All posts by SDShirk

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.


Looks like they are moving ahead with our renovations to our new Belleville and District Shrine Club at 160 Catharine St, Bellville, Ontario. The front gate area was removed from the front entrance to make it look more appealing and receptive to our visitors. The person-door to the shed has been installed. And now they are starting to close in the framing on the building extension. Once the roof is on they will be able to work during the inclement weather. Can’t wait to see what next week brings!


I dragged my COVID ridden body (now seven days of symptoms) out of the house today when I heard that some work had been done at our new Belleville and District Shrine Club buildings. I was careful to stay away from any humans in the area.

Taking pictures I see that all of the shed is now up. We only need to add electricity for lights and power and a door. Future work would entail insulating the interior walls and ceiling and erecting some shelving if space permits. We should be able to park our Camel Herder float and 71 Dodge Pumper Unit in the shed for safe keeping with room to spare for odds and sodds.

I also noticed that we have not made much progress on the addition to the main building. The studs are up for the walls on the extension however it has been almost a week with nothing completed. Looks like we may not be in the new building and out of the old building by year end. Fingers crossed!


We had a great representation of Nobles and their Ladies from the Belleville and District Shrine Club at Trent Valley Shrine Club’s annual dinner at the Stirling Farmers Museum. Also present were Nobles and their ladies from the Lakeshore and Kingston Shrine Clubs. The Potentate and his Divan were also present that added to the ceremony of this meeting. Thanks Nobles for a great day.


Several of our Nobles met in Picton for a great visit with Noble Alex Rauket (Cycling Noble ) with the assistance of Noble Doug Gould and Noble Kevin MacKay of the Bruce Shrine Club. Attending from the Belleville and District Shrine Club were President Noble Jim Preston, Ambassador Noble Leonard Bedford, and Ambassador Emeritus Noble Clarence Stevenson. After a short break they were on their way to Kingston.


On Friday we arrived for the fist Rameses Spring Ceremonial since the shutdown of all Masonic meetings and events during 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID pandemic. This day was memorable for our Club as we would learn how successful the St. Catharine’s Spring Ceremonial was to be. On this Friday there was registration during the day with a social in the evening. Our planning committee for the 2023 Ceremonial, which will be held in Belleville, was busy at our information table in the Flea Market area, supplying every interested Noble or Lady with maps, area brochures and responding to their questions.