Vol. 80 April-May 2022 No. 3
In this issue:
- Part 1 of the History of Shrine International
- Highlights of the Horse Races – Oriental Band Ladies Night
- She is One of Ours - A touching Noble’s experience
Tampa Hospital Transition Update
Dear Fellow Nobles,
For 100 years, our first priority has always been the children entrusted to our care. As we look
toward the future, our commitment to our patients is unchanged. However, healthcare has
changed dramatically, and, as we have shared with you previously, we must change our care
delivery model to serve our patients as effectively and efficiently as possible. We assure you
that adapting our care delivery methods does not, and will not, change our commitment to our
parents and families.
As Shriners Children’s expands our vision for care, the future includes caring for more kids, in
more places. As healthcare has evolved from inpatient care to outpatient-focused models of
care, we have already transitioned several of our locations to outpatient care models.
In Florida, we have started transitioning portions of our care to local and state affiliates who
complement our services locally and throughout the state.
Part of this future state includes the transition of services at the Shriners Children’s facility on
the USF campus in Tampa, Florida. The planned transition of clinical services is underway, to
start April 1, 2022, and will thereafter be sequenced over the next several months as we
redistribute services to better align with emerging models of care. Our priority at this time is to
ensure a smooth transition for all of our patients and employees.
Locally, we are working diligently on a potential care pathway to maintain a level of specialized
care in information on this potential local care path will be available soon.
The Shriners Children’s health care system will remain head quartered in Tampa, as it has been
for more than 40 years, and the Shriners Children’s Genomics Institute will continue its
important work at its current location on the USF campus.
We appreciate your trust and support as we continue to adapt and strengthen our health care
system to meet the needs of today and the future.
Yours in the faith,
Jerry G. Grant
Chairman, Board of Trustees
The Potentate’s Message
Es Selamu Aleikum
As I write this, they are calling for 1"-3” of snow tomorrow. We are setting our
clocks Nobles, ahead Ladies one and hour Friends: tonight. We had a record 96 people at Bingo on Thursday night
this week. Gasoline is up to over $4.50 a gallon. What do we have to be thankful for?
We are alive, we belong to one of the greatest fraternities in the world and we have so
many brothers it is hard to count them. Visit your Blue Lodge, ask your brothers there
if they are Shrine members. If they are not Shriners, ask them to visit your Club or
Unit, give them some reading material and let’s see what happens. Attend your Unit or
Club meetings and also one you have never attended and make new friends.
We are still looking for fundraisers. If you are aware of anything you think we
should try, please let your Liaison Officer know, or contact the office and speak to them
and we will look into it.
The year 2022 is an anniversary year for Shriners International and for the Shriners
Hospitals for Children Health Care system. Shriners International is celebrating the
150th Anniversary of its founding, which was September 26, 1872, and Shriners
Hospital for Children the 100th Anniversary of its founding, September 16, 1922.
There are several upcoming events you may be interested in: The Pote’s’ Ball on April 23 at the
Doubletree in Reading, the Concert Band’s “Evening of Music” on May 1 here at the Rajah Complex
and Meat Bingo on Friday May 13 here at the Rajah Complex. You need to pre-purchase your ticket for
Yours in the Faith,
ALIEKUM ES SELAM
Attest: Les A. Werley, Recorder
Beginning of Shriners International........................................4
Evening at the Races...............................................................6
Worthy of Mention..................................................................8
Hospital Services................................................................... 8
ALIEKUM ES SELAM
Cigar Attest: Night...........................................................................11
National Joe Hagan Patient Ambassadors..............................................12
Lehigh Shrine Club...............................................................13
Legion Of Honor...................................................................16
NOTICE - NOTICE
THE RAJAH SHRINE ADMINISTRATION OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON:
FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2022 IN OBSERVANCE OF GOOD FRIDAY and
MONDAY, MAY 30, 2022 IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY
THANK YOU - RAJAH SHRINE OFFICE
In This Issue
Forks Of The Delaware Tin Lizzies .....................................17
Lebanon Shrine Club ...........................................................19
Sock Hop ..............................................................................20
Oriental Band Ladies Night..................................................22
2022 T-Shirt Order Form......................................................23
Membership Committee .......................................................24
Rajah Shrine Golf Club ........................................................24
Schuylkill County Shrine Club.............................................24
Pote’s Golf Outing................................................................25
The Chaplain’s Study............................................................26
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The year of 2022 is very significant in the history of Shriners International, Shriners
Children’s Hospitals and Rajah Shrine. This is the first in a series of articles that will be
published this year in an effort to bring you a bit of history of who we are, how we got here
and the future of one of the greatest fraternal organizations that exists today.
Every Thursday Evening at the Rajah Shrine Complex
Doors Open at 5:00 - Bingo Starts at 6:30
Every Thursday • Open Evening To The at Public the Rajah • Smoke Shrine Free Complex •
Doors • Refreshments Open at 5:00 Available - Bingo Starts for Purchase at 6:30 •
The first article will look at the history of The Shrine of North America, Ancient Order
of Nobles of North America • Open Proceeds To – (A.A.O.N.M.S.) The benefit Public Rajah • Smoke now, Shriners
Shrine Free and • International.
How it all began • Refreshments . . are . In not 1870, deductible several Available as thousand charitable for Purchase of donations. the more • than 900,000 residents of
New York City were Masons. Proceeds Many benefit of these Rajah Masons Shrine and met regularly at the Knickerbocker
Cottage, a restaurant are at 426 not deductible Sixth Avenue as charitable in Manhattan. donations.
William J. Florence, one of that era’s more prominent actors, and Dr. Walter M.
Fleming, were two of Masons that met at the Knickerbocker Cottage. This small group
of Masons sought a way to combine the rigid ritual work of the Masonic Lodge with fun
and fellowship, away from their Blue Lodge meeting rooms. Dr. Fleming was looking
for something that would be both
impressive and amusing, something
in which good fellowship would
abound. Mr. Florence was also
looking for a way to combine his
love of Masonry with his wit and
talent for acting with his stage work.
