or appendant corporations, shall engage in any fund-raising activity without the express written consent of the potentate of the temple having jurisdiction thereof.

1. Fund Raising for Charitable Purposes:
(a) No Noble (in his capacity as a Shriner), club, unit, organization of Nobles or affiliated or appendant corporations shall engage in any charitable fund-raising activity other than for Shriners Hospital for Children. Permission therefor must be first obtained in writing from the temple potentate. The temple potentate must then obtain written from the Chairmen of the Boards of Directors and Trustees. The request for written permission shall be sent to the Executive Vice President, Imperial Council, P.O. Box 31356, Tampa, FL 33631-3356.

Thomas B. Reoch
Al Malaikah Shriners
Phone: 213-748-0173

Black Camel Calls Pinky Meredith Posted Thursday, October 4, 2007 by irondad
PINKY MEREDITH - One of Shrinedom's most loved Nobles, passed away
at 11:40am, October 04, 2007.
Pinky had suffered a long illness, but he passed in peace.
No funeral will be held at Pinky's request.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

"May The Blessing of Heaven Be With Our Departed Brother Who Has Joined The Great Architect of the Universe"

15 Year Old Actress Visits LA's SHC Posted Tuesday, October 2, 2007 by irondad
Los Angeles, CA - October 2, 2007 - For a 15-year-old, Alexandra Rose Rieger already has a lot on her plate. The United Nations Youth Ambassador and Kids With A Cause Member recently visited patients at Shriners Hospital for Children - Los Angeles to take part in an afternoon filled with art, creativity and fun. Alexandra is a multi-talented actress who was in “Akeelah and the Bee” with Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett. She is also a singer and musician who just released her single “Harmony” that accompanies a book by the same name.
Getting their hands dirty with markers, paint and glue, Alexandra and the children created beautiful pieces of art that expressed what was most important in their lives - what makes them smile, laugh, dream. But before the children got to work, she started off the event by performing one of her own songs.
Alexandra’s visit to Shriners Hospital is part of her larger goal to promote educational and development literacy worldwide. She will be visiting various organizations (hospitals, schools, etc.) in the United States, helping children and patients create works of art. The young actress will then embark on a multi-city tour in Africa and Europe, delivering the art to children living on these continents.
Alexandra’s goal is to encourage kids to use art and creativity to help express their lives, hopes, and dreams. On a painting of the world that she created, she wrote, “For the world I dream of peace, a globe of unity so we can finally live in joy, love and harmony.” Kevin Gonzales, a Shriners patient from Tijuana, Mexico, expressed how beautiful it was that Alexandra could visit the hospital to lead this event.

Noble Joe Goldwine To Receive Hiram Award Posted Friday, September 21, 2007 by irondad
The Members of Southern California Lodge # 529 will be presenting the Hiram Award to our Brother, Noble Joe Goldwine on Thursday evening, November 1.

Joe is Secretary of the Lodge and holds a dual membership at Home Lodge # 721 in Van Nuys. In his "spare time" Joe is Illustrious Sir Rick Weiser's personal aide as well as the long-time chairman of the Al Malaikah Youth Dance. (The dance is Friday evening, October 26 @ Al Malaikah Shrine Center Expo Hall. See the Youth Dance Page on this website).

The conferral will be at Westchester Masonic Center - 7726 Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey, CA 90293. You can GOOGLE a map and driving directions. Dinner at 6:00pm ($15.00 per) - Conferral sometime after 7:00pm

The Conferral is a public ceremony

For dinner reservations call 310-354-4064 (Reservation Hot Line)

September Message From Imperial Potentate Posted Friday, August 31, 2007 by irondad
Dear Fellow Nobles,

Wow! I have just experienced a great, historic Masonic event – the first ever Joint Meeting of the Northern and Southern Jurisdictions of the Supreme Councils. The Southern Jurisdiction (SJ) has been in existence since 1801; the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction (NMJ) was chartered in 1813. The two groups have been meeting separately until this past week, when the joint meeting was convened in Washington, D.C., home of the Southern Jurisdiction.

It was such a privilege for everyone present to “rub elbows” with the most prominent Masonic leaders from all over the world. As a distinguished guest, I was able to spend some time with our brothers from outside the United States. I found that although we may have different languages and customs, we are all unified in Masonry….it was a very great honor for me to represent all of you at the event.

The guest speakers at the meeting were very eloquent and informing. At the Vesper service, we heard the Rev. John R. Selders, the Grand Prior, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction speak on “This Wonderful Thing Called Love.” The English have only one word to describe this emotion - “love.” The Greeks use three different words to more accurately define love. “Eros,” “Filia,” and “Agape” are used to differentiate the three basic types of love: the one between lovers, the one between parents and their children and the love between friends and acquaintances. When the Rev. Selders was finished speaking, everyone in that room knew that we had work to do, and that we had heard a truly memorable sermon.

As Masons, we need to be concentrating on the “Agape” type of love. We need to understand that liking each other, listening to each other and working, playing, and praying together will lead us to better understanding and fill us with the spirit of “Agape” for each other.

During the Joint General Session, presentations by leaders of the Rainbow Girls, Job’s Daughters and DeMolay made us proud of the work we do to support their organizations. Although each speech was different, all of them made us realize the good work those organizations do to help our youth mature into caring adults and leaders of their generations. We need to continue to give them all the support we can. By helping to develop such exceptional young leaders, we are helping to ensure that our fraternity and society will be in good hands.

Another special event occurred during the meeting. Three prominent Shriners were conferred the 33° from the Southern Jurisdiction. Imperial Sir Douglas Maxwell, the Deputy Imperial Potentate, and both of our retired executive vice presidents, Noble Charles Cumpstone and Noble Lew Molnar were honored.

The Joint Meeting ended with a charming and memorable Gala Banquet. The keynote address was delivered by one of our very own, Senator John H. Glenn, Jr. 33°. The guests were serenaded during the meal by Louis F. Coppola and the Stereo Strings, a company of 13 violins, a base, and two accordions. You could not have asked for a more elegant evening.

Nobles, I must tell you that the two Sovereign Grand Commanders, John Wm. McNaughton 33° (NMJ) and Ronald A. Seale 33° (SJ) have shown that by working together we can accomplish lofty goals. They and their teams are to be congratulated on a job well done.

Next month look for updates on my travels to several association meetings. Have a good month.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Bernard J. Lemieux, M.D.

Imperial Potentate, The Shrine of North America

Chairman, Board of Directors, Shriners Hospitals

Nick Thomas Outgoing Message Posted Friday, July 6, 2007 by irondad
We just completed the Joint Boards meeting and the 133rd Imperial Council Session in Anaheim. The meetings were very productive with everyone working very hard to make the decisions and choices necessary to keep our fraternity and philanthropy strong and prepared for whatever the future may hold.

As always, the Imperial Council Session was extremely busy, offering a variety of activities. More than 700 attended the beautiful church service, held in the Crystal Cathedral Campus Arboretum. I especially want to commend and thank Rev. David Kinsey (the Grand Chaplain of Pennsylvania), Imperial Chaplain Dr. Paul Massad, soprano soloist Ricky Elaine Stouch and organist Russ Robbins for a particularly moving service.

The public opening of the Session was also very memorable. I was pleased to see noted actor and Noble Richard Tyson and several other distinguished guests in attendance. I also hosted a reception for the Imperial Family. The “Taste of California,” was held on the rooftop of the convention center, where we watched a fireworks display. The Ladies luncheon was lovely, as well. We especially enjoyed the comedy of entertainer Diana Jordan. It was also my honor to attend several breakfasts including the Texas Breakfast, and the Cabiri and Donor Relations Breakfasts. Special luncheons held during Session included the Emeritus Luncheon, Chairmen and Vice Chairmen Luncheon and the Hall of Fame Membership Luncheon. I was particularly pleased to see 17 temples honored for net gains in membership, as well as record attendance of more than 200 at the Hall of Fame Membership Luncheon. I also want to thank Mel Tillis and his band for a terrific performance at my Imperial Evening.

A very special event at the Session was the creation of Dan Caro as a Shriner on July 3rd, with Imperial Sir Ralph Semb performing the obligation. Dan is a former patient who, despite sustaining burns to 70 percent of his body and losing his right hand and part of his left hand as a child, has become a successful drummer. The Grand Master of Louisiana, the Divan of Jerusalem Shriners from Destrehan, La. (which will be Dan’s home temple), and members of the Imperial Membership Committee were present for the ceremony. In addition, Dan had a public fezzing ceremony during the public relations program. The new marketing and branding initiative for Shriners Hospitals was also announced during the public relations presentation. During the program, our newest “patient success stories,” Leigh Dittman and Garrett Burgess, were presented and congratulated. You’ll be hearing their powerful stories of hope and courage very soon. These youngsters, and thousands more like them, are the reason for everything we do as Shriners.

I want to congratulate Imperial Potentate-elect Dr. Bernard Lemieux and Lady Helen on a successful pageant, and wish them a wonderful, fulfilling upcoming year.

The Imperial Council Session requires months of hard work and detailed planning. I want to acknowledge and thank everyone involved for all their efforts, especially Director General Stuart Wright and his committee, the Imperial Marshal’s Aides and the nobility and ladies of El Bekal Shriners in Anaheim for an excellent, successful event.

As I take a few moments to reflect over the past year, I’m more aware than ever of how proud I am to be a member of this great fraternity. I’m proud of so many of our efforts this year, especially the growth and enthusiasm among new members in Central and South America. My visit to that region earlier this Imperial year was extremely encouraging. The Shrine Club of Costa Rica is enjoying tremendous growth. The members are active and enthusiastic and working to help children in their country receive needed health care. I was very impressed by the work being done in the region.

I visited several hospitals throughout the year and was always energized by the hope and gratitude found there. I enjoyed meeting many wonderful patients including Timmy Kelly, Katie Walker, Shannon Kloppenburg, Megan Johnson and especially former patient and new noble Dan Caro. The opportunities to visit the hospitals and patients were a highlight of my travels.

And, as I have all year, I want to remind you again that the two most important issues every Shriner must be committed to addressing each day are: finding as many ways as possible to build our membership and strengthening the ties between all Masonic organizations. We, as Shriners, must be concerned with the future of all Masonic affiliates.

The strength of our relationship with our Masonic brothers has an obvious potential impact on efforts to strengthen our own membership. However, it also directly relates to our work with our hospitals. The stronger the fraternity is, the more we can assist our hospitals. When both parts of our great organization – the fraternity and the philanthropy – work together, great things happen.

As Imperial Sir Bernard Lemieux assumes the role and responsibilities of Imperial Potentate, I urge everyone to keep membership at the forefront of your thoughts and plans. I want to again commend and acknowledge the work and efforts of the Imperial Membership Committee this past year. Having served on the Committee for 10 years, and as Chairman for three, I am very familiar with the challenges being faced, and the progress being made. Now, more than ever, our future depends on our membership recruitment efforts.

It has been my honor and privilege to serve as your Imperial Potentate. The past year has been a wonderful experience, full of memories I will cherish forever. I enjoyed visiting our temples, Grand Lodges and hospitals. It was a great pleasure and honor to meet many nobles and ladies during my travels. I want to extend my thanks to all the nobility – we have enjoyed meeting and spending time with you during our journeys and travels this past year. I want to thank everyone for all the many, many courtesies and kindnesses extended to Elaine and me throughout the year. I’m also very grateful to everyone for their generous support of Elaine’s program, “Reaching Out for Medical Miracles.”

I want to acknowledge the nobles and ladies of Al Malaikah Shriners and the staff at Shriners International Headquarters for all their help throughout the year. And lastly, I want to congratulate Shirley Kastner for her 28 years of service as Imperial Session Coordinator.

And again, thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Imperial Potentate. It has been an incredible year that I will remember forever with gratitude and pride.

Yours in the Faith,

Nick Thomas

Imperial Potentate

The Shrine of North America

39th Anual Orchid Breakfast - June 17th Posted Thursday, June 7, 2007 by irondad
Sunday, June 17, 2007 the Band will once again be putting on their Orchid Breakfast at the
Shrine Expo Hall
(665 West Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles).
“Three Hours with the Million Dollar Band”
The hours are 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and the cost is only $10.00 per person.
Please mark your calendars and plan on supporting the Al Malaikah Million Dollar Band’s annual Orchid Breakfast fund raiser.
Breakfast proceeds are for the benefit of Shrine Temple activities. They are not tax deductible as a charitable donation.

To visit our Band Orchid Breakfast page CLICK HERE

RESPONCE TO THE NEW YORK TIMES Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2007 by irondad
Response to The New York Times
March 19, 2007
We value the trust and confidence of the public, and what’s most important to us is that people know how their donations are being used.

The Shriners of North America and Shriners Hospitals for Children represent two distinct organizations.

The New York Times story was not clear about the way we separate fundraising activities for Shriners Hospitals for Children and Shriners of North America. The article combined funds raised to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children with funds raised to support operation costs of the 191 chapters and their affiliated clubs. There are more than 3,000 Shrine clubs, and each club is affiliated with one of 191 chapters across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Canada.

Our guidelines clearly state that when money is raised for Shriners Hospitals for Children, 100 percent of the net proceeds must go to the hospitals. No monies raised for Shriners Hospitals are allowed to be used in support of fraternal activities. As long as Shriners clearly state the beneficiary of the fundraising event, be it Shriners Hospitals or Shriners of North America, they can hold fundraisers for either cause.

All fundraising materials are required to clearly state the purpose for which the funds are being raised. Fundraising policies and procedures are distributed twice a year to all 191 chapters of Shriners of North America. These guidelines require that a “statement of purpose” be included on tickets, advertising, signage and other materials – making clear whether the beneficiary of the fundraising event is Shriners Hospitals for Children or Shriners of North America. In addition, fraternal fundraising guidelines require a disclosure that “payments are not deductible as charitable contributions.”

Strict policies and procedures are in place regarding fundraising, and we are always looking for ways to improve them.

For more than a year, we’ve been in the process of developing an independent financial review committee. This committee will review the way finances are handled throughout Shriners of North America.

The committee has been endorsed by Imperial Potentate Nick Thomas, president of Shriners of North America, and I feel confident the board of directors and trustees will approve this at their next meeting.

The Times story uses a broad brush to focus on a few incidents that are totally unacceptable and are in no way representative of the way money is handled at our 191 chapters and more than 3,000 clubs.

I hope the story will not deter the people who make it possible for us to operate 22 hospitals at a cost of $2 million a day. Shriners Hospitals for Children provide expert, specialized care at no charge to children under the age of 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burn injuries, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. Since the first hospital opened in 1922, approximately 835,000 children have received care at absolutely no charge.

We are very proud of what we do for children.

HAVING FUN AND GIVING BACK Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2007 by irondad
Our 1st Ceremonial at Laughlin was a great success a great time was had by all. The weekend started with the Al Malaikah 3rd degree team headed by Ken Judd P.P. conferring the 3rd degree on Bruce La Marcher from San Moreno Lodge #408. Bruce was made an Al Malaikah Noble on Saturday along with Novices from Al Malaikah and El Zaribah. This is a great time to become a Noble the New Nobles will have the opportunity to attend the Imperial Shrine convention being held at Anaheim, Ca. July 1st – 5th, if you ever wondered why you became a Shriner and paid your dues for all these years you will not wonder after you attend the Public relations presentation. By all means, mark the date on your calendar and plan on attending. The convention won’t get any closer than Anaheim. Our Circus will be presented at Al Malaikah April 12–15 this will be the 81st year that we have sponsored this great event resulting in thousands of underprivileged kids receiving free admission to this great circus through the Mommies and Daddies program. Circus time at our Temple is one of my favorite activities that we do. It gives me an opportunity to give something back to the kids, if you’ve ever sat in the auditorium during the Circus acts and watched the joy it gives the kids from 2 to 80 years old you’ll know why we do it. The Circus lasts 4 days with a total of 9 performances our day starts 8 am and ends at 10 or 11pm your feet hurt and your back aches, just think of the smiles you put on the kids faces and your aches and pains will go away because we do what we do. See you at the Circus.
Ron Bianchi, Assistant Rabban

POTE'S NOTES FOR MARCH Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2007 by irondad
March was a busy month at Al Malaikah, starting with an incredible ceremonial weekend in Laughlin. The Al Malaikah degree team, under the direction of Illustrious Sir Ken Judd, raised Brother Bruce Lamarsh of Sam Marino Lodge to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason in the Laughlin Lodge Room. This was followed by a rousing Table Lodge conducted by the Brethren of Laughlin Lodge. The weekend continued with a Ladies Luncheon, the Big Show on Friday, our ceremonial and Hillbilly degree and ended with the Glen Campbell Show on Saturday evening. Ron Bianchi chaired this event and did his usual outstanding job, along with his committee of Don & Betty Cannon, Dennis & Lorraine McNaught, Norm Wintjen and Tom Edmunds. They made it a great weekend for everyone.
We also attended the Santa Ana Scottish Rite Shrine evening, installations for the Ladies Oriental Shrine Courts in Riverside and Anaheim as well as the Daughters of The Nile in Arcadia. POV’s included Mystic/San Gabriel Shrine Club and a joint visitation with Los Nietos Valley, 21st Century and Transportation Downey Shrine Clubs. It’s a lot of fun getting out to meet all of the Nobles during these visits.
We’ll finish off the month with our own Imperial Sir Nick’s visit to Al Malaikah. I want to thank the Units and Shrine Clubs in advance for coming out to the Review of the Troops on the 31st.
We also sent the Oriental Guide and Assistant Rabban to Tampa for leadership seminars.
April brings the CIRCUS to Al Malaikah with shows on the 12, 13, 14 & 15th. Be sure to come and join in the fun. We also have our First Lady’s Luncheon on April 21st at the Biltmore Hotel.
Always remember MEMBERSHIP. Our next Ceremonial is scheduled for June 16th, so get out there and bring in a new candidate.
Yours in faith, Rick Weiser, Potentate

