Vol. 80 June-July 2022 No. 4
In this issue:
- The History of Rajah Shrine -Freemasons at the Battle of Gettysburg
-Highlights of the Pote’s Trip to Charleston & Savannah
- The Pote’s Ball - The Concert Band’s Pop Concert
2022 POTE’S PICNIC
Wednesday, August 3rd
RAJAH SHRINE COMPLEX
221 Orchard Road, Reading, PA 19605
Gates Open at 11:00 AM
Serving 12:00 NOON - 4:00 PM
Ceremonial at 12:00 NOON
Serving Clams at 1:00 PM
Corn on the cob
TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE
400 TICKETS MUST BE SOLD BY JULY 15th
MAXIMUM TICKETS SOLD WILL BE 500
NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD
AFTER JULY 22nd OR AT THE GATE
Purchase your ticket from a Divan Member,
The Rajah Shrine Website www.rajahshrine.org,
or at the Rajah Shrine Office.
Mail a self-addressed stamped envelope
with your check made Payable to:
RAJAH SHRINE, PO BOX 40, BLANDON, PA 19510
Shrine Members $45 / Blue Lodge Masons $50
Tickets purchased between July 15th—July 22nd
Shrine Members $50 / Blue Lodge Masons $55
The Potentate’s Message
Es Selamu Aleikum
Finally, the real spring weather is here. It’s making way for the many outdoor activities
that Nobles, Rajah Ladies and our and clubs Friends: and units participate in. One that I look forward to of course is
the Pote’s Golf Outing. It will be a full day of golf with a steak dinner afterwards. Cigar
Night is that evening.
Our indoor activities are doing well also. The recent Pote’s Ball was great fun. I want
to thank everyone who came out to the Double Tree for a great meal and dancing. See
the full story of the Pote’s Ball on Page 12.
And speaking of indoor activities, a milestone was set on April 14 when our Thursday
Night Bingo had over one hundred players. Bingo is proving to be a major fundraiser for
the Temple. That is why it is so important that the clubs and units make every effort to
support this project. Contact Chief Rabban Duane Dellecker or Assistant Rabban Don
Heimbecker to see how you and your club or unit can get involved.
We are still looking for ideas 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 recent Hospital Crusade was a remarkable success. Thanks to all those Nobles
and Ladies who came out to collect money at Redner’s locations and support our Shriners
Children’s Hospitals. And congratulations to the Rajah Ladies for a successful Meat Bingo. The monies
raised will go to support the temple.
As you know by now, 2022 is an anniversary year of Shriners International and for Shriners Hospitals
for Children. Rajah Shrine’s charter was granted in 1893 and will celebrate it’s 130 Anniversary next year.
Greg Lewis, PP, has written an excellent article on the history of Rajah Shrine. Don’t miss it on Page 7.
There are several upcoming events you may be interested in besides the Pote’s Golf Outing and Cigar
Night that I mentioned earlier. The Legion of Honor has their Commander’s Ball on June 4, The Provost
Guard has a Spaghetti Dinner on May 11, we have a Stated Meeting on July 13, Shrine Night at the Fightin’ Phils on July 15, and the
Pote’s Picnic on the traditional first Wednesday of August, August 3.
In closing, I remind everyone of the importance of getting the word out about the Shrine in the Blue Lodges. 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
ALIEKUM ES SELAM
Attest: Les A. Werley, Recorder
NOTICE - NOTICE - THE RAJAH SHRINE ADMINISTRATION OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON:
MONDAY, JULY 4, 2022 IN OBSERVANCE OF INDEPENDENCE DAY
THANK YOU - RAJAH SHRINE OFFICE
Freemasonry at the Battle of Gettysburg........................5
Hospital Services........................................................... 5
Forks Of The Delaware Tin Lizzies ...............................6
Meat ALIEKUM Bingo...................................................................11
Potentate’s Joe Hagan Ball.............................................................12
Million RecorderDollar Club Application...................................13
Pote’s Trip - Charleston, S.C., & Savannah, GA..........14
MASA Registration - Last Call.....................................15
Lebanon Shrine Club ...................................................16
In This Issue
Membership Committee ...............................................17
Legion Of Honor...........................................................19
Worthy of Mention........................................................21
Good Friday Breakfast..................................................22
Schuylkill County Shrine Club.....................................24
Golf Club .....................................................................24
The Chaplain’s Study....................................................26
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JOSEPH J. HAGAN, SR.
DUANE A. DELLECKER
DONALD G. HEIMBECKER
RONALD L. SZAPACS
HIGH PRIEST & PROPHET
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Every Thursday Evening at the Rajah Shrine Complex
Every Doors Open Thursday at 5:00 - Bingo Evening Starts at 6:30 at the
Every Thursday • Open Evening To The at Public the Rajah • Smoke Shrine Free Complex
Rajah Shrine Complex
Doors • Refreshments Open at 5:00 Available - Bingo Starts
Doors Open at 5:00 - Bingo for Starts Purchase at 6:30
at 6:30 •
• Open Proceeds To The benefit Public Rajah • Smoke Shrine Free and •
Open To The Public • Smoke Free • Refreshments Available for Purchase
• Refreshments are not deductible Available as charitable for Purchase donations. •
Proceeds benefit Rajah Shrine and are not deductible as charitable donations.
Les A. Werley
Proceeds benefit Rajah Shrine and
are not deductible as charitable donations.
Hello Nobles, we have several Nobles who have not paid
their dues for 2022. Please check your dues card to be sure you
have your 2022 sticker. If you paid your dues and didn’t receive
your current sticker, please contact the office. If you haven’t paid
your dues and have question or problems, please contact me.
Thanks to our Hospital Drivers. They have made 61 trips this
year from January to May to the Philadelphia Unit. If you would
be interested in transporting children to the hospital and would
like more information please contact Noble Ken Flynn at 610-
The Redner’s Save-A-Tape is still alive. If you shop at Redner’s, go to the customer
service desk and sign up for the Rewards card. Then get you receipts to the Shrine office.
Each quarter we cash them in and send the proceeds to the hospital. In the year 2019 we
received $321.23, for 2020- $376.41, for 2021 – $698.71 and for this year 2022 thus far
-$193.19. Every little bit helps.
The Rajah Shrine is available for rentals to all our members. The Pavilion, Multi-
Purpose Room and the Banquet Hall are all available for your use. Give the office a call,
and we will tell you if your date is available.
Please look at the activities and dates below for upcoming happenings at Rajah Shrine.
