Rajah News - February '21

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Rajah News

Vol. 79 February-March 2021 No. 2

When Winter comes,

can Spring be far

behind?


Illustrious Sir Kraig W. Leiby

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Kraig was initiated into Freemasonry at Vaux Lodge #406, F. & A. M. Hamburg, PA and is now a

member of Huguenot Lodge #377, F. & A. M. Kutztown, PA.

In Rajah Shrine, Leiby is a member of the Chanters (men’s choral group), Motor Corp, Schuylkill

Shrine Club and a founding officer of the Pagoda Twisted Shiners. He is also a member of Reading

Consistory A.A.S.R., Valley of Reading, PA.

Leiby was appointed to the progressive line of officers in 2016 by Illustrious Sir Larry S. Bortz III.

As a member of Rajah Shrine Board of Directors, Kraig serves on several committees and is a

representative to the International Imperial Shrine convention and the Middle Atlantic Shrine

Association. He is also a member of the Order of Quetzalcoatl, Apato Teocalli #63, Reading.

Kraig is the younger son of Earl and Faye Leiby, Kutztown, and has an older brother Kevin. He

married his wife Janet in 1996 and they reside in Blandon. His father and brother are also

members of Rajah Shrine.

He is a graduate of Stockton State College (Pomona, NJ) with a Bachelor’s

Degree in Environmental Public Health and from Slippery Rock University with

an Advanced Master’s and Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy. He is employed

by PennState Health as a Manager for Sports Medicine and as an Outpatient

Orthopedic Physical Therapist.


The Potentate’s Message

Es Selamu Aleikum

Greetings Illustrious Sirs and Nobles.

Nobles, It Ladies is a great and Friends: honor to be your elected Potentate of Rajah Shrine for 2021. I

thank you for your continued support, encouragement and hard work in the past and

the future.

This year we are continuing to place much emphasis on increasing membership and

getting more nobles involved. Each year our membership numbers decline and we are

encouraging you to promote the shrine to your Blue Lodge, other masonic bodies, or

quality men that share the same values as we do.

We are also charging our nobles to support a club/unit that may be one that they are

not currently involved with. This may be done by attending a meeting, social function,

or fundraiser. Take the opportunity to know your fellow Nobles. We need to stay strong

as one and push forward during these uncertain pandemic times.

One important change to this year’s schedule is the Rajah Circus. This event date is

moved to October 20-24 at the Hamburg Field House. We expect another outstanding

and fun show. We always welcome volunteers to help with this fundraiser. I would

also like to invite the Nobility and guests to the Pote’s Ball on May 1st at the Double

Tree in Reading, PA. Lastly, I would like to mention the Potentate’s Trips to The Ark in Kentucky on

March 25-28 and The Canadian Rockies/Glacier National Park on June 16-22.

The motto for this year is Healing With Tradition. This is in honor of my Pennsylvania Dutch

Heritage, my medical profession, and the history of our Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. With our hard

work and dedication to our cause, we can do great things for the children and keep the tradition going.

Janet and I look forward to serving you and Rajah Shrine and thank you again for all that you do!

Yours in the Faith,

Kraig

Contents

Recorder’s Message........................................................4

Daughter of Shrine Family Creates Unique Fund Raiser..........5

Schuylkill Shrine Club....................................................5

2021 Divan & Ceremonial Masters................................6

Director’s Staff................................................................7

Annual Meeting..............................................................7

Legion of Honor..............................................................8

2021 Pote's Trips.............................................................9

ALIEKUM ES SELAM

Testimonial....................................................................10

Attest:

String Joe Hagan Band...................................................................10

Provost RecorderGuard...............................................................11

Lebanon Shrine Club ...................................................12

Concert Band................................................................12

2021 Directory........................................................ 13-16

ALIEKUM ES SELAM Attest: Les A. Werley, Recorder

NOTICE - NOTICE

THE RAJAH SHRINE ADMINISTRATION OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON:

FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2021 IN OBSERVANCE OF GOOD FRIDAY

THANK YOU - RAJAH SHRINE OFFICE

In This Issue

Hospital Services......................................................... 17

Forks of The Delaware Tin Lizzies ..............................18

Oriental Band................................................................18

Mass Installation...........................................................19

Carbon Lodge Makes Donation to Hospital.................19

Chanters........................................................................22

Stated Meeting..............................................................22

T-Shirt Order Form.......................................................23

Lehigh Shrine Club.......................................................24

Former Patient Now on Hospital Board........................25

Anglers..........................................................................25

The Chaplain’s Study....................................................26

Caravaners ....................................................................26

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ILLUSTRIOUS SIR

KRAIG W. LEIBY

POTENTATE

JOSEPH J. HAGAN, SR.

CHIEF RABBAN

DUANE A. DELLECKER

ASSISTANT RABBAN

DONALD G. HEIMBECKER

HIGH PRIEST & PROPHET

RONALD L. SZAPACS

ORIENTAL GUIDE

RONALD F. RAPP, P.P.

TREASURER

LES A. WERLEY.

RECORDER

LES A. WERLEY

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

INSURANCE COMMITTEE

Every Thursday Evening at the Rajah Shrine Complex

Doors Open at 5:00 - Bingo Starts at 6:30

Open Every To The Thursday Public • Smoke Evening Free at • the Refreshments Rajah Shrine Available Complex for Purchase

Proceeds benefit Doors Rajah Open Shrine at and 5:00 are - Bingo not deductible Starts at 6:30 as charitable donations.

Every Thursday • Open Evening To The at Public the Rajah • Smoke Shrine Free Complex •

Doors • Refreshments Open at 5:00 Available - Bingo Starts for Purchase at 6:30 •

• Open RECORDER’S

Proceeds To The benefit Public Rajah • Smoke Shrine Free and • MESSAGE

• Refreshments are not Congratulations deductible Available as charitable to for our Purchase outgoing donations. • Potentate, Illustrious Sir

Proceeds

Marvin

benefit

J. Miller

Rajah

for

Shrine

an outstanding year under difficult, trying

are not deductible as charitable donations.

times. He will be ever known as the Pandemic Pote who saved

our Shrine from becoming dormant with his enthusiasm to

keep things going forward. Congratulations to our incoming

Potentate, Illustrious Sir Kraig W. Leiby. We are all looking

forward to a great year under the guidance of Illustrious Sir

Les A. Werley

Kraig and Lady Janet along with the elected and appointed

Divan.

With the Mass Installation of Units and Clubs Officers at Leesport Market, we start

the year 2021 hoping to get back to some realm of the past.

I would like to welcome all new Nobles that were created in 2020. PLEASE GET

INVOLVED; it makes it so much nicer to be a member when you get involved. If you

need any information on a club or unit look in the directory in this issue of the Rajah

News.

The 2021 dues stickers have been coming out on a regular basis. If you sent your

dues in at least a month ago and don’t have your new sticker, please contact the office.

There is a new petition for this year and there are changes. You will find a copy to print

on the web page. Please throw away your old one - they are not acceptable.

Nobles, please take note, if you had an appointment under Ill. Sir Marvin J. Miller,

it will end when his term ends. You may or may not have been reappointed by Ill. Sir

Kraig W. Leiby. You can check this by looking at the directory or by calling me at the

office 610-916-9000.

Finally our circus has been moved to October. Exact final dates will be posted at a

later date. Let’s hope and pray we all get through this Pandemic and get back to our

normal activities. Be safe and get healthy.

CEREMONIALS

Mini-Ceremonials shall shall be be at the at the discretion

Potentate. To To schedule, please please contact contact the the recorder recorder at at

610-916-9000.


DAUGHTER OF RAJAH SHRINE

FAMILY CREATES UNIQUE

FUND RAISER

By Sam Ellis

Alyssa Holtzman, 13-year-old daughter of Dennis and Amanda Holtzman, created a unique

fundraiser to benefit the Shriners Children’s Hospital. She organized and participated in the Tiny

Shrinies Air Band Show. “The idea came from a love of Halloween,” Alyssa said, “and love of the Shrine and what they

support.” She had a concern too, that trick or treating would be cancelled in Lehighton due to COVID-19.

So she sat down with her mother, Amanda, a neighbor Ami Nevision, and her siblings and came up with the Tiny Shrinies

concept. With a few dollars in supplies and some odds and ends, they put their idea in motion. On Trick or Treat night, with fake

instruments, some borrowed equipment and a whole lot of youthful energy, the Tiny Shrinies Air Band raised $63.26 in one hour

from the people who came by trick or treating and enjoyed the band performing. Combined with added donations from Duane and

Barb Dellecker (whose front porch was the band’s stage for the evening), plus a donation from her parents, they raised $150 for

the hospital.

The check presentation L-R Duane &

Barb Dellecker, Dennis & Amanda

Holtzman, Alyssa in center, Lady Marie

and Ill. Sir Marvin Miller

Tiny Shrinies performing. L-R

Kendra Holtzman,Tristan Holtzman,

Cali Nevison singing,and Alyssa on

Guitar

At the November 15 Pote’s

Testimonial, Alyssa and her

family, presented a check to

Illustrious Sir Marvin Miller. In

her presentation she said “My

parents have been members of

Rajah Shrine since I was 9 and I

know what great work the Shrine

does for kids.” Alyssa went on

to say that she would like to see

more fundraising ideas from other

Shriner kids. “Big goals can be

accomplished with a lot of helping

hands.”

SCHUYLKILL SHRINE CLUB

Bob Merkt

Greetings to all Nobles from the Schuylkill Shrine Club:

Cheers for 2021 and a chance to begin anew!(?) This will be my third time in serving as president of

our club and I am looking forward to having actual meetings and conducting business as usual within our

Shrine. By the time of this publication, we will have had our January meeting for election of officers.

The officers for 2021 are as follows: Bob Merkt (Pres.), Reginal Leibensperger (Vice Pres.), Glenn

Sattizahn (Sec.), and Ira Boyer (Treas.)

Our Memorial Breakfast will take place on Saturday, February 20th at 9AM at The Blue Mtn. Restaurant in Shartlesville.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, there will be NO BUFFET this year per the restaurant. Select menu items will be offered.

Ladies Night for March is still up in the air due to the venue we had chosen being.....yes, you guessed it, closed for COVID-19.

So, this event is currently classified as TBA. And optimistically, looking ahead to April 27th, we will be hosting our meeting at

Main Street Moonshine Distillery & Pub in Schuylkill Haven. More information will be forthcoming.

Before I sign off, I would like to share this quote from author, Vern McLellan: “What the new year brings to you will depend

a great deal on what you bring to the new year.”

May you be inspired to “begin anew” in investing your time serving your Shrine club and reaping the benefits of fraternity.

