On Saturday Noble Bill Black and Noble Stephen Shirk sat in the cold continuous drizzle while selling chocolates at Fosterholm Farms Maple in the County festivities.  While on Sunday Noble Jack Hellberg and Noble Calvin Thomas could be found selling chocolates at Hubb’s Sugarbush during the intermitent snow fall.  The Lake Lodge brethren were very busy at Hubb’s making and selling pancakes, sausages with maple syrup, coffee and hot chocolate to the many visitors.  Well done to all this wet and snowy weekend.


Our guest speaker for the evening was our District Deputy Grand Master for Prince Edward District Right Worshipful Brother Doug English on 27 March 2019 who was accompanied by his wife Bonnie. Doug gave a nice walk down through memory lane outlining many of the important events from the 50’s to the current date. He expressed the importance for Nobles to remember their relationship with their Masonic Lodges and to keep in mind that we need to look to the future for our memberhship numbers to improve. Congratulations to our President Noble Ken Campbell for another excellent dinner meeting.


Congratulations to Noble Ken Campbell installed as our President for 2019. His Lady Erika has proven that she will be his greatest supporter. There were 96 Nobles and Ladies in attendance to show their support for Ken and his new Executive. Ceremonies were conducted by Rameses Potentate Illustrious Sir Noble Jed Handy accompanied by First Lady Christine. Other Divan Nobles in attendance were Chief Rabban Noble Bill Sweet and his Lady Barbara, Oriental Guide Noble Joe Johnson and his Lady Joyce as well as other Nobles who are member of our Club. The Chief Rabban conducted the election of Noble Jim Preston as our new 1st Vice President. Also in attendance representing the Mayor’s office was Ward 2 Councillor Bill Sandison with his wife Christine. We would like to thank the Nobles and Ladies from the Kingston and Trent Valley Shrine Clubs who attended to also show their support. President 2018 Noble Stephen Shirk and Lady Kathleen were happy to give up this position. Noble Stephen will continue as the Secretary for the Belleville and District Shrine Club for 2019.


This was an opportunity for Noble Stephen Shirk to try out his fancy new digital Canon Camera with bluetooth, etc.  Had to delete many pictures that were not so good however still managed to find some good photo opportunities.  Congratulations to Illustrious Sir Noble Jed Handy on being installed as our newest Potentate and the best to our outgoing, now Past Potentate, Illustrious Sir Noble Thomas Woodrow.  Also to be congratulated was the election and installation of our newest Oriental Guide Noble Joe Johnson who comes from both the Oshawa and Belleville Shrine Clubs.  Now we have to find a new 1st Vice President for Belleville.  The weather was great and the ceremony was again memorable.


With 81 Nobles, Ladies, Special Ladies and Guests from the Lakeshore and Trent Valley Shrine Clubs in attendance we saw a great end of the year for our President 2018 Noble Stephen D. Shirk and his Lady Kathleen on 19 December at their Annual Christmas Dinner Meeting. There were gifts given, prizes won, especially the 20 lb Turkey won by Lady Celine Hellberg as well as those other lucky 18 winners who walked away with their turkey for Christmas Dinners. A big thanks to everyone who supported Noble Stephen, Lady Kathleen and his Executive this past year and the best to President Elect Noble Ken Campbell and his Lady Erika for their year in 2019.


On Tuesday, 04 December 2018, the Belleville and District Shriners and their Ladies took part in the Rameses Holiday Magic Show at the Empire Theatre were many children and their parents watched magic acts and feats of agility. A special thanks to Noble Joe Johnson for performing the introductions at the beginning of the show and thanks to the following for attending: Noble Leonard and Lady Marjorie Bedford, Noble Brucer Ferguson and Lady Marilyn Hackett, Lady Joyce Johnson, Noble John Bonnin, and Noble Wayne McFaul who worked on the sound system. Noble Roy Thompson was also their with his grandchild. President Noble Stephen Shirk was present to help give out program booklets and the souvenir Anti-Bullying ruler/bracelet.


