MARVIN J. MILLER, POTENTATE
Vol. 79 December 2020-January 2021 No. 1
From Illustrious Sir Marvin Miller
And Lady Marie
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After months of collaboratio
International leadership, me
development, designers, and
officially launched the new
After months of collaboration
with Shriners International
development, designers, and
writers, we have officially launched
the new Beashrinernow.com
The reimagined site highlights the
fun, fellowship and philanthropy
that are the hallmarks of being a
Shriner. While preserving the 150
years of fraternal traditions, the new
recruitment system takes steps to
promote relevance to a new and
diverse generation of men of good
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fellowship and philanthropy
hallmarks of being a Shriner.
the 150 years of fraternal tra
system takes steps to promo
new and diverse generation
From our history to our mission,
values and support of Shriners
Hospitals for Children, viewers
will learn what it means to be a Shriner and how to take the next steps through one of
three streamlined pathways: Master Mason to Shriner, Entered Apprentices and Fellowcraft
Masons, and those who are not yet Masons.
From our history to our mission, values and support of Shriners H
Children, viewers will learn what it means to be a Shriner and how
next steps through one of three streamlined pathways: Master M
Entered Apprentices and Fellowcraft Masons, and those who are
On the website, a Mason will be prompted to fill out a short form, starting the process of
connecting him with local Shriners who will assist him on the journey to becoming a Shriner.
Interested men who are not yet Masons will be directed to the new beafeemason.org
website, a collaboration between Shriners International, Scottish Rite NMJ and Scottish Rite
SJ, which launched in early 2020.
On the website, a Mason will be prompted to fill out a short form
process of connecting him with local Shriners who will assist him
to becoming a Shriner.
“Whether you are a Mason, not yet a Mason or an active Shriner, beashrinernow.com is
your online source to learn how being a Shriner will enhance your Masonic experience,”
said Jim Smith, Imperial Potentate of Shriners International.
Interested men who are not yet Masons will be directed to the n
beafeemason.org website, a collaboration between Shriners Inte
Scottish Rite NMJ and Scottish Rite SJ, which launched in early 20
The Potentate’s Message
Es Selamu Aleikum
Dear Fellow Nobles,
Nobles, As my Ladies year as and your Friends: Potentate comes to a close, I want to tell you what an honor and
privilege it has been for my Lady Marie and me to represent Rajah Shrine.
When 2020 began, none of us could have imagined that we would be coping with
the unpredictable coronavirus pandemic. I sincerely regret that, due to COVID-19
issues, many of Rajah’s planned events were canceled; however, we had to do what
was necessary to protect and keep everyone safe.
Regardless of the many disappointments we experienced, I will always be grateful
to have had the opportunity of serving alongside so many committed people. The
members of the Divan and the Official Family have worked tirelessly this year in an
effort to keep our Temple going forward. My Lady and I want to give recognition
and thanks to the Divan and their Ladies for a successful Basket Bingo. Credit also
goes to the officers of the many clubs and units who kept their groups active despite
these trying times. To my dedicated Aides and their Ladies, I want to express my
appreciation for a job well done.
With the holiday season about to begin, please consider attending a holiday event at a club or unit in
addition to your own. Now more than ever, we should support each other.
Lady Marie and I want to thank all the Nobles and their Ladies for their support and encouragement
through the past seven years. Despite the fact that I will probably be remembered as the Pandemic
Potentate, I am grateful to have shared this experience of a lifetime with my Shrine Family.
Good luck to Kraig and Janet – may your year be everything you want it to be.
Lady Marie and I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
May God bless you and keep you safe.
Yours in the Faith, Ill. Marvin J. Miller
Concert Band President Retires.................................................5
Legion of Honor..............................................................5
Bethlehem SC - Back from the Brink........................................6
Oriental ALIEKUM Band..................................................................8
2021 Recorder Pote’s Trips............................................................9
NOTICE - NOTICE
In This Issue
MARVIN J. MILLER, POTENTATE
ALIEKUM ES SELAM Attest: Les A. Werley, Recorder
THE RAJAH SHRINE ADMINISTRATION OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON:
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2020 and
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2020 IN OBSERVANCE OF CHRISTMAS
& FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 2021 IN OBSERVANCE OF NEW YEARS DAY
THANK YOU - RAJAH SHRINE OFFICE
Ladies’ Basket Bingo....................................................13
Forks Of The Delaware Tin Lizzies .............................14
Lebanon Shrine Club ...................................................14
2021 Shrine T-Shirt Order Form...................................19
Hospital Walk for Love.................................................20
The Chaplain’s Study....................................................22
Lehigh Shrine Club.......................................................22
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Where has this year gone? The pandemic has taken so much
away from us, but we have this season to look forward to with
winter and Christmas coming upon us fast. Please be safe
while enjoying the Ladies’ Nights and the Christmas Parties in
Les A. Werley
There will be the Annual Meeting on January 6, 2021, starting
at 7 p.m. at the Rajah Shrine Complex. We will be electing our
officers for 2021. This will be followed by the Mass Installation on January 9, 2021 at
Leesport Farmers Market at 1 p.m.
