Rajah News - April 2021

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Rajah News

Vol. 79 April-May 2021 No. 3

Its Turn

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In this issue:

- Rajah’s First Lady – “I’ve always enjoyed sewing”

- Meet the 2021 Potentate’s personal Aides - 100 Hospital Trips to connect children to Healthcare


Rajah Shrine 2021

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

Hosted by

Illustrious Sir Kraig & Lady Janet

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

Ride the Rails in West Virginia & Greenbrier Bunker Tour, 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) nights 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

evening

Tour at The

performances

Greenbrier Resort, White

of

Sulphur

the Gandy

Springs, WV

Dancer

- Tour the former

Dinner

Top-Secret

Theatre

Cold War

and

Era

“The

Bunker built

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

NEW DATE - October 28 - 31, 2021

– 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

CANCELLED

- 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

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The Potentate’s Message

Es Selamu Aleikum

Greetings Illustrious Sirs and Nobles.

Nobles, Ladies and Friends:

I would like to start off by thanking anyone who was able to attend the Mass

Installation event held at Leesport Farmer’s Market. It was a memorable afternoon

filled with fellowship and fun. My message for the day and for the year is to challenge

our Nobility to attend fundraisers, meetings, and any social event that they typically

wouldn’t attend in order to support each other and grow as a Shrine.

We are back up and operating Bingo every Thursday evening. Please come out

and support this important fundraiser for Rajah. Even if you are not a Bingo player,

we can find a job for you. Speaking of Bingo, this year the Divan and their Ladies are

hosting a Meat Bingo on Friday, May 7th. This fundraiser benefits Rajah Shrine and

is open to anyone.

The Ark Encounter Pote’s Trip was rescheduled for October 28-31. We anticipate

that this will be a safer time of the year for those interested in traveling. Unfortunately,

the Glazier National Park/Canadian Rockies trip, of June 18-22, was canceled just as

Rajah News was going to press.

Lastly, the Potentate’s Ball “Don’t Stop Me Now” is scheduled for May 1st at the Double Tree in

Reading, PA. We are excited for this event and will be following all the necessary CDC Guidelines in

order to have this special evening.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Kraig

ALIEKUM ES SELAM

Attest: Les A. Werley, Recorder

Contents

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

First Lady Janet Leiby – “I’ve Always Enjoyed Sewing” .......5

Potentate's Ball Registration......................................................6

Provost Guard.................................................................7

Legion Of Honor.............................................................7

MASA Registration.........................................................8

2021 Potentate’s Personal Aides.....................................9

Pote's Golf Outing Registration....................................10

ALIEKUM ES SELAM

Concert Attest: Band................................................................11

100 Joe Hagan Hospital Trips To Connect Children To Healthcare.........12

Anglers..........................................................................13

Recorder

Arlington National Cemetery Wreath Laying...............13

Forks Of The Delaware Tin Lizzies .............................14

Rajah Shrine Podcast And Postings..............................14

NOTICE - NOTICE

THE RAJAH SHRINE ADMINISTRATION OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON:

MONDAY, MAY 31, 2021 IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY

THANK YOU - RAJAH SHRINE OFFICE

In This Issue

ATV - 4-Wheeler - Club Inquiry..................................15

String Band...................................................................15

'50s Sock Hop...............................................................16

Stated Meeting..............................................................18

Chanters........................................................................18

T-Shirt Order Form.......................................................19

Lebanon Shrine Club ...................................................20

Lehigh Shrine Club.......................................................20

Caravaners ....................................................................20

Schuylkill Shrine Club..................................................21

Oriental Band................................................................21

The Chaplain’s Study....................................................22

Director’s Staff..............................................................22

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RAJAH SHRINE

RAJAH SHRINE

RAJAH SHRINE

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Shriners International

Published February, April, June,

Shriners International

August, October, December

Published February, April, June,

P.O. August, Box 40, October, Blandon, December PA 19510

Telephone: 610-916-9000

P.O. Box Fax: 40, 610-916-9100

Blandon, PA 19510

Telephone: www.rajahshrine.org 610-916-9000

Fax: 610-916-9100

www.rajahshrine.org

EDITOR

Sam Ellis

2409 Treeline EDITORDrive

Easton, Sam PA 18040-7925 Ellis

Phone: 2409 Treeline 610-390-6188 Drive

E-mail: Email: Easton, magazine@rajahshrine.org

sellis4947@aol.com

PA 18040-7925

Phone: PHOTOGRAPHERS

610-390-6188

Email: Carl Frey, sellis4947@aol.com

William Quinn,

Barry Weisser and Sam Ellis

PROOFREADER

Sharon Grumbein

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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

Every Doors Open Thursday at 5:00 - Bingo Evening Starts at 6:30 at the

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

Doors Rajah

• Refreshments Open at 5:00 Shrine

Available - Bingo Starts Complex

for Purchase at 6:30 •

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

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

Open To The • Public Refreshments are not • Smoke deductible Available Free as • charitable Refreshments for Purchase donations. • Available for Purchase

Proceeds benefit Rajah Shrine and are not deductible as charitable donations.

Les A. Werley

Dear Nobles,

The Good Friday Breakfast – April 2

The Stated Meeting – April 21

The Pote’s Ball – May 1

The Ladies Meat Bingo – May 7

As I am writing this article, I am reminded of something

someone once told me about working together to get things

done. He said “Think of the word unity. The first three letters are

UNI, yes, you and I can accomplish anything if we work together

which is UNITY.” We can work together to get our Shrine back to

the previous activities. We are looking to the Spring and Summer

activities that we all enjoyed before this pandemic. Together with

unity we can again enjoy things like:

The Car Club & Noble Riders Sock Hop – May 15

The Pote’s Golf Outing – June 4

The Cigar Night at the Complex – June 4

The Provost Guard Spaghetti Dinner – June 12

The Membership Orientation – June 19

The Pote’s Trip to the Canadian Rockies & Glacier Nat’l Park – June 16-29

The Imperial Session in Houston, Texas – July 4-8

The Stated Meeting – July 14

The Pote’s Picnic – August 4

MASA – September 9 – 12

The Sportsman’s Raffle – September 19

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

The Rajah Shrine Circus – October 20-24

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

Remember, with UNITY, you and I, we can get and keep this Shrine moving along into

610-916-9000.

the future.

I wish everyone a Happy Easter.

