“BUZZ FROM THE FUZZ”
Stay alert...we are moving
so fast we should be
running with lights and
April 14th…Lady Emily
and I were treated royally
at LuLu’s Potentate’s Ball.
What a terrific turnout.
All but one club and one
unit were represented.
Chairmen Tom Spoltore,
Hugh McGinnis, their
lovely Ladies Linda and
Grace, Jeff Greene and
Lady Maureen, Lady Bea, Mike
Chaykowski and Lady Jackie, our
daughter Jennifer and all who
assisted did an outstanding job.
The decorations were spectacular.
Hospitality was incredible. The
food, as always was phenomenal
and the music great. We are extremely
grateful for all the hard
work and dedication.
April 17th…I traveled to Fritz
Lodge to make a presentation on
behalf of LuLu Shriners. I was
warmly received by Master and
Noble Phil Candelore and our
brethren. We must pursue these opportunities
if we expect to increase
April 29th…We hosted Cahall
Dunne at LuLu’s Irish Concert.
Chairman Billy Morwald, PP and
Lady Mary did an extraordinary job
with advertising, decorations, tickets
and prizes. I am happy to
report that the concert was
an entertainment triumph
and a financial success. Our
appreciation goes to Steve
Sacks, as well, for his assistance
with this endeavor.
The Irish fare consisting of
potato soup, sandwiches and
scones provided by Grand
Buffet was, as always, an
With our toes still tapping,
we headed for the
airport on April 30th. The Potentate’s
trip to Las Vegas was a certain success.
The weather was outstanding
(even by Las Vegas standards) with
temperatures hovering in the mid
80s for our entire stay. The luxurious
Luxor Hotel lived up to its name.
The shows, casinos and attractions
were all top shelf. The Pote’s Dinner
exemplified scrumptious not to
mention picturesque. We traveled to
Red Rock Canyon, Old Vegas and
Hoover Dam. We cruised Lake
Mead while dining and relaxing on
our paddle boat. Then, having left
our deposit at the slots we headed
home. Our heartfelt thanks to Joel
Brookstein, PP and Lady Margie for
a job well done in organizing this
trip and seeing it through.
Upon our return from Las Vegas
we reported right back to our tour of
duty. High on the agenda: the Circus.
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of September 19th
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(continued on page 4) The Voice of LuLu
We just completed another
Circus – our 71st edition.
In one word WOW!!
The Fink boys, Doug and
Don, did a fabulous job.
They doubled last year’s
results. This is certainly a
new record for LuLu.
They have taken the job
as co-chairmen and really
run with it.
Let’s hope they can assist
with our other fundraisers
in the same way.
We just held our first ceremonial
of the year and created more than
30 new Nobles. They, along with their
ladies, were bussed to Philadelphia
where they toured Shriners’ Hospital
on Saturday morning before enjoying
lunch back at LuLu.
Most of our Units and Clubs had
table displays and from all reports
they were successful in adding many
new members from the class who
will be joining their ranks.
The official bi-monthly
publication of the LuLu Shriners.
Business Manager: Harry L. Reiter
5140 Butler Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Business Phone: 610-828-9050
Editor: Bernie Homer
2605 Egypt Rd.,Trooper, PA 19403
Business Phone: 610-539-8400
All articles must be submitted
the subject “LULU FEZ”
We would like to thank everyone who
has submitted articles and photos.
Harry L. Reiter P.P.
Our recent arena rental
featuring a motorcycle
thrill show and monster
trucks was a financial
success for LuLu. Thanks
to all the Units & Clubs
that manned the parking
lot and food booths.
We were able to generate
in 1 day. Our next arena
rental will be a Brazilian
Bull Riding on Saturday
July 21st. This is always
an exciting day and requires minimal
staffing from our Nobility. This
also generates great income for the
The Divan will be off to the
138th Imperial Session in Charlotte,
NC in a few days. We will be considering
various By-Law proposals
and Hospital agenda items. This is
an intense week long series of daily
8-10 hour days of meetings and dis-
(continued on page 6)
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stories and news items from
your organizations. Please send
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with “LuLu Fez” as the subject
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SEP/OCT . . AUGUST 1
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may not be published as
submitted due to possible errors
that may occur during translation.
