All You Can Eat Crab Feed

The Black Light Patrol had a great year again!  Here are some pictures from the 15th Annual All You Can Eat Crab Feed!


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 – or 208-887-6827

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Carats for Caring

Carats for Caring was created in 2010 for two main reasons. First, to give women an excuse to have a girls night out for a great cause. The second reason was to raise money to send kids to the “Un-limb-ited” chance of a lifetime. For more information on Un-Limb-ited check out the previous post or this video.

The 2011 Carats for Caring  is the second annual event of its kind.  Lady Joyce Adams led the first Carats for Caring event last year which raised $10,000 that went to the Un-Limb-ited program.  She chose the Un-Limb-ited program to be the recipient of her fundraiser because it is an event that hits close to home for kids that are recipients of care from the  Shriners Hospitals for Children. With the help of the Divan wives and other ladies from the community the entire event was organized by volunteers and through cash donations they reached their goal of raising $10,000.

Last year Margo Vaughn, a local DJ with KHITs 107.1, donated her time pro bono to emcee the event.  She’s back with us this year and we are so excited to have her again for the event. Be sure to tune in for details on the event and listen to what Margo has going on in the morning.

The inaugural “Girls Night Out” was sold out a week before the event.  We set a goal to sell 200 tickets and sold them all.  This year, we’ve upped the ante to 300 tickets! Unlike last year, this year you can buy tickets online through wiztix. So be sure to get them online starting September first.

We look forward to pampering, wine tasting, appetizers, chocolate fountain, specialty shopping, door prizes, silent auction—and the evening’s crowning moment, drawing for an emerald pendant. All tickets purchased are entered into the drawing for the emerald pendant. Good luck and we hope to see you at Carats for Caring!

Here are some pictures from last years event.

For more pictures be sure to check out the Carats for Caring event page on Facebook.

The Shrine Circus is coming to Idaho

That’s right, the moment we have all been waiting for is just around the corner. The clowns have graduated from funny school and the elephants are getting prepped and ready. The El Korah Shrine Circus is coming to Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls and last but not least, Boise’s own Qwest Arena.

The Circus will be touring through Idaho Falls at Sandy Downs on Tuesday June 21st, there will be a 4:00pm and a 7:00 pm. Next it will be at the Bannock County Fairgrounds in Pocatello on Wednesday June 22 at 4:00pm and 7:00pm. Then at the Twin Falls County Fairgrounds (in Filer) Thursday June 23 at 4:00 and 7:00pm.June 24, 25 and 26.  And finally finishing off the trip with a stop at Qwest Arena in downtown Boise June 24th at 7:30 pm, June 25th and June 26th. Shows on the 25th and 26th are at 4:00pm and 7:00pm . To kick off the weekend of the circus in Boise we are having one of our famous circus parades on Saturday June 25 starting at 10:00am in downtown Boise.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adult: $12.00
Under 12: $6.00
Under 3: FREE
Noble Ticket: $12.00
Active Duty Military FREE with ID Car

Tickets can be purchased here on our site, at El Korah (1118 W. Idaho St.) and at Zion Banks Location. 

History of the Jordan World Circus

By: Jordan World Circus

People have been going to circuses in this country for almost three hundred years! It has always been a popular form of family entertainment from the start, and continues so to this day. Where else can you see an elephant perform or a daring young lady hang by her teeth 25 feet in the air?

Philip Ashley started it all in 1768. John Ricketts built the first permanent circus building and in April 1793 brought this unique form of entertainment to the new world. By 1797 the circus parade, now only a grand memory, was born.

In 1825, the first tented circus was presented by producer J. Purdy Brown. Brown realized the potential of playing every day and the ease of moving the show the tent provided. He could now show to more people, therefore making more money. By 1829 trained exotic animals began appearing in the performances.

The next major advance in the circus world was the entry in 1857 of the Steam Calliope in the circus parade. It was loud and in the days before radio and television was a great way to let the people know that the circus was in town. Circuses in those days used colorful and large circus posters which they plastered all over town before the circus arrived. That is where the term “post no bills” came from, put up by angry building owners who did not want their building plastered with circus posters. The glue the bill posters used did not easily come off!

