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Al Kader Oasis Newsletter July 2017
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Noble Forrest Hatch
June 2017

The Willamette Speedway Crew Visit The Hospital

On April 10th, I had the privilege of assisting Nobles Ron Henderson and Buzz Mitchell of the Linn County Shrine Club by taking some special individuals to the hospital for a tour.

I would like to thank IS Ron Gamble for allowing us to use the Al Kader vans for the drive from the center to the hospital. I also would like to thank Emily Coleman and her staff for an excellent experience and tour of the hospital.

These individuals are all involved in racing at the Willamette Speedway, there were twenty in the group which included drivers, their wives, the announcer and his wife. Each of them participated in the Shriners Cup Race last year as in the preceding years.

The drivers wore their racing attire and brought stickers, autographed photographs of their racing cars, and a checkered flag. All of the drivers signed the checkered flag which was then donated to the hospital. Emily Coleman gave us a power presentation which was very informative as well as educational.

We were fortunate enough to be able to visit with some of the patients who received stickers, photographs as well as a DVD of the Shriners Cup Race from last year. One of the patients invited all of us to her “halo” party.

Everyone who participated in this event enjoyed it and were impressed with the facility, the staff and what is accomplished at the hospital. Several times I overheard the words “amazing” and “wonderful” being used in the conversations among the group.

At the end of the tour Mr. Cory Penfold, Mr. Warren Simpson and Mrs. Sandra Jones from MOXIE Media presented Noble Ron Henderson with a $900.00 donation to the Linn County Shrine Club for the transportation fund. They raised the money at a special auction for those individuals involved in the sport of car racing.

It should be noted that Mr. Cory Penfold and Mr. Warren Simpson have been giving the Shriners Hospital and Al Kader Shriners a lot of publicity through their radio talk show and their internet site.

It is my understanding that the group would like to continue having tours of the hospital each year to increase awareness of the hospital throughout their racing world. You can support Noble Buzz Mitchell in his endeavors by going to the Sunset Speedway in Banks on June 24 for the races.

Everyone is invited to join the Linn County Shrine Club at the Willamette Speedway for this year’s Shriners Cup Race on July 15, 2017, gates open at 4pm with races beginning at 6pm.

Linn County Shrine Club


President Ronald Henderson
January 2017

Linn County Shrine Club had elections in Oct. and were installed by newly elected Potentate Ron Gamble at Santiam Shrine Club in Nov. as we were visiting at that time.

Linn County Shrine Club

We had our 5th annual Donkey Basket Ball game on Dec. 3rd at North Albany Middle School which was a new location for us because Linn County Fairgrounds doubled our rent. Despite this our game was a huge success, we filled the gym to its capacity of 600. For five years in a row we have had the Albany Police Dept. and the Linn County Sheriff Dept. play each other and they look forward to this every year. The Sheriff Dept. finally won this year. The school was glad to have us there and said they are looking forward to having us there next year.

I want to thank all the Nobles and their wives that were there to help and show their support.

Our next meeting is on January 25th at the VFW in Albany.


2016

Forrest Hatch, Outer Guard
November 2016

Greetings from Linn County, the home of the Shriners Cup Race at the Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Oregon. I think each and every one of you nobles who were not able to attend the 4th Annual Shriners Cup Race really missed out on a fun filled evening! Not only did you miss a great race, you missed an opportunity to see firsthand the wonderful support that the citizens of Linn County provide to the Portland Shriners Hospital.

I understand that there was a noble there from Hillah, unfortunately I did not see him in the stands so I could not thank him for attending, to him I extend a warm THANK YOU. I would also like to thank the following individuals who participated in this wonderful event, they are:

Assistant Rabban Art Hermanson
Noble Buzz Mitchell
Noble Ron Henderson
Noble Merle Kroker
Lady Pam Mitchell
Lady Jeanie Kroker
Mrs. Sandy Durfee (Noble Mitchell’s mother in law)

Mr. Matthew Buckner a sixteen-year-old patient, his younger brother and mother Bonnie were in attendance as guests of the Linn County Shrine Club. Mrs. Buckner told me that they all had a great time watching their uncle drive in the race. She also told me that the boys had been telling her for some time that they wanted to go to the Speedway and to think we did not even know their uncle was a race car driver.

As I was actively selling fifty-fifty tickets I heard a lady’s voice over the PA system. She was telling the audience what a great hospital the Portland Shriner’s Hospital is and how it had been a help to her son, who was - yes you guessed it - one of the drivers.

