From the President – Noble Dick Hancock
I recently attended the training provided by the Temple for new Club Presidents. It was very informative and motivated me to try to be a more effective leader.
Our February meeting will be our annual “Thank You” to our farmers and food caravan contributors. It will be held on Tuesday, February 7th, at Wild Winds Station, 107 NE Cedar Street, in Madras. It is immediately south of Safeway and in the same block as Les Schwab Tires. Social Hour is 5:30 PM and dinner at 6:30 PM. The menu is your choice qf Prime Rib or Stuffed Breast of Chicken. Cost is $22.00 including gratuity. If you have not been contacted by your area representative by February first, please call me at 541-815-4577 for reservations.
Our new Potentate, Illustrious Sir Ron Gamble will be attending, possibly with some representatives from the Hospital.
From Noble Terry Griffith – Al Kader 1st Ceremonial Master
Run For A Child
2017 is here and thus begins the new year for the Run. That means organizational meetings, contacting old sponsors for renewals and more importantly going after new sponsors. We already have Lifetime Windows, Kendall Toyota and Dutch Brothers committed. It is always an exciting time, getting out and contacting new business owners and generally spreading the word about the Shriners but more importantly our Hospital and our kids. If you know of a business, or are someplace that you think would be a great fit for the Run, let me know. I would be more than happy to contact them.
Last year was a great year for the Run. With all of our sponsors and other methods of raising money, we were able to give the Hospital $21,200. That was a substantial increase over the previous year. The Run is a very coordinated effort by a large number of people, and most definitely a team effort. If it weren’t for everyone pitching in and our Friends of Shriners, this wouldn’t be successful. We have some changes coming for this year; an expanded beer garden, additional help from Al Kader, expanded children’s activities and hopefully more sponsors. Our goal is to exceed last year’s contribution to the Hospital.
COSC hosted the January meeting of the E/W Committee on the 27th and 28th in Bend. A huge thanks goes to Lynn & Dave Johnson for organizing the Oasis at the Sleep Inn. Also, a big thanks to Dale & Kay Nelson, Bob Banta, John Pinckney and Jim Michaelis for attending and helping out. The members of the Committee greatly appreciated the Oasis and expressed their gratitude.
The meeting on Saturday was to select players and alternates, as well as Queens and co-captains. With over 170 nominations, the coaches had a big job, but made their selections. We will have one player, Mack Little, from Culver and one alternate, Jacob Gurney, from Sisters. COSC will also be sponsoring a co-captain again this year. Payton Gregory will be returning for a second year as co-captain.
We will also have the pleasure of having a Queen in our area, who is actually going to be sponsored by the Baker County Shrine Club. Cambrie Lagao, resides in Sisters, and was the 2015 East Queen and was sponsored by COSC at that time. In May, we will be inviting our players, Queen and co-captain and their families to join us for a hosted banquet in their honor.
Fez Trailer Reconditioning
The Fez trailer is in need of painting. I have contacted Commercial Powder Coating in Bend, and they have agreed to powder coat the trailer for under $500! This means that it will never need to be painted again . We also have a Friend of Shriners that has a plasma cutter, and will create new signs for the trailer.
The only issue is that the Fez portion and all the wiring and wood needs to be removed. So, I am looking for volunteers, and specifically a place where we can off-load the Fez while it is being powder coated. If you know of someplace we can use, that has an enclosed area and a lift or tractor, please let me know. It would be nice to begin working on it this month, so it will be ready to go for parade season.