Monthly Archives: August 2018


On Sunday 26 August 2018 our fun at the Festival came to a close with sales in the morning lasting until 5:00 p.m.  Now the setup team tore down our tents, packed up the boxes, unloaded the refrigerators, and filled the trucks and trailer.  A big thanks to everyone who supported the Belleville and District Shrine Club whether is was by putting things together, setting things up, cooking and greeting the many visitors, or helping with taking things down.  It was one big Shrine Family that came together as our TEAM.  Big thanks to Nobles Gary Smithrim and John Bonnin who organized this event and to the Nobles and their Ladies who made it happen.



Saturday, 25 August was a treat for the Belleville and District Shrine Club as we led the Tweed Elvis Festival Parade through the downtown area. We only had two of us on the Legion of Honour Float (People Mover) however our Camel Herders and Clown Units were out to support us. At the head of our group Noble Clarence Stevenson proudly carried our flag. After the parade many of the Nobles visited our food tents at the festival area where the parade ended and the festival began. Thanks to all of the Nobles who supported the parade and to the Nobles and their Ladies who cooked and sold food at our tents. And a big thanks to Noble Gary Veinot who lent us one of his trucks to pull the float .You made your President Proud! Now if your President who took these photos knew how to a selfy with a clumsy big camera.


On Friday, 24 August our Nobles and Ladies were very busy setting up our tents at the Tweed Elvis Festival. Certainly many hands made light work as you can see in these photos. No sooner did we finish setting up when other vendors started coming around to the smells of our fried onions, pulled pork and peameal bacon buying what they could. Hopefully sales continue over Saturday and Sunday to make this a successful weekend fundraiser.


Finally we have attended our last concert on 20 August for this year.  I could not understand a word sung, other than the many four letter words, echoed by each of the four bands at this concert starting with Bad Wolves, followed by Nothing More and Five Fingers Death Pool ending with Breaking Benjamin.  It did not take me long to remove my hearing aids (wish I had brought some ear plugs).  However we are told that almost $11,000 was raised with Rameses’ portion going to the Shriners Hospital for Children.

I would like to thank Nobles John Hopkins, Clarence Stevenson, Don Gillis, John Neil and Otto Nungesser for attending with myself, my Lady Kathy Shirk and my Son-in-Law Martin Salisbury. Other members from our Club at the Concert assisting were Illustrious Sir Noble Ray Causton, Bob Jones, and Joe Johnson with his  Lady Joyce Anderson-Johnson.  Now I only need a week to get over the aches and pains in my shoulders when waving those CD’s in the air and the swollen feet and ankles from the constance walking to find sales.  Thanks to everyone who supported this fundraising event.


Well Nobles!  It sure has been interesting scanning these photos (and all of the previous batches) and seeing faces that are now memories to a lot of you.  I hope that you can rejoice your past fun and friendship, overlook the bad times, and look forward to make new friends in our Club with new Nobles and their Ladies.  I don’t think that there are any more photos in the Belleville and District Shrine Club building to find however I will do my best.  Enjoy!