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About SDShirk

Public Relations Director, Inter Club Relations Chairman, Acting Secretary 2017 Belleville & District Shrine Club, Finance Officer Legion of Honour Rameses Shriners. Historian with the Schürch Family Association of North America.


Nobles of the Belleville and District Shrine Club had a fantastic day at the Wellington Pumpkinfest Parade.  Noble Don (Trout) Douglas commented that the parade started with over 500 lining the streets and seemed to reach 5,000 by the time we were at the end.  The crowd kept getting bigger and bigger with smiles galour.  The bad weather held off and gave an opportunity for our Clown Unit to continue making children happy with balloons in the park.


On 16 September 2017 the Belleville and District Shrine Club had 37 recorded visitors for the Doors Open Ontario event. Here are some pictures of the few guests we were able to capture when we were not busy conducting tours. Both Lady Kendra Nungesser and Lady Kathleen Shirk were a great help. Lady Kendra conducted tours in the lower banquet room and lounge area while Noble Stephen Shirk took our visitors to the top floor boardroom and other areas. Lady Kathleen took care of our guests on the main floor and ran for supplies, etc. Maybe next year we will get a bigger crowd. This certainly helped with advertising our great facilities avaiable for renting for any type of event in the different areas of the building as well as who we are as Shriners.



I had the great time visitng with Lady Sheila Smith yesterday at her home in Trenton. Sheila was so proud of her husband Fred for all of his accomplishments and in particular his dedication to the Shrine Children when he was Chairman of the many Shrine Circuses in Belleville from 1987 to 2000. In the later years of the Circus from 2001 to 2012 the 1st Vice Presidents of the Club would be in charge of the Circus however they still had Noble Fred putting a committee together to sell tickets, set up for the Circus, and to enter the ring to make the announcements on behalf of the Belleville and District Shrine Club and the Rameses Shrine Circus. Noble Fred was the true coordinator for these events. The 1st Vice Presidents may have taken the accolades for this event however Noble Fred was the true spokesman for the Club and our Nobility. He needs to be remembered. Thank you Sheila for sharing these memories.


Nobles and Ladies please help us to sell or purchase our 50/50 tickets this year. The draw will be made at the Master Mason Night/Craft Lodge Night Dinner Meeting on 25 October 2017. Our Guest Speaker for the night will be Illustrious Sir Noble Fred Clark, P.P. who will talk to the Master Masons about the Shrine Hospitals for Children.
Noble Gary Crane can be reached at 613-661-6299 to arrange for the pick up tickets to purchase/sell. We had a very successful year last season and hope to make this even better this year with your support. Noble Gary would like to have all tickets picked up no later than 8 August 2017 at the Club House for the Executive who have ordered tickets.  Contact Noble Gary directly if you wish additional tickets. This will give us plenty of time to make our sales.


The following photo and article were placed in the SnapD Quinte July Magazine.
The Lads from the Belleville Shrine Club snapd at
Canadian Tire Belleville Launches Jumpstart.
The space outside the front of the Canadian Tire store in Belleville had lots of stuff going on in terms of family-friendly activities. All to raise awareness and give back to the community on Jumpstart Day. The free event featured face painting, bouncy castles, mini putt, a “Spin to Win” for a chance to earn a $500 Canadian Tire gift card and live musical performances.


This photo was taken at the Palace Pier, Toronto, May 1952.
(The picture belonged to W.T. Lee Collier)
Front Row, Right to Left
(1) Horace Wright
(2) Delbert Russell White, Belleville, White’s Hardware
Second Row, Right to Left
(3) Dunam Paul Foster, Belleville, Veterinarian
(4) Murton Sam Clarke, Napanee, Manager of Iron Works
(5) Albert E Fyffe, Napanee, Dentist
(16) Jack Both, Belleville, Contractor & Mayor
Third Row, Right to Left
(5) Beverley Quincey, Belleville, Roofing Contractor
(6) W.T. Lee Collier, Belleville, Accountant
As you can see these Nobles came from all walks of life. And there are many, many, more.

A GREAT SUCCESS – The Belleville & District Community BBQ 14 July 2017

This was a great day for our event. Not to cold, not to hot, and no rain. My wife Kathy Shirk, myself and our granddaughter Stephanie Courtney Jade Shirk were only there for a few hours from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm and saw many Nobles, their Ladies, and some visitors from the local community. In these pictures you can see the efforts of the principle organizers 2nd Vice President Noble Gary Crane with Lady Beverly Crane, 1st Vice President Noble Otto Nungesser and his Lady Kendra and others cooking such as Noble Clarence Stevenson and Noble Terry Burke. Others jumped in as they were needed especially to provide tours of the building. We should do this again every year for our membership and our Community. Please let us know if you can think of any other great ideas for us to participate or organize.


Our Nobles and Ladies had a great evening with our Special Ladies and honoured guests on Wednesday.  Our head-table guest was Kim Farr from Star Trophies.  We were also entertained by The Country Players skit “You Might Be Canadian Hour” where they educated us about “Something You Should Know About Being Canadian” as performed by Noble Ron & Lady Audrey Carter, Noble Leonard & Lady Marjorie Bedford and our newest member Noble John Hopkins and his Lady Penny.


Nobles of the Belleville & District Shrine Club are asked to meet at the Club for 8:15 a.m. departing at 8:45 a.m. for the Marmora Fairgrounds to attend the MARMORA CANADA DAY PARADE. Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. Don’t forget to bring your Ladies who can ride with you on the Legion of Honour Float. Bring rain gear for any slight drizzle and have FUN.