Al Kader Oasis Newsletter September 2017
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Al Kader Oasis Newsletter August 2017
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Wilsonville, OR 97070-9600

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IS Ron Gamble Al Kader Potentate 2017

I.S. Ron Gamble, Potentate 2017

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I.S. Ron Gamble
September 2017

Our annual pilgrimage to Baker City for the East West All Star Football game was a great success. Al Kader Shriners shared a fun time with Hillah and El Korah Shriners. We had the pleasure and honor to host Imperial Sir Jim Smith Imperial High Priest and Profit and his Lady Alice. Everyone enjoyed supporting this event for Shriners Hospital for Children Portland.

Lady Alice was so excited to promote and sell First Lady Anne Bergenske special jewelry and ties for the “Love Grows Miracles” special project. This project is supporting research to develop innovative in Utero procedures and treatments that will on day eliminate specific complex medical conditions, increase the number of healthy births. Lady Alice was so pleased to raise $1,430 in Baker City for this project.

The 5th Annual “Run for a Child” was held in Bend Oregon. This was a very exciting event with 223 entries in the Run. The Central Oregon Shrine Club does such a wonderful job on this very successful event. Under the leadership of the Director of this event Noble Terry Griffith and his Lady Debby, this event continues to grow. All the net proceeds of this event support Shriners Hospital for Children Portland. On the same day clubs and units were in Astoria for the annual parade and support to the Clatsop County Shrine Club.

With September upon us we are all going to be very busy with the Burns Weekend supported by the Harney County Shrine Club. The annual auction at the Fair Grounds always gives great support to our Portland Hospital. If you have not made reservations, please do so and support this wonderful event.

We still need volunteers to sign up for the Oktoberfest in Mt Angel Oregon. Our renovated food trailer will be ready for this event thanks to Chief Rabban Art Hermanson and his team. Please sign up for a shift and come out to work and have good fellowship with Nobles and Ladies.

We will end the month of September with the Potentates Trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. As of last count we have a total of 86 attending this exciting trip. It will be a amazing week of fun and relaxation.


I.S. Ron Gamble
August 2017

We now are into August and another very busy month for Nobles and Ladies. After an amazing month of July with the highlight of 143 Annual Shriners International Session in Daytona Beach. We were well represented by 20 members from the Al Kader Oriental Band. We were represented in the Shrine Parade with the Oriental Band float, Desert Patrol quads and Cyclowns. The Band performed in the famous Band Shell on the Beach to a pleased crowd. We were so pleased to be joined by our Grand Master Miles McMillan and his Lady Sue. Hilliah Shriners also joined us and Oregon Shrine Masons had a very positive impact to the Imperial Session.

We had a total of 44 Nobles and Ladies from Al Kader in Daytona Beach for the Imperial Session. A very special event was going to the World-Famous Daytona Motor Speedway for the “Walk, Run or Ride for the Children.” Al Kader members had the experience to ride around the track with many other Units from around the world. This is an opportunity that many of us will remember for a long time.

A big salute to Jeff Crowder and Lady Windy and their 3 kids for driving the Oriental Band Bus and Float “From West to East and back again.” Accompanying them was Noble Ron Sheppard pulling the “Be a Shriner Now” trailer and with all the other equipment for the events. They stopped at Shrine Centers along the way and it was a very exciting adventure.

In the month of August, we have the exciting weekend in Baker City with the 65th East West All Star Football Game on August 5, followed by the Run for the Child in Bend August 12 and the Jr Rodeo Finals in Philomath on August 19-20, all three events raising money and support for Shriners Hospital for Children Portland.

The 72nd Annual Golf Tournament will be held on August 17. Please make sure you have signed up for this exciting event held at the Oregon City Golf Club. We will end the month with the Annual Al Kader Family Picnic at Oaks Park in Portland. Our Chairman Terry Griffith has been hard at work to make this “Flip/ Flop Bash” Picnic a great success. Tradition has made the picnic a celebration to all Nobles, Ladies and Family for all the hard work and fun participating in all the activities and parades throughout the summer. It is a time to all come together and have fun.

I would like to again bring attention to the Ladies’ project to raise funds to purchase iPads for Children at our Portland Hospital. This is a very important and needed program that meet the therapy needs for the Children - and they can take them home to continue their treatment. Please make a donation by contacting the Shrine Office and I urge Clubs and Units to make this part of their projects. Thanks to so many that have already donated. Let’s make Lady Gail’s project a memorable success for our Children.


