The Al Kader Clubs are a local presence for Shriners.
Lady Velna DeHut
A Cool Brisk morning for the Brunch meeting of the Caravaners at Al Kader Shrine Center with around 30 members in attendance, enjoying a great meal and fellowship.
Camping Socials and Parade events were planned, non-fading RV Decals are ready for purchase. 2017 Officers were installed by our IS Potentate Ron Gamble.
Pres. Noble Ernie Winterton email firstname.lastname@example.org - Phone 503-824-5387; Vice President Noble Bob Swan; Secretary Noble Mel DeHut; Treasurer Noble Fred Hardin.
Please mark your calendar for upcoming events and other Club/Unit activities and participate, visit and support our Potentate IS Ron Gamble.
Special Campout at Sisters Creekside RV Campgrounds for Aug 11-12 weekend of Bend’s “Run-For-A-Child” come join the festivities in OLD TOWN by the
Deschutes River-give a helping hand to 1st. Ceremonial Master Noble Terry Griffith and Lady Debbie, after the Run there is the Bar-B-Q, Games for the
kids, Silent Auction, Beer Garden, and many town activities. The town fills up fast make your reservation on line at ASAP at www.ci.sisters.or.us
cost around $50 a night, and about 30 min. from Bend. Motels also available BOOK Now.
Are YOU looking for a fun Group to travel-camp and socialize with? Then look no farther Here We Are, the Caravaners contact Pres. Ernie or Sec. Mel
DeHut for further information, we would love to have YOU!
Noble Dave Simpson
As I write this column, it is about 2 1/2 weeks before
our first meeting as Caravaners. We do all elections at
that meeting on 3 January - two weeks after this needs
to be turned into the Oasis for publication, so I can’t
list the new officers yet.
We will be electing both a new secretary and treasurer
I want to take this time to personally think I.S. Dan
Moyer and Hap Baldwin for their long time service
to the Caravaners. We will know at the meeting in
January who our new officers are, and I’ll report to
you in the February Oasis.
I want to take this time to wish all Nobles and their
families a very happy and prosperous new year. I have
been associated with several clubs and units for the
past 7 or 8 years, both big and small in size. I have
always found that the Nobles and Ladies were more
than willing to “get involved” and get the job done -
whatever it took. I will always be thankful for the help
and support I have received.
While thinking about the New Year, I am reminded of
a quote from Harrison Ford which is very applicable
to me. He said: “You know you’re getting old when all
the names in your black book have M. D. after them.”
HAVE A VERY PROSPEROUS AND HAPPY NEW
Noble Dave Simpson
Remember January 3rd is our regular meeting and
election of officers. It will start at 11:30 and a great
time will be had by all.
Remember, we only have 3 meetings PER YEAR,
and it is important to attend this one so we may
receive your input for the upcoming year.
I am giving notice early as the January issue of the
Oasis will not be out in time for notice in January.
November was a very busy month for all, and
December is shaping up to be equally busy. Let
me take this time to:
WISH ALL A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY
Noble Dave Simpson
We have been trying to make a decision as to
weather or not we would have a “last - just for fun”
campout. I have received some input and have had
discussions with other Caravaners regarding this
So here is what I am proposing. How about a
trip to 7 Feathers Casino in Canyonville? I am
thinking about the 3rd week in November, and
it can be during the week if most folks want that
instead of a weekend. And get this... It is only
about an additional hour South to the new In-NOut
burger in Medford. We got a chance to visit
one on our recent trip to California, and it was
definitely worth it. Just think, only an hour away
instead of a 4 or 5 hour drive from Portland. Sound
Anyway, I need to hear from anyone interested in
taking this “last” campout. I will be happy to call
the RV park and make arrangements, but I need to
know in advance if you are interested or not.
Please EMAIL me at davesimpson.2222@gmail.
Com and we can make final arrangements.
If there is not enough interest in going, we will
not have a final outing it goes without saying that
this is open to all (Caravaners or not) and even to
those who may want to “hotel” it.
I believe that this is a chance to share some quality
time with those with whom we enjoy spending
time together. If you agree, let me know - I’m
awaiting your answers.
Noble Dave Simpson
Once again we had a very successful breakfast at
Baker City on Friday morning.
My sincere thanks go to JB Dick and his lady
Linda for all their help. Linda coordinated most of
the kitchen activities and JB was one of the chief
cook and bottle-washers for the entire event.