Pote’s Golf Outing – Friday June 3
Cigar Night at the Complex –Friday June 3
Provost Spaghetti Dinner (complex) – June 11
Imperial Session Minneapolis –July 2 – 7
STATED MEETING – Complex –July 13
Shrine Night at the Fighting Phillies – July 15
Pote’s Picnic Complex - August 3
Fall MASA – Virginia Beach September 8 – 11
Sportsmen’s Raffle – September 18
Pote’s Trip to Connecticut – September 29 –October 2
Car Club Car Show - October 2
Provost Mini-Ceremonials Spaghetti Dinner shall - October shall be at 8 the at the discretion
Calendar Potentate. Day To – To schedule, October 9 please please contact contact the the recorder recorder at at
Divan Ladies Jewelry Show – October 22
Summer is here. Please enjoy the summer weather and all the summer activities with
your family, friends, and fellow Nobles.
Freemasonry at Freemasonry the Battle at of the
at Gettysburg the Battle
by Sam Ellis with contributors Gettysburg
Don Houston & Bill Quinn
by Sam Ellis with contributors Don Houston and Bill Quinn
The battle of Gettysburg
The battle of Gettysburg The took
took battle place
place of July Gettysburg July 1
1st st to July
to July took 3
3rd, rd place , 1863.
1863. July 1 st to July 3 rd , 1863.
An interesting historical An fact interesting is that two historical of the fact opposing is that two of the opposing
generals An interesting were both historical friends fact is that two of the opposing generals were both friends
generals and were Masons. both General friends and Lewis Masons. ‘Lo’ General Lewis ‘Lo’
and Armistead Masons. General fighting Lewis for ‘Lo’ Armistead fighting for the Confederacy and Union
Armistead the Confederacy fighting and for Union the Confederacy General and Union General
General Winfield Winfield Hancock Hancock both both served together in California before the war.
Winfield served together Hancock both in California served together before in California before
the The War. battle culminated the with War. the failure of Pickett’s charge led by General Armistead.
Gen. Lewis ‘Lo’
The general and a few of his men breached the Union line only to be repelled and
Gen. Winfield Hancock
the The general battle fatally culminated wounded. with When the failure he fell, of Union Pickett’s Captain charge Henry led
Gen. Lewis 'Lo' Armistead Gen. Winfield Hancock
The battle culminated with the failure of Bingham, Pickett’s charge himself led
Gen. Lewis 'Lo' Armistead
Gen. Winfield Hancock
Mason, by General rendered Armistead. aid to the by The fallen General general Confederate Armistead. and a few general. The of his general men and a few of his men
breached the Union line
This historic moment
breached only to
the be repelled
to general be
and wounded. the general When fatally he fell, wounded. Union When he fell, Union
Captain Henry Bingham,
that was donated by the
Henry a Mason
himself aid a to Mason the fallen
aid to the general. fallen Confederate general.
August 21, 1993. In his speech at the dedication, Edward H. Fowler, Jr., Right
This historic moment
Worshipful Grand Master, said, “The unique bonds of friendship This became historic the theme
among moment for became the Friend the to theme Friend for the Friend to Friend
Memorial that was donated
Freemasons enabled them to remain a brotherhood undivided, Memorial by the
even as that Grand
they was donated Lodge of by Pennsylvania the Grand Lodge and of Pennsylvania and
dedicated on August 21,
fought in a divided nation, faithfully supporting the respective dedicated 1993. In
governments on his August speech 21, at 1993. the dedication, In his speech at the dedication,
Edward H. Fowler, Jr.
under which they lived.”
Edward Right Worshipful H. Fowler, Grand Jr. Right Master Worshipful said, “The Grand Master said, “The
unique bonds of friendship unique among bonds Freemasons of friendship enabled among them Freemasons to enabled them to
The sculpture on the monument depicts remain a prone a brotherhood General Armistead, leaning
remain undivided, a brotherhood even as they undivided, fought in even a divided as they fought in a divided
on a knapsack, handing his watch and nation, personal faithfully effects supporting to Captain the Bingham, respective governments under which
Gen. to Armistead be taken with to his hat friend, on his sword
nation, faithfully supporting the respective governments under which
Gen. Armistead Union General with hat on
they Hancock, his sword
lived”. who was in command of
leading Pickett's Charge
the Union line and, leading as fate Pickett's would Charge
have it, was wounded at almost the same
Gen. Armistead with hat on
time as the Confederate general. He would survive while his friend General
his sword leading Pickett’s Charge
The sculpture on the monument The sculpture depicts on the a prone monument General depicts a prone General
Armistead, would succumb to his wounds
a few days
on Armistead, a knapsack, leaning handing on his a knapsack, watch and handing personal his watch and personal
These officers were among an estimated effects 15,000 to Captain Freemasons Bingham, effects who to fought to be Captain taken at Gettysburg. Bingham, to his friend, to The be Union incident taken General to testifies his friend, to the Union unyielding General
bonds of brotherhood among Freemasons Hancock, during America’s who was in divisive command Hancock, Civil who of War. the was Union in command line of as the fate Union would line and as fate would
An interesting point of fact is that the have Friend it was to Friend wounded monument have at almost it was is not the wounded the same first time involvement at almost as the Confederate
the by same the Grand time as Lodge the Confederate in honoring
those who fought at Gettysburg. general. He would survive general. while He his would friend survive General while Armistead, his friend General Armistead,
would succumb to his would wounds a few days later.
the battle, the Grand
Close up on monument of Captain Close up Bingham on monument of Captain Bingham
rendering aid to General Armistead
Lodge of Pennsylvania dedicated the cornerstone to the Soldier’s
rendering aid to General These Armistead officers were among These an estimated 15,000 Freemasons who
fought at Gettysburg. fought The incident testifies to the unyielding bonds
first of any
of brotherhood among of Freemasons brotherhood during among America’s divisive Civil War.
Gettysburg. Freemasons during America’s divisive Civil War.
An interesting point of An fact interesting is that the point Friend of fact to As Friend is we that near monument the the Friend July is to 4th not Friend holiday, the monument first the Gettysburg is not the National first
involvement by the Grand involvement Lodge in by honoring the Grand Military those Lodge Park who in fought is honoring truly at worth Gettysburg. those a who visit. fought The park at Gettysburg. is approximately
On July 4, 1865, only two On July years 4, after 1865, the only battle, a two 2-hour years the Grand after 10-minute Lodge the battle, of Pennsylvania
drive the Grand from Allentown Lodge of Pennsylvania and a 1-hour
dedicated the cornerstone to the Soldier’s and National 30-minute Monument drive from in the Reading National via I-78 and US-15 South.
