The Shriners and their St. Croix Valley Shrine Club ladies combined some business with a nice Irish dinner and a quick bingo on Friday, March 18 at the American Legion in New Richmond.
Carl Gaulke, president of the Shrine Club, served as master of ceremonies. The business meeting heard several reports on club activities as well as a Divan report by assistant Rabban Roger Keller of New Richmond. Keller announced that the shrine temple was sold in May 2022.
“The sanctuary offices have moved to a pleasant commercial setting in Madison,” Keller said. He also announced several workouts he has planned this spring. As always, Roger has big plans for Sanctuary of Zor when he becomes a potentate in 2024.
There will be a Quarterly Zor Officers Meeting on April 2 in Wausau and a Spring Ceremony on May 14 in Wausau, so mark your calendars.
In his report, Noble Bob Hering of the Board of Governors announced the next Shrine Gala scheduled for June 3 at the Minneapolis Depot. Last year, according to Hering, there were 400 registrants with a total income for the Twin Cities Shriners children of $307,000.
Tammy Keller gave a brief report on the Shrine Auxiliary, noting that the annual auction will take place in November. Last year, the auction brought in $12,500 for the Shriners for Kids.
Former potentate Barry Ausen said the onions are now planted and should be ready for harvest in late April or the first part of May, depending on the weather. Everyone is eagerly awaiting the arrival of these Vidalia sweet onions.
President Gaulke introduced two new nobles who will take part in one of the upcoming ceremonies this year. Merl Steffen and Wayne Pearse will soon become the new Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.
Next year’s Imperial Session will be in Minneapolis and the MSA is scheduled for Green Bay. Watch the Zephyr for dates and times.
After the affair, the public settled in for several games of BINGO with Noble Mike Kastens at the numbers. The winning bingos received a bottle of wine in a gift wrap.