Traveling in Europe in the
1860’s, while on an entertaining
tour with a stop in Marseilles,
France, Florence was invited to
attend a party given by an Arabian
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JOSEPH J. HAGAN, SR.
DUANE A. DELLECKER
DONALD G. HEIMBECKER
RONALD L. SZAPACS
HIGH PRIEST & PROPHET
JOHN K. GRUMBEIN,
RONALD F. RAPP, P.P.
LES A WERLEY.
LES A. WERLEY
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Thursday Evening at the
Rajah Shrine Complex
Mini-Ceremonials shall shall be be at the at the discretion
Potentate. To Doors To schedule, Open at please 5:00 please - contact Bingo contact Starts the the recorder at 6:30 recorder at at
Open To The Public • 610-916-9000.
Smoke Free • Refreshments Available for Purchase
Proceeds benefit Rajah Shrine and are not deductible as charitable donations.
diplomat. The entertainment involved an elaborately staged musical comedy with Far Eastern costumes and
pageantry. Upon returning from Europe, he completed a rough draft of the ritual he felt would work best to
incorporate his ideas into the kind of organization that he and Dr. Fleming had discussed during many get
Dr. Fleming took the ideas supplied by Florence and converted them into what would become the
Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (A.A.O.N.M.S.). While there is some question about
the order of the fraternity’s name, it is probable and more than coincidental, that its initials, rearranged,
spell out the words, “A MASON.”
With the help of the other Knickerbocker Cottage regulars, Fleming drafted the ritual, designed the emblem
and costumes, formulated a salutation, and declared that the members would wear a red fez.
The Shrine’s most distinctive symbol, the red fez, derives its name from the place where it was first manufactured – the holy city
of Fez, Morocco. The fez was chosen as part of the Shrine’s Arabic (Middle East) theme, around which the color and pageantry of
the Shrine are developed. The emblem of the new order would be the crescent and was adopted as the Jewel of the Order.
Finally on August 3, 1870, William Florence and Dr. Walter Fleming became the founders of the Shrine of North America. The
next year, on June 16, 1871, eleven other Masons were received into the Order of the Mystic Shrine and in 1872, the first formally
organized Temple in the United States, Mecca, located in New York City, was formed.
The first official meeting of the new organization was held on September 26, 1872, in the New York City Masonic Hall, when
the first Shrine Temple in the United States was organized. Brother Charles McClenacham and Brother Dr. Walter M. Fleming had
completed the ritual and proposed that the first Shrine Temple be named Mecca.
The original 13 Masons of the Knickerbocker Cottage lunch group were named charter members of the new Mecca Shrine
Temple. As a new member of the Shrine, they would be called “Noble.” At this point, Noble Walter M. Fleming was installed as the
first Potentate of the first Shrine temple.
The second Shrine Temple organized was in Rochester, New York, and is known as Damascus Shriners.
A few years later in 1876, a meeting was held in New York City to form a governing body to oversee the growth and continuation
of the fledging Shrine organization. The new governing body was to be called “The Imperial Grand Council of the Ancient Arabic
Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for the United Stated of America.” Dr. Fleming became
the first Imperial Grand Potentate and the new body established rules for membership and the
formation of other new temples.
The Shrine was started for fellowship and fraternity and has thrived under the mantle of pageantry,
ritual and ceremony. It has grown from the original thirteen founding Shriners to over 800,000
members at its high point, first throughout the North American continent and later internationally
with 200 Shrine Centers and into the 21st century.
To reflect the growth and inclusion of members from around the world, the name was officially
changed to Shriners International in 2011.
In our next article we will have a history of how Rajah Shrine was developed and how the local Shriners have become a part of
the fabric of society in Berks County and the surrounding area.
The Caravaners first campout in April is fast approaching. We hope the weather improves by then.
Dates for this event at the Oasis are April 28 – May 1, with our first meeting of the year to be held on
Saturday, April 30, in the multipurpose room of the Shrine complex.
The cost of travel is ever-increasing and may put a damper on some of our camping destination plans,
i.e.: we were planning on an extended tour of New England this summer. That is now on hold and may be
cancelled. We may opt for a closer venue; something within a one-day travel time.
The Caravaners club was established in 1973, so we do not have an extensive history like Rajah Shrine’s
130 years and Shrine International’s 150 years and Shriner’s Hospitals’ 100 years. But it feels great to be
a part of it, having fun while benefitting the children.
Come and have fun with us. Come camping and socializing. Join us for an evening around the campfire,
communal breakfast, and dinner. Or just relax and enjoy the outdoors.
Be safe, be healthy, be a happy camper. And camp on!
at the Races
This is Bob Shank’s 20th year
for calling these races
Bob Shank, PP, was the caller for
this 10 Race outing that took place on
February 12, at the Rajah Downs. This
annual event is hosted by the Rajah
Motor Corp and the Oriental Band.
Complimenting the races, were
drawings for Baskets of Cheer, several
50/50s, a 840 drawing and an endless
supply of hot dogs and barbecue. Bob
even auctioned off the horses. The
monies raised at these horse races go to
improve the Rajah Complex facilities.
The Motor Corp president is
Kraig Leiby, PP, who was working
the kitchen. Jared Kichline, PP,
is president of the Oriental Band.
Congratulations to both organizations
for a terrific event!
Photography by Mic Frey and
Gail Remo selling tickets for the first race
Tear-off sales were done by Terry Hulsizer,
Janet Leiby, Ruth Ann Seyler.
Wayne Grumbein & Bill Remo
were selling 50/50 tickets.
The ‘Calls to the Gate’ were handled by
Race action with Bob Shank calling
Ferne Engle celebrates a winner
Dwayne Miller, on the right,
seems to be having more fun than the
winner of a Basket of Cheer!
Barbara & Duane Dellecker set the
fashion mode for the event.
Belinda Stoudt was the big 840 winner.
Looking on is husband Bryan on the left
and Ted Werkheiser on the right.
