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Director's Corner

Director of Units by Noble Forrest Hatch
July 2018

It is not a rumor ... it is a fact our parade season is in full swing! It is both an honor and a pleasure to serve as your Director of Units this year. I would like to thank each and everyone of you who have participated in the parades.

We had a wonderful time in Newport on May 5th – the weather was great without even a hint of rain. We worked together as one team even though the staging location was changed at the last minute with very little notice. This just proves a point that I have believed for years, when individuals pull together wonderful things can be accomplished.

A special thank you Lady Deanna Phillips who was able to get several dozen donuts donated to Al Kader Shriners. I realize that this was not an easy task, but it was above and beyond. I would also like to thank Lady Lynne and the other ladies of the Divan who served them.

On May 19th the Lincoln County Renegades and the Santiam Shrine Club enjoyed participating in the Scio parade. As I was driving my little red car in this parade I sensed that someone was very close behind me. This perplexed me since I was the last little red car, when I finally had a chance to look I saw that I was being chased by Noble Stan Miller in his bathtub. His actions drew applause and laughter from the audience.

You may be asking yourself how can I have some fun and enjoy the parades? Well now I am glad you asked because the answer is very simple: JOIN A CLUB OR UNIT! I do not know of any of our clubs or units that do not need more members. As we all know membership is a serious concern within Al Kader and all of the Masonic groups.

Another way to participate more is put on your FEZ and attend a parade in your own community providing support, public awareness for Al Kader and the wonderful hospitals we all support. Who knows by doing this you may have someone approach you and ask you that very important question “How can I join?” I really like the saying written on the back of the Renegade cars, we parade for Shriners Hospital. That’s why we all do what we do, isn’t it, for the children?

Units and Parade

Director of Units by Noble Forrest Hatch
March 2018

I have always thought that by the time I retired I would have plenty of time to watch an eagle in flight, watch a fish jumping in a nearby lake or another magnificent sunset. I have discovered that this is not the case, I seem to be busier than when I was working full time. So as a direct result of time, Lady Linda and I are taking time to relax and enjoy each other’s company, as you read this we are in our RV somewhere between our home and the fine state of Arizona.

It is that wonderful time of year when we as Shriner’s prepare for the parade season. I am proud to be your Director of Units, I hope that I can do an outstanding job as all of those who have preceded me. I promise that I will do the best that I can and with the help of each of you we will have another successful parade season.

Communication is an extremely important element of any endeavor, so I promise to do my best to be open, honest, and consistent so that the lines of communication be effective. I ask that each of you do the same.

The first Unit Head Meeting this year is on Thursday March 22, 6:30 for dinner, the meeting will follow in Harrington Hall. PLEASE CALL THE AL KADER OFFICE STAFF AND TELL THEM YOU ARE COMING. Not only is this important to let the kitchen staff know, so they can prepare enough food but it is the right thing to do.

This monthly meeting is to discuss anything and everything about the parades, receive feedback from the clubs and units as well as any directives from the Potentate. Unit Heads, Club Presidents, and ladies are all invited and encouraged to attend. I recently emailed the parade schedule to each of you, which I hope was received. I must admit I still do not trust computers.

Feel free to contact myself or the Assistant Director of Units Jay Carey at any time with concerns or questions, we are here to work with all of you.

Forrest L. Hatch
541 974 1326

Jay Carey
503 932 7386

Director of Units by Noble Forrest Hatch
February 2018

I have the privilege of being the Director of Units for this year. As I mentioned in our training session Saturday communication is extremely important for all of us to succeed as a team.

Please attend the Unit Heads Meeting on March 22, at 6:30 p.m. in Harrington Hall, RSVP FOR THE DINNER just let Sarah in the office so that we can have enough food for everyone.

Please see the 2018 Parade Schedule on page 12 of this issue of the OASIS, determine which parades you are going to attend this year and bring your list to the meeting. Feel free to call me (541) 974-1326 or email me f4knight@ with any concerns or questions.


Noble Brian Williams
April 2017

Greetings Nobles. Can you believe that we’re already in April? C.S. Lewis once said, “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” This is how fast if not faster our parade season is about to happen. So if you like roller coasters or speeding on the highway, be prepared for an enjoyable ride.

April 22nd is the official start to our parade season at The Dalles followed by Newport on May 6. Even though Keizer Parade (voluntary) is on May 20, please keep in mind that we have our Spring Ceremonial that day as well.

For any parades that you plan to attend that are voluntary, please submit to me at least 30 days in advance what you plan to attend. This will help with organization on my part.

We will have our next Unit Head meeting on Thursday, March 23. Oasis starts at 6 and meeting starts at 7. If you would like to attend, you are more than welcome. This is where you’ll receive any needed information about our upcoming events.