The 2021 dues notices are out and dues are coming into the office. If you didn’t receive
your notice, please call the office at 610-916-9000 or email: email@example.com. We
also have some Nobles that haven’t paid their dues for 2020. Please make every effort to
pay your dues and stay current with your membership.
The Ceremonial for December 12, 2020 has been cancelled.
Bingo is back in business at Rajah Shrine on Thursday nights. We are slowly getting
back on track using social distancing, wearing masks, and taking temperatures of all
players. Screens have been purchased to protect both players and workers.
I would like to thank all Nobles and their Ladies for supporting me the last two years
and being patient with me as I learn the office of Recorder.
Have a Very Very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous, Happy, and Safe New Year!
CALLING ALL SHRINERS!
Nobles: The Rajah Shrine Membership numbers listed below are the Nobles
who still owe 2020 dues per our Temple records. If by chance you have misplaced
your dues notice or you didn’t receive a notice due to a recent address change, please
contact the Recorder at 610-916-9000, to assist you in taking care of this matter. If
you have paid your 2020 dues within the past month, thank you for your payment!
Les A. Werley, Recorder
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23302 23632 24109 24251 24476 24667 24780 25123 25204 25205
25577 25590 25785 CEREMONIALS
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27481 27926 27945 27954 28040 28095 28131 28170 28203 28259
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By Bryan Snyder
Joe D. McCarthy joined the concert band in 1995 and, after a
quarter century of service to our organization, has now retired. Joe
was given many opportunities to perform with the band and would
often steal the show with his comedic style on the cymbals and
boom-bas. Joe served as Band President for over 22 years and during
his tenure provided the band with progressive ways to provide the
band members with incentives for their service to the band.
Joe led the unit by managing and selling the Pop’s Concert
Program Book and the Annual Lottery Calendar Fund Raiser. Joe
was always introduced as the driving force of the band. True, he was
the Engineer of Transportation and did drive the pick-up truck to pull
the band float for parades. There were no potholes or curbs that he could not overcome. The guys on the float would attest to that.
Joe served as an ambassador for the 100 Million Dollar Club. He promoted that every member of the concert band would
become a member of the 100 Million Dollar Club and did often sell memberships to the general public too. In May, you would
always see Joe at the Redner Mini-Market promoting Shriners Hospitals for Children during the paper crusade. Joe was our band
liaison and attended many Rajah Shrine Unit meetings and programs.
In addition to time serving for the Rajah Shriners, he also served as President of the Mid-Atlantic Band Association of North
America representing all bands from Canada, United States, Mexico and Panama. Joe was the master-of-ceremony for many years
at the MASBA Festival of Music. Joe is Treasurer Emeritus of Williamson Lodge No. 307 and has been a member of the Scottish
Rite Valley of Reading since 1961. Joe was in the military and retired after 28 years of combined service in various branches of the
service. The list is too long to mention.
I must end this article with a big “Thank You” to Joe for all his years of service and all his brotherly love given to all. I know
his heart is for the band and the children that are cared for by the Philadelphia Shriners Hospitals for Children. Best wishes Joe.
list. This far in advance, things usually
change a bit. The trip is restricted to
adults only. Everyone who ever attended
this event thought it was great.
LEGION OF HONOR
Not a whole lot has changed since our last article. Pandemic-wise, it’s still one step forward, then
half a step (or more) back. Hang in there and keep your fingers crossed.
Our Commander's Night on October 13 went well. There were 13 Past Commander's present. A big
thank you to our Ladies who prepared and served the meal. Our Legion Christmas Party is scheduled for
Dec. 20. Hopefully, nothing fouls that up. By the time you read this article, we will have had a planning
meeting and info mailed out.
Here’s another reminder for that trip we have planned to the International Tattoo in Norfolk,
Virginia. It is scheduled for April 16 & 17, 2021. Reservation limit is 47 people. As of Nov. 10, we have
44. If you are
we get filled up,
put your name
on our waiting
BACK FROM THE
BRINK, BY HAVING
FUN AND SMOKING
by Sam Ellis
“The club was pretty much ready to fold,” said club secretary
and past president Garrett Newhartz when reflecting on the
Bethlehem Shrine Clubs fortunes in early 2011-12. They were
not getting member turnout at their meetings and the question
was how to keep going? Then came the Rajah Cigar Nights.