NOV/DEC . . . OCT 1, 2012
JAN/FEB. . . . DEC 1, 2012
Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . 4
Virginia Beach Trip . . . . . . . . . . 5
Middletown Grange Fair . . . . . 6
Shrine Ceremonial Photos . . . . 7
LuLu Circus Photos . . . . . . . . 8-9
Award Winning Klownz. . . . . . 10
Bucks County Shrine Club . . . 11
Membership Benefits . . . . . . . 11
LuLu Shriners Need
Your Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Popcorn and Cotton Candy
Booth Reports. . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Stewards Follies . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Doylestown Parade Photos . . 15
Ocean City Photos . . . . . . . . . 16
Charity Golf Tournament . . . . 17
Yacht Club Seafood Fest . . . . 18
Love to the Rescue
Campaign Launched . . . . . . . . 19
Legion of Honor . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Tomb of the Unknowns Trip . . 21
FuXia’s Bike Ride. . . . . . . . . . . 23
UV-Blocker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Monster Truck Show . . . . . . . . 25
LuLu Shrine Rental Hall . . . . . . 26
History of the Shrine . . . . . 27-28
Let’s Consider What
Masonry is Really all About . . 29
Bylaws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Cahall Dunne Photos . . . . . . . 31
Visit our NEW WEBSITE
often to stay informed of
the latest news and events:
“Buzz from the Fuzz” (continued from page 1)
CIRCUS SPECTACULAR certainly
was spectacular thanks to the chairmen
Don and Doug Fink. The 2012
LuLu Circus was truly an entertainment
and financial success thanks to
their tireless efforts. Kudos to Mosque
Operating, George Scheerbaum, Fred
Simkins along with their imaginative
and skillful crew, our accomplished
office staff, and Bea Bane for making
arduous almost impossible tasks run
smoothly. And a huge thank you and
round of applause to all those who
staffed the midway, parking, ticket
booths, sign-in trailer and all those
behind the scenes, but essential jobs
most of us are unaware of.
Then May 26th came the real test
of endurance. The weekend following
the circus some of us found ourselves
back at the arena with the
Monster Truck Show. With sore
muscles, aching backs and now
“painful ears”, we manned parking
and concessions for a very loud, very
crowded and very successful rental.
And once again Mosque Operating,
along with Bill Morwald, came to the
rescue with the grounds and arena.
After all was said and done, LuLu
again received a much needed financial
infusion. Thanks to Gary Davis,
CR for chairing this event and keeping
it organized. Many thanks to
those Nobles, Ladies and friends
whose unwavering support (and
muscle) helped to strengthen LuLu.
Memorial Day, May 28th, was as
significant as it was memorable.
LuLu came out in numbers and
strength for the Doylestown Parade.
Our show of respect for those who
made the ultimate sacrifice so that
we can enjoy the freedoms afforded
us made for a very proud and heartwarming
display. Special thanks go
to Bucks County Shrine Club, LuLu
Klownz, Legion of Honor, Motor
Unit, Mounted Guard, Northeast
Shrine Club and Oriental Band for
their participation. Thanks to
Delaware Shrine Club for lending
their float to the Legion of Honor.
Many thanks to Carlo Sr and the
Stewards for providing nourishment
and drinks to a very hungry
and thirsty bunch of Shriners. And
most sincere thanks and praise to
Colonel of the Units, Chuck Quaste
and Lt. Colonel Hugh Mc Ginniss for
preparing, planning, implementing
and successfully commanding this
As we head to the Jersey Shore
for the LuLu Ocean City Family
Weekend for fun, fellowship and the
camaraderie we have come to enjoy,
remember we can only accomplish
this through membership in this
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
September 14, 15 & 16
BUSINESS MEETING &
Remember the LAW OF THE
BATH…When the body is fully immersed
in the bath, the telephone
Law of Close Encounters…The
probability of meeting someone you
know increases dramatically when
you are with someone you don’t
want to be seen with.
Law of Logical Argument…
Anything is possible if you don’t
know what you are
Over and out.
Recorder’s Remarks (continued from page 3)
cussions. This year’s parade will take place on July 4th
in downtown Charlotte. Our mounted Guard will once
again lead the LuLu contingent in the parade. They will
also be competing both in the drill and parade.
My office is the cornerstone for communication. Do
I have your email? If not, you are missing out on the
periodic newsletters and event and other happenings
at LuLu that I regularly send out. Just email your information
to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add you
to our blast list.
As I have stated many times; I, along with the office
staff, am here to aid and assist you with Protocol,
By-Laws, Membership, Hospital or just general Shrine
questions. Call 610-828-9050 if we can help in any way.
“Remember always ride in the front of the Herd”
AUGUST 15-19, 2012
Sign up to help LuLu with the Paper Crusade
at Middletown Grange Fair from August 15-
19, 2012 in Wrightstown, PA. The Hospital
Float will be there and your help is needed to
hand out papers, tell others about the work
done at our Hospitals, and accept donations.
It will be a great way to share information
about the care that our Hospitals provide
regardless of the patients’ ability to pay and
to hear thanks from those who have been
patients. Sign up as a club or unit for a block
of time or individually on one or more days so
we can man the station throughout the week.
Hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday
and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and
Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Please call the Recorder’s Office to schedule
your time: 610.828.9050
PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA
Potentate . . . . . . . . Edward Cervonka
Chief Rabban . . . . . . . . . . . Gary Davis
Assistant Rabban . . . . . . . . . Bob Gold
HP&P. . . . . . . . . . . Matthew Hallowell
Oriental Guide . . . . . . . Joseph Rocco
Treasurer. . . . . . . . Christopher Mason
Recorder . . . . . . . . . . Harry Reiter P.P.
By Fuzzy The Clown, Director
LuLu Shrine Klownz
On May 18th, 19th and 20th, 2012,
our own “Greatest Show on Earth”
came to Plymouth Meeting, PA. I
am, of course, referring to the LuLu
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH!