I learned several things that night at the race track, one these races last longer than I thought and it is not a good idea to wear your hearing aids. The drivers come from all over the state to participate. The fantastic trophies were made by Mr. Jef Hanson from Albany, this was his second year in making these beauties.

Linn County Shrine Club

I also learned that there were five different categories - or maybe the correct term is race classes - anyway the following drivers won their race and were presented with one of these great looking trophies:

Late Models Race was won by Mr. Joey Tanner from Portland, OR
Super Sport Race was won by Mr. Brian Thompson from Sweet Home, OR
Sportsman Race was won by Mr. Tom Yeack from Crawfordsville, OR
Street Stocks Race was won by Mr. Chris Sine from Creswell, OR
Hornets Race was won by Mr. Troy Owen of Vernonia, Or

During the race the nobles were selling fifty-fifty raffle tickets, you know how that works, one ticket for a dollar or six tickets for five dollars or even a “wing span” for twenty dollars. I must admit I thought I would keep track to see if I could out sell Ron but I could not keep up with the ticket demand and lost count.

The ladies were busy at their table under the stands, selling tickets and keeping any eye on my Renegade car while kids were having their picture taken sitting in it. I heard the announcer say that ticket sales were almost over for the night. I remember thinking ok, we had a great night.

The next thing I see is that there are a lot of people wanting to buy tickets crowding up to the ladies table, then we were all selling tickets as fast as we could to keep up with the demand.

Then, I see Lady Pam with a tape measure and Noble Mitchell was saying” go farther, no farther we need forty feet of tickets.” He was selling them at a specific price depending on the length of the race drivers trailer. Lady Pam was struggling to hold up the string of tickets while they were measured.

Then the raffle was over and the total amount was determined, $1,360.00, which is the most this event has ever made. Yes, it’s true the driver’s, fans and the management of the Speedway Race Track are very appreciative and generous when supporting the Portland Shriner’s Hospital.

Noble Mitchell mentioned that he had an extra trophy which he was going to auction off at the last race of the season. I recall thinking that is a good idea, but really I did not give it much thought.

During this event I had several individuals stop me and tell me how much they appreciated not only the hospital but what we do as Shriners. I provided one Mason with a petition, I hope that he joins in the future. Speaking of the future Nobel Mitchell and I hope to take several of the race track drivers on a tour of the hospital.

I would also like to apologize to the members of the Linn County Shrine Club and members of Al Kader because this article needed to be submitted earlier. I have no excuse but to say that sometimes life gets in the way.

Having said that I am glad that it was delayed… why you might wonder? Recently at this month’s club meeting Noble Buzz Mitchell made the final report on the 4th Annual Shriners Cup Race. . .

At the last race of the season he auctioned off that trophy, which by the way was signed by all the drivers. He told us that he hoped to get $200.00 for it, and he said he was wrong, he paused and then said it went for $3,000.00. I.S. John Nerski who happened to be at this meeting had a very large smile on his face and sparkles in his eyes seemed very proud and pleased.

After a resounding round of applause, Noble Mitchell commented that’s not ten thousand dollars but it’s closer.

So in closing my fellow nobles I want to remind you that we all can make a difference and we do each and every day. I truly believe that life is filled with ups and downs each of us respond differently to them. As Lou Holtz, a former American football player, coach and analyst, said “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.”

It won’t be too long and the Linn County Shrine Club will host the 5th Shriner’s Cup Race at the Willamette Speedway, I hope to see an audience full of nobles wearing their FEZ!

Linn County Shrine Club


Forrest Hatch, Outer Guard
July 2016

Greetings from the grass seed capital of Oregon, also known as Linn County! As we all know the parade season is going strong. The other day at the Lebanon parade I had an elderly gentleman come up to me who said, “I just want to shake your hand and say thank you, over eighty years ago the Shriners helped me.” What a wonderful feeling this type of encounter brings, I am sure you all understand.

We all know and hear about the various parades going on however what you may not know is the racing season is in full swing and going strong at the Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Oregon. The fourth annual Shriner’s Cup Race is rapidly approaching.

The news of this event may not have traveled any farther then Wilsonville, so I wanted to let the nobles and ladies know of another fine event taking place right here in Lebanon.

The fourth annual Shiners Cup Race will be held July 23, 2016 with the race starting at 6pm. Nobles get in free if they wear their FEZ, ladies are admitted at half price. The net proceeds go to the Al Kader Transportation Fund. How can this be you may be asking yourself, well I will tell you.

