Monthly Archives: November 2017

RAMESES SHRINERS HOLIDAY MAGIC SHOW

Many of our Belleville and District Shrine Club Nobles with a few of their Ladies helped to greet the many children and their parents who had attended the Rameses Shriners Holiday Magic Show at the Empire Theatre. A big thanks to Sam McKinney our MMBO Direct Marketing Coordinator and Entertainer Dick Joiner and his team for putting on a fantastic show Tuesday evening, 28 November 2017.  We would like to thank Noble President Jack Hellberg, Nobles Rob Wigmore, Calvin Thomas, Don Gillis, Gary Smithrim, Jim Preston, John Bonnin, Wayne McFaul, Stephen Shirk and Ladies Bonnie Wigmore, Elaine Smithrim for helping with greeting our guests on behalf of Rameses Shriners.

2017 CAMPBELLFORD AND PICTON SANTA CLAUS PARADES

It was a very busy day on Saturday 25 November 2017 for the Nobles and the Ladies of the Belleville and District Shrine Club as they travelled to the Foxboro Santa Claus Parade in the morining followed by the Campbellford Santa Claus Parade in the afternoon and finally the Madoc Santa Claus Parade in the evening. The best part of this day was when it did not rain in Campbellford. There were lots of families waving as our floats went by with lots of the following photos taken. Before proceeding to Madoc the Trent Valley Shrine Club Nobles and Ladies put on an excellent feast for the Belleville Shriners and Ladies.

On Sunday another great crowd turned out for the Picton Santa Claus parade.  Unfortunately we were unable to take photos of the Trenton Santa Claus parade as we were number 81 out of 84 floats waiting a half hour before we could get out of our staging area.  It was cold dark night as we road over the Trenton bridge to the downtown area.  Again we were amazed by the large numbers of children who eagerly waited for the arrival of Santa who came up right behind our Motorhome.

CAMPBELLFORD SANTA CLAUS PARADE SATURDAY, 25 NOVEMBER 2017

PICTON SANTA CLAUS PARADE PHOTOS ON SUNDAY, 26 NOVEMBER 2017

BELLEVILLE 2017 SANTA CLAUS PARADE

Sunday was a great day for the Belleville and District Shrine Club with over 56 Nobles and Ladies attending, riding in the “People Mover”, Clown Train, Camel Herder float, or the Motor Home participating in the Belleville Santa Claus Parade. We were also joined by the Lakeshore Shrine Club vehicle Nobles as well. There were thousands of smiling faces on the sides of the many streets and roads to greet us. We returned to the Clubhouse where we enjoyed some hot stew and chilli to help us thaw out.  Thank you to the delicious meal from our Ladies. This is the first time that the Legion of Honour Floa, also known as the “People Mover”, was full to capacity. Now if the other upcoming area Santa Claus Parades can be just as successful but warmer we will have called this a fantastic season for our Club.

BELLEVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS MINGLE

The Belleville and District Shrine Club hosted the Belleville Chamber of Commerce Business Mingle on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This gave us a chance to showcase our beautiful facility. A special thankyou goes out to Wayne Dewe from Dewe’s Independent Grocers for donating the fruit and vegetable trays as well as to Arnie’s Applicances in Shannonville for donating the deserts. Door prizes were donated by Lady Celine Hellberg and Lady Kathleen Shirk. A video of our Shrine Hospital for Children in Montreal was shown to our guests and President Jack Hellberg provided an interesting story of a Shriner Child he had met in the U.S. while on vacation one year. We would also like to thank Nobles Brian Cook, Clive Allan and Gary Smithrim for helping out with this important event.

BELLEVILLE AND DISTRICT SHRINE CLUB HONOUR OUR FALLEN VETERANS ON NOVEMBER 11TH, 2017

The Belleville and District Shrine Club participated in a wreath laying ceremony in Belleville, Ontario on November the 11th this year. We also attended and presented wreaths at the Wellington, Picton, Trenton and Frankford cenotaphs. Thank you to those who presented and to those who attended. We know that there are many more who could not attend due to their health, age, etc. However we know your thoughts were with them and this very important ceremony.

President Jack Hellberg and 1st Vice President Otto Nungesser presented the wreath in Belleville.  Noble Harold Newton and Noble Clive Allan presented the wreath in Trenton.  Noble John Bonnin presented the wreath in Frankford.  Noble Bruce Ferguson and Noble Maurice Peacock presented the wreath in Wellington.  And Noble Malcolm Stokes presented the wreath in Picton.  Thank you Nobles on behalf of the Club.