Al Kader Oasis Newsletter August 2015
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Al Kader Oasis Newsletter August 2015
August 2015
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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.


News

Carl Thompson

Noble Carl Thompson
August 2015

August is upon us and hopefully you each have used up all your membership petitions and the flood of new candidates will happen any day now. I expect nothing less. After all August is MEMBERSHIP month.

We have many great events to invite our Brothers to in August; the golf tournament and the Picnic just to name two. I’ve rounded up some employees, some new Brothers, E.A’s, F.C’s an ELK and some guy named Don Hayhurst! Invite people and please remember it is your job to not keep Shrinedom a secret! I have heard it said over and over we are the best kept secret. Let’s change that. Let’s have fun together after all FUN is what it’s about. Thank you for letting me serve you and I have to say I am having a blast! Keep those petitions and remember to “Just ask!”

Noble Carl Thompson
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Noble Carl Thompson
June 2015

Greetings Nobles!

If you weren’t at the last ceremonial you missed one heck of a good show. Fun was had by all who attended even the newest Nobles. Imagine that! We had FUN. I had a number of our newest Nobles personally tell me what an amazing experience the whole thing was from the tour at the hospital the night before to the end. We had Fun. If the work is going to be done like that every time there is no doubt Al Kader has a bright future in membership. Thank you to everyone who took an active part in making it a success.

I would like to talk about visibility this month. Please, please please wear your fez. I have not been alive as long as some of you have been Shriners and I’m here to tell you that to the younger generation of men out there, our fraternity is confusing at best. Recently Noble Hodge and I were at a social event together with our wives in Portland and we decided to wear our fezzes with great pride. I had one young man ask me where I bought my costume. One man asked “do you guys really still exist!?” More than once I was asked if my fez was real and what does it mean. What does that mean for you and I?

keep calm and wear a fez

To quote a Noble who has been beating our Membership drum for years “The “Fez” is worn at Shrine functions, meetings, parades and outings as an effective way of gaining exposure for the Fraternity. It’s not unlike wearing a baseball cap to support your favorite team. Only, in this case, the “Fez” draws attention to OUR FRATERNITY helps recruit new members and spreads the word about the Shriners’ philanthropy, the Shrine Hospitals for our children. I sincerely believe that when we leave our “Fez” at home because it might be easier, that we don’t think what effect that has on others who may be thinking the same thing. The upcoming Shrine picnic might be an example. Usually it is a bit warm, and sometimes our “Fez” might be a little warm, so we think it might be easier to “not worry” about it. However, my brethren, think about all our friends and family who are there, and for all those who are outside the picnic area and see us. Do you think they may notice us if we all were the “Fez?” Noble Dave Simpson

Be visible. When you’re out to dinner with other nobles or going to a show put some petitions in your pocket proudly put that Fez on your head and be ready to answer questions because you certainly will get them. Stop the apathy. Wear your Fez. Let’s have another positive year! It’s up to each one of us and I thank you in advance for making the Fall Ceremonial one for the record books. How many petitions are you top line signer for? They don’t do any good in your wallet or car!

Please contact me if I can be of any help!


Noble Carl Thompson
May 2015

The search for the Most Wanted Candidates continues this month as we keep driving membership. With the exciting Spring Ceremonial on May 9th, the search for candidates continues every day.

As you go through your daily lives, keep an open eye to that neighbor, friend or co-worker who you think would be a great candidate for Masonry, and for the Shrine. All of us have these gentlemen in our lives, and all it takes is an open discussion about the Fraternity.

Why not take an opportunity to get these guys and their families involved by inviting them to one of the many events that Al Kader,and our Units and Clubs have every month. All of these events are listed in our Oasis calendar, as well as on our constantly updated website at www. alkadershriners.org.

Wanted Reward

One only needs to take a look. And as summer approaches, the units and clubs will be happy to welcome you and your guests at one of the many community parades which they are performing at. What a great way to show your potential candidates, and their families about our organization, introduce them to our brothers and their families, and strive to keep your potential candidates involved.

It only takes a small desire to make a large increase in our membership! Let’s keep living membership after all today is MEMBERSHIP DAY!


Noble Carl Thompson
April 2015

April Greetings!

The story is told of a historian, recording folk history in Illinois in the 1970’s.

Several people in the countryside had told him of a farm family which possessed the axe Abraham Lincoln had used when splitting logs for a living as a young man.

The historian finally found the farm, and found the farmer in the yard splitting wood for the living room fireplace. He asked him about the story.

“Yes,” said the farmer, “it’s true. Abe Lincoln lived around here as a young man, and he worked for a while splitting wood or my great-great-grandfather. Happened he’d bought a new axe from a peddler the day before Abe Lincoln came to work here, and he gave it to Lincoln to use. We’ve kept it ever since.”

