It was such a hot day (35 degrees Celsius, 40 degrees with the humidex) on 1 July 2018 that our Shrine Club was unable to attend the Canada Day Parade celebration in Marmora, Ontario. It started off that our two Clowns Nobles Clive Allan and Bill Black had to be in Marmora at the Park for 11:00 a.m. while a few Nobles and Ladies assembled at the Belleville and District Shrine Club house at 10:30 a.m. getting ready to leave by 11:00 a.m. When we found out that the parade was at 2:00 p.m. instead of 1:00 p.m. the day had become too hot for our elderly Shriners to attend the parade. President Noble Stephen Shirk and Parade Chairman Noble Doug MacLaurin travelled to Marmora to let the organizers know that our Club would not be in attendance. They fully understood our situation as other organizations had also withdrawn from the parade. Fortunately we still received a contribution for our efforts and managed to get some of these photos of our two hard working Clowns. Thanks Nobles and thanks to all who tried to make it happen.
A great big thanks to Nobles Leonard Bedford, Bill Bedford and Brian Käuk for getting the motorhome ready for the parade. I don’t remember seeing so clean in a long time. The airconditioning was working perfectly and the motor almost purred. Should be perfect by the next parade now that the brakes have been updated.
Prsident Stephen Shirk thanks the following who showed up ready to attend this parade until we had to call it off: Donald (Trout) Douglas, Jennifer Wickman and her boyfriend, Gary and Elaine Smithrim, John Hopkins, Leonard Bedford, Clarence Stevenson, Brian Käuk, Doug MacLauren, Jack and Celine Hellberg, Debbie and Bill Black, Clive Allan, Rev. Brian Webber and Jim Preston. (P.S. I know I am forgetting someone.)
These Ladies of our Belleville and District Shrine Club attended the Rameses Shriners Spring Ceremonial in Orillia on Friday 09 June 2018 at the Hawk Ridge Golf and Country Club
Back Row: Gayle Stevenson; Celine Hellberg; Velda Gillis; Bonnie Wigmore; Barb Geen; Sandy Allan; Peggy Neil; and Debbie Black
Front Row: Audrey Carter; Sharon Osborne; Gwen Bedford; and Marjorie Bedford.
After the parade in Orillia on Saturday, 09 June 2018 everyone prepared themselves for the evening feast held at the Silver Nightingale Ballroom at Casino Rama for cocktails at 5:00 p.m. followed by a meal that left everyone in awe. Anyone who attended the 2012 Spring Ceremonial in Orillia were not dissapointed by the quality of service, ambiance, and excellent meal this year that began with Candied Butternut Squash & Tart Apple Soup, En Croûte Fresh Thyme and Nutmeg Creme Fraiche, followed by a Baby Organic Garden Green Salad with Marinated Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Artichokes, Sundried Tomato and Ranch Dressing, with a main course of a 4 oz. Filet Mignon and 6 oz Chicken Supreme, Dauphinoise Potaotes, Seasonal Vegetables and Natural Jus Reduction. Ending with the dessert of a Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlee with Maple Crackling , Marinated Blueberries and Almond Tuile. Naturally there were buns, coffee and herbal teas provided. Everyone listened to Orillia’s Shriner child and his mother talk about his treatments in Erie, PA from age 4 to age 14 when they were initially told by a local Doctor that he would never be able to walk. Our Shriners Hospitals for Children proved them wrong. A total of around $132,000 in Club donations were made to the Rameses Transportation Fund and/or Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada at this feast which attested to the hard work of Rameses Shriners and their Ladies. The Belleville and District Shrine Club donated a total of $4,000 while the Camel Herder Unit donated a further $4,000, both to be split between the Hospital and Transportation Fund. Our Special Ladies also had a cheque of $120 presented at the feast by our Ambassador. Well done to all!