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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.


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.


On Wednesday evening 43 Nobles and Ladies were in attendance at our second dinner since the beginning of the COVID pandemic restrictions in March of 2020, the first for our Potentate. Present was our Potentate Illustrious Sir Noble Don Campbell and two of his Divan members Chief Rabban Joe Johnson with his Lady Joyce and High Priest and Prophet John Neil with his Lady Peggy. It was also great seeing many members of the Trent Valley Shrine Club in attendance as well as a representation from the Oshawa and Kingston Shrine Clubs. Everyone did their best to follow the rules for masking and distancing. Hopefully we can continue meet in our clubhouse to celebrate friendships and plan for the future.

Belleville and District Shrine Club Election Night – 24 November 2021

Here is your elected members of the Belleville and District Shrine Club for 2022 with family and friends present.

President – Noble Jim Preston
1st Vice President – Noble Ken Campbell
2nd Vice President – Noble Bill Black
Secretary – Noble Stephen D. Shirk
Treasurer – Noble Ron Carter
Directors: Nobles Wayne McFaul (absent), John Bonnin (absent), Stephen Shirk, Brian Cook and Ralph Bullock
Trustees: Nobles Clarence Stevenson, Calvin Thomas and Rob Wigmore (absent)
Auditors: Nobles Leonard Bedford and Clive Allan

Congratulations and we wish you the best for 2022.


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.