Noble Brian Williams
January 2017


Happy New Years to all of you. It truly is an honor to have been asked by IS Ron Gamble to serve as this year’s Director of Units. This year is going to be fun, exciting year that is full of parades.

As many of you know, parade season can get a little busy and hectic. To help me know what parades you want to go to, I ask for the officers of your club/unit to get the necessary paperwork to me so I can get it turned and know who’s going.

We will be having our first Unit Head Meeting on Thursday, January 27. I look forward to meeting all the new officers for each club/unit.

I’d like to thank Noble Dennis Harris for helping me prepare for this year.

The best way to get in touch with me is email. My email address is Again, I look forward to serving as your Director of Units this year. God Bless.


Noble Dennis Harris
December 2016


I would have to say I really enjoyed being the Director of Units this year. I had a lot of fun working with everyone. I would like to Thank Patrick for all the work he does behind the scenes, especially for all the proof reading and corrections on my articles, without him, the Nobility would know how a Roofer really speaks.

Why is Christmas just like your job?

You do all the work and the fat guy with a suit gets all the credit.

For Christmas, I gave my kid a BB gun. He gave me a sweater with a bull’s-eye on the back.

Noble Dennis Harris
November 2016

I would like to THANK ALL THE VETERANS and all those who served stateside and overseas, Thank you for your service.

We also need to thank all the people who stayed back taking care of our families and not knowing what the outcome was going to be, in my opinion that had to be the toughest job.

November has to be my Favorite month of the year, food, food and more food, ok and maybe visiting family and do not forget they will have food.

Oh I know why I am so exited about November, I only have one more article to write for December. in the military we called this “short timers attitude.”

A poultry farmer was experimenting to breed turkeys with more legs for greater profits. Finally, he succeeded. While narrating the results to his friends, he told them, “The turkey I bred had six legs!”

His friends who had got quite excited, eagerly asked, “What about the taste?”

The father said with a long-drawn face, “Do you think it is so easy to catch it?”

The Parade in November is The Albany Veterans Day Parade, Friday November 11th, check-in starts at 8 a.m., Parade Begins at 11 a.m. Checkin is located on Industrial Way SW (Approx. one block off of Queen Ave SW).

Noble Dennis Harris
October 2016

Director’s Corner by Noble Dennis Harris Happy Halloween, October is a quiet month for parades, the next one will be in Albany on November the 11th. Check in starts at 8 a.m., parade step-off is at 11 a.m..

Telling a girl to calm down works about as well as trying to baptize a cat.

Next Unit/ Club Meeting October 27th, 5:30pm.

Noble Dennis Harris
September 2016

July and August were two of the busiest months when a came to Parades, I am sure glad the parade season is winding down so that I can get some of my own work done.

The Baker City Parade was one of the best parades of the year. For the month of September, we have two volunteer parades, one in Burns and the other in Pendleton.

As both are on September 6th, if anyone is interested in going, please contact me so that I can get the application in on time.

Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.

The next unit head meeting will be held on September 22nd.

Oasis will be at 5:30 pm, Meeting at 6:30 pm.

Noble Dennis Harris
August 2016

July was a very busy month for parades, especially for the Director of Units. I honestly felt I was back in school writing book reports, (funny things is, I never did and always got an F). If it wasn’t for Cindy, I probably wouldn’t have gotten a diploma. Thanks to everyone. We had a very successful month with a lot of parades; Four all-unit parades and several voluntary participation parades.

August will also be a very busy month. We have Aug, 6th Baker City, Astoria on Aug 13th and Aumsville Aug. 27th.

A child psychologist had twin boys - one was an optimist; the other, a pessimist. Just to see what would happen, on Christmas day he loaded the pessimist’s room with toys and games. In the optimist’s room, he dumped a pile of horse droppings. That night, the father found the pessimist surrounded by his gifts, crying. “What’s wrong?” the father asked.

“I have a ton of game manuals to read … I need batteries … and my toys will all eventually get broken!” sobbed the pessimist.

Passing the optimist’s room, the father found him dancing for joy around the pile of manure. “Why are you so happy?” he asked.

The optimist shouted, “There’s got to be a pony in here somewhere!”

Noble Dennis Harris
July 2016

I want to thank everyone who participated in the parades in the month of June. THANK YOU.

July is a very busy month for parades, there are 12 total, 4 of which are All Unit Parades.

The All Unit Parades are; Molalla July 4th, Philomath July 9th, Troutdale July 23rd, and Newberg July 30th.

Remember we would all like to see as many people as we can either riding, walking or even standing on the sidelines showing support, WEARING A FEZ.

British General: “Well,” snarled the tough old General Cornwallis to the bewildered soldier, “I suppose after you get discharged from the army, you’ll just be waiting for me to die so you can come and piss on my grave.” “Not me, General!” the soldier replied. “Once I get out of the army, I’m never going to stand in line again!”