The Rajah Potentate at the time was Tom Conlon, who
appreciates a good cigar, and established Cigar Night as a
staple on the Rajah Calendar. Tom said “We started Rajah
Cigar Nights with the goal of bringing Masons and Shriners
together in fellowship and good fun, and the events were very
successful. George Makoul, Bob Holdorff, Ed Frack, and the
guys in Bethlehem Shrine Club always showed up in force to
George was secretary of the club at the time. “I noticed
the fellowship and fun that I and other members of the club
felt while attending the Rajah Cigar Nights. We always had a
Then club president Bob Holdoff appreciated that feeling
too. “Most of the guys showing up at our meetings were cigar
smokers. To Bob and the other small group of regulars it
was clear, “Let’s just build the club around the love of cigar
smoking and bourbon whiskey.” Ed Frack commented that “there was concern that some members would be turned off by the cigar
theme, but the reality was that these nobles were not coming to meetings anyway, so we decided to move ahead.”
Fast forward to a pivotal meeting in early March, 2020, where new club president Tim McCarty and 14 other members discussed
moving forward with a more action oriented agenda including some creative fund raising ideas, with a main goal of dedicating the
monies raised to the Shriners Children’s Hospital and of course carrying on
with the cigar and bourbon theme, and having fun.
The suggestion of selling their own brand of cigar as a fund raiser
was forwarded by President Tim McCarty. And as fate would have it, Ed
Frack had invited a guest, Tim Kramer, who was a friend and a true cigar
aficionado, to speak at a club meeting. When the idea of the club selling
cigars came up in a subsequent conversation, Tim Kramer, mentioned that
he rolls his own cigars. “Tim Kramer was extremely helpful in advising us
on what type of cigar, the tobacco, and flavor, among other things would fit
our needs for a fund raiser.” noted Tim. Pretty soon Mr. Kramer was turning
out a special cigar for the club. Priced at $10, the club cigar is selling very
well. Rajah has given permission for the club to sell their cigars on Cigar
Night and at the Pote’s Picnic.
“It was our first fundraiser in years” noted Tommy Male a long-time
member of the club and who remembers when employees of Bethlehem
Steel were a majority of the club’s membership.
Members of Bethlehem S.C. at Cigar Night,
Sitting L-R Tim McCarty, George Makoul,
Standing L-R Bobby Berger, Larry Silfies,
Patrick Ridenour, Bob Holdorff, Chris Clauser
In fact, that heritage of Bethlehem Steel inspired president Tim to design
Club President Tim McCarty
the club’s new logo around a profile of a steel beam.
The club now meets at the Caravan Cigar Company,
a unique cigar lounge in the heart of downtown, Bath,
PA. Tim McCarty had a business relationship with the
owners and the club now holds their meetings in an
upstairs conference room. What better place for a cigar
themed club to meet but in a cigar store? Tim says, “The
membership is definitely more engaged now. We just
had our first big fund raiser, a corn hole tournament, on
October 24. We raised over $1,500. And we had great
club participation which shows me that we can have fun
and raise money at the same time”.
When asked to comment on the club’s resurgence,
Illustrious Sir Marvin Miller said “you know the Shrine
was originally established to have fun. It looks like the
nobles in Bethlehem Shrine Club are doing just that. And
building a successful club at the same time.”
A membership meeting in the cigar lounge of CCC,
L-R Ed Frack, Keith Doyle, Tim McCarty, Tom
Male, in back Garrett Newhartz and Jared Kichline,
Not a lot of news from our unit since the pandemic has closed most of the Shrine’s events since
March. We had our first meeting at the complex on October 5, since the March shut down. The election
of officers was held with the following nobles elected: Director - Barry Reed, President – Gerry Mengel,
Vice President – Dave DeTurk, Treasurer – Carl “Mic” Frey, Secretary – Carl Solarek.
Director Barry Reed had his annual trip to the Shrine Directors Association Convention cancelled due
to the virus. S.D.A is a very worthwhile event that provides new ideas and policies to run the second section
at the temple’s ceremonials. But as
fate would have it, Rajah canceled
this year’s Ceremonial. Hopefully
the convention and our Ceremonial
will both be back on track for 2021.
Cancellations affected all our
major fund raisers. The sales of
Shriner Jewelry at the Pote’s Picnic and Ceremonial were
lost. Parades that we participate in - the Topton Halloween
and King Frost - were canceled. Pine Grove was scaled down.
Even our Ladies Night, where we thank our ladies for
putting up with our being away attending Shrine activities,
was canceled too.
We plan to get back on a limited schedule with our
November 2 meeting. We still are seeking new members and
looking for the new ideas they will bring to the club.
If you are interested, come to one of our meetings to find
out more about us.
We meet the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the
It will be a new normal for some time and we know that
we will adjust to these changes as Shriners always prevail
in tough times. Our unit’s motto, “Hold the Rope,” refers to
being there for others in difficult times.