LAUGHLIN WAS WOW! Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2007 by irondad
Wow! What a weekend. With a little over 400 folks from the Al Malaikah family on hand at Don Laughlin’s Riverside Hotel the festivities got underway on Thursday with a Third Degree held in the Laughlin Lodge room and put on by the Al Malaikah Degree Team under the direction of our Past Potentate, Ken Judd. Bruce Lamarche was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason by the degree team on behalf of the San Marino Lodge with special authorization from the Grand Masters of both California and Nevada. All of this was followed up with a “Table Lodge” with close to 100 Master Masons in attendance.
In actuality, everything started earlier in the day when the charter bus departed from Al Malaikah at 9:00am full of Nobles and their Ladies arriving at the Riverside around 3:00pm.
Friday morning was celebrated with a free breakfast buffet for those checking in on Thursday. After breakfast our Ladies were treated to a luncheon featuring a cosmetic program. Yours truly as the only male in the room was coerced into defoliating and moisturizing my lips for the amusement of the Ladies. In spite of my humiliation all of the gals indicated that they had a great time chatting and trying on the various lotions and fragrances. Later in the day close to three hundred folks poured into the Starlite Room for a special Variety Show. The show was emceed by a Ed Sullivan look-a-like and featured an outstanding comedy magician, singers and dancers.
Saturday morning brought on the Al Malaikah Ritual Team and the first section of our ceremonial. Thirteen Novices from Al Malaikah, 10 from El Zerebah and 1 from Zelzah were made Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. After the guest were excused from the room Al Malaikah’s Stage Craft prepared the stage for the second section of the ceremonial which saw several candidates from Al Malaikah including our newly raised brother, Bruce Lamarche, cross the burning sands on their way to becoming Nobles.
As soon as the room emptied out it was time to start the Hillbilly Degree. Forty-five Nobles, twenty-one Ladies and three youngsters were initiated into the mysteries of the Hillbilly Degree.
Once again, time was critical as the Starlite room had to be vacated and prepared for the evening buffet so the folks could eat and make it over to the Show Room to see the Glen Campbell Show. The show was great and no one was disappointed as Glen did an excellent job singing and strumming. His daughter came on stage and sang a couple of songs solo and joined Glen in singing several duets.
With all of the other activities available at the Riverside Hotel and all of the events set up for Al Malaikahans to enjoy there really wasn’t much time to spend relaxing. Many thanks go out to our Asst. Raban Ron Bianchi for all of his labors in setting up this great weekend. Thanks also to all of the Nobles involved in Third Degree, Ritual, Hillbilly Degree, hospitality, transportation, registration and anything else we may have missed.
This was our 5th annual “Spring Fling” in Laughlin and one of the best. Plans are underway for our 6th “Spring Fling” and if this year was an indication of things to come, then by all means, mark your calendar and plan on attending.
Article by Jim Thompson

Santa and Al Malaikah Shriners Bring Cheer to the Young Patients of Shriners Hospitals for Children Posted Wednesday, December 20, 2006 by irondad
Los Angeles, CA – December 20, 2006 – Members of the Al Malaikah Shrine Center in Los Angeles visited Shriners Hospitals for Children – Los Angeles today bringing holiday cheer to the young patients of the hospital. The Shriners, assisted by Santa and his elves, distributed presents to over 40 children – many who will be spending the holiday season in the hospital.
Entertainment was provided by the Shriners Clowns with musical accompaniment by the Shriners “Million Dollar Band.” Stuart Wright, incoming 2007 Board of Governors Chairman stated, “This annual event gives the Shriners the opportunity to visit the hospital and provide joy and happiness to kids during the holiday season. I’d like to thank all of the Shriners who came and supported this event and look forward to an even better event in 2007.”

Blood Drive at Shriners Hospital LA Posted Thursday, December 7, 2006 by irondad
Help your fellow man this holiday season – give the gift of life! Register to donate blood at the American Red Cross Blood Drive at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Los Angeles
On Tuesday, December 19, 2006, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Los Angeles will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive in the Hospital Auditorium from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This event is open to the public and we encourage everyone to sign-up to donate blood and give the gift of life this holiday season.
Blood is most needed during the holiday season because regular donors go out of town and because many people are busy with holiday preparations. “Giving blood is an opportunity to share with someone else a small part of you in a very big way” said Wendeline Clark, RN, Red Cross Team Supervisor. One pint of blood can save up to three lives. The Southern California region needs to collect over 1,500 units of blood each day to meet patient needs.
To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health and not at risk for HIV/AIDS.
Shriners Hospital is located at 3160 Geneva Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020. There is free, secure underground parking and the entrance is located on 4th Street.
The hospital hosts two blood drives per year during the most critical times when the blood supply is at its lowest – August and December. For more information about this blood drive, please contact Elizabeth Dever at (213) 368-3376. In order to register to be a blood donor, log onto, and enter Shriners Hospital.

Purveyors NOW Staff Unit Posted Wednesday, October 18, 2006 by irondad
In October 2006, the Purveyors Unit was dissolved because of inactivity. It is being replaced by the Purveyors Staff Unit.
As a Staff Unit, members from the other Units can belong to it. The hope is that this Staff Unit will grow. The Temple needs to have this Staff Unit in charge of serving food, when asked by the Potentate. If you would like to join the Purveyors Staff Unit, please contact Tom Edmunds at 760777-9206 or Brian Strong at 323-666-8841 for more information.
Perry Erickson
Commandant of Units

SHCLA - Partners with The Art of Elysium Posted Monday, October 9, 2006 by irondad
Los Angeles, CA – October 29, 2006 Shriners Hospitals for Children – Los Angeles has teamed up with The Art of Elysium to provide a series of art workshops for our hospitalized patients. The Art of Elysium is an organization founded in 1997 that encourages actors, artists and musicians to dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions. Artists Russell Young and William Hamilton have been working with Shriners patients in a series of art workshops supervised by staff members of our Child Life and Recreation Therapy Department. The kids have loved exploring painting with their hands and arms. Since they are rarely encouraged to get their hands "dirty" while receiving treatment, these workshops were a big treat! Elisabeth Poplin, National Program Director for the Art of Elysium states, “The goal of our work with SHC-LA is to inspire the children creatively and give them a break from the day-to-day reality of being in a hospital receiving medical treatment. This has been a fantastic experience not only for the children, but for the artists as well.”
The latest project that Young and Hamilton undertook was the painting of an elephant mural on one of the hospital’s outdoor patios. The artists drew an outline of an elephant on a white wall and the children filled in the outline using their hands and a wide variety of paint colors. Working on projects like this provides the children with a sense of accomplishment and a lasting tribute to the hospital where they received their care.
Staff members from the Child Life and Recreation Therapy Department at the hospital look forward to working more artists from The Art of Elysium on several upcoming workshops and projects. If you would like to learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children – Los Angeles, please call us: toll free at (888) 486-5437.
conditions all free of charge.
Rotary International, a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders, provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations and helps build international peace, understanding and goodwill. Mr. Cunningham continues, “Working with Rotary International is a perfect fit of our respective missions. This new Shriner/Rotary Club alliance combines the resources of both organizations to reach out to underserved populations throughout the Southwestern United States and treat them – all at no cost to their families.” It is anticipated that the first screening clinic will take place in the fall of 2006. Additional clinics will be scheduled for late 2006 and throughout 2007.

SHCLA - Supports Bone and Joint Awareness Week Posted Monday, October 9, 2006 by irondad
Los Angeles, CA – October 9, 2006 – During U.S. Bone and Joint Decade’s National Awareness Week, which takes place each year during the week of October 12th – 20th, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Los Angeles will work to raise awareness of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), especially in terms of symptoms, available treatments and the need for more pediatric rheumatologists.
SHC – LA will be taking a special interest in the U.S. Bone and Joint Awareness Week. Dr. Colin Moseley, Chief of Staff at the hospital, states that “Our hospital specializes in providing care to children with bone, joint, and spinal problems of all kinds. Because of our special interest in JRA, we run a clinic devoted to arthritis in children. Here patients are seen by experts in these conditions; also, because we provide care at no cost, we can help children who would have difficulty accessing care otherwise.”
There are three main types of JRA: pauciarticular JRA, which involves fewer than five joints, polyarticular JRA, with at least five active joints, and systemic-onset JRA, which is associated with high fevers and a characteristic rash in addition to arthritis. The average age of onset for pauciarticular JRA,the most common form, is between 1 and 3 years of age. SHC-LA patients with JRA often experience stiffness in the morning or after periods of inactivity, and may walk with a limp that improves throughout the day. The affected joints may be swollen and warm.
During Bone and Joint Awareness Week, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Los Angeles will work hard to increase understanding and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries through prevention, education and research. Please take a moment to visit for more information about JRA and services available at our hospital.

-Reaching Out for Medical Miracles- Posted Thursday, August 31, 2006 by irondad
Here is the latest update on my fund raising program this year. I am happy to report that demand has exceeded supply for my little angel pin. If you have ordered a pin and haven’t received it yet please be patient as the pins are on order.

At this time I would like to acknowledge a most generous contribution to my program from Twilla Klassen, in memory of The Illustrious Sir Charles Klassen, Potentate of Al Malaikah in 1992. Gifts such as yours definitely help pave the way in research to a medical miracle in the complex field of spinal cord injury. Thank you Twilla.
Thanks to all you “ Guardian Angels" out there for the support of my program. Together we will make a difference in the lives of these little angels with broken wings in our hospitals.

Imperial First Lady

-Message From Imperial Potentate To Nobility Of Al Malaikah- Posted Thursday, August 31, 2006 by irondad
Dear Nobles:

I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the immense support you have shown me over the years. My first 10 years on the Imperial Divan has passed quickly, and it is so wonderful to have your support now, more than ever, as I begin my year as Imperial Potentate.
Thank you to all the Nobles and Ladies who attended the Imperial Council Session in Tampa. Having you there for support and to take part in my pageant meant so much to Lady Elaine and me. I hope you had as wonderful a time as we did.
Lady Elaine and I would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Shrine Auditorium Trustees for generously contributing to the $10,000 donation to her First Lady's program, "Reaching Out for Medical Miracles."
I look forward to working with you all when we bring the 2007 Imperial Council Session to our neck of the woods. Mark your calendars for July 1-5, 2007, and get ready to make the short jog down to Anaheim.
Thank you, again, for your encouragement and invaluable support. We couldn't do it without you.

Yours in the Faith.
Nick Thomas, Imperial Potentate

-Elaine Keza 2006-2007 First Lady- Posted Thursday, August 31, 2006 by irondad
Elaine Keza is the 2006-2007 First Lady of the Shriners of North America.
A native of Upstate New York, Elaine has been enjoying the California sun since high school. She studied accounting in college and has been the business manager for Valley Auto Center for 10 years. Previously, she was employed as a business manager for a Toyota dealership, and received several awards from Toyota Motors for her excellent skills in the accounting field.
Even though she works full-time, Elaine has been actively involved in Shriners activities for more than 20 years, and was First Lady of Al Malaikah Shriners in Los Angeles in 1993.
Now that her four children are grown, and the days of being president of the school PTA and looking after a wide-range of activities - from Scouting to Little League - are over, Elaine has more time for her many interests. She enjoys water and snow skiing, photography, oil painting and interior decorating. In addition, she is an excellent seamstress and loves to travel. Of course, Elaine looks forward to time with her many grandchildren.
As First Lady of the Shriners of North America, Elaine will have many opportunities to travel with Imperial Potentate Nick Thomas and visit Shriners Temples and Shriners Hospitals.

-Nick Thomas Reaches Top- Posted Thursday, August 31, 2006 by irondad
During the 2006 Imperial Council Session, held in Tampa, Fla., July 2-6, Nicholas “Nick” Thomas of Fontana, Calif., was elected Imperial Potentate of Shriners of North America, making him the highest-ranking Shriner in the world. As Imperial Potentate, he is serving his eleventh term as a member of the Boards of Directors for both Shriners of North America and Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Thomas was the owner of Thomas Furniture Mart for 20 years before retiring in 1992. He was a teacher for 10 years at Fontana High School, where he coached football, basketball and baseball. Thomas was a founding director of Secure Savings Bank and a six-year member of the San Bernardino County Assessment Appeals Board. Thomas also served as a 10-year member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He holds a master’s degree from Azusa Pacific College and a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Redlands.

Thomas was raised a Master Mason at Fontana Lodge #653 in 1964. He joined Al Malaikah Shriners, the Los Angeles chapter of Shriners of North America, in 1966 and served as Potentate in 1993. He was chairman for the Imperial Membership Committee from 2001-2006, and he also served as chairman for the Imperial Athletic Committee from 1996-2006.

Thomas is a member of the Royal Order of Jesters, Royal Order of Scotland, Red Cross of Constantine, National Sojourners and Order of Quetzalcoatl. He is a Past Master of Fontana Lodge, having served in the position in 1971, and is a 2000 Hiram Award winner. He is a member of the Scottish Rite and York Rite bodies and holds the honorary 33rd degree from the Scottish Rite. Thomas is Past Master Councilor of the Fontana Chapter of the Order of DeMolay, and he was awarded the Legion of Honor and Chevalier Degree from DeMolay.

Thomas is a member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Christian Church. He is a skier, golfer and has been an avid boater for 27 years.

Rizal Shrine Club Reforming Posted Sunday, April 2, 2006 by irondad
Please be advised that the Rizal Shrine Club is in the process of revitalization.
We will have our 1st meeting on April 8, 2006 to nominate and elect officers
for 2006 Meeting Place: 18234 CHATHAM Lane NORTHRIDGE CA 91326-3611

Time: 2:00 p.m. till……………………..?????

We will keep you apprised of our progress towards a FIESTA INTERNATIONAL EVENT with Lavish food, Camels’ Milk & Dancing. The Venue will be announced at a later date.

If there’s any question, please contact me at your convenience.

Gani R. Hernandez, Jr.

New Shriners Hospital L.A. Administrator Announced Posted Friday, February 3, 2006 by irondad
Shriners Hospital Los Angeles is happy to announce that Terrance T. Cunningham will be the new Administrator beginning on February 13th, 2006. He comes to us with an extremely wide background and qualifications. Please welcome him.
Submited by Stu Wright, P.P.

Burn Awareness Week Feb. 5-11 Posted Thursday, January 26, 2006 by irondad
Burn Awareness Week Feb. 5-11, 2006 Shriners launch “ Prepare, Prevent, Respond and Recover” Campaign for Burn Awareness Week Los Angeles, Ca. - Preparedness. It's one of the newest buzzwords. We hear it everywhere as we receive regular reminders to be prepared for everything from terrorist attacks to natural disasters. The need for preparedness also applies to the potential disasters lurking in every room of our homes. >From the bathtub faucet to the barbecue grill, it isn't hard to find potential sources of burn injuries. It's just as important to be ready for these emergencies as for the larger, global problems that may occur. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that in a typical year, fire kills more Americans than all natural disasters combined. On average, 4,000 people in the United States lose their lives because of fire and more than 2 million people are injured each year. Clearly, children are at risk. Fire kills more than 600 children ages 14 and under each year, and injures about 3,000 more. Two-thirds of residential fires that kill children are in homes without working smoke alarms. In addition to fire, children are also at risk of being burned by contact with hot objects, from hot food and liquids to appliances. Approximately 65 percent of children under age 4 that are hospitalized for burn injuries were scalded by hot liquids. That's why the Shrine of North America and the Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of 22 pediatric specialty hospitals throughout North America, is asking everyone to be a part of the “P.R. Campaign - Prepare, Prevent, Respond, Recover” during Burn Awareness Week, Feb. 5-11. Preparedness starts with having working smoke alarms on every level of the home and an escape plan that every family member is familiar with. There are hundreds of tips on preventing burn injuries in homes. Some primary ones include supervising children adequately; keeping all hot items, matches and lighters away from children; and setting the hot water thermostat at a safe level. These suggestions may seem obvious and simple, but given the statistics, they can't be reiterated or encouraged too often. Shriners Hospitals for Children wants to remind everyone to take burn prevention and preparedness very seriously. During Burn Awareness Week the Shrine will be emphasizing this campaign and will have awareness materials available for fire departments, schools, civic groups and the general public. Topical items will include a burn-prevention-tips booklet, fact sheets and decals. For information on obtaining any of the free materials, write to the Public Relations Department, Al Malaikah Shrine 665 west Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles, and Ca. 90007 Visit the Web site at; FAX a request to (213) 726-7417; or call (213) 748-0173. Recognized as leaders in pediatric burn care, Shriners Hospitals operates three hospitals specifically dedicated to treatment of children with burn injuries, and a fourth burn care unit within a Shriners Hospital that also treats pediatric orthopedic problems. Because of strides made in both research and clinical care since the mid 1960's when these hospitals first opened, a burned child's chance of survival has more than doubled. The Shrine of North America is an international fraternity of more than 435,000 members who support Shriners Hospitals for Children. Shriners Hospitals for Children has an active patient roster of more than 194,000. Shriners Hospitals provide care to children under the age of 18 with orthopedic problems, severe burns and spinal cord injuries, at no charge to the patients or their families. If you know a child Shriners Hospitals might be able to help call 1-800-237-5055 in the U.S.; 1-800-361-7256 in Canada; or visit

Passing Of Noble Dick Welsh Posted Tuesday, November 29, 2005 by irondad
November 29, 2005

We are saddened to announce the passing of our a most dedicated and beloved brother, Nobel Dick Welsh. Dick passed away on Tuesday, November 22.

Both a Masonic and Christian “Celebration of the Life of Dick Welsh” will be held at the Al Malaikah Shrine Center (665 W.Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles 90007) On Thursday, December 15, AT 11:00 a.m. A reception will immediately follow the service in the Shrine Exposition Center.

Dick’s widow, Betsy, and his children, have requested that a contribution be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, Los Angeles Unit. in lieu of flowers, Please send a note with your contribution identifying that it is in memory of Dick Welsh and give the hospital your name and address so that they may acknowledge your kindness. The hospital’s address is 3160 Geneva Street, Los ANGELES CA 90020.

Ceremonial Date Changed To December 4th Posted Monday, October 10, 2005 by irondad
Nobles and Candidates:
December ceremonial changed to December 4, 2005.

Al Malaikah Shrine does not generally confer their degrees on Sunday; however, due to the change of the USC – UCLA football game to December 3rd, which would cause a traffic and parking nightmare, we have rescheduled the Shrine Ceremonial to December 4th. We have also delayed the start to accommodate those who would like to attend church or have lunch with their families. Candidates will check-in at 1:30 PM and the degree will begin at 2:00 PM. The degree will be an “open degree”, ladies and guests welcome.