The next Unit Head Meeting will be held on Wednesday July 28th Oasis 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6:00 p.m..

Noble Dennis Harris
June 2016

May was a quiet month for parades, we had one that was in Scio, OR. I want to say THANK YOU to the Renegades for there participation in that Parade.

The Month of June will be a very busy month for parades. We have Lebanon June 4th, Starlight Parade June 4th, St Helens June 18th, Sheridan June 18th and Tillamook June 25th.

If anyone is going to Tillamook and is planning on having lunch after the Parade, please consider supporting our local shrine club in Tillamook. Also please RSVP me who will be attending the lunch so I can give them a head count.

Just remember if you want support in your endeavors, you must support others in theres. Donkey Basketball Sunday June 12th, 2 p.m. at the Canby Fairgrounds. Doors open at 1 p.m..


When I was a boy about 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around but when i got to be 21 I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in 7 years.

Next Unit Head Meeting is June 23rd. Oasis 5:30 p.m., dinner 6:00 p.m..

Noble Dennis Harris
May 2016

The Parade season has finally kicked off.

I want to thank everyone that participated in The Dalles Parade and all those who participated in the Newport Parade.


May is a quiet month for Parades. There is a volunteer parade in Keizer on May 21st. If anyone is going to participate in this parade please let me know so I can fill out the proper paperwork.

Our next All Units Parade will be the Lebanon Festival Parade, June 4th. Next is the St. Helens Parade on June 18th. I would love to see everyone there. If you can not march or ride, we would still love to see your smiling face underneath that FEZ.

My wife and I have been arguing for the last two weeks about vacation. ( SHE WANTS TO GO)

Do not worry Ladies, I had Cindy “AKA” Jennifer proof read this article before submitting it.

Next Unit Head Meeting will be held on May 26th, Oasis 5:30 and Dinner 6:00pm.

Noble Dennis Harris
April 2016

April is here.

I sure hope the old saying of April showers brings May flowers doesn’t happen this year. I will tell you what, I am all for the rain: It tells people their roof is leaking but my webbed feet are starting to wrinkle.

I am ready for sun and parades. Well now that I am done crying on everyone’s shoulders, I can now get back to work on this article.

The first All Units Parade is The Dalles Parade on April 23rd. Then the following weekend is an all Unit Parade also, Newport Parade On April 30th.

The next Unit/ Club Meeting will be Held on April, 28th Oasis 5:30 p.m., Meeting 6:30 p.m..

Bifocals are God’s way of saying keep your chin up.

Noble Dennis Harris
March 2016

Calling All Units, Calling All Units ... March is here, the parade season is coming fast, the way I see it, the faster it comes the faster the warmer weather will be upon us. Everyone loves warmer weather.

I did not say anything about dry weather, just warmer. We will wish for the best. I know that the parade season needs to get here, there is only so many things I can write about in these articles about parades.

March 19 is the Heppner Parade (volunteer) then comes The Dalles Parade on April 23rd which is an All Units Parade.

Then the following Saturday which is May 7th is the Newport parade which is also an All Unit Parade and in my opinion one of the best Parades of the year right next to the Abate Run.

The next Unit Head Meeting is March 24th, Oasis is at 530 pm, Meeting at 630pm.

Benjamin Franklin may have discovered electricity but the man who invented the meter made all the money.

Email Dennis Harris

Noble Dennis Harris
February 2016

The first month has passed, there has been a lot of dinners in January. Usually I decide to make a Resolution of losing weight. I have decided this year to make a NEW resolution.

NEVER make another resolution again, I think I am going to succeed. I can not believe it, I already feel like a winner.

We have a few months before the Parades begin, the first Parade is the Heppner parade, it is on March 19th this is NOT an all units Parade, if any unit is going to attend please let me know.

The next Parade is The Dalles Parade, it is on April 23rd this is an ALL units Parade and we would love to see EVERYONE there.

I would also like to reach out to all unit and club Leaders that are more than 50 miles from the Shrine center, please send me your contact information so that i can keep you informed if you can not make the unit and club meetings.

These meetings are held on the last Thursday of every month.

Email Dennis Harris

Noble Dennis Harris
January 2016

It is a great pleasure to have been asked by IS John Nerski to be the Director of Units.

I remember one of the first Parades as the assistant for Rick Laird, someone said, don’t worry its like Herding cats.

I thought, “I don’t even like cats.”

Officers of units and or clubs, please get the list of Parades that you will be attending to me as soon as possible, so that i can make sure all the necessary paperwork gets turned-in.

Remember, I work every day keeping social security alive, so help me by getting your list in early.

I would also like to say thank you to Rick Laird for all of his help preparing me for this upcoming year.

Happy Holidays.