One-time Shriner's Philadelphia patient
Mirian with Terry. taken at Hamilton's
Pancake House, near Ulysses, PA
The Hospital Service Unit’s first meeting of 2022 was held on Thursday March 24, at 11:00 a.m. in
the multipurpose room of the Shrine complex. Subsequent meetings will be on the third Thursday of each
quarter of the year. Lunch is available after each meeting so, if you do attend the meeting, stick around for
refreshment and fellowship.
Wow! 100 years of service for the Shrine Hospitals and still going strong. It is very rewarding to have
an active part in service to the hospital and to the kids. There is never a bad feeling when transporting kids
to the hospital, even when it requires a 4:00 a.m. pick up to get them there for a 6:00 a.m. appointment.
Yes, this does happen occasionally. Sometimes the return home can be quite late. But we drivers are much
appreciated by the families and the hospital staff, who always offer a cordial welcome and provide a
comfortable lounge to bide our time while waiting for our young patients.
If you have some spare time and are interested in meeting and helping young patients, join us and
experience the satisfaction of helping our hospitals accomplish their mission.
Because it’s all about the kids.
SHE’S ONE OF OURS
by Terry Swingholm & Sam Ellis
Noble Terry Swingholm had an interesting and moving experience on
a recent hunting trip.
One of his regular stops on these trips is to Hamilton’s Pancake House
outside of Ulysses. It is part of Hamilton’s Maple Products and Farm in
While having breakfast he encountered a young lady who was working
as a waitress. Terry said that he was impressed with the young lady’s
charming personality and enthusiasm.
After his meal, he stopped at the counter to pay his check and
inquired about the young waitress. The person at the counter was Phyllis
Hamilton. She and husband, Larry, are the owners of the seasonal pancake house. Phyllis acknowledged that the waitress was their
granddaughter, Mirian, age 13. Phyllis mentioned that her granddaughter had been looking forward to this day to getting out and
being of help serving breakfast.
When Terry asked why, Phyllis explained that Mirian was a preemie, born at 1 pound, 2 ounces and that she had gone through
so much physically and had been in several hospitals. Eventually she was referred to the Philadelphia Shriners Children’s Hospital.
Phyllis said that Mirian was met by doctors and staff with open arms and included the entire family into the young patient’s journey
to recovery and a bright future. The result was the happy young lady that served Terry breakfast that morning.
It was then, with tears in his eyes, that Terry told Phyllis he was a Shriner. “At that moment, I realized what it’s really like to be
a Shriner and what a difference we make in children’s lives.”
On his way home he vowed to return for a possible photograph of Mirian and himself wearing his fez. That occurred two weeks
later. As a memento, Terry presented her with a handful of Rajah Shrine Potentate’s pins. “Her face lit up with a lovely smile.”
This story unfolded at a recent Units and Clubs meeting when Terry got up to the podium and related his experience with young
Mirian. “She is one of ours” he said. And “it reminded me of just how important the work is that we do as Shriners and what a
heart-warming experience it was to witness this firsthand.”
“MASA WILL BE HERE BEFORE WE KNOW IT!!!!! “
THURSDAY THRU SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 – 11, 2022
If you are planning to go to the convention this year, do not hesitate making your reservations!
The Sheraton is going thru major renovations and hopefully we will be able to keep our number of allotted rooms.
Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel, 3501 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, Va 23451
$589.00 Per Couple/$539.00 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 $189.00 by May 15 th , Balance due by June 29 th !***
LADIES LUNCHEON – No info at this time.
NO CANCELLATIONS AFTER AUGUST 1 ST WITHOUT LOSS OF ONE NIGHTS
DEPOSIT AND PRE-REGISTRATION.
DETACH AND RETURN TO ADMINISTRATION OFFICE.
_____Noble & Lady - $589.00 per couple
_____Two Nobles - $589.00 (EXTRA NOBLE ADD $50.00 PER NOBLE)
_____One Noble - $539.00
RESERVE________EXTRA DAY(S) – DATE ARRIVING____________________DATE DEPARTING_____________________
_____LADIES LUNCHEON – No info at this time.
NOBLE’S NAME__________________________________________LADIES NAME____________________________________
UNIT/CLUB_________________________SHRINE #_____________DAYTIME PHONE_________________________________
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_________________.
NAME ON CARD__________________________________________EXP. DATE _____/_____
As we approached 2022, the Chanter faithful that attend all or most of our rehearsals and meetings
were looking ahead to a year of getting back to normal with several indoor sing-outs, parades and perhaps
even a few outside appearances. We were all pretty sure that the tide of change was upon us and we would
be sorting through the requests for our
We had a few requests going into the
year, and since our first rehearsals of
the year we have received a few more
inquiries as to our availability. We are
happy to say that we are indeed looking
forward to fulfilling those requests.
Our President Dwayne Miller, Unit Director Dave DeTurk
and Music Director Bruce Rohrbach are going through the
invitations and making recommendations according to the need
of the requesters and how we can get enough members to fulfill
Over the past few years, we have lost several members due
to some unfortunate circumstances. However we do have a core
of members that are rehearsing regularly, learning some new
material and going over some of the more familiar songs in our
If you belong to an organization, community group or other
committee and are looking for entertainment, please contact
us and we’ll be glad to discuss the details of having the Rajah
Chanters come to you to provide a program suited to your
Speaking of which, should you be so inclined and would like
to be a part of the entertainment, please by all means contact one
of the Chanters to learn more about becoming a member of the
Rajah Singing Men of Music!
On the business side, we will be
represented at the Imperial Session
in Minneapolis this summer when
Bruce Rohrbach, current President
of the Shrine Chanters Association
International, turns over the mantel of
leadership to his successor. This also
coincides with Dave DeTurk’s term
serving as President of the Mid-Atlantic
Chanters Association. He will be
turning over his gavel to his successor
in September in Virginia Beach. We are
extremely proud to have these nobles
representing Rajah in these roles of
In closing, please stay safe and
always keep a song in your heart!
Greg Lewis, PP
To Your Community Bank!
NOW WITH 8 LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU!