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2021 Divan

Ronald F. Rapp, PP, Treasurer; Donald G. Heimbecker, High Priest & Prophet, Joseph J. Hagan Sr, Chief Rabban; Kraig W. Leiby,

Potentate; Duane A. Dellecker, Assistant Rabban; Ronald L. Szapacs, Oriental Guide; Les A Werley, Recorder.

John K. Grumbein - First Ceremonial Master

Grumbein, the only child of George and LaVerne (Hunsicker) Grumbein, is a 1971 graduate

of William Allen H.S., Allentown and is a certified ASE Master Technician, having worked in the

family truck leasing/garage business for 18 years before starting a 26-year career with FedEx,

retiring in 2016.

Grumbein is a member of Greenleaf Lodge No. 561 in Allentown, PA. He became a member

in 1975, the same year he became a member of Lehigh Consistory, A.A.S.R., Valley of Allentown,

PA and Rajah Shrine in Reading, PA.

Following in the footsteps of his father, George, he immediately joined the Oriental Band and

has served as President in 1981, 2012 and 2013. He also has served as Secretary of the Oriental

Band for many years.

Grumbein was appointed Musical Director in 1984 and continues to hold that position.

John has led the Oriental Band to many championships, both in Mid-Atlantic Shrine Oriental Band Association and Shrine

Imperial competitions all over North America.

He served as President of Mid-Atlantic Shrine Oriental Band Association in 2006 & 2007 and currently serves as Secretary/

Treasurer of the Association.

In Rajah, John is also a member of the Lehigh Shrine Club, the Anglers, Car Club and Hillbillies Clan #9. John has performed

as a drummer in various dance bands in the Lehigh Valley.

Grumbein is a member of Apato Teocalli #63 Order of Quetzalcoatl, served as Camaxtli (President) in 2015 and currently

Tlacuilo (Secretary).

He married Sharon Acker on March 1, 1975. The couple have two children: Wayne (wife Julie) and Wendy (husband Brad

Decker). Four grandchildren: Jarrett Maddox, Jayden Grumbein, Olivia Decker, and Alexander Decker.

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Gregory T. Miller - Second Ceremonial Master

Miller is the son of Marvin J. and Marie Miller, of Slatington. Greg was the Chief Aide in

2020, having served under his father Illustrious Sir Marvin J. Miller, the immediate Past Potentate

of Rajah Shrine.

Greg is a member of Slatington Lodge #440 F. & A. M., Slatington, PA, having served as

Worshipful Master in 2010 and Lehigh Consistory, Valley of Allentown, A.A.S.R. since 2002. As

a member of Rajah Shrine, Greg is a member of the Angler’s Club, Past Master’s Club, Hillbillies

Clan #9 and Apato Teocalli #63, Order of Quetzalcoatl.

After a 20-year career in construction, Miller is currently the Corporate Production Manager

of Mellon Certified Restorations, a position he has held since 2009. He and his wife Sharon have

been married for over 40 years and have a daughter Ashley.


ANNUAL MEETING

The installation of the 2021 Divan took place at the January 6th

Annual Meeting. Illustrious Sir Ron Rapp, P.P., administered the

officers’ oaths and obligations. The honor of placing the Potentate’s

Fez on the new potentate, Illustrious Sir Kraig Leiby, fell to his father

Earl Leiby.

Photographs by: Bill Quinn, Mic Frey, Barry Weisser

The 2021 Divan take their oath of office

Earl Leiby places the Potentate’s Fez on his son Kraig

Carl Solarek,

Secretary

DIRECTOR’S STAFF

I’m happy to say all of us at the Director’s Staff are glad to say a farewell to 2020, a year of political

unrest, riots, elections and then the pandemic. Welcome 2021! 2020 started out great with the Mass

Installation and Circus then the lockdown happened. We lost our fundraisers when the Pote’s Picnic and

Ceremonial were canceled as well

as three holiday parades. And we

had to cancel our Ladies Night, too.

But we made it through to 2021.

We don’t have much to write

about because of all the event

cancellations at the Shrine, but I will

report that we did have some limited

events that were successful in 2020.

I would like to recognize three

nobles from our unit who helped us

survive the trying year with their energy and dedication to

the unit’s activities. First, our president Gerald Mengal, who

attended as many meetings as his health allowed. He was

always available to help or give advice on projects or knew

where to get the answers. Second, our Director Barry Reed,

who was our representative at the National Shrine Director’s

Association convention. Barry was our leader at parades and

maintained our vehicles.

Last but by no means least, Mic Frey. Mic and Beth were

2019 People of the Year at Rajah Shrine, which goes to

validate their commitment to Rajah Shrine. Mic was always

there to help fundraise, decorate for events and offer any other

help needed to make our affairs a success. We take our Fez

off and salute these dedicated Nobles who helped get our unit

thru a crazy 2020.

That’s it for this issue from the Director’s Staff.

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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.

On the plus side, the annual Legion family picnic and the Commander's Ball went well. Unfortunately,

the Legion Christmas Party scheduled for Dec. 20 had to be cancelled. Hopefully, by the time you read

this article, we will have had a planning meeting and info for the year mailed out.

Our now Past Commander Clint did attend the Potentate's Testimonial on November 15 and presented

the Potentate with a check from the Legion of Honor for $1000, $500 of which was for the Transportation

Fund and $500 for the Rajah General Fund.

I would like to extend my congratulations to the Legion’s officers for 2021. May this be a much

better year than 2020. PC Clint deserves a round of applause for a job well done under far less than good

conditions. The Legion also extends congratulations to our 2021 Potentate, Ill. Sir Kraig Leiby, his Lady

Janet, and the 2021 Divan officers. Hopefully, following the CDC guidelines, 2021 will get all of us through

Here’s another reminder for that trip we have planned to the International Tattoo in Norfolk, Virginia on April 16 & 17, 2021.

Reservation limit is 49 people. As of Jan. 1, we have 47. If you are interested and we get filled up, put your name on our waiting

list. What with this COVID-19 thing, who knows what changes may occur. The trip is restricted to adults only. Everyone who ever

attended this event thought it was great.

Everyone stay safe and healthy, and have a Happy New Year.

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Rajah Shrine 2021

– Rajah Shrine 2020 Trip: Music & Rails in West Virginia –

Hosted by

CHIEF RABBAN KRAIG & LADY JANET LEIBY

Join Chief Rabban Marvin and Lady Marie Miller on a 3-night trip to

Ride the Rails in West Thursday Virginia March & Greenbrier 25 - Sunday Bunker March Tour, 28, 2021 June 25 - 28, 2020

YOUR ARK ENCOUNTER AND CREATION MUSEUM TOUR INCLUDES

• Round trip transportation via private Elite motorcoach equipped with reclining seats and restroom.

Experience the charm of the southern rails, music and the history of the south.

• 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

- Roundtrip transportation via private motorcoach equipped with reclining seats and restroom

• 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

trains

• Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show, Cincinnati, OH

- Enjoy

• Bunker

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Tour at The

performances

Greenbrier Resort, White

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Sulphur

the Gandy

Springs, WV

Dancer

- Tour the former

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Cold War

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Greatest

to house the

Show

U.S. Congress

on Rails”

in the event of a nuclear attack.

- Tour the Cold War Era Bunker at Greenbrier Resort built to house U.S. Congress in the event of a nuclear attack

- Services of a professional Boscov’s Travel Escort

ARK ENCOUNTER & CREATION MUSEUM -

WILLIAMSTOWN & PETERSBURG, KY

– Rajah Shrine 2020 Trip: Cruise to Canada & New England –

Join Chief Rabban Marvin and Lady Marie Miller on a

Cruise to Canada & New England aboard the

Norwegian Breakaway, Sept 27 - Oct 4, 2020

Come join friends on a cruise to Canada and New England to see the best

of the changing seasons.

Included in this trip:

- 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

- 7-nights’ accommodations aboard the Norwegian Breakaway and services of a Boscov’s Travel Escort

•1930s Red Jammer Touring Cars • Going-to-the-Sun Highway • Banff Area Tour • Peyto Lake • Moraine Lake & Valley of the Ten Peaks

- The Ultimate Beverage Package for the first two guests per cabin ($800 per person value)

• Lake Louise & Victoria Glacier • Icefields Parkway • Athabasca Glacier Ice Explorer

- Four-meal specialty dining for the first two guests per INCLUSIONS cabin and up to $100 on board credit

- Includes all • meals Roundtrip and deluxe entertainment motorcoach transportation while to Philadelphia onboard Airport the (including Norwegian driver gratuities) Breakaway • Roundtrip air transportation to Calgary, Canada

Learn more at our upcoming presentation: Sunday, October 20, 2019 following the

• 6 Night Hotel Accomodations • 9 Meals (6 breakfasts & 3 dinners) • Professional Tour Director • Motorcoach transportation • Admissions per Itinerary

• Sightseeing per Itinerary • Baggage Handling at Hotels

calendar meeting at Rajah Shrine Complex, 221 Orchard Rd., Reading, PA.

Travel arrangements by Boscov’s Travel, 800.782.5605


Potentate’s

Testimonial -

November 15, 2020

Ill. Sir Marvin Miller was roasted, toasted, and

gifted. There were presentations by: The Anglers,

2020 Aides, Jared & Kim Kichline, Duane & Barb

Dellecker, Kraig & Janet Leiby, Larry Bortz and

Barbara Maxwell, Mic & Beth Frey, Ron Rapp &

Les Werley, Tin Lizzies, Don & Carol Heimbecker

and Dennis Royer and a check presentation by

Alyssa Holtzman. A highlight of the afternoon was

a “Year in Review” slide show by Ashley Nagy.

Photography by Bill Quill, Mic Frey, and

Barry Weisser

The Pandemic

Potentate statue

The Anglers gave Marie a hammer to

handle Marvin

A hug for granddaughter Ashley

Nagy who sculpted the statue

Given by Kraig & Janet Leiby

Ill. Sir, Greg Miller, and Lady Marie are

wearing Covid-19 hats created by Mic Frey

Ill. Sir holds up a collection of Pote’s Pins from around

the country that was assembled by Don Heimbecker

Lady Marie reacts to a special gift from

Larry Bortz, PP and Barbara Maxwell

Ron Rapp, PP and Les Werley entered

with fishing poles and joked about a

fun fishing trip with Ill. Sir

A fishing clock presented by

the Anglers

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Tin Lizzie’s Ron Barron and club president Larry Silfies present

Ill. Sir with the traditional clock given by the club each year.

Lady Marie and Ill. Sir Marvin laugh at a

joke from host Joe Hagan


Ill. Sir

Greg Lewis, PP

PROVOST GUARD

To say that 2020 was a very unusual year is like saying trees without bark would look a little different

. . . well, there certainly are varieties of trees with little or no bark, BUT when was the last time we

experienced a year like the one just ended?