This was the beginning of the golden age of the circus. Around the turn of the century, there were over 100 circuses operating. Today there is less than thirty or forty left. The major sponsor of circus as charity events are the Shriners who began their association with the business in 1925 and that association continues to this day in cities and towns across the land.

This is only a brief sketch of the history of the circus. Today there are many options for family entertainment with TV, movies and the internet, but only the circus offers this unique, matchless brand of live family fun. When you attend a performance, you will be well entertained in modern but very traditional way and take away many memories for your whole family to treasure. Think about John Rickets in the long ago Philadelphia Building!

For more information on locations check out El Korah Circus.

Published in: on May 23, 2011 at 5:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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We’re Adding Some Class to First Thursdays

Hey everyone! It is already that time again… First Thursday is just around the corner and we are adding a little class to our First Thursday open house, Classy cars that is. El Korah’s Classy Cars group will be show casing all types of old classic model cars that have been restored. Here is a story about one car enthusiasts passion for classy cars.

“I first got interested in 57 Chevy’s back in High school, late 1970s, so I started going to car shows and looking around for a car to buy. I came across a car that was in the back of a gas station with cats living in it and without an engine, transmission, and no left front fender, but everything else was there and original and I would be the second owner. As soon as I saw it I fell in love with it, hey being 17 years old who knew how much work and money was ahead of me, but I wanted it real bad so I bought it for $25.00. I towed it home and started working on it and cleaning it up and finding out what I needed and what I had. In the next few years I became friends with another person that was restoring his 57 as well and had the 57 obsession as I did. Together we bought a few, not worth restoring, 57’s that we salvaged for parts. This allowed me to get everything I needed to get the car running and drivable. So between 1977 and 1995 the car was in various stages of restoration and during this time I got married and we had three great kids so my car obsession slowed down. In around 2001 I got more serious about our restoration and I decided to do a complete frame off. So we pulled the engine and transmission, removed every hood, fender, glass, trim, but and bolt, stripped off the paint down to the metal, and gutted the interior and carefully marked everything and took many photos along the way making sure I would be able to put everything back. So during that time I learned how to straighten and polish Stainless Steel, install glass, minor body work and paint, engine rebuilding, installed the interior, wiring, brake lines, etc. So we finally finished the restoration in 2007 and we are really proud of the car and what we accomplished. ”

Here are some pictures of the rebirth…

The finished product!

If you are interested in cars like this person, we would like to invite everyone that might be interested in showing or sharing your cars and/or trucks with the club and our Shrine. There are no year or model limitations in the club and it is open to anyone that is interested in and proud of showing off your vehicle. For more information about showing your car contact ken at

We hope to see you at this First Thursday May 5th starting at 5:00 at 1118 W. Idaho St.

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El Korah Helps Bus People to Better Health

The El Korah Shrine donates its 22 passenger bus to the Idaho State University- Meridian Health Science Center. Illustrious Sir Ray Westmoreland handed over the keys, so they could use the bus for the under-served populations, which are served through community health screenings. In addition, the bus can also provide transportation for various student group and faculty members to travel to main campus and/or to other clinical sites related to their academic disciplines and professional activities.


Shriners Hospitals are Revolutionizing Child Health Care

Shriners hospital gets new scanning technology

A boy undergoes a 3D skeletal scan at the Shriners hospital. (March 17, 2011)
A boy undergoes a 3D skeletal scan at the Shriners hospital. (March 17, 2011)

MONTREAL — Doctors at the Shriners Hospital in Montreal are showing off a new 3D imaging system that will help diagnosis children with skeletal problems.

The imaging system is fast, taking just 20 seconds to complete a full scan of a patient.

It also uses much less radiation than a standard chest X-ray.

Dr. Jean Ouellet, an orthopedic surgeon, says that alone is revolutionary.

