Linn County Shrine Club
The Al Kader Clubs are a local presence for Shriners.
Noble Forrest Hatch and Lady Pam Mitchell
A Great Night at the Race Track
Well it is true July 15th, 2017 was an outstanding night of racing at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, OR where the fourth annual Shriners Cup Race was held. This was a six-class car night with a large car turnout and the stands full of racing fans. Sponsorship from the local businesses was at an all-time high with several new sponsors participating this year. The 50-50 raffle and other new raffle items were really supported by the racing fans and everyone in the pits. Several individuals simply gave cash donations to support the hospital.
I.S. Ron Gamble, Chief Rabban, Art Hermanson, Marshall, Mel De Hut and the Linn County Divan Rep., Dave Simpson and their ladies all came to the raceway to support this event. Noble Dave was on board as soon as he learned about our race. He was very encouraging and excited throughout the process of planning the event and the event as well.
I.S. Ron Gamble was interviewed by Cory Penfold of Moxie Media and Promotions, he shared with the audience what Shriner’s do for the children. He explained how this event helps with the transportation fund, which ensures that the patients get to the various Shrine Hospitals that deal with the specialty care they are in need of. We appreciate the support from Al Kader, they all appeared to have a great time with this year’s racing event.
This year’s trophies were a huge hit with the driver’s, fans and everyone else. We received many compliments on them throughout the evening. These trophies are custom made and are one of a kind. All the drivers put on a real show to take them home as they are very coveted items. A huge thank you to Mr. Jeff Hanson of Albany, OR who has designed and crafted the trophies for the past 3 years. He is already looking forward to 2018.
Even though Noble Buzz Mitchell worked diligently again this year to put on this event, he wanted to thank all the members of the Linn County Shrine Club and their ladies for their help in making it a success. A very special thank you to Sandy, Buzz’s mother-in-law for donating her time to help again. This year the race grossed over ten thousand dollars for the transportation fund.
The Linn County Shrine Club thanks I. S. Ron Gamble and all the other Nobles and their ladies for joining us. Their help and support during this event was greatly appreciated. The drivers, racing crews, sponsors, families, friends and fans are looking forward to the upcoming Victory Tour at the hospital. There is so much interest in the tour we may need to schedule more than one tour. This support gives us a true heartwarming feeling from all these individuals who want to support the hospital in providing care for the children.
Noble Forrest Hatch
The Willamette Speedway Crew Visit The Hospital
On April 10th, I had the privilege of assisting Nobles Ron Henderson and Buzz Mitchell of the Linn County Shrine Club by taking some special individuals to the hospital for a tour.
I would like to thank IS Ron Gamble for allowing us to use the Al Kader vans for the drive from the center to the hospital. I also would like to thank Emily Coleman and her staff for an excellent experience and tour of the hospital.
These individuals are all involved in racing at the Willamette Speedway, there were twenty in the group which included drivers, their wives, the announcer and his wife. Each of them participated in the Shriners Cup Race last year as in the preceding years.
The drivers wore their racing attire and brought stickers, autographed photographs of their racing cars, and a checkered flag.
All of the drivers signed the checkered flag which was then donated to the hospital. Emily Coleman gave us a power presentation which was very informative as well as educational.
We were fortunate enough to be able to visit with some of the patients who received stickers, photographs as well as a DVD of the Shriners Cup Race from last year. One of the patients invited all of us to her “halo” party.
Everyone who participated in this event enjoyed it and were impressed with the facility, the staff and what is accomplished at the hospital. Several times I overheard the words “amazing” and “wonderful” being used in the conversations among the group.
At the end of the tour Mr. Cory Penfold, Mr. Warren Simpson and Mrs. Sandra Jones from MOXIE Media presented Noble Ron Henderson with a $900.00 donation to the Linn County Shrine Club for the transportation fund. They raised the money at a special auction for those individuals involved in the sport of car racing.
It should be noted that Mr. Cory Penfold and Mr. Warren Simpson have been giving the Shriners Hospital and Al Kader Shriners a lot of publicity through their radio talk show and their internet site.
It is my understanding that the group would like to continue having tours of the hospital each year to increase awareness of the hospital throughout their racing world. You can support Noble Buzz Mitchell in his endeavors by going to the Sunset Speedway in Banks on June 24 for the races.
Everyone is invited to join the Linn County Shrine Club at the Willamette Speedway for this year’s Shriners Cup Race on July 15, 2017, gates open at 4pm with races beginning at 6pm.
President Ronald Henderson
Linn County Shrine Club had elections in Oct. and were installed by newly elected Potentate Ron
Gamble at Santiam Shrine Club in Nov. as we were visiting at that time.
We had our 5th annual Donkey Basket Ball game on Dec. 3rd at North Albany Middle School which
was a new location for us because Linn County Fairgrounds doubled our rent. Despite this our
game was a huge success, we filled the gym to its capacity of 600. For five years in a row we
have had the Albany Police Dept. and the Linn County Sheriff Dept. play each other and they look
forward to this every year. The Sheriff Dept. finally won this year. The school was glad to
have us there and said they are looking forward to having us there next year.
