Monthly Archives: June 2018


This was the first time that my Lady Kathleen Shirk and I had been at one of the Spartan Races.  It was a real eye opener for us and for our Daughter Shelley, her husband Martin, and their son Quinlan Salisbury who all helped as volunteers at this years event.  Illustrious Sir Ray Causton P.P. was assisted by Illustrious Sir Al Berry and Noble Mark Smith as well as the many other Shriner volunteers, their families and friends in attendance.  It was nice to see that the President of the Kawartha Shrine Club Noble Steve Christie and President of the Oshawa Shrine Club Noble Aubrey Periera were leading their volunters as did I as the President of the Belleville and District Shrine Club Noble Stephen Shirk.  The day was a little cool with a slight drizzle at times but turned out to help every one of the participants become winners and very muddy.  Hopefully Sunday’s event goes as smoothly as ours did today.


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!


Early Saturday morning on 9 June 2018 Nobles and their Ladies had an opportunity to enjoy an early breakfast at the Orillia Masonic Temple and to visit the upper Shrine Club Oasis for the Flea Market. The parade formed up at the top of Brant Street starting at 11:00 a.m. with the parade leaving around 1:00 p.m. Prior to this the Candidates underwent their intitiation ceremony at the new High School on Park Street. The parade route was very different this year in Orillia when we proceeded south on West Street two blocks to go east on Coldwater Street one block, turn right onto Peter Street that we followed two blocks where we again turned right onto Colborne Street. We followed this two blocks where we then turned left onto Andrew Street one long block to Barrie Road, turning left one block back onto West Street. As soon as we headed south we passed the reviewing stand on our way back to James Street’s Masonic Temple. Lucky there was a beer tent and hamburgers wating.


On Friday 8 June 2018 everyone settled in for a weekend of fun at the Rameses Spring Ceremonial in Orillia, Ontario starting at the Orillia Fairgrounds. We had 12 members in our Club stay at the Comfort Inn while those that were with the Divan stayed at the Casino Rama Hotel. Friday night started with a great roast beef dinner followed by a western country dance to the group Fresh Horses, a Garth Brooks tribute group of entertainers. At the dance Coleen Cassidy from Owen Sound Ramoca Shrine Club won the Kid Rock guitar while Verna Settle from the Orillia Shrine Club won the 50-50 draw of $550. The evening ended at the Comfort Inn hospitality room hosted jointly by the Oshawa Shrine Club with the Belleville and District Shrine Club sharing costs. Attending bar wre Nobles Scott Peel, Brian Marcano followed by Watson Petersen and Karen Jerry.