Stay well and safe
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By Shane R. Paisley, Donor Relations Chairman
This October marked the 6th consecutive year for the Philadelphia Hospital’s Walk
for Love event. Previously held on the grounds of LuLu Shriners complex in Plymouth
Meeting, this year’s event received a pretty ‘wild’ change of scenery, partnering with the
Philadelphia Zoo to serve as the host location.
Participants received a private zoo experience with exclusive access to walk, roll or
stroll through the grounds at their leisure (with PPE and social distancing measures) before
the venue opened to the general public. Lincoln, Rajah’s very own Patient Ambassador,
was on site doing a great job of representing our Temple: welcoming participants, talking
with patients, handing out our Pote’s Pins, and eating lots of snacks (like any good
Joining forces this year with Noble Jim Atkins (North Penn Shrine Club) and the
Board of Governors Team, Lincoln and Team Rajah raised over $940 in sponsorship
dollars, leading in all categories; Most Donors, Most $ Raised, and Highest Weekly $.
The event raised over $181,000 in combined donations, directly benefiting our Philadelphia Hospital. Special thanks to everyone for
their donations and support of Team Rajah. Join us in person next year!
Shane and Lincoln grab a selfie
at the Zoo entrance
This is Makini, the Philadelphia Zoo's own Lion King.
He greets visitors at Big Cat Falls
Greetings from your String Band,
Congratulations to all the incoming Officers of Rajah Shrine. I hope we have a better 2021. All String
Band Officers will remain the same as 2020. In spite of all
the parades being cancelled this year, we were still able to
donate to the Hospital from our treasury.
We’re wishing safe travels to our snowbirds and hope
you have a great winter. We will miss you. And to everyone,
best wishes for a safe and healthy Thanksgiving, a very
Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year.
Our next meeting is tentatively in January. As always,
there is an open-door invitation for musicians to play in
the String Band. If you play an instrument, come out to a rehearsal on the second
Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Complex. If you need to brush up, we’ll help you get
started. Just come with your instrument to rehearsal.
With the support of our Ladies, our purpose is that we might play our instruments
so that someday a physically challenged child may walk and play again.
Watching the parade in Lititz,
Rajah Shrine 2021
– Rajah Shrine 2020 Trip: Music & Rails in West Virginia –
CHIEF RABBAN KRAIG & LADY JANET LEIBY
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• Three (3) night's hotel accommodations: one (1) night, Hampton Inn, Zanesville, OH; one (1) night, Hilton Hotel, Florence, KY; and one (1) night, Hampton Inn, Lewisburg, WV.
Included in this trip:
• Five (5) included meals: three (3) breakfasts, two (2) dinners. • Guided tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, Mill Run, PA
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• Admission to the Ark Encounter, Williamstown, KY. This full sized Noah's Ark, the largest timber framed building in the world, is built to the dimensions found in the Bible and includes
- 3-nights’ hotel accommodations in Elkins three (3) and decks Lewisburg, of exhibits about the West Flood, Virginia Noah and the animals.
• Admission to the Creation Museum, Petersburg, KY. Over 140 state-of-the-art exhibits bring the pages of the Bible to life.
- Ride aboard the diesel-powered Cheat Mountain Salamander and the coal-fired steam engine Durbin Rocket
• Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show, Cincinnati, OH
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- Tour the former
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- Roundtrip transportation to the Manhattan Cruise Terminal HIGHLIGHTS with included baggage handling
• Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump • Waterton Lakes National Park • Glacier National Park • Kootenay National Park • Banff Gondola - Sulfur Mountain
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•1930s Red Jammer Touring Cars • Going-to-the-Sun Highway • Banff Area Tour • Peyto Lake • Moraine Lake & Valley of the Ten Peaks
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Welcome! I am delighted to see each of
you here today. As stressful as this year
has been, I have so much to be thankful
for. Since Marv and I began this
journey in 2014, we have many new
friends. We are so blessed to have each of
you in our Shriners family.”
Frist Lady of Rajah Shrine,
Hostess Sharon Miller,
Lady of the Chief Aide
Aides Ladies, L-R Ruthie Wicker, Barbara Snell, Sharon Miller, Diane Smith,
Beth Frey, and Ann Kohl
The Divan served a terrific meal for 56 ladies
Mic Frey and Chief Aide Greg Miller
Dave Matsinko entertained with traditional
First Lady Marie shows off gifts
presented by the Aides
Divan Servers L-R Duane Dellecker, Kraig Leiby, Les Werley, Joe Hagan, Don
Heimbecker, Ron Szapacs, Ill. Sir Marv Miller
Lady Barbara Dellecker gave
Greg Lewis, PP
In what has been the most unusual year in our lifetime, here we are, thankfully, at the end of 2020. We
can only pray and hope that 2021 turns out to be THE best year ever!
In wrapping up this year, I can report that as soon as we received the all-clear from the Illustrious
Sir, the Provost Guard began meeting again. We were hopeful of being able to perform our parking and
security duties at some of the functions that were not already cancelled, however, as you all know, just
about everything was completely wiped out.