“When you think about it, there’s the equivalent of a simple X-ray, a tenth of a dose, and we’re getting images that are better than a CT scan,” said Dr. Ouellet.

The image produced by the scanner is three-dimensional, which will greatly assist doctors trying to diagnose scoliosis or other bone problems in children.

Money for the scanner was raised by the Ladies of the Oriental Shrine, the women’s division of the Shriners.

For more information on how to become a Shriner visit

Published in: on March 18, 2011 at 7:29 pm  Comments (1)  
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Burn Victims Reunited With Heroes Under the Big Top

This touching story comes to us from Springfield Missouri. Two girls who were caught in a house fire and are receiving care at our Shrine Hospital in Cincinnati.  These girls were given the five star treatment.

It was a special night filled with surprises hosted by the Shriners, honoring two girls who were badly burned in a house fire.

Last week, KOLR/KSFX got an exclusive look at how Aleena, 8, and Alexia Havens, 5, are healing from a house fire in January.

The Shriners flew the girls to a hospital in Cincinnati and since have picked up all medical costs.

This week, tigers and trapeze artists helped put smiles back on the girls’ faces. It all started with a limo ride.

Their ride to the Shrine Circus would be one in style — a little luxury for girls looking to heal. Both were badly burned in a home two months ago.

Touch and go at times, but the Shriners are now making them feel like stars.

“When they got out of the limo out front we bought them, I started crying immediately,” says Shriner Tony Slavens. “Shriners — we’re all a bunch of grown men in a fraternity, but our hearts are with our kids.”

Monday kicks of four nights at the shrine circus to benefit Shiners Hospitals For Children.

“We call them our kids,” adds Slavens. “We have 22 hospitals and that’s all Shriners do, is support our philanthropy — our hospitals.”

The center ring — usually reserved clowns — for a moment made for the perfect reunion as the girls were reunited with the first responders who helped saver their lives that January day.

Then with bright eyes and big smiles, the Big Top began.

A night, it seems, filled with inspiration and circus strength from the stands just as much as the three rings.

For the next four days, every dollar of the $6 ticket will go to kids.

The Shriners have 22 hospitals and help treat kids for everything from cleft pallets to spinal injuries.

The Shriners will recognize other kids they have helped over the next couple of nights.

To see the video of the girls arriving at the circus visit


Story originally by Ozarks First, Jennifer Denman

48th Annual Melodrama

Yes, it is that time of year again! The 48th Annual Melodrama is just around the corner. March 5th will be opening night at El Korah. This year the Melodrama will be featuring Sagebrush Sidekicks by: Geoff Moyer.

Come watch this comedic competition as Grubby (Dick Swift), Lumpy (John Henery), Fuzzy (Rod Horn) and Saddle Sore Sam (Tom McClung) compete for the right to become Skip A Long Rafferty’s (Potentate Ray Westmoreland) sidekick. The hilarious competition will be judged by Rafferty’s very own beautiful personal assistant’s Netti (Deanna War-Horn), Pearl (Nicole Bates), Hildegard (Phyllis Charterss) and Buffalo Becky (Debbie Montgomery). These lovely ladies will make these sidekick hopefuls work for the honor while pushing them to their limits.

The Melodrama is open to the public and we encourage you to bring everyone you know. It is a great performance done by our members and there is no better way to spend your weekend. Curtain is at 8:00pm but there will be a buffet dinner available before the show. Dinner is $10 with purchase of your Melodrama ticket or $12 at the door. Tickets for the show are $12.50 or reserve a table (that seats 8 people) for $90 and there will be dessert at intermission.

Here is a list of show dates and times:
Saturday March 5th – Opening Night – Curtain @ 8:00pm
Friday March 11th – Curtain @ 8:00pm
Saturday March 12th – Curtain @ 8:00pm
Friday March 18th – Curtain @ 8:00pm
Saturday March 19th – Closing Night – Curtain @ 8:00pm

Proceeds from this activity are for the benefit it of El Korah Shrine and are not tax deductible. Produced by special arrangement with Heur Publishing LLC of Cedar Rapids, Iowa