After the 1st section of the degree is over, the ladies and guests will be excused to the Unit Dining Room where they will view a Power Point presentation on the Shrine and Shriners Hospitals. This presentation will provide the ladies and guests with information about our fraternity and philanthropy. Candidates’ ladies are encouraged to partake of this presentation. Nobles and candidates will remain in the auditorium for a brief thirty-minute “second section” (hot sands). Candidates from earlier degrees this year that desire to participate in this “second section” are welcome to attend or participate.

Those ladies that have attended the Power Point presentation and ceremonial are offered an alternate trip. At 1:30 PM an excursion to the Huntington Library will depart the parking lot in front of the Shrine Auditorium. Carpools or bus transportation will be organized and will return approximately 4:30 PM. Cost will be $15.00. Please notify the Shrine Office (Kathie 213-748-0173) if you plan to join this trip.

After the 2nd Section of the Ceremonial, everyone will gather in the Club “wing” of the building (one floor above the lobby) for fezzing, relaxation, and hospitality. A hors d’oeuvres reception will follow. Fezzing pictures from previous ceremonials will be available. Clubrooms will be open for the new candidates to see and talk with those Unit men of Al Malaikah Shriners.

I apologize for any inconvenience this change has caused you, but I do hope you and your lady will join us on December 4th.

Monte Starr

Potentate, Al Malaikah Shriners

New Hospital Dedicated Posted Thursday, October 6, 2005 by irondad
Shrine's largest and newest hospital dedicated in Mexico City

The weather reflected the mood of the festivities, warm and bright. On an absolutely beautiful October morning the Shrine's largest and newest hospital was dedicated in Mexico City, on Sunday, October second. On hand for the ceremonies were nearly 600 Shriners from Mexico, the United States, Canada and Panama, several dignitaries, as well as patients, former patients, staff and local citizens. Beginning late this year the 88 million dollar, 311,000 square foot gleaming facility will be the new home for thousands of children from Mexico and Latin America who need orthopaedic, burn treatment, or spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

Imperial Sir Gary Dunwoody, the Imperial Potentate of the Shrine of North America, was the keynote speaker and characterized the hospital as "A dream come true for the Shriners". Dunwoody said the hospital was "at the right place, at the right time to care for the thousands and thousands of children who need the expert medical care the new hospital will provide". He went on to say that it was an honor to be the Imperial Potentate at such an exciting time in the history of the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The world's number one Shriner thanked everyone on hand for their hard work and dedication to Shriners Hospitals, and in closing said "This building will forever cast a long shadow of the men who built it".

The master of ceremonies for the 90 minute dedication program was Raoul L. Frevel, Junior Past Imperial Potentate and Chairman of the Building and Equipment Committee during part of the construction process for the new hospital. The program included remarks from Chairman of the Board, Imperial Sir Ralph W. Semb, John D. VerMaas (Chairman of the Board of Trustees in 2002, when construction on the hospital began), Kenneth W. Smith (Imperial Potentate during groundbreaking for the hospital), Imperial Sir Doug Maxwell (current Chairman of the Building and Equipment Committee), Gene Bracewell (Past Imperial Potentate, Treasurer and Chairman of the Donor Relations' Committee), Imperial Marshal John Cinotto and John Epps, (current Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Mexico City Shriners Hospital). A representative of the Mayor of Mexico City's office and several current and past hospital staff members also spoke.

The Mocha Temple Shrine band from London, Ontario provided entertainment before and after the ceremonies. Also represented was a contingent from the international Shrine Clown Association.

Prior to the ceremonies several special presentations were made in the hospital itself. The very first Silver medallion for the Philanthropic Wall, which will be a new addition for the Mexico City Shriners Hospital, was made to Mr.Benssion Politi, by Gene Bracewell, Chairman of the Donor Relations' Committee. Bracewell noted that to date Mr.Politi has donated over $750,000 to the hospital. Ms.Billie Davis, from Lexington Kentucky, the Supreme Queen of the Daughters of the Nile was given a special plaque in recognition of the Daughters having donated one million to the hospital. That plaque and the Gold Medallion which will be the first Gold Medallion on the new Philanthropic Wall, represent the twenty second Shriners Hospital to which the Daughters have donated in excess of a million dollar. Ms. Karen Burke, past Supreme Queen, was also on hand and was recognized by Ralph Semb, Chairman of the Board of Shriners Hospitals.

A time capsule commemorating the day, which included several items assembled expressly for the event, was also sealed and placed in the hospital by Chairman of the Board of Governors, John Epps, Ms. Araceli Nagore, hospital administrator, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Ralph Semb. It was also noted that the local Anezeh Shriners had donated the funds for the new "Editorial Without Words" statue, which stands outside the hospital.

The new 80 bed hospital will have four operating suites and will be occupied sometime later this year. It will replace the existing 60 bed hospital built in 1961. The inpatient admissions in 2004 for the hospital were 3,064, outpatient clinic visits for 2004 totaled 41,048, and over 3,100 surgeries were performed in 2004 at the current location of the Mexico Shriners Hospital.

Nick Thomas Elected To Deputy Imperial Potentate Posted Tuesday, August 23, 2005 by irondad
At the 131st Imperial Council Session in Baltimore Al Malaikah’s own Nicholas Thomas, was re-elected to serve his tenth term on the Boards of Directors for both the Shriners of North America and Shriners Hospitals for Children. He is serving as Deputy Imperial Potentate, part of the 13-member body that helps to regulate the Shrine.
The Shrine is the 434,000-member fraternity that founded and continues to operate Shriners Hospitals throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico - providing specialized medical care, totally free of charge, to children up to age 18 with orthopedic problems, burns and spinal cord injuries.
Imperial Sir Nick has been the owner of Thomas Furniture Mart for 29 years and was a high school teacher and athletic coach of football and basketball for 10 years. He was a founding director of Secure Savings Bank and a six-year member of the San Bernardino County Assessment Appeals Board. He retired in 1992. He holds a Master of Arts degree from Azusa Pacific College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Redlands.
Imperial Sir Nick, who was Potentate of Al Malaikah Shriners in 1993, is a member of the Scottish Rite and York Rite bodies and holds the honorary 33rd degree from the Scottish Rite. He is a Past Master of Fontana Lodge #653, and Past Master Councilor, Fontana Chapter, of the Order of DeMolay. He holds the Legion of Honor and Chevalier Degree from DeMolay. He is Chairman of the Imperial Athletic Committee and Membership Committee, and a member of the Royal Order of Jesters, Royal Order of Scotland, Red Cross of Constantine, National Sojourners, Order of Quetzalcoatl and Heroes of ‘76. He is also a life member of the Cabiri, a 2000 Hiram Award winner, and on the Board of Directors for Marygold Mutual Water Co.
All of the Nobility of Al Malaikah Shriners wish Nick the best of luck and pledge our unwavering support as he readies himself for the major tasks to come.

Message From The Imperial Potentate Posted Tuesday, August 23, 2005 by irondad
I cannot express how honored and excited I am to lead the Shriners of North America and Shriners Hospitals for Children into the next Imperial Year. Let me start by giving a heartfelt thank you to those who voted for me as the next Imperial Potentate, and those who have stood by Wanda and me throughout our life in the Shrine. Many thanks go to the Nobles and Ladies of Scimitar Shriners, the staff at Shriners International Headquarters, our families and our friends. Without all of you, none of this would be possible for us.
They say behind every great man is a great woman…I know that is the truth. Lady Wanda is the best thing to ever cross this guy’s path, and I thank God every day for her. The upcoming year, filled with travel, fellowship, philanthropy and fun, would not be the same without her right by my side, experiencing it with me.
Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that my two life passions are quite simple: the Shrine and Shriners Hospitals for Children. These passions get me out of bed in the morning, and I want nothing but to see great things come to both in the coming years. As Imperial Potentate, I feel it is my duty to make sure these things happen and ensure both organizations thrive and excel into the new century.
This brings me to my theme for the year: A Strong Fraternity Carries Hope for the Future. I want Nobles to constantly be reminded that the future of our philanthropy depends on the strength and growth of our fraternity. Without the fraternity, there would be none of our wonderful hospitals. The two are indispensable and they need one another to survive.
During the year, I will also stress that the Shrine fraternity will only survive with Strength, Sacrifice and Success. You will hear me repeat my theme over and over again, in hopes that you and your Temple will spread the word to your Nobles. I feel strongly about how important these themes are to the future of the organizations.
The Shrine fraternity will continue to support our hospitals through the Strength of our Nobles and our continuing membership efforts – which should never be overlooked. The stronger the philanthropy, the stronger the hospitals. As Nobles, we must also remember that the medical world is constantly changing, and if the Shrine and Shriners Hospitals plan to keep up with the changes, we must Sacrifice what is comfortable for us and mold with the times. I always say that life begins when you begin to serve. The decisions we make in the coming years might not be easy, but taking risks can have great rewards.
By sacrificing, taking risks and looking ahead into the future, the Shriners and Shriners Hospitals for Children can continue to be a great Success. Each one of the children we help are individual successes. I have had the opportunity to meet many phenomenal Shriners patients and each one of them are a testament to what we can do.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve. Wanda and I look forward to meeting all of you in the coming months.

Sincerely, Gary W. Dunwoody,

Imperial Potentate Shriners of North America

Football Game Best Ever Posted Tuesday, August 23, 2005 by irondad
by Steve Wurtzel:
Our Al Malaikah Shrine All Star Football Game played on June 25 was the best ever! Over 5000 fans were in attendance and saw the best Public vs. Private Game ever played. We had great coaching on both teams and I am pleased to announce that the same coaches Benkert, Redell and Thomas have asked to coach again next year. Both players and coaches alike commented to your committee on how well the event was managed from player check in thru practice week and right up to and including the game.
I want to thank all the members of our Football Committee for their incredible help and effort. Their dedication made the event the success that it was. Special thanks to Joe Goldwine, George Stone, Roger Aderman, Bob DeJong, Dwight Henry, Shawn Talbott and Henry Gonzalez. The last two are soon to become Shriners as soon as they finish their degrees in their Blue Lodges. A very special thank you to Aaron Blackman who with his staff provided the best Awards Banquet meal in the history of our event. We had rave comments on the tri tip and the “Chili”! Super special thanks to John Kocheim, and his committee, who put together one of the best tailgate parties on record.
All of the Shrine Units are to be commended for their efforts on the game’s behalf. Thank you one and all. And special thanks to all of the Shrine Clubs who purchased ads in our game program.
Because of the efforts of our Nobility and the Fans we will be able to present a large check to the Shriners Hospitals for Children from the proceeds of the game. That is what it is all about. We get from the giving. Thank you one and all.
Your committee is already working on next year’s game. It has become a year round job. We will start to attend high school games in the fall to look at potential talent. With the help of the CIF/SS and their incredible staff, we will have our selection meeting at their headquarters next January.
We are looking for a few “young at heart” Shriners to join our committee next year. We will have a training camp at a local college and we could use help with team coordination. If you are interested in participating please email me at

Football Update Posted Thursday, May 5, 2005 by irondad
Al Malaikah Shriners are pleased to announce that Wells Fargo Bank has become the presenting sponsor of the Private Vs Public All Star Football Game. With that comes a very large cash donation. In addition we are happy to inform you that Aaron Blackman and his crew will be providing the Awards Banquet Dinner. Nobles, these are both very large undertakings for the above mentioned and we appreciate their help in presenting our great game. Be sure to attend the game.
Here are some important dates to remember;
· Wednesday, June 22, 2005, Media Day Shriners Hospital, lunch catered by Louises Trattoria.
· Thursday, June 23, 2005, Awards Banquet, Shrine Expo Hall, dinner catered by Aaron Blackman.
· Saturday, June 25, 2005, Football Game, 7:00 pm kick off Mt. San Antonio College Stadium.
We want everyone to be involved in the events this year and support these players. They are giving their time and energy to support our hospitals. Tickets are $12.00 each and will be sent to all of the Units and Shrine Clubs.
The Banquet is open to all members and ladies. The complete dinner is $15.00. We will have as our MC, Petros Papadakis from Fox Sports Net TV and former USC Trojan Football standout. Our Hall of Fame presentation will be made as well as the presentation of participation trophies to all of the players and the Kenneth H. Boucher Trophy to the players in the game with the Highest Grade Point Average. Hall of Famers this year will be Adrian Young, USC Football great and member of their 1968 Rose Bowl Champion Team. We will also be inducting Eric Sondheimer, L.A. Times Prep Sports Writer into our Hall of Fame as well.
Our usual tailgate party will precede the football game. So be sure to come out early and meet with your fellow Shriners to enjoy plenty of food and drink.
I want to acknowledge all of the sponsors who have become a part of this year’s event and have gladly given either financial or product support for our great game. More sponsors are expected to join this noteworthy list.
Wells Fargo Bank Brents Delicatessen
Farmers Insurance Co Spalding Footballs
In N Out Burger Universal Studios Hollywood
Washington Mutual Pepsi Cola Bottling Los Angeles
The Pig Bar B Que Under Armour
Stevens Steak House
I also want to thank the members of the football committee who have given so much of their time to bring you one of the greatest weeks entertainment in Al Malaikah Shrine History.
Joe Goldwine, Managing Director, Financial Manager
George Stone, Advertising Director/Program Chairman
Roger Aderman, Awards Chairman
Robert DeJong, Team Coordinator
Dwight Henry, Team Coordinator
Aaron Blackman, Banquet Chairman/Tailgate Party
John Kocheim, Tailgate Party Chairman
Pinky Meredith, Photography Chairman
Henry Gonzales, Community Relations
Shawn Talbot, Player/Coach Coordinator
Wendell Ansnes, In N Out Burger Liason
Marty Klein, Advertising Coordinator
Richard Leonis, Transportation Coordinator


Stephen Wurtzel
General Chairman

Fun Ideas!?! Posted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 by irondad
We want to hear from you!
Tell us how we can put the fun back into your Shrine fraternity.
We are looking for fun ideas and we’ll communicate them back too you. This will help us bring in and retain new members, but most of all – to put more fun into your Shrine! All ideas with promise will be shared with all Shrine Temples, in an effort to put fun back in the Shrine.
- Tell us about the best time you ever had in the Shrine?
- What did your Temple do years ago which made you want to join, that maybe we are no longer doing?
- What was the most fun you ever had at a stated meeting?
- What would you like to see more of in the Shrine?
We need answers – so we are asking you.
Who would know better? Please send your good ideas!
Al Malaikah Shrine
665 West Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, Ca. 90007
Attn. Ron Bianchi, Strategic Planning Committee

From The Hospital Administrator's Desk Posted Tuesday, April 5, 2005 by irondad
Frankly Speaking:

From the Administrator’s Desk…..

Here we are with the first few days of Spring and the beginning of the second quarter of this year. Time continues to move quickly and so does the activity at our Los Angeles Hospital.
This month also bring with it our 2nd Annual Temecula Jazz Festival that will be held at South Coast Winery and Spa in beautiful Temecula. We are really looking forward to this fundraiser that will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children – Los Angeles. This year’s lineup of talent is exceptional and I hope that many of you will be attending this year’s event on April 30th and May 1st.
We are also looking to the future and have submitted several requests to corporate office to begin conducting Telemedicine Outreach Clinics between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Nevada. This will allow us to see children in a more local setting without requiring them and their families to travel to Los Angeles to be seen in our clinics. This will assist some families and children in reducing their travel time, provide a service that is more convenient to the child and parent and assist in saving the local Shrine Center by reducing their transportation costs. Should this be successful we will look to expand into other areas in which we conduct outreach clinics.
We have also requested to provide laser removal services for adolescents who have tattoos and want to have them removed to begin a new life. This service if approved, will significantly impact those adolescents who really want to turn their lives around. This service will allow them to start a new life, become employable and contribute as a member of society in a positive and productive way. We hope that the Board of Trustees will approve this service when they meet this month.

We also are working on developing a plastic residency program with the University of Southern California. We are working on the Agreement now and hope to be able to finalize the Agreement and begin the new residency program in July of this year. This will greatly assist our overall burn and plastic reconstructive program here in Los Angeles and add a new dimension to our services. We are very excited about this and look forward to the implementation of the new residency program.
As you can see, we are always seeking ways to enhance the programs and services offered at the Los Angeles Hospital. It is our belief that the children are our future. Any services that we can provide that falls within our core services and contribute to assisting children become productive young contributing adults we will continue to support.
As always, we very much appreciate your support and dedication to the children and our hospital. Please continue to help us spread the word locally about the programs and services. You are all ambassadors of the Los Angeles Hospital and without all of you; we would not be able to successfully continue the mission of Shriners Hospitals - “reaching out to children who can benefit from our care to become productive young people.” Thank you all for everything you do!
G. Frank LaBonté, FACHE

CIRCUS April14th Thru 17th Posted Monday, April 4, 2005 by irondad
Los Angeles, CA.,---The annual Al Malaikah Shrine Circus and Carnival arrives at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles for it's 78th Anniversary April 14 thru 17, 2005.
The Shrine Circus a local institution with nine performance in four days, features the traveling Circus Gatti, live and on stage at the Shrine Auditorium 665 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles.
The Circus Gatti has been thrilling audiences for over 40 years.
It combines an entourage of elephants, horses and exotic felines, as well as trapeze artists and other daredevil acts.
Enter the Midway on 32nd St. and Royal St. One hour before the show starts and the fun begins with rides, face painting, carnival games, a giant slide, a merry-go-round, food and many more exciting activities. Then on to the Circus in the comfort of the giant Shrine Auditorium.
Circus tickets can be obtained for any of the nine performances from a Shriner, by mail or calling the Shrine Circus Ticket Office at (213) 748-0173. Visit us at
Special corporate ticket packages are also available by calling the Shrine Office. You can also obtain your tickets at the Shrine Circus Box Office. There will be two shows Thursday, 2pm & 7pm - Friday, 2pm & 8pm - Sunday at 11am & 3pm. Three shows on Saturday at 10am, 2pm & 7 pm.
The Midway Opens an Hour before Show time!
Circus proceeds are for the benefit of Shrine Temple activities. They are not tax deductible as a charitable donation.

To visit our Shrine Circus page CLICK HERE Moves To New Server Posted Monday, April 4, 2005 by irondad
Al Malaikah Shrine Temples official website has now moved to our own server! This transition took place on April 4th, 2005.