We served 137 people and although that was
substantially less than last year, we still managed
to raise $604.00 for the Shrine Hospital. As she
usually does, Carey (the owner of the RV park)
gave us a check for $150.00. She also made
arrangements for any Shriner who stayed at
the park to receive free use of the Wi-Fi for the
weekend. In addition to that, her staff helped move
tables, which we needed to ser ve the breakfast,
and relocate them after, at no cost to us. We are
indeed fortunate to have such a relationship, thank
Folks I must say, as president of the Caravaners it
is so wonderful to note that all I need to do is ask.
There will constantly be a source of workers that
can and will get down and do the “dirty” work that
needs to be done to put on any successful venture.
We had members from several different clubs and
units that helped and even had volunteers from
other groups who were not directly associated
with the Caravaners, that pitched in and did a
wonderful job. To all those people I say “thank
you.” We are looking for ward to even more
participation next year, and hopefully additional
folks will come to Baker City to enjoy all the
We didn’t get a chance to discuss the final camp
out possibility. So once again, I am asking each of
you, to send me an email
with your ideas. Do you want a final
campout? Can you give us any idea as to an
enjoyable RV spot that you have visited that we
might want to consider. Please give us your input
so we can make an informed decision.
Again, thanks to all for the help and support you
have given me.
I very much appreciate it!
Noble Dave Simpson
We had a wonderful turnout at Tillamook this
year. Seven rigs - and for the first time, a “tent”
camper, stayed overnight at the fairgrounds.
We had a great time and went as a group twice
to Restaurants in the area. After the parade, our
second meeting of the year and Oasis was held.
As usual, we had more food and “goodies” than we
could eat, BUT we all tried our best to eat it all. We
want to continue to have the fairgrounds hold the
spaces for us, and I am sure they appreciate the
support - I know I do! PLEASE PLAN TO BRING
YOUR RIGS TO TILLAMOOK NEXT YEAR -
nothing like a year’s “advance notice” to get this on
I want to thank Noble Mel DeHut (and Lady Velna
who did all the work) for filling in as secretary
for the meeting as Dan and Jennifer were unable
to attend due to illness. Our treasure Hap and
his lady Patty, had a previous engagement and
couldn’t stay for the meeting but did present a
written treasures report. The minutes of the
meeting should have been distributed before you
I need your input about the idea of having a “last
campout” for the year. The Caravaners have
always existed to help and support The Potentate
during parades, but I believe that we need to
have a get together just for the fun of it, and to
enjoy each other’s’ company. Several ideas were
discussed including 7 Feathers casino, Spirit
Mountain casino or a RV park in Wheeler. Do you
know of a camp ground that you have visited and
was very enjoyable? Maybe we should consider
going there? We will have a discussion of this
at Baker City and a decision will take place so
please give this some thought and bring your
ideas to the Baker City meeting. This could
happen maybe in October or November and
maybe happen during the week (if you aren’t
working) rather than on the weekend to give us
more time flexibility.
Noble Dave Simpson
It looks like things are coming together for the
Tillamook camp out and our second Caravaners
meeting for the year. Chie and I will be going on
Thursday, and so are several other folks. We will
plan on a get-together Thursday evening and go
to a restaurant in the area as a group (to give the
ladies a nite off). Please let me know how many
are coming with you (on Thursday) so I can
make reservations and fi nd a place which can
accommodate us all.
I am also planning “Friday Nite Movie Under the
Stars” where we can all get together and enjoy
each other ( subject to my “technical skill”). I plan
on screening a movie which will be suitable for the
entire family -and I believe you will enjoy. This is
open to all who care to attend. If you are planning
on staying in a motel, but are still coming in Friday
evening, please feel free to join us.
I am tentatively planning a general meeting and
Oasis ( pot-luck) for Saturday after the parade. If
you are driving down just for the Parade, please
join us before going back home. We will need to
elect a new Treasurer, and decide if we want a
“just for fun” final campout. I promise it will be a
short - short meeting.
By the way, for those of you who were not at the
Ceremonial, our own I.S. Tom made a surprise
appearance - I cannot describe the pleasure and
outright joy we all felt being able to see him again
in such a short time after his illness. He told
me that he “ felt it was important for him to be
there” to welcome the new Candidates. We are so
fortunate to have such a man as our leader.
Since I promised our Oasis editor I would get this
to him before the 10th is over ( it’s now 11:55 PM
on the 10th) I’ll close and email this to him.
Editor’s note: Thanks Dave!
Noble Dave Simpson
Great news - I have been informed by our
secretary that the “NEW” off the press Caravaners
rooster is available. Some have been distributed to
members (to cut down on mailing cost) when we
have seen them in person and some will be mailed.