Along with the circus come those
crazy LuLu Shrine Clowns. This is
our chance to appear and perform
for young and old alike. As usual, the
clowns did an outstanding job, performing
skits, posing for pictures,
autographing the circus program
books, handing out stickers, and
magically making them squeak.
This year’s circus started out
with a great surprise when our own
“Zounds The Clown“ opened each
and every show with the singing of
our National Anthem. The clowns
performed two routines at each
show, which produced laughter and
joy for those in attendance. In the
first half of each show they performed
the “Clown Down” routine,
in which Digger attempted to hit a
home run, resulting in poor Stinky
being struck. Don’t worry; he was
quickly attended to by our stretcher
crew, Cuz and Mertie, who somehow
left him lying on the field. In
the second half, with the help of the
Klownz Precision Drill Team, Finky
volunteered to be shot out of the
Klownz Kannon into the net at the
far end of the arena. Finky somehow
missed the net, but was able to
survive the landing. He magically
appeared at the far end of the arena
and reported he was okay. During
the flight he gained about 50 lbs.
and ended up looking exactly like
Stinky. What a wonderful time we
had performing those skits!
Thanks to Cuz, Mertie, Pell Mell,
Hopper, Chuckles, Uncle Nick,
Zounds, Kwotes, CupCake, Toe Knee,
Digger, Sully, Smitty, Milk Dud, Shlep,
Fast Eddie, Press-Toe, Stinky and
Finky for their participation. Spanky,
Hooter, Caboose, Patches and Sniffles
from Zembo joined us along with
Jimbo from Crescent, and members
from the Mecca Clown unit.
LuLu Clowns continue to be the
best at what they do as evidenced by
this year’s M.A.S.C.A. Clown Competition
held in Wilkes Barre, PA,
where Zounds, Finky, Stinky, Uncle
Nick, Kwotes and Pell Mell received
awards in various categories such
as make-up, costume, and the skit
We look forward to next year’s
circus. Until then, I echo the closing
words of Tim the Ringmaster:
“May All Your Days Be Circus Days.”
AWARD WINNING LULU KLOWNZ
Who says Clowning Around is not Hard Work?
By Ed Blum (ZOUNDS)
1st Vice President, Klownz Unit
At the 2012 MASCA Clown Arama
held at Irem Shrine in Wilkesboro,
PA the LuLu KLOWNZ unit took 13
of the 25 awards that were available
to be won. Included in these
awards is the coveted “Freddie
Award” which is a traveling trophy
that is an award for the best clown
unit of the year. This award moves
from Shrine to Shrine, and this year
was the sixth time that LuLu has
won the award.
Each of the six Klownz (Finky,
Stinky, Pell Mell, Zounds, Uncle Nick
and Quotes) that participated in this
year’s competition won at least one
trophy. Finky won three, one of which
was a tie with his Brother Stinky.
CONGRATULATIONS to all of you
Klownz on a job well done!!!
By Mark Gatta, President
Bucks County Shrine Club meets the first Tuesday of
every month at the VE Club located at: 130 Davisville
Road, Warminster PA.
We have many exciting things happening in the
BCSC in the months to come. I would like to take this
time to introduce our new float chairman Ray Bloemker.
Ray is currently our 3rd VP and looks forward building
our float back to the breathtaking wonder it once was.
For any Noble that has interest in helping this revitalization
project please contact Ray at 215-669-1388.
Membership Has Its Benefits
By Len Brownstein, Membership Chairman
In case you missed it, there is a new and better
revamped Shrine Savers program. This program offers a
wide range of discounts and benefits to Shrine members.
The benefits include a health care program that has
prescription drugs, vision, hearing and other health
care programs. Also included is a travel service that
includes, condo rental worldwide, hotel discounts and
travel tour specials. There is also a consumer shopping
section that has insurance discounts, and an online
shopping mall. The service is provided through an
organization called Essential Member Services. They
will be adding new benefits on a continuing basis. For
those with computers type www.shrinesavers.com.
I was given a copy of the LuLu Shrine Recorder’s
message from October 1963. The recorder in 1963 was
Noble John Paul Koitzsch. His message was about membership.
At that time LuLu had 9000 members and he
BUCKS COUNTY SHRINE CLUB
Bucks County Shrine Club is also looking for willing
and experienced drivers to help bring our beautiful
float to Virginia Beach for MASA. If interested, please
contact Ray. For any Noble that lives in Bucks County
or nearby areas and has interest in joining our club,
contact president Mark Gatta for more information
215-630-2040. We are having a wonderful year and
look forward to seeing some new members come find
out what everyone is talking about.
Enjoy your summer!
was worried about the average of the members being in
their mid 60’s. That’s what it is today. His concern was
then, that the Temple did not have the 21-49 year olds
active in the Temple. Guess what? That’s true today. The
only difference is that we do not have 9000 members.
