Lloydminster & Area Al Wa Shrine Club installs officers

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November 1, 2016 12:00 AM

Local club looking to increase its membership

The organization of men in Lloydminster and district with the red fez that we know as Shriners first started in the 1860s when 13 Masons in New York joined together to ensure treatment of children with polio. 
Wanting to further expand medical care, in 1872 these 13 individuals formed the first Shrine Temple, or entre,  called the Mecca Shriners of New York City.
Four years later, in 1876, the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine was formed across the U.S. and ultimately into Canada and Mexico.
Their role was to have fun while supporting various charities and philanthropies
In 1920, however,  they voted to establish their own philanthropy, namely Shriners Hospitals for Children. 
The first Shriners Hospital for Children (SHC) opened in 1922 in Shreveport, LA.
Today there are 22 Shriners Hospitals dealing with multi-orthopedic conditions and burn facilities—20 in the U.S., and one in Canada and one in Mexico.
The Canadian Shriners Hospitals for Children was opened in 1925 with the new Canadian Shriners Hospital opening in Montreal this year at a cost of $130-million. In the 94 years that Shriners Hospitals have been in existence, thousands of children from Saskatchewan, Alberta plus other provinces, states and countries have been treated.
Some of the orthopedic problems most commonly treated at Shriners Hospitals include Clubfoot and related deformities; osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease); Spina Bifida; Skeletal growth abnormalities; Hip and Knee replacements; Leg Length discrepancies and scoliosis.
These hospitals also developed artificial skin for burns patients which was made available to all Canadian hospitals with burns centres at no charge.
The four Shriners Hospitals for Children providing acute and rehabilitation care for burned children ensure a child’s chance of survival has more than doubled.
Today these SHC Centres of Excellence are major referral hospitals where specialized and complicated problems are treated.
Wa Wa and Al Shamal also has excellent relationships with other children’s hospitals such as providing grants to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton
We all have the same goals—helping sick kids get well.
In the case of the Al Wa Shrine Club, and similar Shrine Centres and Clubs across Canada, our goal and objective is to continue bringing smiles to children throughout the world through support of the world’s greatest philanthropy—Shriners Hospitals for Children !
Undoubtedly, there are many who have heard about Shriners but know little about us.
They wonder how they can join and share in the fun we have and wonderful work that Shriners and Shriners Hospitals do in making our patients well and happy.
The first step is becoming a Mason.
Shriners remember and will never forget those 13 Masons who started Shriners International.
The second step is becoming a Shriner,  and practising what we’re taught as Masons.
The third and last step is becoming a Shriner and assisting in providing children in need of the superb care provided at Shriners Hospitals for Children.
To help do that, please call and meet any of the following dedicated executive members of the Al Wa Shrine Club, namely:
Al Wa Shrine club president Don Weeks 780-875-7575; Al London, secretary-treasurer 780-875-2155; Dave Rogers, vice-president (306) 823-4524; Howard Barnsley, hospitality chairman 780-875-4949; Bob Nielsen, membership chairman 780-875 8202; Jim Chesterman, director 780-842 2615; Lloyd Manning, director 780-875 5311.
Trust me: a call to any of the above resulting in you becoming a Shriner is a call you’ll never regret as you join us in referring young people—up to 18—in medical need to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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