The Soldiers National
Close up on monument dedicated of Captain the Bingham cornerstone to the Soldier’s National Monument in the National
Monument Cemetery. rendering That monument aid to Cemetery. General was Armistead the That first monument of The any Friend type was to the to be Friend first placed of monument any the type battlefield to is be located placed in within on the the battlefield National in
Gettysburg. Gettysburg. Cemetery Annex on Steinwehr Avenue.
The Soldiers National
Walter Lamm, Sec.
by Sam Ellis with contributors Don Houston & Bill Quinn
As The we Soldiers near National the July 4 th As holiday, we near the the Gettysburg July 4 th holiday, National the Military Gettysburg Park National is truly worth Military a Park is truly worth a
visit. Monument The park is approximately visit. The park a 2 hour is approximately and 10-minute a 2 drive hour from and 10-minute Allentown drive and a from 1 Allentown and a 1
The HSU parade float is being prepared for the 2022 season. We still need Nobles to ride on the float
to give it a human interface. We feel that the float is a great advertisement for the Shrine hospitals and our
mission to transport patients to and from the hospital.
The float had been modified since it was last entered in a parade. It now has an access door for easy
entry. And flood lights to light up the entire float.
If interested in riding the float, contact HSU President Ken Flynn at 610-223-5145.
Because, it’s all about the Kids.
W i t h
having just passed and the Fourth of
July coming soon, I and the members
of the Tin Lizzies would like to
recognize all of those who have and
are serving in our military. The famous
quote, “Freedom is not Free” is a true
testament to the sacrifices of those in
our armed services have made and
are making today and will continue to
make in the future.
Forks of the Delaware Tin Lizzies
Greetings from the Tin Lizzies.
The club has an active summer ahead with parades, pie sales and our annual Clam Bake in July.
Also in May, the club participated in three parades over the Memorial Day weekend. Our next will be
the Richland Fireman’s Parade on June 18.
We are finished baking pies for the summer and will resume in September. In the meantime, the club
has a good stock in reserve and will be selling pies at the Tuesday Night Cruise at Joe’s Steak Shop in
Phillipsburg, New Jersey. For details on the car shows visit Joe’s website joessteakshop.com/carshow
Our annual Clam Bake will take place on July 23, at Bady’s Grove, in Wind Gap. It is always a great
time. Reservations can be made by calling me, the club secretary, at 610-390-6188 or by talking to a club
officer. A flyer with more details will soon be forthcoming.
ATTENTION ALL NOBLES STATED MEETING
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2022
Please be advised that a stated meeting of the Nobility of the Rajah Shriners will be held at
7:00 PM, Wednesday, July 13, 2022,
in the Banquet Hall at the Rajah Shriners Complex,
221 Orchard Road, Reading, PA 19605.
Dress is coat & tie with fez. You must wear your fez and have your current 2022 Rajah
Dues Card with you in order to be admitted to this meeting.
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
Looking to add to the holdings of the
organization, at the annual business meeting of
Rajah Temple on January 19, 1967, the members
assembled authorized the purchase Willow Glen
Park on Penn Avenue (Route 422) in Sinking
The year of 2022 is very significant in the
history of Shriners International, Shriners
Children’s Hospitals and Rajah Shrine. This
is the second article in this series that will
be published this year in an effort to bring
you a history of one of the greatest fraternal
organizations that exists today.
In the first article we looked at the
history of The Shrine of North America,
Ancient Order of Nobles of North America –
(A.A.O.N.M.S.) now, Shriners International.
In this, the second article, we will look at the history of Rajah Shrine from our founding in 1892 to the present, including the
acquisition The year and of relocation 2022 is very to our significant new home in in Blandon, the history PA. of Shriners International, Shriners Children’s
Hospitals As has been and recorded, Rajah Rajah Shrine. Shrine This had is its the beginnings Second in article 1892. On in August this series 24th, of that will year, the be Lu published Lu Club of this Reading was
dissolved year in and effort all of its to records bring and you members a history became of one part of the new greatest Rajah Temple. fraternal The organizations favorable action followed that exists at the Imperial
Session in Omaha, Nebraska on August 15, 1893, when permission was granted, a new charter issued and Rajah Shrine became
a member of the Shrine of North America, thus becoming the 63rd Shrine Temple operating under the auspices of the national
In the first
article we looked at the history of The Shrine of North America, Ancient Order of
Nobles Upon establishment of North America of the new – shrine (A.A.O.N.M.S.) body in Reading, now, PA, Shriners the founding International.
fathers entered into an agreement to purchase the
former St. Matthew Lutheran Church at Pear and Franklin Streets in downtown Reading. Each of the 12 obligated new members
provided In this, the necessary second funds article to purchase we will the look property at the for history $6,000, with of Rajah repayment Shrine made from several our years founding later. in 1892
to the present, including the acquisition and relocation The second to our home new of home Rajah in Temple Blandon, was purchased PA. in 1917. The
former Academy of Music, one of Reading’s largest theaters, at 136
As has been recorded, Rajah Shrine had its beginnings North Sixth in 1892, Street and as on was August home to 24th, Rajah of Shriners that year, until the year
the Lu Lu Club of Reading was dissolved and all 2000, of when its records the local and Shrine members headquarters became was moved part to of a the 50-acre site
new Rajah Temple. The favorable action followed
at the Imperial
Session in Omaha, Nebraska
on August 15, 1893, when permission was granted, Upon a new taking charter possession issued of the and property Rajah Shrine
steps were immediately taken by Potentate George F. Eisenbrown
became a member of the Shrine of North America, thus becoming the 63 rd Shrine Temple
and fellow officers to reconstruct and modernize the big four-story
operating under the auspices of the national governing
including a finished basement, meeting rooms and a
performance theatre for its members and for public engagements.
Upon establishment of the new shrine body in Reading, PA, the founding fathers entered into an
Following the move to the new temple, the building at Franklin and
agreement to purchase the former St. Matthew Lutheran Church at Pear and Franklin Streets in
Pearl Streets was sold for $36,000.
downtown Reading. Each of the 12 obligated new members provided the necessary funds to
In the many yeas that Rajah
purchase the Second property Temple for $6,000, circa 1917 with repayment made several years later.
Shriners occupied the building in
Reading, hundreds of thousands of
The dollars second were home spent of on Rajah the building Temple to maintain was purchased the in 1917.
all of the safety requirements for the convenience
theaters, at 136 North Sixth Street and was home to Rajah
and welfare of the many thousands of visitors
Shriners that entered until the the building, year 2000, costing when more than the local a half Shrine
headquarters million dollars. was moved to a 50-acre site near Blandon, PA,
Second Temple circa 1917
The Temple as it looked in 1967
The Story of a Tradition
Building for the Future
By Greg Lewis, PP
Ill. Sir George F.