There were a few exceptions and some activities of the various Units and Clubs were held and some
regularly scheduled monthly meetings did take place, but almost all of the Rajah Shrine temple activities
were either cancelled or postponed to a future date. Those cancellations included both of the Provost Guard’s
Spaghetti Dinners, but we are looking forward to feeding the hungry masses next year at our two Spaghetti
Dinners scheduled for June and October. Exact dates and details will be announced in the next edition of the
The good news of 2020 is that we did manage to have a successful Rajah Shrine Circus, and we had the
pleasure of seeing Illustrious Sir Marv dress up as a loveable clown.
It is the sincere wish that we can get back to a “new normal” in the coming months and that the current situation does not detract
from our fellow Nobles’ participating in future events of the temple as a whole and the continuation of each of the individual Units
and Clubs meetings, dinners and special functions.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ill. Sir Marv Miller for his outstanding leadership this past year and would like
to thank our First Lady Marie for her support and to thank both of them for their understanding, patience and guidance throughout
this tumultuous time.
And to all of the Divan members, we want to thank you for your support and encouragement and look forward to working with
each of you in the future.
Now, on behalf of President Bob Himes and all of the officers and members of your Rajah Provost Guard, we would like to
wish everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY, HEALTHY NEW YEAR.
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PLEASE TAKE NOTE: THE DECEMBER 12, 2020
CEREMONIAL HAS BEEN CANCELED!
ATTENTION ALL NOBLES
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 – 7:00 PM
Please be advised that the Annual Meeting of the Nobility of Rajah Shrine
will be held at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in the
Banquet Hall, Rajah Complex.
The business of the meeting will be to present to the body, discuss and vote,
On the following items:
1. Installation of Temple Officers.
2. And, any other business that may lawfully come before the body.
Marvin J. Miller,
Illustrious PotentateAttest: Les A. Werley, Recorder
“APPOINTMENTS ARE FOR ONE YEAR ONLY”
When a Potentate’s term of office expires, all appointments made by him during his administration
TERMINATE, according to the Imperial Code.
Such appointments include ALL appointed Officers, Potentate’s Aides, members of Committees
and their Chairman, Special Appointees, Directors, Assistant Directors, and all members of the
Some uniformed Nobles have mistakenly believed or assumed their appointments to be permanent,
NOT SO! Each Potentate when installed in office must make his own appointments.
The Potentate has the power and authority under Imperial Shrine Law to replace every appointee:
or he may, if he believes it to be in the best interest of the Shrine to retain all appointees by
Traditionally, for the sake of efficiency, many Nobles of demonstrated ability are continued in
office or appointment by reappointment. But this is at the will and pleasure of the incoming Potentate.
In no case is he, or can he be bound by his predecessor. By the same token in no case can any
Potentate bind his successor.
If it is the will and pleasure of the incoming Potentate that the Noble is to continue in his office
or position by reappointment he will be notified by the Potentate to that effect.
Should any Noble not holding appointment by the current Potentate wear a Fez carrying any
title such as “Aide” or any other designation he does so in violation of the code.
Some Nobles seek to perpetuate an appointment fictitiously by adding to the lettering on the
Fez the year or years of their appointment. This is a violation of Imperial Law. The offending may be
informed; but “…Ignorance of the law is no excuse.”
“It was a successful event by all measurements”
according to Ron Rapp, PP, and Rajah Treasurer.
The Ladies Basket Bingo was held at the Rajah
Complex on October 16.
Hosted by First Lady Marie
by Janet Leiby, the event
brought in near $6,000.
There were 103 ladies
playing. Lady Marie said “I
can’t give enough credit to
the Aides, the Divan, and
the Divan Ladies for their
Lady Marie Miller hosted
The monies raised go to
Lois Szapacs and Ann Fromm served food
Barbara Dellecker won a door prize
The Aides and Divan Ladies who supported the event with Lady Marie
L-R Row 1: Diane Smith, Barbara Snell, Lady Marie Miller, Janet Leiby, Ruth Ann Seyler,
Row 2: Barbara Dellecker, Sharon Miller, Beth Frey, Lois Szapacs, Carol Heimbecker
Row 3: Ann Kohl, Ruthie Wicker, Joyce Hagan, Ann Fromm, Karen Guignet
Les Werley presents a prize to a
Aides and Divan helpers,
L-R Row 1: Richard Snell, Duane Dellecker, Ill. Sir Marvin Miller, Kraig Leiby, Nick Smith.
Row 2: Helmut Wicker, Harold Kohl, Les Werley, Ron Szapacs, Sam Ellis,
Row 3 Cliff Fromm: Don Heimbecker, Dale Ott, top row Joe Hagan, Carl ‘Mic’Frey, Terry Hulsizer
Beth Frey and Diane Smith selling
Forks of the Delaware Tin Lizzies
Where to start? There are no
words to describe the year we
have been through. Yet, despite
all that is going on with the
pandemic and the disruption
it has caused, the Tin Lizzies,
like many units and clubs, are
back up and running.