“That’s a real historical treasure,” said the historian. “It really ought to be in a museum. Would you mind going into the house and bringing it out so I could see it?”

Abe Lincoln Quote

“Oh we know it’s important,” said the farmer. “I take it to the school from time to time and tell the kids about it and Lincoln. Seems to sort of make him real for them. But I don’t have to go into the house, I’ve got it here.”

He handed the horrified historian the axe he had been using. “You mean you’re still USING it?!”

“Sure thing. An axe is meant to be used.” The historian looked it over carefully.

“I must say your family has certainly taken good care of it.” “Sure, we know we’re protecting history. Why we’ve replaced the handle twice and the head once.”

In a many ways Shrinedom is like Abe’s Axe. We assume it has always been the way it has always been and we become fiercely loyal to that way. The Handle and the head of Shrindom has more than been changed over the years and we must remember it is ever evolving, to be sharpened and used. Shriners should never rust away on a shelf. How are you making shrinedom better? Don’t forget that

April is MEMBERSHIP MONTH! Get those Petitions in for the spring ceremonial!

Al Kader 2015 Membership Incentive Program


Noble Carl Thompson
March 2015

The month of March has been important to so many things in history. For us Nobles of Al Kader it is the most important month of the year. It’s MEMBERSHIP MONTH!

Men join our noble ranks for several reasons: they may want to get involved just to meet people, make new friends, explore fun new interests, explore old interests, develop leadership skills or just to have fun. Our clubs and units need new members if not for just new ideas but to replace the ones we are losing.

As a club or unit are you actively recruiting? Do you have any membership goals? What places will you fi nd new members? Do the nobles you’re looking for have a particular skill you’re looking for? What kind of publicity would attract their attention? Why did you join? Why have you stayed involved? What do you like about it?

Get everyone involved! At your next Club or Unit meeting have your current members identify people they know who may want to get involved and personally invite them to attend a meeting or event. Word-of-mouth is and always has been the best and most cost effective type of publicity we all can use. Talk openly about your Unit, Club, or the shrine in general. What do you personally get from it? Share your story.

Nobles, you are well aware of our patron saints. Please take a moment and think about St John the Evangelist. One might defi ne an evangelist as “someone who talks about something with great enthusiasm.” How are you talking about the Shrine? How are you talking about your club or unit? Are you having fun? Then share your story. Every problem or challenge we have as Shrine- Masons can be solved with more members. Let’s fi ll up the sands!

“Thinking is easy, acting is diffi cult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most diffi cult thing in the world.” Brother Johann Goethe

503-515-3806 or carl@lifetimwindows.net


Noble Carl Thompson
February 2015

The numbers are in and Al Kader Temple has made the “Gold” status for membership for 2014. Congratulations! We have achieved a net gain in membership of 2. Yes, that’s two. Although that doesn’t sound all that impressive at all, it is a very positive start to changing things for the better. Your membership team has set some lofty goals for 2015 we are expecting 110 new nobles to walk the sands. We cannot do it alone we need your help. I visited my blue lodge last night and I am happy to say I have new a petition filled out and ready for balloting. Our potentate and Divan has given us some fun and generous prizes to win. Just a few prizes to mention are; Dues paid for the year, Socials paid for you and your lady, an all-expense paid trip to the East West Shrine game in sunny Florida. So go for it! Let’s get some new membership together! Let’s have some fun!

Membership retention has to be top of mind awareness moving forward as well. The nobility can clearly get new members but how do we keep them. How can we get them involved and in turn they will get more nobles? Having fun! That’s how. With the entire nobility’s help, we have furthered the success of existing programs and have new exciting endeavors on the horizon. We have fun active socials and we are going to be having at least one a month all year. Don’t miss out on these events. I have it on good authority that things are going to be a bit “shaken” up this year.

The success of our temple depends on participation from each of you. Please feel free to contact me if you need help or resources for men interested in joining our Noble ranks.

503-515-3806 or carl@lifetimwindows.net


Noble Carl Thompson
January 2015

Hello All! 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!


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
Phone: 503.682.4420
Fax: 503.685.5080

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.

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Al Kader Oasis August 2015 Newsletter
August 2015
Oasis Archive

Events
08/01   East West Football
08/15   Mary’s Peak Trek
08/20   Golf Tournament
08/22   Military Social
08/30   Al Kader Picnic
09/14   Stated Meeting
09/17   Oktoberfest
09/19   Potentates Trip

Al Kader Shrine Center
25100 SW Parkway Avenue
Wilsonville, OR 97070-9600

Phone: 503-682-4420
FAX: 503-685-5080

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