Email Dennis Harris


Noble Rick Laird
December 2015

As my year as Director of Units comes to an end, I want to thank each and every one of you for the support you have given me this past twelve months. Every unit has responded when asked to assist the Shrine in some way out of the ordinary.

As I have mentioned several times, trying to direct the Al Kader Uniformed Units is similar to herding cats; each Unit has its own ideas of how things should be done, its own traditions, and even its own personality. Yet, when we come together for the kids, the Units work together as one, and the outcome is always successful.

We marched, rode, and drove in numerous parades this year, and the Unit participation was excellent. IS Tom Bland especially wanted me to mention how pleased he was with the number of units participating in the Sheridan parade, and to thank you all for your efforts, which made that event extremely successful.

The weather has also cooperated all year. I can’t think of a parade all year at which we were thoroughly drenched, as has happened often in years past. Even our last parade of the year, the Albany Veterans Day Parade, cooperated. The weather was supposed to be atrocious, but it wasn’t! It rained on the way down, it rained on the way home, but while we were awaiting step-off there were only a few drops, and during the parade itself, there were none. In fact, for most of the parade there were blue skies and sunshine. Hopefully, your 2016 Director of Units and the units will have the same good fortune.

For 2016, your Director of Units will be Dennis Harris. Dennis is a member of the Patrol, and has served as my assistant this past year. I know he will do an excellent job. Please give him the support you have given me.

It has been my honor and privilege to serve as your Director of Units this year, and to work with IS Tom Bland and the entire Divan. Thank you to IS Tom, First Lady Kathy, and the entire Elected and Appointed Divan for the support you have given the Unit Staff through the year.

We talk about slowing down after the Veterans Day Parade, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. In November, we had the Wild Game Dinner, the Winter Ceremonial, and the Kids Christmas Party. On December 5th, the Motor Escort Unit leads the A.B.A.T.E. Shriners Toy run from the Fred Meyer Headquarters Parking Lot to the Hospital. This is a ‘Motorcycles Only’ parade. Our Stated Meeting and Elections is on Monday, December 14th, and our Christmas Social is Saturday, December 19th. Then, on January 1st, it starts all over again.

Again, my thanks to one and all for your support and assistance during 2015. Karen and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy, Safe, and Prosperous New Year.

Drive Safe, Ride Safe, Play Safe.

Noble Rick Laird
November 2015

Nobles and Ladies,

A very busy October has been put to bed, and now a very busy November has arrived.

First, this is the month when all Al Kader clubs, units, and associations are to hold their elections. This is necessary so that the names of all new officers can be reported to the Al Kader Shrine Office not later than December first, to comply with Al Kader Shrine law.

The first event on this month’s calendar is Chief Rabban Night, on Saturday, November 7th. This event is casual dress, and will feature the announcement by Chief Rabban John Nerski of the destination for next year’s Potentate’s trip. A bit of a change from the normal schedule: March-in will be at 6:00 pm, and the trip announcement will be at 6:30 pm. Then, at precisely 8:00 pm, the beautiful Cobra Replica will be raffled off to some lucky person. The festivities will continue on until later in the evening.

On Wednesday, November 11th, Veterans Day, we will participate in our last big parade of the year, The Albany Veterans Day Parade, acknowledged to be the largest Veterans Day Parade West of the Mississippi River. Form-up will be between 9:30 and 10:00 am, and step-off will be at 11:00. Please make every effort to attend this great event, supporting our Veterans, if at all possible.

Don’t forget the Wild Game Dinner on Saturday, November 14th. Venison, Elk, Bison, game birds, Rainbow Trout caught by the Caravaners at Wallowa Lake, and who-knows-what-else, will be on the bill of fare. There will also be raffles and all kinds of games and entertainment.

The following weekend, Friday evening, November 20th and Saturday, the 21st, is our Fall Ceremonial. The weekend will begin at 6:00 pm Friday, with dinner and a tour of the Hospital for the new candidates. The Saturday festivities will begin about 8:00. The Second Section will begin about 12:30, and the Ceremonial should end, with the Fezing, at about 3:00.

The next weekend, on Sunday, the 22nd, beginning at 10:00, the Motor Escort will begin to decorate Harrington Hall for the Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce/Al Kader Shriners Kids Christmas Party. Anyone who wants to help is welcome to come down and help us make Harrington Hall a Winter Wonderland.

Finally, the kids Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, November 28th. Please bring all your kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, nieces, nephews, etc. The kids always have a great time.

Drive Safe, Ride Safe, Play Safe.

October 2015

Nobles and Ladies,

Well, parade season is winding down. October has no parades, per se. However, we do have some important events.