I.S. Ron Gamble
July 2017

The sights are now set on the very busy month of July. We now have more than 40 Nobles and Ladies getting ready to travel to Imperial Session in Daytona Beach, Florida. We have four voting delegates representing Al Kader; along with myself we have Chief Rabban Art Hermanson, Assistant Rabban Todd Weedman and High Priest and Profit Carl Thompson. The Oriental Band will have almost 20 members attending to perform at some special events during the Imperial Session.

We also have the honor of our Noble Skip Stanaway seeking his third threeyear term as Trustee on the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospital for Children. Al Kader Shriners have been very proud of Noble Skip representing Al Kader in this very important position with our Hospital system. Next time you see Noble Skip thank him for his service to Al Kader and the Hospital Board of Directors.

On Saturday July 22 will be a very special night with the Portland Pickles Baseball Game at Lents parks Walker Stadium. This is our second year as Al Kader Shriners night with the Portland Pickles. You have received in the mail the opportunity to purchase tickets or make a donation to this event. One half of the tickets we sell will go to the Al Kader Transportation Fund. This is also a wonderful family event and gives Shriners great opportunity to promote our public relations and market our brand. I encourage all to support this great event.

The East/West All Star Shrine Football Players, Cheerleaders, Queens and Co-Captains will be our guest on the evening of July 27 for final registration and dinner that evening. I encourage our Nobles and Ladies to join us that evening waring your Fez and show these young people our grateful support. On Friday morning, they will visit the Hospital and then be off to La Grande to train for the game on August 5th in Baker City.

If you have not made your reservations for Baker City please do so soon by calling the Shrine Office and booking your room. This year will be another fun packed weekend and you do not want to miss this 65th annual event that benefits the Portland Shriners Hospital for Children.

Hardy congratulations to I.S. Greg Jenkins on his appointment as Senior Grand Deacon to the Grand Lodge of Oregon. And on a personal note after traveling to many Shrine and Masonic events this year and it was very clear at Grand Lodge, that many of Al Kader members are just as active in their Lodge and Grand Lodge as they are leaders of Al Kader events and our Clubs and Units. This is something that we can all be proud of knowing that as Shriners we have never lost sight of our Mother Lodges.


Lady Doris M. Johnson
July 2017

Lady Gail Gamble

Humming Bird Hums in honor of First Lady Gail Gamble

Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.

What a rich legacy Gail left us with the thoughts about hummingbirds. It is so encouraging to watch all the events at Al Kader Shrine and all the dedication to the Children at the Shriners Hospital. Most of all the Shriners are having a wonderful time carrying out the mission. Our Illustrious Sir has been so busy he is like the hummingbird, crossing the state time and again to keep up with all the activities of Shrine, Star, Jobs Daughters, DeMolay and more. At the end of the year he no doubt will be very tired but can look back on his work and we will all say, “Job well done.”

We hope you could participate in the Western Hoe Down Social. We are looking forward to the St. Helens and Tillamook parades along with others and soon off to Mexico for R&R with about 80 Shriners. What an exciting time. Before we leave for Mexico the Baker Extravaganza will be in the books and fun will be had by all. October Eastern Oregon Food Caravan will be here before we know it and then the changing of the guards at the celebration of next year’s Chief Rabban night in November.

Keep your calendars up to date and join the fun whenever your time permits. Ladies, please remember when there is a stated meeting for the men, you are invited to join the program we have scheduled just for you.


I.S. Ron Gamble
June 2017

This is our busiest time of the year and we are in full swing of spring. Every event gives us an opportunity to enjoy our fellowship and fun with Nobles, Ladies and Family. June is another full schedule of activities and all being together.

I am so happy to report of our very successful Spring Ceremonial on May 20th. A big hats off to the leadership of our High Priest and Profit Carl Thompson. His team that got on board to make this event memorable to our candidates, and did just that. A special thank you to everyone that came out to support or 10 new Nobles and 2 from Affie that join us.

The Ladies with the planning by Lady Doris Johnson was enjoyed by all. The Ladies toured a local winery and had lunch. This gave the new ladies an opportunity to get to know our Shrine Ladies on a more personable level.