Proceeds benefit Rajah Shrine and

are not deductible as charitable donations.

RECORDER’S MESSAGE

CEREMONIALS


FIRST LADY

JANET LEIBY – “I’VE

ALWAYS ENJOYED

SEWING”

Written by Sam Ellis - Photos by Bill Quinn and Mic Frey

Now that she is the first lady, the influence of her design and sewing skills

can be seen on the 2021 Rajah Shirts, the potentate’s seal in the Complex,

and especially at this year’s Mass Installation where a massive 8 foot, 16-

inch x 9 foot, 16-inch quilt hung as a photo background and was later raffled

off to the benefit of Rajah.

“I was very young when I started sewing, making clothes for my dolls.

I remember my sisters and I sewing clothes for our Cabbage Patch dolls.

All the girls in our family learned how to sew.” Janet said that she got into

quilting through her mother-in-law Faye Leiby. “She showed me how to

piece and hand quilt quilts and I found that I really enjoyed it, putting the

colors together, and making different patterns.” She’s made quilts for all her

nieces and nephews. “Everybody has a baby quilt.”

The art of sewing quilts is call Quilting, and Janet is truly an artist at it.

I asked if her designs have a Pennsylvania Dutch influence. “No” she said,

“the PA Dutch is all Kraig. All my family is Dutch but not Pennsylvania

Dutch.” Her great grandparents came over from Holland. She says, heritage

aside, she likes to work with more traditional quilting patterns that have been passed down for generations and enjoys figuring

out how to mix these patterns and colors together. “I do embroidery also and I incorporate that into some of my designs.” Janet

makes a lot of smaller things too. The table runners and patches on the table decorations at Mass Installation are examples.

Ill. Sir Kraig Leiby & Lady Janet in

front of the quilt she made for Mass

Installation

Lady Janet at Mass Installation

The majority of quilts Janet makes she keeps or donates or sells to friends

or to word-of-mouth customers. She says that making large quilts is very time

consuming so she doesn’t usually make them for sale.

Soon after she learned to sew quilts, she started helping at the Kutztown Folk

Festival quilting on the demonstration quilts. And her quilts have won ribbons

at the Kutztown Fair. “It’s a family thing. Kraig grew up around it. Kraig’s

family always enters fruits & vegetables and I enter my sewing.”

She likes mentoring. Each year she holds a Charity Sewing Project.

Anyone can come and they make things that can be donated to charities to

sell. The participants don’t have to know how to sew. Janet also conducts a

yearly sewing camp for

nieces and nephews and

friend’s children. “They

learn about how to do

a sewing project from

beginning to end.”

One of Janet's patches as part of a table

decoration at Mass Installation

One of the projects

that she is working on

now is a quilt for the

Potentate’s Ball in May.

“I sew every day,” Janet

says, “It’s rare that I’m

not in my sewing room

working on something.

It’s a great hobby.”

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Rajah Shrine Potentate’s Ball – 2021

“Don’t Stop Me Now”

Honoring Illustrious Sir

KRAIG W. LEIBY & LADY JANET

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Double Tree by Hilton • 701 Penn Street, Reading, PA 19601

610-375-8000

Free Parking • Guests Welcome

Cocktail Hour: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. • Introductions: 6:30 p.m. • Dinner: 7:00 p.m.

Musical Entertainment by We3

Dress for the evening – Black Tux or Business Suit and Fez

Gowns or Cocktail Dressses for the Ladies

Sit Down Dinner Menu Consists of:

Choice of: Sirloin Strip • Chicken Saltimbocca

Ball and Reception — $70.00 per person / $140.00 per couple

Price includes Dinner, Entertainment and Hospitality Room

Overnight Rooms are $159.00 for King or Double bedded w/ Queen beds

Contact Double Tree Directly for Room Reservations using PROMO CODE: RAJ

Hospitality Room is open from 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and after the Ball 10:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Complimentary Chef attended breakfast buffet in the Cheers American Bistro is included

RESERVATION DEADLINE — APRIL 16th

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Name ____________________________________Lady’s Name __________________

Address ________________________________________________________________

City _____________________________________ State ______Zip________________

Telephone ________________________________ Unit/Club _____________________

Temple _________________________________ Office Held _____________________

# of persons attending__________________Amount enclosed __________________

Dinner Choice: Sirloin Strip _________ Chicken Saltimbocca _________

Make check payable to Rajah Shrine and forward to:

Lydia Smith – 497 Grove Road, Mohrsville, PA 19541

484-671-2677


Ill. Sir

Greg Lewis, PP

PROVOST GUARD

It may have been a slow start for your Provost Guard, but we are up and running under the leadership

of our newly installed president, Noble Jon Schneider. Due to the inclement weather that hit on the night

of our January meeting, needless to say we had to cancel that meeting, but President Jon took the helm in

February and conducted his first meeting in fine fashion.

We had a good turnout and lots of rehashing of last year’s functions, or lack thereof, and are anticipating

a great 2021 with plenty of things to do. Member participation will be encouraged to get the Nobles out and

to get us back to some level of normalcy on our lives.

We reviewed the calendar and, if all goes well, we look forward to helping again at the various events

as presented in the Rajah Calendar for this year with the Pote’s Picnic, the Sportsman’s Raffle, the Pretzel

Bowl. With the move to October of the circus, perhaps we can expect better weather in the fall than we are

accustomed to in March. Overall, we have a core of guys willing, able and ready to serve at these and any

other functions where the Potentate desires our help.

We are also planning on having our own summer picnic, holiday dinner and the sponsorship of TWO All-You-Care-To-Eat

Spaghetti Dinners this year. The first one is on Saturday, June 12, and the second dinner is on Saturday, October 12. Each will

feature delicious spaghetti and meatballs, bread, salad and beverages and some of the most scrumptious desserts this side of heaven.

So please mark your calendars now for a real taste treat – twice as nice with double the chances you have of enjoying dinner out

with family and friends!

If you are a relatively new member of Rajah, or perhaps a member looking for a great unit to become a part of…then Noble,

look no farther…. the Provost Guard is your answer. We meet

on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the All-

Purpose Room at the Rajah Complex. Please consider this

your invitation to join in, we’ll keep the light on for you.

Jere Lesher,

PP

LEGION OF

HONOR

In the Legion’s previous article, I

neglected to list our elected officers

for 2021. Sorry about that. Here's

the list, and I hope we all have

a less chaotic year than in 2020:

Commander, Jim Cocuzza; 1st V.