• Blandon • Boyertown • Fleetwood • Lyons
• Kutztown • Oley • Shoemakersville • Wyomissing
$20 per Package
Specials and Additional Packages are Extra
Friday, May 13, 2022
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:
Lady Joyce Hagan 610-582-4056 Becky Miller 484-638-3101
Please join us for our 10 th “Smoke ‘Em if you got ‘Em” Dinner
Friday Night, June 3, 2022
Under the Pavilion at the
Rajah Shrine Complex
221 Orchard Road, Reading
Meal: Steak with all the trimmings! Camels
Milk, Soda, Water and Cigars included.
Cash Bar and a variety of cigars available.
You may bring your own cigars.
Live Music By the ‘Good Ol’ Boys’
Social: 6:00 PM and Dinner: 7:00 PM
Cost: $35.00 per person.
This event is open to everyone: Nobles, Brothers, Ladies, Family and Friends
No one under the age of 18 allowed to attend
Tickets are available at the Rajah Shrine Office, Phone: 610-916-9000
DEADLINE FOR TICKET SALES IS: May 27, 2022
Mail to: Rajah Shrine, P.O. BOX 40, Blandon, PA 19510, care of Les Werley, 610-914-2824
Number ( ) attending ‘Cigar Night’ on Friday, June 3, 2022
Cost: $35.00 per person. Check payable to Pagoda Twisted Shiners (in memo: “Cigar Night”)
INTRODUCING SHRINERS CHILDREN’S 2021-2022
– Rajah Shrine
Music & Rails in West
Seth was 11 when he was diagnosed with scoliosis. He and his family learned about Shriners
Children’s from a social media group focused on the Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT) treatment
“I was impressed by the amazing treatment that I received at Shriners Hospitals, and I would
be honored to guide someone to their care, “He commented
when he was chosen as Patient Ambassador. “It will mean
Join Chief Rabban a lot to Marvin me to give and back Lady to the Marie Shriners Miller Community on a 3-night because trip to
of the gift that they gave me.”
Ride the Rails in West Virginia & Greenbrier Bunker Tour, June 25 - 28, 2020
Sydney learned she had scoliosis when she was 10. Her
treatment Experience began the with charm bracing, of but the despite southern that and rails, an exercise music and regimen the her history curvature of the progressed. south.
to Shriners Children’s in Philadelphia.
In 2018 she underwent VBT surgery. “The VBT has allowed Sydney to retain her flexibility
- Roundtrip transportation via private motorcoach equipped with reclining seats and restroom
and to get back to all the things she loves faster and stronger than ever.” Said her mother,
- Melissa. 3-nights’ hotel accommodations in Elkins and Lewisburg, West Virginia
- Ride Now, aboard at 16, the Sydney diesel-powered feels that “to Cheat make my Mountain scoliosis Salamander journey a more and the positive coal-fired experience, steam engine Durbin Rocket
I trains had to reach out to help others. I said ‘yes’ to being a National Patient Ambassador because
Shriners Hospitals has done so much for me, and I feel I could never repay that. The surgery has
- Enjoy evening performances of the Gandy Dancer Dinner Theatre and “The Greatest Show on Rails”
changed my life and shaped me to be the person I am today.”
- 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
Seth underwent VBT surgery at Shriners Children’s in Philadelphia in 2017. In no time his
dream of playing sports was realized. “My pain has been reduced dramatically; My curvature is
half what it used to be.” Seth is now 17 and enjoys playing many sports.
– 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 with included baggage handling
Thursday, September 29 - Sunday, October 2, 2022
- 7-nights’ • Round accommodations Trip transportation via private aboard Elite motorcoach the Norwegian equipped with reclining Breakaway seats and restroom and services * Three (3) night’s of a accommodation Boscov’s Travel at the Hilton Escort Garden In Mystic/Groton
- The Ultimate Beverage Package for the * first Guided two walking guests tour of Yale per University, cabin New ($800 haven, per CT 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
$100 on board credit
- Includes • * Free time all to meals shop and and browse entertainment at Olde Mystick Village while * Visit to onboard the 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 *
for included features,
including gratuities for
Travel Tour Director,
and Local Guides
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
Happy spring from the Oriental Band!
Usually, many units take it easy over the first months of the year. The Oriental Band has to be different.
The month of February is always the busiest for the band.
We started off the month by hosting the annual Night at the Races with the Motor Corps. Over 200
people patronized our group on a cold Saturday evening. At 3 o’clock the doors opened and the food came
out. Karen Guignet and the ladies in the kitchen did another bang up job to get everyone served. Thank
you again Ladies!
By 4 o’clock our master of ceremonies and caller of the races, Illustrious Sir Bob Shank, got down
to business and it was post time. The ladies at the para mutual windows were kept busy all evening. Ted
Werkheiser and his ticket sellers kept things going in between the races. The bartenders made sure that
none went away thirsty.
Finally, after 10 races, 60 pounds of hot dogs, 50 pounds of hamburger barbecue, 4 half barrels of
camel’s milk and an array of snacks and desserts, it was all over. Some folks went home a little heavier in
the wallet and others a little lighter. All had a great time. I would like to thank everyone who helped to put
this show on. It takes a good team and we sure have that. An even bigger THANK YOU to all who came out to support the races!
All of the proceeds from the races go to purchasing needed items for the Complex.
Two weeks later the Oriental Band hosted their annual Ladies Night. This year we had our affair at the beautiful new Doubletree
by Hilton in downtown Reading. The crowd was on the light side but everyone had a good time. At our banquet, Illustrious Sir
Joe Hagan presented service awards to five of our members. 20-year service awards were presented to Wayne Grumbein, Donald
Heimbecker, Sr., and Harry “Jay” Huhn III. A 25-year service award was presented to Donald Hoffman, Sr. Lastly, a 35-year service
award was presented to Theodore Werkheiser, Jr. These awards are presented to Nobles who have attended at least 60% of the
Band's activities. Congratulations to all of you, Nobles!