Memorial Service For Illustrious Sir Rudy Yuhas Past Potentate Posted Friday, December 31, 2004 by irondad
Memorial Service for Illustrious Sir Rudy Yuhas Past Potentate will be held on Friday, January 7, 2005 at 11:00 A.M.

Glendora Masonic Lodge

135 N. Valley Center Avenue

Glendora, CA

Service to be conducted by Rev. Thomas M. Boles, P.P.

Masonic Service to be conducted by Glen Bucklew.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Shriners Hospital - Los Angeles Unit

3160 Geneva Street, Los Angeles CA 90020

(Luncheon to Follow @ Lodge)

COL. MACMULLEN RETIRES, NEW EDITOR NAMED Posted Monday, September 13, 2004 by irondad
by Monte Starr-Chief Rabban:
Col. Douglas MacMullen has retired as editor and publisher of the Temple newspaper, the Al Malaikahan. For many years he published a quality product that reported the' news and events of the Temple. The Potentate, Ron Ritter, appointed a "publisher/editor search committee". This committee was to be headed by me, Monte Starr (Chief Rabban). Our committee interviewed several candidates to replace Col. MacMullen. Mark Elliott was selected as the new publisher/editor of the Al Malaikahan. Mark has created and maintained several websites, including Al Malaikah's, the Shrine Auditorium's, and Orange Belt- Shrine Club's. He has some experience working as a photographer for the Calgary Sun. He is enthusiastic and eager to make our bulletin a viable communication tool for the Shrine. I would ask you to support him in this endeavor.
We will try a new format for the Al Malaikahan, a magazine style format. We will endeavor to include articles from the Units and Shrine Clubs as well as those stories pertaining to the Temple. We request your stories, pictures, and future events. Let Mark know what is going on in your Unit, Shrine Club, Rite, or Lodge. We will also be selling advertising space to mitigate the cost of the publication. With more than 7,500 copies to be printed and mailed, we can use all the financial support we can get. It is expensive to keep the Nobility informed, but it is also necessary. Mark is in the process of obtaining the hardware, software, and documentation for the steep learning curve necessary to produce a quality product. His goal is to have an issue ready for October; but frankly we may be asking a lot. I ask you to bear with us during this transitional period. We will try to supplement the Al Malaikahan by direct mailings like this when necessary. Suggestions are welcome and I am sure that given a few months Mark will have us up to speed. Again, bear with us and know that Mark and the Board of Directors is doing their best to bring you a quality product.

DECEMBER CEREMONIAL Posted Monday, September 13, 2004 by irondad
This ceremonial is named after the Colonel in honor of the past,
present and future service he has given to Al Malaikah Shriners.
Colonel Mac Mullen has been editor and publisher of the
Al Malaikahan for 320 issues.
He is the retiring editor of the above named publication and from
1974-1980 was an active member of the Board of Governors of
Shriners Hospital, Los Angeles. He is a member of the Scottish and
York Rites, the Red Cross of Constantine, Wisdom Lodge 202 F. &A.M.
California, he is truly a Masons Mason.
Illustrious Ron is honoring this great mason, by naming the December
Ceremonial in his honor.
December 4th at 1:OOpm.
Ladies are invited to the, social hour following Ceremonial.

STATED MEETING NOTICE Posted Monday, September 13, 2004 by irondad
Notice is hereby given that the next regular quarterly meeting of Al Malaikah Shriners.
A.A.O.N.M.S., for the purpose of balloting on petitions for membership and conduct of ordinary business will be held on Monday, October 18th, 2004 at Al Malaikah Shrine Auditorium Expo Center 665 West Jefferson Blvd., starting at 7:00pm.
FREE parking will be available.
Attending Nobles are invited to be (stag) guests of the Temple for light supper at 6.00pm.
The Imperial code requires that to gain admission to the Stated Meeting a Noble must be in good standing and present his membership card at the door.

PLANNING FOR TAMPA 2006 Posted Monday, August 9, 2004 by irondad
As you are aware, 2006 is a big year for our Shrine. Al Malaikah's Past Potentate Nick Thomas, will be installed as Imperial Potentate in ceremonies at the Imperial Shrine in Tampa, Florida.

Al Malaikah is making plans for that great event. In making those plans we need to think about transportation and housing for those Nobles who wish to attend. We will endeavor to make up a package, so most Nobles and their Ladies will be able to travel with us to Tampa.

Before making those plans we need to know if YOU would like to attend. We are asking now that you tell us if you have an interest in going to Tampa. This way we can choose the right hotel and block out the correct number of rooms. We will also be able to negotiate the transportation costs.

With this up front planning, we will be able to secure the best deal possible for the Nobles and Ladies of Al Malaikah Shrine.

Take a moment and respond to this letter. It means a great deal to the planners and it could make a big difference to you and your brother nobles. It means we will not be stuck getting leftovers at first rate prices.

Your Temple is putting away money NOW to help defray some of the costs. We need to plan NOW and lock in the best deal possible.

Please respond one way or the other. We will keep you informed, so watch the Al Malaikahan.

You snooze, You lose!

Fraternally yours,

Glen Christensen
Assistant Rabban

To visit our Tampa 2006 site CLICK HERE

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME Posted Thursday, June 3, 2004 by irondad
On Saturday August 21st, at 1:05 pm Al Malaikah Shrine will be going to beautiful Dodger Stadium to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Atlanta Braves.
Tickets are only $6.00 each and all tickets are behind homeplate. This is a great opportunity to get out and have some fun at the ballpark with family and friends. Of course this is open to everyone so be sure to bring family, friends and prospective members.
Before the game your Al Malaikah Divan, Band and Mascots Fezzy Navel and Clyde The Wonder Camel will be down on the field. Let's make sure we get out in full force and let the public see a great turn out so we can let everyone know about the "Worlds Greatest Philanthropy" our very own Shriners Hospitals For Children!

To visit our Dodger Game site CLICK HERE

CIRCUS TIME IS HERE Posted Wednesday, April 14, 2004 by irondad
Los Angeles, CA., April,14th, 2004---The annual Al Malaikah Shrine Circus and Carnival arrives at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles for it's 77th Anniversary April 15 thru 18, 2004.
The Shrine Circus a local institution with nine performance in four days, features the traveling Circus Gatti, live and on stage at the Shrine Auditorium 665 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles.
The Circus Gatti has been thrilling audiences for over 40 years.
It combines an entourage of elephants, horses and exotic felines, as well as trapeze artists and other daredevil acts.
Enter the Midway on 32nd St. and Royal St. One hour before the show starts and the fun begins with rides, face painting, carnival games, a giant slide, a merry-go-round, food and many more exciting activities. Then on to the Circus in the comfort of the giant Shrine Auditorium.
Circus tickets can be obtained for any of the nine performances from a Shriner, by mail or calling the Shrine Circus Ticket Office at (213) 748-0173. Visit us at
Special corporate ticket packages are also available by calling the Shrine Office. You can also obtain your tickets at the Shrine Circus Box Office. There will be two shows Thursday/Friday,1pm & 6pm Sunday at 11am & 3pm. Three shows on Saturday at 10am, 2pm & 7 pm.
The Midway Opens an Hour before Show time!
Circus proceeds are for the benefit of Shrine Temple activities. They are not tax deductible as a charitable donation.

To visit our Shrine Circus page CLICK HERE

54th Annual High School All Star Football Game Posted Wednesday, April 14, 2004 by irondad
Al Malaikah Shriners will be presenting its 54th Annual High School All Star Football Game on Saturday, June 26, 2004 at Mt. San Antonio College

Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 7:00pm. Fox Sports West will be
carrying the game live to all of Southern California, Arizona, and
Hawaii with 3 repeat broadcasts to follow. The format of the game was
changed last year. It is a Public Schools VS Private Schools Game with
players coming from CIF Southern Section and LA City Section High
Schools. Coaching the Public Team will be Pete Duffy (Fremont LA).
Fremont won its division title in the Coliseum late last fall. Kiki
Mendoza (St. John Bosco High, Bellflower) will be coaching the private
school team. Kiki's teams have won numerous titles the most recent in
2002. Another change in the game was just agreed to today. The first
and fourth quarter of the game will be 15 minutes. The second and third
quarter will be 12 minutes. This will allow the coaches to let the kids have
more playing time and get everyone in the game.
In addition to the player of the game for each team, we are instituting
a new perpetual trophy this year. The Fox Sports Defensive Player of
the game. I have attached the rosters of both teams and as you can see, we have
selected the best of all of Southern California to participate in this
game. We are proud to say that not only do these athletes compete with
excellence on the playing field, but they also excel in the classroom.
The Shriners pride themselves on presenting this game for the benefit of
the Shrine Hospitals for Children, where all care is free for kids age
birth to 18 years who may have bone deformities, spinal defects or
severe burns. Shriners operate 22 hospitals throughout North America
with an annual budget exceeding $600,000,000.00! Our hospitals look like
any other hospital except we have no billing office. No patient has ever
been charged a cent for the care they receive from the finest orthopedic
and prosthetic specialists.
This year Al Malaikah Shrine is proud to announce that its Hall of Fame
Candidate is Eric Bieniemy, All American Running Back from University of

Colorado and Running Backs coach at UCLA.
Tickets have been sent to all Shrine Units and Clubs. I
We invite the public to join us in this great event and help support the

Shrine Hospitals for Children and root for your favorite football
player. Tickets are available for $12.00 each. Please call Stephen
Wurtzel General Chairman 323-933-9428 or Joe Goldwine Financial
Director/Player Coordinator 818-905-7219 for additional information or
to purchase tickets. Tickets will also be available at the box office on
game day.

Call Out For Imperial Review Posted Friday, February 27, 2004 by irondad
All Nobles are encouraged to attend the Official Visitation of Imperial Sir Dr. M. Burton Oien, Imperial Potentate. Presidents, Captains and Secretaries please notify your men; As you have been informed by the Commandant of Units and your Captain the Imperial Review by the Imperial Potentate, Dr. M. Burton Oien, at the Pickwick Center (1001 Riverside Drive) in Burbank, on February 28 is a "Call Out" all uniformed units must attend. The review starts at 11:00am.
Ladies attending the Ladies Luncheon on Saturday February 28th are encouraged to bring guests. The reception begins at 11:00 am with Lunch at noon. The featured speaker is Karen Burns presenting "Secrets of an Old Show Girl". Aaron Blackman has arranged a GREAT meal for the enjoyment of the Ladies. The Imperial Potentates Lady and our own Viola look forward to meeting and greeting each one of your Lady Friends. The bus to the Airport Hilton leaves Pickwick at 10:15am.

IT'S TIME TO BOOK YOUR TRIP TO IMPERIAL SESSION Posted Thursday, February 5, 2004 by irondad
Now is the time to make your reservation for the 130th Imperial Session in Denver July 4th thru 8th, 2004. Reservations are required to be in to Al Malaikah by February 23rd!
For all the info including pictures of the fabulous Brown Palace Hotel where the Al Malaikah contingent will be staying, check out our webpage at Just follow the link from this site's front page and you will be well on your way to touching the mile-high sky!

To visit our Imperial Session page or to obtain a printable registration form CLICK HERE

2004 SHRINE CIRCUS IS COMING TO TOWN Posted Thursday, February 5, 2004 by irondad
Los Angeles, CA., January 17, 2004---The annual Al Malaikah Shrine Circus and Carnival arrives at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles .for it's 77th Anniversary April 15 thru 18, 2004.
The Shrine Circus a local institution with nine performance in four days, features the traveling Circus Gatti, live and on stage at the Shrine Auditorium 665 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles.
The Circus Gatti has been thrilling audiences for over 40 years.
It combines an entourage of elephants, horses and exotic felines, as well as trapeze artists and other daredevil acts.
Enter the Midway on 32nd St. and Royal St. One hour before the show starts and the fun begins with rides, face painting, carnival games, a giant slide, a merry-go-round, food and many more exciting activities. Then on to the Circus in the comfort of the giant Shrine Auditorium.
Circus tickets can be obtained for any of the nine performances from a Shriner, by mail or calling the Shrine Circus Ticket Office at (213) 748-0173. Visit us at
Special corporate ticket packages are also available by calling the Shrine Office. You can also obtain your tickets at the Shrine Circus Box Office. There will be two shows Thursday/Friday,1pm & 6pm Sunday at 11am & 3pm. Three shows on Saturday at 10am, 2pm & 7 pm.
The Midway Opens an Hour before Show time!
Circus proceeds are for the benefit of Shrine Temple activities. They are not tax deductible as a charitable donation.

To visit our Shrine Circus page CLICK HERE

Election and Installation of 2004 Officers Posted Friday, December 19, 2003 by irondad
Al Malaikah Shrine will hold its Annual Election of Officers on January 3rd, 2004 at the World Famous Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Lunch will be served at 12 Noon. The meeting, elections and installation will start at 1pm. All Nobles are encouraged to attend. Please make sure to bring your 2004 dues card.

CIF Scores a Touchdown for Shriners Hospitals! Posted Monday, December 8, 2003 by irondad
Stephen Wurtzel, Football General Chairman, Al Malaikah Shriners e-mail

On Friday evening, December 5, 2003 my wife Sandra and I had the pleasure of being the guests of Rob Wigod, assistant commissioner of athletics at CIF, (California Interscholastic Federation) on the occasion of his wife’s 40th birthday. The surprise birthday party was held at the Diamond Club at Edison Field in Anaheim.

Rob had discussed this event with me at our Football Awards Banquet last July. He asked that I attend and promote the Shrine Hospitals and our Football Game. Guests were sent invitations and asked not to bring gifts, but instead to bring their checkbooks, credit cards and cash and contribute to the Shrine Hospitals as a way of honoring his wife Kelly.

The event was incredible in every sense of the word. A crowd of nearly 100 people attended. The Stadium Management even had the scoreboard lit up with “Happy 40th Birthday, Kelly Wigod”.

Sandra and I had the opportunity to meet the guests as they arrived. It was amazing. The checkbooks and credit cards were out as they came to the door. We presented them with Al Malaikah Football Sweatshirts, Polo Shirts and Caps as a way to thank them along with brochures about our hospitals and a special booklet on a Short History of the Shriners.

I was given an opportunity to address the group during the evening at which time I explained about our hospitals and how we help kids. At the conclusion of my remarks I told them that they contributed $2811.00 to the Shrine Hospitals.

Al Malaikah Shriners appreciate the close relationship that we have with the CIF. They will be providing their facilities and conference room for our team selection meeting on January 26, 2004.

Please put June 26, 2004 on your calendar. That is the date of our next Al Malaikah Shrine Public vs. Private High School Senior All Star Football Game. More information will follow in the weeks and months ahead..

ATTENTION ALL NOBILITY SPECIAL MEETING CALLED FOR OCT 8th Posted Thursday, September 11, 2003 by irondad
The Illustrious Potentate, has called a special meeting for October 8th 2003 at 7.00pm.
On the agenda, will be taking back our parking lots and structure.
The Shrine is going to buy back the 56 year lease on the above, we can't go on with the conditions that now exist between Grant Parking and the Shrine.
This meeting is restricted to Nobility only.

2003 Health Fair At Los Angeles Shriners Hospital Posted Friday, August 29, 2003 by irondad
The Shriners Hospital in Los Angeles is holding its 5th Annual Child and Family Health Fair
on October 3 and 4, 2003. The fair includes free health screenings, information and food. The fair is free and
open to the public!


Shriners Hospitals for Children ­ Los Angeles is holding its 5th Annual Child and Family Health Fair on October
3 and 4, 2003. The fair includes free health screenings, information and food. The fair is free and open to the

Representatives from social service agencies will be setting up booths to inform patients, families
and community members about available resources. Some of these resources include free dental screenings, blood
pressure checks, lead poisoning prevention, cancer information, tobacco education, arthritis information, immigration
rights information, child abuse prevention, give-aways, clowns, food, prizes and much more!


Friday and Saturday, October 3 and 4, 2003, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Shriners Hospitals for Children, Los Angeles Hospital Atrium 3160 Geneva Street Los Angeles, CA 90020-1199


To be put on our mailing list to receive an application for a free booth in August please provide the following
information to Elizabeth Dever:

  • Agency
  • Telephone
  • Fax
  • Address
  • City, State, Zip
  • Contact Person Name
  • Title
  • E-mail address


Elizabeth Dever

Director of Public Relations

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles 3160 Geneva Street

Los Angeles, CA 90020

Telephone:   (213) 368-3376

Fax:   (213) 639-3400


Wild West Show Coming to LA Equestrian Center! Posted Sunday, August 3, 2003 by irondad
The greatest Wild West show since the days of Buffalo Bill is coming to the Los Angeles Equestrian Center for two big shows on Saturday, August 16, 2003. See hard riding and fast shooting cowboys and cowgirls along with colorful Indians starring Micki Free as Chief Crazy Horse. See World Champion Trick Roper Kowboy Kal. Turn back the pages of time to those thrilling days of yesteryear with an exciting reenactment of the Pony Express and the overland stagecoach. See a cattle drive, cavalry encampment and much more. Ride the authentic old-time stagecoach and let your kids enjoy a ride on the gentle ponies.
The Wild West Show stars Kevin McNiven, Wyoming’s singing ambassador and owner/operator of Wyoming Country Outfitters, as the singing cowboy hero. If Hollywood were still making horse operas in the tradition of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, Kevin would be the star! McNiven is a “true” horseman, having grown up in Western Wyoming, where he has spent a lifetime riding the mountains and ranges of Wyoming.
Children and adults alike will have a chance to get up close and personal with the featured act, Harvey Wallbanger, Jr., the World’s smartest and most famous buffalo! Harvey has been in several major motion pictures including Lonesome Dove, Dead Man’s Walk, Buffalo Girls, and Lakota Moon among others. He’s also been in nationally televised commercials with Adidas, Mercedes Benz, American Express, and Dominoes Pizza. Buffalo Express with Harvey Wallbanger, Jr. and his trainer, T. C. Thorstenson, is an exciting act that you do not want to miss. Be sure and bring your camera.
The Al Malaikah Shrine of Los Angeles is sponsor of the Wild West Show, ONE DAY ONLY, two shows, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Saturday, August 16, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. Adults $10, children 12 and under $7.

CLICK HERE to visit our interactive Wild West Show webpage.
For tickets or more information, please call the Al Malaikah Shrine, (213) 748-0173.