Commander, Fred Olinick; 2nd

V. Commander, Ray Ayers; 3rd V.

Commander, Ray Kunkel; Adjutant,

Barry Weisser, PC; Finance Officer,

Jere Lesher, PP, PC; Captain, Scott

Miller, PC; Color Sergeant, Bryan Stoudt, PC; Quartermaster,

Curt Rentschler; Asst. Quartermaster, Wade Kunkle; Trustee,

Barry Weisser, PC; Chaplain, Pete Laspopoulos.

Unfortunately, another LOH event that is a casualty of

Covid-19 is our Tattoo trip originally scheduled for April 16

& 17. It was changed (by them) to June 5 & 6. That is the

weekend of our Commander’s Ball. All Tattoo refunds have

been mailed. Keep your fingers crossed that we are able to

hold our future events such as the LOH July Family Picnic,

Pote’s Ball, Pote’s picnic, Fall MASA, etc.

Looking forward to better times. Hang in there!

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MASA 2021

THURSDAY THRU SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 – 12, 2021

Received information that the 2021 MASA Convention is set to go in Virginia Beach!

Due to all the confusion with Covid-19, we may not be allotted our same number of rooms as in the past.

If you are planning to go, please make your reservations early!

If for some reason the MASA Convention is cancelled, you will again be refunded your deposit.

Everything else remains the same.

Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel, 3501 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, Va 23451

$549.00 Per Couple/$499. 00 Single

Price includes three nights lodging and Pre-Registration

Extra Nights Lodging available at extra cost.

“DO NOT CALL HOTEL, ALL RESERVATIONS MADE THRU RAJAH OFFICE”

*****Rooms are Limited Reserve “NOW”*****

***w/Payment of $150.00 by May 15 th , Balance due by June 29 th !***

NO CANCELLATIONS AFTER AUGUST 1 ST WITHOUT LOSS OF ONE NIGHTS

DEPOSIT AND PRE-REGISTRATION.

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

DETACH AND RETURN TO ADMINISTRATION OFFICE.

_____Noble & Lady - $549.00 per couple – Children age 12 and under FREE

_____Two Nobles - $549.00 (EXTRA NOBLE ADD $50.00 PER NOBLE)

_____One Noble - $499.00

RESERVE________EXTRA DAY(S) – DATE ARRIVING____________________DATE DEPARTING_____________________

_____LADIES LUNCHEON – Friday, September 10, 2021, HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE VIRGINIA BEACH HILTON,

3001 ATLANTIC AVE. PRICE IS $40.00 PER LADY (INCLUDES ONE FREE DRINK).

NOBLE’S NAME__________________________________________LADIES NAME____________________________________

UNIT/CLUB_________________________SHRINE #_____________DAYTIME PHONE_________________________________

ADDRESS___________________________________________________CITY________________STATE_____ZIP____________

RETURN FORM AND CHECK OR CREDIT CARD INFO TO: RAJAH SHRINE, P O BOX 40, BLANDON, PA 19510

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: RAJAH SHRINE

VISA MASTERCARD DISCOVER AMERICAN EXPRESS AMOUNT OF PAYMENT_________________.

V-CODE

CARD NO.

NAME ON CARD__________________________________________EXP. DATE _____/_____

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Chief Aide Carl Frey & Lady Beth

2021 POTENTATE’S PERSONAL AIDES

Photos by: Mic Frey

The Aides provide essential support for the Potentate. Being an Aide is a great

experience as well as a lot of fun.

This year only two Aides are “first timers.” Chief Aide Carl ‘Mic’ Frey and

Lady Beth are in their second year of being an Aide. Harold Kohl and Lady Ann

have been Aides for seven Potentates. Bryan Stoudt and Lady Belinda are fivetime

Aides. Terry Hulsizer and Lady Ruth Ann Seyler are on their four tour, Carl

Hinderer has been an Aide three times. This is Ronald Dewald’s first tour as it is

for Dwyane Miller and Lady Karen.

Aides Harold ‘Bud’ Kohl & Lady Ann

Aide Ronald Dewald

Aides Terry Hulsizer & Lady Ruth Ann Seyler

Aides Bryan Stoudt & Lady Belinda

Aide Carl Hinderer

Aides Dwyane Miller & Lady Karen

Rajah Shrine Concert Band “2021 Daily Number Calendar Sale”

For a donation of $20.00 each

367 chances to win $20—$300

Based on PA Lottery 3 digit number at 7 p.m. only

Prize winnings may be paid to you directly or may be sent

to the Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia Music Program

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Contact: Bryan Snyder 610-589-2022

bryansnyder@comast.net Mail: 591 Hill Rd. Robesonia, PA 19551

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Rich Maiden Golf Course

234 Rich Maiden Road, Fleetwood, PA

Come Tee up with “Pote Kraig”

$60 per person prior to May 21 st , $65 after May 22 nd

Includes:

Golf, Cart, Refreshments, Buffet, and Prizes

Format: Four Man Scramble

Coffee and Donuts at Course – 7:00 AM

Shotgun Start at 8:00 AM Sharp (Rain or Shine)

Help Rajah Shrine by Sponsoring at Tee or Green for $25.00

ALL PROFITS GO TO THE BUILDING FUND

PUT YOUR CLUB-UNIT-BUSINESS OR YOUR NAME ON A HOLE

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List Your Foursome Cut on Line and Return

1.Team Captain____________________________ Phone__________________

2. _______________________________________ Phone__________________

3. _______________________________________ Phone__________________

4.________________________________________ Phone__________________

Tee or Green Sponsor Name________________________________________

AMOUNT ENCLOSED____________________

Make Checks Payable to Rajah Shrine Golf and send to:

Joel M. Franco, 275 W. 49 th Street, Reading, PA 19606-3315

DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS – FRIDAY, May 28

(Your help in acquiring prizes is greatly appreciated)

*Note the Time Change*

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Bryan Snyder

CONCERT BAND

The coronavirus forced our Concert Band to the sidelines in 2020. All our parades and concerts were

cancelled and our band president retired. In January 2021 our Bandmaster Emeritus, Hal Kremser, Jr. was

met by the Black Camel. Our hearts were saddened, and our vision dimmed by this great mystery of death,

the most profound mystery of all human experiences...that change which sooner or later must come to each

of us. When the time will come, we know not. All expect it, and none escape it. Our fraternity emphasizes

that we should live daily and can welcome the grim tyrant of death, and receive him, as a kind messenger,

sent to translate us from the imperfect to that all perfect celestial world, where the Grand Architect of the

World presides. Farewell my brother Hal Kremser, Jr. Job well done!!!