In another ceremony, Nobles Wayne Grumbein, John Grumbein and Theodore Werkheiser, Jr., all past presidents of the Mid
Atlantic Shrine Oriental Band Association, presented Noble Donald Heimbecker Sr., the current past president, with a scimitar in
recognition of his serving as president of the Association for the past two years. Congratulations to you, Noble Don, for serving the
Lastly, Noble John Grumbein, Ambassador to the Mid Atlantic for the Association of Shrine Oriental Bands, collected checks
for donations to the Ladder of Smiles. Ladder of Smiles is the Oriental Band’s way of donating to our hospitals. Since its inception,
the Ladder has donated in excess of two million dollars to our hospitals and burn centers. When all of the checks for the evening
were counted, we had over $5,000.00 donated. Not bad for a small crowd. Thank you to all who donated. The smile on a child is
worth the while.
The band will be taking a short pause for a little while to rest up. Please keep the kids in our hospitals in your thoughts. Until
Roger C. Reis
Greetings from the Lehigh Shrine Club. After a busy Holiday Season, we once again begin our Shrine
activities in a more normal fashion.
Our only recent get together was our Stated Meeting on Wednesday, February 2, at the Columbian
Home (Knights of Columbus) in Allentown. Since the loss of the Brass Rail, we are having our meetings
at various locations as we are trying to adapt to the new reality!
There were 20 Nobles and Ladies present who enjoyed a delicious meal of either chicken piccata
or haddock. The program that evening was given by Noble Jim Atkins, who serves on the Board of
Governors for the Shriner’s Hospital for Children Philadelphia. He spoke about the Hospital and the
important work it does on behalf of children.
Our Ladies Night was on Saturday, March 19th. Since this article is being written before the event has
taken place, you will about it read it in a later issue. I know I’ll be reporting on a terrific evening. Our
next Stated Meeting will be Wednesday, April 13. A “last hurrah” at the Brass Rail, featuring their World-Famous Cheese Steak
sandwiches with soup and salad. We are really looking forward to this night.
Nobles, remember to support and attend your Clubs and Units. Without active membership, we WILL cease to exist.
As always, it’s GREAT to be a Shriner!
LEHIGH SHRINE CLUB
Greetings from your String Band!
Hope everyone had a safe winter. Looking forward to spring. Our parade schedule is looking very
promising. Our first event is the Girardville St Patrick’s Day Parade. Next is Parksburg’s Anniversary Parade
on May 21st. This is a new booking and we are adding new music to play for the Concert in the Park. Next
is the Mahanoy Memorial Day Parade on May 30th, followed by Lebanon County Fireman’s Parade on June
Once again, I am happy to bring you some interesting and useful information from master musician and
String Band member, Mike Gubish.
Do you or would you like to learn to play banjo or guitar? The String
Band may be your answer. Tenor, Plectrum, 5 or 6 string banjos - any
guitar types are welcome as well as other instruments Violins, you name
it. Instrumentation variety will enrich the musical texture of the String
Band. Do you currently refer to published chord charts? Are you curious how to create your own
chord charts for any instrument tuning? We will make an effort to share information in a series of
articles for those interested.
For curious players, the following may be of interest, if you don’t already know. Here’s the
question, “How are Major chords constructed?”. The answer - by stacking intervals of a Major
What does that mean and what is needed? Tonal music consists of various scales: Major, Minor,
Pentatonic etc. Basically: Single notes in a series is a melodic line. The Harmonic structure of
music involve two notes stacked called Intervals, 3 notes stacked are Triads and 4 notes stacked
Major scales have 7 degrees and the octave arranged in whole and half steps, the C major scale
is C*D*E,F*G*A*B,C.(* denotes whole step) The whole/half step sequence is W,W,H,W,W,W,G.
To construct a Root position chord, the 1st degree (in this case C) is in the bottom or bass
position of the C Major chord. Start at C, count left to right, up 3 to E, then 3 more from the E to
G. In this example 1st, 3rd & 5th degrees (C, E, G) make up a C Major chord, also referred to as a C Major Triad.
Thank you, Mike, for your expert commentary. Watch for more from Mike in future articles.
Mike Gubish with banjo
at a parade
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.
See you at the parades!
CALLING ALL SHRINERS
The Rajah Shrine Membership numbers listed below are the Nobles who still owe 2022 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 2022 dues within the past month, thank you for your payment! Les A. Werley, Recorder
19685 20367 21144 21191 21351 21369 21606 22163 22252 22383 22449 22563 22811 22947 22982
23014 23302 23833 23911 24074 24182 24430 24495 24537 24588 24647 24678 24934 24966 24999
25221 25278 25295 25299 25635 25655 25762 25886 25918 25927 25934 25941 25963 25980 26000
26135 26140 26173 26244 26257 26269 26277 26392 26417 26441 26501 26658 26723 26820 26821
26826 26836 26849 26934 26973 26991 27341 27420 27456 27480 27539 27673 27695 27755 27788
27793 27857 27910 27927 27993 28021 28026 28040 28078 28085 28117 28129 28146 28178 28184
28193 28201 28211 28230 28258 28274 28301 28327 28333 28334 28368 28375 28379 28397 28401
28405 28422 28435 28468 28480 28481 28488 28504 28514 28561 28569 28571 28572 28577 28603
28608 28640 28643 28662 28680 28762 28783 28808 28838 28841 28842 28848 28855 28863 28878
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Things are finally starting to look up as far as this pandemic is concerned. Keep your fingers crossed.
The attendance at our Legion monthly meetings has been lousy. Hopefully, that will improve. After all, it
is our Legion of Honor. Be proud to be a Legionnaire and give it your support by attending the meetings
and participating in Rajah activities.
I don’t have very much info to pass on that isn’t already covered in this Rajah News issue. Now that
many of the restrictions on gatherings have been lifted, events planned by our Potentate and all our Clubs
and Units are looking much brighter. Hopefully, no relapse will cause cancellations.
One deadline very near the distribution time of this issue is the Potentate's Ball on April 23rd. The
reservation deadline for rooms is already past, but reservations for the Ball itself is NLT April 8th.
Illustrious Sir Joe has always supported the Legion. Now it's our chance to support him.