Spring at a cost of $47,500.00. The park consisted of 21 acres and included a
picnic area, several smaller buildings, a skating rink and a secluded area that was
used by the Rajah Gun Club. From 1963 until the 2000, the Pote’s Picnic was held
annually on the first Wednesday in August at the Willow Glen Park before being
moved to the East End Gun Club in Exeter Township. It has now been held at the
Rajah Shrine Complex since 2018. The park was sold to Konopelsky Catering in 2000.
After many years of meetings and negotiations with several groups representing various committees on behalf the City of
Reading and Berks County dating back to the mid-1980s, the sale of the property at 136 North 6th Street in Reading to the Berks
County Convention Center Authority was consummated in 1999. It is now known as the Santander Arena and hosts a semi-pro
hockey team, concerts, and other functions, with a seating capacity of over 7,000. The ownership also includes the Santander
Performing Arts Center, formerly the Rajah Theatre.
As the sale of the downtown Reading property was imminent, the task of looking for a new home became more urgent. The
property near Blandon was purchased for $500,000 in 1997 and consists of 50 acres that straddles Ontelaunee and Maidencreek
Townships. The 1997 Potentate, Illustrious Sir Glenn D. Clark signed the appropriate documents, a loan was secured from a local
bank and the property was ours.
After completing the purchase, a land committee was formed and laid
out a plan for the property that included razing buildings that were not
needed, remodeling the former office into an Administration Building,
including renovations to meet all ADA standards and other local code
As most of the acreage, over 35 acres, had been used for the planting
and harvesting of apple trees, the land was cleared and plans made to
maximize the use of the land for our purposes and future growth.
The first official event to be held at the newly purchased property was
a family picnic and open house in June 1998, hosted by the Illustrious
Sir Raymond (Doc) Haslam, Sr. and the Rajah Divan with over 300
persons attending. Tours of the property were given for our members and
neighboring residents, with an opportunity to see first-hand what the future
plans would hold for this tract of land.
In 1999, Illustrious Sir James A. Male, Sr. continued the family picnic
for a second year. Interest was building among the members to finally have a place that would afford us the opportunity to grow
physically and add more activities to involve our members and their families.
The first meeting of the Board of Directors of Rajah Shrine was held in June 2000, with Ill. Sir Ted Lichtenwalner presiding.
Although the office staff had moved from the North 6th Street location the previous month, operations were set-up in the new
location to continue serving our members.
An agreement with the purchaser of the Rajah Temple and Theatre allowed our Units and Clubs to continue the use of their
individual meeting rooms through 2005. However, many of the 20 or more Units and Clubs that met there had already made plans
to vacate the premises, and all of them left by the end 2003.
The first building to be erected at the newly acquired property was the garage and storage shed, with the application of a rough
coat of macadam laid down to keep the dust and dirt to a minimum
and to enhance the area. Funds were provided by the Rajah Shrine
Fraternal Endowment Fund.
In September 2001, Ill. Sir Greg Lewis
breaking ground for the first full service
meeting room to be built on the new site.
Aerial view of property in 1997
The next structure was the open air gazebo, adjacent to the picnic
pavilion. A gift from Illustrious Sir Ted Lichtenwalner and his lady,
Meg, it was dedicated in the Summer of 2000. The Picnic Pavilion
was started in the fall of 2000 and finished in time for the family picnic
in June 2001, with dedication by Ill. Sir Greg Lewis, before a crowd of
nearly 500 enthusiastic members, ladies and guests.
Immediately following the Rajah Shrine Board of Directors
meeting on Monday, September 10, 2001, ground was broken for the
construction of the first full-service meeting room at the Rajah Shrine
Complex. The building could accommodate 200 people for meetings
and dinners with rest room facilities, a fully functional kitchen and
easy access to the picnic pavilion, with handicapped parking at the
rear of the All-Purpose Meeting Room building.
Dedication was held in spring 2002 with Ill. Sir Robert Yeager, Jr.
presiding. The facility had accommodations that would serve as the rehearsal hall for the Chanters and the bands, plus meeting
facilities for several of the Rajah Units and Clubs and other functions.
With interest in youth sports a priority, work was started on the installation of a regulation-sized soccer field across Orchard
Road from the main entrance into the Complex. As a tribute to the youth in the
area, a second soccer field was added later near the Banquet Hall. These are in
use almost every day from April through October.
Construction of Banquet Hall
underway in 2009
visiting nobles from other Shrine temples.
Since the time we first purchased the property in 1997, there
have been many changes, additions, and remodeling to the original
buildings in order to keep the area in good repair and to make a firstclass
addition to the region.
As we look to future, we are always looking for ideas to improve
our property and make it available for use by all of our members and
their families. It is our sincere hope that this property will serve as
a lasting tribute to all of the Nobles of Rajah Shrine that helped to
ensure that this piece of land will be in our possession for many years
to come, serving the needs of the entire community.
In our next article we will present the history of Shriners Hospitals
for Children, how they began, what services they offer, the location
of each hospital and what the future holds for these vital places of
treatment for our children.
In 2009, ground was broken and work started to add to the All-Purpose
meeting room with an addition of a Banquet Hall to accommodate 299
persons. The newly constructed facility would have restrooms accessible from
the exterior to accommodate those attending functions at the picnic pavilion. It
would also have an enclosed entrance across from the main parking lot, which
would serve both of the meeting and banquet rooms. Finished in 2011, it is
used several nights a week, including Thursday nights for the Rajah sponsored
Bingo fund raiser.
A few years later, several members of the Rajah Caravanners made a
presentation to the Rajah Board of Directors to build a fully functional
Recreational Vehicle Park to accommodate the needs of our members and
Aerial view of Rajah Shrine complex today
The Caravaners first campout was held in April, and the weather cooperated this time. Despite all the
cold and wind in the preceding days, the weekend at the Oasis was pleasant.
We held our first meeting since October of 2021. That is a long time between meetings, but we only
conduct meetings during our campouts, so we had a lot to talk about. A lot of ground was covered during
that meeting, which was attended by Ill. Sir Joe Hagan. He commented that it was the longest meeting he
had attended in quite a while, but it was very productive.
Thank you, Ill Sir and Lady Joyce, for joining us at our meeting. It was an honor and a privilege to
have you with us.
