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Elijah Allen Helsher
Grandson of Buddy & Tina Brown
Mum Festival booths
Smoke on the River winners:
1st Place - Cooligans
2nd Place - Van Patrol
3rd Place - Wilson County Shrine Club
Smoke on the River photos:
Fall Ceremonial ~ Smithfield, NC
Schedule of Events
November 13 ~ 15, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
6:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting ~ Sleep Inn Conference Room ~ 270 North Equity Drive, Smithfield
Friday, November 14, 2014
10:30 am Golf Tournament ~ Tee Off Time, Shot Gun Start - Country Club of Johnston County – 694 Country Club Drive, Smithfield
(All Shriners & Candidates welcome)
10:30am Widows Fund Board of Directors Meeting ~ Sleep Inn Conference Room
11:00 am ~ 4:00 pm Open for Lunch, Shopping & Sightseeing
4:00 ~ 6:00 Temple Hospitality ~ The Farm ~ 215 Batten Rd, Selma, NC
4:00 ~ 10:00 pm “Loco in JoCo” ~ Food, Fun, Fellowship & Music with DJ Chris Raynor
The Farm ~ 215 Batten Rd, Selma, NC
Admission by 2014 Blue Lodge or Shrine Dues Card
Complimentary Shuttle Service Available
Saturday, November 15, 2014
7:30 am Candidates Registration, Fez Sizing, Medical Review, Widows Fund Presentation & New Candidate Orientation
Smithfield Selma High School, 700 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield
8:00 am Stated Business Meeting ~ Smithfield Selma High School ~ Cafeteria 9:00 am Ladies Breakfast & Entertainment ~ First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall (All Ladies & Candidates Wives Welcome) 202 S. Fourth St., Smithfield
9:00 am First Section ~ Shrine Degree by Ceremonial Cast ~ Smithfield Selma HS
10:00 am Parade Formation ~ Downtown Smithfield ~ South 6th Street
11:00 am Parade Steps Off ~ 6th Street and Market Street
12:00 pm Moslem Feast ~ Smithfield Selma High School ~ Cafeteria ~ Chef Crew
1:00 pm ~ 2:30 pm Second Section ~ Smithfield Selma HS ~ Gymnasium ~ Wrecking Crew
3:00 pm ~ 5:00 pm Sudan Hospitality Room ~ Sleep Inn ~ 270 North Equity Dr., Smithfield
6:30 pm ~ 8:00 pm Introduction of Ceremonial Committee, Fez & Rose Presentation, Patient Introductions, Check Presentations, Drawings & Potentate Remarks ~ The Farm ~ 215 Batten Rd, Selma
8:00 pm ~ 11:00 pm Potentate’s Dance – “Too Much Sylvia”
Nobles / Ladies & Invited Guests Only
Fezzes Requested for all Activities
Complimentary Shuttle Service Available
“Shriners making dreams realities”
Program Book for Fall Ceremonial - Form
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The Fall Ceremonial will be held in Johnston County on November 14-15, 2014. We are looking forward to hosting this fun event. To kick off the weekend, we would like to invite all Clubs and Units to participate in an event we are calling LOCO in JO-CO on Friday night at The Farm http://www.thefarmnc.com/ 215 Batten Road Selma, NC 27576. This format will be similar to the Friday night events that we have enjoyed at other recent ceremonials and so we are calling all cooking teams! We need your help! We know you guys are experts at throwing a party, so gather up your menu ideas and bring a crew to Johnston County to show off the best that Sudan has to offer! Please reply to this email to let us know if your club or unit will participate and what you’re planning to cook. Please contact Randy Cox at Coxran13@gmail.com or 919-775-9650 if you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming you to Johnston County and sharing some great food, refreshments and awesome entertainment!
Reprint permission granted by: Erin Smith, Bladen Journal
ELIZABETHTOWN — With the Bladen County Shrine Club on the cusp of its 35th annual fish fry tomorrow, one member took time to fondly recall his years of service with the group.
John Creech, 80, is a charter member of the Bladen County Shrine Club, which formed in March 1979. Since its charter, the Bladen County Shrine Club has held an annual fish fry fundraiser in support of the Shriner’s Hospitals. “This is our 35th fry in Bladen County — and out of 34 years, we’ve only had one rainy day,” said Creech.
He recounted how, on that day, the former Hills Supermarket building, which is now occupied by Healthworks Fitness, was empty and the group moved the fish fry indoors at that location. Creech said the group was able to fry fish there all day.
Creech said fried fish plates are something that the Shriners are noted for.
“More or less, it was what it seemed most of the clubs were doing,” said Creech of the fundraiser. He added that, at the time the club began its annual fall fundraiser, flounder could be purchased at a reasonable price and the expenses for a fish fry were minimal.
He said since the Bladen County Shrine Club was chartered, they have raised enough money to donate more than $400,000 to the Shriner’s Hospital.
