Al Kader Oasis Newsletter October 2016
October 2016
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Events
09/30   Fez Lunch
10/15   Food Caravan
10/20   Haunted House
10/20   Q Trip
10/27   Haunted House
10/29   Fez Lunch
11/11   Fall Ceremonial
11/12   W Game Dinner
11/19   Rabban Night
12/03   Toy Run
12/10   Christmas Social

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

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

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Al Kader Oasis Newsletter October 2016
October 2016
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Al Kader Shrine Center
25100 SW Parkway Avenue
Wilsonville, OR 97070-9600

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

Contact Us
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Past Potentates

Potentate Year
Tom Bland 2015
Dave Johnson 2014
William Newhouse 2013
Warren Gray 2012
Greg Jenkins 2011
Ceicil Hammer 2010
Ard M. Pratt, Jr. 2009
Daniel Moyer 2008
Melvin J. Hervey 2007
Robert Walliker 2006
William L. Doherty 2005
Robert G. Cato 2004
N.H. "Bud" James 2003
Stuart L. Boos 2002
Roger W. Rees 2001
Maurie J. Greenstein 2000
Rennie Johnson 1999
Harold "Hal" L. Hermanson 1998
Gary B. Bowers 1997
Clay Gordon 1996
Donald J. Mayer 1995
L. E. “Len” Schiler 1994
F. Douglas Day 1993
James A. Davis 1992
Charles R. Faes 1991
Lionel W. Funken 1990
Walter D. Alley 1989
Leonard C. Sandness 1988
Robert A. Burleson 1987
H. Richard Koessel 1986
Jerry C. Young 1985
George A. Whitney 1984
John N. Coats 1983
H. "Bud" Robinson 1982
C. Paul Kuper 1981
Gene Fahrion 1980
Harold K. Clark 1979
Tom Manning 1978
M. Dewey Talent 1977
James O. Fisher Jr. 1976
Charles A. Lundberg 1975
H. Tyrell Lowry 1974
Walter E. Koch, Jr. 1973
James L. Smith 1972
James Murrel 1971
Bernard R. Gillaspie 1970
Earl D. Coghill 1969
Webber C. Harrington 1968
Leonard D. Alley 1967
W.W. Youngson 1966
George W. McMurphy 1965
Lyle L. Hammack 1964
Leib L. Riggs 1963
Willard S. Christine 1962
Dr. Raymond W. Mangles 1961
J.O. Fisher 1960
John D. Gross 1959
Ray E. Garner 1958
Kit C. Conyers 1957
Manley Treece 1956
Flavel Temple 1955
Kenneth B. Hall 1954
Len Fuller 1953
Harvey Wells 1952
John H. Rankin 1951
Edward G. Swink 1950
Earl Riley 1949
Frank L. McGuire 1948
Carl C. Donaugh 1947
Fred L Peterson 1946
George W. Joseph 1945
Tommy Luke 1944
Arthur M. Dibble 1943
Frank W. Howell 1942
Earl Perry 1940
Leon V. Jenkins 1939
Dean Vincent 1938
Loyal H. McCarthy 1937
Leonard R. Elder 1936
Fred N. Bay 1935
Rufus C. Holman 1934
Charles C. Hall 1933
Harry E. Cowgill 1932
Edward N. Strong 1931
David B. Seger 1930
Charles E. Minsinger 1929
Hugh J. Boyd 1928
Joseph L. Hammersly 1927
Phil Metschan 1926
Oswald W. Taylor 1925
George L. Baker 1924
Hal T. Hutchinson 1923
Alfred L. Tetu 1922
Frank S. Grant 1921
A.H. Lea 1920
William J. Hoffmann 1919
William Davis 1918
James P. Moffett 1917
W.E. Grace 1916
George W. Stapleton 1915
Harvey Beckwith 1914
D.G. Tomasini 1913
William C. Briston 1912
Archie Thurlow 1911
William H. Galvani 1910
Louis G. Clark 1909
J.G. Mack 1908
Douglas W. Taylor 1907
George H. Hill 1902 - 1906
I.W. Pratt 1888 - 1901

IS Tom Bland Al Kader Potentate 2015

Tom was born in Gary, Indiana in 1949. The family stayed in Indiana until he was twelve; when in 1961, the family moved to California. Tom attended junior high school in Southern California and graduated from Leuzinger High School in 1968. Tom later attended Mt. San Jacinto College and Riverside City College.

In the fall of 1968, Tom joined the Navy and was trained in San Diego as a hospital corpsman, specializing in eye, ear, nose and throat surgery. In 1970, Tom received orders to Camp Leujuene, NC to train as a field medical corpsman. He managed to stay in the States and later was sent to optical school in Williamsburg, VA, where he became a licensed optician. After graduating from optical school, he received orders to 29 Palms, CA where served the last 5 years of his 10-year enlistment. During ten years in the Navy, he spent eight years stationed with the Marine Corps as part of the Fleet Marine Force.

Tom spent 20 years as an executive for several optical companies; acting as a troubleshooter, a trainer, and Regional Manager. He wrote the training manual for the ABO (American Board of Optics) licensing certification that is still used by many companies to date. He was also presdent of two companies prior to working for Spirit Mountain Casino as Manager and CEO of Playworld. Tom retired in 2012 and has been active full time with Al Kader since his retirement.

