Al Kader Oasis Newsletter May 2015
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Al Kader Oasis Newsletter May 2015
May 2015
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Al Kader Shrine Center
25100 SW Parkway Avenue
Wilsonville, OR 97070-9600

Phone: 503-682-4420
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IS Tom Bland Al Kader Potentate 2015

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I.S. Tom Bland
April 2015

Since the Potentates ball I was sidelined for two weeks with 2 broken ribs I got when I had a coughing fit. That was not an enjoyable experience but I’m back on the road. I attended the Ladies Oriental Shrine installation and was impressed with their ceremonial and appreciated their gracious hospitality. Following the installation I headed up to Al Kader for the Hospital volunteer awards dinner. It was a great night and I am so proud and pleased to see how many dedicated volunteers we have serving our hospital and children.

Saturday we held the Spring Fling social, we had a small but enthusiastic crowd who enjoyed a wonderful chicken fried steak dinner. The dinner was cooked by our own Carol Pratt and was served by the DeMolay boys and Job’s Daughters. The proceeds of the dinner will be donated to the DeMolay for their Conclave attendance. Kathy and I kind of felt like the walking wounded and were not able to dance to the music provided by the Al Kader concert dance band. We had a nice mellow evening listening to them and visiting with the nobles and ladies who attended. For those of you who have not attended a social this year I can only say that you are missing out on one of the most enjoyable events that we do as Shriners. These socials are for your enjoyment, so dust off your dancing shoes and going-to-town duds and join us. You won’t be sorry you did.

For May we will have Flintstone night. This is a whole family social. Bring the kids and grandkids. This is a dress up social. Come as your favorite Flintstone character or favorite cartoon character and join the fun. We will have a trivia contest. And a special drawing at the end of the night. We are going to have a steel drum, Marimba and conga drum band for entertainment, along with cartoons and games for the kids. Food will consist of Bronto ribs (ribs) and Pterodactyl wings (chicken) and all the fixins. Come join us for a fun night.

May 9th will be the Spring Ceremonial. The Arch Ceremony will begin at 9am. Following the arch ceremony we will serve brunch, the cost will be $10. For nobles and their ladies. There will be no charge for new candidates and their ladies. The second half of the ceremonial will begin after brunch as we honor Noble Clem Norton for his 62 years of service. Units and Clubs will have the chance to talk to and invite new nobles to join their teams immediately following the Ceremonial in Harrington Hall.

That evening in Salem, The Salem Shrine Club is hosting a crab feed. Get your tickets now and join them for a nice dinner at a great price. I know Kathy and I will be there.

GRAB your FEZ, your gear and get ready to march and roll into Parade season. Time to show the public who we are and what we can do. We have room for everyone, so get there and we’ll get you in the parade.

1st parade is April 25th in the Dalles. The following Saturday we are in Newport. Lets have a strong showing. It’s gonna be a busy parade season. ENJOY IT!

To all of our Nobles and their Ladies who do so much for our Fraternity and our Hospital I want to express a special thanks for all you do. Let’s all have a great summer season.


I.S. Tom Bland
April 2015

Well we have had a very busy month so far. Lady Kathy started March by attending The Jobs Daughters section of DJR initiations. The next day we attended the Daughters of the Nile Installation. I spent the next week preparing corrected parade schedules and on Saturday the 14th I had the opportunity to lead the Shrine caravan delivering the three new vehicles to the Shrine Hospital. We had both bands at the Hospital to meet the caravan lead by Motor Escort and followed by a large group of Shriners and their ladies.

We presented the keys to the vans to Dr. Patchin and Noble Ron Eggers representing the Board of Directors. After the presentation the Hospital hosted a reception for all of our guests. I recognized Margie Thomsen for her generous contribution to the Al Kader transportation fund. The following week a great group of volunteers and aides worked very hard to get Al Kader ready for the Potentate’s Ball on March 21st. The Ball was a wonderful event and the building looked like pictures right out of Hollywood. The three rooms looked fantastic thanks to Lady Kathy and her incredible team. We had the Crystal lounge which represented Michaels of Los Feliz, A special restaurant we visited when we were dating. Hef’s Hutch which was a replica of the Lianie Kazan Lounge at the Century City Playboy Club in L.A. And Harrington represented the Shrine Auditorium at Al Maleika, where the Academy were held. The Ball started at 5pm and everyone had a lot of fun and they all looked great in all that bling, We had our newest club, the Hauntsters, show up as famous Hollywood Stars. They were really cool.

I had the opportunity to honor all of the Potentates, who have graciously served Al Kader with their time, talent, resources, and dedication. We created a well deserved “Walk of Fame” with each Potentate having their own star, as well as a special thank you for their service.

The Grand Master waived protocol for the evening by letting me ask the first lady a very important question after he spoke.

