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Rajah News

Vol. 80 April-May 2022 No. 3

1892-2022

RAJAH

SHRINE

130

Years

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

Shriners Children’s

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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

the Bingo.

Yours in the Faith,

Joe

ALIEKUM ES SELAM

Attest: Les A. Werley, Recorder

Contents

Beginning of Shriners International........................................4

Caravaners ..............................................................................5

Evening at the Races...............................................................6

Pote’s Ball...............................................................................7

Worthy of Mention..................................................................8

Hospital Services................................................................... 8

MASA Registration.................................................................9

Chanters................................................................................10

ALIEKUM ES SELAM

Cigar Attest: Night...........................................................................11

National Joe Hagan Patient Ambassadors..............................................12

Oriental RecorderBand........................................................................13

Lehigh Shrine Club...............................................................13

String Band...........................................................................14

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

Anglers..................................................................................16

Director’s Staff......................................................................16

Forks Of The Delaware Tin Lizzies .....................................17

Concert Band........................................................................18

Provost Guard.......................................................................18

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

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ILLUSTRIOUS SIR

JOSEPH J. HAGAN, SR.

POTENTATE

DUANE A. DELLECKER

CHIEF RABBAN

DONALD G. HEIMBECKER

ASSISTANT RABBAN

RONALD L. SZAPACS

HIGH PRIEST & PROPHET

JOHN K. GRUMBEIN,

ORIENTAL GUIDE

RONALD F. RAPP, P.P.

TREASURER

LES A WERLEY.

RECORDER

LES A. WERLEY

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

INSURANCE COMMITTEE

RAJAH SHRINE

Every

CEREMONIALS

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

togethers.

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.

Walter Lamm,

Secretary

CARAVANERS

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!

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An Evening

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

Sam Ellis

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

Garrett Hynenman.

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.

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One-time Shriner's Philadelphia patient

Mirian with Terry. taken at Hamilton's

Pancake House, near Ulysses, PA

Walter Lamm,

Secretary

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.

HOSPITAL SERVICES

WORTHY OF

MENTION

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

Potter County.

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.”

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“MASA WILL BE HERE BEFORE WE KNOW IT!!!!! “

MASA 2022

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_________________________________

ADDRESS___________________________________________________CITY________________STATE_____ZIP____________

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

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: RAJAH SHRINE

VISA MASTERCARD DISCOVER AMERICAN EXPRESS AMOUNT OF PAYMENT_________________.

V-CODE

CARD NO.

NAME ON CARD__________________________________________EXP. DATE _____/_____

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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

appearances.

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

those requests.

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

repertoire.

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

specific needs.

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

leadership.

In closing, please stay safe and

always keep a song in your heart!

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Ill. Sir

Greg Lewis, PP

CHANTERS

To Your Community Bank!

NOW WITH 8 LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU!

• Blandon • Boyertown • Fleetwood • Lyons

• Kutztown • Oley • Shoemakersville • Wyomissing

Member FDIC

MEAT BINGO

$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

Name__________________________________Cell/Home Phone_______________________

Name__________________________________Cell/Home Phone_______________________

Name__________________________________Cell/Home Phone_______________________

Name__________________________________Cell/Home Phone_______________________

Cost: $35.00 per person. Check payable to Pagoda Twisted Shiners (in memo: “Cigar Night”)

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INTRODUCING SHRINERS CHILDREN’S 2021-2022

NATIONAL

– Rajah Shrine

PATIENT

2020 Trip:

AMBASSADORS

Music & Rails in West

- SETH

Virginia

& SYDNEY

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

for scoliosis.

“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.

Then

Included

she was

in

referred

this trip:

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.

Connecticut Cameos

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

Self-guided

guests per

tour of

cabin

Mystic Seaport,

and up

Mystic,

to

CT

$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 *

Learn more

All

at

taxes

our

and gratuities

upcoming

for included features,

presentation:

including gratuities for

Sunday,

the Boscov’s

October

Travel 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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John Grumbein,

Director

ORIENTAL BAND

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

Association!