Our plans for a New England tour were cancelled. Reasons given were cost of fuel being unpredictable,
COVID still proving to be a menace and many of the campgrounds are already booked for the season.
Once again, come and 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!
– Rajah Shrine ATTENTION: 2020 Trip: Music ALL MEMBERS & Rails in West OF Virginia RAJAH – SHRINE
Greg Lewis, PP
Since our founding in 1945, hundreds of Nobles have been members of the Rajah Chanters, the male
chorus of our shrine. However, we currently have less than 20 active members and with only a few
available for public appearances and parades. We are looking for additional singers to perform with us.
You do not need any formal training or know how to read music, as our main mission is to have a
chorus of members that enjoy singing and being a part of an active and vital element of Rajah Shrine.
The only prerequisite is a desire to enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded Nobles and a desire to have
fun, while entertaining the varied audiences that request our services. There are no dues, music is provided
and all we need is a couple of nights a month for rehearsals at the Rajah Shrine Complex and availability at
requested functions, scattered throughout the year.
As we have been Join around Chief for Rabban nearly 80 Marvin years, our and current Lady President, Marie Dwayne Miller Miller on a is 3-night asking you trip to consider to making an effort to
join us so that we can continue this tradition of music and entertainment for many more years to come. As our members will attest,
singing with our group becomes addictive and you will actually look forward to the rehearsals. You will want to learn the music and
enjoy Experience how our the Music charm Director/Conductor, of the southern Bruce rails, Rohrbach, music and works the with history us to make of the sure south. that you feel comfortable with the music
and the song arrangements. You will very quickly become a part of this group and want to learn even more.
Included in this trip:
Our President Dwayne Miller, Unit Director Dave DeTurk, Music Director Bruce Rohrbach and all the current active members
- of Roundtrip the Chanters, transportation invite you to via attend private one of motorcoach our rehearsals equipped on the second with reclining and fourth seats Mondays and restroom of each month (except holidays) at
- 73-nights’ p.m. in the hotel All-Purpose accommodations Meeting Room in Elkins at Rajah and Shrine Lewisburg, Complex. West We Virginia meet year-round and always have the door open for new
singers. If you play the piano, you are more than welcome to come out as well and sit in for rehearsals. We are also looking for
- someone Ride aboard to drive the our diesel-powered float in parades. Cheat Mountain Salamander and the coal-fired steam engine Durbin Rocket
So, if you would like to be a part of the Rajah Chanters, PLEASE consider this your invitation to join us. For more information,
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In order to have the Chanters around for another 80 years, we’re asking for your help to continue this musical tradition in Rajah Shrine!
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Come join friends on a cruise to Canada and New England to see the best
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Thursday, September 29 - Sunday, October 2, 2022
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
The Kitchen Help. L-R James Prettyman, John Grumbein, Beth Prettyman,
Carl 'Mic' Frey, Bob Prettyman, Bob Trimble
The second Ladies Meat Bingo took place on
May 13 at the Rajah Complex. If it was not a soldout
house it was close to it. Bryan Stoudt called 20
games along with specials. Donations by club, Units,
and individuals helped to make the event a success. All
monies raised go to benefit Rajah Shrine.
Call Back guys L-R Scott Miller, Aides: Don Houston, Dennis Guignet, Dwayne Miller
Lady Joyce won an Afghan in the raffle
Lady Joyce Hagan welcomed everyone
Barbara Dellecker on left is surprised because she and her
friend Anna Green both won the first special of the night!
Bryan Stoudt, who also works
Thursday Night Bingo called the games
"We got tear-offs!"
Mary Beth Prettyman, on the left, served food, and the Aides Ladies supported the event also. L-R Ruth Ann Seyler, Belinda
Stoudt, Ann Kohl, Lady Joyce, Anne Quinn, Joyce Houston, Karen Guignet, Karen Miller, and Beth Prettyman
Scott Miller and Dennis Guignet
selling raffle tickets to Ferne Engle
Rajah Shrine’s 2022 Potentate’s Ball
honoring Illustrious Sir Joseph Hagan and
Lady Joyce took place on April 23 at the
Doubletree by Hilton in Reading. There was
a great turnout including Divan and Nobles
from Jaffa, Syria, Zem Zem and Nur Temples.
Ill. Sir & Lady Joyce were ‘piped in’ to the
room to lively bagpipe music. Greg Lewis, PP,
hosted the event. The band 4-Play entertained
and kept the dance floor full all evening long.
A highlight of the evening is when Ill. Sir
took to the dance floor with Lady Joyce to ‘get
down’ to the hot music from 4-Play.
Photography by Sam Ellis, Bill Quinn,
and Mic Frey
Chief Rabban Duane Dellecker
& Lady Barbara
Assistant Rabban Donald
Heimbecker & Lady Carol
High Priest & Prophet Ronald Szapacs
& Lady Lois
Oriental Guide John Grumbein &
Treasurer Ronald Rapp, PP &
Lady Rosie Foxwell
First Ceremonial Master Gregory
Miller & Lady Sharon
Second Ceremonial Master Scott Miller &
Ill. Sir with the Tom Kalinowski, the
bagpiper from Zem Zem in Erie.
Ill. Sir Joe Hagan on the
dance floor. Dancing Ladies posing at the request of the photographer.
Lady Joyce trying to keep
up with Ill. Sir.
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The Potentate’s Trip - Charleston, S.C., & Savannah, GA
Chief Aide Mike Quinn
Anne Quinn making friends with a
horse at the Charleston Carriage Works
Lady Joyce & Ill. Sir Joe Hagan at the entrance of Fort Sumter
Classic statue at the Magnolia
Plantation & Gardens, Savannah
The Mercer-Williams House & Museum, Savannah
A carriage tour through Charleston
Terry Hulsizer & Ruth Ann Seyer are seen on the
carriage along with Larry Bortz PP, and Barbara
Maxwell, with Don & Joyce Houston on the back.
Ann & Bud Kohl with Lady Joyce & Ill. Sir on
Members of the group are silhouetted by the setting
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Summer is around the corner which means summertime stuff. Picnics, sunburn, bugs, heat, sweat, you
know, the goods stuff. It also means Lebanon County Shrine Club goes to sleep; we take the summer off.
It does not mean we are going away; it just means we are coming to your meetings but you are not coming
to ours. At least for the summer.
The annual Memorial Day Parade in Annville is gone for good, never to return.
The convertible I stole from my sister every year to use in that parade was sold without my permission
so we would have had to find another car anyway. It was a great parade that we all enjoyed and it is shame
it is no more.