I want to thank all the Nobles and their wives that were there to help and show their support.
Our next meeting is on January 25th at the VFW in Albany.
Forrest Hatch, Outer Guard
Greetings from Linn County, the home of the Shriners Cup Race at the Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Oregon. I think each and every one of you
nobles who were not able to attend the 4th Annual Shriners Cup Race really missed out on a fun filled evening! Not only did you miss a great
race, you missed an opportunity to see firsthand the wonderful support that the citizens of Linn County provide to the Portland Shriners Hospital.
I understand that there was a noble there from Hillah, unfortunately I did not see him in the stands so I could not thank him for attending, to
him I extend a warm THANK YOU. I would also like to thank the following individuals who participated in this wonderful event, they are:
Assistant Rabban Art Hermanson
Noble Buzz Mitchell
Noble Ron Henderson
Noble Merle Kroker
Lady Pam Mitchell
Lady Jeanie Kroker
Mrs. Sandy Durfee (Noble Mitchell’s mother in law)
Mr. Matthew Buckner a sixteen-year-old patient, his younger brother and mother Bonnie were in attendance as guests of the Linn County Shrine Club. Mrs.
Buckner told me that they all had a great time watching their uncle drive in the race. She also told me that the boys had been telling her for some
time that they wanted to go to the Speedway and to think we did not even know their uncle was a race car driver.
As I was actively selling fifty-fifty tickets I heard a lady’s voice over the PA system. She was telling the audience what a great hospital the
Portland Shriner’s Hospital is and how it had been a help to her son, who was - yes you guessed it - one of the drivers.
I learned several things that night at the race track, one these races last longer than I thought and it is not a good idea to wear your hearing
aids. The drivers come from all over the state to participate. The fantastic trophies were made by Mr. Jef Hanson from Albany, this was his second
year in making these beauties.
I also learned that there were five different categories - or maybe the correct term is race classes - anyway the following drivers won their race
and were presented with one of these great looking trophies:
Late Models Race was won by Mr. Joey Tanner from Portland, OR
Super Sport Race was won by Mr. Brian Thompson from Sweet Home, OR
Sportsman Race was won by Mr. Tom Yeack from Crawfordsville, OR
Street Stocks Race was won by Mr. Chris Sine from Creswell, OR
Hornets Race was won by Mr. Troy Owen of Vernonia, Or
During the race the nobles were selling fifty-fifty raffle tickets, you know how that works, one ticket for a dollar or six tickets for five dollars or
even a “wing span” for twenty dollars. I must admit I thought I would keep track to see if I could out sell Ron but I could not keep up with the ticket
demand and lost count.
The ladies were busy at their table under the stands, selling tickets and keeping any eye on my Renegade car while kids were having their picture taken
sitting in it. I heard the announcer say that ticket sales were almost over for the night. I remember thinking ok, we had a great night.
The next thing I see is that there are a lot of people wanting to buy tickets crowding up to the ladies table, then we were all selling tickets as fast
as we could to keep up with the demand.
Then, I see Lady Pam with a tape measure and Noble Mitchell was saying” go farther, no farther we need forty feet of tickets.” He was selling them at a
specific price depending on the length of the race drivers trailer. Lady Pam was struggling to hold up the string of tickets while they were measured.
Then the raffle was over and the total amount was determined, $1,360.00, which is the most this event has ever made. Yes, it’s true the driver’s, fans
and the management of the Speedway Race Track are very appreciative and generous when supporting the Portland Shriner’s Hospital.
Noble Mitchell mentioned that he had an extra trophy which he was going to auction off at the last race of the season. I recall thinking that is a good
idea, but really I did not give it much thought.
During this event I had several individuals stop me and tell me how much they appreciated not only the hospital but what we do as Shriners. I provided
one Mason with a petition, I hope that he joins in the future. Speaking of the future Nobel Mitchell and I hope to take several of the race track drivers
on a tour of the hospital.
I would also like to apologize to the members of the Linn County Shrine Club and members of Al Kader because this article needed to be submitted earlier. I
have no excuse but to say that sometimes life gets in the way.
Having said that I am glad that it was delayed… why you might wonder? Recently at this month’s club meeting Noble Buzz Mitchell made the final report on
the 4th Annual Shriners Cup Race. . .
At the last race of the season he auctioned off that trophy, which by the way was signed by all the drivers. He told us that he hoped to get $200.00 for
it, and he said he was wrong, he paused and then said it went for $3,000.00. I.S. John Nerski who happened to be at this meeting had a very large smile on
his face and sparkles in his eyes seemed very proud and pleased.
After a resounding round of applause, Noble Mitchell commented that’s not ten thousand dollars but it’s closer.
So in closing my fellow nobles I want to remind you that we all can make a difference and we do each and every day. I truly believe that life is filled with
ups and downs each of us respond differently to them. As Lou Holtz, a former American football player, coach and analyst, said “Life is 10% what happens to
you and 90% how you respond to it.”