The Tin Lizzies participated
in two parades, two out of the
twenty that we would do in a
normal year. The club was at
Pine Grove on October 17 where Illustrious Sir Marvin
Miller joined us and drove a tin lizzie car in the parade.
We also paraded in Belvidere, New Jersey on October
31. It was the first time we’ve gone across the Delaware
River for a parade.
Members of the club were in Kunkletown on October
24 for a “Trunk or Treat” Pumpkin Patch festival
sponsored by the West End Food Pantry. We joined the Rajah Clowns who
invited us to the event.
The club was back to baking shoofly pies. We started later than we
normally would have but made up for it with extra bakes. We sold at flea
markets, October Fests, and even at meat markets.
Our last bake was on November 9. We’ll pick up again in February.
Hopefully everything else will be picking up by then too.
Our Christmas Dinner and Ladies Night is planned for December 19,
at the Northampton Community Center in Northampton. Sean Reilly, a
vocalist in the “Sinatra Style” will be entertaining.
The officers and nobles of the Tin Lizzies wish everyone safe and happy
holidays and a terrific 2021!
Sam Beam as "Bean-O" on left with Dave DeTurk as "Trusty" in
center and Tin Lizzie president Larry Silfies at the "Trunk and
Treat" in Kunkletown.
Ill. Sir Marvin Miller posed with the Tin
Lizzies before the Pine Grove parade
LEBANON SHRINE CLUB
I have been busy wearing a mask and filling out papers that “certify” that I am not sick. I am
confident all that paperwork will take care of the whole crisis, worldwide.
Speaking of masks, they are not required at our meetings. We are the “Dumb Dutchman” that meet at
Heisey’s Diner the fourth Monday of the month at 6:30.
Things are pretty much back to normal except you cannot sit at the bar and have a drink before the
meeting, that would be way too dangerous. I have been saying that about drinking Scotch for years.
Ill. Marv has been attending our last several meetings and we even had some of his favorite foods.
All you can eat, family style of course. Bring your Lady and join us anytime. Dues are $15 for 2021 and
can be mailed to John Bainbridge Jr, Secretary, 270 Kathy Court, Lebanon, PA 17042.
Our Shrine has been under severe strain, but, once again, thanks to our great leadership at all levels, we are still strong. Rajah
needs everyone’s strong support. It is fantastic that activities like Bingo and some of the other Shrine events are returning. You be
the ultimate judge if you feel comfortable in ANY of life’s situations. If you cannot be there in person, still give support with a
donation or volunteer to help in another way. “These are Times That Try Men’s Souls” is as true now as when it was first spoken.
There are no better or stronger souls than those of a Shriner.
The camping season has come to an end for the Rajah
Caravaners. We have elected our officers for 2021, closed up
the Oasis campground and prepared our campers for the winter
Preparing for winter is rarely much fun, but we can look
forward to the upcoming Christmas parties.
Caravaners will be partying with the Legion of Honor again. It
is always a fun event.
We bid farewell to Noble Pastor David Newhart, our past unit
president. He has moved to Elizabethtown. Hopefully, he will not
forget about us and pay us a visit from time to time.
This had been a “dark” year for many of us, but hopefully the Christmas season will
bring good health and happiness to all. And we can take time to prepare for and anticipate
another fun filled camping season in 2021.
So be safe, be healthy and above all be happy. And camp on!
The Hospital Service Unit has been busy for the past few weeks. Despite the COVID concerns, several
child patients have been making visits to the Shrine Hospital in Philadelphia.
Precautions have been put in place at the hospital for everyone’s safety. And our drivers are taking
measures to protect themselves and the patients. There is an interrogation that everyone must pass before
being transported to the hospital. The questions are repeated at the hospital and a temperature check before
allowed entry to the hospital.
We had our final meeting for the year 2020. Officers being elected, we are prepared for a new and
Our Unit parade float has been ready and waiting for an opportunity to participate in parades and get the
word out to the public about the service we provide to children in need of medical aid.
The Christmas season is approaching rapidly. So, Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a Happier, Healthier New Year
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upcoming game has been cancelled. The game had been scheduled for
January 23, 2021, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The nation’s oldest college football all-star game, the East-West Bowl
dates back to its original contest in 1925. Some of the many all-star names
to play in past games include Tom Brady, Gale Sayers, John Elway,
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Rajah inducts New Members at Mini-Ceremonial, September 23
Proud father, Oriental Guide Don Heimbecker, gave the
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What can I add that has not already been written
and discussed? The year of 2020 will go down in
history as one of the most freakish years of the
century and beyond.