New Imperial Potentate Elected! Posted Sunday, July 20, 2003 by irondad
During the Shriners’ 2003 Imperial Council Session, held in Minneapolis, Minn., July 6-10, M. Burton Oien of Mesa, Arizona, was elected Imperial Potentate of the Shrine of North America, making him the highest-ranking Shriner in the world. As Imperial Potentate, Burt will be serving his eleventh term on the Boards of Directors for both the Shrine of North America and Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Oien was born in 1943, and raised alongside his brother and sister in the small farming community of LaMoure, North Dakota, where his parents owned a country store. For most of grade school, Oien attended a one-room schoolhouse, where his mother was even his teacher for a year. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and became a licensed Certified Public Accountant in both North Dakota and Alaska. While working as a CPA in Anchorage, Alaska, it was evident that Oien preferred to be teaching, so he returned to school for his Ph.D. in Accounting, which led him to head the accounting department at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Oien served as Master of Tanana Lodge No. 3, F. & A.M. in Fairbanks, where he was raised in 1982. He has headed his three York Rite bodies and is a 33rd Degree member of the Scottish Rite. Oien is a Past Potentate of Al Aska Shriners in Anchorage, Alaska.

Upon Oien’s election in to the Imperial Divan in 1993, he retired as Professor Emeritus to devote more time to the Shrine. After 18 years, he left Alaska, and found a new home in the warmer state of Arizona.

Oien chaired the first Oriental Guide Seminar in 1994, and these annual seminars have become the highlight of his years on the Imperial Divan. He is Past Chairman of the Endowment, Wills & Gifts Committee; Chairman Emeritus of Educational Seminars; Past Chairman of the Special Purpose Funds & Fund Raising Evaluation Committee; and Past Chairman of the Financial Study Committee. He has also served on the following Shrine committees: Investments, Information Systems, and Special Committee for the Future of the Shrine of North America.

After meeting his Lady Sharon in first grade, the two dated in high school and college and were married in 1965. They have one son, who is a Shriner, and one grandson.

Public 20- Private 13 Everyone Wins! Posted Sunday, July 20, 2003 by irondad
Public all-stars win Shrine
Edison's Grady has a big night, and Los Alamitos' Tripp throws a big pass in a 20-13 victory.

The Orange County Register

WALNUT – Edison quarterback Tommy Grady showed off his passing skills Saturday night in the 52nd Shrine All-Star Football Classic at Mt. SAC.

And so did Los Alamitos wide receiver Brandon Tripp. You didn't know Tripp could pass?

The die-hard fans of the Griffins couldn't have been surprised by Tripp's third-quarter touchdown pass, which was one of the highlights in the public school all-stars' 20-13 victory against the private school all-stars at Mountie Stadium.

Tripp, who is headed to Cal State Fullerton on a baseball scholarship, showed his center fielder's arm on two trick plays out of the Los Alamitos playbook. That playbook got considerable use since Los Alamitos coach John Barnes and his staff guided the public all-stars in the all-Southern California affair.

It was the first year that the game pitted private and public school players.

On his second passing attempt of the game, Tripp took a reverse handoff from Los Alamitos quarterback Jeff Kline in the backfield and launched a 65-yard touchdown pass to San Clemente's Chris Miller (UC Davis) to give the public all-stars a 13-6 lead with 1:26 left in the third.

"We like to come up with some trick plays and make it exciting," said Tripp, who also had five receptions for 73 yards. "It's something we've done all year (at Los Alamitos)."

Miller made a nice over-the-shoulder catch on the play.

In the first half, Tripp took a lateral from Kline but overthrew an open receiver.

The Oklahoma-bound Grady completed 17 of 27 passes for 221 yards en route to earning the public's MVP. His lone touchdown pass turned out to be the difference.

The private all-stars tied the score, 13-13, with 8:41 left in the fourth quarter on a 55-yard touchdown pass from Calvary Chapel's Terry Mermer (College of the Desert) to St. John Bosco's Joe Cowan (UCLA).

Grady quickly responded.

On a first down from his own 32, he completed a 59-yard pass to Stanford-bound receiver Mark Bradford of Fremont on a hitch-and-go. On the next play, Grady found Bradford for the score with 7:57 to play.

Grady was hit on his long pass to Bradford but said his line protection made his performance possible.

"I had all the time in the world to throw the ball," he said. "I was only hit twice."

The public all-stars also got a strong game from Long Beach Poly defensive end Junior Lemau'u (UCLA), who had four sacks. Mission Viejo lineman Chris Cole (Hawaii) added two tackles for losses.

Cowan was the private all-stars' MVP after nine receptions for 184 yards. He also saved a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. Mermer was intercepted on his own 39 by Dominguez linebacker Jonathan Polk, who looked to have a chance for a touchdown. But Cowan ran down Polk and forced a fumble, which the private schools team recovered at its 8.

Three minute later, Mermer connected with Cowan to tie the score.

WSA June 12th thru 14th, 2003 Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2003 by irondad
The Nobles of Al Malaikah Shrine will make their annual trek to the Western Shrine Association meetings June 12-14, in Livermore California. Located near the wine country of the Napa Valley, and close to San Francisco, this year's WSA offers the Nobility many exciting excursion opportunities.

Illustrious Sir Ken Judd has arranged housing for Al Malaikah at the headquarters hotel, the San Ramon Marriott, where the daily activities will take place. In addition to the marketplace, and the Unit competitions, there will be a nightshirt parade on Thursday, June 12th, a gala 50's Night on the 13th, and the Livermore Rodeo Parade on Saturday, June 14th followed by a joint ceremonial at the fairgrounds.

A visit to the Northern California Unit of Shriners Hospital for Children is planned for Thursday the 12th. Our hosts at Aahmes Temple are scheduling tours of the wineries, Alcatraz, the aircraft carrier Hornet and the Blackhawk Classic Automobile Museum. More information on these trips can be found on their web site

The cost for this trip will be $410.00 per room for 3 nights & 4 days, plus a $50.00 registration fee per Noble. Al Malaikah will host a hospitality suite open during the entire convention. We hope that the Units and Shrine Clubs that work the circus will use some of the monies earned to underwrite the cost of the trip.

If you have any questions please contact Rick Weiser at (818) 888-4545

To visit our WSA page or to obtain a printable registration form CLICK HERE

Year of the Shrine Mason Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2003 by irondad
It's not a secret that membership has been the number one priority and the biggest challenge of Masonry and the Shrine of North America in recent years. However, in 2003-2004, Shriners everywhere are being encouraged to go back to their Masonic roots, re-establish personal relationships with their local Lodges and work together to turn the current membership trend around for both organizations.

"The Shrine has known for years that something has to be done to increase its membership," said Imperial Membership Chairman, Nick Thomas. "Part of the challenge is that our Temples and Lodges are not working together. It's a Masonic issue, just as much as a Shrine issue. The time has come to join forces and really make a difference. Remember, all Master Masons are now eligible to go directly into the Shrine."

To accomplish the feat of bringing in 20,000 new Shriners in one year, Temples, Clubs, Units and Nobles throughout North America must take their commitment to membership to the next level. They must also establish membership programs with Lodges in their respective areas. Only by having a solid relationship between the two organizations and working together can the membership trend truly be reversed.

Although this may seem like a large number, when it's broken down between 191 Temples and thousands of Clubs and Units, 20,000 new Shrine Masons in one year becomes quite achievable. However, Shriners are reminded to bring in these new Masons in accordance with the requirements and regulations of their respective Grand Lodges.

"In the state of Ohio alone, nearly 8,000 men were initiated into Masonry in one day last April," said Imperial Membership Chairman Nick Thomas. "There's no reason why — with all the Temples, Clubs and Units throughout North America working with the many local Lodges — we can't bring in 20,000 in 398 days." To make "The Year of the Shrine Mason" even more meaningful, a limited edition lapel pin (shown left) was designed and will be given to every new Noble and every first line signer during "The Year of the Shrine Mason," to commemorate this history-making event.

Each Temple will be given a quota to reach depending on its size. Temples can then assign a certain percentage of that quota to each of their Clubs, Units, appointments and general Nobility. In this way, the responsibility for the 20,000 new Shrine Masons gets spread out and becomes an attainable, manageable goal.

With thousands of new Masons already being raised in one-day classes and in the traditional manner, as well as the millions of friends, neighbors and co-workers who would make great additions to Masonry, each Noble should have no problem doing his part to reach this goal and make "The Year of the Shrine Mason" the success we all know it can be.

Shriners Hospitals preparing to help burn-injured Iraqi children Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2003 by irondad
From Imperial Shrine, Tampa, Fla. - In response to the number of children who have sustained burn injuries as a result of the war in Iraq, Shriners Hospitals for Children has agreed to accept a limited number of children at its four world-renowned hospitals, which treat severely burned children.

"We believe very strongly that it is right for us to offer aid to some of these children and after analyzing our current patient load, have decided that we can provide this expert care," said John D. VerMaas, Chairman of the Board of Shriners Hospitals.

Shriners Hospitals has been working through CENTCOM in Qatar to establish contact with many of the humanitarian aid groups that will be involved in re-building the Iraqi civilization and military health infrastructure. These groups will likely be the ones responsible for coordinating aid for some of these children.

As with all other Shriners Hospitals' patients, there will be no charge for this expert medical care. Shriners Hospitals Medical Director, Peter F. Armstrong, M.D., is currently working with CENTCOM to begin the logistical process of bringing these children to the United States.

The 22 Shriners Hospitals provide expert medical care to children up to 18-years-old with orthopaedic problems, severe burns and spinal cord injuries, totally free of charge. The Shrine of North America, an international fraternity with approximately 500,000 members in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Republic of Panama, founded the hospital system.

2003 SHRINE CIRCUS IS COMING TO TOWN Posted Friday, February 7, 2003 by irondad
APRIL 10 THRU APRIL 13, 2003.

Los Angeles, CA., March 3, 2003---The annual Al Malaikah Shrine Circus arrives at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles for it's 76th Anniversary,April 10 thru 13, 2003.

The Shrine Circus, a local institution, features the traveling Circus Gatti, live and on stage at the Shrine Auditorium.

The Circus Gatti has been thrilling audiences for over 40 years.
It combines an entourage of elephants, horses and exotic felines, as well as trapeze artists and other daredevil acts.

Enter the Midway on 32nd St. where the fun begins with rides, face painting, carnival games, a giant slide, a merry-go-round, food and many more exciting activities. Then on to Shrine Auditorium for the show.

There will be two shows Thursday & Friday at 2pm & 7pm, three shows on Saturday at 10am,2pm & 7pm and two on Sunday at 11am & 3pm. For more Information visit

Circus tickets can be obtained for any of the nine performances from a Shriner, by mail or by calling the Shrine Circus Ticket Office at (213) 748-0173. You can also obtain your tickets at the Shrine Circus Box Office. Special corporate & Group ticket packages are also available by calling the Shrine Office in advance.

Circus proceeds are for the benefit of Shrine Temple activities. They are not tax deductible as a charitable donation.

Shrine Office
665 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: (213) 748-0173 Fax: (213) 746-7417
Email: SCBA # 032503-626 PI

Al Malaikah Announces New Format For Shrine Football Game Posted Wednesday, February 5, 2003 by irondad
General Chairman, Steve Wurtzel, has announced a new format for the 53rd annual Al Malaikah All-Star Pre-Collegiate Football Classic.
Played for the Benefit of Shriners Hospitals for Children, the game each year enterains thousands of fans with an evening of fun and unexpected thrills.

This year's game will feature the Public Schools against Private School's top players and is scheduled to kickoff on Saturday, July 19th, at 5pm. At Mt San Antonio College Stadium in the City of Walnut, California.

Coaching the Public School Team will be Los Alamitos High School Head Coach John Barnes. His school's team earned the Division 1A Championship, coach Barnes was named California Prep Coach of the Year.

Hear Coach Kiki Mendoza of the Championship St. John Bosco High School Team will coach the Private School players.

Tentative player selection is well underway , the players and team positions will be announced at a later date.
Media Day is scheduled for Wednesday, July 16th, at the Los Angeles Unit of Shriners Hospitals for Children. This is the day when the players meet members of the media and together tour the hospital to meet its patients.

The Awards Banquet is being planned for Thursday, July 17th, at Al malaikah Shrine's Exhibition Center. Always anticipated with great interest by the Teams, their family members and friends, will include presentation of the Hall of Fame Award to a former player and entertainment by a very special former hospital patient.

Please mark the dates on your calendar, continue watching our web site , and join us for what will be a great fun filled Football Weekend. All Shriners, friends and Football fans are cordially invited.

For additional information contact Stephen Wurtzel, General Chairman, E-mail; HERE

Shriners Hospitals Budget in 2003 is over $1.65 million a day Posted Monday, January 27, 2003 by irondad
In 2003, Shriners Hospitals for Children will spend an all-time high of over $1.65 million every 24 hours to provide medical care for children. This expert orthopaedic, burn and spinal cord injury care is given at absolutely no charge.
The 22 Shriners Hospitals in the U.S., Canada and Mexico have a total budget of $605 million for the entire year, $541 million of which makes up the research and operating budget that funds patient care, teaching, administrative expenses, depreciation, and the daily expenses of the entire Shriners
Hospitals network.
An important part of the Shriners Hospitals operating budget is dedicated to research. In 2003, about $25 million has been set aside to fund the Medical Research Program, which includes 123 investigative research projects. Since Shriners Hospitals' structured research endeavors began in the mid-1960s, over
$424 million has been invested in research projects that have changed the way burn, orthopaedic and spinal cord injury care is given throughout the world. Another $64 million of the 2003 budget has been earmarked
for buildings and equipment. Among the major hospital projects included in the capital expenditures for the year are:
• MEXICO CITY — Design work was completed in 2002 for
the new 311,000-square-foot replacement hospital. Construction
is expected to start in early 2003, once the general construction
contract is executed. ,
• CHICAGO — The new Inpatient Unit addition and new
Outpatient Clinic addition opened in late 2002. Construction
work,in 2003 includes the renovation of vacated existing
• MISCELLANEOUS — There are several minor ongoing
projects .at some of the Shriners Hospitals, including
Galveston and Portland.
• SHCIS — The Shriners Hospitals for Children Information
System is a state-of-the-art computer system designed
to replace the current CARE system now in use at each
hospital. It will not only allow hospital staff to perform tasks
like registering patients, scheduling (including operations),
keeping detailed medical records, and entering orders; it
will also allow for more advanced functions like clinical
documentation, test and lab results and more complete
management reporting. Each active Shriners Hospitals
patient will have an electronic file of his medical history and
diagnosis, allowing for more complete and thorough medical
care for each child. This longitudinal patient record will
improve patient care by allowing multiple providers within the
hospital to access the electronic record simultaneously.
• REGULAR B&E — This includes the acquisition and
replacement of equipment and furnishings at the Shriners
Hospitals and Shriners International Headquarters.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town! Posted Saturday, November 23, 2002 by irondad
To be more specific, Santa is coming to Expo Center At the “World Famous Shrine Auditorium” on Sunday December 22nd at 1pm. There will be a Kids Christmas Party “loaded with fun things for the kids to do. We’ll have gifts, rides, and all kinds of treats”, “We really want to focus on the kids being busy and having fun”. Members of our dedicated Purveyors will put the fabulous fare together.

Our award-winning Clowns will be there, along with Al Malaikah’s own Fezzy Navel and Clyde the Wonder Camel, entertaining the children. New events planned include inflatable playing equipment (slide, bounce house, obstacle course etc). Members of the Koppers will be there to make their world famous Cotton Candy. The children will be encouraged to join in singing Christmas songs while awaiting the arrival of Old Saint Nick himself (his last scheduled appearance before the big day itself!).

Children will be able to have their picture taken with Santa as they give him last minute requests from their wish lists. Every child will receive a gift before Santa makes his way North again for his final preparations.

Christmas is a time for little ones to dream and really let go. This event is a great way for Nobles to bring friends and neighbors to the Shrine Auditorium and to introduce them to our wonderful fraternity. Here’s your opportunity to bring a child who may really benefit from this wonderful time.


There is ABSOLUTELY NO CHARGE for this event so lets take advantage of the opportunity and get out to the World Famous Shrine Auditorium located at 665 West Jefferson Blvd. in Los Angeles.

CLICK HERE To view the Kids Christmas Party Web Page

If you have any questions or coments about this event please contact the Kids Christmas Party Chairman Noble Mark Elliott CLICK HERE

Calling All Masons! Posted Thursday, November 14, 2002 by irondad
On November 23rd, 2002 the Grand Lodge Officers will be lead by Most Worshipful M. William Holsinger, Grand Master of Masons in California, as they preform the First Degree of Masonry. This historic event will take place on the stage of the Newly refurbished Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Doors open at 8am. This will be a tiled Lodge so Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Masons only will be admitted.
Escorted tours of the Shrine Auditorium will take place and a no charge Continental Breakfast will be avalible.
Lunch will be served at 11:30 and there will be no charge for it either.
Lodge will be opened at 1:00 pm
Come out and bring as many Brothers with you as you can as we enjoy a day of fellowship together. It's a Grand way to introduce a Brother to your Shrine!

Royal Street Is Looking Regal Posted Wednesday, October 9, 2002 by irondad
Royal Street Is Looking Regal and the rededication set for October 21st, 2002
Doors open at 3:30 PM for tours of the Shrine auditorium, dressing rooms, backstage etc.
We will have mariachi music strolling outside, and inside for approx 2 hours.
Hospitality will begin at 5 pm and continue until dinner at 6 pm. Dinner will consist of tri-tip beef. Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available.

Around 5 pm the official dedication will begin with Mike A. being the key speaker. Illustrious Sir Merl Seastrom will be the Master of Ceremonies.
At 7 pm we will install the new shrine club and present 25 and 50-year certificates.
Stated meeting will begin around 7:15 PM and the ladies will retire to the auditorium for a program on identity theft.
After stated meeting the men will join the ladies in the auditorium to be entertained by Elvis. Yes Elvis is alive, well at least for another evening!
Rush Robinson will be on the organ from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

At approx 5 PM the band will present a 15 to 20 minute concert.
This wonderful building of ours is a national treasure and something we should all feel very proud to have as our very own Shrine home. There is no charge so please lets get out and support this event.

