On Tuesday, 25 April 2017, a cheque in the amount of $1,500 was presented by Brother Rob Dykstra, Junior Stewart of Trent Lodge No. 38 to Noble Jim Benham representing the Belleville Shrine Club with Worshipful Master Dave Smith present.
This donation was made as a result of a fundraising activity by the Mead Johnson Employees who were celebrating their 20th Anniversary after the shutdown of plant operations. The employees asked that the donation be made to the Shrine Hospital for Children Transportation Fund as their way of thanking Shriners for all they do to help raise monies for the Shrine Children.
On Wednesday, 26 April 2017, Public Relations Director Noble Stephen Shirk who had been present at the Trent Lodge donation presentation, presented the $1,500 cheque donation to President Noble Jack Hellberg of the Belleville Shrine Club’s Dinner Meeting. The donation was greatly received by Noble Jack who thanked Noble Bill Richardson Secretary of Trent Lodge who had brought the donation to our attention as well as to Brother Dykstra and the Mead Johnson Employees for their generosity.
Also at the Dinner Meeting our guest speaker was Belleville Police Officer Dan Jolly who talked about his experiences and duties as a Canine Officer for the Detachment. He had many interesting stories to tell and the history regarding the creation of Canine Police Units.