At its inception in 1896, the Rajah Concert Band had 14 musicians who had performed with the John

Philip Sousa and Arthur Pryor Bands. To date, our band has had only 12 Bandmasters.

Monroe Althouse directed the band from 1896 to 1920; Eugene Z. Weidner, 1920 to 1937; Robert W. Mattern 1937 to 1948;

Leroy F. Werner, 1948 to 1958; William H. Levan, 1958 to 1977; George B. Wagner, 1978 to 1980; John H. Enck, 1980 to 1981;

Robert S. Hemmig, 1981 to 1993; Bruce D. Rohrbach, 1994 to 1996; Harold L. Kremser, Jr. 1996 to 1998; J. Albert Leader, 1998

to 2000; Harold L. Kremser, Jr. 2001 to 2014; Dale Schimpf 2015 to 2018; Bruce D. Rohrbach, 2019 to present.

Our 2021 Lottery Calendar fund raiser is thriving, and we need your help selling it out. I have put another spin of this program.

For a $20 donation, you can support the Concert Band and set up your winning prize to be donated to the Philadelphia Shriners

Hospital Music Program for Children. Win-Win! (Or you can still elect to keep it for yourself.)

Due to the coronavirus, our Annual May Pops Concert has again been cancelled this year. We are currently planning a replacement

event scheduled for Sunday, November 7th, filled with fun, laughter and fellowship to rekindle our spirits, as well as to explore

opportunities for new members. The Carbon County Shrine Club and the Concert Band are collaborating on this new event and

are currently seeking approval from our governing board. The band officers are excited at the opportunity to engage with members

from another club, particularly with nobles we do not know. Certainly, building on new friendships is the foundation for the

betterment of Rajah. Stay tuned for details to come.

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100 HOSPITAL TRIPS TO

CONNECT CHILDREN TO

HEALTHCARE

By Sam Ellis

It’s a sunny Monday morning around 6:30. Cindy pulls a curtain aside as a van pulls up in

front of her house. A magnetic sign on the van door reads Rajah Shrine Hospital Transportation.

Before long, a Noble comes and rings the doorbell and offers assistance in moving Cindy to

the van and loading her wheelchair. For Cindy and her

mother, June, this will be their first trip to the Philadelphia

Shriners Children’s Hospital using Rajah’s volunteer

service. For the two Nobles in the van, it will be one of

many. In fact, for the driver, Eric Kissinger, it will be his

one hundred and sixth trip of taking patients that lack

their own means of transportation to the hospital.

At first glance you would think that a Noble racking

up over 100 patient transportation trips would be unique.

But actually, several active drivers in Hospital Services

have attained that record and many are close to that goal.

And some have achieved over 200. For active drivers,

Bob Bainbridge has 360 trips to his credit, Kenneth Flynn

has 263, Donald Schneck has 260 and Russel Hottenstein

has 232.

Terry Hulsizer with Rajah's patient van donated

by Mike Mickey

It is an essential service for Shriners Hospitals for

Children having Shrine volunteers transporting patients

to and from their appointments. Rajah’s Hospital Services is the club that coordinates patient transportation for Berks, Bucks,

Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton and Carbon counties.

Each trip requires 2 nobles - a driver and co-driver. Nobles’ ladies sometimes co-drive. Kay Ellis, Ruth Ann Seyler, Delores

Lund, Christina Little and Ann Kolh are active co-drivers. Ann Kohl has accompanied husband Bud on 128 trips. Bud and Ann are

also 2021 Aides.

At 8:00 a.m. the van pulls up to the front door of the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital, a half hour before their appointment. For

Cindy and June it was an easy comfortable hour and a half trip. The two nobles will park the van in the hospital parking garage,

which is always a challenge, and wait in the drivers lounge until the patient is ready to go back home. In the lounge, they’ll meet

nobles from other temples who are fulfilling that same mission of bringing patients and a family member safely to and from their

appointments.

Here is a list provided by Shriners Hospitals on current drivers with over 100 trips to their credit.

Bob Bainbridge 360

Donald Schneck 260

Robert Crouse 157

Paul Shaw 108

Sam Ellis 117

Barry Weisser 116

Current President of Hospital Services

Kenneth Flynn 263

Russel Hottenstein 232

Erick Kissinger 108

Harold Kohl 137

Peter Laspopoulos 165

Dennis Little 128

Einar Lund 173

Gerald Mengel 148

James Moyer 106

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Mike Artim,

ANGLERS

Fellow Nobles:

Spring is in the air; the snow is melting, and the trout stocking

trucks are getting ready to roll.

The Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day is Saturday, March 27,

2021 and the statewide opening day of Trout Season is Saturday,

April 3, 2021. I wish tight lines to all anglers.

At the time of this writing, it appears some of the COVID

restrictions are going to be pulled back that will enable us to have

a ‘normal’ meeting. We are planning a special dinner meeting

with our Ladies included at a local restaurant. Contact me for

information if you are interested in joining us at any meetings or

President activities. Our April meeting is primarily for planning programming Dick Snell after catching a

for the remainder of 2021.

The Anglers continue to be active with our Shrine Circus and Bingo Support as well as

making more of our delicious sauerkraut that is available for sale this year. Contact me or

any Angler board member to purchase ‘kraut.

Dick Snell after catching a

Yellow Eye Snapper

As always, fishing trips are one of the major topics. Away fishing trips include a long weekend at Glendale Lake at Prince

Galitzen State Park, PA on May 9-14 as well as local streams and lakes. Other possible trips are New York for bass in mid-summer

or early fall.

On the local front, we are exploring having a “Fishnick.” Details to follow. Throughout the remainder of the year, we plan to

visit other clubs and units to meet or in some cases reacquaint ourselves with fellow Nobles.

Fisherman of the Month -- Dick Snell got an early start by catching a yellow eye snapper in the Florida Keys!

