Rajah News - December '21

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Rajah News

Vol. 80 December 2021 - January 2022 No. 1

Season’s Greetings

From

Illustrious Sir Kraig Leiby and Lady Janet


2021

HOLIDAY RAFFLE

Drawing December 11, 2021

Tickets are $5 each

4 tickets (in a Book) for $20.00

PRIZES

1 ST Prize . . . $500 Cash 7 th Prize . . . $200 Cash

2 nd Prize . . . $450 Cash 8 th Prize . . . $200 Cash

3 rd Prize . . . $400 Cash 9 th Prize . . . $200 Cash

4 th Prize . . . $350 Cash 10 th Prize . . . $200 Cash

5 th Prize . . . $300 Cash 11 th Prize . . . $150 Cash

6 th Prize . . . $250 Cash 12 th Prize . . . $100 Cash

Tickets may be purchased at the Rajah Shrine Office

221 Orchard Rd, Reading, PA 19605.

Please call 610-916-9000 if you have any questions.

License G-21-002172-R

Proceeds benefit the Rajah Shrine

and are Not Deductible as charitable contributions.

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The Potentate’s Message

Es Selamu Aleikum

Greetings Illustrious Sirs and Nobles.

Nobles, I want Ladies to start and off Friends: by saying, “Thank you!” It has been a wonderful and very

humbling year as your Potentate. I am truly honored with your friendship and support

throughout this journey. We have an amazing Nobility and philanthropy that we all

should be proud of.

We had a busy fall season at the Shrine. After our most successful fundraiser, the

Sportsman Raffle (thank you Chairman Joel Franco), we had the Divan Ladies Jewelry

Raffle followed by the 70th Annual Pretzel Bowl. As requested, all hands were on deck

for these events and results were very rewarding. Lady Janet and I were able to host

The Ark Adventure Trip to Kentucky. It was not only a lot of fun and fellowship, but

informative and educational.

A huge thank you to Gary Brown and The Legion of Honor for allowing me to

participate in the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in

Arlington Cemetery. What an emotionally moving experience - one I will never forget.

There are many Christmas Parties and Ladies Nights that will keep us busy during

the end of the year. Please try to support your Clubs and Units and attend these fun

filled events. Lastly, please have a happy, safe, and healthy holiday season. Take the time to enjoy your

friends and family.

Again…. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Potentate

Yours in the Faith,

Kraig

ALIEKUM ES SELAM

Contents

Attest: Les A. Werley, Recorder

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

Hospital Services........................................................... 5

Margaritaville..................................................................5

Car Show.........................................................................6

2022 T-Shirt Order Form................................................7

Pote’s Trip to Ark Enounter............................................8

2022 Pote’s Trips............................................................9

Lebanon Shrine Club ...................................................10

Lehigh ALIEKUM Shrine ES SELAM Club.......................................................10

Attest:

Jewelry Joe Hagan Raffle & Fashion Show....................................12

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

Recorder

Oriental Band................................................................15

Sportsman’s Raffle........................................................16

Provost Guard...............................................................17

NOTICE - NOTICE

THE RAJAH SHRINE ADMINISTRATION OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2021 AND FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2021

IN OBSERVANCE OF CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR’S DAY

THANK YOU - RAJAH SHRINE OFFICE

In This Issue

Legion Of Honor...........................................................17

Pretzel Bowl..................................................................18

Hospital Update............................................................20

Legion Of Honor Wreath Laying..................................20

Concert Band................................................................21

Motor Corps..................................................................21

String Band...................................................................22

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

Forks Of The Delaware Tin Lizzies .............................23

Caravaners ....................................................................23

Director’s Staff..............................................................24

Schuylkill Shrine Club..................................................24

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

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.

Proceeds benefit Rajah Shrine and

are not deductible as charitable donations.

RECORDER’S MESSAGE

Greetings Nobles and Ladies,

This year has flown by and we are approaching the holiday

season filled with Christmas Parties and Ladies Nights. Please

be safe while enjoying yourselves with your Shrine family and

friends.

We will be having a Stated Meeting and Elections on

Les A. Werley

Wednesday, December 1, 2021, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Rajah

Shrine Complex. We will be electing our officers for 2022. This

will be followed by our Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January

5, 2022, also at the Shrine Complex, and Mass Installation on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at

1:00 p.m. at the Leesport Farmer’s Market. Please try to attend these important meetings.

The 2022 dues notices are out and dues are coming into the Rajah office. If

you didn’t receive your notice, please call the office at 610-916-9000 or e-mail

office@rajahshrine.org.

On Saturday, December 11, 2021, we are planning a ceremonial with the snow date set

for Saturday, December 18, 2021.

Bingo is back and doing very well with approximately 98 patrons attending. Masks are

optional and temperatures are not being taken.

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

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.


Representing the three sponsoring clubs, L-R Mic Frey -Director’s Staff, Blaine Dellecker and

Shaine Pasiley – Noble Riders, and Sam Beam – Rajah Clowns

‘Dead Jimmy’ provided Jimmy Buffett style

entertainment

Jeremy & Sharon Smith

Don & Joyce Houston were selling

50/50 and Lottery tickets

A family moment, L-R Earl & Faye Leiby,

Janet & Ill. Sir Kraig Leiby

Beth Frey, Sharon Miller and Lady Janet Leiby

taking a break

Carl & Elain Solarek

HOSPITAL SERVICES

Interesting head treatment by Lois Werner

with Warren Trautman

Another year of transporting patients comes to a close. Many drivers have been transporting several

times per week, and indications are that we may see an increase in transports in the coming months. So

if you have spare time, and are willing to help out, join the Hospital Service Unit. It is very rewarding.

Although the Hospital Service Unit was unable to participate in any of the local holiday parades, our

newly elected president, Noble Ken Flynn, assures us that we will be participating next year. The HSU

float is a great form of local advertising for the Shrine Hospital, Rajah Shrine and our transportation

service.

Noble Ken, our Hospital Ambassador, presented the Pretzel Bowl King and Queen to reign over the

event. A job well done by all.

Walter Lamm

Our officers have been elected to serve next year. A special thanks to our departing president Noble

Barry Weisser for facilitating our meetings and providing great lunches following the meetings. Also, we do not want to forget

Noble Eric Kissinger who also provided nourishment for the members.

Remember, it’s all about the kids.

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Antique & Classic Car Club

190 cars were entered. Eight trophys were

awarded. Best in Show was the ’66 Chevy

Biscane entered by Larry Kiefer. The event was

held on October 3rd at the Rajah Complex.