Following the Ceremonial was the very successful taco feed including great music. The members of the “Q” did such a wonderful job and of course all organized by the Executive Aid Ralph Jubb. The net proceeds will go to the Al Kader Transportation Fund. Thanks to all that attended.

The upcoming Grand Lodge of Oregon communication will be June 4-5 in Bend Oregon. Al Kader will again be honored to have one of our members serve as Grand Master of Oregon. Noble Miles McMillan and his Lady Sue will be proudly serving as leadership of our Grand Lodge. Both have been such supportive members of the Santiam Shrine Club and his motorized bathtub will have somewhat of a rest this next year.

We are going to have some fun on June 10 with a very special “Hoe Down.” This will be a great Country night with the music by Crossfire.” If you have not heard this group plan on attending to hear this outstanding band. We will have some special home cooking by Dave Dalton with fried chicken, baby back ribs and all the trimmings. Did I mention that we are going to have free keg of beer? Make your reservations by calling the Shrine Office.

June is also a very busy month with many parades and I look forward to seeing many of you at these events.


Lady Doris M. Johnson
June 2017

Lady Gail Gamble

Humming Bird Hums in honor of First Lady Gail Gamble

Did you know that a hummingbird weighs less than a penny? Hummingbirds flap their wings between 50 and 70 times a second. The hummingbird is the only bird that can fly backwards.

We cannot go back but we must keep flying the message of Al Kader and what is happening in 2017. Thank you for your love and support of both Ron and me as we struggle with the loss of a loved one. We should remember how Gale kept going under adverse conditions and we all have an obligation to keep going as our loved ones did so well. Rennie never gave up until the last hour so we all must carry on the work of the Shriners.

The parade season is well under way and the wearing of the green is seen everywhere. I. S. Ron has crossed over the state many times since March and plans on more adventures. We hope you have joined in with the fun and marked your calendar for May 20th for the Ceremonial. The new Nobles will be in for a surprise and the ladies as well and the evening will end with a Taco Feed that will be great.

At the Potentates Ball, we all had such an enjoyable time entertaining the Hillah Shriners and very much enjoyed the Isis Dance Group from Hillah. A beautiful dance with a song written special for Past Imperial Sir Kenney Smith of Vancouver BC.

We are sure you have already marked your calendar for June but just in case, June 10th is a very special Western Social so get on your dancing boots and hats and join in the fun. The food and music will be outstanding and you will not want to miss the fun time.

In closing this month, I personally want to thank everyone for the honor you gave to Rennie Johnson who joined the Angels on March 13th. Your love and support was the real meaning of family as the Shrine Family is a group that no one can explain. God Bless everyone. We must keep the hummingbird hum as you remember that Al Kader is really humming and has so much work to do. Please remember that if you see a humming bird it symbolizes joy and if you participate in the work for the Hospital it will bring you boundless joy.


I.S. Ron Gamble
May 2017

It is with such excitement that I report on a wonderful Potentates Ball on April 1. The combined Ball with Al Kader and Hillah was a great event. Hillah Shriners had 50 Nobles and Ladies on the bus trip up and they toured the Hospital on Sunday.

I cannot begin to thank the wonderful Committee that made the Potentates Ball such a wonderful event. Thanks to leadership of Doris Johnson, Debbie Ego and Ralph Jubb. They were assisted by Ladies Janis Ferlisi, Sydney Bush, Mary Ann Garbarino, Nora Timn. To Frank and Phillis Bresington and all the Aide Staff that did such a wonderful job.

We had a wonderful journey to Clatsop County Shrine Club for their player’s dinner. They had 7 players with parents present. They had over 50 in attendance. I was joined by Divan Members Chief Rabban Art and Lady Lynne, Marshall Mel DeHut and Lady Velna, as we joined Outer Guard Carey Huchaba. A big salute to all the officers and members of the Clatsop County Shrine Club for this great event.

Then we were off to a great night with the Desert Shrine Club in Hermanson and joined by Pendleton and Milton Freewater Shrine Clubs; joining me on that trip was Chief Rabban Art Hermanson, Marshall Mel DeHut and Lady Velna, Chaplain Kenton Wolfe and Captain of the Guard Fred Hardin.

Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt was such a great success and thanks to the wonderful leadership of Oriental Guide Jeremy Ward and his very hard working Lady Jessica. It is estimated that we had around 700 people join us in this community event. Kids had such a great time with hunting for eggs in the Shrine Center, Jeff Crowder was making balloon animals for the children and of course the continued presence of the Easter Bunny himself. I truly want to thank Al Zahrah Court #58, Ladies Oriental Shrine under the leadership of High Priestess Norma Jean Siverson. These Ladies provided and served all the cookies and punch for this event.

By the time this Oasis goes to print we will have completed The Dalles Parade and our first for the year. We have so many Clubs and Units planning on attending in this Parade. On April 24th, another wonderful trip is planned to join with Snake River Shrine Club in Ontario for their player’s dinner and again several Divan members are planning to attend this event. On April 30, we will be attending the Santiam Shrine Club player’s dinner and this is always a great event.

Now off to May and we first travel to Newport for the very popular Loyalty Days Parade on Saturday May 6, 2017. Again, we have a record number of Clubs and Units that are planning to be at this Parade.

Don’t forget to attend the Stated Meeting on Monday May 8 and we are planning on two speakers to bring us some great information as well as voting on more candidates for the upcoming Ceremonial.

On May 19-20 will be our Spring Ceremonial and we will be Honoring Noble Art Thompson. Noble Art has been our Temple Photographer for many years, as well as having had a very dedicated Masonic and Military career. Please plan on joining this celebration as well as greeting our new Nobles. We will have an all you can eat taco feast following the Ceremonial with live mariachi music, great refreshments and a time we can show our new Nobles how much fun we have.

Al Kader has the special honor to sponsor the Lunch at the DeMolay Annual Conclave on Saturday May 27, 2017. The event will take place at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and we plan to join these young men for lunch. Our Vans will be providing transportation to the Lunch and return to the Shrine Center later in the afternoon. Please contact me if you would like to join this event. We will be waring our Fez’s and letting the DeMolay’s that we are in support of them. A big thank you to the Desert Patrol and the Oriental Band for financial support for this event.


Lady Doris M. Johnson
April 2017

Lady Gail Gamble

Humming Bird Hums in honor of First Lady Gail Gamble

Did you know that the hummingbird is the only bird who can fly for ward, backward, sideways, up, down, hover and stop on a dime while traveling at full speed. With its wings flapping a number 8 pattern -- the symbol for infinity – it’s presence delivers a message of strength and determination.

We at Al Kader have been on that course as we prepare to honor our Illustrious Sir Ron at his Potentates Ball on April 1st at 5:30 p.m.. Like the hummingbird you must stop and get your reser vations in soon as you will not want to miss the biggest event of the year.

I.S. Rennie Johnson had been chairman many times for The Al Kader Potentates Ball and considered them one of the most joyous times for the Nobility. This event not only honors the Potentate but the Nobility and Rennie had planned to attend this year but God had other plans for him and called him home on March 13th. Let us all honor this tradition and attend and be blessed by two angels, Gail and Rennie. Gail had done all of the planning for the ball so don’t miss it.


I.S. Ron Gamble
April 2017

March has been a fun and productive month. With the March 4th Flamingle Party all who attend enjoyed the great time, fun music, wonderful food and incredible social time with friends. We had more visits to Clubs and Units and what special times to meet and visit with Nobles and Ladies at their meetings.

We had a very enjoyable time with the session of the Grand Court of Amaranth on March 9th and 11th. The Amaranth does so much good work and support to fight diabetes. On Sunday March 12 was a wonderful Installation of Nydia Temple #4 Daughters of the Nile. Jennifer Moyer was installed Queen, and so many of our Nobles Ladies were taking part in the Installation. We are so appreciative of what Daughters of the Nile do in support of Shriners Hospital for Children.

Of course, sadness hit our wonderful organization with the passing I.S. Rennie Johnson. He was truly a legend. All who came in contact with him have wonderful memories and a positive impact on each of our lives. I.S. Rennie was such a great mentor in my Shrine journeys over the many years. Our thoughts and prayers to Lady Doris and all the Family. On a personal note, I am very appreciated of Lady Doris and her continued leadership and devotion to the Hummingbird Angles.

April brings us a wonderful month starting with the Hillah and Al Kader Potentate Ball and will be the Gala event of the year. We will spend time with our Children on April 9th for the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Shrine Center. We also will start our fabulous parade session on April 22 with The Dallas Cherry Blossom parade. I am looking forward to visiting with all the Nobles and Ladies that can attend this exciting parade.