The article mentions that we need to replace ourselves
with a younger member and that Units need to
recruit new members.The newer Nobles need to
become involved, so that they feel welcome and also
enjoy the fun of being a Shriner.
If you have never been on a tour of Shriners Hospital,
you should try and visit.
Your dues for 2012 is now due. PLEASE IF YOU
HAVE NOT PAID YOUR DUES, PLEASE DO SO NOW.
This copy of the FEZ will be too late for the June
ceremonial, but it is not to late to start asking your
Lodge Brethren to become a Shriner at our next ceremonial
on September 29th.
LuLu Shriners Need Your HELP
Listed below are the Masonic Blue Lodges in the LuLu
Shriners oasis. Are you a member of one of the Lodges
listed below? Would you like to become an ambassador
and represent LuLu in your Lodge? The job is easy; all
you need to do is inform the members of your Lodge
on what is happening at LuLu Shrine Center.
We as Shriners need to provide information on all of
the activities that are occurring within our organization.
Room 5 is a game room, so bring your Lodge mem-
Lodge Name and Number Ambassador
No. 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark DeMatteis
Hackenburg Mt. Moriah No. 19 . . . . . Gil Stein
Bristol No. 25. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wayne Beck
University No. 51. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Domenic Marcellino
Wm Penn Harmony No. 52 . . . . . . . . . Charles Pierro
Washington No. 59 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Karl Miller
Concordia No. 67 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bernie Homer
Phila.-Potter No. 72. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jerry Farrell
Phoenix No. 75
Hiram No. 81 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bill Pugliese
Columbia No. 91 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carl Levin
St. John’s No. 115 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leon Werb
Hermann Humboldt No. 125
Brotherhood No. 126
Palestine Roxbourgh No. 135 . . . . . . . Paul Feigel Sr
Charity No. 190
Widener-Apollo-Kensington No. 211
Richmond No. 230
Chester No. 236 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Parkinson
Doylestown No. 245
Shekinah No. 246
Stichter No. 254
Wm. Elkins No. 271
Cassia Mt. Herob No. 273. . . . . . . . . . Winton Hewitt
Frankford No. 292
Melita No. 295
Mitchell No. 296
George Bartran-Paul Sands No. 298
Williamson No. 309
Warren No. 310
West Chester No. 322
Thomson No. 340
Skerrett No. 343
Oxford No. 353 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fran Norbeck
bers out to have fun. Use it as a recruiting tool to bring
in members to your Lodge and the Shrine.
We need you to tell your Lodge what is happening
at the Shrine Center. Sign up and become an ambassador
representing the Shrine to your Lodge. You will find
a lot of Lodges not represented, so please help.
Please call the Len Brownstein at 215-677-4147
with your Name and Lodge.
Lodge Name and Number Ambassador
Williamsom-Corinthian No. 368
Brandywine Goddard No. 383
Richard Vaux-Ivanhoe No. 384
Friendship-Williams No. 400 . . . . . . . . Harry Speth
Howell No. 405
W.K. Bray No. 410
Newtown No. 427
Mozart No. 436 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Rae
Mt. Pickering No. 446
Athelstan No. 482
Robert A. Lamberton No. 487 . . . . . . Barry MacBride
Jerusalem No. 506. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Stringer
St. Alban No. 529 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Swan
Fernwood No. 543 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Donald L. Baker
New London No. 545
Spring City No. 553
Shiloh No. 558
Prospect No. 578. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William G. Savage
Royersford No. 585
Equity No. 591
Perkiomen No. 595
MacCalla No. 596 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carl Levin
Tacony No. 600 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom White
Norristown No. 620. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Walter Thaler
Concord No. 625
Thomas R. Patton No. 659 . . . . . . . . . Peter Gergo lll
Penn No. 709
Lansdowne No. 711. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mel Myers
Pilgrim No. 712 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Jones Jr
Harry A. Houseman No. 717. . . . . . . . Dan Hartnett
Community No. 744 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Walter Kollar
Boyertown No. 741
Joseph H. Brown No. 751 . . . . . . . . . . Gene Geary
Springfield-Hanby No. 767 . . . . . . . . . Howard Fury
Fairless Hills Levittown No. 776
Southampton Radiant Star No. 806
Popcorn and Cotton
Candy Booth Reports
By Bob Gold, Asst. Rabban
I hope all the Nobles and Ladies who worked in our
booth this year are recovered from the onslaught of
business that was done in our booth.
Many thanks go out to the following people who made
this year the best. In no particular order, Cheryl Davis,
Arlene Jay, Donna Hower, Norma Gold, Nobles Jerry Jay,
Laird Bevitz, Barry Oppenheim, Doug and Don Fink.
I also must recognize my two grandsons, Sam and Ross
Gold who worked the stands and the counter. I would
like to thank Noble Howard Pressman for the outstanding
work he did with the cotton candy and in setting up our
booth. I have promoted him to commander in chief of the
booth with the rank of six star general.
Business was so good that they even bought most of
our corn dogs. This year our sales were the highest in the
25 years that I have been associated with the booth and
we all must thank Finky and Stinky Fink for the effort
they put into making this year the best ever.