Photography by Bill Quinn

20th Annual Car Show

A nice 1964 Impala SS owned by Paul Lizun

Sam Beam with his 2014 Corvette

Car Club Mmeber Robert Seifrit

Club Secretary Lee Brisan with his 1932 Chevy Coupe

Club President Allan Waer poses next to his 1936 Ford Coupe

Best in Show winner. This ’66 Chevy Biscayne owned by Larry Kiefer

LAST CALL TO ALL SHRINERS

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. NOTE: If your 2021 dues are not paid by Monday, December 21, 2021, you

will be suspended from the rolls for Non-payment of your 2021 dues. If you have paid your 2021 dues within the past month, thank you

for your payment!

Les A. Werley, Recorder

21632 21902 21967 23848 23891 24152 24212 24231 24518 24581 24624 24742 24796 25219 25294

25335 25390 25405 25758 26842 27059 27154 27534 27583 27607 27615 27720 27932 27973 28033

28133 28538 28592 28662 28680 28786 28810 28815 28851 28865 28870 28879 28902 28903 28918

28943 28978 28998

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2022 RAJAH SHRINE SHIRT

ORDER FORM

NOBLE’S SHIRTS

Navy Blue Cotton/poly pique Polo Shirt, Flat knit

collar and cuffs, 3-button placket with buttons,

Left chest pocket (If available) and side vents.

Med $26 ___ Large $26 ___ XL $26 ___

2X $28 ___ 3X $30 ___ 4X $32 ___

Additional $ 3.00 - If you would like your name embroidered on the Left Sleeve

Please Embroider Name : ____________

LADY’S SHIRTS

Navy Blue Cotton/poly pique Polo Shirt,

Flat knit collar and cuffs, 4-button

placket with buttons and side vents.

The shirt tends to run a little tight, so if you

are not sure please order the next size up.

Small $17 ___ Med $17 ___ Large $17 ___ XL $17 ___

2X $19 ___ 3X $21 ___ 4X $23 ___ 5X $25 ___

________ I will pick up my shirt (s) at Rajah Shrine Office

________ Please mail my shirt (s) for an EXTRA $4.00 per shirt.

NAME: ______________________________________

PHONE: __________________

ADDRESS: ________________________________________________________________

CITY: ____________________________________ STATE: ______ ZIP: ____________

Mail completed form and check payable to : RAJAH SHRINE

PO Box 40, Blandon, PA 19510 Phone: 610-916-9000

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Pote’s Trip

Ark Encounter

Creation Museum

Williamstown

Petersburg, KY

Photography by Mic Frey

Ron Rapp, PP on left and Ill. Sir put their heads in

a ARK photo board

This large Egyptian Obelisk

sits outside the Ark

28 Nobles & Ladies participated in the tour. This picture was taken at the Greenbrier

Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV

Sculptured animals, two by two, line the

entrance walk to the Ark

Lois and Ron Szapacs pass by

the Wooly Mammoth skeleton

in the Creation Museum

An example of

Mesopotamian Art

Earl & Faye Leiby with

the Frank Lloyd Wright

house in the background

Chief Aide Mic Frey and Lady Beth pose with the 510 foot long ark in the background

Frank Lloyd Wright’s house called

Falling Water, Mill Run, PA

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Rajah Shrine Potentate’s Trips 2022 Hosted by

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

CHIEF RABBAN JOE HAGAN & LADY JOYCE

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

Ride the Rails in West Tuesday, Virginia April & Greenbrier 5 - Sunday, Bunker April 10, Tour, 2022 June 25 - 28, 2020

Experience the charm of the • Round southern trip transportation rails, via music private Elite and motorcoach the history equipped with of reclining the south. seats and restroom

Included

• Five (5) nights

in this

accommodations:

trip:

one (1) night at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Fayetteville, NC; two (2) nights at the Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Waterfront/Downtown in

Charleston, SC; one (1) night at the Double Tree by Hilton Savannah Historic District in Savannah, GA; one (1) night at the Hampton inn in Rocky Mount, NC.

- Roundtrip • Eight (8) included transportation meals: five (5) breakfasts, via private three (3) motorcoach dinners * Fort Sumter equipped Boat Tour with * Narrated reclining carriage tour seats of Charleston’s and restroom historic district * Visit to Magnolia Plantation

- 3-nights’ including tram hotel tour, guided accommodations house tour and self-guided in tour Elkins of the and gardens Lewisburg, * Two (2) hour West private sunset Virginia cocktail cruise aboard the Pride of Charleston, an authentic 84-foot Tall Ship

* Guided tour of Savannah, GA * Guided tour of the Mercer William House, one of the most beautiful historic houses in Savannah, GA * Guided Ghost Trolly Tour of Savannah, GA *

- Ride aboard the diesel-powered Guided tour of Beaufort, Cheat GA * Baggage Mountain handling Salamander for one (1) suitcase and per person the coal-fired * Services of Boscov’s steam Travel engine Tour Director Durbin Rocket

trains

* All Taxes and gratuities for the included features, including the Tour Escort, Motorcoach Driver and Local Guides

- Enjoy evening performances Depart of Rajah the Gandy Shrine at Dancer 6:30 AM Dinner - Approximate Theatre return and to “The Rajah Greatest Shrine by 6:00 Show PMon Rails”

- 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

Charleston, SC, & Savannah, GA

– 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.

Connecticut Cameos

Thursday, September 29 - Sunday, October 2, 2022

Included in this trip:

- Roundtrip transportation to the Manhattan Cruise Terminal with included baggage handling

- 7-nights’ • Round Trip accommodations transportation via private aboard Elite motorcoach the equipped Norwegian with reclining Breakaway seats and restroom and * services Three (3) night’s of a accommodation Boscov’s at Travel the Hilton Escort Garden In Mystic/Groton

* Guided walking tour of Yale University, New haven, CT

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

• Ride the Essex Steam Train on a 19th-century journey through the Connecticut River Valley * Cruise the Connecticut River on an authentic old-time riverboat, the Becky Thatcher *

- Four-meal specialty dining for the first two Self-guided guests tour per of Mystic cabin Seaport, and Mystic, up to CT $100 on board credit

- Includes • * Free time all to shop meals and browse and at entertainment Olde Mystick Village * while Visit to the onboard Mystic Aquarium, the Norwegian Mystic, CT * Guided Breakaway

tour of Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam, CT * Guided tour of the

Mark Twain House, Harford, CT * Six (6) meals – Three (3) breakfasts, three (3) dinners * Baggage handling for one (1) suitcase per person * Services of a Boscov’s Travel Tour Director