You see, this was our 44th wedding anniversary and to celebrate I asked Lady to marry me again and we had a very special wedding officiated by our own Chaplain, Carson Bailey. IS Ard Pratt gave Lady Kathy away on behalf of her mother. Our Daughter Heather was the Matron of Honor and Chief Rabban John Nerski was my Best Man. Lady Kathy finally got the wedding she deserved and I want to thank all of you who shared this special event with us.

This coming Saturday is the annual Easter egg hunt from 1-4pm Bring the kids and grandkids.

April 18th will be our Spring Fling social. Join us for some comfort food and dancing. This will be toned down a couple of notches, but a good time will be had by all.

Let’s get the parade season started in style by everyone coming to the Dalles on April 25th. And then the Newport Parade on May 2nd

Then we have the all unit Parade in Sheridan on June 13th. Please do me the honor of attending this parade. As it is my Blue Lodge home and I would love to show them how great the Shriners really are.

Remember, Membership 1st. What’s your number?


Pote's Notes

I.S. Tom Bland
March 2015

Well, Nobles here it is, already the middle of February and it seems like installation was yesterday. Since then we have been to Hillah for their installation, had Divan and Unit head/Club training with a great dinner. We traveled to Prineville for the East/West football team selection, where we had a nice visit with the nobles and ladies of Central Oregon. The teams were selected and the E/W Committee is already planning for the big game in August, which will be played at 5pm. Hopefully we can skip the thunderstorm this year.

Next we headed to our northern jurisdiction to visit our counterpart at Nile Shrine Center for his Potentate’s Ball. We had four of our counterparts in attendance and we all had a great time. The next morning we all got up and hustled back to Al Kader for the “Big Game” party where we watched the home team lose on a crazy call. I had a quiet weekend, because Lady Kathy had laryngitis and came down with Whooping Cough. I always knew she was a big kid. The next weekend the Divan took a breather to get ready for our next events. This past Saturday, we celebrated Mardi Gras with a great party at the Center and ate Cajun & Creole food provided by Dave Dalton and his team. Nice Job. For entertainment, the Howlin Hobbit & the Accidental Rhino provided great jazz music for the evening. We had guests show up in awesome masks and costumes. For those of you who missed this event, you still have the opportunity to attend one of the next 8 socials this year.

Well we are one the road again this weekend, heading to Seattle for winter PNSA for some membership training and other useful information for Al Kader.

Next weekend is the reception for the DeMolay Grand Master at Al Kader. Please support our DeMolay young men. They are our future Masons and Shriners.

Speaking of membership, Al Kader reached Gold status in 2014, and everyone is working hard to repeat that achievement in 2015. Remember the challenge to replace yourself with a new noble this year. The secret to recruiting a new noble is “JUST ASK.” New members are in your neighborhood, car shows, grocery store, and your own Blue Lodge.

March 21st Is the Potentate’s Ball. Make your reservations early, as there are only 250 places available. All reservations must be in by March 13th. No reservations will be taken after that date.

March 28th is the annual Easter egg hunt at Al Kader. Bring your kids and grandkids for a fun afternoon.

We have had great success in participation so far this year. Let’s keep the momentum going. Attend a meeting and/or a social. Better yet, bring another noble with you or invite your non-Shrine friends. They might just want to join us.

For all of you picnic goers, we are returning to Oaks Park this year. The Unit Heads and Divan reps will be bringing you the details during their visits this month.

Lastly, please provide the office staff with your current E-mail address and, when you look at the E-mail blasts, please open the file, so we can know how effective this tool is. You increased usage by 60% last month, Great job everyone!


Pote's Notes

I.S. Tom Bland
February 2015

Nobles and Ladies, the only thing I can say is “WOW!” Kathy and I want to thank each and every one of you for your support at our Installation. While standing in front of over 200 guests I can say that it was the most overwhelming and humbling experience of my life. The ceremony was wonderful and the party lasted until 10:30. The younger Nobles and their ladies loved the dancing. The kids even came downstairs and joined us. I enjoyed every minute of the night.

I want to give special thanks to our youth groups. The DeMolay, Jobs Daughters, and the Rainbow Girls. We won’t soon forget all that you did for us. The Ladies loved the presentation of flowers by the young men of DeMolay. I appreciated our lovely escorts, the Rainbow Girls. I want to especially thank Morgan for personally escorting Lady Kathy and I. What can I say to the Jobs Daughters for performing the closing cross for us? That truly touched my and Lady Kathy’s hearts. A special thanks to our three signers for spending six hours of practice to make sure it was perfect. You all have our love and gratitude.

This is what “Bridging the Generations” is all about, involving the youth, our younger Nobles and their Ladies along with our well established Nobles and Ladies.

My plan is to continually change things around and have socials that will appeal to all generations. We’re going to change things up a bit in February by holding a Mardi Gras social. We’re bringing in some really cool street performers from Seattle. One is called The Howlin Hobbit and the sounds like Louis Armstrong and plays a ukulele. Sound like fun? Get your Mardi Gras costume ready and join us.

