Al Kader Oasis Newsletter February 2016
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Al Kader Oasis Newsletter February 2016
February 2016
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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 John Nerski Al Kader Potentate 2016

I.S. John Nerski, Potentate 2016

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I.S. John Nerski
February 2016

Lady Patricia and I want to thank everyone that came to the 2016 Installation of officers on January 2nd. We had a great time and we are hoping that everyone had a great time as well. The food was good and the company even better. It was heartwarming to see all of the dignitaries not only from Al Kader but from the different shrine centers of the Northwest, the appendant and concordant bodies, the youth groups and of course the officers and their Ladies from Grand Lodge. We couldn’t forget to thank the members of our family and special friends that attended the installation, it means a great deal to Lady Pat and I that they attended.

Special thanks to IS Dan Moyer and IS Ard Pratt for installing the 2016 Al Kader Divan officers and to the officers of DeMolay for presenting flowers to all the Ladies. A special thank you to Noble Ron Cooper for presenting both Lady Pat and I with gavels he made and personalized, hers has already gotten some use my to my dismay. A thank you also goes out to the youth groups and concordant bodies that presented gifts to Lady Pat and I at the installation, all of this created memories that we will cherish forever.

Nobles Ron Gamble and Art Hermanson presented the 2016 Divan, Club and Unit training this last month and did a tremendous job in doing so. The attendance of the training was the largest turnout that I have seen in the last eight years I have been going to the training. The club and unit heads are important parts of the vehicle that is the driving force behind the Al Kader Shrine center and the training is an extremely valuable tool in getting that vehicle to work.

Your Divan attended the installation of officers for the Hillah Shrine Center that was held in Grants Pass the week after our training session. My friend and counterpart IS Rynd Miller was a gracious host to all that attended and it was a very fun event.

In February the Divan will be traveling to Spokane, Washington to attend the Pacific Northwest Shrine Association (PNSA) winter session sponsored by El Katif Shrine center. We are looking forward to learning what is new with the shrine centers throughout the Northwest, networking with our counterparts, meeting with the Imperial officers and the initiation of our newest member of the elected Divan, Oriental Guide Carl Thompson.

A couple of things for general information. If you have changed your address, telephone number or email address, please give a call in to Sarah at our office and let her know that these changes have been made. I have heard from a couple of Nobles that their names are not even in the directory and haven’t been for a few years. This is unacceptable, but if we are not aware of the omissions or the changes it is beyond our control. Please make sure Sarah knows of these issues. Call her at 503-682-4420 and she will make sure the directory is updated.

Secondly, Lady Pat and I want to be the host to all of the Al Kader Shriners and their Ladies at the socials and other events (wouldn’t that be something to see.) We also want to be able to accommodate everyone that does attend the socials, the Stated Meetings and other events at the center. To do this with the least amount of disruption and to be able to feed everyone we need to know who is attending so we can have enough tables set up and give the caterer a correct head count. If you are attending an event please call and make reservations because in the future the cut off will be the Thursday before the event. We will not turn anyone away from any event and do not want anyone to not be fed, but if you have not made reservations as requested there may not be enough food for you and your seating arrangements may not be what you expect.

Please, as we go about our busy lives, remember the Nobles, Ladies and Forget- Me-Nots that may not be getting around so well anymore. If you know of someone that needs a little encouragement or a little contact let us know. And of course, please remember the kids we protect and serve. For they are the ones that are our obligation, one child at a time.


I.S. John Nerski
January 2016

I would like to begin by thanking the people that have supported First Lady Pat and I through our journey to become the Potentate of Al Kader Shriners, an honor that Lady Pat and I will cherish until the end of time. A great deal of thanks goes first of all to Lady Pat, to our daughters Krysty and Jackie, son-in-law Neil and our wonderful grandchildren for their patience with us and their understanding for the many family functions that we have missed because of our obligations to Al Kader Shriners. And a special thanks goes to my fatherin- law and mother-in-law Howard “Bud” and Vene Emery who planted the seed of Shrine Masonry and I wish were with us so they could see for themselves the fruits of their labors.