To bring you up to date, President Abe has been getting programs and speakers to all our meetings. It
is great to get back to that format like we always had a few years back. Somehow for the past 5 or 6 years
there was no programs for the meetings, but now they are back. Masonry and thus Shrine is about seeking
knowledge, so it all fits into the grand plan.
By the time you read this the Hospital Crusade will be over and our May Past Presidents Night/ Steak Night will be history, Our
President had gifts for each past president. Also, our 50/50 drawing was held. Special thanks to the Past Pote’s and Recorder for
their support of the club.
It has been a great year so far. Please support the Clubs and Unit activities this summer. Support Rajah Bingo and sell those
Sportsman Raffle tickets. Hope to see everyone at the Pote’s Picnic, if not before.
The Nobles of the Director’s Staff are busy getting the vehicles inspected and running for our schedule
of parades now that they can be held safely. Barry, Scott, Mic and Lee did a good job getting the cars
prepared for the season.
Our first parade was the St. Patrick’s parade in Girardville. It is always packed with partying crowds.
Despite the weather where it rained, hailed, snowed and finally gave us some sunshine, the crowd was
as big as ever. Other annual parades for
the unit are Topton, Pine Grove and
Hamburg. There are more that might
Our Director, Barry Reed, just
returned from the Shrine Directors
Association convention in Florida. The
major concern was if the temple could
still have the second section at the Potentate’s Picnic. Imperial
has stated that hazing wouldn’t be tolerated. Barry was informed
that no Hot Sands can be held. Only the Cold Sands. We are
waiting for a clarification from Imperial on what it considers
‘hazing.’ Also, the National S.D.A. must approve the Second
Section rules in order to have this event at the picnic and
ceremonial. This approval will be made soon. We are hopeful to
continue this fun tradition for our new members. Being a Shriner
is fun along with hard work and tradition.
By the time you are reading this, the Hospital Paper Crusade
will already have happened. Thanks to all the members came out
to set up and help for the two days.
Our unit will also be working the food stand at the dance
recital in June. Thanks to Mic.
Thanks to treasurer Mic and Director Reed for completing
the yearly audit for the unit.
That’s all for this issue. Keep in touch with your Director’s
Staff regarding future events.
Help us ‘hold the rope’ for those who can’t.
LEBANON SHRINE CLUB
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NOW WITH 8 LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU!
• Blandon • Boyertown • Fleetwood • Lyons
• Kutztown • Oley • Shoemakersville • Wyomissing
Greetings from your String Band! Hope everyone had a happy Easter. Our first event was the Girardville
St Patrick’s Day Parade on March 26th and it went off as planned, even though Mother Nature threw
everything she could at us. Cold, wind, sleet, snow…but the parade must go on and the sun was shining
bright by the end of the parade and all went well.
Upcoming events include The Parksburg Anniversary Parade on May 21st. This is a new booking and
we are adding new music to play for the Concert in the Park. The Lititz Parade is July 1st, and Glenside is
The following information was provided by master musician, Mike
Gubish. Watch for more from Mike in future articles.
Regarding the subject of Chord Progressions.
Melody lines are supported by a chord progression. The chord progression, most times, is
written above the melody as letters, fingering diagrams or both.
A typical 3-chord progression in the key of C is C, F & G. For the key of B-flat it is B-flat,
E-flat, F. You may see these chords represented as numbers, rather than letters. In these examples,
the numbers are 1, 4 & 5. Or Roman numerals may be written I, IV & V.
The chord sequence is determined by the melody. Note; the chords may not all be major
chords. Minor, Diminished, Augmented and other chords may be written. The numbers are
derived from the scale degrees: For example, in the key of C, C is 1, D is 2, E is 3, and so on.
Thank you, Mike, for your expertise.
As always, there is an open-door invitation for musicians to play in the String Band. If you
play an instrument, come out to a rehearsal on the second Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Complex.
If you need to brush up, we’ll help you get started. Just come with your instrument to rehearsal.
With the support of our Ladies, our purpose is that we might play our instruments so that
some day a physically challenged child may walk and play again.
See you at the parades!
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 6:30 p.m. 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.
Mike Gubish with banjo
at a parade.
46TH ANNUAL RAJAH SHRINE NIGHT
AT THE READING FIGHTIN PHILS
FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2022 - 7:00 PM
FIRST ENERGY STADIUM
ROUTE 61, READING, PA
Greg Lewis, PP
It is with great pride and pleasure that we hereby announce the Provost Guard’s Super Summer Deluxe
All-You-Care-To-Eat Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, June 11, 2022!
Give your bar-b-que a break and come out to enjoy a spaghetti feast for all your senses. We know what
you’re thinking, and after much discussion, we decided to add a second Spaghetti Dinner to the calendar.
Now, you don’t have to wait until October for this Italian taste treat. Saturday, June 11th will be here
before you know it.
Put those cook-out plans on hold and come out to the comfort of the air-conditioned All-Purpose Room
at the Rajah Complex and indulge yourself in this repast of pasta with all of the trimmings. We’ll be
serving up an exceptionally scrumptious dinner of pasta, meatballs, delicious sauce, fresh baked bread, crisp
salad and soft drinks from 3 until 7 p.m., all for the amazing price of just $9.00 per person.
We will also have a large selection of homemade, freshly baked pies, cakes, cookies and other goodies for
sale as well. We’ll be serving sit-down dinners with take-out and curb-side pick-up also available. Plenty of free and easy parking
on-site and YES, tickets will be available at the door.
We know this may be short notice as time is running out but PLEASE plan to join us on Saturday, June 11th! YOU will not be
In other Provost News, we are looking forward to again
helping at the Pote’s Picnic, Wednesday, August 3rd, the
Pretzel Bowl at Albright College this Fall, the Sportsman’s
Raffle in September and the M.A.S.A. convention in Virginia
Beach, as Ill. Sir Jared Kichline, PP, moves up the line of the
Mid-Atlantic Shrine Provost Guard Association.
So, why haven’t you joined the Provost Guard yet? There’s
always room for one more. We meet on the third Tuesday of
the month at 7:00 PM, in the All-Purpose Room at the Rajah
Complex. Stop in and see what all of the excitement is about!
LEGION OF HONOR
Our Commander’s Ball, honoring Commander Fred Olinick, is just a few days away. At the time of
writing this article, I have no idea how many reservations we received. There were several conflicting
events of other Temples on this same date, such as the Zem Zem Pote’s Ball. Here’s hoping for a good
We also have the Legion Family Picnic on July 16, which includes the very popular Barnyard Bingo.
Everyone wins a prize. You won’t go away rich, but you won’t go away hungry either.