Now that the installation is over it’s time to get to work. This week the Divan is traveling to Hillah for their installation. That should be a good time. We come back home for Club/Unit Head, and Divan training on January 16th & 17th. Next we head for the East/ West Game meeting in Prineville on the 24th. The following weekend on the 31st is the OB Crab Feed and the Divan will be in Seattle for Nile’s Potentates Ball. The next day February 1st is THE BIG GAME PARTY at 2:00pm. We’ll be traveling from Seattle to join the party.

On February 14th, bring your sweetheart and join us for Mardi Gras. Come in costume or come casual and enjoy Cajun cooking with some fun music.

February 21-24th, the Divan will again be traveling to Seattle; this time for winter PNSA. We hope to bring some good information back for the nobility.

I mentioned at the installation that we were going to have a membership contest this year. You will find the contest rules as you read further in the Oasis. I challenge everyone to participate and reap the rewards. I would love to see everyone become a winner, because then Al Kader also wins.

If you find this issue of the Oasis looking a little different, it’s because we have a new editor. I would like to introduce you to Noble Patrick Sheehan. He has accepted the position and all correspondence for the Oasis needs to be sent to him. I know we all wish him well in his new position. Good luck Patrick.

I also announced that we would be returning to Oaks Park for our annual picnic. Look for picnic details in the March Oasis.

Al Kader’s new year has begun and we are all busy preparing for a great time. I challenged everyone to get involved in service of Al Kader in my first article. I will continue to urge each Noble to serve Al Kader at the level at which he can serve best. Remember, it takes all of us to make this great organization work.

Finally, I want to remind the Nobility that our next stated meeting is March 9th. I would like to see everyone there


Pote's Notes

I.S. Tom Bland
January 2015

First and foremost, I would like to take this time to thank the Nobility for trusting me to be your Potentate for the ensuing year. It is a great honor and responsibility; and I will do my best to live up to your expectations.

You elected me to be your leader in 2015 and it has been my philosophy that I am here to “serve the Nobility”. Service is the most important commitment we make; and it is service that is the building block on which our fraternity was founded. It is my goal to inspire the membership to serve Al Kader with greater energy and enthusiasm this year. Service is also an important part of leadership and I plan to serve Al Kader to the best of my ability for this year. I learned early in my Masonic and Shrine journey that with membership comes responsibility. Responsibility to help others, to assist in projects and to lend our talents to the running of the Temple. There is an old saying that if you want something done, find the busiest person you know and he will get it done; however, it seems like the same people get used over and over again, sometimes burning them out. Look around you and at yourself. If you are not this person, we need your time and talents. If you look hard, you can always find some time to give of yourself. I am asking each and every one of you to make this a year of service to Al Kader. Service is about making choices. Which choice are you going to make?

We belong to a great fraternity and support the greatest philanthropy in the world, Shriners Hospitals for Children. To continue supporting our philanthropy, we need to commit our energies to all of the fundraising activities, the parades, Units & Clubs and especially membership. It is incumbent on all of us to help with membership by replacing ourselves each year with at least one new member. I have appointed a new membership chairman for 2015, Noble Carl Thompson. He, along with the rest of Al Kader, will aggressively pursue our membership goals this year. We will make many pilgrimages to the Masonic Lodges this year and I ask each of you to speak in your Lodge about the great things we do as Shriners.

I am also instituting an incentive contest for membership this year. One Noble and his Lady will win a trip to the national East/West All Star Football Game in St. Petersburg, Florida; as well as other incentives. All details of the contest will be made available in January.

Training is another area we will working on in January. Al Kader is holding a training class on January 16th and 17th for ALL Club Presidents, Unit Heads, Divan members and their Ladies. We will have a get-together on Friday night at 6:30 and training on Saturday beginning promptly at 8:00 AM and ending around 4:00 PM. The Ladies are not only invited, but are highly encouraged to attend. Nobles & Ladies, who live outside of the Portland area, will be offered a complimentary night’s stay at La Quinta Inn. This will be an informative training session, and we plan on having a little fun too. Kathy and I plan on hosting one social a month through June. Some will be formal and some will be just for a fun time. We plan on hosting one social for the entire family. That’s right, the kids will be invited. Our desire is to bring responsible fun and good fellowship for our members, families and friends in 2015.

Shriners, Masons, concordant bodies and our youth groups are comprised of many generations. For 2015, let’s continue "Bridging Generations, Helping Children”.

We want everyone to have a good time!

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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Events
05/09   Ceremonial
05/16   Flintstone Social
05/23   Oriental Band BBQ
05/30   Starlight Parade
06/04   Grand Lodge
07/04   Imperial Session
09/19   Potentates Trip


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25100 SW Parkway Avenue
Wilsonville, OR 97070-9600

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