Looking back to January 2020, we had a full year to accomplish several items on President Bob Heim’s

list: the addition of our June Spaghetti dinner for the second time, the continuation of our long standing

October spaghetti dinner, our participation in the activities laid out by Ill. Sir Marv Miller, the trip back

to MASA to support MASA PG outgoing Colonel Dennis Loch, our role of parking duties at the Pote’s

Picnic, Sportsman’s Raffle, Pretzel Bowl and several other times when our members gather when we assist

in helping our fellow Nobles and visitors have a safe and enjoyable time at these events.

But, alas, need I tell you, none of them happened! What we did get was a rallying cry to wear a mask,

stay socially distanced and to avoid crowds when possible. Even family gatherings were off limits. We all

followed the guidelines set forth for our own safety by the Rajah Board of Directors and either postponed,

cancelled, or moved our unit and club activities.

However, there were several bright spots during the year. First, Ill. Sir Marv enforced the rules as laid out by our state, Masonic

authorities and Shrine International, and we did manage to resume some of our activities, all be it, in a curtailed manner, by midsummer

and most of them continued through the remainder of the year.

As we look back let us thank the Illustrious Sir Marv Miller and his Lady Marie, the Rajah Shrine Board of Directors and office

staff for their leadership in this epic pandemic. And looking forward, we are extremely pleased to see that Illustrious Sir Kraig

Leiby is planning a full slate of activities and asks for our continued help in enforcing the rules and regulations laid out for us in

order to remain safe and healthy when we are in attendance at any of the Rajah activities, either at the Rajah Complex or off site.

We would also like to thank President Bob Himes and his Lady Sandy for their leadership these past two years and wish our

new President, Jon Schneider, all the best for a successful term at the helm of the Rajah Provost Guard.

But the good news above all else is . . . we have resumed our meetings on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the All-

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Dennis Royer

LEBANON SHRINE CLUB

Bye 2020. Never thought the world and people’s thinking could change so quickly. Let us hit the

ground running in 2021. First, a huge THANK YOU to Ill. Sir Marv Miller and all his fishing crew for a

job well done. Captain Marv kept the USS Rajah Shrine headed in the right direction during a huge storm

and was able to complete his voyage with success. A special thanks for all the support he has given to

Lebanon Co. Shrine Club. If he continues to support us we promise to feed him all the fish or pot-pie he

can eat - his choice.

We are looking forward to a new year with Ill. Sir Kraig Leiby as the Potentate. We need to rally

together behind Ill Sir Leiby as never before. He has to think and do things in different ways in this

changing world. He will need ideas and hard work from everyone. It will be hard, but I am sure the strength

of our Nobility will prevail and we can have fun at the same time. It is all up to us.

As some already know, Lebanon Co. Shrine Club meets at Heisey’s Diner on the 4th Monday at 6:30 p.m. Brother Heisey made

his operation as safe as possible and has opened and remains open. We support Brother Heisey with his decision not to go bankrupt

and lose his three-generation family business. We invite everyone to come join us at our meetings and eat excellent family style

meals.

Our new Liaison for 2021 will be John Grumbein. We are looking forward to having John help guide our club in his new role

in the Divan. We also want to thank Ron Szapac for all his support as 2020 Liaison. We realize Lebanon Co. is the “far out” club,

in more ways than one, so their support is special.

We are planning to meet with the Lancaster Co. Shrine Club in the near future to discuss ideas of mutual benefit and cooperation.

We hope to build and strengthen both clubs.

As always, it is great to be a Shriner. Let’s make 2021 a great year at Rajah Shrine.

Preparing for an Awesome New Year

Thank you, Sir Marvin and Lady Marie, for carrying us through the 2020 pandemic year. You were

dealt a difficult year and despite all the challenges, you managed to successfully fish your way through

it. Best wishes from the Concert Band on your future endeavors. Congratulations to our newly installed

Potentate, Kraig W. Leiby and his Lady Janet. “Healing with Tradition” is very fitting. During these

pandemic times when bodies, minds and spirits are broken, we desire to again have fun with a purpose.

We look forward to your year of uplifting Rajah Shrine and our Concert Band shall continue to serve as

best we can.

Congratulations to the 2021 Concert Band Officers. We also are grateful for all the band members who

continue to offer up their time and talents to promote our unit viability. Sadly, when one opens the Rajah Shrine website, the picture

of the concert band displays 36 members. Our band membership is currently 22 active nobles, a decrease of approximately 40%.

Many bandsmen have been taken by the Black Camel, retirement, failing health or apathy. Our current leadership is tasked with

rebuilding our membership and we invite any musician or non-musician to come and join in with our unit. We typically meet on

the 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month.

Given that instrumental music produced by woodwind or brass instruments are thought to be higher-risk activities for COVID-19

spread, due to the aggressive expelling of respiratory droplets, our band rehearsals have been cancelled over the past months, again

due to the aerosols that hang in the air for hours. We are anticipating that the COVID numbers will be reducing in the coming weeks

and more vaccinations will become available. Hence, members will be comfortable with meeting.

We are currently promoting the band’s special fund-raiser, the Lottery Calendar. For a $20 donation, one will receive a Lottery

Calendar with a 3-digit number that is good for the whole year of 2021. The prizes are listed on each day of the calendar ranging

from $20 to $300. The drawing is based on the PA Lottery Drawing at 7 p.m., 3-digit number. To acquire a calendar, please contact

President Bryan Snyder at 610-589-2020 or bryansnyder@comcast.net or any bandsmen. These make nice gifts for that special

person. We would lastly like to send out a message of cheer to our shut-ins, Joe McCarthy, Harold Kremser, Jr., Walter Levan, and

Steward Wolf and to our other bandsmen undergoing medical treatments. Our thoughts and prayers are with you for continued

strength and “Healing with Tradition.”

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Bryan Snyder

Fraternally and Happy New Year!

CONCERT BAND


RAJAH SHRINE ELECTED DIVAN - 2021

P. O. BOX 40, BLANDON, PA 19510 • TELEPHONE 610-916-9000

FAX 610-916-9100 • www.rajahshrine.org

www.facebook.com/rajahshriners

POTENTATE

Kraig W. Leiby (Janet) C. 610-334-0397

318 E. Wesner Road, Blandon, PA 19510

CHIEF RABBAN

Joseph J. Hagan, Sr. (Joyce) R. 610-582-4056

515 S. Walnut Street, Birdsboro, PA 19508 C. 610-587-4736

ASSISTANT RABBAN

Duane A. Dellecker (Barbara) R. 610-377-0188

638 Iron Street, Lehighton, PA 18235 C. 610-417-2939

HIGH PRIEST & PROPHET

Donald G. Heimbecker (Carol) R. 610-417-9926

2703 John Street, Easton, PA 18042

ORIENTAL GUIDE

Ronald L. Szapacs (Lois) R. 610-767-8436

7823 Rextown Rd., Slatington, PA 18080 C. 484-695-9867

TREASURER

Ronald F. Rapp, PP C. 484-637-6717

99 Cornerstone Drive, Blandon, PA 19510 O. 610-916-9000

RECORDER

Les A. Werley (Jane) O. 610-916-9000

6 Jane Drive C. 610-914-2824

Hamburg, PA 19526

ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES TO IMPERIAL COUNCIL – 2021

Kraig W. Leiby (Janet) C. 610-334-0397

318 E. Wesner Road, Blandon, PA 19510

Joseph J. Hagan, Sr. (Joyce) R. 610-582-4056

515 S. Walnut Street, Birdsboro, PA 19508 C. 610-587-4736

Duane A. Dellecker (Barbara) R. 610-377-0188

638 Iron Street, Lehighton, PA 18235 C. 610-417-2939

Donald G. Heimbecker (Carol) C. 610-417-9926

2703 John St., Easton, PA 18042

ELECTED EMERITUS OFFICERS - 2021

Solicitor Emeritus - Martin J. Karess, Esq. (Lorraine)

Donor Relations Chairman Emeritus – L. Donald Loos (Barbara)

Trustee Emeritus – William R. Clements

Goodwill Ambassador Emeritus – Ray J. Heiser

Captain of the Guard Emeritus – Ronald C. Weitzel (Dianne)

Trustee Emeritus – Terry L. Hulsizer (Ruth Ann)

Webmaster Emeritus – Michael J. Huck (Pat)

Goodwill Ambassador Emeritus – William A. Quinn (Barbara)

Rajah News Editor Emeritus – Jere C. Lesher, PP (Susie)

CPA Emeritus - Prem N. Puri (Asha)

Fraternal Endowment Fund Chairman Emeritus – L. Donald Loos (Barbara)

Recorder Emeritus – Joseph J. Hagan, Sr. (Joyce)

Assistant Parade Marshal Emeritus – D. David Turner (Joan)

Hospital Ambassador Emeritus – Paul W. Shaw (Donna)

APPOINTED DIVAN – 2021

First Ceremonial Master

John K. Grumbein (Sharon) R. 610-395-6578

7520 Trexler Circle, Trexlertown, PA 18087 C. 610-704-3400

Second Ceremonial Master

Gregory T. Miller (Sharon) C. 610-710-1927

8867 N. Loop Road, Slatington, PA 18080-3600

APPOINTED TRUSTEES – 2021

Dennis R. Snoke (Lou Ann) R. 610-779-3431

300 Spies Church Road, Reading, PA 19606-9330 C. 610-223-4998

William A. Remo, Jr., PP (Gail) R. 610-791-0828

424 East Lynnwood Street, Allentown, PA 18103 C. 610-216-7772

Tarzan Hall (Rachel) R. 610-944-9306

3600 Pricetown Road, Fleetwood, PA 19522-8977 C. 610-763-1272

Gerald A. Mengel (Barbara) R. 610-916-4069

4601 Lahall Avenue, Reading, PA 19605 C. 484-772-0005

William E. Trusty (Janet) R. 610-777-7586

Sundown Farm, 398 Blimline Road, Mohnton, PA 19540 C. 484-797-2995

POTENTATE’S APPOINTMENTS – 2021

Solicitor – Zachary A. Morey, Esquire O. 610-376-5441

536 Court St., Reading, PA 19601

Chaplain – Rev. David C. Newhart C. 610-842-3872

80 Sycamore Dr., Elizabethtown, PA 17022

Captain of the Guard – Dwayne G. Miller (Karen) C. 484-674-4709

1277 Railroad Rd., Dauberville, PA 19533

Outer Guard – Terrance L. Swingholm (Harvene) R. 717-866-4705

421 Royers Road, Myerstown, PA 17067 C. 717-926-1486

Custodial ,Maintenance – Terry L. Hulsizer (Ruth Ann) O. 610-916-9000

Goodwill Ambassador – Harold H. Kohl (Ann) C. 717-468-7281

Goodwill Ambassador – George W. Young (Carol) C. 610-216-3081

Hospital Ambassador – Kenneth V. Flynn (Sherri) C. 610-223-5145

Membership Chairman – Duane A. Dellecker (Barbara) C. 610-417-2939

Public Relations Chairman – Gregory J. Lewis, PP (Joan) C. 610-223-3857

Donor Relations Chairman – Shane R. Paisley (Janelle) C. 610-781-0035

Rajah News Editor – Sam Ellis (Kay) C. 610-390-6188

Circus Co-Chairman – Ronald R. Klee, Jr., PP (Kathy) C. 610-781-0898

Circus Co-Chairman – Michael J. Zerbe, PP (Susie) C. 484-388-1718

Chief Photographer – Sam Ellis (Kay) C. 610-390-6188

Photographer – William A. Quinn (Barbara) C. 610-781-8279

Colonel/Parade Marshal – Michael J. Quinn (Anne) C. 484-256-0562

Asst. Parade Marshal – Erich K. Pfahl (Mellissa) C. 484-824-2586

Pilgrimage – Ronald F. Rapp, PP C. 484-637-6717

Bingo Steward – Carl G. “Mic” Frey (Beth) C. 484-529-8910

Webmaster – Rajah Shrine Office O. 610-916-9000

POTENTATE’S CEREMONIAL APPOINTMENTS – 2021

Dramatic Director – Bruce D. Rohrbach (Elizabeth)