By Jim Bockius
The Stewards are very busy this time of the year planning
their summer and fall activities.
First on the list is the last day of school picnic at the
Luther School. This is the 3rd Annual Picnic at the school
where the Stewards prepare and serve lunch to over 300
students and staff. The picnic will be held June 21st.
Second is our annual Stewards Appreciation night
held on Wednesday, June 27th. All Stewards and their
Ladies are treated to a clam bake prepared by Grand
Buffet Trolley Catering.
Third is the preparing and serving of the food for
Lulu’s Family Picnic and Bazaar held on Saturday July
28th. This event is always a fun activity and keeps the
Stewards very busy serving food to over 400 people.
Last, but not least, is our 7th Annual Beef and Beer
Comedy Night held on Saturday, November 10th. Even
though food and entertainment prices have increased,
the Stewards voted to hold the price at $25.00 a person.
Watch for our 1/2 page ad in the September/October
Fezz for specific details.
Interested in joining the Stewards of Lulu. Contact
Scott Malantonio, our Chairman at email@example.com
DOYLESTOWN MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
OCEAN CITY, NJ FAMILY WEEKEND
LuLu Shriners 15th Annual
CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
To Benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children – Philadelphia
Monday, September 24, 2010
Held at LuLu Country Club
1600 Limekiln Pike, North Hills (Glenside), PA 19038
Yacht Club Events
Every LuLu Shriner knows we brag
about being the Greatest Yacht Club
in the World. Two events for the Fall
reinforces this claim. The sumptuous
Seafood Dinner is famous, I hope to
see you there, This year there is
something new. You are invited to
join us in a three day weekend at
Peddlers Village!! The Village is a
delightful place and you would
surely enjoy yourself. The shops,
restaurants and the Saturday
evening Commodore’s Dinner will
be wonderful. Call Vice Commodore
Dan Rose at 267-446-3113 for
details. This joyous affair will be at
the height of natures Fall colors
OCTOBER 6,7, 8. A Shriner is Kids
Best Friend is our new motto which
will be introduced there, too. You
SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN LAUNCHES
NATIONAL CAMPAIGN: LOVE TO THE RESCUE
A Campaign to Increase
Awareness and Donations
To Continue Our Legacy of Love
By Telling Our Remarkable Story
Encourage People to Donate
Starting June 11 in National Media
Our Love to the Rescue message will appear in a wide
variety of advertising and public relations outlets:
From the Desk of the Legion of Honor
Mark the date for the annual trip to Arlington National
Cemetery on November 4th 2012. Reservations are
being taken. The trip cost is $65.00 per person, which
includes coffee and pastries before leaving, box lunch,
stop at the Maryland House, laying of the Wreath at the
Tomb of the Unknown Solder, departure for the Marine
Corps Museum (usmcmuseum.com) back to Kena’s
Shrine for dinner and back home. Contact; Adjutant
Gary Portnoy for reservation forms.
THE LEGION OF HONOR INVITES
YOU TO JOIN IN
THE ATLANTIC CITY AIR SHOW TRIP
17 August 2012
Depart at 0815 from LuLu Shrine
Arrive by Tour Bus at 1015
Air Show from 1030 to ~ 1500
Depart AC at 1615
Arrive LuLu Shrine ~1800
Honor in the
COST OF THE TRIP IS $32.00 PER PERSON
Casino Rewards to be Determined
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED BY 10 AUGUST 2012
Must be 21 years old to attend! Photo ID required.
Bob Duffy, PC, Trip Coordinator
28 Whitemarsh Avenue, Erdenheim, PA 19038
Welcome to Our Newest Member
Jerome D. Udell, USAF Last assigned to a USAF Civil
Engineering Squadron. He now living in Philadelphia.
Arthur Jervis US Navy to swear in at the June meeting.
DFAS Warns Service Members
of Scam Emails
By Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Rojek Defense Media Activity
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, MD. (AFRNS) — Defense
Finance and Accounting Service official recently released
a statement warning of email scams targeting military
members, military retirees, and civilian employees.
According to the statement, the most recent email
scam indicates that individuals who are receiving
disability compensation from the Department of Veterans
Affairs may be able to obtain additional funds from the
Internal Revenue Service, but only if they send copies
of their income tax information.
Scammers have even gone so far as to “spoof” DFAS
email addresses so that the recipients think it was
actually coming from DFAS personnel. In a spoofing
email, the scammer makes it appear that the message
is coming from a legitimate source. This is to try to lure
the reader into believing it’s genuine.
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Ladies Night Dinner
The Commanders guest for the evening was Terry
Diamond from the Shrine Hospital. Terry gave a brief
presentation on the hospital.
Commander Jerry Schmidt then presented Terry
with a check from the Legion of Honor and the Legion
Ladies to go towards new equipment needed in the
hospital expanded facilities.
Need to Dispose of a Flag?
The Legion of Honor will be placing a white carton in
the lobby to receive American flags that are damage,
weathered, and tattered. The LOH will have a ceremonial
flag burning later in the fall. So check out your flag if it
is tired, place it in the white carton.