Learn more * All at taxes our and gratuities upcoming for included features, presentation: including gratuities for Sunday, the Boscov’s Travel October Tour Director, 20, Motorcoach 2019 Driver following and Local Guides the

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

Depart Rajah Shrine at 9:00 AM – Approximate return to Rajah Shrine by 9:30 PM

Travel arrangements by Boscov’s Travel, 800.782.5605

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LEBANON SHRINE CLUB

We are now headed to the end of a great comeback year at Rajah Shrine. 2020 was horrible and I hope

we never have to face another year like that one. In 2021 we were able to have most of our meetings and

fund-raising events. This was only possible because the Nobles of Rajah Shrine came together and made

these events successful. It sure is noteworthy to say that the 2021 Sportsman’s Raffle was the biggest and

best ever. Once again, the hard work and dedication of the Rajah Shrine was on full display. Let’s keep

the spirit rolling right into 2022.

Here at Lebanon County Shrine Club, we are back to normal, too. We are eating a lot of potpie and

working hard to support Rajah Shrine any way we can, but we are struggling to get Nobles to take club

Dennis Royer offices. There are meetings when our attendance is nothing short of pathetic. I am sure there are other

clubs and units facing the same problems. Lebanon County Shrine Club has been fortunate to have a large

amount of support from the Divan and Past and Present Potentates. And for that a huge thank you. Without their support our Club’s

struggle would be greater. We all need to come together and support each other.

Lebanon County Shrine Club meets the 4th Monday at 6:30 p.m. This has not changed since the Club’s founding in 1949.

We meet at Heisey’s Diner on Rt. 72 north of Lebanon. We no longer send out a newsletter because of cost and delivery issues.

Everyone is welcome and bring your Lady. Questions??? Contact Us. See everyone at the end of the year events at Rajah, and do

not forget the Ceremonial in December

LEHIGH SHRINE CLUB

Nobles, its hard to believe this month is Thanksgiving and shortly thereafter, Christmas! This is the

time of year to remember and be grateful for the many blessings the Great Architect of the Universe has

bestowed upon us. Let us be thankful and pray that He continues to bless us and watch over this great

country.

Our October 6 Stated Meeting was held at the Starlite Diner in Trexlertown. There were 25 Nobles and

Ladies present, including Ill. Sir Kraig W. Leiby, his Lady Janet, four Past Potentates and other members

of the Divan. We enjoyed a delicious meal of soup, salad and pork chops. In lieu of a formal program, the

Potentate spoke about the Gun Raffle and some other upcoming events.

The LSC First Annual Ron Neimeyer Memorial Golf Outing was held on Wednesday, October 13, at

Iron Lakes Country Club. We had 48 golfers, great weather, and a very good buffet lunch. After expenses,

Roger C. Reis

we raised almost $3,400.00 for the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. Special thanks to Nobles

Ill. Sir. Wm A. Remo Jr., Ill. Sir. David W. Evans, Paul A. Lizun, Robert Vrancken and President Dennis B Guignet, Sr. for

donations of prizes and helping out. The tentative date for next year’s golf outing is Wednesday, October 12, 2022. All Shriners and

guests are always welcome.

The Stated Meeting for November was on the third. We were able to return to the Brass Rail but were limited to having soup,

cheese steak sandwiches, French fries and pumpkin pie. The Brass Rail is open but serving a very limited menu. Our speaker was

the owner/manager, Mark Sorrentino, who spoke about his background and how he ended up running the family business. He said

the Brass Rail will be relocating next year to a yet-to-be-determined local site.

There were 28 Nobles and Ladies present, including the Potentate and his Lady, four Past Potentates and members of the Divan.

As always, the LSC appreciates their continued support of our Club. Our newest member, Noble Donald B. Houston, was present

with his Lady Joyce for his first meeting with us.

The program consisted of a presentation of the “Order of the Krazy Kamel” to seven Nobles. Experiencing this momentous

event were Ill. Sir Kraig W. Leiby, High Priest and Prophet Donald G. Heimbecker, Oriental Guide Ronald L. Szapacs, Recorder

Les A. Werley, First Ceremonial Master John A. Grumbein, Noble Wm. Grimley and Noble Donald B. Houston. Needless to say,

these Nobles will remember this evening for the rest of their lives. It was a fun evening and very much enjoyed by all.

Our December meeting will be on the third. It is our Annual Christmas Party, held at the Cetronia Fire Company Social Club.

There will be an Ugly Sweater contest.

December 17th will be our Ladies Night, held at the Shepherd Hills Country Club in Wescosville. Contact any officer of our

Club for more information.

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year from our Club to you and yours!

Nobles, 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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ATTENTION ALL NOBLES

STATED MEETING & ELECTION OF 2022 OFFICERS

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021

7:00 P.M.

Please be advised that a stated meeting and Election of 2022 Officers

of the Nobility of Rajah Shrine will be held at 7:00 PM, Wednesday,

December 1, 2021 in the Banquet Hall at the Rajah Shrine 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 and affiliation.

• Any other business that may lawfully come before the body.

• Hold Election of 2022 Officers

Illustrious Sir Kraig W. Leiby, Potentate

ATTEST: Les A. Werley, Recorder Rajah

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Held on October 16 at the Rajah Complex, the 9th Annual Jewelry Raffle

& Fashion Show featured 20 jewelry pieces from The Jewelry Source, 34

auction baskets donated by donated by individuals, vendors, clubs and units.,

14 modeled fall clothing ensembles, several vendors and a nice lunch.

Photography by Bill Quinn and Sam Ellis

Ladies Jewelry Raffle

and Fashion Show

First Lady Janet Leiby

gave the official welcome

Ladies selecting their

choices of Auction baskets

Naomi DeTurk won an

Auction basket

Lady Lou Ann Snoke hosted the event

Donor Relations Chairman Shane

Paisley gave a presentation featuring

his son Lincoln

Grand Prize winner Ruth Carpenter

with Lady Janet

The event committee: Front row L-R Ladies Barbara Dellecker, Ann Kohl, Janet Leiby, Lou Ann Snoke, Lois

Szapacs, Second row, L-R Ladies Sharon Miller, Karen Miller, Belinda Stoudt, Joyce Hagan, Third row L-R,

Ladies Beth Frey, Carol Heimbecker, Ruth Ann Seyler

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The fashions were modeled

by Rajah First Ladies

Ruth Carpenter, owner of Ruthie’s Apparel,

narrated the Fashion Show

Lady Tess Shank

Lady Susie Zerbe

Lady Gail Remo

Lady Kim Kichline

Lady Brenda Conlon

Lady Ferne Engle

Lady Sarah Evans

Richard Snell

ANGLERS

But for a few hardy fishermen, the season has come to an end. Now we can share our experiences and

adventures and the fish will be bigger and higher in number as time passes by. Unfortunately, we have lost

some great friends who were important members of our club.