On October 3rd, Washington Lodge #46 is hosting the Official Reception for Most Worshipful Brother Don Stapleton, Grand Master of Masons in Oregon, to be held in Harrington Hall from 5:00 to 9:00. There will be a buffet dinner, with an entrée choice of Prime Rib or chicken, at $10.00 per plate. RSVP for dinner is REQUIRED, to, no later than September 30th. There will be no-host beverages available at 5:00, and dinner will be at 6:30.

On October 17th, the annual Food Caravans arrive at Al Kader Shrine Center. The Food Caravan began over 50 years ago with a single caravan of vehicles coming down I-84 from Eastern Oregon, bringing food to the Shrine Hospital here in Portland. In the last few years we added a group from Central Oregon coming over Santiam Pass to I-5 and then north to the Center. Last year, we added a group coming up I-5 from Hillah. These 3 Caravans are all escorted to Al Kader Shrine Center by the Motor Escort Unit; the I-84 Caravan from Multnomah Falls, the Santiam Caravan from Mill City, and the Hillah Caravan from Salem. The evening of the 17th there will be a sold-out Social, so make your reservations early.

And then – THE HAUNT! This year’s haunt promises to be bigger and better than ever. There are new ideas, new gags, new equipment, more scares per minute, and with the publicity we are getting, this should be an excellent fun(d)raiser for us. The Haunt will be open on Wednesday through Saturday evening, October 21- 25, and Wednesday through Saturday evening, October 28 - 31.Wednesday and Thursday hours will be from 7:00 to 10:00, and Friday and Saturday hours will be from 7:00 to 11:00. Bring your kids and/or grandkids out. They’ll love it. Join them … if you dare.

Our last big parade of the year will be the Albany Veterans Day Parade, on November 11th. This parade is our opportunity to show our support and respect for all our veterans, living or dead, past, present, and yes, future. Unit heads, please speak with your units and have as many participants as possible in Albany on November 11th. Form-Up is 9:30-10:00, and Step-Off is at 11:00.

Contrary to what was published in the September Oasis, the October Unit Head Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 22nd, with oasis at 5:30, dinner around 6:00, and meeting at 7:00. All Unit Heads, please plan to attend.

Drive Safe, Ride Safe, Play Safe!

Grand Masters Reception

Noble Rick Laird
August 2015

On July 25th, three parades had Al Kader Shrine participation. The most participation was at the Newberg Parade, with the able assistance of Noble Shaun Weaver. There was an Al Kader presence at Dallas and Joseph, also.

This month actually began several days ago, with Shriners descending on Baker City as early as Monday, July 27th, all in anticipation of the East–West Shrine Game on the 1st.

Shrine weekend is always a fun time in Baker City, and this weekend should be no exception. With the other Shrines in attendance, there are new acquaintances to make, and old ones to renew.

A reminder: there are to be NO adult beverages consumed by any Shriner before 5:00 pm on August 1. This is not a suggestion. It is IS Tom Bland’s Order. Please respect it.

On August 14th and 15th is the Mary’s Peak Trek, in Philomath This is a great event and lots of fun. The Northwest Youth Rodeo Finals are always fun to watch. Come out and support a great program.

Nobles, Al Kader Shrine needs your assistance to sell tickets for the Cobra. There are only three months left until the Raffle. The Motor Escort Unit has been charged with overseeing this Fun- Raising effort, but they can’t do it all. There is an opportunity for each club or unit to put some serious money in their coffers, and it’s fun! All it takes is taking the Cobra out where people are, and asking them to buy a ticket. The cause is worthwhile: it supports the Shriners. The odds are fantastic: at worst, they are 1 in 3500.

My Lady, Karen, and I were in Roseburg on July 11th to sell tickets, and while we were there, we saw a ’69 Firebird being raffled off. Granted, the tickets were only a dollar, but the car was valued at only $8,000, and they were selling 25,000 tickets. Incidentally, we put in a fairly long day, but we sold over 100 tickets. Your club or unit can do the same.

Please contact Noble Dennis Desanno or Assistant Rabban Ron Gamble to schedule an opportunity to make some money for your Unit, and support the Shrine, too.

See you in Baker City.

Drive Safe, Ride Safe, Play Safe!

Noble Rick Laird
July 2015

Nobles and Ladies,

First and foremost, I would like to extend a sincere “Thank You”, and a hearty “Well Done!” to all who participated in the Sheridan Days Parade on June 13th. There were more Shrine participants in that parade than we have seen for a while. Illustrious Sir Tom Bland was more than pleased, and we expect that the remaining two parades in June (St. Helens and Tillamook) were also well attended. Welcome to the Hospital Support Club, who used the pickup of IS Bob Walliker the first time out, but expects to have their float up and running shortly.

On July 4th, there are two parades in which Al Kader is participating. The main parade is the Molalla Buckeroo Parade, with form-up in the High School Parking Lot at 8:30, and Step-Off at 9:30. After the parade, the Cobra will be on display inside the gate of the Buckeroo grounds, with tickets being sold until the last cowboy is bucked off.

