Exploring America’s Capital

Stan and Valencia Garrett and the El Korah Shriners along with the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Jay Leonard and his lady Jean present: “Exploring America’s Capital with Masonic Highlights”

  • 8 days
  • 10 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 Dinners
  • $2,499, Double occupancy
  • May1-8, 2012

For more information check out the flyer here JanDD or call:

Diana Rolig, Global Travel – 208-387-1000

Stan & Valencia Garrett – sv5155@cableone.net or 208-887-6827

El Korah Recorder – recorder@elkorah.org

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Order of the Hook

This originally posted on the Desert Dust.

Well there were three more trips since last report. Dave and I went back to Arrowrock. We were not disappointed. We got our limit
again, and again. They were real nice trout. There was also another trip. Jim Rees, Dave and I went to C.J. Strike to see if the big trout were on the bite yet. In a word, NO. Jim caught one that was sixteen inches and weighed an even two pounds. Dave caught one that went eighteen inches and weighed two pounds fourteen ounces. They were about three hours apart. In between the trout, we motored over to the hump to try our luck on the perch and crappie. We had better luck but it was still slow fishing. We caught seven crappies, the largest being eleven inches. We also caught four perch and three bluegill. The perch and the bluegill were all real nice
size. Even though we didn’t nail the trout we had fun. There was a slight breeze in the morning but by noon it settled down and the
lake was almost mirror like for the rest of the day. I thought the Strike trip was going to be my last one for the year; I cleaned up
the boat and put the cover on it. I almost got teary eyed but with foot surgery coming up it had to be done. Then Dave called
and suggested we make another run on Arrowrock. I was like an old hunting dog watching the guns being put in the truck. I loaded up my Arrowrock back pack and grabbed a couple of rods and away we went. Twelve more fish fell that day. Well now I am grounded. I had the foot taken care on the ninth and I will be down until late December. The kids are coming home for Christmas so you can bet I will have the grandkids on the water. I remember their dad always complaining about the cold when we winter fished, and I would hate to deprive them of the same opportunity. If you have a fish story that you would like to share, send it to me and I will make sure it gets in the Desert Dust. Keep your hooks sharp and don’t pass up the opportunity to go fishing. And I wish you and yours a very happy holiday season.

Published in: on December 19, 2011 at 8:14 am  Leave a Comment  

Helping Kids Defying the Odds for 85 Years

This originally posted by Mike Babcock, Director of Public Relations, Shriners Hospital for Children, Salt Lake City – via the Desert Dust

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Salt Lake City celebrates an impressive anniversary last year. For over 85 years, the non-profit pediatric orthopaedic specialty hospital has provided expert medical care to children with dideases and disorders of the bones, muscles and joints. Since 1925, tens of thousands of children from Utah and the surrounding Intermountain West and northern Mexico have received life-altering care regardless of their ability to pay.

Most children referred to Shriners Hospitals for Children – Salt Lake City require surgery for scoliosis, hip dysplasia, limb length discrepancies, osteogenesis imperfect, limb deficiencies, bone and joint infections, angular deformities and other neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Patients admit to and recover on a spacious kid-friendly 40- bed inpatiend unit where the average length of stay is about four days. Board Certified pediatric orthopaedic surgeons and multidisciplinary teams provide compassionate, family-centered care.

In addition to inpatient surgery, Shriners Hospital for Children – Salt Lake City offers a wide range of outpatient services conveniently located under one roof. Patients can receive physical, occupational and speech therapy on site. The prosthetics and orthotics department was recently expanded to accommodate growing need. Patients undergo extensive evaluation and pressure mapping for customized wheelchairs. And the hospital boasts one of the most advanced motion analysis laboratories in the region.

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Salt Lake City was founded on charity. While all insurance and Medicaid plans are now accepted, no child under the age of 18 with a treatable orthopaedic condition will be denied service.

For more information or to refer a child for care call 1(800) 314-4283. Or email Elkorahshrine@gmail.com

Published in: on December 15, 2011 at 2:19 am  Leave a Comment  

$10,000 Check Presentation

Potentate Ray Westmoreland, his wife Debi and son Aaron presented a check for $10,000 to the Un-Limb-ited project of the Salt Lake Shriners Hospital for Children.

Published in: on December 14, 2011 at 12:24 am  Leave a Comment  

Update from the Potentate

  • Travel fund continues to grow.
  • The Payette Shrine Club raised $10,000 through their annual auction for the Portland Hospital.
  • The Portland Food Caravan, ably lead by Ambassador Jay and Lady Joyce Garrett, traveled to Al Kader to deliver $103,000.
  • Lady Debi presented a check for $10,000 (proceeds of the Carats for Caring event) to the Salt Lake Hospital
  • Over 300 new Shriner Kids began treatment this year from our realm
  • We welcomed 20 new Nobles, average age 45, who came to be active
  • Let’s finish this year strong, with energy and participation in all the things we do to help kids and have fun!