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

next time.

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

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Larry Christman

STRING BAND

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

18th.

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

3rd.

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

are tetrads.

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!

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Nobles:

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

28880 28892 28895 28928 28947 28949 28953 28974 28986 29010 29021 29026 29028


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Jere Lesher,

PP

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.

Richard Snell,

President

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.

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Get ready to wet the lines!!

LEGION OF HONOR

ANGLERS

Carl Solarek,

Secretary

DIRECTOR’S

STAFF

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.


Sam Ellis,

Secretary

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

baking mode.

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

molasses

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

Parade.

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

missed.

Forks of the Delaware Tin Lizzies

Dale and Linda Reinert adding crumbs

Bruce & Sally Johnson in happier times

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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.

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CONCERT BAND

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

bryansnyder@comcast.net.

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.”

Ill. Sir

Greg Lewis, PP

PROVOST GUARD


Dennis Royer,

Treasurer

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

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CALLING ALL LEGACY MEMBERS

The Shriners Legacy Registry honors family and tradition.

For some children, awareness of Shriners starts early, when they see their father of grandfather donning a fez or heading off to

a temple meeting.

Such memories can be the seeds from which a Shriners legacy grows. For many men, being a Shriner is a family tradition

that stretches across generations. The

Legacy Program honors this special

bond. Sharing and celebrating family

ties is a source of pride and joy for many

Shriners.

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Shriners who have family members

who are also members of the fraternity

can register as Shriner Legacy members.

All family members who are Shriners

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brothers, uncles, grandfathers, cousins.

It’s easy to register using the new

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Shriners tradition, each Legacy member

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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

following items:

• 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

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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

the ladies.

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

evening!

Photography by Bill Quinn &

Mic Frey

Oriental Band

Ladies

Night

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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GOLF CLUB

Frank Einsel, Treasurer

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

upswing everywhere.

Duane Dellecker,

Chief Rabban

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

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.

Regnal

Leibensperger,

Pres.

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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

breakfast meeting.

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.


Rich Maiden Golf Course

234 Rich Maiden Road, Fleetwood, PA

Come Tee up with “Par 4 for The Kids” with Pote Joe

$65 per person prior to May 23 rd , $70 after May 23 rd

Includes:

Golf, Cart, Refreshments, Buffet, and Prizes

Format: Four Man Scramble

Coffee and Donuts at Course – 7:00 AM

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

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

ALL PROFITS GO TO THE RAJAH SHRINE GENERAL FUND

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

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List Your Foursome Cut on Line and Return

1.Team Captain____________________________ Phone__________________

2. _______________________________________ Phone__________________

3. _______________________________________ Phone__________________

4.________________________________________ Phone__________________

Tee or Green Sponsor Name________________________________________

AMOUNT ENCLOSED____________________

Make Checks Payable to Rajah Shrine Golf and send to:

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

DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS – FRIDAY, MAY 27

(Your help in acquiring prizes is greatly appreciated)

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Rev. David

Newhart

THE CHAPLAIN’S STUDY

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.

The resurrection of Jesus was the proof that we all receive

eternal life.

Live your life in that way and keep God before you in this

Easter season.

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Obituaries

JOHN H. MEYERS

FLORIDA

DIED: JANUARY 2, 2022

GLEN E. MITSTIFER

MYERSTOWN

DIED: OCTOBER 9, 2921

JAMES D. PURIN

FLORIDA

DIED: JANUARY 15, 2021

E. JERE SNAVELY

LEBANON

DIED: DECEMBER 5, 2021

JACOB O. ZIEGLER

HELLERTOWN

DIED: JANUARY 24, 2022

SAMUEL R. A. YOUSE

LITITZ

DIED: JANUARY 31, 2022

THOMAS L. BURNS

GILBERTSVILLE

DIED: JANUARY 27, 2022

ROBERT O. FATZINGER

ALLENTOWN

DIED: FEBRUARY 10, 2022

ARTHUR G. FINK

READING

DIED: FEBRUARY 25, 2022

WALTER V. FINK

DENVER

DIED: DECEMBER 19, 2021

BRUCE E. JOHNSON

NAZARETH

DIED: FEBRUARY 11, 2022

RAJAH SHRINE

GOOD FRIDAY

BREAKFAST

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

RESERVATIONS!

DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS IS

FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2022.

DRESS IS COAT, TIE AND FEZ FOR THE MEN.

STREET DRESS OR PANTS SUIT FOR THE

LADIES.

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Rajah Shrine

P.O. Box 40 , Blandon, PA 19510

Vol 80 April-May 2022 No. 3

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1 2

Bethlehem S.C.

Rajah S.C.

3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Board of

Directors

Concert Band Chanters LOH Exec &

Stated

Oriental Band

Carbon S.C.

POTE'S TRIP

17 18 19 20 21 22 23

Easter

Dance Band

Noble Riders

Anglers

Directors Staff

Rajah Ladies

BINGO

(Shriners)

SPRING MASA - WASHINGTON, D.C.

POTE'S TRIP - SAVANNAH, GA & CHARLESTON, SC

10 11 12 13 14 15 16

Motor Corps

24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Lebanon S.C.

Schuylkill S.C.

Clowns

Chanters

Provost Guard

Brandywine S.C.

Cedars

Cedars

Mounted Patrol

String Band

Lehigh S.C.

Car Club

Golf Club/

Willow Hollow

STATED

MEETING -

7 PM

Membership

Mtg. - 6:30 PM

Units & Clubs -

7:30 PM

N. Penn S.C.

Lancaster S.C.

BINGO-

(Anglers)

BINGO-

(Chanters)

Tin Lizzies

Caravaners -

Rajah

BINGO-

(Legion)

Good Friday

Breakfast -

8 AM - Complex

OFFICE CLOSED

Good Friday

Caravaners -

Rajah

Tin Lizzies

Car/Truck

Cleanup

POTENTATE’S

BALL

Concert Band

Dinner Dance

Set-up

Caravaners -

Rajah

Rajah

Bulletin

Board

Good Friday

Breakfast

April 15

Office Closed

April 15

Stated

Meeting

April 20

APRIL 2022

Pote’s Ball

April 23

Ladies Meat

Bingo

May 13

Hospital Crusade

May 20-21

Pote’s Golf

Outing June 3

Cigar Night

June 3

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Concert Band

Dinner Dance

Caravaner's -

Rajah

Mother’s Day

Noble Riders

Caravaners -

Away

Board of

Directors

Oriental Band

8 9 10 11 12 13 14

Chanters

LOH - Exec &

Stated

Carbon S.C.

15 16 17 18 19 20 21

Motor Corps

Provost Guard

Brandywine S.C.

22 23 24 25 26 27 28

Lebanon S.C.

Clowns

Chanters

Schuylkill S.C.

Cedars

29 30 31

Caravaners -

Away

Office Closed

Memorial Day

Anglers

Directors Staff

Rajah Ladies

String Band

Golf Club/

Lebanon Valley

Mounted Patrol

North Penn S.C.

Membership

Mtg. - 6:30 PM

Units & Clubs -

7:30 PM

MAY 2022

BINGO-

(Shriners)

Lancaster S.C

BINGO-

(Anglers)

.

BINGO-

(Chanters)

Tin Lizzies

Caravaners -

Away

BINGO-

(Legion)

Bethlehem S. C.

Rajah S.C.

LADIES BINGO

Lehigh S.C.

Bingo w/ Ladies

at Complex

Caravaners -

Away

Car Club/

Noble Riders

Sock Hop

HOSPITAL CRUSADE

REDNER'S - POTE'S CALL

Caravaners -

Away

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