The second parade on the 4th is in Independence, where Al Kader will be ably represented by the Renegades. The Step-Off for this parade is 12:00 noon.

On July 25th, there will be three parades in which Al Kader will participate: the Chief Joseph Days Parade in Joseph, the Newberg Parade, and the Dallas, Oregon parade, again attended by the Renegades. Joseph and Newberg step-off will be at 10:00 a.m., and the Dallas Parade Steps off at 11:00.

Last, but certainly not least, attendees will begin to arrive in Baker City as early as July 28th for the Shrine Baker City Weekend, leading up to the East- West Shrine Football Game on Saturday, August 1st. This is the highlight of our year, and an event not to be missed. Several Shines from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho will be there, and many old friendships will be rekindled, and new friendships made.

Don’t forget the Club and Unit Head Meeting on Thursday, July 23rd, with Oasis at 5:30, and Meeting at 6:30. Drive Safe, Ride Safe, Play Safe.

Noble Rick Laird
May 2015

Nobles and Ladies, By the time you read this, The Dalles Parade will be over, and hopefully, we will all have arrived back home safe and sound. Despite the marvelous weather on April 19th and 20th, the weather prognosticators say rain in the Portland area, and clouds in The Dalles on the 25th. Guess we’ll see how right they are, didn’t we?

I hope you’re reading this online, because if you waited for the hard copy, you’re too busy getting ready to go to Newport for tomorrow’s parade, to take time to read it now, or you missed it altogether, and it’s Monday, May 4th, already.

Either way, I hope you have a wonderful time, didn’t you?

For those of you who are reading this online before the Newport Parade, we will form up, as usual, in the Walmart parking lot. Please be in position no later than 10:30 a.m. After the parade, there is no set gathering place for a meal or whatever at this time, so be creative.

Also in May are two important events at the Shrine Center. First, on May 9th, is the Spring Ceremonial, in honor of Noble Clem Norton. This Ceremonial will be conducted somewhat differently than it has been in the past, and should be quite interesting.

Then, on May 16th, will be the Flintstone Social. Dress up in Flintstones costumes, or come as any Hanna-Barbera cartoon, or dress casually and enjoy the fun. Kids are invited, so bring your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, and anyone else you can find, and have a great time.

There is no other ‘All Unit’ parade in May, which is probably a good thing, because in June, we have a parade every Saturday, beginning on June 6th, with the Lebanon Strawberry Festival. Form-up is at the Walmart parking lot no later than 10:00, with step-off at 11:00 The following Saturday is The Potentate’s Own Sheridan Days Parade, an evening parade with step-off at 6:00 pm. We will meet at the Sheridan Masonic Lodge, and the Motor Escort will escort all units to the formup area. After the parade we will return to the Lodge for Strawberry Shortcake.

June 20th is the St. Helens parade. In years past, many of you had to forego either St. Helens or Sheridan because they were on the same day, with lots of miles in between. Not so, this year. Also, there is always a good lunch at the lodge afterwards.

The last Saturday of June, the 20th, is the Tillamook June Dairy Parade. This is always a fun parade, and the weather is usually very nice. We are always extremely well received, here, and there’s plenty to do after the parade, also.

Keep up with your FUNraising efforts. There are lots of fun ways to make money for your Unit or Club, and support the Shrine, too.

Drive Safe, Ride Safe, Play Safe!

Noble Rick Laird
April 2015

Ahh, Spring has sprung. And with it, we have gone from the sunshine and warmth of late winter to the cold, wind, and rain of Spring. Hmmm, what’s wrong with this picture?

Anyway, the first parade of the season is in the bag. The Desert Patrol traversed the not-too-hot sands of the Eastern Oregon desert to ride in the Heppner Great Green Parade on March 14th. Five stalwart Nobles represented Al Kader at the Heppner St. Patrick’s Day festivities, and, I am told, a good time was had by all. The weather even cooperated.

Now we are truly in Parade Season. The Dalles Cherry Festival Parade is on Saturday, April, 25th, with form-up at the usual place. Form up begins at 7:30, but please be in line not later than 9:00, as Step-off is at 10:00. This is an ALL UNIT event.

The following Saturday, May 2, is the Newport Loyalty Days Parade, another ALL UNIT event. Form-up is in the Walmart Parking lot, with Step- off at 12:00.

BULLETIN!!! PLEASE NOTE! 3 changes in the Parade Schedule:

1) The Lebanon Parade on June 6th is now an ALL UNIT event.

2) The date of the Sheridan Parade has changed. It is now June 13, as opposed to June 20th.

3) St. Helens Parade is back on. It will be on June 20th. More info to follow.

