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.
Many of our Belleville and District Shrine Club Nobles with a few of their Ladies helped to greet the many children and their parents who had attended the Rameses Shriners Holiday Magic Show at the Empire Theatre. A big thanks to Sam McKinney our MMBO Direct Marketing Coordinator and Entertainer Dick Joiner and his team for putting on a fantastic show Tuesday evening, 28 November 2017. We would like to thank Noble President Jack Hellberg, Nobles Rob Wigmore, Calvin Thomas, Don Gillis, Gary Smithrim, Jim Preston, John Bonnin, Wayne McFaul, Stephen Shirk and Ladies Bonnie Wigmore, Elaine Smithrim for helping with greeting our guests on behalf of Rameses Shriners.