On a more serious topic, we have a higher number of Nobles who have not paid their 2017 dues. Additionally, still have many Nobles that have not paid their 2015 and 2016 dues. We are concerned that we may not have all the correct mailing address. The notices are now being sent by Shriners International. The second notices have just been sent out. If you have not received your notices please call our Shrine office and help us get the records updated. We also have many payment plans available to assist our Nobles. You can send a check, pay by credit card on our website, call the office and set up auto pay or a payment plan.


Lady Doris M. Johnson
April 2017

Lady Gail Gamble

Humming Bird Hums in honor of First Lady Gail Gamble

Did you know that the hummingbird is the only bird who can fly for ward, backward, sideways, up, down, hover and stop on a dime while traveling at full speed. With its wings flapping a number 8 pattern -- the symbol for infinity – it’s presence delivers a message of strength and determination.

We at Al Kader have been on that course as we prepare to honor our Illustrious Sir Ron at his Potentates Ball on April 1st at 5:30 p.m.. Like the hummingbird you must stop and get your reser vations in soon as you will not want to miss the biggest event of the year.

I.S. Rennie Johnson had been chairman many times for The Al Kader Potentates Ball and considered them one of the most joyous times for the Nobility. This event not only honors the Potentate but the Nobility and Rennie had planned to attend this year but God had other plans for him and called him home on March 13th. Let us all honor this tradition and attend and be blessed by two angels, Gail and Rennie. Gail had done all of the planning for the ball so don’t miss it.


I.S. Ron Gamble
March 2017

It has been an amazing month and now we are looking to the spring time of the year. Visiting Clubs and Units has been very exciting and the Divan is looking forward to more visitations. A visit to the Central Oregon Shrine Club in Madras, Oregon with Chief Rabban Art and Lady Lynne was an exciting time. The Club honored the wonderful farmers that contribute so much food to the Shriners Hospital for Children Portland. Certificates were presented to the farmers on behalf of the Portland Hospital and Al Kader. A salute to club President Dick Hancock for organizing such a special meeting. I also met an amazing couple, Noble Larry and Lady Marie Easter who have been active for so many years and raised a lot of funds for the club.

A visit to Eugene/Springfield Shrine Club was also a great evening. Joining me was Mel and Velna DeHut, Fred and Reba Hardin and Larry and Silvia Evey. Great attendance from the Club and we had a very enjoyable meeting.

March is going to be very exciting with the March 4th “Flamingle” party. Please make your reservation for this very fun evening. On March 12, 2017 Lady Jennifer Moyer will be installed Queen of Nydia Temple of the Daughters of the Nile. Please tr y to attend to support Jennifer and the other officers as they have been so supportive of Al Kader activities. March 13 is a Stated Meeting and I encourage the Nobles and Ladies to attend and support the business of Al Kader and the Ladies’ special program.

The Potentates Ball is coming soon and I know everyone has their calendar marked for April 1, so call now to make your reservation. No tickets will be sold at the door and reservations are limited to the first 250 guests. Last day for reservations will be Wednesday March 29, 2017. Hilliah Shriners have a bus coming from Southern Oregon and it will be the gala event of the year. Don’t be left out because you did not make a reservation.

A reminder that we need the applications for membership for the May 20th Ceremonial, so get them turned into the office so we can get them processed. We do not want to leave qualified Masons out of all the fun and good work Shriners do.


Lady Doris M. Johnson
March 2017

Lady Gail Gamble

Taken from Lady Gail’s notes:

When you catch a glimpse of a hummingbird, doesn’t it make your heart sing? There’s something magical about witnessing this diminutive bird as it flies in and out in the blink of an eye. The hummingbird symbolizes joy. When one appears, it is meant to bring you a valuable message.

Not only that joy and happiness are coming your way, but that you need to seize the lightness of being and bring more playfulness into your life.

Come and join us at the “Flammingle “on March 4th and don’t forget the Potentates Ball on April 1st as we welcome Shriners and their ladies of the Hillah Temple.

To the Ladies of our Nobility, please join us for the meeting which is simultaneous with the stated meeting and held in the conference room. Special programs are planned each time and the next time we will gather is March 13th.

Until next time please remember that perhaps the most inspiring spiritual message of all is the hummingbird’s capacity for spreading enthusiasm. As it pollinates each plant and flower, it delivers a positive future not just for the flora, but for the fauna of all life on this planet. What a superb message of positivity!