(continued on page 22)
From the Desk of the Legion of Honor (continued from page 20)
Iwo Jima Memorial Ceremony “Return With Honor”
By Walt West, Legion of Honor, March 14, 2012
On March 14th, this year, I attended a Memorial Service
that was different from any that I’ve attended before.
It was on the distant small eight square mile island now
known in history and the annals of the U.S. Marine
Corps as ‘Iwo Jima!’
Those of us who were living during WWII know the
military value of Iwo Jima – to both sides.
The purpose of the tour was to attend an annual
memorial service held jointly by the U.S. and Japanese
governments, named “Return with Honor”… to honor
respectfully the sacrifices of the many lives lost on both
sides during the horrific battle starting on February 19,
1945. The American U.S. Marine 3rd, 4th, and 5th
Divisions were the attacking force. Frank Krakowski,
PC’87 was there with the 4th Marine Division. Also, my
late cousin was there with the 5th Marine Division.
They both lived through it. We had been advised to
dress appropriately and not act “celebratory”. The
Japanese would be wearing suit jackets and ties: they
consider this island to be “Sacred Soil”. No one permanently
lives on the island now, only maintenance workers;
and no visitors are allowed, except for the one day of
the year that we were going, for the Ceremony.
Our small tour group of about 30, consisted mostly
of veterans or relatives of WWII, or dedicated history
buffs. We were combined with a much larger group of
about 250 from Military History Tours Assoc. (MHTA).
This group has an active “Iwo Jima Survivors” group:
some of them attend every year. Other U.S. attendees
were military personnel brought in from bases in the
Pacific for logistical support.
Our two chartered United Airlines planes departed
Guam at about 6AM for the two hour flight to Iwo. As
we were taxiing for takeoff, Airport fire trucks stood by
along the side of the taxi strip and saluted us with geysers
of water from their nozzles, forming an “arch of honor”.
At that moment, I really started to feel the honor and
magnitude of being on this pilgrimage.
On landing, as we walked down the steps from the
plane to the tarmac, we were greeted, each of us, individually,
by a U.S. Marine Corps Lt. General who shook
our hands and thanked each of us for coming. Before
the ceremony, I got on a van going up the steep slopes
of Mt. Suribachi, to the actual spot where the U.S. Flag
had been raised and the
iconic photo taken. The
slope of the hill was
more than 45 deg. During
the battle, this road
did not exist. I stood at
Walt West, on Iwo Jima,
March 14, 2012, Standing alongside
Memorial to U.S. 5th Marine
Division; at historic site of U.S.
Flag raising, February, 1945
the actual spot on the summit, now marked by a small
memorial, honoring the men of the 5th Marine Division
who had placed our flag, It overlooked the entire island
and the landing beaches. As I stood there, I sensed a
humbling feeling. Everyone does.
The Ceremony site itself was just above the landing
beaches. It was centered on a 15 ft. square low flat
memorial of gray rocks, with two commemorative
plaques honoring the fallen: one facing the sea for the
attacking Americans; and the other on the land side for
the defending Japanese.
On the ground rising beyond the speakers’ podium
stood two proud military bands; one Japanese, and one
The solemn Ceremony lasted about 1¼ hours.
Speakers from both countries were introduced, alternatively,
by a USMC Sgt., in English, and then by a
Japanese civilian, in Japanese. Speeches were all limited
to one page in length, with the central theme
throughout the Ceremony one of: Peace, Reconciliation,
and Harmony. The Japanese speakers were all high
ranking government officials: for the Americans, most
were high ranking military. As each of the Japanese
speakers concluded, they always respectfully bowed in
the direction of the Americans.
The final moments of the Ceremony were the traditional
Placing of Memorial Wreaths by both countries;
first by the Japanese, with their solemn water ritual;
and then one by the American representatives.
With that, the Ceremony concluded, and a joint
Color Guard was retired. I’ll speak for myself, but I’m
sure that every one of us attending felt a deep personal
satisfaction for being there. On this tiny rocky piece of
land in a far-distant part of the Pacific Ocean, just a couple
of hundred miles off the coast of mainland Japan.
As a WWII U.S. Army Air Forces veteran, I’d like to
end this brief report with the time-honored salutary
expression of the U.S. Marine Corps: “Semper Fi”.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors,
Without Getting Burned by the Sun
Now that Summer time is here, the
sun and heat seem to be stronger
than ever before. Summer means so
many wonderful things to so many
people. For children and adults alike,
vacations at the beach, picnics, pools,
and backyard barbecues are all part
and parcel of the joy of Summer.
But for some folks, Summer means
greater sun exposure and concerns
over the sun’s harmful UV rays
which takes away some of that joy.
Striking a balance and reclaiming
We Reach Out…
one’s joie de vive is what UV-Blocker
Umbrellas strives to accomplish.