As we look toward the end of the year, it’s social events that fill our calendar. Last week at our monthly

meeting we met at Ozgood’s for a dinner with our Ladies. Jim Atkins was our guest and shared with us

things that are going on in the hospital and plans for future events. We now look forward to our holiday

celebrations. especially our Christmas Party/Ladies Night featuring special music by the Chanters.

We can’t forget about our end of the year sauerkraut sale as we have eight barrels to bag and prepare

for sale. We are looking forward to the Ceremonial and the taking in of new Nobles and, who knows, we

might find a new angler or two.

May all of you have a great and safe holiday season and keep in mind our hospital kids as we enjoy the bounty the Lord has

provided.

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2022 RAJAH SHRINE CIRCUS ADS

March 9th - 13th, 2022 at the Hamburg Field House

Help us bring another exciting Circus in 2022 for the families in this area..

Place an ad in the Circus Program and get exposure to thousands who attend.

Sponsor a $100 WalMart Gift Card - You will be listed on a Special Page and

announced at the shows. Several Gift Cards are drawn at each show.

Advertising sizes and costs:

Full Page $150.00 Quarter Page $ 75.00

Half Page $100.00 Eighth Page $ 40.00

(Business Card Size)

$100 Gift Card Sponsorship $100.00

Complete this form and mail it, along with your ad and payment to:

Rajah Shrine Circus, P.O. Box 40, Blandon, PA 19510

Ads can be emailed to: Steffanie@rajahshrine.org

AD COPY AND PAYMENT IS DUE BY FEBRUARY 1, 2022.

FOR TICKETS, INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS

Please call Rajah Shrine office at (610) 916-9000

WEBSITE: www.rajahshrine.org

Proceeds are for the benefit of Rajah Shrine and are not deductible as charitable contributions. However, they are 100% deductible as advertising expense.

I/WE COMMIT TO PLACE AN AD IN THE 2022 RAJAH SHRINE CIRCUS

PROGRAM.

SEND INVOICE

I/WE PLEDGE A DONATION ONLY TO THE 2022 RAJAH SHRINE CIRCUS

I/WE DO NOT HAVE AN AD COPY OR HAVE CHANGES FROM LAST

YEAR’S AD.

Company Name _____________________________________ Ad Size: __________

Contact Person ___________________________________ Bike Sponsor: __________

Address: _____________________________________ Donation Only: __________

City, State, Zip: _________________________________________________________________

Telephone #: ______________________________________ Total Amount: __________

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Shriner or Club/Unit Affiliation AND Telephone Number

Thank you for your support of our Annual Rajah Shrine Circus.

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38th Annual Mass Installation of Officers

Of All Units & Clubs

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Leesport Farmers Market

312 Gernant’s Church Rd

Leesport, Pennsylvania 19533

The event begins at 1:00 PM

Installation begins at 2 PM

A Hot Buffett Dinner Will Follow the Ceremony

Non-Officers and their Ladies are welcome to attend

at a cost of $10 per person

Reservations must be made with your Unit or Club

If you do not belong to a Unit or Club

Call Rajah Shrine Office at 610-916-9000

Deadline for Reservations is Friday, December 31, 2021

John Grumbein

ORIENTAL BAND

Greetings from the Lehigh Valley and the Oriental Band.

Congratulations to the newly elected officers for the Oriental Band. Ill. Sir Jared Kichline, Pres; Wayne

Grumbein, Secretary; Ted Werkheiser Jr., Treasurer. Best wishes to you all!

The Band has been meeting and getting things together for the annual Night at the Races to be held in

conjunction with the Motor Corps on February 12, 2022, at the Complex. Tickets will be out soon. If you

have never been to our races, it’s an experience you will never forget. Get your tickets early as this event

always sells out.

Another event we are looking forward to is our annual Ladies Night to be held on February 26, 2022,

at the Double Tree in Reading in conjunction with the Mid Atlantic Oriental Band Association mid-winter

meeting. This is always a fun event so mark your calendars.

In closing the Oriental Band would like to wish all a very Merry Christmas and a great New Year.

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Sportsman’s Raffle

Ill. Sir Kraig Leiby seen

maintaining winners list

Les Werley won a muzzle loader

Butch McDonough serving French fries

With a record crowd of 2,280,

it was the largest most successful

Sportsman’s Raffle to date

according to committee chairman

Joel Franco. “A tribute to all of

those who worked so hard.” The

weather cooperated, too, with a

great day. The raffle is Rajah’s

number one fund raiser.

Sportsman’s Raffle Committee

Chairman Joel Franco

Anne-Marie Fischer & Kay Ellis

were serving hamburgers

“Get your hot dogs here” served by

Naomi DeTurk and Lou Ann Snoke

Jim Atkins, Ill. Sir Kraig, with Greg Lewis, who manned the

microphone all day calling out the winners

Dennis Guignet and Don Heimbecker cooking sausages

Mike Zerbe, PP, seen with the Albright Girls Lacrosse team. The girls, along with

the boy’s lacrosse team, sold raffle tickets during the event.

Scott Zechman and Duane Dellecker were

working the big wheel

Faye Leiby was a gun winner

Tess Shank serving sausages

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Ill. Sir

Greg Lewis, PP

PROVOST GUARD

First, we would like to let everyone know that we extend a very sincere and appreciative THANK YOU

to all of those Nobles, Ladies and guests that attended the Provost Guard Spaghetti Dinner on October 9th.

Second, after waiting for over a year, we could finally have our only fund-raiser and, with your support, we

were able to stockpile our treasury so that we can proceed with the important work of the shrine.

Although the Covid-19 pandemic caused the cancellation and postponement of a lot of activities, we

were proud to participate in several of the events that were held. First, the Pote’s Picnic, followed by the

Pretzel Bowl and the Sportsman’s Raffle.

We were proud to represent Rajah Shrine at MASA in Virginia Beach as Ill. Sir Jared Kichline, PP,

moved up the MASA Provost Guard line upon his election and installation to the office of First Lieutenant.