If you have paid your current dues ($15.00) and
have not received yours, please give Dan a call and
he will make sure that you get yours. I have been
assured that ALL the information is “up to date”
but as I have recently found out for myself - things
happen. We want to have as much accuracy (did
my spell checker guess this word correctly?) as
possible, so please check your information and
if you need changes we will correct for the next
printing. If you email the correct information to
me, I will publish that in a future Oasis column,
and everybody can make changes.
Are you all planning to camp at the Tillamook
parade? I have not had much response yet, but we
need to support the Fairgrounds who have been
holding the spaces for us for many years. As most
of you know, that is the same weekend that the
Rodeo is held, and it’s not fair that they continue
to hold the spaces for us if we are not going to use
Please don’t forget the upcoming “stated” meeting
and you will see the updated carpet (yes, the
yellow stripe is gone) and new lighting system
I think you will be very pleased in the condition
of the building, and my “hat” if off to the Divan
and how they are doing their job maintaining the
Noble Dave Simpson
Once again I wanted to remind you of our campout
at Tillamook on June 27. As you know this is our
second major meeting of the year and for several
reasons it’s important that we have a good turnout.
The fairgrounds has reserved several spaces for
our use, and has not rented them to other folks
up to this point. It is important that we make
sure that they continue to hold the spaces for our
use and that we support them by attending that
I’m asking for any ideas that you may have to
make this an even more fun and enjoyable two
days of camping. Do you have any ideas of what
we might be able to do that weekend to make it
more enjoyable ...
Please send me an email at davesimpson.2222@
gmail.com and let me know your ideas.
In addition this year I would like to have a an
additional camp out someplace. If you have
information on a particularly enjoyable campsite
or RV park, that you have visited, please send
those to me and let me know your experiences
- I will compile a list and we can discuss it at
Also, can you please send me an email letting me
know that you are planning to attend this year? I
would like to get a list together so I’ll have an idea
of how many folks we should expect. If you “think”
you might be attending, please let me know.
Together, let’s make this a fun Campout.
Noble Dave Simpson
I would like to correct an error I made last
month by not thanking our immediate past
president for the last two years, Noble Mel and
his lady Velna, DeHut and the other offi
did an outstanding job. Guys, Your efforts are
appreciated by one and all - again thank you!
June 27 this year is the Tillamook parade and
camp out. I am asking each one of you this year
to try to bring your RV’s and spend enjoyable
two or three days together. We’ve always had
a great time and I would like that to continue.
Chie and I usually try to come over on Thursday
and spend Thursday evening Friday, and Saturday
for the parade and Oasis then return home on
Sunday. However, if you have a time constraint,
you can come Friday and leave on Sunday.
I would encourage anyone to join us, (tent
camping is allowed) as there are shower facilities
available. I know it’s not very far away, and it’s not
hard to drive over, however, camping is always fun,
and it gives us a chance to get together and enjoy
each others’ company. I’m going to try to plan an
activity that we can all do together, after the Oasis,
such as going to the rodeo as a group, or movies
under the stars, or visiting an interesting site.
I’m bringing this up early, so that it can be put
on your calendar for planning. The Fairgrounds
has always kept all spaces available for use of the
Shriners, but if we don’t utilize the camp spaces;
then we may lose them.
I ask you this year, please make an effort and
invite any friends you may know to come along.
If you have any questions I can be reached at
Yours in the Faith
I.S. Dan Moyer
At the Caravaners Shrine Club Annual Brunch
meeting held on January 4, 2015, a new corps of
officers was elected and sworn in. Newly installed
Potentate, IS Tom Bland did the honors for the
following: President, Noble Dave Simpson; VP,
Noble Ernie Winterton; Secretary, IS Dan Moyer
and Treasurer, Noble Hap Baldwin. The new
officers are looking forward to an eventful year
with lots of outings and other activities.
After a short discussion, it was agreed to continue
three of the traditional camp outs. We will be
meeting at Newport, Tillamook and Baker City as
we have in past years. Plans include social time,
potlucks, parades and some group excursions at
those outings. President Dave is looking at other
options for outings this year, as well.
Noble JB Dick and Lady Linda are planning an
extended RV trip to Banff, Canada, Lake
Louise, Glacier National Park and Opheim, MT
(birthplace of Noble Hap Baldwin) to follow
the festivities at Baker City. Those interested in
this fun trip should contact Noble JB for more
Our next meeting time and place will be
announced in the Oasis and members will be
informed via email. New directories are being
completed with the addition of current email for
both the Nobles and the Ladies.