We are planning a bus trip to attend the 2023 Virginia International Tattoo in Norfolk Virginia.
Information will be coming to you in the near future. Dates are April 21 & 22, 2023. We have traveled to
this event several times in the past. The event was not held in 2021 because of Covid 19 and we were a
little too late to make reservations for this year. We always have a few other very interesting places to stop
going and returning during the trip. We’re still in the planning stage here. Everyone who has been on these
trips before loved it. If there were any complaints, I didn’t hear them. Just ask around.
Here’s looking to a good year for our Illustrious Sir Joe Hagan, Sr. He has been a supporter of the Legion
for many years as well as to our entire Rajah Shrine. He supports all of us. Let’s be sure we do the same for him.
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44th Annual Pops Concert
Bandmaster Bruce Rohrbach kept
the energy flowing with entertaining
segues between selections.
President Bryan Snyder had a
good time with the audience.
Tom Dietrich in the foreground was one of 43 musicians who
created a marvelous concert experience for all who attended.
There were 14 Friends of the Band
playing with the orchestra.
Illustrious Sir Joe Hagan
thanked all who came, as well
as the Rajah Band members
and guest musicians.
The Concert Band
held their 44th Annual
Pops Concert on
May 1st at the Rajah
The band, directed
by Bandmaster Bruce
touching on marches,
show tunes, and music
from the groups Queen
music was provided by the Rajah
Nobleaires Dance Band. Bryan
Snyder, president of the Concert
Band, set his tuba aside and came
out front of the band to reminded
everyone that National Tuba Day is
on May 6. He also thanked everyone
who contributed to the success of the
event including his Lady Judithanne.
Bryan then introduced Illustrious
Sir Joe Hagan who spoke briefly
to the quality of the day’s music
and thanked all who participated
including those friends of the band.
This year’s concert was dedicated
to deceased band members Kim R.
Kegerise, Joe D. McCarthy, Harold
L. Kremser Jr. Walter N. Levan and
William F. Bechtel.
Photography by Sam Ellis
Many musicians were involved with the Rajah Shrine Concert Band’s musical performance groups
to perform the Annual Pops Concert Dinner Dance, held on May 1st, in the Rajah Complex Banquet
Hall. Both the Concert Band and the Nobleaires Dance Band worked tirelessly on various musical
pieces throughout the winter months to ring in the spring season with thoughtfully prepared music. The
community enjoyed an engaging performance. The music groups chose energetic, classical, and popular
styled music. Approximately forty musicians comprised of Nobles, their wives and friends were under the
baton of Bandmaster Bruce Rohrbach.
I am expressing a special thank you to all the supporters who attended the event and to all the patrons
and sponsors who provided donations to make this a success. Hess Catering, from Schuylkill Haven and
Tom Kopel, the Oley Valley Baker, provided a delicious dinner. We hope to see you again next year.
The band will be setting their attention to the upcoming community parades in Parkesburg and Bernville. Later in the season, the
German band will be entertaining at the Pote’s Picnic. “Old Comrades” will certainly be on the playlist for our Illustrious Joseph
J. Hagan, Sr.
MASA is coming very soon, and our pool of musicians is preparing for a fun time in Virginia Beach. The MASBA organization
is planning a mass band concert combined with the Chanters, in the Virginia Beach Convention Center on Friday morning. Hope
to you see there.
Check Presented at
Board of Governors Meeting
A check for the Shriners Hospitals for Children was
presented to Philadelphia Hospital Board of Governors
Chairman Dan Frye by Jim Atkins, Rajah Shriner and
Member of the Board of Governors. The check for was
for $750. The money was accumulated through donations
that Jim and Noble Bill Grimley received at a speaking
engagement. The presentation was made at a recent
Board Day meeting at the Philadelphia Hospital.
Jim Atkins presenting a check to Board of
Governors Chairman Dan Frye.
Ill. Sir Joe Hagan poses with Eric
Kissinger and the check for $10,000.
Ken Flynn presents check to Ill. Sir
for Hospital Transportation Fund.
Masonic Lodge Donation
At the April 20 Stated Meeting, two checks from Masonic
Lodges were received. Eric Kissinger presented Illustrious Sir
Joe Hagan with a check for $10,000, earmarked for Hospital
Transportation Fund. The check was a donation by Chandler
Masonic Lodge No. 227 in West Reading. Eric is a Past Master
of the lodge.
Second Masonic Lodge Donation
A donation for $500 from Reading Lodge No. 545 was
presented by Hospital Ambassador and Hospital Services
President Ken Flynn. This money is also intended for the
Hospital Transportation fund. Ken is a Past Master of Reading
CALLING ALL SHRINERS
Nobles: 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
21144 21351 21369 22252 22563 22947 24495 24537 24934 24966 24999 25635 25655 25762 25927
25941 26000 26135 26173 26244 26257 26277 26441 26501 26836 26973 27673 27755 27910 27993
28040 28085 28117 28129 28146 28193 28230 28368 28379 28397 28401 28405 28422 28468 28481
28488 28504 28571 28572 28603 28608 28640 28643 28662 28680 28762 28808 28838 28841 28842
28848 28855 28878 28895 28928 28947 28953 28986 29010 29021 29026 29028
GOOD FRIDAY BREAKFAST
at Rajah Shrine Complex
It was a sold out house for this event. Everyone was in their spring colors for good fellowship, a great breakfast and a memorable
Easter message from Reverend David Newhart.
Ill. Sir Joe Hagan shares a light moment
with Rev. David Newhart
Rev. Newhart conducting the
Good Friday service
Thomas Dietrich & Donna played
background music during breakfast. Barbara Loos with Lady Joyce
Lou Ann Snoke with Janet Sattizahn
The Potentate’s Personal Aides supported the breakfast. L-R Harold Kohl, James Prettyman, Terry Hulsizer, Ill. Sir Joe Hagan,
Chief Aide Mike Quinn, Don Houston, Dennis Guignet, Bryan Stoudt, Dwayne Miller
Lehigh Shrine Club
The Lehigh Shrine Club held their Ladies Night
at the Shepherd Hills Country Club, in Allentown
on March 19. It was a stellar turnout with members
of the Divan and guests in attendance to honor the
A highlight of the evening was the traditional
presentation of the Pote’s Gavel by club president
Something that caught everyone by surprise but
was too funny to describe here was the reading of
a children’s story by Lady Gail Remo and Dennis
Guignet. If you were not there, ask someone who
was for the details.
