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About SDShirk

President 2018 Belleville & District Shrine Club, Finance Officer Legion of Honour Rameses Shriners. Historian with the Schürch Family Association of North America. Editor 418 Wing RCAF Belleville.


Nobles, their Ladies, and some of their family (50 total) came together for our bus trip to Montreal where we spent the night at the Nouvel Hotel.  Ron Rushnell was our bus driver who ensured that we arrived safely.  After one stopover at the Cornwal Enroute  and a quick bus tour of the city we booked into our rooms in Montreal and then enjoyed an evening in the Hotel bar/restaurant.  It was then time to rest up before our tour of the Shriner Hospital for Children on Sunday.   A big thank you to Nobles John Neil and John Bonnin for organizing this trip.  And another thank you to Lady Peggy who was our “hostess with the mostess”, and not just jelly beans.

On Sunday our group  toured the Shriner Hospital for Children.  Our guides were Gail and Gil Chartier, Jean Pascal Gosselin, Mark Diaz, and Emmanuelle Rondeau with Justin Puma assisting and finally our Secretary of the Board of Governors Noble John H. Neil.  There was so much to see and hopefully these photos capture our excitement and humbleness for OUR Children’s Hospital.  We raised $165 on the bus that was donated to the hospital and at the end of the day everyone spent lots of money on souvenirs.  The meal in the cafeteria was great not to mention the excellent service by the cafeteria staff. Again a big thanks to our team for making this happen, even the ones at the back of the bus who were the lively group, right Nobles Cook and Allan?

Tour attendees:  Driver Ron Rushnell, John & Peggy Neil, Don & Vada Gillis, Rob & Bonnie Wigmore, Clive & Sandra Allan, Brian & Annette Cook, Bill & Debbie Black, John Bonnin, Vada Lake, Jim & Barb Rennie, Marilyn Hackett, Debbie Coulbeck, Bruce & Kevin Ferguson, Harold & Bea Newton, Bill & Gwyn Bedford, Ralph & Shirley Swan, Bill & Sharon Osborne, Barb Geen, Carrie Davis, Don & Sandra Shaw, Doug & Louise Overy, Roy & Linda Todd, Harry & Eilene Ayerst, Frank Wilson, Stephen Shirk, Elaine Smithrim, Janice Stilletto, Rick & Janet Loveless, Larry & Loraine Donaldson, Jack & Shirley Hogarth  and Bob & Bettie Weir.


The Masonic Brethren from Lake Lodge No. 215 were in all their glory on Saturday and Sunday at Hubbs Sugarbush selling their pancakes and sausages to many who attended. Some of these Brethren are also Nobles in the Belleville and District Shrine Club who also assisted as needed with the selling of our annual fundraiser chocolate sales. It was a great way to spend this Sunday morning and afternoon. The temperatures were not too low with lots of sun overhead. Maple was flowing and vats cooking while parents and children enjoyed the hot chocolate and coffee watching the various events including a tree climb by a local Arborist.


Our 3rd Vice President Noble Bill Black and his team of Nobles and some of their Ladies wrapped up chocolate sales after starting on Friday and ending on Saturday and Sunday. It was great seeing the Nobility supporting this very worthwhile fundraising event at the Belleville Sportsman Boat and RV Show. It was too bad that this photographer didn’t capture pictures of all of the volunteers throughout this three day event. We lost track of the number of excited children who received balloon figures from our Clowns.  A special thanks to Cox RV for making sure that our table was set up in the best location on the main level.


418 Wing RCAF Association – Belleville
A&B Precast Manufacturing Ltd. – Charles Buckley
A&W – Belleville – Bryan Rhodes
Albert College – Belleville
Allen Raycroft Insurance Group – Belleville
Back In Motion Chiropractic – Dr. Tracey Bray
Bain Excavating – Denny Bain – Corbyville
Barry Swan Specialties Inc.
Baybridge Tire & Automotive – Rob Haynes
Bayside Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Centre – Belleville
Belch Builders – Tom Belch & Brad Belch
Belleville Toyota
Boathouse – Belleville
Bob W. Wood Construction Quinte Ltd. – Belleville
Bourbon Street Pizza Co. – Belleville
Boyer Kia Belleville – Dan Boyer
Build-All Contractors – Shannonville
Buy-Rite Auto Sales – Gary R. Veinot
CIBC Private Wealth Management – Darryl DaSilva and Collin Myers
Clark’s Automotive – Wellington
County Camo – Rossmore
County Road Beer Company – Hillier
Critter Clips – Angie MacDonald
D.I.Y. Factory Outlet – Mike and Kathy Parks
Dewe’s Independent Grocer – Wayne Dewe
Dr. Younes Dental Centre- Trenton & Belleville
Drossbach Canada – Trenton
Empey Tire – Belleville
Geen’s Pharmasave
Gilmour’s Meat Shop and Deli – Belleville
GLI Promotions – Belleville
Hackett’s Collision – Belleville
Hawkins Cheezies Belleville
Hawley’s Garage – Belleville
Holgate tire & Battery Ltd. – Adam Holgate
Home Hardware Building Centre – Picton
Hotch’s Auto Parts – Prince Edward County
J&P Marine Service – Justin Farrell and Paul Randle
K.G. Reid Utility Solutions – Quinte West and North Grenville
M&A towing – Canninfton
Malcolm Brothers Emergency Insurance Restoration
McCurdy Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd. – Trenton
McDonalds Belleville and Madoc
Metro – Belleville
Mr. Running Board Belleville – Joe Towns
Northway Family Restaurant – Belleville

