Attention: All Masons!
Al Kader Shriners wants you to join us in our fun with a purpose, and the world’s
greatest philanthropy: Shriners hospitals for children.
Please take a few minutes and view the following videos where you will here first hand
about being a Mason and Shriner.
Noble Carl Thompson,
The very first thing I would like to do as your
Membership Chairman is to thank Noble John
Nerski for his hard work and dedication to our
Temple. He has truly set the pace and momentum
for continued success. His question of “What day is it?” it will be
asked over and over and over again in the coming year. EVERY
DAY IS MEMBERSHIP DAY!
There are a few things I’d like to convey at the start of 2015. Have
you ever heard the term “Parrot Mason?” Mackey’s Encyclopedia
of Freemasonry says a Parrot Mason is; “One who commits to
memory the questions and answers of catechetical lectures, and
the formulas of the ritual, but pays no attention to the history and
philosophy of the institution, is commonly called a Parrot Mason,
because he is supposed to repeat what he has learned without
any conception of its true meaning. In former times, such superficial
Freemasons were held by many in high repute, because of
the facility with which they passed through the ceremonies of a
reception, and they were generally designated as Bright Masons.
But the progress of Freemasonry as a science now requires
something more than a mere knowledge of the lectures to
constitute a Masonic scholar.” By Cantus Shutupicus
I am certainly not calling anyone out on this by name, and I think
we need to be aware that most all Masons are Masons because
they want to be better men. We all want to walk a better walk. We
all want to participate in a common good. That’s why we are
Masons. Nobles, this is where the rubber meets the road. Now is
the time to make our Temple grow, now is the time to go to blue
lodge. Now is the time to get involved. Ask a brother to come to a
function. In my short time being active with you, I have heard two
main “excuses” on why men aren’t yet Shriners. The first is “I
don’t have the money” well, that’s fine, let’s use some of your
time! Invite these men to parades, events and get them involved.
We could use hands and feet and minds of all Masons. Don’t let
that be an obstacle. The second excuse is and it’s my Favorite
one! It’s “I don’t have the time” Well than, give us some money!
Usually I have found this excuse being used my men who clearly
have the means to participate and support our temple but at this
point in their lives are dedicated elsewhere. If there are other
excuses I don’t buy them. Sometimes the answers are in the
questions we ask. Why wouldn’t you want to be a Shriner? Why
wouldn’t you want to have fun? Why wouldn’t you want to help
“Shrine Kids”? I certainly wouldn’t guilt a man to join our ranks but
I think it’s very important to call them out on the wonderful facts of
our philanthropy. We have a Temple to be proud of, a community
of good hard working Nobles and Ladies, and one of the Crown
Jewels of our fraternity in our backyard, the Hospital.
I look forward to getting to know you all better and helping make
our Temple even more successful. Stay tuned for some friendly
competitions and new ideas for getting and engaging our new
nobles. I will look to each one of you for support and words of
wisdom. I might not always do things the way they were done in
the past but hopefully the outcome will outweigh the discomfort of
a bit of change. If you have questions, concerns, advice or you
know how to overcome a challenge with a good idea please feel
free to contact me. Let’s have a Fun and fruitful 2015!
503-515-3806 or firstname.lastname@example.org
John Nerski, Assistant Rabban
This will be my last article for the Oasis as
Membership Chairman. I have been the
Membership Chairman for the last three years
which seems to have been a long time but
short at the same time. Our journey has been
an interesting one and fruitful as well. In 2011 we were at an
approximate 5% loss in membership and no award, 2012 gave us
a bronze award for improving our overall membership, 2013 a
silver award for improving still and this year we are well on the
way to receiving a gold award, all through your valiant efforts at
improving our membership. Thank you for listening to my repetitiveness
over the years preaching about membership, but it is
important as the life blood of our fraternity.
What day is it? It’s Membership Day, every day of the year is
membership day. Please remember that along with your elevator
speeches and how important it is to the kids we serve. And please
help Carl Thompson as he takes over as Membership Chairman
for 2015. Although he seems to be doing very well himself it is not
a single position, but one that is all our responsibility.
John Nerski, Assistant Rabban
Did you go to the Food Caravan? If you didn’t make it try to make it next year because it was
an incredible event. We welcomed Hillah back who brought in several cars (first time in quite
a while), Central Oregon brought in a total of nine trucks and I can’t tell you how many trucks were brought in
by Eastern Oregon. Rumor is that one of the semi-trucks was a triple! Everyone should be out there publicizing the work of all of
the Nobles and their Ladies that brought this together. Remember the phrase “build it and they will come?” If we put out a great
product people will want to become involved to be a part of it In this case the product is $166,000+ of cash and food stuff for the
Portland Shriners Hospital for Children. That is how this relates to membership, if we tell people about the wonderful deeds that are
happening and the fun we have in doing it, men and especially their ladies will want to belong.
It is still not too late to get the petitions for Nobles into the office so we can vote on them at the stated meeting and get them
started on their journey. We have a Ceremonial coming up on November 22nd so we need to get the petitions in as soon as
possible. We reviewed the numbers recently and we are still in the running for a Gold Award from Imperial! Wouldn’t that be a
great thing, to cap off the year with a Gold Award? If you were at the last Stated Meeting you witnessed yet another fete by Carl
Thompson who submitted another six petitions for membership, thanks Carl!! Get out there and get those petitions! Also, if you are
aware of a Noble in need who is having difficulty in keeping up with his dues, don’t sit on the side lines, call us to let us know.
There are programs out there that can help your Brothers, let’s keep all of the Nobles in good standing.
The Shriners Invite You to Join!
To qualify, you must be 18 years of age or older, a Master Mason in good standing and hold a current
blue lodge dues card.
It is no longer a requirement that you be a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite or York Rite Mason before becoming
a Shriner (however, we strongly encourage you to join one or both of the rites).
Directions for membership:
Print out the application form, fill it in, obtain the signatures of two Al Kader Shriners (if you do
not know a Shriner, we can provide nobles to sign your application). Include a copy of your
current blue lodge dues card and mail with your check to:
Al Kader Shriners Center
25100 SW Parkway Avenue
Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-9600
You will then be notified of the next ceremonial*
However, we want you to participate now. Once we receive your application, we will be contacting
you to provide information on our many units and clubs. You and your lady will be invited to our
next social event.
* This is a one-day event, usually held at the Shriners center in Wilsonville. It does not require
any memory work on your part. The morning of the ceremonial, you (and your lady) will be given
a tour of the Portland Shriners hospital. In the afternoon, you (and your lady) will witness the
beautiful ritualistic section and arch ceremonies. You will then undergo a Fezzing Ceremony and
become a Noble of Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine
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* No hazing is allowed in any of our ceremonies.