One place the Legion still needs help is on Bingo night when we provide a few members to call back the
numbers. This is on the 4th Thursday of every month starting at 6:30 and ending on or about 9:30 at the latest.
On that same day, we also need a few Legion ladies to sell the Bingo cards from about 4:45 to 6:30. If a Noble
or Lady is willing to help, contact Commander Fred.
Planning is underway for our Commander's Ball on June 4th which will be held at the Double Tree in Reading. Info will be in
the mail in the not-too-distant future. Meanwhile, support Rajah Shrine and your Legion of Honor.
After a long, cold icy winter we
have at least reached the beginning
of spring weather. To stay active,
we have had some activities such
as a dinner with our Ladies and
our Christmas party in December.
Now we can turn our attention to
the paper drive in May, our fishing
meeting at Nevin Behm’s farm and
the upcoming fishing trips. I'm sure a
couple of our anglers are helping to
stock trout for this year's season.
One item to bring to your attention
is that the Anglers have volunteered to make soup for the
second week of bingo each month. So far, we have four
volunteers which means each one will make soup three times
during the year. We would appreciate any more volunteers
that would be willing to participate. Each week we need
about two gallons of soup. Call or text me at 610-217-1595
to help. In addition, Jeanie would be happy to have a few
more people to work the bingo game.
And because the club will be fishing on the weekend of
the Hospital Crusade in May, we will be doing our crusade
on Friday and Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. This has
been our traditional time for the crusade and it has worked out
very well for the club and for monies raised for the hospital.
Call me or better yet come to our meeting in April to sign up.
Lastly, good luck to our two Anglers Ron Szapacs and
Greg Miller who are working their way through the chairs
to become potentate. Thank you for your time, devotion, and
sacrifice for the sake of the kids.
Get ready to wet the lines!!
LEGION OF HONOR
Welcome spring! It’s great that
the days are getting longer. The unit
can finally start to have our monthly
meetings and work crews outside again.
We are proud to welcome two new
nobles to our unit. Scott Zechman and
Joe Sealese have already been active in
helping with the unit’s activities.
Our director, Barry Reed, has gotten
Temple permission to attend the Shrine
Directors Association convention in Orlando on April 20-23.
There will be an especially important session at the convention
that will determine if we can still have ‘cold sands’ at the
Ceremonial. We wish Barry a safe trip and hope that he brings
back good news.
All the units and clubs work very hard in tough times to keep
active. It’s important that we all take time to have some good,
safe fun. And speaking of fun, our first parade is on March 26.
It’s Girardville’s Annual St. Patrick’s Parade, a great tradition
with large participation. Barry Scott, our president Lee Brisan,
and Mic Frey are busy tuning up the vehicles for that event.
Just a reminder that our monthly meetings for this year will be
held on the first Wednesday of the month at the Rajah Complex.
Well, that’s all for now from the Director’s Staff until the next
issue of Rajah News. We’ll have more information on the unit’s
activities and events as our schedule is starting to fill up.
Happy and blessed Easter to you and your family.
First of all, congratulations to Rajah! We’re 130
years old. In fact, congratulations all around; Shrine
International is 150 and the Shrine Children’s
Hospitals are celebrating their 100 Anniversary. A
banner year to say the least.
All these anniversaries prompted me to look
into when the Tin Lizzies was established and I
found that it was in February of 1991. So as of
February 2022, our club is 31 years old.
It was not long after the club was established that
we started baking shoofly pies as a fund raiser and
we’re still doing it today! After the long winter the
club is once again in full speed pie
We will be baking shoofly pies
twice a month through to May.
Regarding the bakes, I want to
mention three new cooks who have
been a big help.
Assistant Rabban Don
Heimbecker joined the club right
after MASA last year. He attends
the bakes when his schedule allows
and helps in whatever area needs
assistance. Dale and Linda Reinert
are new additions, also. Like Don,
Dale joined the club right after
MASA. Dale is our new Treasurer.
He and Linda make a good team
and have been managing the four convection ovens we use in the bakes.
Don Heimbecker pouring
Spring also brings parades. By the time you read this, the Tin Lizzies
will have participated in the Girardville St Patrick’s Day parade. Going
forward, Parade Director Garrett Newhartz has lined up parades in
Belividere, Mahanoy City, and Bernville, all in May. In June we’ll participate
in the Richland Fireman’s
On a sad note, the Tin
Lizzies lost a true brother and
staunch supporter of the club
and of Rajah when Noble
Bruce Johnson passed away
in late February. Bruce was a
five-time president of the Tin
Lizzies and managed the pie
bakes along with wife Sally up
until his illness slowed down
is activities. Bruce was also
the Hospital Transportation
coordinator for the Easton –
Nazareth area and had over 130
trips to his credit. He will be
Forks of the Delaware Tin Lizzies
Dale and Linda Reinert adding crumbs
Bruce & Sally Johnson in happier times
With the January meeting canceled due to inclement weather, we had several items hanging over
from the previous year to discuss, and looking ahead, we had a few items on the agenda for the February
meeting. With the circus cancelled, we dug through our calendars and discovered there were several
occasions that stood out that would need our services, namely parking duty, security, and some other needs
deemed worthy of the services of the Provost Guard.
President Joh Schneider thanked the members present for re-electing him to a second year as our leader
and asked for the Provost’s help in making this year as successful as last year.
The calendar is leading us to what lies ahead, and although it may be a little too early to make specific
assignments, it is still good to reserve some of the dates as not to interfere with plans already made for personal
family outings and commitments. This year has us hoping to have a second Provost fund raiser, in addition to
our highly successful annual Spaghetti Dinner in October. We are looking to get back on track to have an event
on Saturday, June 11 at the Rajah Complex. Several ideas have been suggested and we are looking at the best option. Please stay
tuned, details will follow in the next Rajah News.
In looking ahead at these assignments, we will be resuming our parking duties at the annual Pote’s Picnic in August, the Rajah
Pretzel Bowl in the fall, and the Sportsman’s Raffle in September.