We also assisted the Parade Marshals in the formation of the annual march up Atlantic Avenue on Saturday

and lent a hand at the incoming MASA President’s Pageant on Friday afternoon.

Closer to home, the Provost Guard held our annual Family Picnic in August and we are proceeding with

our Holiday Ladies Night in December.

While we look ahead to 2022, we must take time out to thank our present corps of officers led by President Jon Schneider and

express our appreciation for a job well done during these trying times.

At this point we would like to express our deepest heartfelt gratitude to Ill. Sir Kraig Leiby for his leadership this year. We also

thank our First Lady, Janet for her kindness and support in promoting Rajah Shrine and spreading the joy of belonging to one of the

finest fraternal organizations that exists today.

It also goes without saying, but I will, we would like to thank all of the Divan members of Rajah Shrine for their support and

inspiration throughout this year.

Now, on behalf of President Jon Schneider and all of the officers and members of your Rajah Provost Guard, we would like to

wish everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY, HEALTHY NEW YEAR.

Jere Lesher,

PP

LEGION OF HONOR

Give a hearty welcome to the Legion’s newly elected officers for 2021. Also a big “Thank You” to those

continuing in their current office.

Newly elected officers are Commander Fred Olinick,1st V. Commander Ray Ayers, 2nd V. Commander

Ray Kunkel, 3rd V. Commander Richard Ardo, Adjutant Jim Cocuzza, P.C. and Finance Officer Andrew

Moyer.

Congratulations also to our newly elected Divan, with an extra special congratulations to our new

Potentate, Ill. Sir Joseph Hagan, Sr., who was our Legion Commander in 2015.

Due to the pandemic, attendance at our meeting has been poor. We need our current members to become

more active and we need new members. Encourage any veterans you know to join us. In the past, the LOH

has been an active participant in our own events, various Rajah events and those in other Temples’ LOH

activities. COVID-19 was the major culprit causing the decline over the past two years. Things are now

looking up, so encourage those you know who qualify for Legion membership to join in the fun and those

who are members to return to being active.

One of our scheduled events that actually did take place was the Wreath Laying trip to Arlington on Nov 6

& 7. Congratulations to Gary Brown for a well organized event. Every comment I heard was positive. See the article with pictures

on page 20.

Mark your calendars: Stated Meeting & Elections on Dec. 1; Ceremonial on Dec. 11; LOH, Caravaners and Clowns Christmas

Party on Dec. 19 from 12:30 to 5:00;

Rajah’s Annual Meeting on Jan. 5;

and Rajah’s Mass Installation at the

Leesport Farmers Market on Jan. 8 at

1:00.

Wishing all of you a Merry

Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Things are getting better. Keep those

fingers crossed.

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70th Annual Pretzel Bowl

Photography by Bill Quinn,

Mic Frey, Reggie Peoples

Opening ceremonies with Chanters, Legion of Honor,

Director’s Staff, and Divan on the field

Ill. Sir awards a MVP Trophy to

Albright’s Malik Bootman

Ill. Sir with King Jackson as he accepts his

Certificate of Office

Queen Saphara with Mom and Ill. Sir Kraig

pose for picture

Chanters singing the National Anthem

Queen Saphara

King Jackson

Ron Szapacs, Pretzel Bowl Chairman, is congratulated by the

Potentate

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Rajah Shrine Memorial Wreath before

being laid at the tomb

LEGION OF HONOR WREATH LAYING

A contingent of members of the Rajah Shrine Legion of Honor from Rajah Shrine

participated in the laying of a wreath honoring those fallen soldiers that are entombed

at the Arlington National Cemetery at the grave of the Unknown Soldier, on Sunday,

November 7th, 2021. It’s a long-standing tradition of many members of the Legion of

Honor to travel to Washington, D.C. on a weekend close to Veterans Day each year to pay

their respects to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Those participating in the laying of the wreath included: Illustrious Sir Ronald Rapp

a Past Commander of the LOH; Past Commander Barry Weisser; Past Commander Gary

Brown and Illustrious Sir Kraig Leiby.

Ill. Sir Kraig remarked, “This is one of the most solemn and sacred moments you can

witness as the leader of this organization. And this year I am particularly honored to have

been asked to be a part of this touching and moving experience.”

L-R Ronald Rapp, PP, Ill. Sir Kraig Leiby, Gary Brown - LOH Member

Barry Weisser – Past LOH Commander

The presentation of the Rajah Shrine wreath

Jim Atkins,

Hospital Bd.

Member

HOSPITAL UPDATE

Doylestown Clinic

The new Shriners Children’s Doylestown Clinic is now up and running. Launching in December, we

see patients on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Located in the pavilion at Doylestown Health, this office space

is the first opportunity for children and teens to be evaluated and treated outside the Philadelphia Hospital

in its 95-year history.

The goal of the Pavilion office, located approximately one hour from the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital

location, is to create a continuum of care that best serves the needs of patients and families living in

and around the Doylestown area/Upper Bucks County. Philadelphia Shriners Hospital physicians will

see patients, along with Susan Griffith, D.O., and pediatric orthopedist with Bucks County Orthopedic

Specialists, who has also joined our staff.

Some patients from the Doylestown area may still be best served the Philadelphia Hospital’s full

experience where they offer several specialized services such as a motion analysis center or onsite orthotics

and prosthetics department. However, they hope to bridge the gap for some initial, intermittent and followup

care that patients in this area need.

Walk for Love 2021

The Philadelphia hospital just hosted its 7th annual Walk for Love/5k event (in-person) Saturday, October 2, 2021 at the

Philadelphia Zoo. We had over 1350 people register and 900+ people join us in-person on the day of the event. We raised over

$305,000 (our largest amount to date). Thank you to all of the nobles and ladies who supported the event in person or online

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Bryan Snyder,

President

CONCERT BAND

Learning to play a musical instrument has been shown to help mental – along with physical – health,

by reducing stress, anxiety and depression. In fact, it has such a profound influence on mood that it can

increase vigor, excitement, and happiness while reducing depression, tension, fatigue, anger and confusion.

Engaging in a creative process such as instrument playing is much like hitting the gym; except you’re

doing it for your brain.

Playing a musical instrument is particularly good as it involves both sides of your brain. While the left

side controls logic, the right side is more about performing creative tasks. Playing an instrument engages

both sides of the brain. As a result, you’re able to remember things better and your memory also strengthens.

One of our bandsmen is facing a difficult challenge in his life.