Make sure your equipment is safe and running well, so we can have an incident-free parade year.

A last note: IS Tom and Lady Kathy and their staff completely outdid themselves for the Pote’s Ball. The theme was very unique, the decorations were outstanding, the music was excellent, and the food was superb! If you weren’t in attendance, you missed a fantastic evening that even included IS Tom surprising Lady Kathy by re-marrying her that evening, which was their 44th wedding anniversary. Great Job, IS.

Noble Rick Laird
March 2015

What marvelous weather we had in February! I hope it got everyone thinking about parades, and gave each of you a little shove to get your rolling stock running well, and looking great.

The first parade of the year is Saturday March 14th, in Heppner. Al Kader is normally represented only by the Desert Patrol at this parade, and we are grateful for their participation, but if any other Units want to participate, please let me know, go, and have a good time.

Just to keep it in mind, the first All Unit Parade is The Dalles Cherry Festival on Saturday, April 25th. That’s less than 8 weeks away, and Newport is the following week.

Please remember that if any Units plan in participating in any of the smaller local parades, e.g., Florence, Sweethome, and Jefferson, it is still necessary to request permission of the Potentate. If approved, the Potentate will notify me and I will make application. Individual units are not to register themselves. Obviously, don’t request permission on the 10th of a given month for participation in a parade on the 15th. It ain’t gonna happen.

The Potentate’s Ball will be held on Saturday, March 21st, with Oasis at 5:00 p.m., and dinner at 6:30 p.m. This will be a gala event, and will give our ladies an opportunity to dress to the nines. Hopefully, we won’t look too shabby alongside them in our tuxedoes. The entertainment is the Joe Stoddard Band, a mellow rock group out of Polk County. Should be a great evening. Make your reservations NOW. No reservations will be accepted after March 6th.

Remember to continue to make this a FUNraising year!

Noble Rick Laird
February 2015

The first month of the New Year is gone, and Al Kader has definitely hit the ground, running. This year will be full of events that will keep all of the Units and Clubs quite busy. On January 16th, there was a dinner to welcome the Unit and Club heads, who had come in from all over the state for the Unit Head, Club, and Divan Training session. It also gave the outlying Club leaders and Divan members an opportunity to meet their counterparts from the metro area. Saturday morning, the training began, at 8:00, presided over by Chief Rabban John Nerski. The attendees were given a brief overview of the major events for the year, including the parades and required meetings, the East-West Game, and the picnic.

Following that, more detailed information was given about the many fundraising activities in which our Shrine participates during the year. There was also information given about numerous opportunities that the smaller Units and Clubs have to make a considerable amount of money. Information was also given about other facets of Al Kader Shrine operation, from the importance of knowing about Hippa Regulation when dealing with Hospital patients and their parents, through knowing what forms the Clubs and Units use, to proper Shrine protocol.

A lot of information was put out verbally, on Saturday, the 17th, and more was disbursed in a CD given to each Club and Unit Leader. If any of the Leaders have any questions, please contact me.

Though it is only February, Parade Season is just around the corner. Our first voluntary parade is Heppner, on March 14th, and though it is normally only attended by the Desert Patrol, any other unit is welcome to join them. Please make sure all your motorized units are safe to operate in an environment filled with children, and make sure all of your rolling stock and tow vehicles are properly insured, and that the Shrine Office has copies of the appropriate endorsements and/or insurance riders.

Noble Rick Laird
January 2015

Nobles and Shrine Ladies,
It is an honor to have been asked by IS Tom Bland to serve as your Director of Units for 2015. I will try to merit his trust and confidence, and I ask for your assistance in the coming year. I think 2015, and the years following, are going to be great for Al Kader Shriners, and for the Portland Shrine Hospital. There are some fantastic plans in the works for Al Kader, but, as usual, it will take dedication and cooperation from the Units, the Clubs, and the Nobility in general, to bring these plans to fruition.

The Holidays are almost over (if you are reading the advance copy of the Oasis on line it isn’t quite New Year’s yet) but, as usual, plans and activities for the new Shrine year are already upon us.

However, before proceeding, I must thank Noble Gib Thonstad for the knowledge I have gained in the past year, as his Assistant Director of Units. Working with Gib and Phil Strother has given me some experience working with the Units. Gib’s explanations of the logistics of organizing a parade or event, while scaring me half to death, have helped me to understand a little more of what this position entails. Thank you, Gib.

January begins in December with our New Year’s Eve Party, which should be a fun evening/early morning. If you want to really celebrate, and don’t have a Designated Driver, please take advantage of the Hotel Special arranged by Al Kader. The cost of the Hotel Special is far less than the cost of a DUII ticket, or worse.