Fishermen Return With Big Catch Posted Wednesday, September 4, 2002 by irondad
Those were the common words heard during the just completed four day Potentate’s fishing trip headed by Perry Erickson which traveled 140 miles south of San Diego into Mexican waters.
Thirty one fishing enthusiasts enjoyed fishing at its best with everyone taking limits of fish home. In fact, the anglers returned home 1 day earlier as over 700 tunas were caught and no more space to store them on the boat.
The trip began with the assemblage of fisherman at H & M Landing on Thursday early evening. After waiting patiently and consuming avocado dip and chips furnished by Merle Hough we boarded the boat at 10:30 P.M., secured our bunks and made friends with those on the trip we did not know. Upon boarding we learned we had a crew of 6 to assist us over the next four days.
At 12:30 A.M. on Friday the 23rd of August we were at the bait docks loading the bait. We were happy to see the Captain was particular in selecting his bait. Out of 20 bait holders he peered with his flashlight into every one selecting the best bait available. We loaded the boats five bait tanks with anchovies and sardines and were finally headed south for a fishing trip that will be engraved in every fisherman’s brain for the rest of their lives.
Friday 6:30 A.M.
We were awakened by the captain that is was time to start trolling. The boat has five trolling spots which allows for the rotation of five fisherman every half hour.
When trolling the idea is to lure a fish to the jig, get a hook up and bring the school of fish to the boat. After several hours of trolling and a few strikes and a few fish a kelp paddy was located. We slowly drifted toward the paddy and the words “Hook Up” rang loudly. Looking down the rail of the boat one would notice eight to ten rods bent with a fish on. Boy did we need to learn how to fish. Every ones line was tangled and crossed. After about an hour of fishing we managed to deck fifteen yellows. The captain let us know that this was just a training stop as we needed to get our act together if we were to catch the elusive albacore. Several more hours of trolling (still going south) we slipped up to another kelp paddy and decked another fifty fish. We were improving. During the day on Friday we managed to deck sixty five yellows and 28 albacore. We hung the rods up about 7 PM and enjoyed a great Lasagna dinner prepared by chef Mike.
Saturday 6:30 AM
Time to start fishing. The boat ran south all night and we found ourselves 140 miles into Mexican waters. We are now located at the fishing grounds we came to fish! Trolling, trolling and trolling with a few jig fish every half hour or so. The fish are here, we just need to find the school. We find a kelp paddy and get another hour of training on the yellowtail. We are getting better, we deck another 100 yellows.
Finally at 3:15 we hit the jack pot. Hook up! But man, the ocean is rough as we are riding on 6 to 7 foot swells. It really keeps us on our toes. This is the test. How much have we learned? Poles are bent everywhere and the albacore are boiling around the stern and corners of the boat. Now you here the guys say: Going under, going over, are lines are twisted. Watch out your cutting me off. The deck hands can’t keep up with gaffing all the fish being caught. This is fishing at the best. The school stays with us for almost three hours and we have decked almost 400 albacore. God only knows how many fish we farmed.
With aching backs and hungry stomachs we eat and have a discussion with the captain. The decision is made that we will try to find the blue fin tuna as we have plenty of albacore. An airplane spotter calls in and tells us that blue fin have been spotted 40 miles off Ensenada.
Sunday 6:30 AM
We awaken to seas in the 4 to 5 foot level as our boat is being controlled by our sea anchor. A few of the guys are catching a few abs as we drift. The captain pulls the sea anchor and it off to trolling looking for the blue fin. We travel all morning with limited stops at the troll. No blue fin to be found. We can’t even find a kelp paddy to add some excitement to the day. Around 4 PM the words hook up are once again heard. The seas have calmed down and we are fishing in 3 to 4 foot swells. Great water. Fishing poles are bent every where. Every man on the boat has his rod bent wit an albacore on the end. Blood and fish cover the deck and the sacks are full. The school of albacore won’t leave us. Even when you farm one you really don’t care as you will be hooked again as soon as your sardine hits the water. After an hour of this and another 200 fish the captain calls a meeting. We have a problem. Our fish hold is full of fish and the deck is full and we are over our limits. We must stop fishing. It is agreed that we will head for home and be back in San Diego in the early A.M. For another hour we fish and just release them. What fun. It is really sad to leave this spot as the fish are still boiling around the boat.
Oh, I forgot to tell you that I not only farmed a lot of fish but also a rod and reel. A fish hit, I set the hook and lowered the rod as all good fisherman do. What happened next is unbelievable. As I lowered the rod the fish physically pulled the rod completely out of my hands. I was awe struck. You should have seen the fishing gear swimming at 25 miles an hour thru the clear blue Pacific water. You can believe I caught static on that trick.
Our crew started cleaning fish at 8:30 P.M. and finished at 6 A.M. just as we pulled into the bay at Point Loma. We anchored, had breakfast, knocked down are gear, packed our personal belongings and just lounged and reminisced about our great trip. We arrived back at the dock around 9 A.M., twelve hours early and with over 700 fish.
Guys, this was the trip of a lifetime. Perry Erickson, our charter master is to be congratulated for putting together such an excellent trip. We're sorry we missed you. But want to give you a heads up that we are planning another trip next year. Get your name in on the list as we know it will sell out quickly.

Click here to view photos from the Potentate's Tuna Fishing Trip!

Orient Comes To Al Malaikah Posted Wednesday, September 4, 2002 by irondad
On Saturday October 5th, 2002 from 4:30 pm to 10:00 pm our Shrine Convention Center will host "A Night In The Orient". This fun evening will include: A catered oriental dinner plus entertainment consisting of Chinese Folk Dancers and Chinese Lion Dancers provided by the “Southern California Chinese Folk Dancers” and “You Kink Mon Kung Fu Lion Dancers”.
Admission is only $12.50 per person and is open to all.
Non-host bar service available.

Vendor Spaces are still available @ $20 each
Al Malaikah Shrine will receive 15 % of every sale.

Reservations are required so click here to visit our colorful "A Night In The Orient" web page and sign up soon!

Al Malaikahans Make Splash at Imperial Convention Posted Monday, July 1, 2002 by irondad
Well the contingent of Al Malaikahans made it home safe and sound after a fun filled trip to the Imperial Convention in the beautiful city of Vancouver BC.
They arrived by air and by car and spent the week enjoying the sights and sound of the Shrinedom’s biggest event. There were meetings to go to and thousands of people to converse with. The Divan, members of the Koppers, Patrol, Jesters, and Orange Belt Shrine Club’s mascots, Fezzy Navel, Clyde the Wonder Camel and Johnny B. Goode represented Al Malaikah at both Imperial parades. ( Tuesday afternoon and again Wednesday evening) Thousands of cheering fans lined the city streets as your Al Malaikahans strutted proudly past. Louis Gross clad in his Wizard clown outfit participated in the afternoon parade and received a top ten finish in the clowning competition.
The Vancouver public was very enthusiastic and really made them all feel welcome. The media was also very receptive and gave the Shrine in general and Al Malaikah in particular lots of coverage. Al Malaikahan ventriloquist puppet Johnny B. Goode was seen on two TV newscasts as well as heard giving interviews on CBC radio. Clyde the wonder Camel was featured in a story in the "Vancouver Sun" newspaper and the following day Fezzy Navel appeared in the same paper in full color.
All in all Al Malaikah made quite a splash.
Let's hope next year in Minneapolis we get even a bigger turnout to show the public and our fellow Shriners that LA’s Shrine is still, as always, having lots of fun!

To read the Vancouver Sun's article featuring your Al Malaikahans CLICK HERE

AL MALAIKAHANS HEAD FOR VANCOUVER Posted Friday, June 14, 2002 by irondad
Al Malaikahan will head North in full force as Imperial Sir Kenneth W. Smith showcases his native land — Vancouver, British Columbia. Home to breathtaking mountains, rain forests and beaches, Vancouver is sure to make the 128th Imperial Council Session one of the most scenic Sessions in Shrine history.

The events of the Imperial Council Session will take place from June 23 to June 27. Hosted by Gizeh Shrine Temple, this will mark the sixth Imperial Council Session to be held in Canada, and the first in Vancouver.

For more information, parade maps and a schedule of events visit our Imperial Session page by clicking here.

Al Malaikah Puts On Great Show at SDA in Columbia, South Carolina Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 by irondad
Al Malaikah Temple was well represented at SDA in Columbia, South Carolina. Eight Stagecraft members, the Illustrious Potentate and the 2nd Ceremonial Master enjoyed the festivities. There is a lot to be learned there about putting on the second section of a ceremonial. There was a business meeting on Thursday April 25th. Friday was the competition with 48 units competing. Although the stagecraft put on a wonderful stunt, using the potentate and 2nd ceremonial master as their candidates, they did not walk away with anything but a wonderful time. Their stunt included a secondary stunt using two imperial officers, one being own Nick Thomas. These two have been around too long to pull the wool over their eyes and quickly realized they had been had. This led to later exchanges between the two dosing each other with shaving cream. What a sight to see and created a lot of laughs for the nobility in attendance.

We had an Al Malaikah dinner and were joined by the two imperial officers. The highlight of the trip was after dinner. The stagecraft dressed the Illustrious Merl up as an elf, armed him with Irish good luck coins and sent him out investing everyone with years of good luck. Good thing our potentate is a good sport.

If you ever have a chance to join the stagecraft on this outing, don’t miss it. They are a great bunch who work hard and have tons of fun.

Al Malaikah Nobles Shine at WSA Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 by irondad
Al Malaikah was well represented at this year’s Western Shrine Association meetings in Tucson. Almost 100 nobles and ladies attended the festivities held from March 1-5th.

On Wednesday, May 1, your Divan attended the business meeting for WSA. That afternoon, Imperial officers, including our own Nick Thomas, Imperial Oriental Guide, made presentations on membership, EWG and public relations.

Thursday, the clown competition got underway. We are proud to announce that our Al Malaikah clowns brought back three trophies. Jack “Hi-Jack” Berman took 3rd place in the character competition, John “Smiley” Oxrider was 2nd in the Hobo category and Clarence “Scooter” Butler brought home 1st place in the balloon competition. This is a very tough competition among the temples, and our Nobles worked really hard to be able to bring back these awards.

That evening, all of the Nobles and ladies went to dinner at the Savoy Opera House. We were honored to have both Imperial Sir Nick, as well as the Deputy Imperial Potentate, Tad Claypool and his lady Kay join us for dinner. Those of you coming to the Imperial Session in Vancouver will see Tad elected to serve as Imperial Potentate for the upcoming year. The Opera House is located in an area called Traildust Town. Before dinner we were treated to a gunfight in the town square.

Friday was the excursion to Kartchner Cavers and Tombstone. The caverns are unbelievably beautiful and something not to miss if you are ever in the area. When we arrived in Tombstone, we were greeted by Illustrious Sir Merl Seatrom, his lady Luz, 2nd Ceremonial Master Hal Justice and his lady Cindy, along with Erv and Carolyn Unvert, all dressed in period costumes to really make us feel welcome.

Saturday was parade day. Led by the Al Malaikah banner, about 40 Nobles marched around Reid Park, along with two members of the Motor Patrol and a contingent of mini cars from Corona/Circle City Shrine Club led by Bill Stines.

Our hospitality room was hopping all the time. Tom Edmonds and his lady Mary did an outstanding job of keeping everyone fed and refreshed. Our transportation chairman, Mike Wolf and the housing committee led by Dick Price took care of all our needs without a hitch.

If you missed this trip, don’t miss the next one.

WSA 2003 will be in Livermore California, June 9-14, make your plans now to join us in the wine country.

How Shriners Hospital Children Got To Enjoy The Circus Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 by irondad
By ELIZABETH DEVER Director of Public Relations and Volunteers Shriners Hospital, LA.
On Friday night (April 12th, 2002), 20 patients and three staff members attended the Circus at the Shrine Auditorium. A few groups and individuals made this patient outing possible. Al Malaikah Temple provided the tickets to the circus for the children and staff members. The Old West Shrine Club provided all of the midway activities, rides and snacks. Noble Jack Carlson Treasurer of the Old West Shrine Club and Noble Sam Pearson, Old West Shrine Club member, escorted the patients and made their trip to the circus extra special.
"It is awesome for the kids to go on outings that involve the Shriners! It gives them a chance to see and meet the Shriners and interact with them. The patients get to meet the people that are making their hopes and dreams possible," explains Patricia Tepedino, Recreation Department Supervisor.
After leaving the hospital around 5:00 p.m., the patients took the short van ride to the Shrine Auditorium. The patients were greeted outside by a number of Shriners. Then they entered the Midway and enjoyed face painting, rides, drinks and popcorn. After that, the Shriners escorted the patients to their seats and the circus began.
Jose, a 17-year-old patient said. "I was really impressed with the tigers and elephants and how well trained they are!" During the intermission, the patients were treated again to more snacks and drinks, and they rode on more rides including the carousel. Another few patients said they enjoyed the part of the circus with the clown skit that was really funny!
The staff has a great deal of work to do before taking the patients out of the hospital. First they need to consider the condition of each of the patients. Is it safe for the child to leave the hospital? Is the patient able to walk or use crutches or a wheelchair?
Once they have a list of patients they think could leave the hospital, they share it with the doctors for them to write an order. Then they must reserve the hospital vans. After that they must get signed permission from the parent or legal guardian for the patient to leave the hospital. Finally, both a nurse and the hospital administrator must look over the paperwork and sign it. When that is complete, they can go and have a great time at the outing.
"This outing was for the patients to have fun, and to show them that they can do anything — that they are not limited," Patricia Tepedino said.
Outings benefit the children in a practical way too. They get to practice using their wheelchairs and crutches in public and see what adaptations that they need to use when they go out into the community.
Another patient Jeremy, 14, said, "Thank you Shriners for letting us come to the circus and giving us the food and the rides!! " Finally, exhausted and full, the patients returned to the hospital at 10:20 p.m.
In the future, various Shrine Clubs and women's organizations will coordinate for the patients to attend the Burbank parade, the Shrine Football Game, and a Fourth of July Picnic. If you have ideas for additional patient outings, please contact Patricia Tepedino, Recreation Department Supervisor at (213) 368-3349. The hospital staff needs about one month to prepare and save the date for a patient outing.

Long Time Coming! Al Malaikah Readying Celebration Party for Chaplain Brougher’s Hundredth! Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 by irondad
The time has come,” the Pote said, “to speak of many things: Of “cordial” rhymes and party times and mystic Shriner flings.”

Al Malaikahans’ calendars are highlighting Friday evening June 28, the date following close of the Imperial Council Session in Vancouver, as the time to celebrate the Hundredth Birthday of their favorite son (GrandDad?), Dr. J. Whitcomb Brougher Jr.
Thinking ahead in his nationally popular column “Cordially Yours” in The Al Malaikahan, at the time of his 99th birthday a year ago, he suggested, “Stick around and see if I make it!”. Who but Jim Brougher would have written that?
So the long-calendared Big Fling – complete with a Big Surprise – will be held at Stevens Steak House, fresh from the recent reception there for Imperial Potentate Kenneth Smith. The coincidence is especially appropriate, as Al Malaikah’s long-time Chaplain also was Imperial Chaplain of the Shrine of North America during Imperial Potentate Walker Kisselburgh’s year. Potentate Merl Seastrom invites all Nobles and their Ladies to join in the festivities, all the while realizing that party capacity will limit the number to fewer than the thousands of Chaplain Brougher’s friends and admirers. Stevens Steak House is centrally located between Los Angeles and Orange Counties, at 5332 Stevens Place, City of Commerce. It can be reached from the Santa Ana, Long Beach or Pomona Freeways, five minutes from downtown L.A.

To view the webpage for Dr. Brougher's party or to print a reservation form CLICK HERE

Willard L Vausbinder Ceremonial April 6th Posted Friday, March 29, 2002 by irondad
The first ceremonial for 2002 will be a very special event indeed. Not only will it take place at our Los Angeles Shriners Hospital For Children but it is dedicated to our long time Al Makaikah Temple Recorder and friend Willard L Vausbinder. The dress for the divan is sports coat and fez. We are expecting 70 new candidates. Both the first and second sections will be given. It is an open ceremonial for the first section only and is open to all. Rick Weiser is in charge of the first section and Hal Justice is in charge of the second section. A box lunch will be provided for a minimal charge. Second section should begin around 12:30 pm and conclude in one hour. While the second section is happening tours will be conducted of the hospital. Refreshments and fezzing will conclude on the roof of the hospital. In case of rain the second section will be cancelled. The first section is set to start at 10 am. Please have your candidates their by 8am.

You Know Where to Find Me, Oscar Posted Thursday, March 21, 2002 by irondad
Operators of the venue, which seats nearly twice as many as the Kodak, are waiting for the academy's call.

Feeling like the scorned stepsister left behind on the night of the ball, the Shrine Auditorium will be dark and lonely when Hollywood's stars gather Sunday at the new Kodak Theatre.

But like Cinderella, the Moorish-style landmark south of downtown Los Angeles is planning a make-over.

Leaders of the fraternal order that owns the 76-year-old auditorium have scheduled a $3-million upgrade that they hope will lure back Oscar and 6,300 of his friends. The Al Malaikah Shrine will shut down the huge hall over the summer.

Workers will remove and reupholster its plush red theater seats and refurbish the auditorium and its adjoining exhibition hall.

Royal Street, outside the auditorium's five arched front doors, will be closed off and converted into a landscaped plaza to form an entryway.

Shrine Auditorium operators say the changes will turn the hall into everything the Kodak isn't: A venue that is as convenient to get into as it is comfortable to sit in, and is big enough for a show that is larger than life.

"I predict the Academy Awards will be back here next year," said Tom Reoch, an administrator of the Al Malaikah Shrine. "I'm 99% certain they'll be back after what they will see this coming weekend."

Reoch's confidence is sharpened by complaints that have already been lodged about the $94-million Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

Music critics have drubbed the new auditorium's acoustics. Motorists are grumbling about Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue street closures prompted by Sunday's Academy Awards show. Merchants are complaining about having their storefronts draped with camouflage cloth on the town's biggest weekend of the year.

Film stars are wondering how they will negotiate a difficult walk into the theater in five-inch heels. Angriest of all are academy members who will be unable to get in: The new theater will only accommodate an audience of about 3,100 for the Oscar show.

The Shrine, supporters note, is America's largest theater. Each of its 6,300 seats has an unobstructed view of what is the country's biggest performance stage.