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

TRIP IS RAIN OR SHINE

Cost is $375.00/couple or $245.00/single

Trip includes: Transportation, Hotel Room, 2 Buffet Meals, Beverages, Hospitality Room

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

(include phone number on check) and mail to:

Gary Brown - 305 Titus Road - Blandon, PA 19510

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

Trip is first come, first serve

***If interested in the White House Tour, contact Gary at 610-301-8411 for required information to gain

access to White House Grounds

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Sam Ellis

The Tin Lizzies held their first meeting of the

year on February 25. Because the Lodge where

we normally hold our meetings has a limited

occupancy situation due to the pandemic, the

club met at St Johns Church in Farmersville

where we do our pie baking. We were honored

to have Illustrious Sir Kraig Leiby and Rajah’s

Recorder Les Werley join us. The Pote’s visit

was just the thing to kick off the new year for

the club.

After a long hiatus, the club is baking shoofly

pies again, a month later than we normally would

start our “Spring” session of 6 bakes. Since we had to push back our

first bake by a month, we were worried that our customer base might

have softened, but, to our surprise, we had orders of over 400 pies.

We normally bake 500 pies at a single bake, so we were almost sold

out. Orient Guide and Liaison Ron Szapacs joined us and we had him

folding boxes in no time.

Everyone in the club is looking

forward to parading this year since

2020 was wiped out due to the

pandemic. Parade Director Garrett

Newhartz has booked one parade

already. Our annual Car Cleanup is

on April 17 where we bring the cars

and hauler up to top condition for the

upcoming season. We average 10 Tin

Lizzie cars for a parade and around

20 parades a year. Rich Stefanovic

is responsible for maintenance of the

cars.

All in all we see Rajah coming back

to life again with the virus on the run,

and we’re looking forward to a great

year. It’s Great to be a Shriner!

Forks of the Delaware Tin Lizzies

Oriental Guide Ron Szapacs at Tin Lizzie

pie bake

Ill. Sir Kraig Leiby at Tin Lizzie meeting. L-R Bob Bainbridge,

Rich Stefanovic (in back) Ron Barron, Dean Mathews, Ill. Sir,

Club President Larry Silfies, Les Werley, Mike Hopstock (in back),

Ray Barron, Garrett Newhartz

RAJAH SHRINE PODCAST AND POSTINGS

As many of you are aware, Rajah Shrine has a blog, podcast and postings related to Shriners International, Rajah Shrine and The

Shriners Hospitals for Children titled, “Rajah Shrine, The Story of a Tradition, Building for the Future.”

We are pleased to announce the third edition with the newest podcast will be released in April, 2021. The first posting was on

January 9th with a look ahead at some of the features and topics we will be featuring in future episodes. The second posting was

added on February 1st, a history of Shrine International; how our organization was founded and some of the historical events that

helped to shape the Shrine. Our third installment is the history of Rajah Shrine; how we got our start, a review of past events, a look

at the list of Past Potentates who have served our temple, a review of our activities and what lies ahead.

To listen to the podcasts and, to see the accompanying pictures, go to our website: www.rajahshrine.org. At the top look for the

Rajah Shrine tab, using the drop down, go to “Podcast/Blog” and click on the link. When the page opens, click on the program you

would like to hear and see. Then, just sit back to enjoy a few moments of history and selected pictures of the audio presentation.

In future postings we will have a review of how the Shriners Hospitals for Children got its start; a look at the various Units and

Clubs and Committees of Rajah Shrine and we’ll incorporate more of the events, functions and features of Rajah Shrine that make

us unique from many other fraternal organizations.

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Mike Hopstock

ATV - 4-WHEELER - CLUB INQUIRY

We hear all the time that the Shrine was created for Free Masons to have fun, so here is your big

chance. This past year a half dozen of us have been actively engaged in 4-wheeling with ATVs and have

enjoyed it. Hence, it’s time to ask fellow Brothers if there are those out there who might want to join us

in this invigorating activity.

Our initial goal is to get a list with contact info of those who are interested. Formation of a formal

club may come later, but that’s not our goal right now.

If you are interested, or have that ATV just sitting in the garage gathering dust, or you lack a companion

because this activity requires the buddy system, send a text or email to Mike Hopstock, 610 577 6521,

HopM@ptd.net. Include name, address, cell phone, email, type of machine/size, transport ability and

experience level. I will then create and communicate via email. Please add “ATV Shriner” in your email

subject line. The 2021 season is right around the corner, and it’s time to get off that recliner!

Nobles, Family and Friends: If you are ordering items on AMAZON go to Smile.

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Larry Christman

STRING BAND

Greetings from your String Band,

Hope everyone made it through all the snow storms. Our snowbirds are missing all the fun here in

PA. Ha-ha!

Some of the parades and fairs are beginning to schedule for the fall. As the vaccines are being given,

hopefully this will turn around and we can soon get out on the street.

I spoke to Bill Bechtel a couple of days ago. He is doing well after heart surgery and is hoping to get

to Florida in March. Continued prayer

for Bill’s full recovery.

In February, NASCAR was at

Daytona Racetrack and the Shriners

Hospital for Children Xfinity car #78,

driven by Jesse Little looked great and finished 17th.

Did anyone see the story of Robel on the Shriners Hospital

Facebook page? Robel is a patient in Philadelphia. What a great

story. I am proud that our Rajah String Band supports the Music

Therapy Program where Robel was treated. He wrote the song,

“The Goodness of God” and learned to play guitar so he could

play with the music therapist, Becky. Becky explained that Robel

wrote the song in about a week of being in the Music Therapy

Program. She encouraged him to learn to play the guitar. He took

his lessons very seriously and did his homework each day. She

said he picked it up faster than most people could. She added,

“I hope he continues his journey of playing guitar and singing

the rest of his life.” The Rajah String Band, as supporters of the

Music Therapy Program, also hope that Robel continues writing

songs and playing guitar the rest of his life.

Hope all our musicians have been practicing. Looking forward

to the rehearsals to get ready for the parade season.

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.

Stay safe & well and hope to see you soon.

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CHANTERS

As we started the New Year, we were once again saddened by the loss of two of our long-time members

when word reached us that John Smith had passed away in early January, and a few weeks later the news

that our Director Emeritus Hal Kremser had also passed in February. Once again our hearts were filled

with sorrow and grief. With the loss of two members last year and two early this year, needless to say, we

are heartbroken and yet we are filled with the joy of having known all of these Nobles for their hard work

and contributions to Rajah Shrine and to the Chanters in particular. Well done, good and faithful servants.