Ceremonial Director – Joseph J. Hagan, Sr. (Joyce)

POTENTATE’S PERSONAL AIDES – 2021

Chief Aide

Carl G. “Mic” Frey (Beth) C. 484-529-8910

497 Grove Rd., Mohrsville, PA 19541

Aides

Ronald A. Dewald R. 570-385-3656

1852 Long Run Rd., Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972

Carl L. Hinderer C. 828-674-4709

1326 Bridge Rd., West Chester, PA 19382

Terry L. Hulsizer (Ruth Ann) C. 484-721-3866

4027 Pricetown Rd., Fleetwood, PA 19522

Harold H. Kohl (Ann) C. 717-468-7281

44 Bethany Rd. Apt. A, Ephrata, PA 17522

Dwayne G. Miller (Karen) C. 484-674-4709

1277 Railroad Rd., Dauberville, PA 19533

Bryan L. Stoudt (Belinda) C. 484-599-1062

205 Lake Rd., Fleetwood, PA 19522

PHILADELPHIA SHRINERS HOSPITAL BOARD MEMBERS

Hospital Board Member

James Atkins, Jr. (Renee)

Hospital Board Member Emeritus

George Skaff, DDS (Jamila)

Hospital Board Chairman Emeritus

Jon A. Swartz, Esq

MASA ASSOCIATION OFFICERS

Ronald R. Klee, PP – MASA Secretary-Treasurer & Past President

Dennis C. Loch – Colonel MASA Provosts Guard

Jared R. Kichline, PP – First Lieutenant MASA Provosts Guard

David R. DeTurk – First Vice President MASA Chanters

Donald G. Heimbecker – President of MASA Oriental Band

Dennis B. Guignet, Sr. – Third Vice President MASA Oriental Band

John K. Grumbein – Secretary-Treasurer of MASA Oriental Band

James M. Cocuzza – First Lieutenant Commander of MASA Legions of Honor

Barry L. Weisser, PC, PMC – Adjutant MASA Legions of Honor

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OFFICERS

Bruce D. Rohrbach – First Vice President Shrine Chanters Association

International

John K. Grumbein – Mid-Atlantic Ambassador Association of Shrine Oriental

Bands

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LIVING PAST POTENTATES OF RAJAH SHRINE - 2021

1975 Walter H. Cressman (Sandy) R. 215-536-8011

1979 John B. Bozette, Jr. (Edna Marie) C. 325-634-1466

1980 Earl W. Binder (Amy) C. 484-357-7294

1986 Walter G. M. Schneider (Sandra) R. 610-693-5063

1988 Howard D. Haws (Elizabeth) R. 717-859-2118

1989 Ronald F. Rapp C. 484-637-6717

1992 LeRoy D. Cressy R. 610-507-8929

1993 Walter A. Wagner C. 484-554-1777

1996 Lawrence L. Hafer (Elaine) C. 610-587-3399

1997 Glenn D. Clark (Doris) R. 717-768-8831

1999 James A. Male, Sr. (Ruthmary) C. 484-456-8228

2001 Gregory J. Lewis (Joan) R. 610-223-3857

2003 William P. Ulrich C. 610-914-0284

2006 Jere C. Lesher (Susie) C. 484-433-3545

2007 Laszlo Toth (Maria) C. 484-515-0365

2008 Robert E. Shank (Tess) C. 717-333-3467

2010 Clyde R. Geist (Angie) C. 484-553-2100

2011 Ronald R. Klee, Jr. (Kathy) C. 610-781-0898

2012 William A. Remo, Jr. (Gail) C. 610-216-7772

2013 Edwin L. Engle (Ferne) C. 717-381-6755

2014 Thomas V. Conlon, Sr. (Brenda) W. 610-589-5919

2015 Glenn T. Sattizahn, Jr. (Janet) C. 570-581-1037

2016 Lawrence S. Bortz, III (Barbara) C. 610-780-0101

2017 David W. Evans (Sarah) C. 610-781-2147

2018 Jared R. Kichline (Kim) C. 570-656-4422

2019 Michael J. Zerbe (Susie) C. 484-388-1718

2020 Marvin J. Miller (Marie) C. 570-906-7575

LIAISON ASSIGNMENTS FOR 2021

Units Day/Time Liaison Officer Liaison Aide

Antique Car Club 3rd Wed. John K. Grumbein L. Brisan

Arab Patrol Various Divan F. Einsel

Chanters 2nd & 4th Mon. - 7p.m. Gregory T. Miller D. DeTurk

Clowns 4th Monday - 7 p.m. Gregory T. Miller S. Beam

Concert Band 2nd Sunday - 1 p.m. Gregory T. Miller W. Grace

Directors Staff 1st Monday - 7 p.m. Donald G. Heimbecker C. Solarek

Gun Club Quarterly - 7 p.m. Divan J. Franco

Legion of Honor 2nd Tuesday - 7 p.m. Ronald L. Szapacs B. Weisser

Motor Corps 3rd Monday - 7 p.m. Duane A. Dellecker W. Trusty

Mounted Patrol 3rd Wed. - 7 p.m. Duane A. Dellecker T. Hall

Noble Riders 4th Sun. - Time Varies Donald G. Heimbecker S. Paisley

Oriental Band 1st Tuesday - 7 p.m. John K. Grumbein W. Grumbein

Provost Guard 3rd Tuesday - 7 p.m. Donald G. Heimbecker M. Quinn

String Band 2nd Wed. - 7 p.m. Joseph J. Hagan, Sr. T. Dietrich

SHRINE CLUBS

Bethlehem 1st Monday - 7 p.m. John K. Grumbein G. Newhartz

Brandywine 3rd Tuesday - 6 p.m. Joseph J. Hagan, Sr. D. Lynn

Carbon 2nd Tuesday - 7 p.m. Donald G. Heimbecker M. Hopstock

Lancaster 2nd Thursday - 7 p.m. Divan J. Kopenhaver

Lebanon 4th Mon. - 6:30 p.m. John K. Grumbein D. Royer

Lehigh 1st Wed. - 7 p.m. Ronald L. Szapacs E. Marlatt

North Penn 4th Wed. - 6:30 p.m. Gregory T. Miller C. Wahl

Rajah 1st Friday - 5:30 p.m. Duane A. Dellecker S. Higgins

Schuylkill 4th Tuesday - 6 p.m. Joseph J. Hagan, Sr. G. Sattizahn, PP

CLUBS

Anglers 1st Wed. - 7 p.m. Duane A. Dellecker J. Pavlick

Caravaners Weekends - 10 a.m. Ronald L. Szapacs W. Lamm

Golf Club Varies (Summers) Divan A. Meckley

Hospital Service Quarterly - 11 a.m. Joseph J. Hagan, Sr. W. Lamm

Past Masters Club Quarterly - 6 p.m. Gregory T. Miller E. Kissinger

Tin Lizzies 4th Thursday - 7 p.m. Ronald L. Szapacs S. Ellis

Rajah Ladies 1st Mon. - 11:30 a.m. Lawrence S. Bortz, III, PP J. Yorty

Units & Clubs Committee

4th Wed. - 7:30 p.m. Divan T. Hall

Cabiri Quarterly - 6 p.m. Divan

BUDGET COMMITTEE

Kraig W. Leiby Board of Directors Ronald F. Rapp, PP

PROTOCOL & PROCEDURE

Les A. Werley

CIRCUS COMMITTEE DIRECTORS

Ronald R. Klee, PP, Co-Chairman

Michael J. Zerbe, Co-Chairman

Gregory J. Lewis, PP William A. Remo, PP David W. Evans, PP

James A. Garrett Dennis R. Snoke Sam Ellis

Michael J. Quinn Joseph J. Hagan, Sr. Dennis G. Royer

Duane A. Dellecker Ronald L. Szapacs Donald G. Heimbecker

CIRCUS FINANCIAL COMMITTEE

Ronald F. Rapp, PP

L. Donald Loos, Jr.

Les A. Werley Dennis R. Snoke Michael J. Zerbe, PP

Carbon County

Chester County

Ephrata Area

Lancaster County

Lebanon Area

Lehigh Valley

North Penn Area

Reading Area

Schuylkill County

Plaque Program Chairman

DONOR RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Shane R. Paisley, Co-Chairman

Tarzan Hall, Co-Chairman

Michael A. Mickey

Donald B. Lynn & James A. Prettyman

Harold H. Kohl

Jay M. Laser

Dennis G. Royer

Sam Ellis

James Atkins

Samuel L. Beam

Norman F. Lengel

Shane R. Paisley

FEZ COMMITTEE

Les A. Werley, Chairman

Christopher M. Gibson

FRATERNAL ENDOWMENT COMMITTEE

Jon A. Swartz, Esq., Chairman

Zachary A. Morey, Esq William A. Remo, Jr., PP Donald G. Heimbecker

GOLF COMMITTEE

Joel M. Franco, Chairman

Ronald F. Rapp, P.P. Joseph J. Hagan, Sr. Gary D. Brown

Terry L. Hulsizer

INSURANCE COMMITTEE

Joseph J. Hagan, Sr Les A. Werley Board of Directors

INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

Board of Directors

MAKE-UP COMMITTEE

Rajah Clowns

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

Thomas V. Conlon, Sr., PP, Honorary Chairman

Region 10 Membership Director

Duane A. Dellecker, Chairman

Kraig W. Leiby David R. Deturk Ronald F. Rapp, PP

Dennis R. Snoke Joseph J. Hagan, Sr. David W. Evans, PP

Donald G. Heimbecker

Ronald L. Szapacs

NOVICE COMMITTEE

Rajah Shrine Office

OFFICE COMMITTEE

Ronald F. Rapp, P.P., Chairman

Les A. Werley

Joseph J. Hagan, Sr.