Nobel Buzz Mitchell, an upstanding member of the Linn County Shrine Club had an idea several years ago about raising funds for the Linn County Shrine Club and the transportation fund. You see he is an avid race fan who has been going to the track for more than ten years. No he is not a driver, at least not yet but he knows many of the speedway drivers.

Noble Mitchell brought his fundraising idea up at a stated meeting, got the go ahead and then he followed through. How great is that? As a result, the Shriner’s Cup Race was started. The Linn County Shrine Club rents the race track for the night, a 50/50 raffle is held. The club sells advertising to the local businesses and their names are placed on a banner which is displayed at the track.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Nobles of the Linn County Shrine Club for their dedication to this wonderful event, especially Buzz not just for his idea but for following through and his dedication.

Come One, Come All - Join Us at the Speedway!!


Noble Ron Henderson, President
June 2016

Linn County Shrine Club held their E-W Players Banquet at VFW Post 584 on April 27th. It was a packed house with a total of 42 guests including players, family, Potentate and his Divan and Linn County Nobles and Ladies.

There were 10 players along with their families and friends and 3 coaches. We had 2 past players ( Trevor Walker and Ryan Glasser ) talk about their experience at the Hospital. IS John Nerski talked about the hospital and his recent visit with a number of Nobles. We also had another great meal of Pork Loin prepared by VFW. I t was a good evening enjoyed by all. Want to thank everybody that helped make it a success and Velma DeHut for taking pictures.

Linn County Shrine Club


Noble Ron Henderson, President
January 2016

Linn County Shrine Club held their Donkey Basketball game on Dec 5,2015. It was another success between the Albany Police Department and Linn County Sheriff for our 4th annual event. The Albany Police won again for 4 years straight but this time it was a close game all the way with Albany winning by 2 points. There were approximately 350 people there watching the game and saying they enjoyed the game. One donkey pulled a muscle prior to the game by rolling around in the dirt but was ok come game time, so we just put a smaller person on it.

I want to thank everybody that participated and helped with the set up and take down of basketball hoops and ribbon and taking tickets and money. Two of my Grandkids helped with keeping score.

Linn County Shrine Club


2015

Noble Ron Henderson, President
June 2015

On April 22 Linn & Benton County Shrine Clubs held the Players Banquet for East-West Players & Alternates. There were 39 Nobles, Ladies & guests in attendance. There were four players & their families in attendance. As Guest Speakers we had 2 past players; Ryan Glasser who played in 1994 and Trevor Walker who played in 2013

Linn County Shrine Club


Noble Ron Henderson, President
January 2015

Linn County Shrine Club held their Donkey Basketball Game on Dec 6, 2014. For the third year in a row we had the Albany Police Dept. and The Linn County Sheriff Dept. play each other and for the third year in a row the Albany Police won. I hope that Linn County doesn't get discourged. We had about 19 players and a very good turnout to watch. The weather was a lot warmer this year compared to last year. I feel everybody had a good time. I want to thank all the Nobles and Ladies that helped this event on. This year we had 6 Nobles and 5 Ladies help.

Linn County Shrine Club held their Donkey Basketball Game

Linn County meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at the VFW in Albany. Oasis at 6 and dinner at 6:30 PM.


Noble Ron Henderson
November 2014

Linn and Benton County held their Screening Clinic at the Lebanon Hospital on Sept. 27. We had a total 5 Nobles and 4 ladies. Lebanon Masonic Lodge did their child ID program. We could have used more help to cover entrance doors to the hospital.

We had nine children of which we referred five to the hospital, one of which was an 18 year old girl who had a serious problem which needed help. We couldn't understand why this hadn't been corrected earlier and we feel this underscores what we are doing in referring patients to the hospital. Kids slip through the cracks.

We want to thank everyone that was there to help. All the nobles wore their Fezzes and Melinda Schoonover took pictures.

Linn County Shrine Club

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Al Kader Oasis June 2017 Newsletter
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Events
07/09   Imperial Session
07/22   Portland Pickles
07/24   Stated Meeting
07/28   Summer PNSA
07/28   Fez Lunch
08/12   Run For Child
08/17   Annual Golf
08/27   Annual Picnic
10/07   Monte Carlo
11/11   Wild Game

Shrine Center
25100 SW Parkway Avenue
Wilsonville, OR 97070-9600

Phone: 503-682-4420
FAX: 503-685-5080

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