The 2015 Al Kader Installation of Officers and Social is on Saturday, January 3rd, with Oasis at 5:30 PM, Dinner about 6:45 PM, and Installation at 8:00 PM. Please come out and support your newly elected Potentate, Tom Bland, and his Lady Kathy, and the newly elected and appointed Divan.

Our first Stated Meeting of the year is on Monday, January 12th, with Oasis at 5:30 PM. Once again, this is an opportunity to both support your leadership, and let your voice be heard on issues of concern to you.

Okay, now to the Unit and Club information for January: On Friday evening, January 16th, at 6:30 PM, there will be a Unit/Club/Divan networking session, in preparation for the Unit/Club/Divan training on Saturday morning, the 17th, which begins at 8:00 AM sharp!

The Unit/Club Training is very important, as it will explain, in detail, the rules and procedures we will follow with regard to our participation in parades and events throughout the year. We very much would like the Clubs to attend the training as we want them to be a part of our parades, especially in their local area. If there are Clubs whose members would prefer not to walk, or don’t have a Club vehicle(s), we will make sure they have a vehicle in which to ride.

Because of the Unit/Club Training, there will be no Unit Head Meeting in January. The next Unit Head Meeting will be Thursday, February 26, with Oasis at 5:30 PM.

Directors Corner

Noble Gib Thonstad
December 2014

Nobles and Shrine Ladies,
This is my final message for the year (2014). On behalf of IS Dave Johnson and myself, we want to thank all the Units for their hard work and all their participation this year. The parades are done and, wow, what a year it has been. I have asked each Unit to send me a “resume” of their activities so we can determine the “Unit of the Year”. It will be announced at the Installation of our 2015 Officers in January.

Each unit has represented the Shrine Center and the Hospital by attending and participating in the many parades, events, and fundraisers. Many Units had their own fundraising events helping them operate during the year and to be able to monetarily contribute to our many causes. I can’t thank you enough for all your fine work.

Unit Head Captain’s, I have enjoyed working with you this year. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to serve you and the Center. Rick Laird will be your Director in 2015 and I know you will support him as you have me. The Units are a team and an integral part of the Shrine. Each Shriner is obligated to contribute to our goal of “helping children in need of our medical assistance.” Being a member of a Unit is one of the ways that you can contribute, make new friends and have fun. This is where men encourage each other’s well being and truly rejoice in each other’s prosperity.

A highlight this year was our regional meeting at Newport and Tillamook. I want to personally thank IS Dave Johnson for funding both of these events. IS Dave also paid for our dinners at our Unit Head meetings. I would also like to thank the rest of the Divan for their support and wish you all the best for next year. The Divan has the most thankless jobs of serving the Nobility and I, for one, would not trade places with them.

Cris and I wish everyone a Great Holiday Season with a more prosperous year in 2015. Remember always: TOGETHER “WE CAN” and “WE WILL” DO IT BETTER. Wear your Fez.

PS: Don’t forget Unit Head training on Jan. 17th at the Shrine Center.

Noble Gib Thonstad
November 2014

Nobles and Shrine Ladies,
The month of November is a very busy month for the units as we get ready for 2 big Parades, the fall Ceremonial and Chief Rabban Night. November 11 is Veteran’s Day with the Parade in Albany stepping off at 11:00 AM. This is a Large Parade and the people of Albany really turnout. Shriners in the Greater Portland/Salem area should attend and support not only our Veterans but our Shrine Center as well. Wear your Fez and Shrine Shirt and join the crowd. The Friday after Thanksgiving is the Macy’s Parade in down town Portland. This is the “official” last Parade of our season. Several of our Units will be participating and once again it would be nice to see lots of Shrine Shirts and Fezzes along the Parade Route. Step off is 9:00AM. The Independence Parade is on Dec. 6th and is an evening Parade, lights required.

Chief Rabban Night is a special night for the Chief Rabban to kick off his year as Potentate. Please mark your calendars with this important date: November 8th, honoring Tom and Kathy Bland as they kick off their Journey through the EAST. Come and see and hear what is being planned for next year.

The following week is busy with Stated Meeting, Unit Head/Divan meeting, and our Fall Ceremonial. Unit Captains, Unit Officers, and Unit Members let’s get those Shriners to be initiated. Remember that “Unit Growth” is part of determining Unit of the Year. The best way to get members for your Unit is to self-recruit. By lining up new candidates for the Shrine by recruiting members to join your Unit.

Captains, I hope that you are all preparing your Unit’s resume for the year. The due date will soon be upon us. We will have the categories and criteria available at the November Unit Head Meeting. From what I have witnessed, the Units and Clubs remain the heart of the Shrine Center. Like the Hospitals are our philanthropic focus, the Units and Clubs are the individual members focus and gives value to being a Shriner. Remember that we have 20% of our membership being considered active and 80% of the active members in the Shrine belongs to a Unit/Club.



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