Fellow Nobles ….. since my last message in early April, it has been a busy time for Gizeh Shriners.
All Clubs and Units have now had their installations with the last being Creston and Golden. Noble Lew Rossner and myself travelled to the Kootenay’s for these installations and were enthusiastically greeted by the Nobles and Ladies from these areas. It was wonderful to experience such enthusiasm and optimism.
May brought the Stated Meeting, where we approved the applications of 13 potential new Nobles. I attended parades in Cloverdale, Nanaimo and Victoria and of course this brought us to the Ceremonial in Whitehorse.
Wow, what a great time we all had in Whitehorse. There was the Meet & Greet at the Yukon Transportation Museum attend by almost of the 180 Ceremonial attendees. They all had an opportunity to view the exhibits, visit with their fellow Nobles and Ladies and partake in a BBQ of Bison Burgers, Elk and Reindeer Sausages washed down with the occasional beer or glass of wine. I want to thank the hard work of the members of the Yukon Shrine Club #30 for making this a success.
Friday morning, I officially opened the 2017 Gizeh Ceremonial. The Janizaries participated in the Black Camel followed by the initiation of 6 new Nobles by the Gizeh Ritual Unit lead by Noble Con Neudorf.
Following the 1st Section, the Nobles were off to perform the 2nd Section which was enjoyed by all the Nobles. I wish to thank the Camel Unit and in particular Noble Len Pettman for once again organizing a great event.
The ladies were off to the Ladies lunch, which was I understand, full of surprise and fun entertainment.
Friday evening was an event that will be remembered for years to come. The Nobles and Ladies were entertained by 3 different acts, The Canucks, The Frantic Follies and the Snowshoe Shufflers. Everyone was having such a great time, I had to tell them to go home.
Saturday morning, Gizeh had it’s first ever “Walk for Love” event. Over 100 people participated in the 5 Km walk along the Yukon River on a sunny, bright morning. As a bonus, a number of participants put their hands in their pockets and came up with $700 for Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Saturday evening, the ceremonial was capped off with a Formal Banquet. The whole event was a great success because of many helping hands, but I personally want to thank Noble Ron Erickson for his. The day of the Ceremonial would not have been as successful if it wasn’t for his commitment and hard work to this great Fraternity. I will be forever grateful for your help and direction.
Finally, none of this would have happened if not for the love and support I have received from my wife, Mary Rose (MR to all of you). MR worked countless hours planning this event. She knew what needed to be done where I had no idea what to do. She hand made all the centerpieces so we could save some money. She totally planned her ladies luncheon and worked tirelessly to make the Yukon Fun Night and the final Banquet a success. Mary Rose, you absolutely deserved the standing ovation.
For all that could not make the ceremonial in Whitehorse and for all those that did, Noble Richard Tattersall has posted hundreds of photographs online and you can view them or even purchase some for a donation to Gizeh at:
Nobles, Mary Rose and I wish you all a wonderful summer. Get out and support your local parades and show your Shrine colours whenever possible.
Ill Sir Joe Trerice, Potentate
Gizeh Shriners of BC & Yukon