We are also planning to take a
contingent of members to the MASA
Provost Guard meeting in September
when our own Ill. Sir Jared Kichline,
PP, advances in the line of officers.
If you are new to Rajah Shrine or
an old-time member looking for some
camaraderie within the Shrine, we have
a place for you. Stop and say “Hi.” We
meet on the third Tuesday of the month
at 7 p.m., in the All-Purpose Room at
the Rajah Complex.
Celebration of Several Anniversaries
This year marks the celebration of several anniversaries. Shriners International is celebrating its
150th anniversary since being organized in New York City in 1872. Rajah Shrine is celebrating its 129th
anniversary, having received its charter in 1893. Additionally, the Shriners Hospitals for Children, which
were established in 1922, are celebrating their 100th anniversary.
Shriners are known for their colorful parades, circuses, musical groups and clowns. Rajah Shrine offers
Bryan Snyder, a wide variety of clubs and units in which its members can participate. The Rajah Shrine Concert Band,
a progressive group that was chartered in 1896, is the second oldest unit in Rajah Shrine. A musical unit of
President outstanding performers that participate in both
parades and concerts, it is greeted with enthusiasm wherever they play.
On May 1st, the Concert Band is holding its Pops Concert followed
by a dinner and dance to a full house. Advance reservations are
required. Contact reservation agent, Judithanne Snyder at mrsbryan@
comcast.net, the cost is $25. Patron donation advertisements are
appreciated. Contact President Bryan Snyder for applications
The historical photo at right was taken on July 10th, 1916.
Possibly these bandsmen played for the opening ceremonies of the
Shriners Hospitals for Children now known as Shriners Children’s
Philadelphia. “We play so our children can play.”
Greg Lewis, PP
LEBANON SHRINE CLUB
Spring is here and the grass is growing. I am accepting donations for fuel for my tractor so I can mow
my grass on a regular basis. Just put your cash between the doors; I will find it. Thanks.
Things are green at Lebanon Co. Shrine Club, too. Our attendance is way up thanks to the efforts of
our new Noble President Abram Shaffner. He has great programs and speakers lined up for the rest of the
year. We are also planning a 50/50 ticket for May and also another in fall.
The Nobles in attendance at the February meeting were requested to come up with fund raising ideas
for a club of our size. PP Marv Miller, who has been attending a lot of our meetings, called the day after
the meeting and said he had an idea he thought of on his way home up state. It was a money raffle. The
rest is history and tickets are printed.
Also at the meeting, a plaque was presented to
out -going president Jim Foltz, seen on the left in the
picture, and 2022 president Abram Shaffner received his gavel of office.
Everything seems to be pretty much back to normal and we can all look
forward to all the fun events that we all have at Rajah. Hope it stays that way.
Support Rajah in any way you are able. Your attendance is important. If you
have special needs and do not get around very well anymore, someone will
assist you. We need your support and wisdom.
Our Noble Club President and yours truly attended the seminar on proper
Shrine conduct and protocol given by Recorder Les Werley and assisted by Ill.
Sir Joe Hagan. It was new info for some and a good review for others. Every
Club and Unit needs to be familiar with these requirements. If you are not
sure, ask. It saves time, money and embarrassment.
Join us at Lebanon Co. Shrine Club on the 4th Monday at 6:30 at Heisey’s
Diner, Rt 72 North Lebanon. Good food, fellowship and Shrine fun.
Jim Foltz and Abram Shaffner at
Lebanon Co. SC meeting
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ATTENTION ALL NOBLES STATED MEETING
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2022
Please be advised that a stated meeting of the Nobility of the Rajah Shriners will be
held at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 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
• To vote on candidates for creation, affiliation and restoration.
• Any other business that may lawfully come before the body.
Illustrious Sir Joseph J. Hagan, Sr., Potentate
ATTEST: Les A. Werley, Recorder
The Oriental Band’s Ladies Night was held at
the Doubletree by Hilton in Reading on February
26. President Jared Kichline, PP, welcomed Ill. Sir
Joe Hagan and Lady Joyce along with the nobles
and ladies of the Oriental Band and guests to honor
After dinner, awards were given out. 20-
Year Service Awards were presented to Wayne
Grumbein, Don Heimbecker and Harry Huhn.
Donald Hoffman received a 25-Year Service Award
and Ted Werkheiser Jr. his 35-Year pin. In a special
ceremony, Don Heimbecker was presented with
a scimitar from the Mid Atlantic Shrine Oriental
Band Association (MASOBA) in honor of serving
as the organization’s president for the last two years.
And finally, money was raised through check
donations for the Oriental Band’s Ladder of Smiles
program that supports Shrine Burn
Centers. Over $5,000 was raised.
A wonderful ending to a wonderful
Photography by Bill Quinn &
Ill. Sir Joe Hagan & Lady Joyce being introduced
Ted Werkheiser Jr. received his 35- year Service
Award from Ill. Sir Joe Hagan.
2020-21 Past President Dennis Guignet
received a president’s certificate.
Jared Kichline, PP, and Lady Kim made a personal
donation to the Ladder of Smiles.
Wayne Grumbein presenting a check from the
Cetronia Fire Company
2022 President Jared Kichline, PP
Ladies Julie Grumbein, Kim Kichline, and
Karen Guignet enjoying the evening
Ill. Sir Joe Hagan presenting Donald Hoffman
with his 25-Year Service Award
Harry ‘Jay’ Huhn received a
20-Year Service Award.
Les Werley, Rosie Foxwell and Ron Rapp, PP
pause for a picture.
Don Heimbeckerholding the scimitar
presented to him by MASOBA.
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Rajah Shrine Golf Club is still looking for new members and our golf season is about to start. Any current
Shriner or Mason is welcome to participate in one of our monthly get-togethers.
Our first golf outing will be held on Wednesday, April 20th , 2022 at Berkleigh Golf Club located along
Route 222 near Kutztown. The golf format will be a scramble and there will be a food voucher, redeemable at
the golf course, given to each participant.