PILGRIMAGES

Ronald F. Rapp, P.P. – Chairman

POTE’S PICNIC COMMITTEE

Ronald R. Klee, PP, Co-Chairman

Joel M. Franco, Co-Chairman

Ronald F. Rapp, PP William A. Remo, Jr., PP Terry L. Hulsizer

William A. Quinn Duane A. Dellecker Joseph J. Hagan, Sr.

Les A. Werley Donald G. Heimbecker Michael J. Zerbe, PP

Ronald L. Szapacs

PRETZEL BOWL COMMITTEE

Ronald L. Szapacs, Chairman

John K. Grumbein

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Gregory J. Lewis, P.P., Chairman

Richard W. Jessop Shane R. Paisley Sam Ellis

Reginald Peoples

FIGHTIN PHILS COMMITTEE

Kraig W. Leiby, Co-Chairman

Michael J. Zerbe, PP, Co-Chairman

Gregory J. Lewis, PP Ronald L. Szapacs

RENTAL COMMITTEE

Ronald F. Rapp, PP Les A. Werley

ROBES COMMITTEE

Lehigh Shrine Club

SHRINERS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL COMMITTEE

James Atkins, Hospital Board Member

Jon A. Swartz, Esq., Hospital Board Chairman Emeritus

George Skaff, DDS, Hospital Board Member Emeritus

SOCCER COMMITTEE

Les A. Werley

SPORTSMEN’S RAFFLE COMMITTEE

Joel M. Franco, Chairman

Joseph J. Hagan, Sr. Ronald R. Klee, PP Ronald F. Rapp, PP

Kraig W. Leiby Donald G. Heimbecker L. Donald Loos, Jr.

Lawrence S. Bortz, III, PP William A. Remo, Jr., PP Terry L. Hulsizer

Dennis G. Royer


HOLIDAY RAFFLE

Ronald L. Szapacs, Co-Chairman

John K. Grumbein, Co-Chairman

BINGO COMMITTEE

Joseph J. Hagan, Sr., , Co-Chairman

Duane A. Dellecker, Co-Chairman

Donald G. Heimbecker

Jere C. Lesher, P.P. Ronald F. Rapp, P.P. Ronald L. Szapacs

Bryan L. Stoudt Carl G. Frey Les A. Werley

RAJAH SHRINE UNIT OFFICERS – 2021

ANTIQUE & CLASSIC CAR CLUB - Meeting dates vary

President: Allan L. Waer, Jr. (Cindy) C. 610-301-4520

6 Summer Mountain Rd., Bernville, PA 19506

Secretary: Lee D. Brisan (Beverly) C. 610-914-5641

257 Schappell Rd., Hamburg, PA 19526 bbri101930@comcast.net

Treasurer: Duane A. Dellecker (Barbara) R. 610-377-0188

638 Iron Street, Lehighton, PA 18235 C. 610-417-2939

Director: Gary F. Spitler (Diane) C. 610-587-8001

867 Brownsville Rd., Wernersville, PA 19565

ARAB PATROL - Meeting dates vary

President: Gary T. Mullen (Sandra) R. 610-777-0332

202 Amherst Ave., Reading, PA 19609

Sec./Treas.: Frank L. Einsel (Grace) C. 610-223-4709

419 Adams Hotel Rd., Shoemakersville, PA 19555 fleinsel@comcast.net

CHANTERS - Meets 2nd & 4th Monday of the month

President: Dwayne G. Miller (Karen) C. 484-638-3898

1277 Railroad Rd., Dauberville, PA 19533

Secretary: David R. Deturk (Danielle) C. 610-790-4996

P.O. Box 57, Lyon Station, PA 19536

Treasurer: Dennis R. Snoke (Lou Ann) C. 610-223-4998

300 Spies Church Rd., Reading, PA 19606

Director: David R. Deturk (Danielle) C. 610-790-4996

CLOWNS - Meets fourth Monday of the month

President: Michael F. Katz (Kelly) C. 484-467-7159

260 Beech St., Denver, PA 17517

Sec./Treas: David R. DeTurk (Danielle) C. 610-790-4996

P.O. Box 57, Lyon Station, PA 19536

gettysburg93@aol.com

Director: Samuel L. Beam (Linda) C. 484-638-8390

455 Walnuttown Rd., Fleetwood, PA 19522

CONCERT BAND - Meets second & fourth Sunday of the month

President: Bryan D. Snyder (Judithanne) R. 610-589-2022

591 Hill Rd., Robesonia, PA 19551

Secretary: Wayne R. Grace (Lynn) C. 610-662-3681

78 Henry Ave., Boyertown, PA 19512 wrg316@aol.com

Treasurer: Thomas L. Shugar (Debb) C. 610-468-4884

1105 Owls Nest Dr., Reading, PA 19606

DIRECTOR’S STAFF - Meets first Monday of the month

President: Gerald A. Mengel (Barbara) C. 484-772-0005

4601 Lahall Ave., Reading, PA 19605-1068

Secretary: Carl S. Solarek (Elain) C. 610-413-2321

261 Degler Ave., Leesport, PA 19533 csolarek261@comcast.net

Treasurer: Carl G. Frey (Beth) C. 484-529-8910

497 Grove Rd., Mohrsville, PA 19541

Director: Barry D. Reed (Linda) C. 610-603-6466

108 Mill Rd., Bernville, PA 19506-8724

GUN CLUB - Quarterly

President: Timothy E. Esterly (Norma) C. 610-780-8270

313 S. 3rd St., Hamburg, PA 19526

Secretary: Michael J. Huck (Patricia) R. 610-921-5548

4036 Hillview Rd., Temple, PA 19560 mjhuck@comcast.net

Treasurer: Raymond F. Geiger (Barbara) R. 610-926-9162

601 Seidels Run, Leesport, PA 19533

LEGION OF HONOR - Meets second Tuesday of the month

Commander: James M. Cocuzza (Cindy) C. 610-763-8079

126 Endlich Ave., Reading, PA 19606

Adjutant: Barry L. Weisser C. 610-780-9079

1093 Pottsville Pike, Shoemakersville, PA 19555 Poppy3x1@yahoo.com

Finance Officer: Jere C. Lesher, PP (Susie) R. 717-361-3961

428 Ford Dr., Elizabethtown, PA 17022 C. 484-433-3545

MOTOR CORPS - Meets third Monday of the month

President: William E. Trusty (Janet) R. 610-777-7586

Sundown Farm, 398 Blimline Rd., Mohnton, PA 19540-7808 C. 484-797-2995

Secretary: Terry L. Hulsizer (Ruth Ann) R. 610-944-7761

4027 Pricetown Rd., Fleetwood, PA 19522-9708 C. 484-721-3866

tlhspeedinbullet@aol.com

Treasurer: Harold H. Kohl (Ann) R. 717-271-7332

44 Bethany Rd., Apt. A, Ephrata, PA 17522 C. 717-468-7281

Director: William E. Trusty (Janet) R. 610-777-7586

Sundown Farm, 398 Blimline Rd., Mohnton, PA 19540-7808 C. 484-797-2995

MOUNTED PATROL - Meets third Wednesday of the month

Captain: Raymond D. Haslam, Jr. (Deidre) R. 610-334-5847

2736 Mountain Rd., Hamburg, PA 19526 campertwo@comcast.net

Secretary: Tarzan Hall (Rachel) R. 610-944-9306

3600 Pricetown Rd., Fleetwood, PA 19522-8977 C. 610-763-1272

Treasurer: Thomas V. Conlon, Sr., PP (Brenda) W. 610-589-5919

508 Hill Rd., Womelsdorf, PA 19567

Director: Ryan E. Kehm (Ruth) R. 610-767-1526

4992 Trout Rd., Slatington, PA 18080-4992

NOBLE RIDERS of the MYSTIC SHRINE - Meets fourth Sunday of the

month

President: Shane R. Paisley (Janelle) C. 610-781-0035

15 Upland Rd., Reading, PA 19609

Secretary: Blaine S. Dellecker (Marybeth) C. 484-935-1551

7353 Farrier Rd., Orefield, PA 18069 bdellecker4@msn.com

Treasurer: Donald B. Houston (Joyce) C. 215-804-5903

585 Summit Ln., Riegelsville, PA 18077

ORIENTAL BAND - Meets first Tuesday of the month

President: Dennis B. Guignet, Sr. (Karen) C. 484-788-9225

2525 W. Columbia St., Allentown, PA 18104

Secretary: Wayne M. Grumbein (Julie) R. 610-434-0686

944 S. Hillview Rd., Allentown, PA 18103-6154 wayne1980@hotmail.com

Treasurer: Theodore E. Werkheiser, Jr. (Lisa) R. 610-349-3290

1416 N. 18th St., Allentown, PA 18104-1563

Director: John K. Grumbein (Sharon) R. 610-395-6578

7520 Trexler Circle, Trexlertown, PA 18087-9601

PROVOST GUARD - Meets Third Tuesday of the month

President: Jon R. Schneider (Kathy) C. 610-223-7727

2539 Joshua Dr., Sinking Spring, PA 19608

Secretary: Michael J. Quinn (Anne) C. 484-256-0562

46 E. Cedar St., Fleetwood, PA 19522 fpd06@verizon.net

Treasurer: Tarzan Hall (Rachel) R. 610-944-9306

3600 Pricetown Rd., Fleetwood, PA 19522

Director: Ryan E. Kehm (Ruth) R. 610-767-1526

4992 Trout Rd., Slatington, PA 18080

STRING BAND - Meets second Wednesday of the month

President: Michael E. Gubich (Arlene) R. 610-285-2465

1850 Klines Mill Rd., Breinigsville, PA 18031

Secretary: Thomas J. Dietrich, Jr.(Donna) C. 610-451-0025

908 Sleepy Hollow Dr., Mohrsville, PA 19541 tdietrich38@gmail.com

Treasurer: Joseph I. Aulenbach (Nancy) R. 610-775-5859

34 Matthew Dr., Sinking Spring, PA 19608

Director: Bruce D. Dengler (Marian) R. 610-916-2867

221 P Orchard Rd., Reading, PA 19605

UNITS & CLUBS COMMITTEE

Comprised of Representatives from each Unit & Club

Meets fourth Wednesday of the month

President: Harold A. Spatz (Barbara) R. 610-926-2393

552 Irish Creek Rd., Mohrsville, PA 19541

Sec/Treas: Tarzan Hall (Rachel) R. 610-944-9306

3600 Pricetown Rd., Fleetwood, PA 19522-8977 C. 610-763-1272

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SHRINE CLUB OFFICERS – 2021

BETHLEHEM SHRINE CLUB - Meets first Monday of the month

President: Timothy B. McCarty (Stacie) C. 570-656-7073

6372 Sullivan Trail, Wind Gap, PA 18091

Secretary: Garrett M. Newhartz (Katelyn) C. 484-895-9362

P.O. Box 761, Saylorsburg, PA 18353 garrettnwhrtz55@gmail.com

Treasurer: Thomas A. Male C. 610-509-3385

5801 Helen Dr., Allentown, PA 18104

BRANDYWINE SHRINE CLUB - Meets third Tuesday of the month

President: John F. Mastrippolito (Elizabeth) R. 610-268-5908

189 Ewart Rd., Avondale, PA 19311

Secretary: Donald B. Lynn C. 484-888-9552

211 La Vida Via, Downingtown, PA 19335

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Treasurer: Eric T. Downs (Chrissie) R. 610-347-1102

