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IS Dave Johnson Al Kader Shrine Potentate 2014
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Dave Says...

December 2014

First, let me say that it has been a priavilevge to serve your Potentate this year. It’s cliché to say how fast the year went... but it did. Next, I would like to thank all of you for your support of both me and Lady Lynn. I have had the feeling that we were all working together to make this a great year. I especially want to commend the Elected Divan. We have truly come together as a Board of Directors, and all of the major decisions that have been made were made as a Board acting with one mind. The successes we have had this year, and the open communication we have had with the Nobility are a direct result of the Board acting together. Please give Tom and Kathy the same support next year.

Last month, as an extension of Central Oregon Shrine Club’s Food Caravan donation, Lady Lynn and I brought around 2000 pounds of squash for the Hospital. The Hospital can’t possibly use 2000 pounds of squash before it goes bad. The same is true with many of the items that are delivered in the Food Caravan each year.

The Hospital has been a partner of Birch Community Services, Inc. for several years, and I have been vaguely aware that they send excess food to Birch and receive needed supplies from Birch. However, I had no idea as to the extent of the Birch operation, and its primary mission of supporting the “working poor”. They are the embodiment of the old Maimonides adage, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

From their website at http://www.birchcommunityservices.org/: “At Birch Community Services we gave away 7.1 million pounds of food and clothing last year to working poor families who we also held accountable to achieve their self-stated goals. The goal of our adult education is to help people achieve their goals. We teach financial classes where participants learn about budgeting and saving. On average, families while on our program reduced their monthly debt by 26% and increased their emergency savings by 100%. We feel that accountability is a key component in the success we’ve experienced in addressing the root levels of poverty.”

“BCS’ food-redistribution program serves about 930 families each year. Participant families come to the BCS warehouse in NE Portland to pick up food, clothing, and other essential items that have been determined surplus by over 110 local manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, farms, dairies, bakeries and businesses.”

Ray Keen, the BCS Director of Development gave me a tour of the facility, and I was impressed, and those of you who know me that is not easily done. Ray told me that he is available to speak to groups, so those Clubs that have outside speakers, his number is 971.235.2868, and his email is ray@birchcommunityservices.org.

You can’t believe how proud I am that we, the Food Caravan and our Hospital are a part of this!

Finally, we are scheduled for our PACE Program on December 9. Please fill out your questionaries and attend according to the schedule I distributed. I apologize for the scheduling, but those were the instructions from the Membership Department.

IS Dave Johnson Al Kader Shrine Potentate 2014

Illustrious Sir Dave Johnson

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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