Lady Elleen and Kevin Freeman
Lady Goldie Palmer and Family
Lady Margaret Preston
Lady Marilyn Hackett
Lady Peggy MacGregor and Family
Lady Sheila and Son Scott Smith and Daughter Carla (Jeff) and Grandchildren Eric and Tessa
Noble Barrie and Lady Marlene Willis
Noble Bert Newman
Noble Bill and Lady Debbie Black
Noble Bill and Lady Gwynn Bedford
Noble Bill and Lady Lise Richardson
Noble Bob and Lady Sharon Ridley
Noble Brian and Lady Carol Käuk
Noble Bruce and Lady Barb Ferguson
Noble Clarence and Lady Gayle Stevenson
Noble Clive and Lady Sandra Allan
Noble Don and Lady Velda Gillis
Noble Don Greer
Noble Donald “Trout” Douglas and Granddaughter Jennifer Wickman
Noble Doug and Lady Katie Rutledge
Noble Dug and Lady Lesley MacLaurin
Noble Gary and Bev Crane
Noble Gary and Lady Elaine Smithrim
Noble Gary and Lady Kathy Preston
Noble Harold and Lady Bea Newton
Noble Ivan and Lady Wanda Clare
Noble Jack and Celine Hellberg
Noble James and Lady Mary Preston
Noble Jim and Lady Joan Hemlin
Noble John and Lady Peggy Neil
Noble John and Lady Vada Bonnin
Noble Ken and Lady Erika Campbell
Noble Leon and Lady Dorothy Hill
Noble Leonard and Lady Marjorie Bedford
Noble Lloyd and Lady Sheila Kellett
Noble Morley and Lady Jean Allen
Noble Otto and Lady Kendra Nungesser
Noble Ralph Bullock
Noble Rob and Lady Bonnie Wigmore
Noble Ron and Lady Audrey Carter
Noble Stephen and Lady Kathy Shirk


Nobles and some of their Ladies from the various Shrine Clubs in the region were at the Air Canada Centre on Friday evening to help sell Kid Rock’s new Sweet Southern Sugar CDs and tickets for a chance to win a custom guitar from Kid Rock. To kick off the evening we listened to the Fresh Horses band who did a great job entering the thousands in attendance. Ladies Sharon Osborne and Bonnie Wigmore helped the Nobles to refresh their CD supplies while Noble Bob Jones and Lady Tina handled the cash. Also from the Belleville and District Shrine Club were President Stephen D. Shirk, Immediate Past President Jack Helberg as well as Nobles John Neil, Rob Wigmore, Don Gillis, Brian Cook, John Bonnin, John Hopkins and Bill Osborne. Everyone had a great time and look forward to the next event. Unfortunately we had to stop taking pictures once the show started so that we could concentrate on the CD sales.

In order to win the guitar the audience had to be watching the banner at the end of the show to look for the this advertised winning ticket in order to receive their prize.  This was witnessed by our Shriners and many others who stayed until the end.


Last night brought out many smiles and memories for the Nobles, their Ladies and Guests at the Belleville and District Shrine Club President Night installation dinner. 2018 President Noble Stephen Shirk put on a Airforce theme providing all attendees with Airforce Flag souvenirs for the lucky ones, and DVDs covering all Club photos and events from 2017 and earlier. The meal was excellent, the appetizers plenty, and Master of Ceremonies Noble Harold Newton had everyone’s attention. A big thanks to our Piper Noble Don Greer who piped in the Head Table with Potentate Illustrious Sir Noble Thomas W. Woodrow and Lady Linda, followed by piping in the Colours. The President and Lady Kathleen’s daughter Shelley Salisbury with her husband Martin in attendance took these photos.


Lady Kathy Shirk didn’t have any problems setting up for the installation ceremony on President’s Night for Saturday, 13 January 2018. At the Belleville and District Shrine Club Friday Social the Ladies and Nobles helped to load the tables with colour.  Noble Clive Allan had set up the tables, chairs, tablecloths, and cleaned the wine glasses on Thursday. President Elect Stephen Shirk went for the Airforce Theme for this event hoping that the attendees take home lots of memories from the past year and to create new ones for the upcoming year.  Noble Stephen served in the Canadian Armed Forces as an Airforce Serviceman for 23 years as a Human Resources Administrator (Formerly Administration Chief Clerk).  The three flags on the left represent his military service as:  Airforce Flag, Administration Flag , and United Nations Peacekeeping (Cyprus) Flag.  The three flags on the Right represent his family heritage as:  Switzerland, The Schürch Family Association of North America, and Berne (a region in Switzerland where the Shierk/Shirk/Sherk/Sherrick, etc. families came from during the Reformation era).  Schürch families were known as Swiss German Mennonites, emigrated from Europe in around the early 1700’s to become Pennsylvania Deutch (German) Mennonites, and later to the Kitchener/Waterloo and Markham areas as Mennonites in 1789 and 1804, not to mention all other areas of North America and as far south as Chile.



Nobles of the Belleville and District Shrine Club, their Ladies, and guests enjoyed another Christmas Dinner on Wednesday, 20 December 2017 at the Shrine Club.  We had 10 of our Special Ladies in attendance (Grace Grills, Shirley Brant, Peggy McGregor, Ilene Freeman, Shirley Foley, Sheila Smith, Marlene King, Marilyn Hackett, Maggie Miller, Helen McLaughlin (unfortunately Jean Williams could not make it).

Many stayed after the meeting to win turkeys to take home.  The Special Ladies received gifts as well as Pointsettias.  This now ends the business year with everyone looking forward to the New Year with new challenges.