Your Divan is a team of men with combined knowledge that could run many companies…It has been a pleasure to have worked with these wise, creative, and motivated men…

Lady Debi and I thank you all for the Ride of our lives

Published in: on December 12, 2011 at 3:19 pm  Comments (1)  

Post All-Star Game

The above picture was of one of our Honorary Captains Enrique Moya doing the coin toss at the 2011 East vs. West Shrine Game.

Well, I would like to start out by saying, if you did not attend the All-Star Games at Eagle High School, you missed some great football. With the windy weather, we had parents, family and friends of all the players in the stands to bear the brisk November weather.

The eight Man Teams consisted of the top players from 1A, Division 1 and Division 2 high schools in District III, and these players did not let us down. The teams were hitting hard with their pads, which made the game exciting with the passes, fumbles, and tackles. The East All Star Team won the Game 38 to 14 over the West All Stars.

The eleven Man Teams consisted of the top players from 5A, 4A, 3A and 2A high schools in District III. The teams were so closely matched that the game was decided once again in the very last seconds of the game. With the East Team holding off the West All Star teams last drive in the last 12 seconds with a final score of East All Stars 21 West All Stars 15.

These young men played with all their hearts. We had a couple of the young men come out of the game at the last couple of minutes with injuries. This will tell you that these men did not give up. I would like to commend the All Star Game Committee members in helping to make this game and “EVENT” and not just another All Star Game.  Also, all the volunteers that helped out with the player BBQ, and showed up to the Game. At this time we do not know the final attendance or the final receipts, but should know soon.

If you would like to volunteer and help next year on the committee please let me know. Game DVD’s can be purchased at Idahosports.com and team photos can be purchased at nishsphoto.com. And if you have program please support the advertisers in there.

Originally posted on the Dessert Dust.

Published in: on December 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Daughter of the Nile Fashion Show

The Daughter of the Nile Fashion show was on November 5th. Here are some pictures from the Fashion show. If you’re interested in becoming part of the Daughters of the Nile please email elkorahshrine@gmail.com.

Published in: on November 10, 2011 at 12:25 am  Leave a Comment  

2011 Fall Ceremonial

The fall ceremonial is right around the corner. Be sure to get your registration form in soon. Below is the day-of-event schedule. Thank you all for partaking in this fall ceremonial.


Published in: on November 3, 2011 at 4:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Update from the Potentate

Every month the Potentate writes a message in the Desert Dust, El Korah’s monthly newletter. We will now be posting the breakdown of his message into smaller updates. To read the full message from the Potentate please refer to the Desert Dust link on the left.

  • Thank you to the people who were involved with donating to the patient travel fund. Because there is an increase in patients who need Shrine care there, in turn, is an increase need to fund those patients to get the care they need. So thank you to those who were able to help us replenish that fund.
  • Congratulations to the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Idaho and past potentate, Jay Leonard.
  • Congratulations to Queen Sally for making the Daughters of the Nile the only group of members with growth. We hope to follow in your lead!
  • Calling all El Korah Veterans and or Veterans of War. The American Legion will be meeting the third Wednesday every month at 6:30 at El Korah (1118 W. Idaho St. Boise, ID). If you have any questions or would like to join the American Legion please contact Bob Finney 208-343-0571. You can also contact either Rick Helsley from the American Legion Headquarters 208-870-9602 or Randy Bain, also from the American Legion HQ at 208-598-5004.
  • This Thursday Saturday Nov. 5th will be the Daughter of the Nile Fashion Show at El Korah.
  • These are the updates for November. Please check back for further events and updates. You can also find us on Facebook at facebook.com/elkorahshrine or on Twitter @elkorah.
  • If you’re interested in becoming a Shriner please visit beashrinernow.org or come into El Korah 1118 W. Idaho St. Boise, ID.
  • We are looking for a new webmaster. If you would like to apply please email elkorahshrine@gmail.com
Published in: on November 3, 2011 at 4:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

East vs. West El Korah Shrine All Star Football Game

The El Korah All Stars game is back in full swing. The players have been chosen. Please see our Facebook page for the break down of both the 11 man and 8 man teams. We hope to see everyone out there on Saturday, November 25th, 2011 at
Eagle High School Thunder Stadium in Eagle, Idaho. Tickets will be available at the gate the day of the game. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $6 for students with valid ID. All proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children and the El Korah Patient Travel Fund.
For more information click here.

Published in: on October 17, 2011 at 4:47 am  Leave a Comment