02/18 PNSA Spokane
03/14 Stated Meeting
03/19 Irish Dinner
03/20 Easter Egg Hunt
Turn by Turn Directions
Brotherly Love and the Shriner Ring
Strokes left this once strong WM weak, silent and alone. He struggled to “talk” with his eyes and his few spoken
words could not be understood. For the most part, his family members were his only visitors. His once “strong”
Al Kader memories seemed gone and his wheelchair-confined body looked tired . We often shook hands to “tell”
each other, with Brotherly Love, “Thank You”.
His memory had mostly gone and he likely did not recognize me, so I showed him my Shrine ring – he smiled and
shook my hand, again.
History is more than the past. It is the present and future, too.
Have you seen what’s going on upstairs? The
History corner (office) is a mess, the bookcase
is full, the photos are unlabeled, pins abound,
uniforms hang, etc. In other words, History
needs your help to organize - to identify unknown
Shriners in photos, revise our uniforms, change
the display cases, arrange pins, inventory, prepare
displays for upcoming events, take-on special
projects, and many other jobs.
Call Al Kader if you can help or 503-266-2163.
Recent donations include:
Web Harrington, P.P. - fez, fez case and badges,
courtesy of his daughter
Hal Hermison - photos, pins, 1920 memorabilia
Bob Waliker, P.P. (on loan) - clown plates and clown
Anonymous - photos, books, pins, Rose Festival
"Daddy, Daddy-here come the Shriners"
Marching and playing proudly are the colorful and regal Al Kader Shriners. Bands are playing, Chanters are
singing, horses are prancing and Patrols were drilling – and all for the children who, at least many of them,
could not go to the parade.
Today, many of us are too old, too busy, etc. to take part. Shriners, until 1920, got together to have “fun”,
only. Parades were a great and appropriate way to do this.
How exciting it was to hear the distant sounds of the Shriners band then catch a first glimpse of their
beautifully decorated horses. Then, in the back of this mind whispered the idea – I want to be a Shriner
They are just memories now. The vibrant colors replaced with the plainer, cooler and less expensive shirts,
pants and shoes Shriners from foreign lands I had only heard stories of, such as Salem, Linn County and
Eastern Oregon rarely come anymore. But I still thinks as though they all were marching as one just for me!
“Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children”
Born: June 23, 1920
Birth City: Portland, Or.
Host: Al Kader
46th Annual Imperial Council Session, A.A.O.N.M.S
Parents: All Nobles attending the meeting at which
the vote took place.
1920 Imperial Session Questions
Clues are underlined
1. What local Shrine Temple hosted the session where
the concept of a Shriners Hospital was adopted?
2. At what annual (after #46) Imperial Session was the
Shrine Hospital system adopted? Where?
3. About how many were predicted to attend the
Session? How many actually attended? How many of
the 145 Temples were represented?
4. Was I.S. W. Freeland Kendrick the Imperial
Potentate that year?
5. What was named after him? Where were they
6. Name the park (now a sports field) at which many
1920 shows were held.
(1) Al Kader (2) 47th, Des Moines (3) 60,000, 75,000+ , 145
(4) Yes (5) Rose, Rose Garden (6) Multnomah Field
About the photo: from
This elaborate Arch of Welcome was constructed in
the intersection of SW 6th and Alder for the Imperial
Session of Shriners in 1920. At that event, members
unanimously passed a resolution to establish the
Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children system. This
view is to the north; the top of the Wells-Fargo building
can be seen in the distance over the arch.
Centennial in 2020
Was Rome built in a day? Did the pyramids
just appear one day? They took years – and
The idea of a Shriners Hospital for Crippled
Children took years before it came true. So
we should start years before to celebrate the
Centennial of that awesome event.
Astoria Shrine Club sent 20 men to the 1920
Pendleton Shrine Club sent 25-50 mounted
Over 60,000 Shriners from all over were
2020 is Coming to Al Kader!
2020 marks the 100th anniversary since a Shrine
Hospital was first approved by the Nobles attending
the 1920 Imperial Session hosted by Al Kader. The
Temples in Tacoma and Spokane helped. The
Shriners “foot was in the door” for healing many
“friendless and crippled” children, regardless of
race, religion, creed, sex, etc.
Al Kader thus has the responsibility, duty and honor
to celebrate that event. That will come in 2020.
Some 1920 items are on display upstairs. Donate
or loan 1920 Imperial Session items to Al Kader c/o “History”.
1920 Secret: The first Shriners Hospital began in St. Louis but its construction was delayed so the
first to open was in Shreveport.
This is the first in a series of Al Kader History Museum articles.
What ever type of Shriner you strive to be, these pages will lead you on a journey across our story in search
of those wonderful “Temple Treasures” that help tell Al Kader Shrine’s tale.
You may discover them in a vintage picture (a), a meaningful item (b) or in a revealing text (c).
Regardless of where you may find them, your quest for that elusive final AL KADER SHRINE “oasis” will
stop at many refreshing spots along the way. You will find different “stories” at each one. At the end of your
caravan across our “desert”, you will discover the place where Al Kader Shrines treasures hide.
The Ancient Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine was founded in 1872 by a group of 13 men
belonging to the Masonic Order. It was originally established to provide fun and fellowship for its members.
Al Kader Past Potentates
Al Kader History Slide Show
On January 3, 1888, Imperial Potentate Sam Briggs granted the dispensation for Al Kader Shrine. On February 15,
1888, members of Islam Shrine conferred the Shrine degrees in Portland, Oregon. There were fourteen original members.
Irving W. Pratt was elected the first Illustrious Potentate on February 15, 1888. Al Kader was the 46th charter
and the first in the Pacific Northwest. Pratt’s great grandson, Noble Ard Pratt, is today an active Al Kader Shriner.
By 1900, over 80 Shrine chapters had been established. Since that time, 191 Shrine Centers have been established throughout the
United States, Canada, Mexico, and Panama.
The Imperial Council met in Portland, Oregon, in 1920. Al Kader Shriners and their delegation helped to write that indelible
page in the Book of Humanity, and thus began the Shriners Hospitals for Children, for it was here that the movement to define
our philanthropy began.
Since that time, for over 75 years, more than 700,000 children with orthopedic problems, burns and spinal cord injuries
have been treated up to their 18th birthday, in a network of 22 hospitals providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and
outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals.
Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and
receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.
In 1924, the third Shriners hospital opened in Portland on NE 82nd Ave. Sandy Boulevard.
Eventually, it was decided to build a new facility within the Oregon Health Sciences medical complex, overlooking the
downtown area from the West Hills, at a capital investment of over $25 million. The new hospital also includes a Research Center
and specializes in orthopedic treatment and surgery. We are very fortunate to have one of the Shriners hospitals located in Portland.
In 2004, we celebrated the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Shriners hospital in Portland.
The Al Kader Shriners Center was originally located in downtown Portland. In 1993, Al Kader moved the executive offices and
Shriners Center to Wilsonville, Oregon, minutes south of the Portland metropolitan area. Our Wilsonville location affords more convenient
access from the Interstate 5 freeway system, free parking, large meeting rooms, Harrington Hall, (a large dining hall for social
events), and our storage building for most of our Unit’s motorized equipment.
A recently completed memorabilia room within our Center displays the rich history of Al Kader Shriners. You are welcome to
visit the room when you visit us.
Nobles, their Ladies and the public are welcome to visit our Shrine Center Office Hours - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Time, Monday to Friday