We give thanks for the leadership of our inspiring Illustrious Sir Ron who is filled with enthusiasm and positivity for Al Kader Shrine. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of a great year.


I.S. Ron Gamble
February 2017

We have had some winter to remember. So many of us have had many issues surviving record weather events. Getting the weather behind us we are off to continue our many activates at Al Kader.

We are very excited to host our annual “Big Game Party” on Sunday February 5, 2017. Doors will open at 12:30 with several activities while we enjoy the game on our big screen and new projection equipment in Harrington Hall. Please plan to bring your favorite Chili, Hors D’oeuvers or Desert. These will be judged and prizes will be awarded. Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and popcorn will be provided. There is no charge for this event and I encourage you to bring your family and friends to have some fun on a Sunday afternoon. The Bar will be open as well.

Our next big fun event is March 4, 2017 and it is going to be a “Flamingle Party.” Now you are wondering what a Flamingle is, when you have a party with Flamingos + Mingle = “Flamingle!” We are setting the mood for our Imperial Session in July 2017 in Daytona Beach. Dress will be beach, luau or resortwear. Dinner will be a tropical buffet with meats, salads, fruit and desert. Fun music by the group called “Not Bob.” Call now and make your reservation for this fun evening and all for $20.00 per person? Bar will be serving some specialty drinks as well.

It is not to late to start planning on attending the Potentates Ball on April 1, 2017. We are having a joint Potentates Ball with Hillah Shriners in Harrington Hall. Hillah Nobles and Ladies are traveling by bus for a great weekend celebrating together. This will be a wonderful gala event with an elegant meal, wonderful music and memorable entertainment. Get your formalwear prepared and let’s do this in fine style.

If you have not signed up for the exciting Potentates Trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in September 2017 please do so now. We have a very large group that has already signed up. Let’s all join together to have a wonderful and fun time together. Please see flyer in this Oasis with contact information.

We always have so many outstanding Nobles doing wonderful things for Al Kader and our Hospital, I want to acknowledge Noble Rod Hevland and the article that appeared in the December issue of Shriner Magazine. Rod gives so much as a volunteer at our Portland Hospital and President of the very successful Hospital Support Club. Always by his side and working very hard is his lovely Lady Sherry.

In closing I would like to keep our focus on May 20, 2017, for our Spring Ceremonial. That means we need to get our petitions submitted for new candidates to join Al Kader Shriners. It would be great if we could meet our goal of 50 new Nobles at this event. That means we need to get busy now. For every new petition submitted before our March 4 Party, we will invite them and their Lady to join us. What better way for them to see how much fun the are joining.


Lady Doris M. Johnson
February 2017

Lady Gail Gamble

Humming Bird Hums in honor of First Lady Gail Gamble

Welcome to a new addition to the Oasis honoring our First Lady Gail. I want to thank all who could gather at the Shrine Center through snow and ice to honor our new Illustrious Sir Ron Gamble, along with a new Divan of dedicated Shriners and ladies. We are sorry if you missed this fun occasion and thank Lady Debbie Ego for setting the tone of the celebration with beautiful decorations of Angels and Humming Birds. Lady Gail had been planning this event for two years but God called her home ahead of the celebration. Her spirit was ever present throughout the evening.

I.S. Ron shared with me some of Lady Gail’s notes, in them was this poem: “A hummingbird Angel; is to spot a flash of iridescent color fly by is much too rare. For you seldom see beauty and grace, such as this. And this “Thoughtful” little angel has a secret to share. Each time you see a hummingbird, you will feel the magic of an angel’s kiss.” (Author unknown).

Her notes further stated: “The hummingbird symbolizes joy. When one appears, it is meant to bring you a valuable message. Not only that joy and happiness are coming your way, but that you need to seize the lightness of being and bring more playfulness into your life.”

Don’t be deceived by the hummingbird’s size. This little bird is small but mighty. This can travel long distances and can swiftly change course when necessary. She goes onto say, “Let the hummingbird’s natural traits serve as a metaphor for you when facing life’s challenges. This animal’s wisdom calls you to exercise your power and respond to the changes with flexibility and grace. Even if the road seems long and difficult, the hummingbird symbolizes hope. Look for it deep within yourself. You too can accomplish great feats!”