We, the officers, look forward to welcoming many current and prospective members of the Rajah Golf
Club at this new venue. If you feel that you might enjoy participating in the fun and fellowship at our Golf Outing, please contact
any one of the following Club officers:
Gilbert F. Darlak, Home# 610-678-4963; Frank L. Einsel, Cell# 610-223-4709; Arlan J. Werst, Cell# 484-333-5316; Lamar G.
Hartline, Cell# 610-468-2749
We are currently working to make the pricing of this tournament as affordable as possible. We all know that prices are on the
HOW CAN WE HELP?
The membership committee has been meeting diligently to come up with new ideas to retain and expand
membership. Under the leadership of Illustrious Sir Marvin Miller, in 2020 the committee was directed
to come up with ideas to improve membership participation & increase membership. As a result, we put
together an orientation program to help educate new members on what the Shrine has to offer. In the last 2
years, many nobles have gone through this program.
Next, as we are all Shrine Masons, our membership comes directly from the Masonic Fraternity. With
this in mind, Illustrious Sir Joe Hagan has asked the committee to come up with short messages for members
to share with their blue lodges that may spark interest in joining Shriners.
So, what message can we take to the Blue Lodges? How about simply sharing stories with your brethren
that embody the true fun & philanthropy of Shriners International and Shriners Children’s Hospitals. At the
end of the meeting, when the Master asks if you have anything to offer, simply share a few words like… “Blue
lodge is great, we have lots of fun together as Masons. But, as Masons, we have the opportunity to join with
Shriners International to benefit the world’s greatest philanthropy… Shriners Children’s Hospitals. In this organization, you and your
lady become part of a team that helps children with very specialized needs such as Spinal/Muscular disorders, Burns and Cleft Pallet.
As you must be a Mason to join the Shriners, we invite you to sign up.”
If you would like to become a part of this committee or learn more, simply show up at 6:30pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month.
The committee meets just prior to the Clubs & Units meeting. We are all ambassadors for this great philanthropy. So, please help share
this message with all who will hear.
SCHUYLKILL COUNTY SHRINE CLUB
Greetings from the Schuylkill County Shrine Club. We held our first meeting in the new year on Saturday,
February 19, 2022. Every year this is a popular meeting. It seems the nobles enjoy coming out at 9 a.m. for a
This year we were at the Blue Mountain Restaurant at Shartlesville. We always invite the ladies to come to our
meetings. With the members and the guests, we had fifty people present. It was quite a nice turnout for our meeting.
We held our annual necrology service to honor in memoriam those members from our club who passed through
the West Gate in the past year. This past year eight of our members died, two of which were Past Potentates of
Rajah Shrine – Ill. Sir Walter Wagner and Ill. Sir Glenn Sattizahn.
Our last meeting was held Tuesday evening, March 22, at the Friedensburg Country Restaurant. April’s meeting
will be held Monday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the JABuffet, A Chinese buffet restaurant, 1752 Tilden Ridge Road,
Hamburg, PA 19526.
We have all new officers this year; I, Regnal Leibensperger am president, Bob Engleman is our First Vice
President, Paul Grube is Second Vice President, and Les Werley is Secretary & Treasurer. Special thanks to these
nobles for stepping up to support our club.
And a great big THANK YOU to all the nobles of Rajah Shrine who got up early to come to the Schuylkill
Shrine Club in February.
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Easter Sunday morning these are often the first words said: Pastor, “Christ is Risen!” Congregation, “He
has risen indeed.” The acclamation by the Pastor is responded to by the affirmation of the congregation.
This begins our time in the Easter season, and the knowledge that Jesus is among us and has risen
according to the prophets of old.
This is the time to rejoice in the power of God to overcome death and the grave. He has promised to be
with us even to the end of the age. This power of the risen Lord is no longer far away in heaven but here
on earth. As Jesus did his public ministry, he had us see what God can do while he lived among us. The
promise of God to bring us to his eternal house is known by all who have faith.
Our faith relationship with Christ is founded in our knowledge of his love and grace among his people.
When we fully understand that God loves us regardless of our faults, and foolishness, sins, and wrong doings,
then we will know him as our Lord and Savior. That faith relationship is the foundation of Christianity. God
loves us no matter what. He died on a cross to prove to all humankind he has control over our afterlife. He
has provided for us to be in his Father’s house where there are
many mansions, many places for us to live out eternity.
Christ has risen among us and is has given us his Holy
Spirit to continue our relationship with God here in our daily
life on earth and then carry that with us to his heavenly home.
Jesus as Son of God became a son of man so that the sons
of men might become sons of God. We received that blessing
at the time of our baptism, for we were baptized into Christ’s
death with certainly be united with him in his resurrection.
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SAMUEL R. A. YOUSE
DIED: JANUARY 31, 2022
THOMAS L. BURNS
DIED: JANUARY 27, 2022
ROBERT O. FATZINGER
DIED: FEBRUARY 10, 2022
ARTHUR G. FINK
DIED: FEBRUARY 25, 2022
WALTER V. FINK
DIED: DECEMBER 19, 2021
BRUCE E. JOHNSON
DIED: FEBRUARY 11, 2022
Friday, April 15, 2022 8:00 AM at
the Rajah Shrine Complex
221 Orchard Road Reading, PA 19605
Price is $10.00 per person - pay at the door!
PLEASE CALL THE RAJAH SHRINE OFFICE AT
610-916-9000 TO MAKE YOUR
DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS IS
FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2022.
DRESS IS COAT, TIE AND FEZ FOR THE MEN.
STREET DRESS OR PANTS SUIT FOR THE
P.O. Box 40 , Blandon, PA 19510
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SPRING MASA - WASHINGTON, D.C.
POTE'S TRIP - SAVANNAH, GA & CHARLESTON, SC
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Mtg. - 6:30 PM
Units & Clubs -
N. Penn S.C.
8 AM - Complex
Outing June 3
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North Penn S.C.
Mtg. - 6:30 PM
Units & Clubs -
Bethlehem S. C.
Bingo w/ Ladies
REDNER'S - POTE'S CALL