A thank you to all of the 2015 Divan and the Divan’s of recent past that have helped us understand the “business” and the wide variety of aspects of Al Kader Shriners that we did not know existed. Thanks to the Potentates starting with IS Ard Pratt who is my first line signer, IS Dan Moyer, IS Bob Walliker and IS Warren Gray who I have and will rely upon as mentors, IS Cecil Hammer who had the confidence in me to appoint me to the Divan, IS Greg Jenkins from who I learned a great deal by being his 1st Ceremonial Master, IS Warren Gray, IS Bill Newhouse and IS Dave Johnson to who I have served with reverence as a member of their elected Divan. A thank you goes to the Nobility of Al Kader Shriners for their confidence in us by electing us as leaders of your shrine center.

A special thanks to IS Tom Bland, who joined Shriners International at the same time I did, for being a confidant, a mentor, a co-conspirator at times and most of all for being a friend. It has been through a team effort and great management that your Divan has been able to accomplish the many things and made the vast improvements that have happened over the last few years and all of the Nobles of Al Kader Shriners should be proud.

A lot of you have been wondering about Lady Pat and my plans for 2016. First I want to explain why I did not make a presentation for 2016 at the Chief Rabban night party. It is my belief that 2015 was IS Tom and Lady Kathy’s year to represent Al Kader Shriners and their year alone. It was my job to support them in all of the things they did and to cast a shadow upon them in any form would be disrespectful. January 2, 2016 starts the year that Lady Pat and I are gratefully tasked with representing Al Kader Shriners and we will do that with all of the ability God has seen fit to bestow on us.

There are several things that we have noted over the years as priorities and for the most part these things have not changed. We have made strides in some areas and have remained stagnant in others. What we will be working on in 2016 are Communications, Club and Unit Support, Membership through Recruitment and Retention, Visitations, Community Awareness and Support and the Transportation Fund.

As I talked to Nobles and their ladies about Al Kader Shrine Center I have heard from nearly everyone that communications needs to be improved. We have tried a lot of different things, some have worked and some haven’t gotten off the ground. My understanding of the way communications within the Center is supposed to work is that the Elected Divan meets and makes decisions that affect the guidance of Al Kader Shriners, the Elected and Appointed Divan meet to discuss the issues affecting all of Al Kader and get feedback from the clubs and units. The officers and outer guards are supposed to relay this to the clubs and units they represent as a Potentate’s rep. Most of the time that works and sometimes not, which is the problem. We are going to endeavor to make sure everyone is aware of the happenings of Al Kader throughout our territory. We are going to keep notes, pass them along and have them available to all who want them and have a representative attend club and unit meetings whenever possible. We will also be communicating by using email blasts with Constant Contact. Please make sure that we have your current email address and if you change please update us as to the new email address so you can receive the messages.

We feel that the membership contest that the 2015 Divan started has been a great success and Noble Chief Rabban Ron Gamble and I have made an agreement to continue the contest in 2016. For the 2015 contest we have at least three Nobles that are in competition for the grand prize which is a trip to St. Petersburg, Florida to watch the college Shriners International East/West All Stars football game. There are other prizes that will be awarded including free Socials for some and paid memberships for others. It is a great opportunity to have a positive gain in membership and win valuable prizes.

The nobility should be very proud of the financial position that Al Kader Shrine Center is in at this time. It has been through diligent investing under the advice of Noble Bob Keller and an incredible endowment from Noble Lewis Midget that we are in sound financial condition. We also received a great endowment for the transportation fund recently, but you must remember that the investment strategy for that fund is dictated by Imperial Law and is antiquated at best. We can only invest that in an FDIC account and the return on investment is dismal so we need to continue to raise money for the transportation fund to fulfill our important mission of getting the kids to and from their appointments.

Club and Unit participation is incredibly important not only for public awareness but for communication and brotherhood. This is participating in the parades not only in the metro area but all of the areas covered by Al Kader Shriners. A lot of the support we receive for the center, the transportation fund and the hospital is from areas not in the metro area. We will be looking for ways to increase public awareness with more parades and other functions so the public knows there is a Shrine center and a Shriners Hospital for Children in Oregon and we are no longer one of the best kept secrets.

In the words of one of our Potentates, Al Kader has been going in a positive direction and we need to continue going up that path. One way to accomplish that is do a little better than the year before and leaving it better than you found it. That will be the goal of the 2016 Divan and it will take all of us and our families working together as a team to make it happen.

Finally, our goal is that everyone and their family at Al Kader have a great time. After all, that is what Shriners is all about and for this year it will be to have fun but remember our mission by protecting and serving the kids and making a difference one child at a time. Please join us on January 2, 2016 for the installation of officers for Al Kader Shrine Center. Oasis starts at 5:30 pm, come enjoy yourselves and celebrate with us.