Why did she chose Angels and Humming birds as her theme, we do not know for sure. My belief is that she witnessed the work of the Shrine Masons and their ladies. They can be compared to humming birds moving swiftly from task to task and angels as they continue with the work of the Shrine for the Children of the Shrine Hospital.

As we all know Lady Gail battled with MS for many years without complaint and taught us all how to persevere under difficult circumstances. We will never forget her constant smiles and words of encouragement to each of us.

The hummingbird symbolized joy. When one appears, it is meant to bring you a valuable message. Throughout the year, I will build on this message and share more of her notes. We look forward to a great year with I.S. Ron and welcome you’re joining us at all of the special planned events.


I.S. Ron Gamble
January 2017

I am honored and humbled to serve as Al Kader’s Potentate in 2017. It is with sincere thanks to the Nobles for your confidence in me and with the outstanding members that are serving as Divan members we are going to have an exciting 2017.

It is with a heavy heart that Lady Gail will not be part of this wonderful experience, but we know she is watching over. She so loved our Shrine family. We will honor her with her pin and project of continuing the iPads to the Children at our Portland Hospital. She wanted to dedicate to all the Ladies by being “Hummingbird Angels.” She always said that the Ladies were as busy as hummingbirds, and all were angels.

A special thank you to the Installing Team, IS Dan Moyer, IS Bud James and Ron Eggers. The event planning and hard work from Executive Aide Ralph and Janelle Jubb, Debbie Ego, and Chief Aide Frank and Phillis Brewington, with all the 2017 Aide Staff. Of course a very special thank you to Lady Doris Johnson for being the voice for all the Ladies. It is with great honor to be Fezed by Lady Connie Doherty and to wear IS Bill Doherty’s Potentates Fez.

Al Kader has the honor to host Winter PNSA in February. This is a business meeting with all the elected officers of the 17 Shrine Centers in the Pacific Northwest. To host Winter PNSA is a big task and we will need many of our Nobles and Ladies to help with this event. We will have some Imperial Officers attending Winter PNSA and we have a great opportunity to make a fun and lasting impression of Al Kader to all the delegates.

The turnout for the Chief Rabban Night was just amazing and everyone had such a great time. We are looking forward to these type of fun events and mark your calendar for March 4, 2017 for a fun packed party.

In a closing note, I would like to express how important our Clubs and Units are to the success of Al Kader Shrine. This is the backbone of what we do and why we do it. I am committed along with the Divan members to provide our support to Al Kader Clubs and Units.

Ron Gamble

I.S. Ron Gamble, Potentate 2017

Ron was born in Alhambra California in 1945. He graduated from Mark Keppel High School in 1962 and after one year of College he joined the US Army. He completed College with a Bachelor Degree in Business Management and a Masters Degree in Organizational Management.

Ron married his wife Gail in 1966 and they have two sons Robert and Rick both members of Al Kader Shriners. Ron met Gail in 1961 when he was a DeMolay and she was a Jobs Daughter. They lived in Southern California until then moving to Grants Pass Oregon in 1977 and then to Canby Oregon in 1987.

Ron has a background in construction and real estate for the past forty years. In 1987 he joined the financial industry as a Project Manager and after joining Bank of America was promoted to Vice President of Corporate Real Estate. He managed bank owned and leased facilities as well as construction management. He was transferred to Las Vegas to oversee projects throughout the Southwest. He later was made Western Regional Project Director of Bank owned properties. His responsibilities included personnel, construction, real estate development and budget management.

Ron became a member of DeMolay in 1959 and is a Past Master Councilor, a Chevalier and Legion of Honor. While in the US Army stationed in Germany Ron became the first Jurisdictional Master Councilor of Germany in 1965.

Ron was raised a Master Mason in Arcadia Lodge in California in 1967 and served as Master in 1977. Holding duel membership with Chamopeg Lodge in Canby Oregon and served as Master in 1990 and serving the Grand Lodge as District Deputy. Ron is a York Rite Mason and Scottish Rite Mason and joined Hilliah Shriners in 1980 and transferred to Al Kader Shriners in 1993 Ron served on the Al Kader finance committee in 1994 and appointed to the Divan in 1996 and back on the Divan in 2012. He was a member of the Drum Corp and now a member of the Oriental Band, a member of the Legion of Honor, and a charter member of the “Q”. Ron is also a volunteer tour guide at the Portland Shriners Hospital for Children.

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