He has lost the ability to play his instrument and has found that he needs to focus on other

things to keep his brain stimulated. I am talking about our top fund-raising salesman,

Noble Marty P. Ritter, 81, from Allentown. Marty has started his Masonic journey at

Barger Lodge No. 333 in Allentown and was raised as a Master Mason on May 25, 1972.

Next year he will be celebrating 50 years in Masonry. In 1978, Marty joined the Rajah

Concert Band and performed in many ensembles and many concerts and parades with his

clarinet.

I have to circle back to the fact that Marty’s love for the Rajah Concert has been

exemplified by his true salesmanship. Marty has promoted the band’s annual fund-raising

program by selling the most calendars by anyone who has sold them. The band is indebted

to Marty for helping to make the 2021 campaign a success. Marty has lost his ability to

play his clarinet, but he still promotes our band with his talent for sales. I asked Marty what

is the key to his success and he says to “pray every day.” Prayer gives you a connection

to something greater than yourself, which does wonders for your emotional well-being.

It provides a greater sense of

purpose, betters your mood

and helps you cope with and

overcome the difficulties life

brings your way. Besides 43

Calendar donations are $20 each.

Contact Bryan Snyder – 610-589-2022

bryansnyder@comcast.net

or by mail:

591 Hill Road, Robesonia, PA 19551

These make nice Christmas presents.

Order early, order often.

Winners may opt to send their winning

check to the Shriner’s Hospital

Marty P. Ritter

years in the band, Marty also joined the Lehigh Consistory on May 5,

2007, and the MSA Lehigh Consistory on November 7, 2015.

Don’t be surprised if Marty asks you to purchase a 2022 Lottery

Calendar. They make great Christmas gifts and you can assign your

winning checks to be donated to the Shriner Hospital Music Therapy

Program.

Bill Trusty,

President

See you at the races.

MOTOR

CORPS

Greetings from the Rajah Motor Corp!

We were busy with parades this fall but

now we are building up for the holiday season

and the Annual Motor Corp and Oriental

Band Horse Races on Saturday, February 12,

2022, at the Rajah Shrine Complex.

Happy Holidays to all Nobles and their

Ladies.

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Larry Christman

STRING BAND

Greetings from your String Band

It is with great sadness to announce the passing of our dear friend, bassman Bill Bechtel on November

3rd. Keep his wife, Joanne and family in your thoughts and prayers.

The String Band was honored to lead the Efforta Parade in memory

of Randy Leinbach. He was an organizer of the parade and was a

banjo player in the String Band for many years. The band ‘reserved’

his seat on the float (pictured).

The Pine Grove, Columbia, and King Frost Parades all started

with a little rain, but soon cleared up and all went well.

Again, our thanks to Joanne Bechtel and her committee for

organizing the multi-band picnic. A good time was had by all.

We had a great turn out of musicians for all the parades this season. Thank you, guys, for

sharing your time and talents for the kids. Thank you, Chris, for pulling and taking care of the

float.

We would like to welcome aboard banjo player, Eric Kissinger who joined us on the float

this 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 someday a physically challenged child

may walk and play again.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!

Ill. Sir

Greg Lewis, PP

CHANTERS

After waiting and waiting for what seemed like an eternity, we performed our first public indoor concert

in 23 months when we sang for the annual recognition dinner at Evergreen Masonic Lodge in Allentown.

An audience of over 100 Masons, Ladies and guests showed their appreciation for live entertainmen,t and

according to many in attendance, it was the first live performance for many of them in nearly two years.

After rehearsing week after week, month after month for the last two years we were happy to shake out the

cobwebs and sing in front of those gathered for the dinner and program.

Notwithstanding, we did lead the audience for the singing of our National Anthem just prior to the

Reading Fightin’ Phils in July and at the Rajah Pretzel Bowl in September. It felt good to see the audience

come alive and show their appreciation at these outings.

Although we appeared in a couple of parades near the end of last year, we participated in several more

this year, including Virginia Beach for the MASA convention, when we brought home the first-place trophy for the Best Chanter

Unit in the line of march.

Making our annual trek to Hamburg for the King Frost Parade, we sang and entertained through the streets and were proud to

receive a second-place trophy for our appearance in their annual celebration just prior to Halloween.

As things slowly get back to a “new normal,” we look forward to singing and entertaining more in the new year. So, if you are

tasked with heading the entertainment committee for your group, just contact us through the Rajah office. We’ll take it from there.

But before we bid adieu to 2021, we still have work to do, including our Ladies Night in December, the new member fall

Ceremonial and a holiday concert for the Anglers.

As this year draws to a close, our President Dwayne Miller and all the Chanters would like to thank our Potentate, Ill. Sir Kraig

Leiby and his Lady Janet for all their support. On behalf of all the members of the Rajah Chanters and our ladies, we would like to

wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy New Year.

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Although the year had a

difficult beginning with the virus

still hanging on and many events

being cancelled, things picked

up and Rajah was in full action

mode by spring. The Tin Lizzies

followed that pattern.

Our pie bakes had a late

start but we were underway by

late Februrary. Illustrious Sir

Sam Ellis

Kraig Leiby attended our first

bake operating the pie press like a pro. Our parade season

began on Memorial Day in Mahanoy City. We gave the

Easton High School Special Needs students a Pizza Party

on June 6. The kids have been labeling our pie boxes now

for going on three years.

Ron Barron seen here

at an event in 2019

Walter Lamm

Forks of the Delaware Tin Lizzies

Club members posing with Pitstop the Clown before

the Slatington Parade

Our Annual Clam

Bake took place at

Bady’s Grove on July 10th. MASA was a gas with three Past Potentates driving Tin Lizzie cars

in the parade. We gained three new members from that event also. Welcome Nobles Donald

Heimbecker, Dale Reinert and Dennis Guignet.

Our serious parade season began at Temple in early October with fifteen parades following. A

highlight was our winning the Best Non-Profit Unit in the Easton-Phillipsburg Halloween Parade.

Our Christmas Banquet & Ladies Night will take place on December 11, at the Barn House

Village in Bath, PA.

On a sad note, we lost an original Tin Lizzie recently. Ron Barron had served in all the club

officer positions and was a founding club member. He was one of the most active and dedicated

members, participating in all our events including parades, pie bakes and sales, National Night

Out and Rajah Membership events. He will be missed.

As this is our last article for 2021, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy

New Year.

CARAVANERS

The summer camping season has come to an end, although there are a select few who enjoy winter

camping as well especially the “snow birds” who travel south. The rest of us are tasked with winterizing

our units and putting them in storage until next year.