IS John Nerski Al Kader Potentate 2016

I.S. John Nerski, Potentate 2016

John was born in Lynwood, California and moved around Southern California quite a bit the first few years, residing in Garden Grove, Compton and Riverside. In 1960 John’s father, a Master Mason, was tragically killed in a car accident and John’s family moved to Chowchilla in central California. John attended elementary and high school in Chowchilla, graduating from Chowchilla Union High School in 1972.

While in high school John joined the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and was very active in volunteering with the club. So much so he was invited to attend the FBLA California State convention in Anaheim his senior year. On that trip he met a beautiful young lady from Yuba City, California and fate having cast a spell, he had met his future wife.

Graduating from high school John received a scholarship and began studying Architecture with intents on having a career in that field. The Selective Service System had a different idea for John’s future and he did the smart thing by joining the Marine Corps to circumvent a two year tour in the Army.

John was on active duty in the Marines for a total of six and a half years and two years in the inactive reserves. He served with the First Marine Brigade in Kaneohe, Hawaii and with the 3rd Marine Air Wing in El Toro, California. In Hawaii John was a Military Police Officer and at El Toro was a Criminal Investigator specializing in Narcotics investigations.

After John’s end of active service he and his family moved to Oregon to look for work. John found it, working as a Police Officer for the City of Sherwood for three years and then began working for Tigard Police Department first as a K-9 officer. While at Tigard PD John worked as a Detective working fraud investigations and then major crimes as a Robbery/Homicide investigator.

He was promoted to Corporal, then Sergeant and finally to the rank of Lieutenant which was John’s rank when he retired due to an injury.

After John retired from police work he worked for a couple of years as a manager for Wells Fargo bank and then operated his own business as a background investigator for several years doing pre-employment investigations for police and communications departments. He also had time to finish his college work, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science with an emphasis on juvenile behavior and a minor in Administration of Justice.

John met Patricia Emery in 1972 at a high school function and neither one of them ever looked back. They were married in Marysville, California in October 1973 and have had fortytwo wonderful years together so far. John and Patricia were blessed with their first daughter Krystyna in 1977, blessed with their second daughter Jacquelyn in 1978 and with a great son-in-law, Neil, in 1999. Their first grandchild JD (John Daniel) was born in 2002, followed by Audrey also in 2002, then Jordan in 2005, Evelyn in 2006 and finally Mason in 2009.

In 2001 John decided to fulfill a promise to his father and his father-in-law and petitioned membership as a Mason. He was raised a Master Mason in 2002 at Tigard OreNomah #207 in Tigard when MWB Rich Martin was Master of that lodge. John became a Shriner in 2006 when IS Bob Walliker was Potentate of Al Kader Shriners and during the making of 100 Shriners along with several others including IS Tom Bland, MWGM Don Stapleton and RWB Ron Eggers, quite a class.

John has been very busy as a Shriner. He was elected as Lieutenant in Motor Escort in 2007, served as its Captain in 2008 and 2009 during which time the Motor Escort was awarded Unit of the Year. He has competed in two competitions with the Motor Escort Unit at Imperial Sessions. He also served as Low Sherieve and High Sherieve for the Shurtah Club, has been a member of the Q and Legion of Honor for several years and has assisted the Ritualists with set up and lighting during several Ceremonials. John was selected as Membership Chair in 2012, 2013 and 2014 in the years that Al Kader Shriners earned a Bronze, Silver and Gold membership award, respectively. He was the Rental Committee Chair in 2012, 2013 and 2014 during which time our rental income increased from $30K annually to nearly $100K annually.

He was appointed to the Director’s Staff in 2008, Assistant Director of Units in 2009 and appointed to the Divan as Director in 2010 by IS Cecil Hammer. In 2011 he was appointed as First Ceremonial Master by IS Greg Jenkins, in 2012 elected as Oriental Guide, 2013 as High Priest and Prophet, 2014 as Assistant Rabban, 2015 as Chief Rabban and 2016 as Potentate. He has been a member of or the Chair of numerous committees and projects at Al Kader, too many to list.

All of this in preparation to better serve you and Al Kader Shrine Center as Potentate in 2016.

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Al Kader Oasis February 2016 Newsletter
February 2016
Oasis Archive

Events
02/18   PNSA Spokane
03/14   Stated Meeting
03/19   Irish Dinner
03/20   Easter Egg Hunt
04/15   Ceremonial

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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