Tom was raised to Master Mason in 1976 at Oasis of Mara Lodge #732 F&AM in 29 Palms, California. He became a member of Sheridan Masonic Lodge #64 in 1997. Since then, he has served as Senior Deacon, Secretary, Treasurer, and Master of the Lodge three (3) times. He has served two (2) years as District Deputy, as well as serving on the Public Education and the Grievance & Appeals committee’s for the Grand Lodge of Oregon. Tom has been a Shrine Mason since 2006. Tom has served as Captain of Motor Escort, is a member of Yamhill County Shrine Club, Polk County Shrine Club and Shurtah. Tom was a member of the director staff prior to being appointed by IS Ard Pratt as both the Executive Aide and the Director on the Divan in 2009.

Tom served two years as chairman of the children’s Christmas party, chaired the raffle car committee for two years and was responsible for upgrading the raffle car to the AC Cobra. He was instrumental in getting the Oktoberfest fund raiser off the ground and served as chairman of this committee for two years; as well as negotiating the purchase of the Oktoberfest trailer. Tom has worked with a great team of Nobles and Divan members to bring the Haunted House to Al Kader. While working on fund raising, Tom chaired the Long Range Planning Committee for three years

Tom and his wonderful wife, Lady Kathy, have been friends since 1968 and married in 1971. They met working on a home coming float after he graduated from high school. While being close friends in the beginning, they began dating after Kathy graduated in 1969. After dating for two years, they were actually married twice in 1971. The first time was in a chapel in Balboa Park near the Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, in a quiet ceremony on March 22, 1971. The chapel was so small there was only room for the two of them and God, which was perfect. The second wedding was in Gardena, California on May 7, 1971 with family and friends. They have one son, Marc, who is also a Master Mason and Shriner, and one daughter, Heather. They have four granddaughters and two grandsons.

Tom’s company moved him and his family to Keizer, Oregon in 1992. After their children married and had homes of their own, Tom and Kathy moved from Keizer to be closer to work at Spirit Mountain Casino and settled down in Willamina, Oregon in 1997, where they now call home.

Because of Tom’s time in the service and his corporate positions, the Bland’s moved 22 times over the last 42 years and have lived on both coasts. Tom and Kathy have enjoyed many adventures together over the years, but none have compared to the current journey of moving up the Divan or the humbling honor of becoming the 2015 Potentate at Al Kader.

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IS Dave Johnson Al Kader Shrine Potentate 2014

David H. Johnson was born in 1938 in Marfa, Texas, the hometown of his maternal grandfather. His family lived in Alpine, where his father was employed by the Border Patrol. After his father transferred to the Immigration Service, the family lived briefly in New Mexico and Arizona. His father was then assigned to the Immigration Office in El Paso, Texas. Dave lived there with his family until 1961, and attended the local schools.

Dave served 3 years in the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss, less than 2 miles from the family home. Following basic training, Dave lived at home while he attended the High Altitude Guided Missile School. He went on to teach Nike Ajax and Nike Hercules computer maintenance.

Dave accepted a position as a Philco TechRep, first returning to the Missile School as an instructor, and later transferred to the Air Force Satellite Tracking Station outside Manchester, New Hampshire.

During his tour at the Tracking Station, Dave realized the importance of a college degree, returned to El Paso and attended Texas Western College (Now the University of Texas-El Paso). There he earned a B.S. in Physics and completed the academic requirements for a master's degree, but returned to work before completing his thesis.

This was the beginning of a 40+ year career in the aerospace industry. The first half consisted of technical work in satellites, satellite command and control systems, and data and information management systems in general. The other half, Dave spent in corporate communications for companies that build, operate or manage satellite and information systems, and in business development operations.

The business of satellite command and control requires one to spend lengthy times away from home, working at the completion sites of the satellites and ground systems. Dave's longest separation from home was 260 days.

Dave believes he is a fifth generation Mason. His maternal great grandfather, grandfather, and father were all Masons.

Dave was raised a Master Mason in 1966, in Sunland Lodge #1344. He holds a dual membership in Bend Lodge #139, serving as Master in 2007, and holds a life-membership there, as well. He is also a life-member of Redmond Lodge #154, Prineville Lodge #76 and Robert Burns Lodge #97. He served as District Deputy of District #19 for three years.

Dave received Scottish Rite Degrees in the Valley of San Jose, CA in 1979. He transferred his membership to the Baker Valley bodies in 2005, and is an active member of the 18th and 28th Degree teams. Dave was invested with the rank of Knight Commander Court of Honour (K.C.C.H.) in 2013.

He received his York Rite Degrees and Orders in San Jose, CA in 1980, and transferred his membership to the Central Oregon York Rite bodies in 2006.

Dave was created a Noble in Islam Temple (now Asiya Shriners) in San Francisco in 1980, and transferred his membership to Al Kader in 2002. Since then, he has been active in the Central Oregon Shrine Club, serving as its President in 2005, and in the Silver Arrow Patrol, driving a go-cart. For several years, he was also editor of the COSC newsletter. Dave is also a member of the Harney County Shrine Club. He is a member of the Order of the Q, and served as Editor of the Al Kader Oasis from 2005 to 2013. Dave has also acted as webmaster for the Al Kader website.

Dave and Lynn were married in 1978. Together they raised two sons, and they have two grandchildren. Lady Lynn is an active member of the Daughters of the Nile, and for several years was hostess for the Central Oregon Shrine Club. Lynn supports the Portland Hospital by making "surgery" dolls, and the Al Kader Transportation Fund with a portion of the proceeds she receives for her aprons and Christmas tree skirts.

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Al Kader Oasis October 2016 Newsletter
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Events
09/30   Fez Lunch
10/15   Food Caravan
10/20   Haunted House
10/20   Q Trip
10/27   Haunted House
10/29   Fez Lunch
11/11   Fall Ceremonial
11/12   W Game Dinner
11/19   Rabban Night
12/03   Toy Run
12/10   Christmas Social

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

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

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