Caravaners, once again, enjoyed the final campout at the Oasis accompanied by the National Camping

Travelers, Inc. (NCT) campers. The weather not entirely accommodating, but we were able to squeeze out

a campfire and a joint meal with the NCT members. That is always enjoyable.

We held our final meeting for the year and elected our officers for next year. Most of last year’s officers

were re-elected. The exception was our new VP Noble Barry Voigt and newest trustee Noble Carl Willis.

Thank you and best wishes to our Potentate, Ill. Sir Kraig Leiby. And we welcome our new Potentate,

whoever that may be??? We anxiously await the results of the election.

We know it is not the season to be thinking about camping, but it is never too early to plan for a fun filled summer. The

Caravaners are contemplating a tour of New England, with several multi-night stops along the journey. If you do not own your

own rig, you can always rent and join the entourage.

Until next season, be safe, be healthy and be a happy camper. And camp on!

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Greetings, fellow Nobles, from the Schuylkill Shrine Club:

Goodbye to summer and hello to fall. The seasons seem to come and go much more quickly than they

did years ago, and sometimes it’s a challenge in trying to keep up. Due to the unexpected seasons of some

of our members we have two officer vacancies, that of Secretary and Treasurer. We are grateful to those

Nobles who served our Club in those positions for many years. If anyone would like to help out our Club,

please contact me. (See contact information at the end of this letter.)

With that being said, we are still having our monthly meetings as scheduled. Our Sports Shirt Night at

the 3C’s Restaurant in Port Clinton took place on September 28. We had our “Cum Essa” dinner at the

Blue Mountain Restaurant in Shartlesville on October 27th. Thurman Medeira and Phil Kister gave an

informative talk on the Lenape Indians. Our November 3rd meeting was Steak Night at the McKeanburg

Hotel.

And talk about changing seasons, our annual Christmas Party will be held at the Rajah Shrine Complex

on Fri., Dec. 10th. Social hour at 6:00 p.m. - meal at 6:30. Kathryn’s Katering will be serving up their

delicious roast beef and baked stuffed chicken as the main entrees. Camel’s milk and soda are included. Other alcoholic drinks are

available for purchase. Music will be provided by DJ Hot Wheels. Cost is $60.00 per couple. Please RSVP by Dec. 3. Your Lady

is encouraged to attend all events with you…and remember to bring your fez. All reservations can be made by contacting me at

610-562-8847 or by email at bopamerkt@gmail.com.

DIRECTOR’S STAFF

It’s great to report we had a good turn out for our Margaritaville Night with the Clowns and Noble

Riders. The event was held to thank our Ladies for supporting their man in 2021 Shrine activities. There

was great food, entertainment and a just plain enjoyable time for all. It was comforting to finally be able

to be a Shriner once again among

other Shriners and their Ladies after

a long shut down of activities.

The unit wants to thank all the

members who participated in and

helped get our vehicles ready for the

Carl Solarek, Halloween and King Frost parades.

They both had huge participation

Secretary and spectator turnout, and they really

showed their support for all the parade

units. It was heart warming to be a Shriner on those occasions.

It was also rewarding to get back to our regular monthly

meetings to plan for the last quarter of the year. The unit has

voted on 2022 Officers and the Director which will be in the

next issue.

The unit would like to thank the officers who served so

well under difficult times in 2021.

Everyone did a super job to keep the unit informed and

active in 2021. Thank you!

Now, we turn our efforts toward ending the year with the

Ceremonial where we do all the stage setup and tear down.

We need all the members to come out and finish the year as

great as we started with a super effort to meet our goals.

In closing, I want to offer the unit’s prayers to our president

Gerald Mengel and Noble Ed Austin, who are under the

weather and wish them a quick return to the group.

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Bob Merkt,

President

SCHUYLKILL SHRINE CLUB

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ATTENTION ALL NOBLES

ANNUAL MEETING

Wednesday, January 5, 2022 – 7:00 PM

Please be advised that the Annual Meeting of the Nobility of Rajah Shrine

will be held at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, January 5, 2022 in the

Banquet Hall, Rajah Complex.

The business of the meeting will be to present to the body, discuss and vote,

if necessary,

On the following items:

1. Installation of Temple Officers.

2. And, any other business that may lawfully come before the body.

Kraig W. Leiby

Illustrious Potentate

Attest: Les A. Werley, Recorder

“APPOINTMENTS ARE FOR ONE YEAR ONLY”

When a Potentate’s term of office expires, all appointments made by him during his

administration TERMINATE, according to the Imperial Code.

Such appointments include ALL appointed Officers, Potentate’s Aides, members of

Committees and their Chairman, Special Appointees, Directors, Assistant Directors, and all

members of the Potentate’s Staff.

Some uniformed Nobles have mistakenly believed or assumed their appointments to be

permanent, NOT SO! Each Potentate when installed in office must make his own appointments.

The Potentate has the power and authority under Imperial Shrine Law to replace every

appointee: or he may, if he believes it to be in the best interest of the Shrine to retain all appointees

by reappointment.

Traditionally, for the sake of efficiency, many Nobles of demonstrated ability are continued

in office or appointment by reappointment. But this is at the will and pleasure of the incoming

Potentate.

In no case is he, or can he be bound by his predecessor. By the same token in no case can

any Potentate bind his successor.

If it is the will and pleasure of the incoming Potentate that the Noble is to continue in his

office or position by reappointment he will be notified by the Potentate to that effect.

Should any Noble not holding appointment by the current Potentate wear a Fez carrying any

title such as “Aide” or any other designation he does so in violation of the code.

Some Nobles seek to perpetuate an appointment fictitiously by adding to the lettering on the

Fez the year or years of their appointment. This is a violation of Imperial Law. The offending may

be informed; but “…Ignorance of the law is no excuse.”

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Rev. David

Newhart

THE CHAPLAIN’S STUDY

“Joseph went to be registered in Bethlehem with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was with

child. Mary gave birth to her firstborn and wrapped him in bands of cloth and laid him in a manger,

because there was no place for them in the inn.” Luke 2:5-7

It must be almost twenty years ago that I first came across an interesting piece of advertising written

by a committed Christian, perhaps you also saw the same billboard. This billboard showed a picture of

jolly ole St. Nicholas and alongside of it was a picture of Jesus. The headline above the two pictures read,

“Whose birthday is it anyway?” It was a very simple yet striking way of getting across the point. I have

heard children answer the question, “Whose birthday is it?” with “Santa Claus.” Not often but every once

in a while, it happens.

Every Christmas, pastors rail against the continued commercialism of Christmas by the secular society.