LuLu Shriner, Russ Coulon,
started UV-Blocker over 5 years
ago with friend Ron Walker after
discovering a revolutionary product
that protects a person’s skin from
the sun’s harmful UV rays. Their
mission is to help sun sensitive folks
escape the confines of their homes
and walk or just sit and relax in the
sun with their own portable shade.
Ron was diagnosed with melanoma,
We want to hear about Nobles and/or their Ladies that reach out.
When you read the newspapers or listen to the radio or television
all you hear about are horrible happenings. The Fez wants to tell
you about folks who reach out to others. When you reach out to
help others, that is what being a Shriner is all about.
Be proud to be a LuLu Shriner because “WE REACH OUT”
or skin cancer, because of years of
unprotected sun exposure while
vacationing at the beach. There
was a time when lathering up with
sunscreen before stepping out into
the sun was not the norm. Today, we
are all more aware of the damage
caused by the sun on our skin. UV-
Blocker Umbrellas are proven to
effectively block harmful UV rays to
protect skin from sun damage while
keeping you cool on those hot, lazy
days of Summer. Testimonials on its
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This year UV-Blocker introduced
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with its mission to keep skin safe
and its customers cool in withering
heat. Their 9ft UV Protection Patio
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keeping its owner 15 degrees cooler
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Relaxing in your own backyard, or
anywhere in the great outdoors,
without worry over getting burned
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As a special offer to our LuLu
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MONSTER TRUCK SHOW
The History of The Shrine and LuLu (#16)
Chapter LII (52) – LULU SHRINE STAGE CREW UNIT (1884-2012)
The Ceremonial Producers The Stunt Team
The Stage Crew was one of the first
Committees authorized by the
Potentate. It was directly controlled
by the Potentate for the purpose of
assisting in the Stage requirements
for Ceremonials and other theatrical
or entertainment events. It was,
and still is, sometimes called “The
It was Chartered probably in late
1884 or early 1885 (exact date unknown).
It is probably the oldest
Unit in LuLu. Many early records of
Units and Clubs were lost in the Great
Fire of 1945. In 1967, this Committee
was re-chartered as a Unit. The
Presiding Officer title was changed
from Chairman to President.
It is the responsibility of the Stage
Crew to set up the stage for the first
section of the Ceremonial, run the
stage which includes lighting, sound,
and sound effects during the Ceremonial,
and dismantling the stage
after the Ceremonial. The Stage
Crew has been doing this for over
one hundred and twenty five years.
Service to the Potentate and the
Nobility of LuLu Temple is the key
word of the Unit.
In addition, the Stage Crew is
constantly up-grading the stage
equipment, so as to keep the stage
facilities at the current state of the
art. This would include the installation
of new curtains and curtain
runners, expanding the sound system
to make it a professional system,
and improving the stage lighting
and spot lighting systems. They
By Harry Speth, Historian
strive to make the LuLu stage the
best in Shrinedom.
The Second Section of the Ceremonial,
known as “The Hot Sands”,
which existed until 1989, did not
use a prescribed ritual. It was a Fun
Section operated by a sub-committee
of the Stage Crew known as the
Stunt Team. This Second Section
was eliminated by Imperial Decree.
1910 – Earliest record of the Stage
Crew existing today, is a note in the
February 1910 Meeting Notice:
“good work in the Ceremonials”.
1920-1929 – During these years
with membership peaking around
40, the Crew was divided into subcommittees:
Art and Decorations,
Electrical Effects, Property, Microphone,
Wardrobe and First Aid.
The Business Meeting was held on
the First Wednesday of each month at
“1337”. The Chairman, during these
years, was Noble Wilmer Middleton.
1930-1960 – Chairman was Edwin C.
Dreby. Membership averaged about
25 in the Stage Crew, plus some 30
members of the Stunt Team under
Director John Clutcher with 30
others. Business Meetings still held
1964-1979 – Director was Edgar H.
Mancam. Membership averaged
about 20-25 Nobles.
1980-1991 – Several Presidents
served short terms of 1-2 years:
Nobles Robert Carpenter, Henry
Hilliard, James Bunn, Julius Haaf,
Louis Fox, “Skip” Myers and Elmer
Duncan. During these years, the Unit
was meeting on the 2nd Thursday
in Room #9. Olive Winter was
re-elected “FEZ” reporter. Funds
were raised by selling Fruit cakes,
cheeses and “Citrus Sale” items.
Summer picnics were held at the
home of “Skip” Myers. The Unit
was “working” the Circus and the
Horse Show at Devon. Later in this
Era, the Business Meeting changed
to the 3rd Thursday in Room #5.
1990 – Obtained permission from
Ill Sir John F. Kull (1970), Chairman
of MOC, to use the former “Directors
Room” under the stage to store
Also, this year, orchestrated by
the Stage Crew, the Temple invested
$5,000 in new fireproof stage curtains.
Allentown Consistory donated
an Electric Board, with LuLu only
responsible for the moving expenses.
1991 – Move to the room under the
stage was completed with minimal
expense; leak repaired; lighting
improved; and a hand rail was
added to the stairs.
1992-2004 – President Lee A Seymour.