It won’t be too long and the Linn County Shrine Club will host the 5th Shriner’s Cup Race at the Willamette Speedway, I hope to see an audience full of nobles
wearing their FEZ!
Forrest Hatch, Outer Guard
Greetings from the grass seed capital of Oregon,
also known as Linn County! As we all know the
parade season is going strong. The other day at
the Lebanon parade I had an elderly gentleman
come up to me who said, “I just want to shake your
hand and say thank you, over eighty years ago the
Shriners helped me.” What a wonderful feeling
this type of encounter brings, I am sure you all
We all know and hear about the various parades
going on however what you may not know is the
racing season is in full swing and going strong at
the Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Oregon.
The fourth annual Shriner’s Cup Race is rapidly
The news of this event may not have traveled
any farther then Wilsonville, so I wanted to let
the nobles and ladies know of another fine event
taking place right here in Lebanon.
The fourth annual Shiners Cup Race will be
held July 23, 2016 with the race starting at 6pm.
Nobles get in free if they wear their FEZ, ladies
are admitted at half price. The net proceeds go to
the Al Kader Transportation Fund. How can this be
you may be asking yourself, well I will tell you.
Nobel Buzz Mitchell, an upstanding member of the
Linn County Shrine Club had an idea several years
ago about raising funds for the Linn County Shrine
Club and the transportation fund. You see he is an
avid race fan who has been going to the track for
more than ten years. No he is not a driver, at least
not yet but he knows many of the speedway drivers.
Noble Mitchell brought his fundraising idea up
at a stated meeting, got the go ahead and then he
followed through. How great is that? As a result, the
Shriner’s Cup Race was started. The Linn County
Shrine Club rents the race track for the night, a
50/50 raffle is held. The club sells advertising to the
local businesses and their names are placed on a
banner which is displayed at the track.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the
Nobles of the Linn County Shrine Club for their
dedication to this wonderful event, especially Buzz
not just for his idea but for following through and
Come One, Come All - Join Us at the Speedway!!
Noble Ron Henderson, President
Linn County Shrine Club held their E-W Players
Banquet at VFW Post 584 on April 27th. It was a
packed house with a total of 42 guests including
players, family, Potentate and his Divan and Linn
County Nobles and Ladies.
There were 10 players along with their families and
friends and 3 coaches. We had 2 past players ( Trevor
Walker and Ryan Glasser ) talk about their experience
at the Hospital. IS John Nerski talked about the
hospital and his recent visit with a number of Nobles.
We also had another great meal of Pork Loin prepared
by VFW. I t was a good evening enjoyed by all. Want
to thank everybody that helped make it a success and
Velma DeHut for taking pictures.
Noble Ron Henderson, President
Linn County Shrine Club held their Donkey
Basketball game on Dec 5,2015. It was another
success between the Albany Police Department and
Linn County Sheriff for our 4th annual event.
The Albany Police won again for 4 years straight
but this time it was a close game all the way
with Albany winning by 2 points. There were
approximately 350 people there watching the
game and saying they enjoyed the game. One
donkey pulled a muscle prior to the game by
rolling around in the dirt but was ok come game
time, so we just put a smaller person on it.
I want to thank everybody that participated
and helped with the set up and take down of
basketball hoops and ribbon and taking tickets
and money. Two of my Grandkids helped with
Noble Ron Henderson, President
On April 22 Linn & Benton County Shrine Clubs
held the Players Banquet for East-West Players
& Alternates. There were 39 Nobles, Ladies &
guests in attendance. There were four players &
their families in attendance. As Guest Speakers
we had 2 past players; Ryan Glasser who played
in 1994 and Trevor Walker who played in 2013
Noble Ron Henderson, President
Linn County Shrine Club held their Donkey Basketball Game on
Dec 6, 2014. For the third year in a row we had the Albany Police
Dept. and The Linn County Sheriff Dept. play each other and for
the third year in a row the Albany Police won. I hope that Linn
County doesn't get discourged. We had about 19 players and a
very good turnout to watch. The weather was a lot warmer this
year compared to last year. I feel everybody had a good time. I
want to thank all the Nobles and Ladies that helped this event on.
This year we had 6 Nobles and 5 Ladies help.
Linn County meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at the VFW
in Albany. Oasis at 6 and dinner at 6:30 PM.
Noble Ron Henderson
Linn and Benton County held their Screening Clinic at the Lebanon Hospital on Sept. 27. We had a total 5 Nobles and 4 ladies.
Lebanon Masonic Lodge did their child ID program. We could have used more help to cover entrance doors to the hospital.
We had nine children of which we referred five to the hospital, one of which was an 18 year old girl who had a serious problem which
needed help. We couldn't understand why this hadn't been corrected earlier and we feel this underscores what we are doing
in referring patients to the hospital. Kids slip through the cracks.
We want to thank everyone that was there to help. All the nobles wore their Fezzes and Melinda Schoonover took pictures.