1 Rockford Crossing Lane, Kennett Square, PA 19348

CARBON SHRINE CLUB - Meets second Tuesday of the month

President: Dennis K. Holtzman (Amanda) C. 484-225-6116

200 Hahns Dairy Rd., Palmerton, PA 18071

Secretary: Michael J. Hopstock (Donna) C. 610-577-6521

330 S. 9th St., Lehighton, PA 18235 hopm@ptd.net

Treasurer: Ronald E. Barron (Cheryl) C. 610-714-9714

1169 Riverview Dr., Walnutport, PA 18088

Director: Alan A. Raab R. 610-573-9219

168 W. Bowmans Rd., Lehighton, PA 18235

LANCASTER SHRINE CLUB - Meets second Thursday of the month

President: Christopher M. Gibson C. 717-468-6067

1032 Osceola Dr., Drumore, PA 17518

Sec./Treas.: Jerrold C. Kopenhaver (Cynthia) C. 717-495-5156

419 Ford Dr., Elizabethtown, PA 17022 kopenhaver@pa.net

LEBANON SHRINE CLUB - Meets fourth Monday of the month

President: James S. Foltz (Joanne) C. 717-269-0293

171 Schaeffer Rd., Lebanon PA 17042

Secretary: John R. Bainbridge, Jr. (Suzanne) C. 717-821-3965

270 Kathy Court, Lebanon, PA 17042 ccijohn2@comcast.net

Treasurer: Dennis G. Royer (Stefanie) R 717-821-6428

P.O. Box 12, Rehrersburg, PA 19550

LEHIGH SHRINE CLUB - Meets first Wednesday of the month

President: Dennis B. Guignet, Sr. (Karen) C. 484-788-9225

2525 W. Columbia St., Allentown, PA 18104

Secretary: Earl J. Marlatt (Judith) C. 267-371-9451

7866 Locust Valley Rd., Quakertown, PA 18951 ejmguru@ptd.net

Treasurer: Paul A. Lizun (Nancy) R. 610-967-3785

4540 S. Mountain Dr., Emmaus, PA 18049

NORTH PENN SHRINE CLUB - Meets fourth Wednesday of the month

President: William C. Grimley (Anne) C. 610-316-0985

7963 South Kings Hwy., Zionsville, PA 18092

Secretary: James Atkins (Renee) C. 215-262-8013

109 N. Third St., North Wales, PA 19454 jim.atkins999@gmail.com

Treasurer: Paul E. Funk (Gloria) R. 215-536-3332

301 S. 11th St., Quakertown, PA 18951

RAJAH SHRINE CLUB - Meets first Friday of the month

President: Stephen R. Higgins (Holly) C. 610-790-9827

2020 Spring St., West Lawn, PA 19609 srh2020@comcast.net

Secretary: Russel G. Hottenstein R. 610-944-8167

12 Schmehl Rd., Fleetwood, PA 19522 C. 484-577-9142

Treasurer: Samuel L. Beam (Linda) C. 484-638-8390

455 Walnuttown Rd., Fleetwood, PA 19522

SCHUYLKILL SHRINE CLUB - Meets fourth Tuesday of the month

President: Robert L. Merkt (Patricia) R. 610-562-8847

82 Berne Rd., Hamburg, PA 19526

Secretary: Glenn T. Sattizahn Jr., PP (Janet) C. 570-581-1037

131 Willow St., Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972-1131

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Treasurer: Ira C. Boyer (Sue) C. 570-449-3965

9 Margaret Terrace, Pottsville, PA 17901

Director: Herbert H. Krause R. 570-345-8964

317 Rock Road, Pine Grove, PA 17963

ANGLERS - Meets first Wednesday of the month

President: Michael Artim (Carole) C. 484-437-3710

5 Hausman Rd., Lenhartsville, PA 19534

Secretary: John F. Pavlick (Kathy) C. 610-393-5799

3347 Berger St., Allentown, PA 18103 pavlickjf@aol.com

Treasurer: Clarence E. Smith (Florence) R. 610-760-2455

8646 S. Loop Rd., Slatington, PA 18080-3615

Director: Nicholas A. Smith (Diane) C. 610-462-1038

214 Second St., Walnutport, PA 18088-1430

CARAVANERS - Meets various dates of month except Dec.,Jan., Feb.

President: Clifford E. Fromm (Ann) C. 717-575-9095

981 Clark St., Lancaster, PA 17602

Secretary: Walter C. Lamm, Jr. (Susan) C. 484-358-7568

7386 Hillcrest Dr., Macungie, PA 18062 lammwc2@rcn.com

Treasurer: Terry A. Iasiello (Judy) C. 610-360-5990

1519 Colgate Dr., Bethlehem, PA 18017

GOLF CLUB - Meeting dates vary

President: Frank L. Einsel (Grace) C. 610-223-4709

419 Adams Hotel Rd., Shoemakersville, PA 19555

Sec./Treas.: Allan D. Meckley (Brenda) R. 717-682-4416

723 North Fifth St., Denver, PA 17517 almeckley9@gmail.com

HOSPITAL SERVICE - Meets quarterly

President: Barry L. Weisser C. 610-780-9079

1093 Pottsville Pike, Shoemakersville, PA 19555

Sec./Treas.:Walter C. Lamm, Jr. (Susan) C. 484-358-7568

7386 Hillcrest Dr., Macungie, PA 18062 lammwc2@rcn.com

PAST MASTERS CLUB - Meets quarterly

President: Kenneth V. Flynn (Sherri) C. 610-223-5145

313 Carriage Dr., Wernersville, PA 19565

Secretary: Lee D. Brisan (Beverly) C. 610-914-5641

257 Schappell Rd., Hamburg, PA 19526 bbri101930@comcast.net

Treasurer: Dennis R. Snoke (Lou Ann) C. 610-223-4998

300 Spies Church Road, Reading, PA 19606

Director: L. Donald Loos, Jr. (Barbara) C. 610-780-5725

108 Daisy Court, Sinking Spring, PA 19608

TIN LIZZIES - Meets fourth Thursday of the month

President: Larry L. Silfies, Sr. (Lois) R. 610-837-1792

2659 Beacon Rd., Bath, PA 18014

Secretary: Sam Ellis (Kay) C. 610-390-6188

2409 Treeline Dr., Easton, PA 18040-7525 sellis4947@aol.com

Treasurer: Ronald E. Barron (Cheryl) C. 610-714-9714

1169 Riverview Dr., Walnutport, PA 18088

Director: Garrett M. Newhartz (Katelyn) C. 484-895-9362

P. O. Box 761, Saylorsburg, PA 18353

CABIRI - Meets quarterly

President: Michael J. Zerbe, PP (Susie) C. 484-388-1718

301 N. Church St., Robesonia, PA 19551

Sec./Treas.: Gregory J. Lewis, PP (Joan) R. 610-670-2920

108 New York Ave., Sinking Spring, PA. 19608 glewis1080@gmail.com

RAJAH LADIES - Meets first Monday of month, no Jan. & Feb.

President: Open Office

Secretary: Darlene F. Staudt R. 610-926-5830

826 Shoey Rd., Mohrsville, PA 19541

Treasurer: Judy A. Yorty R. 717-274-2129

104 Green Acres Trailer Court, Lebanon, PA 17046

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Happier New Year to everyone. The Hospital Service Unit was able to squeeze in one meeting last year

where we elected our officers for 2021. They are as follows:

President Noble Barry Weisser; 1st Vice President Noble Ken Flynn; 2nd Vice President Noble Fred

Olinick; Secretary/Treasurer Noble Walt Lamm.

We continue to take precautions at the hospital for everyone’s safety, and our drivers continue to take

measures

to protect

themselves

Walter Lamm and the

patients. We

pray that we will soon be able

to reduce those precautionary

procedures and that this pandemic

will leave us forever.

At our last meeting, a Unit

photograph was taken with all

members present seated on the HSU

parade float. This picture has been

submitted to Shrine International

for inclusion in the 150-year Shrine

Anniversary Directory (hopefully).

HOSPITAL SERVICES

Rajah Temple Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery

Leave Temple Complex@ 6 a.m. Saturday, November 6, 2021

Free Day in Washington D. C / (Possible Tour of White House)***

Wreath Laying Ceremony- Sunday, November 7, 2021@ 11:15 a.m.

Leave Arlington and go to the Dobbin House in Gettysburg for dinner

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Remit NON REFUNDABLE check payable to Rajah Temple L.O.H.

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Deposit of $150.00 due June 1, 2021 - Balance due August 31, 2021

Trip is first come, first serve

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access to White House Grounds

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Sam Ellis

Happy New Year Nobles,

With all events being canceled at the end

of the year, we were glad to participate in the

Potentate’s Testimonial. Club president Larry

Silfies and club treasurer Ron Barron presented

Illustrious Sir Marvin Miller with a clock that

incorporated his 2020 logo in the design. Also,

the club donated $10,500 divided between the

Children’s Hospital, the transportation fund, and

Rajah.

Our Man of the Year award was presented at our

January 28th club meeting. We honored two nobles this year, Ron Barron

and Richard Stefanovic. Ron was recognized for his participation in every

project our club does year after year, and

Richard for taking over the maintenance of

our Tin Lizzie cars as well as club participation.