Looking down the road, our President Dwayne Miller and our Unit Director Dave DeTurk are busy

trying to garner bookings for the Chanters, as the Covid restrictions ease up a bit and we can look to move

outdoors, if necessary, with concert presentations for any group, association or meeting that would like some

good entertainment and a fun time. Music Director Bruce Rohrbach is looking at adding some new music to

our repertoire, and we have been rehearsing some of our more recent musical selections in order to get ready to perform whenever

and wherever we are needed.

We did, however, start off the year in fine fashion with a mini concert of sorts, at the request of Illustrious Sir Kraig Leiby and

Lady Janet, at the Rajah Mass Installation in January. All the Chanters in attendance agreed that it was a nice feeling to get out and

perform in front of an audience and we are looking forward of doing more in 2021.

Your Chanters have been holding in-person rehearsals and meetings on a regular basis. We were informed by Bruce that we are

going to participate with other members of the Shrine Chanters International Association in a group sing-along similar to the one

produced prior to the Holidays. He anticipates at least 25 SCIA Chanters to “Zoom” in virtually to sing with their fellow Nobles for

a presentation that will be recorded and available for public viewing. The details are still being worked out, but don’t worry, you

will be informed when the presentation is ready.

Looking ahead, plans are now underway for several Chanters to attend the Imperial Session in Houston, TX, in July, when

Bruce Rohrbach will be installed President of SCIA and in September when Dave DeTurk will be installed President of the MASA-

Chanters. More details will be forth coming in future editions of the Rajah News.

Do you love music? Do you love to sing? Then, we have a place for you. Don’t hesitate any longer, PLEASE get in touch with

one of us and we’ll give you details on how you can become a member of the Rajah Chanters.

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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RAJAH SHRINE

CIGAR NIGHT

FRIDAY NIGHT, JUNE 4, 2021

Please join us for our Annual “Smoke ‘Em if you got ‘Em” Dinner,

Friday Night, June 4 th , 2021.

Held at the Rajah Shrine Complex, 221 Orchard Road, Reading, Pa. 19605, under the Pavilion

Join us for a great night full of Good Food, Fun and Music

Meal: Steak with all the trimmings!

Camels Milk, Soda, Water and Cigars included. Cash Bar and a variety of cigars available

May bring your own cigars

Cost: $35.00 per person. Check payable to Rajah Shrine, (in memo: “Cigar Night”)

Social Time: 6:00 PM and Dinner: 7:00 PM

This event is open to everyone: Nobles, Brothers, Ladies, Family and Friends

Tickets are available at the Rajah Shrine Office, Phone: 610-916-9000

DEADLINE FOR THIS EVENT IS: MONDAY, MAY 28, 2021

Les Werley, Recorder

__________________________________________________________________________________________

Mail to: RAJAH SHRINE COMPLEX, P O BOX 40, BLANDON, PA 19510

Number ( ) attending the Rajah Shrine Cigar Night on Friday, June 4, 2021

Name__________________________________Cell/Home Phone_______________________

Name__________________________________Cell/Home Phone_______________________

Name__________________________________Cell/Home Phone_______________________

Name__________________________________Cell/Home Phone_______________________

Cost: $35.00 per person. Check payable to Rajah Shrine, (in memo: “Cigar Night”)

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Dennis Royer

LEBANON SHRINE CLUB

As I sit writing this, the snow is melting and spring is headed this way. This last year has been extremely

difficult but now is the time to move ahead. It has given me time to think about what we can do as Masons

and Shriners to improve our fraternity. We always talk about membership. I think we need to look at

ourselves and ask the question, “Why would someone want to join?” Of course, the Shriner's Hospitals,

but why else?

At Rajah, we can point to our finest hour in the public eye, which in my opinion is the Sportsman's

Raffle. It is a fun event and the public sees the Nobles working together and a good time is had by all. The

result being a smooth, well-run event. People want to become a part of that effort. I can personally point

to Nobles we have gained through the Sportsman’s Raffle.

On the other hand, there are events that have become stale and boring, and not much fun for anyone. Yes,

I am going to say it, the Rajah Shrine Circus. And yes, the Pretzel Bowl, too. Don’t believe me? Look at the attendance and, thus,

revenue going down fast. WE MUST come up with new and better ideas. The same old-same old has left us with Nobles who put

forth no or minimal effort. If we are going to continue the same events we need to think differently. Plan, get things donated. Get

sponsorships. Let’s maximize our attendance profits. If whatever is only making a small amount of profit, change it or dump it. We

need to get the excitement and enthusiasm back through change. A few new ideas can make the difference. I am both hopeful and

fearful of the future.

This article is supposed to be about Lebanon Co. Shrine Club. Not much to report. Between Covid and bad weather, it has been

tough to have meetings. All meetings are 6:30 p.m., 4th Monday, Heisey’s Diner, RT 72 North, Lebanon. Ladies invited. On a good

note, we have been having all you can eat potpie on a regular basis. Dress is casual and everyone is welcome.

It is great to be Shriner. Now let’s get back to work and have fun.

Roger C. Reis

LEHIGH

SHRINE CLUB

Fellow Nobles,

Hope you are all well and staying

safe from COVID.

We are having a brief weather respite

and enjoying some relatively milder

temperatures.

The Lehigh Shrine Club has only

been able to have one Board of Directors

meeting so far this year. No Club meetings. Hopefully we can

have another Board meeting this month (March) and then a Club

meeting in April. We had to postpone our April 17 Ladies Nite.

It will now be held in conjunction with our Christmas Party on

December 17 at the Shepherd Hills Golf Club.

Here’s an early “Save the Date” for LSC Golf on Wednesday,

October 13, at Iron Lakes. Further information will be

forthcoming. It is being renamed The Noble Ronald L. Neimeyer

Memorial Golf Tournament. Come and play and support the

memory of a great Shriner!

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!

Walter Lamm

enough).

CARAVANERS

All right! We have had enough

isolation and distancing for a

lifetime. It’s time to get out and

mingle.

Caravaners everywhere are

chomping at the bit for the arrival of

Spring. But, I guess, so is everyone.

We are still frozen in. I mean that

literally! My camper is still stuck

behind 2 feet of frozen snow.