When we started in January, we had the
pleasure of singing at the Mass Installation of the
Rajah Units and Clubs with hopes of this being a
banner year. All of the markers were in place to have
a great circus, the Potentate’s trips were all lined-up,
the Pretzel Bowl, Rajah Shrine Night at the Reading
Fightin’ Phils were all set, the annual Imperial Session in Kansas City and the
yearly trek to Virginia Beach for MASA was also on the docket.
All of the Units and Clubs had plans for another successful year including
meetings, dinners, ladies’ nights, parades and we had a few performance
engagements lined-up, but then….Covid-19 hit in mid-March and all plans,
schedules and outings came to a complete HALT!
We all hunkered down for a few months waiting for this nightmare to end,
but as the Coronavirus held on, we experienced more misery and more cancellations of not just our own activities, but around the
world. All of our plans were put aside and we all simultaneously held our collective breath waiting for how we would react to a
But, through it all, we did manage to get back to a somewhat regular life, perhaps not eating out as much as we did pre-
Covid-19, but cooking at home and taking long walks around our neighborhoods became a part of our daily lives. The end is still
not in sight, but at least we do have a clearer picture of where we are going from here with a vaccine on the horizon and protocols
in place, including the wearing of masks, gloves and using plenty of hand sanitizer - all precautions needed to keep us all safe to
avoid contacting this dreaded disease ourselves.
I can assure you that the Chanters have been taking necessary precautions, too, when we meet and rehearse at the Rajah
Complex. Although we have had all of our engagements cancelled, except for our appearance in October in the Halloween parade
in Pine Grove, we have managed to gather together a core group that has been rehearsing for our participation at the Rajah Mass
Installation Ceremony this coming January.
As this year draws to a close, with our President Dwayne Miller, we would like to thank our Potentate, Ill. Sir Marv Miller and
his Lady Marie for their support and encouragement. Now on behalf of all of the members of the Rajah Chanters and our ladies,
we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and happy, healthy New Year.
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George Boyce speaking on his
Greetings to all Anglers and
Nobles. It's the fall season and
except for a few hardy souls
who ventured north to fish
for salmon, the fishing season
has come to an end. To say the
year was unique would be an
understatement. Some trips
were enjoyed while others had to
In October we had
a nice dinner meeting
with our Ladies
and, after a short
business meeting, we
enjoyed two guest
speakers. First was a
presentation from the
couple who, for the
last 4 or 5 years, has
donated $1,000 to the Rajah transportation fund. Bill and Chris Hankee have fund raising golf
tournaments throughout the Lehigh Valley in honor of their daughter. They are very special
people. Next was a neighbor of mine who experienced fishing on the bass pro tour. From Maine
to California, he rubbed elbows with the top names on the tour. Hopefully in the near future we
will have more meetings of this type.
Two last items for your information are that we will be bagging our fall sauerkraut for the
upcoming winter and holiday seasons and we will need to resolve how to handle our Christmas/
Ladies Night details while staying within the rules of the virus as they are now.
Have a great and safe holiday season and I hope to see you at future meetings.
Seasons Greetings from the Oriental Band!
Our monthly meeting for October was held at yet another new establishment. The Coplay Seangerbund
is still closed on Tuesdays. Thank goodness for Noble Wayne Grumbein being an officer at the Cetronia
Fire Company Social Hall! Noble Wayne made the arrangements for us to meet there. It’s good to have
people in high places. Thank you again, Noble Wayne.
At our meeting we again had our Illustrious Sir Marv Miller and an entourage of Divan. The Illustrious
Sir gave us updates of the goings on at our Shrine Center. Illustrious Sir is now known as the “Pandemic
Potentate.” It is always good to have the support of a very strong Divan. Our units certainly have it.
Our November meeting was a bust. Being Election Day, the fire hall is used for voting and the
Seagerbund is still closed. Oh well, better luck in December.
On a sad note, the Black Camel visited yet another Noble of the Band. Noble Joe Prisaznik, a long
time member, Past President, and a first rate finger cymbal player until his retirement, passed away after
a long illness. The members of the Band would like to pass along their condolences to Joe’s Lady Evangeline better known as
“Vangie,” his sons Michael and Barry and daughters Eileen and Lisa and their families.
Again, there is little to report on. We certainly hope next year is better for all. How much worse could it get? The Band wishes
all a very Merry Christmas and a much better, safe and prosperous New Year.
experience on the Pro Bass
Keep our patients in your thoughts and prayers, especially during the holiday season.
Chris and Bill Hankee presenting a check for $1,000 the Rajah
ATTENTION ALL NOBLES
STATED MEETING & ELECTION
OF 2021 OFFICERS
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2020 -
Please be advised that a stated meeting and Election of 2021 Officers of the
Nobility of Rajah Shrine will be held at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, December 2, 2020
in the Banquet Hall at the Rajah Shrine Complex, 221 Orchard Road, Reading,
The business of the meeting will be to present to the body, discuss and vote, if
necessary, on the following items:
• To vote on candidates for creation, affiliation and restoration.