Mike Kish received a

Special Achievement

Award

Forks of the Delaware Tin Lizzies

Tin Lizzie Men of the Year

Ron Barron Rich Stefanovic

In addition, two Special Achievement awards were presented. Again, to Ron Barron for his work

on the State Police face mask project. Ron sewed over 600 masks for four State Trooper barracks. The

second award went to Mike Kish for coming up with the idea of donating much needed face masks

to the State Police. Mike made the initial contacts and managed the project. Congratulations to our

Men of the Year and Special Achievement winners.

Congratulations to Illustrious Sir Kraig Leiby, the Divan and to all the elected officers and

appointees for 2021. Best wishes for a successful and productive year.

Ending on a sad note, the Tin Lizzies lost one of our finest when Noble Kenneth Hummel passed

away from complications with COVID-19. Kenny was a stalwart club member who participated in

our special projects and parades. He was also a fine cabinet maker and refinisher. He will be missed.

ORIENTAL BAND

Winter is now upon us. Usually, this is the busiest time of the year for the band. Preparations are being

made for the annual “Night at the Races”, and the annual Oriental Band Ladies Night and M.A.S.O.B.A.

mid-winter meeting. That all came to a screeching halt with COVID. It was determined that the uncertainty

of when there will be another shutdown was too much of a gamble to take. We’re looking forward to

being able to have these events in 2022.

The Oriental Band was able to have nominations and election of officers in December, again at the

Cetronia Fire Company Social Hall. Dennis Guignet is once again our President, Ill. Sir Jared Kichline

stepped up to the plate and volunteered for Vice President; Wayne Grumbein and Ted Werkheiser, Jr.

remain married to their positions as Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. Thank you all, Nobles, for

taking these positions.

John Grumbein

The band would like to congratulate newly elected Illustrious Sir Kraig W. Leiby as Potentate of

Rajah Shrine and the entire elected Divan. Also, congratulations to the newly appointed First and Second

Ceremonial Masters John Grumbein and Greg Miller.

The Illustrious Sir installed all the band officers at the annual mass installation January 9. Also, at the installation, the band had a

blast from the past. Noble Bud Kelchner, an old-time veteran of the Oriental Band, was there as a guest of the Illustrious Sir. It was

great seeing you again, Bud, and talking about old times. You’re always welcome back. I think I can find a horn for you. The band

wishes the best to you and your family.

__________________________________________________________________

Notice

The annual “Night at the Races” sponsored by the Rajah Motor Corps and Oriental Band, which was scheduled for February

13, 2021 has been canceled due to COVID-19. We hope to see you on February 12, 2022 when we try again.

-The Event Committee

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Rajah Shrine

MASS INSTALLATION

January 6, 2021

Healing With

Tradition

Illustrious Sir Kraig Leiby

Photography by: Bill Quinn, Carl ‘Mic’ Frey, Barry Weisser

Ill. Sir with mother Faye Leiby, big brother Kevin, and father Earl Leiby

Lady Janet with

Ill. Sir Kraig

Assistant Rabban Duane

Dellecker & Lady Barbara

High Priest & Prophet Don

Heimbecker & Lady Carol

Oriental Guide Ron Szapacs

& Lady Lois

Treasurer Ron Rapp, PP

escorted by Faye Leiby

Recorder Les Werley escorted

by Joan Lewis

CARBON LODGE NO 242 MAKES DONATION TO

SHRINERS CHILDREN’S

HOSPITAL

Ill. Sir Marvin Miller excepts

a check for $1,000 from Keith

Hontz, PWM, Carbon Lodge

No242

Ill. Sir with Chief Aide Carl

‘Mic’ Frey

Keith Hontz, PWM manages

Carbon Lodge’s annual gun raffle.

Each year the lodge donates to

various organizations such as the

Special Olympics, Meals on Wheels,

and the Masonic Village. This year,

on December 2, Keith met with Ill. Sir

Marvin Miller and presented a check

to Rajah for $1,000. The money is

earmarked for the Shriners Children’s

Hospital in Philadelphia. Located in

Jim Thorpe, the Lodge celebrates its

170th year as a chartered Masonic

Lodge.

First Ceremonial Master John

Grumbein & Lady Sharon

Second Ceremonial Master Greg Miller

& Lady Sharon

Dennis Guignet, Lehigh SC, presented

the traditional gavel

The picture area featuring a quilt created by Lady Janet.

The quilt was raffled off raising $1,560 for the Temple.

L-R Ladies Janet Keiby, Beth Frey, Karen Miller, and Ann Kohl

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Larry Christman

STRING BAND

Greetings from your String Band. A little recap from last year: we played at the Circus in March. How

lucky were we to get the Circus in before the shutdown! We had a great crowd and didn’t lose any shows

due to bad weather like in prior years. Our 14 scheduled parades were all cancelled last year but we’re

looking forward to a busy parade season for 2021 and playing the Circus in October.

All our officers will remain the same for 2021 and we were able to make a contribution to the Hospital

from our treasury.

Congratulations to our new Pote, Kraig Leiby and his Divan, and to John Grumbein, a member of

Greenleaf Lodge (my home lodge) for getting into the line. John is an active member in Greenleaf Lodge

as a Guide.

Speaking of Greenleaf Lodge, we have a milestone happening. A family affair for the next three years.

Ralph Slider, Sr., PDDGM, PM is Master for the year 2021. His son, Ralph Slider Jr, will be Master for the

year 2022. His grandson, Eric Dye, will be Master in the year 2023. Our lodge will be in very good hands for the next three years.

I hope all our musicians have been practicing. We are all looking forward to the rehearsals to get ready for the parade season.

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 some day a physically challenged child

may walk and play again.

Stay safe & well and hope to see you soon at rehearsal.

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toilet paper disappeared

off the shelves as soon

as the first shutdown was

declared?

Many of us were

saying “why toilet

paper?” But obviously

someone had an artistic

humorous use for it. We

have to thank Bill Remo,

PP, for this page. He sent

out these pictures to me.

You know It’s funny, but

the more I look at these I

start to see people I know.

Toilet Paper art?

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Ill. Sir

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CHANTERS

And just like that . . . its gone! NO, not the virus, but 2020. And what a year it was. In following the

health guidelines as set forth by Pennsylvania, our Masonic leadership and Shrine International, starting in

mid-March everything suddenly came to a screeching HALT!

Just before the shutdown, under the leadership of our newly installed President, Dwayne Miller, we laid

out plans for several functions within the Chanters. There were a few sing-outs booked, the annual trek to

MASA, a trip to the Imperial Session in Kansas City was in the offing and lots of rehearsals with plans to

recruit more members to sing along with us.

But need I elaborate anymore on last year? With the advice and recommendations of our Rajah Board

of Directors, leadership, led by Ill. Sir Marv Miller, we put a sudden stop to all of our activities for several

months. We did resume rehearsals in July and held onto the hope that we could go to Virginia Beach, but that

too was cancelled as well as all of the rest of our activities for the year. Although, we did accept an invitation

from the Pine Grove Halloween Parade Committee and rode our float through the streets of Pine Grove in October singing to a very

appreciative crowd.

And, of course, being men of music, we continued to rehearse, but protecting ourselves and our fellow nobles by wearing our

masks. We did mange to hold our annual dinner in December and through the advances in modern technology, we did join in with

our fellow nobles from Syria Shriners, Pittsburgh and Moolah Shriners, St. Louis. Under direction and guidance of our conductor,

Bruce Rohrbach, we recorded a very familiar Christmas song and, with 20 Chanters, including Rajah, performed virtually, and it

was presented on YouTube and seen all over the world.

At the request of Illustrious Sir Kraig Leiby, we had the opportunity to perform a few songs at the Mass Installation in January

and we were doubly honored to perform, as Ill. Sir Kraig is a member of the Chanters. We entertained to a live indoor crowd for the

first time in over a year.

As we look forward, we must first look back and thank the Ill. Sir Marv Miller and his Lady Marie for their support and continued

encouragement during these trying times. Thank you and may you both be blessed with good health and happiness for many years

to come.

To our newly installed Potentate, Ill. Sir Kraig and Lady Janet, the Chanters wish you all the best for a successful year. And we

remind everyone to keep on singing!

ATTENTION ALL NOBLES

STATED MEETING

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2021

Please be advised that a stated meeting of the Nobility of the

Rajah Shriners will be held at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in the

Banquet Hall at the Rajah Shriners Complex,

221 Orchard Road, Reading, PA 19605.

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.

Illustrious Sir Kraig W. Leiby, Potentate

ATTEST: Les A. Werley, Recorder

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LEHIGH SHRINE CLUB

Fellow Nobles, Greetings and a Happy New Year from the Lehigh Shrine Club. We trust it will be better

than the last one!

My Lady and I just returned from the Annual Mass Installation at Leesport. Although it had a smaller

attendance than past years, it was nice to see many Nobles and their Ladies enjoying each other’s company.

We were “masked” and seated at socially required distances. Still, it was good to be around the Nobility

once again.

Congratulations to our new Potentate, Ill. Sir Kraig Leiby and his Lady Janet. We know they will have

a good year and can count on the support of the entire Nobility and their Ladies.

Also thank you to our immediate Past Potentate Ill. Sir Marvin Miller and his Lady Marie, who just

completed the most difficult year I think any Potentate has ever experienced. If not the most difficult,

Roger C. Reis certainly the most unique!

All Clubs and Units suffered in 2020. Regretfully, some problems still persist into this new year. The

LSC was forced to cancel our January Stated Meeting due to COVID. And no end in sight!

Sadly, we lost a great Shriner a few days after Christmas. Noble Ronald L. Neimeyer passed away while traveling home from a

Christmas visit with his family in Florida. He was with his son when he was struck by a massive heart attack. Noble Ron was a Past

President of our Club. He also served over 35 years as “The Grand Raban of Hillbilly Clan #9.” He organized and ran our LSC and

Hillbilly Golf tournaments for many years. His decades of service resulted in over $225,425.00 being donated to the Shrine Hospital

for Children in Philadelphia. We are hoping to continue our Golf Tournaments and they will be renamed “The Ronald L. Neimeyer

Memorial Golf Tournaments.” He will be missed by all who knew him and can never be replaced. Rest in Peace Noble Ron!

Although this article will be seen after the fact, we are hoping to have a February Stated Meeting and are trying to return to some

sense of normalcy as soon as possible.

Why not make a New Year’s Resolution to attend at least two of your Club or Unit meetings this year and one major event at

the Rajah Complex? You may be surprised how much you enjoy it.

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 a Shriner!

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Jim Atkins, New member of the

Philadelphia Shriners Hospital for

Children Board of Governors

Mike Artim,

President

ANGLERS

NOBLE JIM ATKINS - PAYING BACK BY

PAYING FORWARD

By Sam Ellis

At age 4 months, Jim Atkins was diagnosed with Spinal Meningitis and was not expected

to live. His uncle was a Shriner at the time and recommended treatment at the Shriners

Hospital for Children in Philadelphia where Jim became a patient. He had a difficult time

but survived and came out of it with some paralysis that is with him today.