Spring is coming (but not soon

The Caravaners club will have our first venture at the

Oasis on the Rajah campus from April 22 to April 25. We

will be opening the campground for the season, turning on

the water and electricity and prepping our newly acquired

tool shed. The shed is complements of Noble Reverend

David Newhart, who recently moved to Elizabethtown, and

no longer needed a shed. THANKS, Noble David!

There are camping spaces available for anyone who

would like to join us. The offer is open for the entire season.

Motorhomes, trailers and tents are all welcome. Our schedule

this year includes trips to Lancaster in August and Watkins

Glen, NY, in September. These two venues have already

been booked, but there may be a vacancy or two. Give it

some consideration.

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Bob Merkt,

President

Ahhh, spring – a time for new beginnings, plans and projects. The next couple of months will be filled

with meetings, dinners and events. But before we get into that, I would like to thank all Nobles and their

Ladies, including our Potentate Kraig Leiby and his Lady Janet, who attended our Memorial Breakfast

at Blue Mountain Restaurant on February 20th. There were thirty-six in attendance who enjoyed a good

hearty breakfast and fellowship with one another. Our Memorial Service commemorated ten Nobles from

our club who had passed on in the last year.

Please consider joining us at any of the following: April 27th at 6 p.m. Interclub Night at JA Buffet in

Hamburg (casual dress) RSVP to Glenn Sattizahn by April 25th; on May 25th, 6 p.m. for Past Presidents

Night at Friedensburg Country Restaurant (sport coat & tie); June 29th at 6 PM for Ladies Night Picnic

at the Rajah Complex

picnic grove. Don’t

forget to bring your

Fez to all events.

Getting back to spring projects, my

favorite that I anxiously look forward to

every spring is working in my vegetable

gardens. I start planning by looking through

catalogs for new seed varieties and new

ideas. Then I start to prepare the soil for

planting, which can be labor intensive but so

worthwhile when those seeds start growing

into productive plants.

My suggestion is that we treat our Shrine

Clubs in the same way. Seek out new

prospective members. Look for new ideas.

Prepare and make the Shrine fertile ground

for planting those new “seeds.” And most

importantly, nurture them along the way

into becoming productive members.

ORIENTAL BAND

The pickings are really slim for this issue. The Band was only able to meet once since installation.

Hopefully, with the newly distributed vaccines, things will return to close to normal. Keep your fingers

crossed!

At our solo meeting we were fortunate enough to have the Illustrious Sir Kraig Leiby and our recorder

Les Werley in attendance. The Illustrious Sir brought us up to speed with the goings on at Rajah Shrine.

One good thing is that the MASA Convention is going to happen in Virginia Beach this year. Forms are

at the complex. We were reminded to get our reservations in early as we don’t know if there will be any

restrictions. One thing for sure - we will have hospitality!

Other dates to remember are April 21st

for stated meeting of Rajah Shrine and the

John Grumbein Pote’s Ball on May 1st. Another first will

be a “Sock Hop” on May 15th. The Noble

Riders and Car Club are putting this together,

so ladies, put on your poodle skirt and saddle shoes and guys, make

sure you have your hair slicked back and a pack of Camels rolled up in

your t-shirt. This sounds like it will be a fun time to doo-wop the night

away. Notices will be sent out for all of these events.

As I said in the beginning, there wasn’t much to say for this article.

The one thing we know for sure is that the children in our hospitals

need our support. Please keep them in mind.

SCHUYLKILL SHRINE CLUB

MEAT BINGO

$20 per Package

Specials and Additional Packages are Extra

Friday, May 7, 2021

Doors Open 5:00 PM Bingo Starts 6:30 PM

Refreshments are Available

Rajah Shrine Complex

221 Orchard Road & Route 73 – Blandon, PA 19510

Proceeds Benefit Rajah Shrine

Contacts for Meat Bingo tickets:

Janet Leiby 610-334-5997 - Carol Heimbecker 484-635-0702

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Rev. David

Newhart

THE CHAPLAIN’S STUDY

“The Christ must suffer many things…”

The death of Jesus Christ is the turning point of the Gospels. Paul always says that he is preaching,

“Christ crucified.” He also says, “Jesus Christ has died on the cross for our sins.”

So, although these are statements of Paul, they come from the story of Jesus in the Gospels. There is

in all the Gospels an account of Jesus arrest, his condemnation by the Jewish Sanhedrin and the Roman

Governor, and then the journey to the cross and his death. This whole time is referred to as the Passion

of the Christ. These events were predictions of Jesus himself. Mark 9:31 ff says, “He began to teach the

disciples that the Son of man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests

and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.”

This is Jesus speaking of his own up and coming humiliation and week in Jerusalem that will bring about

his death on the cross and his resurrection.

A third of each Gospel is devoted to Jesus’ last days in Jerusalem, so that the gospels are essentially

Passion stories with different introductory material. The gospel of Matthew devoted two full chapters, very long chapters, 26 and

27, giving us an almost hour by hour description of what is happening to Jesus from the time of his arrest until his burial.

Matthew saw the cross of Christ as central to the story of who and what the Christ is to everyone. He ends with the profession

of the Roman Centurion who, seeing Jesus die, says, “Truly this man was God’s Son.” Even a heathen, non-believer will bear

testimony to the power of God’s son to die on the cross. This is central to what we understand the Gospel to be, a means of

evangelizing people, bringing them into the fold.

All of this is told with the knowledge that Jesus has risen from the dead. It is all told in the light of the resurrection. Jesus has

triumphed over death through the power of God. A stark realism, that here a genuine man was put to death on a cruel instrument of

torture, deserted by his friends and tempted to deny his God and his mission, appears again and again in all our Gospel accounts.

The early Christians had also to explain the death of Jesus so that readers would not consider what happened to him and end

all. The declaration of the resurrection was important. They had to make a sharp contrast to his death and the death of all the other

leaders and prophets that they knew. Death was a finality to Jews and, thus, to see the death as only the beginning of the meaning

of Jesus is all important.

Jesus did not just die on the cross, he was brought back from the death through the power of almighty God. Death was not final,

death did not win out, death was only a steppingstone to new life in God.

That is the needed reminder for all who read the story of Jesus and his passion, it is not the end but the beginning for us all.

Carl Solarek,

Secretary

DIRECTOR’S STAFF

I am glad to report that as of this issue all the Directors Staff are safe and anxiously waiting for more

events to open safely.