The auditorium was considered a triumph of architecture and civil engineering when it opened in 1926 after two years of construction. The concrete-walled structure cost $2.6 million and replaced a smaller 14-year-old temple that burned in 1920.

Its builders calculated that the Shrine's 192-foot-wide domed roof weighs 1,870 tons. The theater's proscenium, the arch that frames the stage curtain, is 100 feet wide.

Visitors came to gawk at the auditorium's vast cantilevered balcony. It seemed to float without pillars beneath a five-ton crystal chandelier. The 28-foot-long fixture used 500 bulbs--and drew 62,445 watts when its red, white, blue and amber bulbs were lit.

The hall was called the Los Angeles Civic Auditorium at first because it was financed in part with stock sold to the public.

Later, the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine repurchased all of the shares and renamed it.

For decades the auditorium was routinely booked for local events and used as a movie backdrop. It is in the original "King Kong" film.

In the late 1930s it became so popular as a site for jitterbug contests that police had to be called to control the crowds. During World War II the huge hall was filled with military servicemen and their dates for star-studded New Year's Eve shows.

It was the setting for ballet, opera performances and religious services in the 1950s. USC and UCLA played basketball games on the 192-foot-wide, 72-foot-deep stage. Democratic presidential hopeful Adlai E. Stevenson drew a turn-away crowd of 6,700 when he gave a 1952 speech.

But the Shrine is best known for the high-profile awards shows held there. The Grammys, the American Music Awards, the Emmys and the Soul Train Awards have been televised from its stage. The Academy Awards--which first used the hall in 1947--alternated between there and the smaller Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from 1988 to last year.

Academy officials acknowledged that they relied on the Shrine's seating capacity to handle a growing backlog of Oscar show ticket requests they could not handle at the pavilion.

Over the decades the hall has survived countless earthquakes, two riots and one airplane crash.

A secret, unpiloted Navy plane smashed into the Shrine's roof near its southwest cupola and burned in 1945. No one was injured--but no one ever explained the mishap.

A computerized stage system was among improvements made in 1993 as part of a $15-million overhaul.

Reoch said Shriners were disappointed when the Motion Picture Academy signed with the Kodak Theatre for Sunday's show. So Al Malaikah members will be closely observing how things go.

"One part of us will be wishing the academy all the best. After all, they represent Los Angeles and the United States to the world. We don't want to see any foul-ups," Reoch said. "But we'll know if things go wrong. We'll be watching.

"This auditorium is always elegant. But when the Oscars come, it's magnificent. They'll be back. I'm sure of that."

NEW SHRINE CIRCUS WEBSITE Posted Wednesday, March 13, 2002 by irondad
Circus time is almost here. This year Al Malaikah Shrine has taken a new and progresive step in marketing our World Famous Shrine Circus.
We have designed our own Shrine Circus Website. It is now online at ""
On the site you can preview a few of the Gatti Productions Circus acts as well as the Carnival and you can even order Tickets. Drop by the site and find out all about our new special ticket packages that include carnival and food coupons too.

Here is the press release.............

Los Angeles, CA., March 12, 2002 --- Best known for providing free care for children under 18, through their network of Hospitals for Children, the Shrine of North America announces the return of the Shrine Circus at the Shrine Auditorium, April 11 thru 14, 2002.

In announcing the return of the Shrine Circus, Merl Seastrom, 104th Illustrious Potentate of the Al Malaikah Shrine (Chartered June 25, 1888), said: "This year, our activities are bigger and better than ever. We have developed some important business sponsorships and alliances with Coca-Cola, Jons Supermarkets, Farmers Insurance, Al & Eds AutoSound, and K-EARTH Radio."

Seastrom continued: "We have organized a special promotion with Coca-Cola and Jons Supermarkets locally, where shoppers can get a free General Admission ticket to the Circus for every $50 in groceries they purchase. In addition," added Seastrom, "Consumers can win one of 5-$100 Jons Shopping Sprees by depositing their entry forms in a ballot box at the Circus. Not only that," added Seastrom, "on selected dates, we will have our clowns visiting Jons stores and major malls, to continue to build consumer awareness."

This year, it is easier than ever before to purchase advance tickets to the Circus. Consumers can obtain tickets by mail by visiting or by calling the Shrine Circus Ticket Hotline at (800)950-6776. Advance tickets are $10 each plus a small handling charge and special corporate ticket packages are also available online or by calling the Hotline. Consumers can also obtain their tickets at the Shrine Circus Box Offices between April 11-14, 2002.

A local institution after 50 years, the Shrine Circus features the traveling Circus Gatti, live and on stage at the Shrine Auditorium. Enthralling audiences for over 40 years, Circus Gatti combines an entourage of elephants, horses and exotic felines, as well as trapeze artists and other daredevils. In addition to the Circus, attendees can walk next door to the indoor Carnival where the fun continues with rides, face painting, carnival games, a giant slide, a merry-go-round, food and many more exciting activities.

The Shrine of North America is an international fraternity of approximately 500,000 members throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada and Panama. The Shrine's official philanthropy is Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of 22 hospitals that provide expert, no-cost orthopaedic and burn care to children under 18. If you know a child Shriners Hospitals might be able to help, call us toll-free at 1-800-237-5055 (in the U.S.) or 1-800-361-7256 (in Canada).
Circus proceeds are for the benefit of Shrine Temple activities. They are not tax deductible as a charitable donation.
Tickets and information about Ticket Packages are available by calling toll free 1-800-950-6776
See you at the Circus!

Circus Mommy and Daddy Program Underway Posted Friday, February 15, 2002 by irondad
Two thousand two marks the 75th year that Al Malaikah has "brought the circus to town" at the Shrine Auditorium! The outstanding Circus Gatti will open Thursday, April 11, and run through Sunday, April 14, presenting a total of nine performances with 54,000 seats available.

Revenues from ticket sales, midway concessions and the souvenir Circus book are the major fund raisers that support and further the fraternal activities of Al Malaikah.
Our unique "Mommies and Daddies" program also helps make it possilble for disadvantaged children to attend the Circus and enjoy the midway-free of charge!

Our challenge for 2002 is to "Make It Happen" and exceed the achievement levels of previous years. Let's all fill the Shrine Auditorium with smiling faces at every performance!

Visit the Circus page and the Mommy and Daddy Program page on your Al Malaikah website for more details.

LA Hospital Celebrates 50 Years Posted Tuesday, January 22, 2002 by irondad
Shriners Hospitals for Children - Los Angeles 50th Anniversary Celebration!

50 Years - Making A Difference in Children's Lives 1952-2002
Saturday, February 16, 2002
10:00 AM Presentation Reception to Follow

Featuring: Celebrity guests, clowns, a magic show, food and much more - fun for the whole family!

Shriners Hospitals for Children, Los Angeles
3160 Geneva Street
Los Angeles, CA 90020-1199

For more information, contact Elizabeth Dever at (213) 368-3376.

FRANK STALLONE TO HEADLINE POTENTATE'S GALA Posted Thursday, January 10, 2002 by irondad
Saturday February 9th 2002 Al Malaikah comes home to the gorgeous scene of Academy Awards Banquets, the historic Shrine Exposition Center. A sumptuous gourmet dinner served with fine wine and "full white glove treatment" will be featured at the Potentate's Inaugural Gala. Your very own Shrine Exposition Center will be elegantly transformed for the event, which begins with social hour from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Foyer (mixed drinks are $4.00 each, beer and wine is $ 3.00 each and bottles of wine for the tables are $ 10.00 each), followed by the march-in at 7:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m.
Frank Stallone, well-known vocalist and Al Malaikah Noble, will appear with the Paul Vesco orchestra for your after dinner entertainment and dancing. The cost for this special evening is only $30.00 per person.
Convenient nearby hotel accommodations are available at the Midtown Radisson, 3540 S. Figueroa, (213) 748-4141 at a special Shrine rate. Shuttle service will be provided between the Radisson and the Shrine.
Additional hotels in the area include the Wilshire Grand (213-688-7777), Hyatt (213-683-1234), Vagabond (213-745-1531).
All Shriners are encouraged to attend and to bring Master Masons and other guests to introduce them to Al Malaikah. This is a festive opportunity to introduce them to Past Potentates, the Illustrious Potentate, members of the Divan, Temple Unit and Shrine Club officers. Ambassadors and the Potentate's staff.
Units: dress uniform and fez; Other Nobles: tuxedo and fez; Ladies: long dress. Reservations must be received by Friday, January 25.

NEW TRUSTEES ELECTED Posted Thursday, January 10, 2002 by irondad
On January 5th the following Nobles were elected as trustees by the attending membership of Al Malaikah Shrine:

John Everson
Dave Haldeman
Erv Unvert
Chuck Gile

The Officers are as follows:
Dave Haldeman Chairman of the trustees
Erv Unvert Vice Chairman of trustees
Chuck Gile President of the Auditorium Company
John Everson Vice President of Auditorium Company

MERL SEASTROM UNANIMOUS CHOICE FOR POTENTATE Posted Thursday, January 10, 2002 by irondad
On January 5th 2002 the Nobility of Al Malaikah Shrine met at the world famous Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles to elect their leaders for the insuing Shrine year. Noble Merl Seastrom was the enthusiastic Nobility’s unanimous choice for potentate. Here are the results from that election.

Potentate - Merl H. Seastrom
Chief Rabban - Kenneth G. Judd
Asst. Rabban - Ronald L. Ritter
High Priest & Prophet - Monte L. Starr
Oriental Guide - Glen D. Christensen
Treasurer - Aaron Grossman, P.P.
Recorder - Tom B. Reoch

1st Cere. Master - Richard A. Weiser
2nd Cere. Master - Hal Justice
Director - William F. Martin
Director Emeritus - David W. Smith
Marshal - Ron Bianchi
Captain of the Guard - Jim Dance
Orator - Gail Gillette
Chaplain - Harvey G. Bucklew
Chaplain Emeritus - Dr J.Whitcomb Brougher Jr.
Medical Director - Dr Sidney Senter
Commandant of Units - Perry Erickson

Don Cannon
Fred Elliott
Ernest Feld
Stan Gold
James Holland
Merle Hough
Erv Houghland
Bob Kulick
Fred Maas
Arthur Nelson
David Scott
Harold Stanley
Bill Stines

Clowns Spread Boundless Cheer Posted Wednesday, November 28, 2001 by irondad
Behind the scenes, the Al Malaikah Shrine Clowns are a very precise outfit, and when you hear that during the current Shrine Year through October 12 their 17 active members have logged 375 Unit Clown appearances at more than 60 events, you can bank on it!That's totally aside from all the scheduled events and great fun from the Woodland Hills Shrine Club and other Noble
clowns, according to Clown Director "Hi-Jack"a.k.a. Noble Jack Berman, who keeps the statistics in addition to spreading cheer."As we receive event requests by mail, fax and phone, they are scheduled and distributed among our 17 active Clowns. Available Clowns are then booked for events from San Bernardino to San Luis Obispo, and attend them," Berman notes.The problem is the wish list. "Because of the number of local requests, we really need more Shrine Unit Clowns for these
events. We will teach new apprentice Unit Clowns balloon artistry, magic, and assist with choosing their character, costumes and makeup. We also promise fun with great rewards from all we entertain in the form of happy smiles because
'All the World Loves a Clown!'"
Probably the guickest way to get in on the fun and soul
satisfaction is to call either the Clowns President Bob "Wiley Bob" Kirlin (626)/336-9516) or VP Jim "Bubbles" Tenner (818)/241-9435 or Secretary Al "Big Al" Somerset (714/535-3392) or Clown Director Jack "Hi-Jack Berman (818/501-2023). Now!

Al Malaikah Membership Totals For 2001 Posted Wednesday, November 28, 2001 by irondad
Membership Goals, 2001
as of August 1st
These specific goals apply to Temple Units and Shrine Clubs,
and do not reflect the need for and importance of the
Candidate Sponsorship by all Al Malaikah Nobles.

SHRINE CLUBS............. Goal/Current Total

21-51 Shrine Club 1/ 0
At Malaikah Rvers Shrine Club 3/ 0
Amateur Radio Shrine Club 2/ 1
Antelope Valley Shrine Clu 3/ 3
Apple Valley Shrine Club 2/ 0
Barstow Shrine Club 1/ 1
Bay Cities Shrine Club 1/ 1
Beach Cities-Shrine Club 2/ 6
Big Bear Shrine Club 2/ 4
Burbank Glendale Shrine Club 2/ 0
Citrus Shrine Club 2/ 0
Conejo-Westlake Shrine Club 3/ 0
Corona-Riverside Shrine Club 3/ 1
Empire Valley Shrine Club 2/ 0
Encino Shrine Club 3/ 7
Fillmore-Santa Paula 1/ 0
Five Cities Shrine Club 2/ 0
High Desert Shrine Club 1/ 1
Kern County Shrine Club 7/ 0
Lake Isabella Shrine.Club 1/ 2
Legion of Honor Shrine Club 1/ 0
Lompoc Shrine Club 1/ 2
Los Angeles Shrine Club 1/ 4
Los Nietos Shrine Club 3/ 0
Marina DelRey Shrine Club 1/ 1
Murrieta Shrine Club 1/ 0
Mystic Shrine Club 1/ 2
Needles Shrine Club 1/ 0
North Valley Shrine Club 3/ 1
Old Baldy Shrine Club 1/ 0
Old West Shrine Club 1/ 1
Oxnard Shrine Club 1/ 0
Palm Desert Shrine Club 2/ 1
Palm Springs Shrine Club 3/ 2
Paradise Valley Shrine Club 1/ 0
Pasadena Shrine Club 1/ 4
Paso Robles Shrine Club 3/ 1
Past Masters Shrine Club 1/ 1
Peace Officers Shrine Club 1/ 0
Petroleum Shrine Club 1/ 1
Redlands Shrine Club 2/ 8
Rizal 1/ 5
San Bernardino Shrine Club 3/ 1
San Gabriel Shrine Club 1/ 0
San Gorgonio Pass Shrine Club 1/ 0
San Luis Obispo Shrine Club 1/ 0
Santa Barbara Shrine Club 1/ 1
Santa Maria Shrine Club 2/ 0
Santa Ynez Shrine Club 1/ 0
Show Business Shrine Club 1/ 1
Sons of the Desert Shrine Club 3/ 0
Transportation Downey Shrine Club 3/ 0
Tri Counties LOH Shrine Club 1/ 1
Trojan Shrine Club 1/ 2
21 st Century Shrine Club 2/ 1
Ventura Shrine Club 1/ 0
Westwood Shrine Club 3/ 1
Woodland Hills Shrine Club 2/ 6
Total 104/ 75

UNITS............. Goal/Current Total
Patrol 4/ 12
Band 2/ 0
Stagecraft. 3/ 2
Guard 3/ 3
Silver Mounted Patrol 1/ 1
Hosts 3/ 16
Purveyors 1/ 1
Mossafers 1/ 0
Koppers 1/ 1
Clowns 3/ 0

Total 24/ 36
Grand Total 128/ 111

NEW ZIP FOR SHRINE MEMBERSHIP Posted Wednesday, November 28, 2001 by irondad
Imperial Sir Nick Thomas who in earlier years was a football coach before he was Al Malaikah's 95th Potentate emphasized Teamwork as a key to membership success in his lead article in the "Shriners Making it Happen" bulletin.
Now the Membership Committee chairman for the entire Shrine, Noble Thomas conducted the very successful 2001 Membership Seminar in Tampa, Florida.
As projected, "the information disseminated and the camaraderie established at this annual meeting is priceless. If a Temple is not represented there, it is at a disadvantage and will not be a contributing member of the Shrine Membership TEAM," he wrote.
It was urged that every Temple membership chairman and Chief Rabban attend. In result, and notwithstanding some national travel reluctance following the tragedy in New York and Washington and the Red Alert caused by Bin Laden, the Membership Seminar was the best attended ever.
Of the Shrine's 191 Temples, 166 registered and 158 made it to Tampa, along with 12 Grand Lodges and a representative from the Scottish Rite headquarters.
Featured speaker was Mr. Joel Barker, who has provided inspiration to more than a million on both sides of the Atlantic. In a dual presentation on "Leadership in the 21st Century" and "Why You Need to have Vision," he particularly noted that "If you keep on doing what you've always done, you will always get what you've always got . you haye to have dreams, hope and vision."
For a wide variety of organizations including the Shrine and other large fraternities, membership numbers and participation is the biggest problem and thus is the number one priority.
"Since the legislation passed in Boston, Creations are up 36%, Restorations are up 14.5% and Suspensions are down by 7%," Thomas reported. 'Twenty-eight Temples had a net gain last year and were inducted into the Shrine, Hall of Fame.
"Our slogan is 'Together We Can and Together We Will.' We are asking each Shrine Center to have a Membership Team consisting of at least three chairmen: Recruiting, Retention and Restoration. And we have a new program for this year called the Pledge Program in which we are asking each active Noble to commit or pledge to bring in one new candidate.

Dr. Ben Kalan Ceremonial Nov 10th Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2001 by irondad
The November 10, 2001 Ceremonial at Al Malaikah Shrine Center will begin at 10:00 AM. Candidates should be there by 8:15 AM to register. Ladies are invited to the first portion of the Ceremonial. They will be excused for the final few minutes to communicate the methods of recognition. Following a 15 minute break, the Ceremonial will conclude with the Second Section. We will have something for the ladies during this portion and the Second Section of the Ceremonial. When the Ceremonial is completed, a light luncheon will be offered at 1pm with Nobles and their Ladies as guests of the Shrine.
Top Line Signers should be getting the petitions for this Ceremonial in to Jan at the Shrine Center without delay.

Washington DC Trip CANCELLED Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2001 by irondad
The September 11th tragedy in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania let the "terrorism genie out of the bottle," with accompanying death threat againstbut not limited to Americans whithersoever dispersed. Americans reacted as they do when threatened on the world scene, coming together with patriotic fervor. But with a shadow enemy, they were not steeled by the Stonewall Jackson-George Patton admonition, "Do not take counsel of your fears," and among their reactions was immediate curtailment of personal air travel and heightened security consciousness. Hotel occupancy-levels have dipped. Al Malaikah's Big Trip for the year had been fully subscribed and was to depart Los Angeles via United Airlines for Washington, D.C. on October 17. Shrine travellers signed on fora variety of delights, including a Potomac River dinner cruise, a full day tour of the Naval Academy at Annapolis and Severn River cruise, visits to Washington's famous memorials, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian's museums of national treasures. But for many, the proffered tours of the White House, the Capitol building and the F.B.I, headquarters were a "must" part of the program, and each of these was no longer available. For some, it was concern for flying; for some, the cancellation of especially favored parts of the tour. When the total number of happy travelers declined too far, the Illustrious Potentate dropped the trip.

