Our Nobles showed their appreciation to our membership and the public for their support and by purchasing meals at the many Back Door Kitchens we have held since COVID started in March 2020 by providing a free meal to those who attended on Saturday, 28 August 2021. Our newest Oriental Guide Noble John Neil was seen cooking the hotdogs and hamburgers, while our Special Events Director Noble John Bonnin fried the onions and helped with the other cooking. Our President Noble Jim Preston supervised the sign-in sheets, handing out napkins and taking orders, while Noble Don (Trout) Douglas sold the drinks. Noble Brian Cook received a thank you folder from Noble Jack Hellberg and supervised the whole event to make sure that we didn’t run out of items. And of course many other Nobles and Ladies were involved with other tasks such as Ambassador Noble Leonard Bedford cooking and serving out the Corn by Lady Anne with the watermellon as needed.
Another successful Backdoor Kitchen dinner was organized by the Belleville and District Shrine Club on Saturday, 27 February 2021, due primarily to the efforts of our House and Property Director Noble Brian Cook, who is also our Chef who prepared these meals.
Also a big thanks to the Shrine Club Nobles and their Ladies who helped to make this happen on Saturday: Noble John Neil and Lady Peggy Neil with their daugther-in-law Elisa Neil; Noble Jim and Lady Joan Hemlin; Noble Clive Allan and Lady Sandra Allan; Noble Stephen Shirk and Lady Kathy (Kathleen) Shirk; and Nobles John Bonnin, Leonard Bedford, Calvin Thomas, Jim Preston, Ken Campbell and Clarence Stevenson.
Who knows that our special Bacdoor Kitchen Dinners will be in the upcoming months. Please stay tuned!
With the approval of Rameses Shrine Centre the Belleville and District Shrine Club were able to hold another fundraiser Back Door Kitchen event on Saturday, 30 January 2021. It was a great success with the weather cooperating as you will see in the photos. Our House and Property Chairman Noble Brian Cook would like to thank the public for supporting this event and to personally thank the following who were the worker bees for the day: Zach Cook, Brad Dainard, Ken Campbell, Jim Preston, Jim and Joan Hemlin, Clive and Sandra Allan, John and Peggy Neil with their daughter-in-law Elisa Neil, Calvin Thomas, Ralph Bullock, John Bonnin, Leonard Bedford, and Stephen Shirk our Photographer. Noble Brian would like everyone to watch out for our next Back Door Kitchen planned for February.
Last year proved to be a success for our three Back Door Kitchen events. So this year we have planned another one to be held at the Shrine Club on Saturday, 30 January 2021. Snooze you Looze! Call for your tickets before it is too late.
It was a chilly wet day when the Belleville and District Shrine Club Nobles of John Neil, Barrie Willis, Doug MacLauren, Jim Preston, Ken Campbell, Calvin Thomas, Bill Richardson, Leonard Bedford and Clarence Stevenson set up at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre on Sunday, 22 November 2020, for the first ever Belleville Santa Claus Display. Photographer Noble Stephen D. Shirk was on site to do his normal thing taking these pics of history.Due to COVID-19 the Belleville Chamber of Commerce decided that it was best to avoid large crowds standing on the side of the roadways to view the Santa Claus Parade floats as they passed in procession. This year they reversed this idea by having the people of Belleville stay safe in their vehicles to drive by the many floats on display.