• Any other business that may lawfully come before the body.
• Hold Election of 2021 Officers
Illustrious Sir Sir Marvin J. Miller, Potentate
ATTEST: Les A. Werley, Recorder
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“Joseph went to be registered in Bethlehem with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was with
child. Mary gave birth to her firstborn and wrapped him in bands of cloth and laid him in a manger,
because there was no place for them in the inn.” Luke 2: 5-7
It must be almost twenty years ago that I first came across an interesting piece of advertising written
by a committed Christian, perhaps you also saw the same billboard. This billboard showed a picture of
jolly ole St. Nicholas and alongside of it was a picture of Jesus. The headline above the two pictures read,
“Whose birthday is it anyway?” It was a very simple yet striking way of getting across the point. I have
heard children answer the question, “Whose birthday is it?” with “Santa Claus.” Not often but every once
in a while, it happens.
Every Christmas, pastors rail against the continued commercialism of Christmas by the secular society.
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving when so many merchants begin to make more money than the
rest of the entire fiscal year. Black Friday is the day they either make or break their financial year. It is the
time when people seriously begin to buy their gifts for Christmas. I have no problem with merchants making a living at selling gifts,
even selling gifts for Christmas. I have overcome my urge to rail against that any longer, as it is like blowing in the wind. You will
not read that in this letter.
I will take umbrage with the fact that so many Christians have allowed themselves to be so taken up in the whole idea of gift
giving that they forget what the season is really meant to commemorate. This is the birth of the Son of God, Emmanuel, “God With
Us.” When buying gifts and arranging parties and running from one so called “Christmas party” to another so consumes your life,
then you have lost your sight on the goal, celebrating Jesus as God’s gift to us.
Our gifts could never compare to what God has already given to us, so we need not try, however we should be ever mindful of
the needs of others. Remember that gift giving to family and friends is certainly part of this season, there is also a remembrance of
the gifts we should be returning to God for the gift of his only begotten Son.
The season of Advent is here to be a reminder to us, as well as a guide through the secular world that so easily carries us away
to its whims and wiles. Take the time to worship and celebrate with us here at Trinity and prepare yourself. Prepare yourself for the
true meaning of Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, Emmanuel. God’s only Son is born to be our Savior
Roger C. Reis
The Lehigh Shrine Club Nobles
and Ladies wish all our other Shrine
families a very happy, healthy and
joyous holiday season!
Remember to support and attend
your Clubs and Units. Without active
member participation, we WILL cease
to exist! As always, it’s GREAT to be
LEHIGH SHRINE CLUB
Nobles, what a couple of months we have just been through. Disappointments and cancellations one
after the other.
We had to cancel our annual Ladies Nite on November 21 due to the space limitations of the original
site, but we were able to go forward with our annual Golf Tournament on October 14. We had a beautiful
day and about 60 golfers. Proud to say we raised $7,000.00 for the Shriners Hospital for Children. Thank
you to President Dennis Guignet, Secretary Earl Marlatt, Nobles Paul Lizun, Bob Vrancken and especially
to Ron Neimeyer who did most of the heavy lifting. Thank you, Nobles, all!
Unfortunately, we also had to cancel our Stated Meeting on Nov 4 because we needed a minimum
attendance of 25 and we could not meet that number.
But for some good news, our annual Christmas Party is still ON for December 4. We will have it at
the Shrine Complex and it will be a casual “Ugly Sweater” night. The flyers will be out soon.
EUGENE F. BERRY
DIED: SEPTEMBER 13, 2020
WALTER R. CHRIST
DIED: OCTOBER 9, 2020
RICHARD J. ELLIOTT
DIED: NOVEMBER 6, 2020
JOHN A. FUHRMAN
DIED: OCTOBER 17, 2020
JOHN H. GRIESEMER, SR.
DIED: OCTOBER 1, 2020
CHARLES E. GRIFFITHS, SR.
DIED: SEPTEMBER 3, 2020
ERNEST W. HAMMERSCHMIDT
DIED: OCTOBER 11, 2020
ROBERT H. HASHINGER, SR.
DIED: AUGUST 3, 2020
RICHARD E. HUMMEL
DIED: NOVEMBER 2, 2020
KAYE B. LEIBY
DIED: NOVEMBER 5, 2020
THOMAS L. LIGHTCAP
DIED: AUGUST 27, 2020
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GUY W. PETERY
DIED: APRIL 7, 2020
DIED: SEPTEMBER 15, 2020
RALPH L. RIEGEL
DIED: NOVEMBER 6, 2020
HENRY L. TRUMBO
DIED: FEBRUARY 26, 2020
DANIEL W. ZERBEY
DIED: JULY 22, 2020
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