Club President Dennis Guignet presenting Ill. Sir
Joe Hagan with Gavel of Office
L-R Ladies Janet Leiby, Karen Guignet,
Ferne Engle, Gail Remo, Sarah Evans
The Band We-3, actually there was a fourth just out of
the camera frame
2022 SPORTSMENS RAFFLE
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2022
SOUTH END GUN CLUB
5330 LORANE RD, READING, PA 19606
NOON TO 5:00 PM
100 GUNS WILL BE RAFFLED OFF STARTING AT NOON
10 SELLER TICKET DRAWINGS, 5 MUZZLELOADERS RAFFLED,
50/50 DRAWINGS, TEAR OFFS, BIG WHEEL AND MORE
Food * Beverages* Raffles * Double Serving Lines
Refreshments and Drawings start at 12:00 Noon
Food will be served until 4:30 pm Beverages will be served until 5:00 pm
All food and beverages must be consumed on the premises.
NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 MAY BE ADMITTED, NO COOLERS,
PETS OR CARRY WEAPONS BROUGHT TO THE SOUTH END GUN CLUB
Get tickets from the Sportsmen’s Raffle Committee or the Rajah Shrine Office.
If you have questions please contact the Office at 610-916-9000.
Tickets are $25 each
Three tickets to a book with a FREE Seller Ticket for selling the three.
TICKETS NEED TO BE TURNED IN BY SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2022
IF YOU WAIT UNTIL THE DAY OF THE EVENT
YOU MAY MISS OUT ON SOME OF THE DRAWINGS
SCHUYLKILL COUNTY SHRINE CLUB
At our April meeting we heard a story of how the Shriner Hospitals continue to help children who may
be born with severe birth defects.
One particular young girl had a difference of 2.5 inches in the length of her legs. This made walking
with a raised shoe very strenuous and running and playing with her friends all but impossible.
The doctors and medical staff at the Shriners Hospital, this one in St. Louis MO, were able to medically
make corrections to her legs assuring her a much more normal and pleasant chance to have a happy
How often the adverse and hurtful experiences of our youth, leave a lasting impact into our adulthood.
How wonderful it is that Shriners Hospitals has so many times, over and over, made life so much better
for our children who often have no control over their situation. Nobles, let us thank God that we are able to
be a part of this great humanitarian effort to bring joy and help to our children who are in need of medical
Watch for our summer picnic to be held at the Shrine Complex. Date and time will be announced
We are having our annual picnic on June 28, at the Rajah Shrine Pavilion. Social hour is 5:30 and we eat at 6:30. The club will
provide hot dogs and condiments. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish. Reservations can be made through the Rajah Office at
610-390-6188 or write Les Werley, PO Box 40, Blandon, PA 19510.
Rajah Shrine Golf Club
is continuing to look for new
members. As in the past, any
Mason or Shriner is welcome to
participate in one or more of our
Our first outing was held on
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at the
Berkleigh Golf Club near Kutztown
and was thoroughly enjoyed by all
Our second outing will be held on Wednesday, May 18,
2022 at Lebanon Valley Golf Club. This has historically
been one of our most popular venues and I am certain that
this year will be no different. This outing will also be a
scramble, and each golfer will receive a $10.00 voucher
for food and beverages at the snack bar to be used after the
We, the Officers, look forward to welcoming many
current and prospective members of the Rajah Golf Club
at the outing. Once again, if you feel that you might be
interested in joining us on a monthly basis all that you have
to do is contact 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.
Our pricing will remain at $45.00 per outing and
includes a round of golf with an electric cart and a voucher
for food to be used after the round.
It’s been a tough spring for the
Anglers weather-wise but there are
better days ahead. Hopefully the trout
fishermen have been successful as
we have had “some” nice weather.
Speaking of weather, we had some
good temperatures and sunshine for
our trip to Black Lake in New York for
pike and crappies. Eight of our anglers
including past Potentates and current
Divan nobles, made the trip.
We had a nice meeting planned with
fishing and a picnic planned at Nevin
Behm’s farm for our May meeting but, because of a lack of
responses, we had to cancel the event. It becomes difficult to
plan for interesting,fun-filled and informative meetings without
your participation. We are all getting up in age and don’t have
the enthusiasm or ability to do things we used to do. Without
you we don’t have an Angler’s club.
By the time you read this letter our paper drive will be over
and hopefully we will have filled all the slots at the Redner’s
store in Northampton. It has always been a very giving clientele
but we need to be visible for the patrons to donate.
We still have a lot of sauerkraut for sale even without a
spring processing, so your help is needed!
Keep Mike Artim in your prayers as he continues to fight
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Owe no one anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
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Paul is famous for his concept of the love of neighbor and the love of God. It is through Paul that we
hear the words of Jesus, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Paul was very concerned about the idea of the
law being changed because of Jesus the Christ.
The Jewish law is now completed through the lasting sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. The Jews that
Paul would be preaching to no longer must follow the Old Testament law; they now live within the love
of Jesus Christ who has, as Paul tells us, has fulfilled the law. If the Jewish laws do not need to be heeded,
what can the people who have lived by these laws do for themselves? This is where Paul told the Jews that
a new life is ready for them not in following the rules but living the love of God.
We must remember that, without Paul, the church of Jesus Christ would not exist. He took the Gospel to so many more people,
towns and cities than any of the other disciples. The twelve stayed with Peter mostly in Jerusalem and the Roman Empire took over
all of Israel by 70 AD. Paul’s mission to the Gentiles became the saving factor for the church. The spread of the Gospel is almost
exclusively that of Paul. He took the Gospel to not only Jews but also to those who were not Jews. That got him into trouble with
Peter, who believed that only the Jews should be followers of Christ. They carried this feud till the day they died. Paul continued
his work among the Gentiles even though Peter thought it was wrong.
Paul’s work among the Gentiles gave us his concept of love one another. Jesus said “Love one another as I have loved you.”
This was central to Paul’s theology. He brought that message of the Gospel to all people, no matter what their religious background.
Paul ended his career in Rome. The letter we have of Paul is one he wrote to the people of the church in Rome before he arrived
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DONALD W. ERB
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GEORGE W. HERSH, III
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The last known address in our
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knows the whereabouts of the
following Nobles, please contact
Les A. Werley, Recorder, or
Anne-Marie at the Administration
J. EUGENE ASTHEIMER
P.O. BOX 498
FREDERICK PA 19435-0498
LARRY C. HOWER
460 N. KROCKS ROAD #425
ALLENTOWN PA 18106-8966
CHARLES P. SMITH
273 TRIPLE CREEK TRL
MOCKSVILLE NC 27028
P.O. Box 40 , Blandon, PA 19510
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