AI Malaikah's Triathlete's PR Effort Win's Posted Friday, September 14, 2001 by staff
Noble Mark Elliott, aka the Irondad Shriner, ratcheted up the action level of "Ambassadors at Large" with his participation in the World Long Distance Triathlon Championship in Fredericia, Denmark early last month. The demanding athletic challenge called for a 2.4 mile swim plus a 26.2 mile marathon run plus a 112 mile bicycle race. For Noble Elliott, that's just part of the project; along the way and incidental to the great race, he found ways to invite public and media attention to Freemasonry- and Shriners Hospital for Children in Western United States, Canada and into Denmark and Germany. "We met so many new friends along the way," Elliott reports. "Many were already Masons, and many more were full of Questions about our fraternity and its wonderful philanthropies. I made sure that I always had our emblems in plain sight for all to see and inquire about." In addition to his Al Malaikah Ambassadorial function, Noble Elliott is also an Al Malaikah Assistant Membership Chairman, 2nd Vice President and Webrnaster of Redlands Shrine Club, and Junior Warden and Webmaster of Yucaipa Lodge 726, F&AM. "Being one of the more active younger members of Al Malaikah, I try to show the public and our members that there is a place for the young Mason here at Al Malaikah and in all of Shrinedom," he says. Once in Denmark, the Triathlon championship was all encompassing. Elliott puts it in these words. "The race started with a very chilly 2.4 mile swim in a channel of the Baltic Sea. The water was cold and there were many stinging jellyfish. In spite of the harsh conditions, I was very pleased, as I had the swim of my life. Maybe I just wanted to get out of the ice cold water! "It didn't take very long to get warm as I headed out on the 112-mile bike portion of the event. The streets were lined with several thousand cheering fans. Their support was almost overwhelming at times. They would shout encouragement and cheer for us as we (the riders) worked our way through the course. The children would hold out their hands to try to touch us as we sped past. The spectators were very knowledgeable, and occasionally would call out our names. "I was on pace to set my own personal record when my bike's derailleur (clutch) had a fatal malfunction. It happened right at the 55-mile marker. Unfortunately, there really wasn't anything to be done and my day of racing was suddenly, and quite unexpectedly, over. "I really couldn't be anything but philosophical about the situation. The sudden end to the race disappointed me but I was, and always will be, so very impressed by the people and the way they enthusiastically received all the athletes. "Through my training, participation in this event, the website and the media coverage, I feel very confident and proud that many new people heard the message of Freemasonry and the information about the Shriners Hospitals for Children."

"Murph" Brings Long Experience to His New Office Posted Friday, September 14, 2001 by irondad
Retired business executive John T. Murphy has been appointed Recorder of Al Malaikah Shrine, succeeding the late Willard Vausbinder.
His elevation to the Divan and one of the Temple's most demanding positions was announced by Potentate Aaron Blackman on August 24, and follows Imperial Shrine law on filling of vacancy in this key office for the remaining months of the Shrine year. Noble Murphy has been an Al Malaikah Shriner since crossing the Sands in Potentate Dan Butcher's Year (1975). He was President of El Toga Shrine Club in 1985, and since 1990 has served in the Temple headquarters as Executive or Administrative Aide to eight Potentates, and has also worked in the Shrine Football organization as Advertising Chairman. Educated in his native Canada, he made his mark in the business world with Westvaco corporation, a major manufacturer of paper products with $11 billion in annual sales. Following earlier senior management role in Philadelphia, he transferred to California as regional sales manager in 1970. He retired in 1990, completing 30 years with Westvaco. As Al Malaikah's Recorder, Noble Murphy is also a member of the Temple Divan and Board of Directors and Secretary of the Board of Trustees and Al MalaikahAuditorium Company. Under Imperial Shrine corporate Bylaws, he is charged with responsibility for 14 basic duties and seven "additional duties." At the great "jewel" among the imposing Temples of the Shrine, the Recorder is Temple tour host to countless visitors from week to week. "I'm following real big footsteps," Murphy said; "I'll give it my best "In his long executive association at the Shrine, Noble Murphy has enjoyed countless close friendships,
including golfing association with Recorder Vausbinder and Past Potentate Nick Thomas, now Imperial Oriental Guide. He is especially supported in his many Shrine activities by his Lady Beatrice Murphy.

Shriners Send Help To Disaster Victims Posted Thursday, September 13, 2001 by irondad
Shriners Hospitals send medical team to help victims, standing by to accept patients at orthopaedic, burn hospitals........

Medical professionals from Shriners Hospitals, including Dr. Robert
Sheridan, assistant chief of staff at the Boston Shriners Hospital, are in New York City helping to provide emergency care for victims of the Sept. 11 disaster. They are part of the Burn Response Team of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team, which is activated by the Office of Emergency Preparedness under oversight by FEMA. Shriners Hospitals is also a part of the National Disaster Medical System, a first-response network of hospitals across the U.S. pre-identified to help in crisis situations.

"Shriners Hospitals for Children share the nation's grief at this tragedy, and are ready to do anything we can to help," said Imperial Potentate Kenneth W. Smith, the Shrine fraternity's leader. "The victims and their families are in the thoughts and prayers of Shriners everywhere. Shriners Hospitals are sending medical teams to assist in helping the victims, and our hospitals are standing by in a state of readiness awaiting any request for assistance."

Additionally, the network of 22 children's hospitals are preparing to accept injured children, if referred to Shriners Hospitals for care. Emergency burn treatment would be provided by the burn Shriners Hospitals located in Boston, Galveston, and Cincinnati, and Sacramento, Calif. The orthopaedic Shriners Hospitals are also in a state of readiness and are prepared to provide medical assistance.

Although Shriners Hospitals are pediatric hospitals, dedicated to treating children, Shrine leaders have stated that in light of the scope of this tragedy, Shriners Hospitals will assist adult victims if needed.

Rusty Trowel Committee Preparing to Posted Thursday, September 6, 2001 by irondad
For two-plus weeks from Friday through Sunday, Sept. 7- 23 the Rusty Trowel Committee in the Pomona-Ontario area will again sponsor a Masonic Family Booth and Child I.D. Program at the Los Angeles County Fair. "All of our' Masonic family has benefited," notes Noble Eugene Bowman, Masonic District Inspector and booth chairman. "We display something about all of our wonderful orgamzations and what Masonry has to offer to the whole family." The committee will hold a volunteer meeting at the Pomona Masonic Center on Wednesday night, August 29 to assign working dates and times to those who will be manning the booth. "We have need for knowledgeable Masons and others in the Masonic family to work in pairs, telling our story and conducting our Child I.D. activity," Bowman said. "To volunteer, call either Harry Dickinsonat Pomona Temple, 909/622-5146 or Eugene Bowman, 760/769-0034.
"We have a $3,000 budget to run this booth and we receive support from several lodges in the Southern California area, and from the Shrine and Grotto. When attending the fair, say 'hello!' at the booth and sign the guest book. We will be located at the Grandstand Pavilion, across from the grandstand and camper area."

Date Announced for Band's Popular Orchid Breakfast Posted Thursday, September 6, 2001 by irondad
Annually the most unusual event of its kind, the Al Malaikah Band's popular Orchid Breakfast Dance will be presented for the 33rd time on Sunday, October 24. The program takes its title from presentation of an orchid to each attending lady. And while the victuals are always pleasing, entertainment is the order of the day. From 9 a.m.- to-2 p.m. the award-winning Shrine Unit presents a variety of Musical treats by their Big Band, Jazz Band and Polka Band. Band President Robert Dickerson announces that this year's Orchid Breakfast Dance will be held in the San Fernando Valley at the Van Nuys Masonic Lodge Center, 14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, where one of the welcome features is excellent free parking.

Membership Stats For 2001 So Far! Posted Wednesday, September 5, 2001 by irondad
Membership Goals, 2001
as of August 1st
These specific goals apply to Temple Units and Shrine Clubs,
and do not reflect the need for and importance of the
Candidate Sponsorship by all Al Malaikah Nobles.

SHRINE CLUBS............. Goal/Current Total

21-51 Shrine Club 1/ 0
At Malaikah Rvers Shrine Club 3/ 0
Amateur Radio Shrine Club 2/ 0
Antelope Valley Shrine Clu 3/ 1
Apple Valley Shrine Club 2/ 0
Barstow Shrine Club 1/ 1
Bay Cities Shrine Club 1/ 1
Beach Cities-Shrine Club 2/ 2
Big Bear Shrine Club 2/ 0
Burbank Glendale Shrine Club 2/ 0
Citrus Shrine Club 2/ 0
Conejo-Westlake Shrine Club 3/ 0
Corona-Riverside Shrine Club 3/ 1
Empire Valley Shrine Club 2/ 0
Encino Shrine Club 3/ 5
Fillmore-Santa Paula 1/ 0
Five Cities Shrine Club 2/ 0
High Desert Shrine Club 1/ 1
Kern County Shrine Club 7/ 0
Lake Isabella Shrine.Club 1/ 1
Legion of Honor Shrine Club 1/ 0
Lompoc Shrine Club 1/ 0
Los Angeles Shrine Club 1/ 0
Los Nietos Shrine Club 3/ 0
Marina DelRey Shrine Club 1/ 1
Murrieta Shrine Club 1/ 0
Mystic Shrine Club 1/ 0
Needles Shrine Club 1/ 0
North Valley Shrine Club 3/ 1
Old Baldy Shrine Club 1/ 0
Old West Shrine Club 1/ 1
Oxnard Shrine Club 1/ 0
Palm Desert Shrine Club 2/ 1
Palm Springs Shrine Club 3/ 2
Paradise Valley Shrine Club 1/ 0
Pasadena Shrine Club 1/ 2
Paso Robles Shrine Club 3/ 1
Past Masters Shrine Club 1/ 1
Peace Officers Shrine Club 1/ 0
Petroleum Shrine Club 1/ 0
Redlands Shrine Club 2/ 7
Rizal 1/ 5
San Bernardino Shrine Club 3/ 0
San Gabriel Shrine Club 1/ 0
San Gorgonio Pass Shrine Club 1/ 0
San Luis Obispo Shrine Club 1/ 0
Santa Barbara Shrine Club 1/ 1
Santa Maria Shrine Club 2/ 0
Santa Ynez Shrine Club 1/ 0
Show Business Shrine Club 1/ 1
Sons of the Desert Shrine Club 3/ 0
Transportation Downey Shrine Club 3/ 0
Tri Counties LOH Shrine Club 1/ 1
Trojan Shrine Club 1/ 0
21 st Century Shrine Club 2/ 1
Ventura Shrine Club 1/ 0
Westwood Shrine Club 3/ 1
Woodland Hills Shrine Club 2/ 3
Total 104/ 43

UNITS............. Goal/Current Total
Patrol 4/ 12
Band 2/ 0
Stagecraft. 3/ 2
Guard 3/ 3
Silver Mounted Patrol 1/ 1
Hosts 3/ 16
Purveyors 1/ 1
Mossafers 1/ 0
Koppers 1/ 0
Clowns 3/ 0

Total 24/ 36
Grand Total 128/ 79

Kern County Shrine Club's Potato Bowl Set For First Weekend in December Posted Wednesday, September 5, 2001 by irondad
In a tradition dating back 50 years. Kern County Shrine Club will host the nationally recognized Potato Bowl Junior college championship football game at Bakersfield College Memorial Stadium on December I. Always played on the first Saturday in December, the pre-game parade starts, at 12:15 p.m.
This great event brings the community and Shriners together in support of Shriners Hospitals for Children. The extended Potato Bowl Weekend starts on Friday morning with a scramble golf tournament. This is followed by the Potato Bowl Reception and Banquet, this year to be held at the Holiday Inn Select. Here you meet the team coaches and players and sense the heightened rivalry leading to the next day's contest. Saturday's action is followed by an after-game party, and on Sunday the Potato Bowl Weekend of fundraising fun for our Shriners Hospitals for Children, entertainment and hospitality, concludes with Breakfast with the Shrine RVers. This year, to help celebrate our Potato Bowl Golden Anniversary, we have chosen Holiday Inn Select (661/323-1900) as our headquarters hotel, and they have provided a special Potato Bowl weekend rate. We will hold all events there, except for golf, football and the going-home breakfast. They are helping us with our plans for reception, dinner, hospitality and after-game party. It has the makings of a great weekend. Kern County Shrine Club invites you to be here in Bakersfield to enjoy it with us, and to join in this championship sports event which thus far has raised nearly $1,750,000 for our Shriners Hospitals.
For additional advance information, please call Kern County Shrine Club Secretary-Treasurer Glen Gallatin at the Club office, 661/831-4476.

Imperial Session In Las Vegas July 9th Thru 13th Posted Thursday, May 31, 2001 by irondad
This year’s international Shrine Convention will be held right in our own backyard, in Las Vegas. Illustrious Sir Aaron Blackman has arranged for a limited number of rooms at the Stardust Hotel and put together a great package. BE SURE TO GET YOUR RESERVATION IN EARLY. The package includes four nights at the Stardust for only $275.00 per room. This is for Monday, July 9 through Thursday, July 12, with checkout on Friday. Anyone who wants to come early may do so on Sunday, July 8th at the same daily rate. In keeping with the Potentate’s wishes of “Let’s make Al Malaikah fun in 2001”, there will be an ongoing hospitality room open during our entire stay in Las Vegas. This year there will be a night parade on Wednesday through downtown. Attire for the parade will be Temple Casual. Units may wear their parade uniforms. Don’t miss this opportunity. The Imperial Session can be a lot of fun, but it will be even better with a large turnout of Nobles. Clear your calendars and make plans to join us in Las Vegas. CONTACT 2ND CEREMONIAL MASTER, RICK WEISER FOR DETAILS AND ACCOMMODATION INFORMATION AT:

June 30th Ceremonial Times Announced Posted Thursday, May 31, 2001 by irondad
The following is the time table for the Dr. J. Whitcomb Brougher Jr. Ceremonial, June 30th.

11:30 AM Register Candidates - Temple Foyer

12:30 PM Light Luncheon - Expo Hall

1:30 PM Begin First Section

2:45 PM Begin Second Section

3:30 PM End Second Section

3:45 PM Pick up Fez and package

4:00 PM Hors d'ouvres and hospitality - Expo Hall

If ladies accompany candidates, hospitality will be offered during the ceremonial. There will be a "march in for Divan, Units, and Shrine Clubs".
Let's bring a candidate or two, or better yet a few!

Indian Masonic Degree at the Shrine, June 16th Posted Sunday, May 13, 2001 by Irondad
On June 16, 2001 Al Malaikah Shrine is presenting a unique Masonic experience. The Oklahoma Masonic Indian Degree Team, under special dispensation from the Grand Lodges of California and Oklahoma, will travel to the Shrine Auditorium to confer a Master Mason Degree. The Indian Degree Team has been conferring such degrees for five decades now. They recently conferred their 800th degree.
This unusual experience is so rare that every Master Mason should try to attend. We, at Al Malaikah Shrine, are committed to activities that promote Masonry. We feel this is a very worthy event and a tribute to the diversity of Masonry.
We have planned an entire day around this event. Lunch and dinner will be available to all for a nominal charge of $5.00 for lunch and $12.50 for dinner. This will help defray the cost of the food. The degree and the ladies' activities are without charge.
We plan several events for the ladies while the brethren are within the tiled meetings. Dress casual or Western, and bring your fellow Master Masons to this special event. This is a great opportunity to introduce a friend to Al Malaikah. The event schedule is as follows:

Light luncheon served at 12:00 PM -$5.00

Lodge opens at 1:00 PM (Southern California Lodge Presiding)
Indian Degree Team begins first section at 1:30 PM
Intermission and wardrobe change at 2:15 PM
Second Section begins at 3:00 PM
Degree completed at 5:00 PM

Hospitality & Dinner following -$12.50

Students provide Music Therapy Posted Sunday, April 15, 2001 by admin
Three students from the California State University Northridge Music Therapy Program have visited the Shriners Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles a number of times to involve our patients in music therapy. Music therapy activities may be conducted in a large group in the Atrium or students can travel room to room to see the patients individually or in smaller groups.
The last time the trio visited, they brought a variety of instruments to use. There were paddle drums, steel drums and slip drums. They also brought bells, tamborines, and kid tom toms. They played piano and guitars too. Many of the instruments were new to the patients. The group sang everything from folk songs to the Beatles.
"Every time we go out we touch people and they remember you. They forget about their problems - it is great! Music is a powerful tool," said Karla Schwermann, Music Therapy Student.
The students were very energetic and enthusiatic and this rubbed off on the patients and their families. They got everyone involved with playing instruments, clapping and singing along. The patients had a ball trying out the new instruments especially the drums. With guidance from the students, the patients took turns playing and listening to the different instruments made.
Kasl Peters, Music Therapy Student, said, "the kids were amazing! They are so happy and they function so well. You do not need to pity these little ones. They are probably happier than most adults."
"Throughout the music, the patients, their families and staff smiled, laughed, yelled, clapped and sang. The program was interactive and invloved a number of skills including listening, following directions, creativity, rhythm, and playing along with the music.
Erin Salez, the Music Therapy Student who coordinated the group commented, through this experience, "I learned to put things into perspective. I lead my life to the fullest and help others do the same.
Recreation Therapist Patricia Tepedino said, "Music Therapy provides a non-threatening way for people to express themselves. It is an outlet for emotion." We look forward to the group resuming and sharing their love of music with our patients.

Shrine Circus! Bring on the Clowns! Posted Sunday, April 15, 2001 by admin
2001 Spectacular - Shrine Circus is coming to town.
Join us Thursday through Sunday, April 26-29, 2001 at the Al Malaikah Shrine Auditorium at 665 West Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles for a Real American Family Experience. There will be day & evening performances, Circus wonders, Midway Magic and much more. Tickets are $8, $10 & $12 and you can call (213) 748-0173 to order or find out more information. Proceeds are for the benefit of Al Malaikah Temple Activitites.