Membership averaged about
7-10 Nobles. In 2003, Noble Roger
Shaver became Secretary/Treasurer.
He continues to serve in this capacity
to this date. In 2001, the Business
(continued on page 28)
The History of The Shrine and LuLu (#16) – LuLu Shrine Stage Crew Unit
(continued from page 27)
Meeting was changed to the 2nd
Thursday at the Mosque. In 1992,
the Unit adopted a Uniform: green
jacket, red tie, navy pants – to be
worn during Parades, Business Meetings
and other designated occasions.
2005 to Date – President Emil J.E.
Gombosi. Between 2006 and 2008
ca., several members of the Stage
Crew, on their own initiative, raised
funds by selling fruit cakes for stage
equipment, but then donated it to
LuLu to purchase six (6) sets of allweather
picnic tables with benches,
primarily to be used on the outdoor
The Unit has been pro-active in
acquiring Wireless Microphones, a
Mixing Board and an Amplifier
donated by the Grand Lodge of PA.
Membership is eight Nobles. Dues
are $10. The Unit is meeting “as
necessary to conduct business”.
Secretary Noble Shaver noted
that several Nobles (members of
Fort Washington Lodge #308) were
exceptionally active with the Stage
Crew: Nobles Elmer Dungan, Walter
Unruh and Lou Fox. Any Noble
having Stage Crew skills or wanting
to learn the same, are urged to contact
the President or Secretary of
All is not work in the Stage
Crew. Like all Shriners, they like to
party. Several times a year, the
Crew gathers with members of the
Video Unit to honor their Ladies,
and a good time is had by all.
Let us hope that future Nobles of
the Stage Crew will be serving the
Temple, when the 200th Anniversary
is celebrated in the year 2084.
Let’s Consider What Masonry is Really all About
In our last issue I promised to share
with you some of the many lessons
the Joseph saga might teach us for
our lives now. But, for now I will
take one issue divergence to tell
you about what makes us a “good”
mason. So let’s ask: what makes us
a good mason? First a mason is
one who is in one of the building
trades; i.e. construction of homes,
highways, bridges, skyscrapers etc.,
Fr. Otto Lolk+
but also in electrical work, plumbing,
painting etc, etc., these kinds
of masons are referred to as “operative” masons. Free
masons found in lodges, on the other hand, are also in
the building trades, but we do not build things, rather
we build better men. We aspire to refine our character
as mature men. We make this very clear in the three
charges delivered after the completion of each degree.
We say and speak of: “The tools of an operative mason
are the 24 inch gage and the common gavel. The tools
of a Fellow Craft mason are the plumb, the level, and
the square. The tools of a Master Mason are all the tools
in Free Masonry more especially the trowel. In each
case we say that these are the tools used by operative
masons but then we add a big “but”; but, we as free and
accepted masons are taught to make use of these tools
for a far more noble and glorious purpose. The 24”
gage divided in 24 parts is emblematic of the 24 hours
of the day. The common gavel to divest our hearts of
the vices and super fluidics of life, the plumb to walk
uprightly before God and man, the level to remind us
that we are walking upon that level of time, the square
to square our actions by the square of virtue and the
trowel to spread the cement of brotherly love and
affection, whereby we are united into a band of brothers
among whom no contention should ever exist. Essentially
these are the qualities of a free mason if he is to
be a better man.
Considering then, the above ascriptions, and allow
me to raise the question with you about whether your
life could be measured as a man who has practiced
these qualities? Consciously, allow me also to alert you
to some of the finest way one could put into practice
your free mason’s manhood. The Shrines’, for instance,
sponsor several hospitals for children needing extraordinary
specialized care that families normally could not
afford. We have just such a hospital on 3551 North
Broad Street., Philadelphia owned and operated by the
Shriners. I myself have had the privileged of ministering
to these special children by the dozens. Children of
all kinds and persuasions, religions, and races. I never
knew whether I was engaging a Christian, Jew, Muslim
or another kind of creed, children will be children, and
all I knew was that they were God’s creation, and looking
into their eyes I could see the face of God; they all
reflected the Creator’s trade mark in being a valuable
and precious in the sight of god. In each one, I could see
and experience God residency in that child. What a
privilege to practice ones manhood to visit these children
and to experience such delight within such a child,
especially when that child is still recovering from a
disastrous injury or illness. One would never fail to
experience the priceless and helpless child and receive
such attention from such a one.
My point is, here is just one potent example for a free
mason to practice his advanced manhood by availing
himself to spend his time with these cherished and
beloved children not because they deserve it but simply
because they are. Afford yourself to experience such
encounters. They, in turn, could not even pay you, or
give you anything in return except the delight they offer
you while you are in their presence, their lives will be
indelibly and forever changed to the good because you
touched their lives with your care and love. Your Life
will be enriched. Why not call the Shrine 610-828-9050
and find out when could make such a monthly or weekly
appearance. The masonry will say of you: “you have
rendered yourself deserving of the honor your lodge
has conferred upon you, and worthy of the confidence
it has reposed.”
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