Our spring parades have been rescheduled to the fall in hopes that the virus will be controlled to allow

spectators. Most of the communities need time to fundraise for their parades. Barry Reed and Mic Frey

have spent the winter trying to keep our fire truck and small cars ready.

We have not had a meeting since November so any scheduling of events for our unit will not take

place until our April meeting. Our Director is waiting for information on the Shrine Directors Association

Convention that he attends each year. He brings back to our unit the latest on what is happening at the

national level. This includes any new policy changes, new stunts, or restrictions for use at our ceremonials.

In our last article, we recognized three members that were important to the success of our unit. I would

like to continue to recognize more members that help drive the unit forward each year.

- Ike Boyer, who has been a member for over 40 years including time as our president and director, is

always available with his vast experience of unit procedures when the unit is questioned on them.

- Ed Austin, a twenty-year plus member, is always available to help when possible and brings experience

as an officer in other units in guiding our decisions.

- Sam Beam, a relatively new member, is an asset in running our events with his experience from the clown unit.

- Dave DeTuck, again a relatively new member, has youth on his side and that gives us the energy in the unit for ceremonial stage

set ups. He is also our First Vice President.

It is members like these who help us “Hold the Rope” each year.

This wraps up our Directors’ Staff highlights of a lost spring of events for the unit.

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Obituaries

HAROLD H. BINGEMAN

EPHRATA

DIED: JANUARY 24, 2021

A. JAMES BOMBERGER

MYERSTOWN

DIED: FEBRUARY 7, 2021

EDWARD B. CARVELL, SR.,

NEW HOLLAND

DIED: JANUARY 19, 2021

JOHN R. FAUST

READING

DIED: JANUARY 24, 2021

ARTHUR D. KLINE, JR.

ALLENTOWN

DIED: FEBRUARY 25, 2021

HAROLD L. KREMSER, JR.

READING

DIED: JANUARY 30, 2021

ELVIN J. NEWHART

FLORIDA

DIED: JANUARY 3, 2021

KENNETH L. SHARP

GILBERTSVILLE

DIED: JANUARY 20, 2021

DONALD R. SHUMAN

HAMBURG

DIED: FEBRUARY 28, 2021

ROGER I. WALCK

TAMAQUA

DIED: DECEMBER 23, 2020

SAMUEL P. WANDZILAK

WYOMISSING

DIED: FEBRUARY 2, 2021

RONALD C. WEITZEL

READING

DIED: JANUARY 21, 2021

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Nobles: The Rajah Shrine

Membership numbers listed below are

the Nobles who still owe 2021 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 2021 dues within the past

month, thank you for your payment!

Les A. Werley, Recorder

19175 19915 20234 20367

20634 20694 21191 21632

21902 21967 22062 22252

22761 22999 23164 23848

23891 23909 23934 24091

24129 24152 24212 24231

24261 24318 24389 24495

24518 24581 24588 24624

24632 24742 24786 24796

24806 25219 25294 25335

25390 25405 25549 25711

25758 25852 25962 26525

26528 26658 26842 27059

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Rajah Shrine

P.O. Box 40 , Blandon, PA 19510

Vol 79 April-May 2021 No. 3

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1 2 3

Easter

4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Board of

Directors

Bethlehem S. C.

Directors Staff

Rajah Ladies

Oriental Band

11 12 13 14 15 16 17

Concert Band Chanters LOH Exec &

Stated

Carbon S.C.

Dance Band

Caravaners -

Rajah

Noble Riders

18 19 20 21 22 23 24

Motor Corps

SPRING MASA - W. VA

25 26 27 28 29 30

Clowns

Chanters

Lebanon S.C.

Rajah

Bulletin

Board

Provost Guard

Brandywine S.C.

Cedars

Schuylkill S.C.

Cedars

Good Friday

Breakfast

April 2

Stated Meeting

April 21

POTENTATE’S

BALL

MAY 1

Anglers

Cedars

String Band

Mounted Patrol

Golf Club/

Willow Hollow

STATED

MEETING -

7 PM

Membership

Mtg. - 6:30 PM

Units/Clubs -

7:30 PM

N. Penn S.C.

APRIL 2021

BINGO-

(Shiners)

BINGO -

(Anglers)

BINGO-

(Chanters)

Tin Lizzies

Caravaners -

Rajah

BINGO-

(Legion)

BINGO-

(Lehigh)

Rajah S.C.

Good Friday

Breakfast -

8 AM - Complex

OFFICE CLOSED

Good Friday

Caravaners -

Rajah

Bingo Every

Thursday

Meat Bingo

May 7

Hospital Crusade

Canceled

Lehigh S.C.

Ladies Night

Tin Lizzies

Car/Truck

Cleanup

Caravaners -

Rajah

Pote’s Golf Outing

June 4

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1

Concert Band

Pops Concert

Mother’s Day

30

Flashback from past Pote’s Golf Outings

Bill Remo, PP makes a long putt

2 3 4 5 6 7 8

9 10 11 12 13 14 15

16 17 18 19 20 21 22

23

Noble Riders

Caravaners

- Rajah

Duane & Blaine Dellecker waiting

to tee off in rain

Board of

Directors

Bethlehem S. C.

Directors Staff

Rajah Ladies

31

Chanters

Motor Corps

24

Lebanon SC

Chanters

Clowns

Concert Band Picnic

Caravaners - Rajah

Office Closed

Memorial Day

Oriental Band

Carbon S.C.

LOH - Exec &

Stated

Provost Guard

Brandywine S.C.

Schuylkill S.C.

Cedars

Anglers

Cedars

String Band

Golf Club/

Lebanon Valley

Mounted Patrol

25 26 27 28 29

Membership

Mtg. - 6:30 PM

Units/Clubs -

7:30 PM

North Penn S.C.

MAY 2021

Mic Frey with Gecko club cover

BINGO-

(Shiners)

BINGO-

(Anglers)

BINGO-

(Chanters)

Tin Lizzies

Caravaners -

Rajah

BINGO-

(Legion)

Mike Zerbe, PP,

with a magic ball

LADIES BINGO

Rajah S.C.

Lehigh Bingo

w/ Ladies at

Complex

Caravaners -

Rajah

Concert Band

POTENTATE'S

BALL

Car Club

Sock Hop

Armed Forces

Day

HOSPITAL CRUSADE

REDNER'S - POTE'S CALL

Caravaners -

Rajah

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