According to Creech, when the group was founded in 1979, there were 160 members. Today, the Bladen County Shrine Club does all its work with just 30 members, according to Creech.
He said that he became interested in Masonry when he was a young N.C. State Highway Patrol trooper assigned to Robeson County.
“All of the law enforcement officers seemed to be Masons,” said Creech. “As a young trooper working with them, they let me know they wanted me to join. It appealed to me. It sounded like a good, honorable thing.”
Last March, Creech celebrated his 50th year as a Mason with a pin and certificate. He joined the “Nobles of the Mystic Shrine” in 1976 at a ceremony in Fayetteville where he was made a Noble of that order.
Creech helped to found the Bladen County Shrine Club in March 1979. He served as the club’s first treasurer, serving for about 12 years — then served as club president in 2001, and served again as treasurer from 2006 to 2009 and served as president again in 2010.
The original officers of the Bladen County Shrine Club were Bob Marshburn, who served as president; Russell Grimes, who served as vice-president; and Aubry Flint, who served as secretary.
The Shrine Fraternity was founded in 1870 in Manhattan by Dr. Walter Fleming and William J. Florence, an actor, according to Creech. Currently, there are 22 Shriners Hospitals — three of which are for burn injuries, one in Houston, Texas which treats cleft palates, three which treat spinal cord injuries, and others treat orthopedic ailments, said Creech.
He said Bladen County currently has three families who are receiving treatments through the Shriners Hospitals. Creech said the maximum age to receive treatment through the Shriners Hospital system is 18 years old.
“We have got some of the best doctors and surgeons working in these hospitals,” said Creech. He added that if a family does not have insurance, the treatments are free.
Creech said that a family seeking treatment does not have to be affiliated in any way with a Shrine Club member to receive their services.
When asked what being involved in the Shrine Club means to him, Creech paused and slowly smiled, “It’s a wonderful feeling knowing you’re doing something for a worthy cause. It’s a great feeling for me.”?
52-Week Gun Raffle Drawing
$100 per ticket – 52 chances to win,
tickets are good for the entire year.
Weekly winner determined by NC Pick 3 on
Sunday (day) beginning 1/4/2015
Clubs / Units will have chance to win $2000 for top seller of tickets!
Only 1000 numbers sold !!!!
Average retail gun price will be $800 - $1600.
Results will be posted at www.sudanshriners.com each Monday.
All winners will be contacted via phone/email.
For tickets or information contact the
Temple Office (252-637-5197)
Sudan Scimitars Fraternal Fundraiser
Proceeds are for the benefit of Sudan Scimitars
and not deductible as a charitable contribution
The Lenoir County Cart Caravan was asked to do cart demonstrations at the Bicycle Safety Rodeo held May 17th at the Woodman of the World Community Center in Kinston, NC.
There were 8 members present with 5 carts for demos. We also had a table set up with burn awareness information on it.
The photo of the members left to right are Jerry Eubanks, Capt., Darrell Kennedy, Charles Speight, Michael Daughety, Bobby Waller Past Potentate, Guy Russell and George Avery, not pictured was Tommy Daughety who was working the table
Havelock Shrine Club made a presentation of flowers and plaque to the volunteers of the Lenior Memorial Hospital. Noble Cale Grady represented the Divan.
Martin County Shrine Club BBQ Fundraiser - April 4th
I had the opportunity to attend the Barbecue Fundraiser at Martin County Shrine Club on Friday, April 4th. I really enjoyed the fellowship. Thanks to the members and their ladies for all the work they do for Shriners Hospitals.
Submitted by Cleve Woolard, Captain of the Guard
Beverage can Tabs from Noble Eddie Rowe's grandchildren Bridgeton, NC.
Lilly Ashley - 6 Ashton Taylor - 9 Noble Eddie Rowe in back
Collected and counted 88,000 can tabs = 22 bags of 4,000 tabs per bag.
These tabs are donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children - Greenville, SC (Auxiliary)
to be sold at a local recycler. The funds will help the auxiliary to buy special things
for the children. Examples: Toys, Games, Socks for Amputee's, etc..
Tabs Collected - H. J. MacDonald Middle School
The 7th grade class at H.J. McDonald and the teachers names are Pamela Collins and Camille Brown. Mrs. Collins' husband is a new Shriner as of January 2013. They have collected 12 - gallon bags of tabs as of the last day of school before Christmas vacation.
Tabs Collected - East Carolina University Sorority
At New Bern Shrine Clubs monthly meeting on February 21, 2014 East Carolina University Sorority presented 14 gallon containers full of drink tabs to Alvis Collins from the Sudan Road Runners. The Sorority is Gamma, Sigma which is a service sorority from East Carolina University.
Pictured are Kelsey Bennett, Becky Kacher, Melissa Owen and Jessica Vunk. They are planning on being involved in the 47th Fish Fry in April by New Bern Shrine Club.
Cleve Woolard, Captain of the Guard