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving when so many merchants begin to make more money than the

rest of the entire fiscal year. Black Friday is the day they either make or break their financial year. It is the

time when people seriously begin to buy their gifts for Christmas. I have no problem with merchants making a living at selling gifts,

even selling gifts for Christmas. I have overcome my urge to rail against that any longer, as it is like blowing in the wind. You will

not read that in this letter.

I will take umbrage with the fact that so many Christians have allowed themselves to be so taken up in the whole idea of gift

giving that they forget what the season is really meant to commemorate. This is the birth of the Son of God, Emmanuel, “God With

Us.” When buying gifts and arranging parties and running from one so called “Christmas party” to another so consumes your life,

then you have lost your sight on the goal, celebrating Jesus as God’s gift to us.

Our gifts could never compare to what God has already given to us, so we need not try, however we should be ever mindful of the

needs of others. Remember that while gift giving to family and friends is certainly part of this season, there is also a remembrance

of the gifts we should be returning to God for the gift of his only begotten Son.

The season of Advent is here to be a reminder to us, as well as a guide through the secular world that so easily carries us away

to its whims and wiles. Take the time to worship and celebrate with us here at Trinity and prepare yourself. Prepare yourself for the

true meaning of Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, Emmanuel. God’s only Son is born to be our Savior.

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Saturday December 11, 2021

At the

Rajah Shrine Complex

Registration of Candidates

8:30-9:30 AM

Ceremonial Program Starts

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Closed Ceremonial for Shriners and New

Candidates Only

Dress for Ceremonial will be coat,

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Obituaries

RONALD E. BARRON

WALNUTPORT

DIED: OCTOBER 5, 2021

WILLIAM F. BECHTEL

MACUNGIE

DIED: NOVEMBER 3, 2021

CURT W. BOYER

LAURELDALE

DIED: OCTOBER 10, 2021

HOWARD EBERLY, JR.

LEESPORT

DIED: NOVEMBER 4, 2021

GEORGE R. FIELDS

MONTROSE MANOR

DIED: SEPTEMBER 21, 2021

HENRY R. GALLY

ELIZABETHTOWN

DIED: JULY 28, 2021

RAY J. HEISER

ORWIGSBURG

DIED: OCTOBER 9, 2021

CARL R. HERRING

ALLENTOWN

DIED: OCTOBER 31, 2021

GEORGE V. KRICK

SHILLINGTON

DIED: SEPTEMBER 25, 2021

RICHARD L. LAU

MONTANA

DIED: OCTOBER 21, 2021

FRANCIS X. MARADEO

NESQUEHONING

DIED: SEPTEMBER 25, 2021

WALTER MILLER

SELLERSVILLE

DIED: JULY 19, 2021

HENRY J. MUSSELMAN

NEFFS

DIED: NOVEMBER 4, 2021

ROBERT C. ORLANDO

NEW BERLINVILLE

DIED: SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

PHILIP MAX SCHIEBEL

TAMAQUA

DIED: OCTOBER 19, 2021

WILMER R. SCHULTZ

EMMAUS

DIED: OCTOBER 28, 2021

RICHARD A. SMITH

NORTHAMPTON

DIED: OCTOBER 30, 2021

THOMAS K. YATES

BERWYN

DIED: OCTOBER 17, 2021

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www.bensingfuneralhome.net

610-759-3901

2165 Community Drive (Route 946 Moorestown)

Bath, PA 18014

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Rajah Shrine

P.O. Box 40 , Blandon, PA 19510

Vol 80 Dec. 2021-Jan. 2022 No. 1

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1 2 3 4

Car Club L.N.

Christmas Party

String Band/

Concert Band

Christmas Party

LOH Christmas

Party w/

Caravaners

5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Oriental Band

CEREMONIAL

Board of

Directors

Bethlehem S. C.

Directors Staff

Rajah Ladies

12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Chanters

Cedars

LOH - Exec &

Stated

Carbon S.C.

Christmas Party

Brandywine S.C.

Christmas Party

STATED MTG

& ELECTIONS

7 PM

Anglers L.N.

Christmas Party

Mounted Patrol

L.N. Christmas

Party

BINGO -

(Shiners)

BINGO -

(Anglers)

BINGO -

(Chanters)

DECEMBER 2021

Lehigh S.C.

Christmas Party

Schuylkill S.C.

Christmas Party

26 27 28 29 30 31

Chanters, Rajah

S.C. & Past

Masters L.N.

Christmas Party

CEREMONIAL

(Snow Date)

Tin Lizzies L.N.

Christmas Dinner

Cedars

Christmas Party

19 20 21 22 23 24 25

Provost Guard

Tin Lizzies

Christmas

Christmas Party

Day

Lebanon S.C.

Christmas Party

Motor Corps

Clowns

Rajah

Bulletin

Board

Stated Meeting &

Elections

Dec. 1

Ceremonial

Dec 11

OFFICE CLOSED

DEC. 24 & DEC. 31

AND NEW YEAR’S

DAY

Cedars

BINGO -

(Legion)

BINGO -

(Lehigh)

OFFICE CLOSED

OFFICE CLOSED

New Year's Eve

Annual Meeting

Jan. 5

Mass Installation

Jan. 8

Units & Clubs

Seminar

Jan. 21

Bingo Every

Thursday Night

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1

30

2 3 4 5 6 7 8

9 10 11 12 13 14 15

16 17 18 19 20 21 22

23

BOARD

MEETING

Directors Staff

31

24

Oriental Band

Concert Band Chanters LOH - Stated &

Exec

Carbon S.C.

Noble Riders

Dance Band

Wishing

You A

Happy

Holiday

Season

Motor Corps

Martin Luther

King, Jr. Day

Lebanon SC

Chanters

Clowns

Provost Guard

Brandywine S.C.

Cedars

ANNUAL

MEETING

7:00 PM BINGO-

(Shriners)

String Band

Anglers

Lehigh S.C.

Mt. Patrol

Cedars

Lancaster S.C.

BINGO-

(Anglers)

BINGO-

(Chanters)

25 26 27 28 29

Membership

Mtg. 6:30 PM/

Units & Clubs

7:30 PM

North Penn SC

Tin Lizzies

BINGO-

(Legion)

JANUARY 2022

Bethlehem S.C.

Rajah S.C.

Unit & Club

Officers

Seminar

Unit & Club

Officers

Seminar

(snow date)

New Year’s Day

Office Closed

MASS

INSTALLATION

1:00 PM

LEESPORT

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