We were very rushed when the Belleville and District Shrine Club attended the Wellington Santa Claus Parade at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Tweed Santa Claus Parade at 12:30 p.m. and then over to Marmora for their Santa Claus Parade at 2:00 p.m.  We appreciated that there was no rain and that we had good clear skies for most of these events however it was starting to become overcast by the end of the last parade.  Thanks Nobles and Lady Jennifer Wickham for supporting our Shrine Club for the day.  Now only one more Santa Claus Parade to go in Stirling on Friday, 7 December 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the weather is excellent for that parade.


As the President of the Belleville and District Shrine Club Noble Stephen Shirk visited the Algonquin Shrine Club, Orillia Shrine Club and Lakeshore Shrine Club for their local elections.  This was followed by our Belleville and District Shrine Club Elections on 28 November 2018. The best to all of the new Executives out there for 2019.  Hopefully we will get to many of the other Installations as well.


The weather was perfect on 18 November for our Santa Claus parade in Belleville.  My grandson from the military David Shirk used his new 2018 Silverado truck to pull our Legion of Honour “People Mover” float in the parade.  Lady Kathy Shirk and her team prepared the upper lounge with a christmas treee, and made sure that there was lots of chili, stew, cheese/pickle trays and deserts available for those who traveled in the parade. After some brief moments of aniexty the Camel Herders were able to get their float moving while others Nobles and Ladies remained warm and  very cherry in the club motorhome. We even had some of our Nobles and their Ladies from the Trent Valley Shrine Club in the parade and at our Chili Night feast.  Thank you to everyone who made this happen and those who got involved with the spirit of the season.


Noble Ken Campbell managed to put it all together for our Bantam Hockey Tournament season this year. We had a nice visit from one of our Shriner children Aurora as well. Nobles were busy with the setup and greeting our many visitors as well as supplying gift bags and water for the teams. Mayor Elect of Belleville His Worship Mitch Panciuk was also on hand for the official puck drop ceremony at 11:15 a.m. A big thanks to all of our sponsors and to the Nobles and their ladies who helped at this very important event.

Another day of our three day hockey event with many Nobles and a few Ladies helping out where needed. Now that the Canadian Tire BBQ was over from Friday we could concentrate on having fun on Saturday. Go Shriners Go!

As your President I would like to personall thank the following Nobles and their Ladies who helped at our Bantam Hockey Tournament over the weekend: Bert Newman, Bill Bedford, Bill Black, Bill Richardson, Brian Cook, Brian Käuk, Bruce Ferguson, Calvin Thomas, Clarence Stevenson, Clive Allan, Don Gillis, Doug MacLaurin, Doug Rutledge, Erika Campbell, Jim Hemlin, Jim Preston, Joan Hemlin, Joe Johnson, John Bonnin, John Hopkins, John Neil, Kathy Shirk, Ken Campbell, Leon Hill, Leonard Bedford, Lise Richardson, Lloyd Kellett, Otto Nungesser, Ron Bailey, Ron Hitchlock, Roy Todd.. Without your support this weekend would not have been a great success for us and our hockey teams.