Jim says he was enamored with the Shrine from an early age.

“My experience at the hospital, along with things I learned about the Shrine from my

uncle and a Shriner neighbor who was a second father to me, were great influences in my

decision to become a Mason and join the Shrine” said Jim.

Today, at age 48, forty-seven years and eight months after becoming a Shriners Hospital

patient, he is a full voting member of the Board of Governors of the Shriners Hospital for

Children in Philadelphia. He has been an associate board member for the last two years.

Jim was recommended to the position by then potentate Ill. Sir Jared Kichline. Jared said,

“I saw Jim’s potential during the time I was liaison to the North Penn Shrine Club. His

Shrine work ethic and history with the hospital as a patient made him an obvious choice for

a board position.” The Rajah Board of Directors agreed as did Jon Swartz who was chairman of the Board of Governors at the time.

Jim’s responsibilities on the board, other than attending meetings once a month, which are now virtual, include among other

things, helping with fundraising and generally being an ambassador for the hospital. He is also chairman of two committees: The

Patient Safety Committee and the Medical Committee, which is newly created for 2021.

Jim is the secretary of the North Penn Shrine Club, a member of Quakertown Lodge No 512 and the Valley of Allentown

Scottish Rite.

His vocation is that of Regional Vice President of TDS Health. The company develops and sells medical educational software.

In that position, he visits hospitals and medical schools all over the area from New Jersey to Washington, D.C. That makes him a

good fit to sit on the Shriners Hospital board. “When the board gets briefings from the doctors and specialists, I know what they

are talking about.”

When asked about his goals as a board member, Jim says they are simple. He thinks of himself as a steward of the hospital and

tries to represent Rajah Shrine the best he can. “I’m doing everything possible to be a good, prolific board member. Paying back

and paying it forward.”

As we start a new year, I congratulate our new Potentate, Illustrious Sir Kraig Leiby and wish him

the best. Illustrious Sir was the Liaison to the Anglers, and we gained from his experience and wisdom.

My first experience with Illustrious Sir was flipping burgers at the Shrine Bingo Kitchen where he

demonstrated that he did not mind getting his hands dirty and was willing to help with the task at hand.

Congratulations to new Line Members: Nobles Greg Miller and John Grumbein.

Speaking of getting dirty, or rather, “Fishy”, many thanks to Illustrious Sir Past Potentate Marv Miller.

Nothing could have prepared him for what he was faced with this year. He did a tremendous job of

guiding the Shrine, keeping a positive attitude and encouragement to the nobles. Congratulations on a

great year and thank you for what you accomplished.

Even in the shortened year, the Anglers were able to make sauerkraut and go fishing. We completed two

fishing trips and processed about 200 heads of cabbage into one- and two-pound bags that are now for sale.

Contact any Angler or me to purchase the best ’krout I ever ate.

My personal thanks to the Anglers Executive Committee: VP Dick Snell, 2nd VP Ron Szapacs, Treasurer

Clarence Smith, Secretary John Pavlick and Trustee Nick Smith for the outstanding job they did during my absences this past year.

Special thanks to John and Dick for ten-plus years serving on the Committee.

The Anglers are looking forward to a New Year with plans for fishing trips and visits to local lakes and streams. Planned are

at least two dinner meetings with wives and guest speakers, with topics other than fishing. Although the pandemic may revise

our plans or schedule, we remain hopeful to complete them. We continue to support and participate in the Paper Crusade, Bingo,

Circus, and other Shrine activities.

We wish all Shriners a safe and healthy New Year. Fish-on!

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Rev. David

Newhart

Walter Lamm

Camping anyone? Rajah Caravaners club hardly skipped a beat last year. Despite the world climate, we

fulfilled our annual campout schedule, had our regular meetings and had fun. And we will continue on that

journey through the coming year.

We will start off in April at the Oasis

campground, then again in May, June

and July. Lancaster is next on our list

of campouts. We may make a visit to

Watkins Glen, NY as well.

We may expand our itinerary to

other sites and venues, providing the

campgrounds become available.

Our officer line up stays pretty much the same as last year.

And we welcome our Liaison for this year, Noble Ron

Szcapacs, who has hinted that he may be joining us on our

camping trips. Again, everyone is welcome to join us.

Bear in mind, one cure for that “cabin fever” is to take your

cabin on the road, even if that “cabin” is a tent.

Be safe, and camp on.

THE CHAPLAIN’S STUDY

This is the season of the church year we call Epiphany. It is the time in the story of Jesus’ life at the

time of his birth when the Magi appear in Bethlehem. They are also known as the wise men. I like to ask

people how many wise men there were. They always say three. That may not be true, there could be only

2 or 10. The number is not given, but they brought three gifts, and so we always say there were three but

the plural of Magus is Magi and there is never a number given.

The Magi brought three gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, which were expensive gifts. They have

no particular significance but they were brought by these wise men from a far away land in the East, and

we are not told what that land is. The importance of this is the visit of these wise men from a far off land

who are not Jews but came to recognize Jesus as the “King of the Jews.” The Wise men made a statement

to the entire world that this Jesus was not just for Jews but would be recognized throughout the world.

This Jesus is now an international figure because of the visitation.

These wise men were not kings but astronomers and astrologers who could read the movements of the

planets and stars and put them together with ancient writings to predict future events. They followed that star and it led them to the

manger and this Jesus that we are called upon to worship in the spirit of truth. He is the one to bring together all the people of the

world into one everlasting peace.

This has to be accomplished by us as we share this Jesus with all the people who are around us.

The Angels sang “Glory be to God on high and peace to all people on earth.”

CARAVANERS

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Obituaries

ROBERT E. CROUSE

LEESPORT

DIED: NOVEMBER 28, 2020

EDWARD J. DAVIS

TELFORD

DIED: SEPTEMBER 27, 2020

WILLIAM F. DEIBERT, JR.

ALLENTOWN

DIED: DECEMBER 24, 2020

CHESTER A. FEIDLER

ALLENTOWN

DIED: NOVEMBER 25, 2020

CLARENCE C. GLAUNER

WYOMISSING

DIED: AUGUST 17, 2020

ROLAND E. GRAMMES

BREINIGSVILLE

DIED: NOVEMBER 22, 2020

KENNETH J. HUMMEL

PALMERTON

DIED: DECEMBER 14, 2020

ELTON R. KEENER

MYERSTOWN

DIED: NOVEMBER 12, 2020

PAUL F. KUNKEL

ALLENTOWN

DIED: DECEMBER 8, 2020

PAUL R. LAUCHNOR

ALLENTOWN

DIED: JANUARY 4, 2021

ROGER P. MADDUX

UPPER BLACK EDDY

DIED: JULY 6, 2020

CHARLES E. MINNICH

COOPERSBURG

DIED: JANUARY 6, 2021

LARRY R. MOORE

LEWISTOWN

DIED: DECEMBER 28, 2020

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RICHARD R. RIEGNER

POTTSTOWN

DIED: DECEMBER 7, 2020

GARY E. SHADLE

ELIZABETHVILLE

DIED: OCTOBER 14, 2020

DAVID J. SHEIPE

BLANDON

DIED: DECEMBER 31, 2020

JOSEPH W. SIMON

ELIZABETHTOWN

DIED: MAY 30, 2020

JOHN A. SMITH

MOHRSVILLE

DIED: JANUARY 5, 2021

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COLMAR

DIED: NOVEMBER 23, 2020

ROBERT A. SWOYER

SHILLINGTON

DIED: NOVEMBER 19, 2020

Lost

In

The

Desert

The last known address in our

records is listed below. If anyone

knows the whereabouts of the

following Nobles, please contact

Les A. Werley, Recorder, or

Anne-Marie at the Administration

Office, 610-916-9000.

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Rajah Shrine

P.O. Box 40 , Blandon, PA 19510

Vol 79 Feb.-March 2021 No. 2

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Valentine's Day

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Dance Band

Noble Riders

Board of

Directors

Bethlehem S. C.

Directors Staff

Chanters

Motor Corps

President’s

Day

Clowns

Chanters

Lebanon S.C.

Rajah

Bulletin

Board

Oriental Band

LOH Exec &

Stated

Carbon S.C.

Provost Guard

Brandywine S.C.

Cedars

Lehigh S.C.

Anglers

Cedars

String Band

Mounted Patrol

Cedars

Membership

Mtg. - 6:30 PM

Units/Clubs -

7:30 PM

North Penn S.C.

BINGO-

(Shiners)

BINGO-

(Anglers)

BINGO-

(Chanters)

Tin Lizzies

BINGO-

(Legion)

FEBRUARY 2021

Rajah S.C.

Pote’s Trip

March 25 – 28

Carbon S.C.

Valentine Party

Schuylkill S.C.

Breakfast

Oriental Band

Ladies Night

RAJAH SHRINE

GOOD FRIDAY BREAKFAST

Friday, April 2, 2021 8:00 AM at the Rajah Shrine

Complex 221 Orchard Road Reading, PA 19605

Price is $10.00 per person - pay at the door!

PLEASE CALL THE RAJAH SHRINE OFFICE AT

610-916-9000 TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS!

DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS IS

FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021.

DRESS IS COAT, TIE AND FEZ FOR THE MEN.

STREET DRESS OR PANTS SUIT FOR THE LADIES.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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Board of

Directors

Bethlehem S. C.

Directors Staff

Rajah Ladies

MASK IS REQUIRED.

Oriental Band

Lehigh S.C.

Cedars

BINGO -

(Shiners)

Rajah S.C.

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Chanters Carbon S.C. String Band BINGO -

(Anglers)

Oriental Band

Ladies Night

Canceled

HOSPITAL

CRUSADE

KICK-OFF

MARCH 24

Good Friday

Breakfast

April 2

Stated Meeting

April 21

Concert Band

Spring Forward

to Daylight

Savings Time

Dance Band

Noble Riders

POTE'S TRIP

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Motor Corps

Provost Guard

Brandywine S.C.

Anglers

Mounted Patrol

Cedars

St. Patrick’s

Day

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Clowns

Chanters

Cedars

Hospital Crusade

Kick-off Picnic

- 6 PM

Units/Clubs -

7:30 PM

North Penn S.C.

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MARCH 2021

BINGO-

(Chanters)

Hospital Service

11 am - Complex

Tin Lizzies

BINGO-

(Legion)

Past Masters

POTE'S TRIP - ARK ENCOUNTER

Schuylkill SC

Ladies’ Night

LOH Exec &

Stated 9 a.m.

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