I would also like to thank the following Sponsors for placing ads in our hockey booklet this year: Bain Excavating, Bob W. Wood Construction Quinte Ltd., Drossbach, Tim Hortons Bridge & Dundas St Belleville, Star Trophies, CIBC Darryl DaSilva & Collin Myers, The RibCage BBQ, Bourbon Street Pizza Co., Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre, Belleville Toyota, McDonald’s North Front St. Walmart & Hwy 62 Madoc, Branch 110 Royal Canadian Legion, Smitty’s “King of Appliances”, Wendy’s North Front St Belleville & Alkenbrack St. Napanee, W.T. Hawkins Ince. Cheezies, Branch 99 Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 160 Royal Canadian Legion, Quinte First Credit Union Joe Bell, Belleville Shrine Club Clown Unit, Papa Johns, Home Hardware Picton, County Camo, Split Second Printing, Tyendinaga Computer Sales, Wilkinson & Company LLP, Empey Tire, Shoeless Joe’s, 418 (Belleville) Wing RCAF Association, Quinte Air Supply Kevin DeMille, Gilmour’s Meat Shop & Deli Wyatt Whitehead, Hotch’s and Son’s Auto Parts, Wellington Pharmacy Christa Smith, Albert College, Prinzen Ford John Carney, The Boathouse, Star Auto Glass & Upholstery, Ron’s Quality Cars Ron Bailey, Barry Swan Specialties Inc., A& B Precast Charles Buckley, Clark’s Automotive, Hawley’s Garage, McCurdy Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd Percy Pearce, RT Marketing David Down, M&A Towing, Mr Running Board Joe Towns, Wellington on the Lake Golf Course, Baybridge Tire & Automotive Rob Haynes, Dewe’s Independent, Critter Clips Angie MacDonald, J&P Marine Service Justin Farrell & Paul Randle, A&W North Front St. Bryan Rhodes, Stan’s Fix-it-Shop Ltd Bernie Robar, Holgate Tire & Battery Ltd. Adam Holgate, Geen’s Pharmasave, Build-All Contractors, Parsons Cleaners & Launderers Ltd, Branch 509 Royal Canadian Legion, Hockett’s Collision, D.I.Y. Factory Outlet, Metro, Buy-Rite Auto Sales Gary R. Veinot, Back in Motion Dr. Tracy Bray, Sean & Tim McKinney Remax, Peter Smith Chevrolet Buick GMC, Select Services Paulette Stacey, Tom Belch & Sons Building Contractors, Bill Hopkins Garage Ltd, Sugarbush Vineyards Robert & Sally Peck, Brian Rosebush Heating and Colling, Belleville Beer & Wine Ken Ridge, Belleville Starter & Alternator & Batteries Rick Woodcock Nat Blanchard & Al Johnson, Sparky’s Auto, Greg Sudds West City Honda, The Duke of Edinburgh Unit 201 Army Navy & Airforce, Winmar Property Restoration Specialists, Reid Bros. Truck Service Inc.

We should also recognize those Nobles and Ladies who took out ads in our Bantam Hockey Booklet this year. All ads helped the Belleville and District Shrine Club cover the costs of running the Bantam Hockey Tournament. Special thanks to: Leonard & Marjorie Bedford, Al Rushlow, Jim & Mary Preston, Kathy Shirk, John & Vada Bonnin, Doug & Katie Rutledge, Doug & Lesley MacLaurin, Ron & Audrey Carter, Special Lady Peggy MacGregor, Sheila & Lloyd Kellett, Barrie & Marlene Willis, Ralph Bullock, Calvin & Sheila Thomas, Don Greer, Morley & Jean Allen, Harold & Bea Newton, Otto & Kendra Nungesser, Bill & Gwynn Bedford, Clive & Sandra Allan, Brian & Carol Käuk, Special Lady Eileen & son Kevin Freeman, Barb & Bruce Ferguson, Donald “Trout” Douglas & his granddaughter Jennifer Wickman, Rob & Bonnie Wigmore, Ken & Erika Campbell, The Goldie family, Don & Velda Gillis, Bert Newman, Jack & Celine Hellberg, Bill & Debbie Black, Leon & Dorothy Hill, Special Lady Marilyn Hackett, Bill & Lise Richardson, Clarence & Gayle Stevenson, Wanda & Ivan Clare, Gary & Elaine Smithrim


Noble Ken Campbell managed to put it all together for our Bantam Hockey Tournament season this year. We had a nice visit from one of our Shriner children Aurora as well. Nobles were busy with the setup and greeting our many visitors as well as supplying gift bags and water for the teams. Mayor Elect of Belleville His Worship Mitch Panciuk was also on hand for the official puck drop ceremony at 11:15 a.m. A big thanks to all of our sponsors and to the Nobles and their ladies who helped at this very important event.


On Friday evening of 2 November 2018 Noble Bill Black and his team were very busy setting up for the Hunter’s Night event at the Belleville Canadian Tire Store where they were selling hamburgers, hotdogs, pulled pork and drinks.  It was a little cool and damp evening however these diehard Shriners and their Ladies would get the job done.  Inside they also had a front row seat for selling chocolates as visitors entered the store.  Thanks to all of you for ‘Getting Er Done’ and supporting Store Manager John Gardiner with his special weekend event.